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Howard Dean: The Message of Massachusetts Election Results Is 'We Gotta Be Tougher' (VIDEO)

First Posted: 03/22/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:15 PM ET

Last night on The Rachel Maddow Show Howard Dean warned his fellow Democrats not to engage in a circular firing squad over Republican Scott Brown winning the Massachusetts special election for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat.

Dean said the message he takes away from the election is not that voters were marshaling against health reform but instead were expressing displeasure with Washington in general. He advised Democrats that the lesson to learn from this is that his party simply needs to be tougher:

I also think that we're going to have to not have a circular firing squad. The message that I think, the anecdote I give is that we have to be tougher. The Democrats haven't been tough enough. George Bush would have had the health care bill done a long time ago. It would have gone through reconciliation and been what we wanted.

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Filed by Nick Graham  |