Sunday, November 13, 2005

Dean Handles Russert's Republican Talking Point (Er, Question)

TIM RUSSERT: Are the Democrats now trying to embrace Christ, embrace moral values, because they see themselves on the wrong side of that issue?

HOWARD DEAN: Well, first of all, there's a fair number of Jewish Democrats who I don't think are going to embrace Christ. But I think we all embrace the teachings of morality and of embracing people and of tolerance and of inclusion. ... I don't think that people who are not comfortable speaking about their faith should speak about their faith.

But I think we all should speak about our values. I think one of the mistakes we've made is to not understand that most Americans believe that moral values include making sure that kids don't go to bed hungry at night. The Republicans are cutting the school lunch program. We want to make sure that everybody in America has health insurance. That's a moral value. The Republicans are kicking people off their health care. ... So there is a -- we win when we debate about moral values. We ought to talk about our values.

-- NBC's Meet The Press, Nov. 13

7 Comments:

Anonymous classof56 said...

Go Howard! Go Howard!
Yes, yes, yes!

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Olney Blue said...

Dean was excellent on MTP today!

This was one of his answers that made me especially happy.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Stuckinthebush said...

Man, I love that guy! Howard speaks for me!!!

9:43 PM  
Anonymous freeplessinseattle said...

I was cheering when watching him

Dean rocks my world! He is so articulate, passionate, and damn smart.

swoon..

9:43 PM  
Anonymous carolinalady said...

I think he shied away from the question. He should have said their are millions of Democrats who embrace Christ just as there are millions of Jews, Muslims, and other faiths who embrace their religions and beliefs. We are a very moral people amd we resent those who say they are a Republican and a Christian as if those of us who are Democrat are not people of faith. It is time that is spelled out in no uncertain terms.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous freedomangel82 said...

Exactly. I believe Dean is a Christian himself (I believe he said so once). The thing I love about being a democrat is my faith doesn't play a factor to me being a democrat and believing in democratic ideals because they go hand and hand with my faith. I love how we have such a huge tent of all sorts of people who come from all walks of life and we all work together for the greater good.

4:57 AM  
Anonymous ash said...

I believe Dr. Dean's (whom I love so much I named a cat after him)wife is Jewish, as is Dean's Rep. counterpart, Mehlmann. What was Russert's point? just to make himself sound more asinine and partial than he already did?

4:55 PM  

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