Race for the White House
The Hiller Instinct: Race for the White House
As our other national pastime starts swinging again, and the democrats field enough candidates to make up their own baseball team, one is already rookie-of-the-year...
"I'm Howard Dean and I'm here to represent the democratic wing of the Democratic Party."
Howard Dean (D) Presidential Candidate
His personality and custom blend of policies fit well in New Hampshire's retail politics…
"I get to know people, they get to know me and they get to know what I stand for…. Even democrats in New Hampshire are very independent minded ...and I'm a very independent minded guy."
Dean burst through his party's pack as American bombs burst in Iraq. His opposition made him liberals' latest flavor of the month…
"You know the flavor of the month is not because I was against the war. The flavor of the month is because I'm willing to stand up to President Bush and that's a rare commodity in the Democratic Party."
While the president poses as top gun, Dean sees Bush as bottom of the barrel…
"This president has been the most divisive president since Richard Nixon. He ran as a uniter, not a divider... that was the biggest falsehood in the campaign."
Howard Dean, January 2, 1993
After serving ten years as Vermont's governor, Dean's high poll numbers in New Hampshire put him on a collision course with John Kerry, who is fishing in the same voter pool. But, at Dartmouth, Dean acknowledged he makes many of his rivals uneasy…
"I would be delighted if other campaigns weren't so threatened that we're now second in New Hampshire."
Even Dean is surprised by his success here. And the New Hampshire primary will answer the question he asked on his last day in Vermont…
"So who knows what may happen? (laughter)"
Howard Dean, January 8
Howard Dean is also a physician and the prescription he is writing in New Hampshire could be big trouble for John Kerry. In fact, on primary night next January, if the doctor finishes first, the Kerry campaign will need life support.