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Tuesday, September 02, 2003


Dean on Ashcroft; DeLay on Dean; Dean on DeLay and Ashcroft

posted by Editor at Tuesday, September 02, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
In response to Gov. Dean's statment (though I have not read it, I'll trust the Congressman didn't make it up - a leap of faith, I know), Rep. DeLay released the following (whack jobs unite!) statement:

To: National Desk
Contact: Stuart Roy or Jonathan Grella, 202-225-4000; both of the Office of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

SUGAR LAND, Texas., Sept. 2 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Sugarland) today condemned the comments of presidential candidate and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, who said, "John Ashcroft is not a patriot," in New Hampshire yesterday.

"Howard Dean is a cruel and extremist demagogue," DeLay said.

"John Ashcroft loves America more than Howard Dean could ever know. John Ashcroft has sacrificed for his country, and devoted his life to serving it. He is as kind, generous, and patriotic a man as I've ever met. And Howard Dean is as ignorant on John Ashcroft as he is on national security."

"Howard Dean's comments are an embarrassment to the democratic process and the Democrat Party. If this cruel, loudmouth extremist is the cream of the Democrat crop, next Novembers going to make the 1984 election look like a squeaker."


Dean for America responds:

September 2, 2003

Dean For America Responds To Comments by Tom Delay

BURLINGTON--Dean for America Communications Director Tricia Enright issued the following statement today in response to today's statement from House Majority Leader Tom Delay: "The narrow ideological agenda of the Delay-Ashcroft wing of the Republican Party threatens basic American freedoms that have been enshrined in the Constitution for over 200 years. Those policies are not only extreme, they are cruel."

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