The Hiller Instinct: Front-runner
The secretary of state's office was crammed with cameras when Dean officially entered the New Hampshire primary, reflecting his frontrunner's status. Dean told a roomful of reporters he'd be nowhere without New Hampshire…
Howard Dean (D) Presidential Candidate
"I think we've got to continue the tradition of the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary because it's the only way that candidates with no money, but with strong backing, and who are willing to put backbone and spine back into the democratic party, have any chance at all."
After a brief rally outside the State House, I asked Dean how he can assure voters he has the temperament to be president…
"Well I handled life and death decisions for 13 years as a doctor, and I did a pretty good job for almost 12 years as a governor… I don't think people have to worry. If I'm able to make and life decisions about individuals, I'll be able to make life and death decisions about the country."
And Dean points to union endorsements he has just won as proof he can win the White House…
"I think the most indicator of electability is that two of nation's largest unions endorsed me yesterday because they feel that I'm the one who can beat President Bush."
"Fair and square. Is this where you expected to be right now?"
"No. We reached out to a lot of people, who felt that the Democratic Party wasn’t standing for anything any more."
"Do you feel guilty for making John Kerry crazy?"
"We're not going anywhere with that one."
Sorry, Senator Kerry, but the New Hampshire Primary is now Howard Dean's to lose. And Dean knows it. He's confident, not cocky, and comfortable in the frenzy of a presidential campaign. And though he's been criticized for being too curt, he believes his brand of straight talk will take him straight to the White House.