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AP: Dean Blasts Bush Over Mad Cow Scare
Excite News ^ | December 27, 2003 | JOHN SOLOMON

Posted on 12/27/2003 6:04:10 PM PST by LurkedLongEnough

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean says the Bush administration missed an opportunity to soften the impact of the country's first mad cow scare and that the American beef industry should receive federal aid to weather the crisis.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, Dean also said Friday he wants Osama bin Laden to get the death penalty, seeking to minimize fallout from a New Hampshire newspaper story in which he was quoted as saying the terror leader's guilt should not be prejudged.

"As a president, I would have to defend the process of the rule of law. But as an American, I want to make sure he gets the death penalty he deserves," Dean told the AP in a phone interview.

The former Vermont governor, who solidly leads the field of Democratic presidential candidates in both polls and money, said he was simply trying to state in The Concord Monitor interview that the process of trying bin Laden needs to be fair and credible.

In that interview published Friday, Dean was quoted as saying, "I still have this old-fashioned notion that even with people like Osama, who is very likely to be found guilty, we should do our best not to, in positions of executive power, not to prejudge jury trials."

Dean told the AP that sentiment doesn't mean he sympathizes in any way with the al-Qaida leader. "I'm just like every other American, I think the guy is outrageous," he said.

Dean also weighed in for the first time on the news earlier this week that a cow in Washington state has tested positive for mad cow disease, the first such case in the United States.

The former governor, whose state has a large dairy cow population, said the Bush administration failed to aggressively set up a tracking system that would allow the government to quickly track the origins of the sick cow, quarantine other animals it came in contact with and assure the marketplace the rest of the meat supply is safe.

"What we need in this country is instant traceability," he said.

Dean said such a system should have been set up quickly after the mad cow scare that devastated the British beef industry in the mid- to late-1990s. The Bush administration was still devising its plan when the sick cow was slaughtered Dec. 9, and on Friday the government still hadn't determine the infected animal's origins.

"This just shows the complete lack of foresight by the Bush administration once again," Dean said. "This is something that easily could be predicted and was predicted."

Dean said as a result the beef industry will suffer enormously. Officials said Friday 90 percent of the foreign markets for American beef have been closed off because of the announcement.

Asked if he supported a federal economic aid package for the industry, Dean said: "The answer is, yes, of course I do. The question is how much? And we don't know how much yet."

Dean said the government's first job, before the economic damage is calculated, must be to "close down that impact as soon as possible" by tracing the cow's origins and credibly reassuring the American public and the world that the rest of the U.S. beef supply is safe.

As a doctor, Dean said he was more concerned about the impact of the announcement on the U.S. economy than on public health. "The truth is this is going to have a minimal health impact," he said.

Dean also reacted to comments attributed to Democratic rival Joe Lieberman in a story published Friday in The Union-Leader of Manchester, N.H., suggesting the Roe vs. Wade decision needs to be revisited because scientific advances allow a fetus to survive outside the womb much earlier than in the 1970s.

Lieberman issued a statement Friday saying he was misquoted and doesn't want the historic Supreme Court decision to be reopened.

Dean said he wasn't personally familiar with the Union-Leader interview, but he said Lieberman is "very much off base and doesn't understand the science," comparing him to anti-abortion Republicans.

"I think Joe makes the mistake that Republicans do, insinuating himself in the doctor-patient relationship," Dean said.


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: New Hampshire; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: howarddean; madcow; wacko; wackodean
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To: thoughtomator
He never misses the opportunity to hype a phony crisis.

He's trying his best to look presidential, just like his idol Slick Willy.

51 posted on 12/27/2003 7:15:04 PM PST by pctech
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To: LurkedLongEnough
He's obviously our second known case. Can't blame him for being irrational in light of his condition. Lotta cows up there in Vermont. :)

LBT

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52 posted on 12/27/2003 7:15:22 PM PST by LiberalBassTurds
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Dean blasts Bush over the Flu outbreak
Dean blasts Bush over the Iranian earthquake
Dean blasts Bush over the death of Brett Favre's father
Dean blasts Bush over the failed flight of the Wright Brother's replica
Dean blasts Bush over the California mudslide
Dean blasts Bush over the Benin plane crash
Dean blasts Bush over the southwest US drought this year
Dean blasts Bush over the low temperatures this winter
Dean blasts Bush over delay in AirFrance flights into and out of LAX
Dean blasts Bush over the WalMart beating
Dean blasts Bush over the apparent loss of the Mars Beagle 2 probe
Dean blasts Bush over Buffalo Bill's loss
Dean blasts Bush over the Steinbrenner fainting
53 posted on 12/27/2003 7:16:08 PM PST by CurlyBill (Voter fraud is one of the primary campaign strategies of the Democrats!!!!)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Hell I knew Bush was at fault all along.

No doubt Bush is also to blame for the Brit Mars probe not phoning home.

And the quake in Iran.

And the cold snap that killed several Brits.

Must be scary to have the power Bush has!
54 posted on 12/27/2003 7:18:16 PM PST by vladog
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To: LurkedLongEnough; MeeknMing; OrthodoxPresbyterian
Before the mad cow scare beef prices were going up, reportedly led by Atkins dieters.

I wonder if the loss of world market will cause an over-supply at home and keep prices in check through the election in November?
55 posted on 12/27/2003 7:25:00 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army and Proud of It!)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Dean is the epitome of modern extremist Democrats -- completely devoid of common sense. I wouldn't allow this fanatic to be in charge of filling my dog's food bowl.
56 posted on 12/27/2003 7:25:23 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
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To: LurkedLongEnough
I agree.
It's hard to believe the Dem base considers this man a viable candidate for the White House.
He has no control over what comes out of his mouth.
The other Dem candidates are just ripping him to shreads...and yet he still leads them in the polls. Insane.
57 posted on 12/27/2003 7:30:46 PM PST by Jorge
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To: GailA
The idiots at the processing plant should never have processed the meat once the BSE was determined. Better to take the loss on one cow than to take the beating they will now take.

The idiots who owned the cow, had a herd of over two thousand, but they were so stupid they wanted to lose their whole herd over a two hundred dollar cow. I grew up on a farm and now live on a farm, I HAVE NEVER SOLD A DOWN ANIMAL, if I don't want to eat it I don't want someone else to eat it. I always shoot and shovel it's cheap insurance.

58 posted on 12/27/2003 7:31:39 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: tet68
"What we need in this country is instant traceability," Dean said

When Dean is president, cows and people will get ear tags with computer chips on them.

Dean = BIG BROTHER.

Orwell's 1984 just was off on the year.

59 posted on 12/27/2003 7:34:12 PM PST by RicocheT
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To: mylife
That guy's grin is just scary. It reminds me of Jack Nicholson in The Shining.

Becki

60 posted on 12/27/2003 7:42:32 PM PST by Becki (Pray continually for our leaders and our troops!)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Lando

61 posted on 12/27/2003 7:48:40 PM PST by Lando Lincoln (The Vermin had vermin)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
I think Dean himself suffers from "Mad Cow Disease". Did he eat one of the burgers?
62 posted on 12/27/2003 7:51:40 PM PST by TommyDale
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To: TommyDale
Dean blasts Bush over ___________.

From now till the election we can expect to see a lot of those.
63 posted on 12/27/2003 7:57:05 PM PST by winner3000
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To: thoughtomator
The Rats cannot win if there is no crisis and if there is no crisis, they create one, blame the Republicans and then claim that they have the only workable solution, which invariable involves the federal government and large amounts of our tax dollars.
64 posted on 12/27/2003 8:01:04 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Its great he keeps digging that hole deeper and deeper.....
65 posted on 12/27/2003 8:05:58 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: FairOpinion
"The Dems in general and Dean in particular have totally lost their minds, if they ever had it."

You can't lose something you didn't have in the first place.

66 posted on 12/27/2003 8:11:45 PM PST by blackbart.223
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To: TommyDale
I think Dean himself suffers from "Mad Cow Disease". Did he eat one of the burgers?


67 posted on 12/27/2003 8:12:12 PM PST by Cloud William
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To: sinkspur
Does the term "demigod" float through your thoughts?
68 posted on 12/27/2003 8:12:52 PM PST by Atchafalaya
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Yeah, Raht,

Deaniot Idiot!

Throw money at the problem! It may not go away but more of your corrupt cronies will be richer and communism will advance!

Traitorous idiot.

Go sleep with Shrillery. You might go away more possessed. But at least you'd be out of the public microphones for a bit and who knows--you might get hoof and mouth disease.
69 posted on 12/27/2003 8:14:11 PM PST by Quix (Particularly quite true conspiracies are rarely proven until it's too late to do anything about them)
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To: Beck_isright
I just stopped on C[anadian]TV. "Premature that the cow was from Canada given the age discrepancy AND no "Made in Canada" label - the ear tag.

Yeah, right. Like the dairy is going to be advertising that THEIR cows came from Canada, given the problems this past year.

Might be past time to start enforcing that "Do not remove under penalty of law" law.

And Chuckie Schumer was shown ranting: "Time for Congress to tell the cattlemen to take a hike. Time to tell the meat
packing industry to take a hike".

70 posted on 12/27/2003 8:17:38 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: LoudRepublicangirl
He'll probably say that President Bush hand fed the tainted feed to the infected cow.

Well you must admit - it is an interesting theory...

71 posted on 12/27/2003 8:19:48 PM PST by Publius Maximus (Compassionate Conservatism: Profligate Liberal Spending With A Conservative Rhetorical Twist)
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To: Servant of the 9
No, I would classify her as a cow; Clinton may have BSE. The penile route of infection has not been verified as yet, but one can hope!
72 posted on 12/27/2003 8:30:06 PM PST by Atchafalaya
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To: RicocheT
"When Dean is president, cows and people will get ear tags with computer chips on them."

Hate to break the news but the cattle industry is already very close to implementing mandatory use of electronic ID in all cattle in the US in the next couple of years. I believe the mandatory part is presently on hold, but the idea that nothing is being done to track the origin of all cattle is totally wrong.
73 posted on 12/27/2003 8:36:43 PM PST by BDR (In the cattle bidness.)
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To: BDR
My Question is when did his advisers alert him to the need for this program and how did I miss his recomendation on starting this program several weeks ago?

I know I want a President that panicks and proposes a taxpayer bailout over one dead cow.
74 posted on 12/27/2003 8:44:23 PM PST by Blessed
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To: Blessed
"My Question is when did his advisers alert him to the need for this program and how did I miss his recomendation on starting this program several weeks ago?

I know I want a President that panicks and proposes a taxpayer bailout over one dead cow."

Electronic ID for cattle has been discussed for the past few years. I don't think that there has been any political persuasion other than to insure that the US has the world's safest food supply by far.

I certainly wouldn't think that this president would propose a bailout to help the cattle business, but then I didn't think that we would get campaign finance reform either.
75 posted on 12/27/2003 9:03:38 PM PST by BDR (In the cattle bidness.)
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To: BDR
I was refering to Dean. It may not have been clear
76 posted on 12/27/2003 9:13:09 PM PST by Blessed
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To: Blessed
I'm with you. Sorry, doing too many things at once.

What scares me about this Dean guy is that there are people that will vote for him.
77 posted on 12/27/2003 9:17:00 PM PST by BDR (In the cattle bidness.)
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To: BDR
Yep everytime he opens his mouth he keeps putting his foot in it.If there is a social cause for the Dems to spend our money they will sure do it.
78 posted on 12/27/2003 9:26:30 PM PST by tapatio (Mad Cow Dean running on the Dr.Doolittle To Late Ticket)
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To: BDR
Yep everytime he opens his mouth he keeps putting his foot in it.If there is a social cause for the Dems to spend our money they will sure do it.
79 posted on 12/27/2003 9:28:56 PM PST by tapatio (Mad Cow Dean running on the Dr.Doolittle Too Late Ticket)
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To: Servant of the 9
ROFLMAO
80 posted on 12/27/2003 9:35:31 PM PST by cajun-jack
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To: tapatio
Oops!Sorry about the double post.
81 posted on 12/27/2003 9:41:00 PM PST by tapatio
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To: LurkedLongEnough
What he says-
I'm personally opposed to _________, but would never interfere _________________."

Fill in the blanks
higher taxation ....... in the pork barrel system which has served me and the Dems so well.
abortion ........ between a woman and her hired abortionist
abortion ......... at the medical schools where the students are encouraged to learn and perform abortions as I was.
euthanasia ..... between a depressed patient and his doctor who is ready to kill him.
euthanasia ...... a patient and the hospital that needs his bed.
the death penalty ..... the American people and their expressed opinions in my polls and focus groups.

justice ....... my true beliefs and my chances at becoming President.
82 posted on 12/27/2003 9:52:38 PM PST by hocndoc (Choice is the # 1 killer in the US)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Let me get this straight: Dean opposed "prejudging" Osama (who has claimed credit for 9/11 himself) but has flip-flopped and now pretends to favor the death penalty in order to appear tough on terrorism. He wants corporate welfare for the beef industry as a "solution" to the Mad Cow problem?

Mad Cow disease is interesting. The rogue protein "prions" infest in the intestines, spine, and brain. Howard Dean must be impervious to Mad Cow's because he has no guts, no backbone, or brain.
83 posted on 12/27/2003 10:04:49 PM PST by jagrmeister (I'm not a conservative. I don't seek to conserve, I seek to reform.)
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To: alloysteel
>Except when his mouth gets into gear. Then we hear words come out, and they SOUND like the English language, and the phrase construction seems to be correct, but the sentences make no sense whatsoever.

LOL.
84 posted on 12/27/2003 10:05:26 PM PST by jagrmeister (I'm not a conservative. I don't seek to conserve, I seek to reform.)
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To: Delta 21
National cow tracking and a bailout for the cattle industry.

What a platform!
_________________________________

Don't forget the 3-day waiting period on hamburgers!
85 posted on 12/27/2003 10:17:41 PM PST by GeorgiaYankee (American Leftists, the Kissing Cousins of the Baath Party!)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
What we need in this country is instant traceability," he said.

People, cattle...all the same I suppose.

86 posted on 12/27/2003 10:26:06 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse (For or against us.........)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
I've been wondering about this. Which administration made severe cutbacks in staffing at whatever agency does meat inspections? Curious, I really don't know which, or which agency, for that matter. Food inspections involve two agencies, which is part of the problem, as I recall.
87 posted on 12/27/2003 10:29:32 PM PST by I_dmc
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Dean told the AP that sentiment doesn't mean he sympathizes in any way with the al-Qaida leader. "I'm just like every other American, I think the guy is outrageous," he said.

But yet Dean STILL doesn't say that he thinks Bin Laden is guilty of these terror attacks

88 posted on 12/27/2003 10:32:03 PM PST by Mo1 (House Work, If you do it right , will kill you!)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Breaking News: Howard Dean Ripped into himself today asking:
Why am I such an IDIOT!!!! I blame the President.
89 posted on 12/27/2003 10:32:30 PM PST by Brimack34
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Mad cow? Where's Hildebeast?
90 posted on 12/27/2003 10:34:49 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: ValerieUSA
I'd like to see them disallow slaughter of a cow that cannot stand, I think.
91 posted on 12/27/2003 10:39:48 PM PST by I_dmc
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To: cubreporter
He is the epitomy of a political chameleon - he'll say anything he thinks anyone wants to hear if he thinks it will win their vote.
92 posted on 12/27/2003 10:54:02 PM PST by Hat-Trick (Do you trust a government that does not trust you with guns?)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
These guys are desperate. They read the news each day looking for some way to get traction. Then, when they can't find any viable means, they grasp at whatever straws they can find. They still have to go out and speak to voters, so they have to have something to say.

They haven't learned that it's better to let people think you're an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
93 posted on 12/27/2003 11:06:22 PM PST by Rocky
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Dean told the AP that sentiment doesn't mean he sympathizes in any way with the al-Qaida leader. "I'm just like every other American, I think the guy is outrageous," he said.

Liberace was outrageous. Osama bin Laden is a bit beyond "outrageous."

94 posted on 12/27/2003 11:36:24 PM PST by Wilhelm Tell (Lurking since 1997!)
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To: Lando Lincoln; autoresponder
You got that right, Abe !!

Interesting choices for Howard Dean's college classes. Marxism, Communism, etc ...

I think he must have truly EMBRACED them, too ! ...



Dean's Yale Transcripts Are Released

97 posted on 12/28/2003 2:06:54 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: yall


98 posted on 12/28/2003 2:09:32 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: xzins
I can't imagine this even being an issue for the election. Minor, if any issue at all.
Just a gut feel ...

99 posted on 12/28/2003 2:18:26 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: farmfriend
BTTT!!!!!
100 posted on 12/28/2003 3:10:08 AM PST by E.G.C.
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