05/21/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dean Claims Credit For "Lighting The Match" For Obama

For all his efforts helping President Obama get elected, Howard Dean remains an outsider in the Democratic Party and is prepared to hold his party leader accountable when they disagree.

Dean credits his own failed 2004 presidential campaign, which focused on grassroots organization and opposition to the Bush administration, with "lighting the match" that later fueled Barack Obama's successful White House bid. Dean also fortified Obama's run and helped his party expand its congressional majorities while leading the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

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