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Monday, August 18, 2003


if the hat fits...

posted by Trammell at Monday, August 18, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Dean blasts Bush performance in Tucson appearance

ARTHUR H. ROTSTEIN - The Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. — Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean removed his necktie in the summer heat and offered a blistering attack on President Bush at a rally here Monday.

Dean, a former Vermont governor, told an estimated 500 supporters that Bush's economic and foreign policies have been failures sufficient to earn him a bus ride back to Crawford, Texas.

He said Bush talks tough on defense, but has fallen short in carry-through, failing to buy the enriched uranium left over from the former Soviet Union's weapons program, or to fund inspection of 90 percent of cargo containers entering this country every day.

"You know what I say about this president's position on defense? Just like they say in Texas, 'He's all hat and no cattle"' said Dean in his second Tucson appearance this summer.


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