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Dean, moving right

A new Quinnipiac Poll finds this: "Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has surged to a 9-point lead over his nearest challenger in the Democratic Presidential pack, but President George W. Bush has solidified his lead over top Democrats and now scores 50 percent or higher against any challenger, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today." Lieberman came in second. Also note that the according to the Los Angeles Times Howard Dean "enthusiastically supports missile defense development and declines to back a proposal to ban weapons in space." He is now moving quickly toward the moderate image he needs if he has any chance of prevailing in the general election. I noted that during the last debate, he hardly mentioned Iraq and, when he did, he seemed quite moderate, wanted to stay the course, etc. Dean’s full statement on missile defense and other national security issues (and that of other Demo candidates) may be found on this Left-wing site called Council for a Liveable World.

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I don’t have time to track this down to confirm, but Jay Nordlinger in his Impromptus column writes that Howard Dean actually supports re-signing the ABM Treaty. It’s hard to square that with a missile defense development stance. Of course, it’s hard to square anything Dean says from one minute to the next.

Just as a followup, I can’t track down anything to confirm that Dean favors reviving the ABM Treaty. I think Nordlinger/Lowry may have confused Dean with Kucinich, who has been outspoken about reviving the treaty.

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