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Dean Says He Won't Challenge Obama

Friday, 05 Nov 2010 03:48 PM

By Rick Pedraza

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean again ruled out challenging President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential primaries, the Washington Post reports.

howard, dean, no, run, presidentDean, the former governor of Vermont, has been working the media circuit hard since the midterm elections, but dispels the notion that he may challenge the president for the party’s nomination, despite being ignored by Obama when handing out cabinet posts he felt he deserved.

"It's absolutely not true,” a spokesperson for Dean told CNBC earlier this week. “He is absolutely, categorically not running in 2012. He supports President Obama in 2012 and he has repeatedly said so publicly." Dean, a doctor who championed the health care public option abandoned by Obama, ran an unsuccessful Internet-driven presidential campaign in 2004. But another run apparently is not in the works.

“Nobody is going to beat him [for the nomination] in 2012,” Dean told Politico Thursday. “All that would do is weaken the president.”

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