The Honolulu Advertiser
Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, told Hawai'i Democrats last night that if a Democrat wins the White House next year the first tasks would be to heal the partisan divide and restore the country's moral authority around the world. Dean said President Bush has dismissed people who disagree with him politically both at home and abroad, governing by division and fear. "He was president of half the country," he said. "We can't do that as Democrats."
Dean also said he believes the party is in better position to appeal to voters under 35 who are emerging as a force in the political process. He said the party's presidential candidates reflect the multiculturalism that younger voters recognize, in contrast to the GOP presidential candidates.
Dean acknowledged that Hawai'i is a historically Democratic state but said majority Democrats in the state Legislature could do more with a Democratic governor in 2010. Gov. Linda Lingle was the first Republican governor in four decades and was easily elected to a second term last year. "There is still plenty to be done in Hawai'i, but you have to do it by infrastructure," Dean said.
Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said "it's nice to see Howard Dean's scream has extended to Hawai'i, but his rhetoric would be better directed toward the Democrat Congress that currently holds historically low ratings. "From their plans that undermine America's military to their reckless fiscal policies that would raise taxes on hardworking families, Dean's party is unacceptable to Hawaiians just as it is to voters in the rest of the country."