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Monday, December 23, 2002


Dean interviewed on ABC's This Week

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, December 23, 2002 permalink View blog reactions
Dean was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on Sunday Dec. 22nd, on ABC's This Week. Link goes to the show's main website - when they make a transcript available, we will add the direct link.

PunditWatch had this to say about the appearance:

Democratic presidential contender Howard Dean, appearing on This Week, took credit, along with Al Gore, for President Bush’s current Iraq policy, then claimed the US would become a “second tier power” in 10-15 years if Bush’s policies are continued.

Is this a fair characterization? only the transcript can say. Glenn Reynolds also commented on Dean's appearance - he didn't mention any comments about "second-tier power" status but also had a negative impression:

I also caught George Stephanopoulos grilling Howard Dean, and thought that Stephanopoulos did pretty well, while Dean was visibly waffling in response to some rather pointed questions.

UPDATE: the transcript is not available for free, but you can purchase a copy from ABC.


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