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Wednesday, March 12, 2003


Dean Sounding Unusual Notes: Boasts of cutting taxes, in an interview at the Sun

posted by B at Wednesday, March 12, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
We cut taxes a lot in Vermont,” Dr. Dean said yesterday in a visit with editors of The New York Sun. Republicans these days, Dr. Dean complained, are operating on a basis of borrow and spend, borrow and spend... touting his “A” rating from the National Rifle Association.

Does Bush need to worry that his conservative base is about to swing into the Dean-for-President camp? Well, probably not yet. The Republican National Committee describes Dr. Dean as an “ultra-liberal on social issues.” His support for gay civil unions in Vermont is unlikely to go over well with the religious conservatives.

Those are Bush votes anyway. Remember the elections of 1992 and 1998, when the Republicans waged their "cultural war" theme? Dean, by boxing off the issues of fiscal conservatism and guns, brings out the worst in Republicans, for all the independents to see-- their social intolerance.


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