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Statement from John Kerry on Howard Dean's Confederate Flag Statement

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"I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks," Howard Dean said Friday in a telephone interview from New Hampshire. [Des Moines Register, 11/1/03]
November  01,  2003

"Howard Dean is justifying his pandering to the NRA by saying his opposition to an assault weapons ban allows him to pander to lovers of the Confederate flag.  It is simply unconscionable for Howard Dean to embrace the most racially divisive symbol in America.  I would rather be the candidate of the NAACP than the NRA."

Dean's Flip-Flopping on the Confederate Flag

Dean "declined to say South Carolina should stop flying a Confederate flag, again saying that is a state decision." [Knight Ridder, 2/2/03]

Dean has conceded previously that there are "a very significant number of folks in this state to whom it is a symbol of oppression and slavery." [Washington Post, 2/5/03]

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