Talk It Out with Jodi Leib
Thank you, Howard Dean!
March for Women's Lives, 2004
Jodi: How are you today, Mr. Dean?
Howard Dean: Very well, how are you?
Jodi: Excellent. Thank you so much for being here because we don't have a whole lot of leadership in this country, and it's very nice to see you showing up for us at the March for Women's Lives.
Howard Dean: Thanks. It's a big deal, because women still don't have equal pay as men. President Bush is attacking the child care budget, he's attacking the public school systems, attacking healthcare. 500,000 kids lost their healthcare under this President. It's time we start mobilizing and fighting back, and that's what this is all about.
Jodi: I know this is really extreme, but I'm going to say it because I'm honest about what I think and feel. I feel our like President is practicing Nazi philosophy, and I think it's really dangerous. I am alarmed at this, and I don't usually go there, but I feel - do you think that's what he's doing?
Howard Dean: I just think he's really practicing a policy of neglect. I don't think he knows what it's like to be an ordinary American, struggling to make your paycheck and keep your kids in school. I think he has no idea how tough it is. I think we need a President who might understand that.
Jodi: Do you think he understands how to make positive choices for healthy people?
Howard Dean: I don't think he understands anything about choice. He's certainly not in favor of it, as far as I can gather from what's going on around here today. He's certainly not in favor of women making any choices over their reproductive life. I disagree with him on that one. I think women ought to have the same rights under the law as men do.
Jodi: Thank you so much for Talking It Out, I really appreciate it!
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Jodi Leib's Talk It Out Interview with Howard Dean was taped on April 25, 2004. Talk It Out (c) Jodi Leib, 2004. Reprint by Permission at firstname.lastname@example.org.