Dean: Scarborough 'parroting' GOP talking points
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Tuesday November 4, 2008

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough welcomed Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean to his program on Tuesday morning by acknowledging the likelihood of a "historic victory" for Barack Obama.

However, Scarborough, a former Republican Congressman, quickly turned from congratulating Dean to suggesting that the Democratic leadership in Congress would be likely to "overreach" once they enjoyed larger majorities and a president of their own party.

Dean told Scarborough in response that he sounded like he was "parroting" Republican attack ads.

"What do you tell Americans today," Scarborough began, "as they're getting out and voting, that may be concerned that if they give the Democrats the Senate and the House and the White House, that they may be no more responsible than the Republicans when they were given all branches of power or the Clinton administration in '93 and '94?"

"The Clinton administration did some good things," Dean objected. "I'd say give us a chance."

"The Democrats overreached in '93 and '94," insisted Scarborough, "which put Republicans in the House and Senate for the better part of a decade. Tell me Democrats won't make that same mistake again."

"Joe, this election is not about the past," Dean replied. "This is about the future, and Barack is going to run a great administration. We're going to work back toward restoring fiscal responsibility to this country. ... Give us a chance to change America."

"You were considered a moderate governor in Vermont," Scarborough told Dean. "Do you think that Barack Obama is going to be able to deal with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and others in Congress and explain to them that sometimes 'perfect' is the enemy of 'good'?"

"You sound like you're parroting the party line in the last couple of weeks of attack ads," Dean responded. He went on to describe both Pelosi and Reid as "thoughtful" and concluded, "We will move the country forward. We will deliver on our promises."

This video is from MSNBC's Morning Joe, broadcast November 4, 2008.

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