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Friday, November 07, 2003


Filling In The Gaps

posted by Dana at Friday, November 07, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
In his online chat for The Washington Post yesterday Gov. Dean filled in some policy gaps I had not seen mentioned before. (Leave it to ordinary folks to ask the right questions.)

Here, for instance, is Governor Dean on space. He's for it.

I am a strong supporter of NASA and every government program that furthers scientific research. I don't think we should close the shuttle program but I do believe that we should aggressively begin a program to have manned flights to Mars.

Governor Dean also gave a good explanation of his views on world trade:

Globalization is here to stay whether we like it or not, but the rules for globalization are not. Both NAFTA and the WTO help large multinational corporations but ignore the needs for the people who work for them -- not only in America but around the rest of the world. In order to make globalization work we also have to globalize worker protection, labor rights, environmental rights and human rights. Free trade won’t work under the present circumstances.

Dean was more nuanced on global warming, without retreating an inch:

We should find a way to sign Kyoto. It is not perfect and we must include the developing nations, such as Brazil and China, and require them to reduce greenhouse gasses as well. But in the end global warming is the most important environmental problem we face. We can’t follow the head-in-the-sand view of the Bush administration on global warming. We have to deal with it.

If you're wondering about the so-called "partial birth abortion" issue, here is the Doctor:

Late term abortions are very rare and should never be used except to save the life or health of the mother. I just don't think the government ought to be making personal medical decisions for Americans. No respectable physician would ever do a late term abortion except for the most serious reasons. That is why I did not support the President's bill.

And if you think Dean is ignoring the voting machine issue, think again:

The chairman of Diebold has sent a letter saying that he will do everything he can to get Bush reelected. This does not engender confidence in the American electoral system. If I become the Democratic nominee we will have teams, particularly in jurisdictions like Florida, who will be conducting poll watching activities to prevent the kind of Republican abuses that took place in the last election. We will do more work on the voting machine issue as the campaign moves along.

Read the whole thing. It's gratifying to have such an articulate candidate to support.


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