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  Presidential Candidates Detail Their National Security Beliefs
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Last EditedCed  Dec 11, 2003 12:13pm
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MediaNewspaper - Los Angeles Times
News DateThursday, December 11, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description"Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, known to many voters as a staunch opponent of the Iraq war, enthusiastically supports missile defense development and declines to back a proposal to ban weapons in space.

......The picture of Dean, the former Vermont governor who is now the Democratic front-runner, that emerges from the survey is more nuanced than the dovish image that some have of him because of his stance on Iraq.

Asked whether he supports or opposes a Bush plan to begin deploying a nascent missile defense in 2004, Dean accused the current administration of rushing an untested system into the field. But he added: "Effective missile defense will be an important part of a Dean administration's national and homeland security strategy.""
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