Howard Dean on 2016 Election: "If Republicans Want To Make It About Foreign Policy, Bring It On"

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Former DNC chairman Howard Dean warned if 2016 is a foreign policy election, "we win." In an appearance on MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki on Saturday morning, the former governor of Vermont said "there's nobody more capable in this country than Hillary Clinton in terms of foreign policy."

"If the Republicans want to make this about foreign policy, bring it on," Dean said. "Because they don't have a single candidate that knows very much about foreign policy and we have the person who probably knows more about foreign policy than anybody else in America who is qualified to run for president."

STEVE KORNACKI, MSNBC: I wonder from your standpoint, too, the Democratic side looking at 2016, the Republican line against the Obama administration for most of his presidency has been about the economy, for understandable reasons. But now that there are signs that the economy is improving a little bit and at the same time there are more concerns, I think, now about the president's leadership on foreign policy, at least if you look at the polls on this. Is there a concern here among Democrats that maybe this becomes a foreign policy election in a way that hurts them?

FMR. GOV. HOWARD DEAN: I hope it does become a foreign policy election. There's nobody more capable in this country than Hillary Clinton in terms of foreign policy. So if it's a foreign policy election, we win. Now, it's not going to be a foreign policy election. The truth is elections are almost never foreign policies. The Iraq War did have a big effect on George W. Bush's presidency. Vietnam obviously had an enormous effect both on Nixon and Johnson.

But generally speaking, wars and foreign policy do not play very significant role in American elections at all. And, you know, if the Republicans want to make this about foreign policy, bring it on. Because they don't have a single candidate that knows very much about foreign policy and we have the person who probably knows more about foreign policy than anybody else in America who is qualified to run for president.

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