05
Nov
03

Dean Regrets Pain of Confederate Flag Remark (washingtonpost.com)

Dean Regrets Pain of Confederate Flag Remark (washingtonpost.com): “‘I regret the pain that I have caused, but I will tell you there is no easy way to do this and there will be pain as we discuss it and we must face this together hand in hand as Dr. (Martin Luther) King and Abraham Lincoln asked us to do,’ Dean said.
Rival John Edwards, who had complained on Tuesday about Northerners telling Southerners what to do, said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire that he accepted Dean’s apology.
‘It sounds like he’s done the right thing. It would have been better if he’d done it last night,’ the North Carolina senator said, adding that it remains to be seen how the American voters view his statements.
Dean came under fire from his foes Tuesday night in a Democratic presidential debate that veered from hip to heated. The candidate refused to recant his recent statement that the party must court Southerners who display the symbol of the Confederacy in their pickup trucks.
‘It’s a racist symbol but I also think the Democratic Party has to be a big tent,’ Dean said Tuesday night. ‘Poor white people need to vote their economic interest.’ “

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