"The first thing we want is tough border control," he said. "We have to do a much better job on our borders than George Bush has done. And then we can go to the policy disagreements about how to get it done."
Republicans reacted with surprise to Mr. Dean's announcement, which puts the DNC chief's views at odds with those of many Democrats in Congress.
"If Dean means what he says about border enforcement, that would put the Democrats somewhere to the right of President Bush on immigration," said Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican.
On Democrats and Iraq,
"There is a consensus that we cannot continue to have a permanent commitment to a failed strategy.... One, we are going to support our troops and two, you are going to see a ... desire to resolve the situation ... by turning this over to the Iraqis and bringing our folks home. The only thing that is left up to some modest differences is what the timetable is."Fine, that's my positoin and Administrations too, and: Church and State,
"The religious community has to decide whether they want to be tax exempt or involved in politics."A little harsh. I wasn't happy with the Unitarian Universalists coming out against Alito's nomination, but I don't think I'd take their tax exempt status away over it.