Howard Dean is 'absolutely, categorically not running in 2012'
After the "shellacking" suffered by the Democratic Party, it's only natural that folks would start wondering if President Obama were in danger of facing a primary challenge in 2012. The name that keeps popping up is former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential aspirant Howard Dean. Actually, it got started the morning of the midterm elections with a piece from John Fund of the Wall Street Journal. And Roger Simon picks up the ball today at Politico.
Who knows if there will be a left-flank challenge of the president? But this much is clear. It won't come from Dean.
The former head of the Democratic National Committee is traveling on business in Canada, but his spokesperson, Karen Finney, was as clear as can be on this issue. Pushing back hard on the growing chatter that Dean is thinking about or would undertake a challenge to Obama, Finney said, "It's absolutely not true. He supports President Obama in 2012 and he has repeatedly said so publicly." In fact, Finney said, Dean said so several times on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Nov. 2.
Yes, I did ask the next question. Is the Dean denial categorical? "He is absolutely, categorically not running in 2012." Can't get anymore definitive than that?
| November 4, 2010; 11:44 AM ET
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