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Sunday, May 18, 2003


Liberal Oasis interviews Dean

posted by Aziz P. at Sunday, May 18, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Kudos to Liberal Oasis for a fantastic interview with Dean! Below are the questions, follow the link for the answers...

What do you think were the motivations for the Bush Administration to go to war with Iraq?

Are the recent contracts awarded to Halliburton and Bechtel examples of a conflict of interest in the Bush Administration? Or were they hired simply because there are only a few companies qualified to do the kind of work needed in Iraq?

You've taken some flak for saying, following the downfall of Saddam Hussein, "I suppose that's a good thing.” USA Today's Walter Shapiro said it was an "off-key note" and "even Democrats who doubt the strategic wisdom of the war have to agree that Saddam's ouster was unquestionably a good thing." Senator Evan Bayh said in response, "equivocating about whether Saddam's departure is a good thing or not doesn't help the Democratic Party." What's your response?

Congress is currently reviewing President Clinton's welfare reform law, and revisions to the law are expected. How well do you feel welfare reform has worked, and what changes, if any, would you like to see?

LO: In Vermont, you opposed a bill that would have given terminally ill patients access to medicinal marijuana. What was your rationale? As President, would you direct the FDA to objectively address this issue?

Republicans seem eager to run against you in part because of your rejection of tax cuts. Other than stressing your credentials as a deficit hawk, how will you counter their attacks?

You have said, "what people liked about John McCain they will like about me." And you have described yourself as a social liberal and fiscal conservative. But John McCain lost in the primary to a well-funded and well-handled candidate. Paul Tsongas in 1992, a social liberal-fiscal conservative, also lost to a well-funded, well-handled candidate. What have you learned from their campaigns? What do you plan to do differently to avoid the same fate?

These questions nicely complement the DeanBlog Interview. We will of course print the answers in full when we receive them from the campaign. Stay tuned :)


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