Dean said he and Farmer, unlike the Republicans in power, both understand the importance of balancing budgets and pinching pennies. "The Republicans don't manage money. They spend it and borrow," he said, citing record-setting federal deficits of President George W. Bush's administration. "The only president who has balanced the budget in 30 years is Bill Clinton. . . . If it takes a liberal to balance the budget, we need one in office as fast as we can."
Republican National Committee spokesman David James replied that such comments were part of Dean's "recurring pattern of using divisive language."
James said such talk had been borrowed by the likely Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. Indeed, James asserted that Dean already had reshaped his party's image and message by moving it to the left. "It's Howard Dean's ideas that represent the face of the Democratic Party," James said.
As an example, state Republican Party spokesman Paul Sloca asserted that Dean, while governor, "signed the first state law on same-sex unions giving gay couples rights to inherit property from each other, obtain child custody and control a partner's affairs upon death.
Who the hell is the RNC kidding. There are some people trying to divide the nation with their language between blacks and whites, the rich and poor, Arabs and Christians, and it sure as hell is not Dean and Kerry.