Howard Dean tried to compliment Alabama Sunday on MSNBC, but it didn’t come off great.
The former Vermont governor, appearing on “MSNBC Live With Alex Witt” said, “Now, here is the interesting thing about this, Alabama is a state that has changed fairly significantly in the last 20 years. Most people up north don’t know that. They have much better jobs than they did, a lot of the car manufacturers, the University of Alabama, for example, has now become a very good university, not just because they have a great football team, because they’re also terrific academically.”
He continued, “Alabama’s not the same state it was when George Wallace was running. This is going to be a really interesting election, because Doug Moore (sic) is a son of Alabama. Two blue collar parents. Worked his way up. Lawyer, very smart, very principled. This is one of those cases where I think a lot of Republicans who are moderate, thoughtful people in Alabama, and there are a lot more than yankees believe, are going to do the right thing and turn the page on Alabama’s supposed image of a backward blah blah blah and all of that stuff.”
“I think this is a great election. I do think we’re going to win. I think it’s going to be close, but I also think it’s a turning point for Alabamians and I think we, the yankees should stay out of it and let them make up their own mind about how they want to do this,” he concluded.