Sunday, September 07, 2003
Repubs are Scared http://www.post-gazette.com/election/20030907targetdean0907p2.asp
Republican political consultant David M. Carney, who ran Bob Dole's 1996 New Hampshire campaign and was White House political director in the presidential administration of George H.W. Bush, said Dean is a candidate "our party needs to take seriously.
"I think Howard Dean is our biggest threat," Carney said, adding that Senate and House members running for the Democratic nomination could be more "target rich" because they have cast hundreds of votes on controversial issues that could be used against them.
"He's a governor who for 11 years balanced budgets; there are a lot of businesses in Vermont who considered him a pro-business governor; he's got a 100 percent rating with the [National Rifle Association]," Carney said. "There's a passion there that's really scary. He could ignite people who haven't participated in the process. ... He's certainly beatable on his positions, but I don't think many people think it's a slam dunk. I don't know anyone lately [who] thinks that."
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