John McCain's campaign is making noise tonight about comments that Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean made today about the differences between the two political parties.
With a new Census report out Thursday projecting that white people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, eight years sooner than prior predictions, Dean said on NPR that the Democratic Party is already a no-majority party that welcomes minorities and gives opportunity.
"If you look at folks of color, even women, they're more successful in the Democratic Party than they are in the white, uh, excuse me, in the Republican Party because we just give more opportunity to folks who are hardworking people who are immigrants and come from members of minority groups, Dean said at one point.
Carly Fiorina, a McCain campaign co-chairwoman, responded in a statement: It is disappointing to see Howard Dean trying to use gender and race to divide voters. His comments are insulting, inappropriate and have no place in this election.
UPDATE: Stacie Paxton, a DNC spokeswoman, responded by saying of Dean, He misspoke and corrected himself immediately.
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