Dean: 'Mitt Was the Candidate I Feared Most'

Cites Romney's money, willingness to 'say anything' to win
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2008 3:21 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Mitt Romney would have been a better GOP candidate than John McCain, Howard Dean told the press yesterday—with unlimited cash resources and a willingness to “say anything” to win. “I know him from New England,” the top Dem said, and he “was the candidate I feared the most.” Dean said the Republicans underestimated Mitt, the Wall Street Journal reports, even as he gave a preview of Dems' tacks for the general election.

The party is “absolutely going to target” McCain’s flip-flops, including his reversal on the Bush tax cuts. Dems will steer clear of the Republican’s age, the DNC chief said: “I think there’s somewhat of an ethical bar on our side.” Dean also noted data showing swing voters to be especially grim about the state of the country.