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Transcript: Howard Dean and Judy Dean Speak to ABCNEWS’ Primetime

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Jan. 22 — ABCNEWS' Diane Sawyer conducted an interview with Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean and his wife, Dr. Judith Steinberg Dean, this afternoon in Norwich, Vt. Following is a transcript of the interview.


Diane Sawyer: … until New Hampshire, what happened on the road to the primaries? Is there one word for it?

Howard Dean: There's not really one word for it, except front runner. Never good to be the front runner early on.

Diane Sawyer: Let's take a look at what happened in the last, what 48 hours, quite a 48 hours. As we know, your speech has been … it is now the percussion I believe on Ozzie Osbourne's "Crazy Train," on the internet. Letterman top ten. Jay Leno said that it's … he thinks it's a bad sign in politics when your speech ends with your aides shooting you with a tranquilizer gun.

Howard Dean: (Laughs)

Diane Sawyer: The tabloids are calling it the I Have a Scream Speech. Do you watch it? Do you read it?

Howard Dean: I've only seen it once. I've only seen it once.

Diane Sawyer: The speech?

Howard Dean: The problem is if you were there, I was, you know, speaking to 35 hundred kids that had worked for me for three weeks in Iowa, all waiving American flags, all disappointed, and it was my job to make them go away from Iowa and feel like they'd done their work.

Diane Sawyer: All right, there's going to be a second time then.

Howard Dean: There's going to be the second time we see it.

Diane Sawyer: Gonna play it once and for all, what was happening here?

Howard Dean on Tape: (Inaudible) and Michigan. And, then we're going to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House. Eyyahh!

Diane Sawyer: What are you thinking when you look at this?

Howard Dean: I was having a great time, look at me. I was. I am not a perfect person, believe me, I have all kinds of warts. I wear… cheap suits sometimes, I say things that I probably ought not to say, but I lead with my heart, and that's what I was doing right there, leading with my heart.

Diane Sawyer: Mrs. Dean,