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Dean: Tea Party Fueled By Fear Of Diversity

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean suspects that some tea party members are nostalgic for pre-civil-rights-era days.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

January 5, 2011

Dean called the mostly Republican members of Congress "pathetic'' who voted against a plan to legalize children of illegal immigrants in college or the military. "The only reason not to vote for that is fear of your constituents,'' he said.

But it's not just Republicans who need to get with the program, Dean suggested, when he said that the White House staff should be more diverse.

Asked which potential Republican challenger could pose the biggest challenge for Obama, the former Democratic presidential candidate didn't hesitate to pick former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. However, he said he wasn't sure Romney could win the nomination, since as governor he implemented a health care program with similarities to Obama's controversial plan. He also said prejudice against his Mormon background would also be a hurdle for Romney.

"He's really going to get the daylights kicked out of him because of the health care bill,'' Dean said.

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