Statement by Governor Howard Dean on the Economy and the Situation in Iraq

Des Moines, IA, November 3, 2003

“President Bush continues to try to put positive spin on the economy and the situation in Iraq, but the reality just doesn't support his rhetoric. On the economy, the Bush Administration has compiled the worst economic record since the Great Depression, and one quarter of growth is not going to make up for 2 1/2 years of Enron Economics. Since President Bush moved into the White House, 3.2 million Americans have lost their jobs, and we have yet to see any sign that this time of hardship for American workers is ending. Real economic growth can only be measured with jobs.

“On Iraq, in the face of mounting American casualties and the bloodiest day since President Bush declared an end to the war, this President continues to claim that we are on the right track. This Administration's arrogant foreign policy has made it almost impossible to bring in our allies and internationalize the force. Only by doing so will we be able to bring our troops home safely.

“It seems only a small group of people have benefited from President Bush's economic and Iraq policies – his campaign contributors, a wealthy elite who have received unfair tax cuts and this Administration's large corporate friends who have received billions in no-bid contracts.

“The nation deserves better. The American people must change Washington.”
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