Friday, June 20, 2003
Dean in SF http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/06/20/MN265787.DTL
Dean received a warm reception and a standing ovation from the crowd of 500 at the Marriott Hotel during a packed day of campaigning and fund raising in the Bay Area, which included meetings with supporters and a rush-hour commute on the San Francisco-Larkspur Ferry.
Dean hammered Bush on both economic and national security issues in his San Francisco speech, saying that "if you can't get two things right as president of the United States, then you have not served your country well."
Dean also spoke forcefully on the issue of Iraq and the administration's continued insistence that it will find weapons of mass destruction there in the wake of the war effort.
Asked by reporters whether the American people were lied to on the matter, Dean said, "Yes, they were."
"They were told by the secretary of defense that we knew where the weapons (in Iraq) were, and evidently, there were no such weapons," he said. "We didn't know where they were."
"We were told by the vice president that there was a high likelihood that Saddam had nuclear weapons," he said. "That turned out not to be true.
"We were told by the president that we could expect that the Iraqi troops would use chemical weapons on us, that the order had been given, that an attack by Saddam Hussein could happen at any moment. That turned out not to be true."
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