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Discussing John McCain, Howard Dean doesn't hold back.

Published February 21, 2008 10:55PM (EST)

I have no idea whether the affair story is true or not, and I don't care. What I do care about is John McCain -- and this has been well documented -- is talking all the time about being a reformer and a maverick, and in fact, he has taken thousands of dollars from corporations, ridden on their corporate jets, and then turned around and tried to do favors for them and get projects approved. He has tons of lobbyists on his staff. This is a guy who is very close to the lobbyist community, a guy who has been documented again and again taking contributions and then doing favors for it. This is not a guy who is a reformer. This is a guy who has been in Washington for 25 years and wants to give us four more years of the same, and I don't think we need that ...

This goes all the way back to the Keating Five scandal and the S&L scandals, where he took a hundred thousand donations, rode on corporate jets and then intervened on Charles Keating's behalf -- and again and again we see this ...

This is not a guy who is a reformer. He talks about change, and he makes a big deal about not being like Bush when in fact he is Bush. He voted for Bush's tax cuts after saying he didn't, and has been responsible for a $6 trillion national debt that our children are going to have to pay. He thinks we ought to stay in Iraq for 100 years. He thought it was great that the president vetoed healthcare for our kids under 18. This is four more years of George Bush, and I don't think the American people are going to buy it.

-- Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, discussing McCain in an interview with "National Journal on Air."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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