Monday, January 09, 2006

"Uh, No."

Blitzer: About a month ago, Senator Lieberman, the former Democraticic Vice-Presidential nominee spoke out urging his fellow Democrats including yourself to restrain themselves in criticizing the President's position on Iraq. Listen to what Lieberman said...

(video clip) Lieberman: It's time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge that he will be the Commander in Chief for three more critical years, and that in matters of war, we undermine our President's credibility at our nation's peril.

Blitzer: Is that advice good advice from Senator Lieberman?

Dean: Uh, no. [snip]

Blitzer: Should Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, who's now pleaded guilty to bribery charges among other charges, should the Democrats who took money from him give that money to charity or give it back?

Dean: There are no Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff. Not one. Not one single Democrat. Every person named in the scandal is a Republican, every person under investigation is a Republican, every person indicted is a Republican. This is a Republican finance scandal--there is *no* evidence that Jack Abramoff ever gave any Democrat any money. We've looked through all those FEC reports to make sure that's true.

Blitzer: But through various Abramoff-related organizations and outfits, a bunch of Democrats did take money, presumably originating with Jack Abramoff.

Dean: That's not true either. There's no evidence for that either. There's no evidence--

Blitzer: What about Senator Byron Dorgan?

Dean: Senator Byron Dorgan and others took money from Indian tribes. They're not agents of Jack Abramoff. There's no evidence that I've seen that Jack Abramoff directed any contributions to Democrats. I *know* the Republican National Committee would like to get the Democrats involved in this. They're scared. They should be scared. They haven't told the truth, they've misled the American people, and now it appears they're stealing from Indian tribes. The Democrats are not involved in this.

Blitzer: [long silence followed by a stunned Blitzer sighing]

Blitzer: Unfortunately, Mr. Chairman, we've got to leave it right there. Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic party, always speaking out bluntly, candidly. Appreciate your joining us on Late Edition.

Dean: Thanks, Wolf. Have a safe flight back.

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