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Howard Dean calls Gov. Walker "smart-ass kid"


CHARLOTTE (WKOW) -- Former Governor Howard Dean (D-Vermont) has never been one to mince words. He showed that again in a speech to the Wisconsin Democratic delegation breakfast Wednesday morning.

Dean -- a 2004 presidential candidate -- praised the delegates for their efforts in standing up to Governor Scott Walker's (R-Wisconsin) budget reform bill in 2011.

Dean says even though they lost the battle to keep collective bargaining rights for state workers, it was a worthwhile fight to show other working class Americans that Republicans can't push them around without expecting a harsh reaction.

Dean says Wisconsin also showed the rest of the nation why it's not going to go quietly in this year's presidential election.

"This is a really important state and its an important state because its a proud, progressive, Democratic state, which somehow got hijacked by some smart-ass kid who thought he could push around a whole lot of ordinary people who were making their living by making Wisconsin a great state. We're gonna put an end to that," said Dean, to a rousing round of applause from the delegates, who also gave him a standing ovation at the end of his speech.

Dean also told the delegates the election will come down to who people can relate to and, at the end of the day, the majority will pick President Obama over Mitt Romney in that regard.

Dean knows a lot about national elections. Along with his run for president in 2004, he was the Democratic National Committee chair from 2005 to 2009, when Democrats won back both houses of Congress and the White House.

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