Howard Dean brings back "the Dean scream" to endorse Hillary Clinton: "She never forgets who she is fighting for!"

The crowd at the DNC roared in appreciation as Dean roared in support of Hillary Clinton

By Scott Eric Kaufman
July 27, 2016 5:45AM (UTC)
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Governor Howard Dean, physician and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, speaks during the "American Technophile: "How Technology is changing Politics, Governance & Healthcare" panel at the Fortune Tech Brainstorm 2009 in Pasadena, California July 22, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES BUSINESS) (© Phil Mccarten / Reuters)

Former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean took the stage in Philadelphia Tuesday evening and began by imploring "Democrats, independents, and the millions of Republicans who don't recognize what they saw in Cleveland and can't vote for their party's nominee" to consider voting for Hillary Clinton.

He quickly laid out why, telling a personal story about having met Clinton 25 years ago, "when she was working to achieve a goal -- a goal Harry Truman aspired to nearly a century ago, to give us all universal health care."


"Between the aspirations of Truman and the accomplishments of Barack Obama," Dean said, "there was Hillary Clinton, poised and persistent. When her first attempt at health care did not work out, she could've given up. Instead, she fought the way she always does -- because she never forgets who she is fighting for."

"Because of her effort," he continued, "the State Children's Health Insurance Program was born, and she worked just as hard to make sure the states actually signed up, working with Republican governors to get it done."

He noted that 8 million children have health insurance as a result. "Now we need to elect the person who will finish the job," he said, "Clinton has a plan to drive down health care costs, stand up to the drug companies and lower prescriptions prices, and take us the last mile and finally achieve health care for all Americans."


Dean compared that Trump's plan, which consists of "ripping up Obamacare and throwing 20 million people off of health insurance, taking us back to a time when insurance companies could deny [people] coverage if you have a preexisting condition or charge women more for being women." He complained that Trump's replacement is "something better, something 'yuuuuuge' no doubt -- that's it, that's his whole plan."

He ended the speech by bringing back his infamous "scream" to the delight of the crowd.

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