Howard Dean

(Howard Brush Dean III)

Howard Dean
Howard Dean
  • Born: November 17, 1948
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









Howard Brush Dean III is an American physician, author and retired politician who served as Governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003 and Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from 2005 to 2009 and works as a political consultant and commentator. Dean was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 presidential election. His implementation of the fifty-state strategy as head of the DNC is credited with the Democratic victories in the 2006 and 2008 elections. Afterward, he became a political commentator and consultant to McKenna Long & Aldridge, a law and lobbying firm.

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[George W. Bush is] … the most dangerous President in my lifetime. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… the Republicans are all about suppressing votes. Voters, Voting & Elections
America is a conservative country with a small “c” - they want change, but they don’t want too much change too fast. Liberals & Conservatives
As governor, I came to believe that the death penalty would be a just punishment for certain, especially heinous crimes, such as the murder of a child or the murder of a police officer. The events of September 11 convinced me that terrorists also deserve the ultimate punishment. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
Balanced budgets have a lot to do with National Defense. Defense & National Security ;Social Sciences
I know what I want to do even before I know why I want to do it. Miscellaneous
I think the problem with the country is that we operate on a sickness model, not a wellness model... Basically, we treat people who become ill. What we don't do is do a very good job in keeping them healthy in the first place... Health, Healthcare & Medicine
In campaigns we concentrate on the differences [between the candidates.] Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No [electoral] challenge to an incumbent President is ever a “walk in the park,” Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Nobody builds a permanent majority in politics, if they did It wouldn’t be politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Party platforms are reasonable exercises but nobody pays much attention to them. Political Parties & Machines
Republicans do not have good ideas. Borrowing two trillion dollars from your grandchildren to finance a Social Security scheme that looks like Enron is not a good idea. Political Parties & Machines ;Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Republicans used to talk about individual rights. Now that they are in power, they want to take away individual rights. Liberals & Conservatives
Sometimes you’ve got to do what is right even though it might be ahead of the people. Families, Children & Parenting
The bigger the gap there is between the rich and the poor, the less stable and successful the society will be Equality & Equal Opportunity
The definition of committing a gaff in Washington is telling the truth when most people think that you should not have. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The difference between doctors and lawyers is that doctors try and solve problems and not just argue about them. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
the idea that you have to wait on line for eight hours to cast your ballot in Florida -- there's something the matter with that. You think people can work all day and then pick up their kids at child care or wherever, and get home and then have a -- still manage to sandwich in an eight-hour vote? Well, Republicans, I guess, can do that, because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives. But for ordinary working people, who have to work eight hours a day, they have kids, they got to get home to those kids, the idea of making them stand for eight hours to cast their ballot for democracy is wrong. We ought to make voting easier to do. Mail Voters, Voting & Elections
The Internet is unpoliceable essentially. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The Republicans are not very friendly to different kinds of people. I mean, they're a pretty monolithic party. They pretty much, they all behave the same, they all look the same. It's pretty much a white Christian party. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The way to help this country is to limit Republican power. Liberals & Conservatives
This flag does not belong to the right wing of the Republican party. It belongs to all of us. Flags & National Anthems
This is an administration that has gotten 600 Americans killed by not telling the truth. I don’t see why anyone would believe any of the political ads. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We would be hard pressed to find a majority of any country in the world who admired the United States the way they did from World War I up until the day we went into Iraq. War & Peace
We’ve got to stop supporting big business with corporate welfare and do something for small business which creates most of our new jobs. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
What the labor movement did in this country is to make sure that capitalism worked. Work, Workers & The Labor Force ;Capitalism
You can’t do anything about HIV-AIDS unless you are willing to talk about condoms. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
You do not compromise with the right wing of the Republican party. Liberals & Conservatives
You do not turn a country with no democratic tradition into a democracy by just having an election. You must also have democratic institutions like the rule of law. Defense & National Security
As Commander in Chief of the United States Military, I will never send our sons and daughters and our brothers and sisters to die in a foreign land without telling the truth about why they're going there. Truth
At every turn when there has been an imbalance of power, the truth questioned, or our beliefs and values distorted, the change required to restore our nation has always come from the bottom up from our people. Truth ;Power
Every day it becomes clearer that this was the wrong war at the wrong time. Time ;War & Peace
From a religious point of view, if God had thought homosexuality is a sin, he would not have created gay people. Religion & God
Hypocrisy is a value that I think has been embraced by the Republican Party. We get lectured by people all day long about moral values by people who have their own moral shortcomings.
I don't care what you label me as long as you call me president.
I hate Republicans and everything they stand for.
I have my warts. I sometimes say things that get me in trouble. In other words, I lead with my heart and not my head. That's the only chance we have against George Bush.
I like John Kerry. I think he's intellectually curious and very thoughtful. I think he's deeply committed on issues like the environment. I think he's an internationalist, which I am.
I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks. We can't beat George Bush unless we appeal to a broad cross-section of Democrats.
I think most people... would be glad to pay the same taxes they paid when Bill Clinton was president, if only they could have the same economy they had when Bill Clinton was president.
I think the recovery hasn't been stronger because the hole that was dug for President Obama by the Bush administration was far worse than anybody could imagine, first of all.
I will use whatever position I have in order to root out hypocrisy. Democrats have strong moral values. Frankly, my moral values are offended by some of the things I hear on programs like 'Rush Limbaugh,' and we don't have to put up with that.
I'm a committed Christian. I worship in my own way. That's my business. That's not the business of the pharisees who are going to preach to me about what I do and then do something else. Business, Commerce & Finance
I'm just deeply disappointed that once again we may have to settle for the lesser of two evils.
I've always been endorsed by the National Rifle Association.
I've waffled before. I'll waffle again.
John Ashcroft is not a patriot, John Ashcroft is a descendant of Joseph McCarthy.
Look, I'm not a perfect person. I have my warts. I sometimes say things that get me in trouble. I wear suits that are cheap. But I say what I think and I believe what I say, and I'm willing to say things that are not popular but ordinary people know are right.
Luckily, I'm a governor - so I get to tell you what I've already done not just what I'm going to do.
Not one Republican president has balanced the budget in 34 years. You can not trust Republicans with your money. Trust ;Money, Coins & Minting
People have said I'm the candidate of anger. Well, we have a right to be angry. We lost 3 million jobs. We lost our place as the moral leader of the world.
Real Democrats don't make promises they can't keep.
Second of all, I don't think Wall Street is doing what it's supposed to be doing, even after the shameful performance of the last two years. They're are not allocating capital.
So the - the part of the problem is not just the rhetoric. It's the fact that we - we're so polarized in what we've done to each other as parties over the last thirty years in redistricting that it's very, very hard to overcome your own constituencies and move to the middle.
So what we - all we really want, I think, from the so-called Democratic wing of the Democratic Party is really to stand up for what we believe in.
Someone earlier made a remark about losing 500 soldiers and 2,200 wounded in Iraq. Those soldiers were sent there by the vote of Sen. Lieberman, Sen. Edwards and Sen. Kerry. I think that is a serious matter.
That's one of the things about the Tea Party people. They think corporations have too much influence in American life and they do. Life
The Democratic Party, all the candidates from Washington, they all know each other, they all move in the same circles, and what I'm doing is breaking into the country club.
The fact is that we wouldn't be in Iraq if it weren't for Democrats like Senator Kerry.
The idea that we're going to win this war is an idea that unfortunately is just plain wrong. War & Peace
The issue is not abortion. The issue is whether women can make up their own mind instead of some right-wing pastor, some right-wing politician telling them what to do. Women
The State of the Union may look rosy from the White House balcony or the suites of George Bush's wealthiest donors. But hardworking Americans will see through this president's efforts to wrap his radical agenda with a compassionate ribbon.
The status quo helps liberals. We're going to change the country.
The way we're going to win elections in this country is not to become Republican lite. The way we're going to win elections in this country is to stand up for what we believe in.
There are no ideas in the Republican Party right now in the Congress. They're the party of no. They desperately need some intellectual leadership. And whatever you think of Newt Gingrich, he can supply intellectual leadership. So I hope he does run. Hope ;Leaders & Leadership
There's not one person in this crowd who's gonna agree with everything I say. Not one.
This country was the moral leader of the world until George Bush became president.
This is a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good.
Tom DeLay ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence.
We have to say what we believe... whether it's popular or not.
We need to go everywhere. There is not one county in this state, I don't care how far west you go, that doesn't have Democrats. We have to be proud of who we are.
We won't always have the strongest military.
We've not had one Republican president in 34 years balance the budget. You can't trust right-wing Republicans with your money. You ought to hire somebody who has balanced a budget. I'm much more conservative with money than George Bush is. Trust ;Money, Coins & Minting
When you - when you - and this is still going on today - are making your money by pushing paper around, when you should be making your money by investing venture capital in various job-creating things, that makes it much harder to recover. Money, Coins & Minting