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Snip from Transcript, he calls Lieberman an "outlier".
"DICK CHENEY, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Some have suggested this war is not winnable, and a few seem almost eager to conclude that the struggle is already lost. They are wrong. The only way to lose this fight is to quit, and quitting is not an option.
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BLITZER: I said he seemed to be taking direct aim at you because you had been quoted as saying the war was not winnable.
DEAN: Well, I don't think the war is winnable under this leadership. This is a leadership that has made the biggest mess, not just of this war, but of our security in general. Here we are, five years into the presidency of George W. Bush. The North Koreans still have nuclear weapons, the Iranians are about to get them. Our troops are sent into battle without adequate body armor. Our ports are not secure, and now we find that they're being run under the jurisdiction of other countries. What is this administration? Karl Rove thinks that security is going to be the issue? It's going to be the issue, all right. It's going to be the issue that elects Democrats. These people cannot figure out how to defend America in a reasonable way. And I think the American people are sick of this. And you've seen the polls as well as I have.
BLITZER: The Democratic Party, though, seems to be all over the place, from John Murtha saying a phased withdrawal is important, to Joe Lieberman, who said the other day this: "In my opinion, we are better off with Saddam Hussein gone, and we now have an opportunity to build within Iraq a self-governing, modernizing country that will really provide an alternative in the Arab world to the hatred and suicidal death that al Qaeda offers." The Democrats don't speak with one voice by any means.
DEAN: You're always going to get some outliers. I think everybody would agree that we're better off that Saddam has gone, but certainly not safer. But Joe is out there, with supporting the president. I think most Democrats -- and Chuck Hagel sometimes supports us. You're always going to get a few people in each party that are with the other side, and that's fine.
"The truth is, there is something approaching consensus in the Democratic side. There's not a lot of difference between Joe Biden and Jack Murtha. There may be some difference on timing, but the -- we know we have to leave Iraq. We know we can't stay there. We know this president's idea of staying there forever or whatever it was that Dick Cheney said -- we've heard that in Vietnam. We're not going to make the same mistake twice.
The truth of the matter is, you cannot have a permanent commitment to a failed strategy. This president never had a strategy to win in Iraq.
Let me remind you and the audience: Donald Rumsfeld's testimony before the Congress that said the Iraqi oil was going to pay for all this -- here we are, $400 billion added to our deficit, because that wasn't true; that General Shinseki testified that we needed more troops, but this administration ignored him."
15. He actually sighed during the CNN interview...I thought of that.
How hard it must be to be a bridge between the two...when he sighed, kind of smiled and said he was eagerly awaiting that positive message from the hill. Context here:
"BLITZER: A lot of Democratic strategists, though, feel frustrated that the Democrats have not been able to capitalize on the failures that they perceive of this administration. Barack Obama, Democratic senator from Illinois: "We have been in a reactive posture for too long. I think we have been very good at saying no, but not good enough at saying yes."
DEAN: I await the positive message from the Hill. I absolutely agree with that. But I actually that in -- although, in all due respect to Senator Obama, who I am a huge fan of -- we are getting it together with a message. Our message is very clear.
We want honesty and integrity back in our government again. We want a national security -- a tough, strong national security policy, but one that relies on telling the truth to our citizens, our soldiers and our allies. We want a health care system that works for everybody, like 36 other countries have. We want American jobs that will stay in America, using energy independence as a new industry to generate them. And we want a strong public education system to give us opportunity and optimism back in America. I think that's a good place to start".
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