"We are here to fight"
Dean won't back down:
Dean Tells Dems: 'People Want Us to Fight'
WASHINGTON (AP) - Howard Dean said Saturday that positive responses from supporters have reinforced his determination to keep talking tough despite suggestions from some congressional Democrats that the party chairman should tone down his rhetoric.
"People want us to fight,'' Dean told the national party's executive committee. "We are here to fight.''
Over the past week, Dean described Republicans as "pretty much a white, Christian party'' and said many in the GOP "never made an honest living.''
Several Democratic lawmakers distanced themselves from their chairman. Republican officials called on him to apologize. After weathering the criticism, Dean forged ahead with the GOP scolding at the meeting of Democratic National Committee leaders.
Yet some Democrats say the former Vermont governor should not remain the center of attention.
...One of Dean's predecessors at the DNC, Don Fowler said, "The controversy over this statement or that statement is a blip and only a blip.'' But Fowler complained about leading Democrats who aired their gripes last week. "Even if they don't like it, they should have enough sense not to make those comments,'' Fowler said.
At the session in a downtown hotel, Dean accused Republicans of trying to suppress the vote, selling access to the White House for lobbyists and basically being dishonest with the public.
More on Dean in a bit.