Tuesday, November 01, 2005
"Stay out of our lives," says DNC Chairman
Howard Dean, DNC Chairman, claimed his party "firmly believes" government should stay out of the personal and health care decisions of American citizens. Dean appeared on the Chris Matthews show, "Hardball", on Monday night, October 31. Matthews was trying to get Dean to say the Democratic Party is pro-choice as opposed to pro-life and totally missed what I consider the more important content.
However, Stephen Spruiell of National Review Online Media Blog provides the transcript and video:
MATTHEWS: So the Democrats are the pro-choice party, period?
DEAN: The government…
MATTHEWS: The Democrats, your party, is the pro-choice party.
DEAN: No, my party respects everybody’s views, but my party firmly believes that the government should stay out of people’s personal lives.
MATTHEWS: But you’re a pro-choice party, are you not? You sound like you’re against them for being pro-life. Are you pro-choice?
DEAN: I’m not against people for being pro-life. I actually was the first chairman who met for a long, for a long time, who met with the pro-life Democrats… (but not pro-life Republicans. FAIR.)
MATTHEWS: This is a complicated thing for people. The people believe the Republican party because of its record supports the pro-life position. Does your party support the pro-choice position?
DEAN: The position we support is, a woman has a right to make, and a family has a right to make up their own mind about their health care without government interference.
MATTHEWS: That’s pro-choice.
DEAN: A woman and a family have a right to make up their own minds about their health care without government interference. That’s our position.
MATTHEWS: Why do you hesitate to use the phrase “pro-choice”?
DEAN: Because I think it’s often misused. If you’re pro-choice it implies you’re not pro-life — that’s not true. There are a lot of pro-life Democrats. We respect them, but we believe the government should…
MATTHEWS: Do you believe in abortion rights?
DEAN: I believe the government should stay out of personal, of the personal lives of families and women. They should stay out of our lives. That’s what I believe.
MATTHEWS: I find it interesting that you have hesitated to say what the party has always stood for, which is the pro-choice position…
DEAN: The party believes the government does not belong in making personal decisions.
Six times - SIX TIMES! - the Chairman of the party of intentionally high taxes, business interference, morality legislation, "cradle-to-grave nanny state" national health care, "it takes a village" child (and adult) care, "we are smarter than private American citizens on any conceivable subject" - Howard Dean says the Democratic Party believes the government should not interfere in the private lives or health care decisions of Americans.
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