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Howard Dean on climate change deniers: “Run ’em over”

Howard DeanClimate change deniers? Ain’t nobody got time for that, according to former Governor Howard Dean (D-Vt.).

Dean was one of many speakers who took the stage at Netroots Nation on Thursday night, leading up to keynote speaker Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). The former Governor noted it was the 10th anniversary of his campaign speech and talked about the progress he’s seen in that time — such as the ability to fight back against people who say “crazy” things.

“I heard a great program on CurrentTV yesterday about people who deny climate change, and I’m in favor of what their solution was,” Dean said. “We don’t have to talk to them anymore about stuff that’s not true and this propaganda that’s a lie. We’re just going to run ’em over. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

He stressed that young people don’t need Congress and the system, but can instead go online and circumvent the system. Dean praised youth activists for fighting off big companies and harmful legislation, noting that Americans no longer have to put up with people — mostly “on the other side of the aisle” — who don’t respect women, immigrants and homosexuals.

Dean also noted that at conferences such at Netroots, people are sometimes upset with their own government and president, taking a slightly backhanded shot at President Obama. But he reminded the crowd it could have been worse.

“Is the President perfect?” Dean asked. “No, but it sure is a whole lot better having him in there than having Bain Capital, I mean Mitt Romney, in there.”

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