Dean PAC Raises $111,000
(Host) According to a new report filed with the Federal Election Commission, Governor Howard Dean has raised just over $111,000 for his new political action committee. Dean says he's very pleased that his fundraising efforts for "The Fund for a Healthy America" have exceeded his initial goals.
The governor told reporters at a Statehouse press conference that it would be a mistake to compare Dean's fundraising totals with those of other possible candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination:
(Dean) "This is a PAC. I know you guys want to handicap us as part of the presidential sweepstakes. This is a political action committee. It is legally not related to running for president. What this allows me to do from a legal point of view is to get around the country, give out the message and support candidates who agree with my message. And that's basically what it is for."
(Host) Dean says he won't make a final decision about a possible presidential bid until he leaves office next January.