Howard Dean: Dems would win back House if not for health-care Web site woes

April 15, 2014

Former Vermont governor Howard Dean (D) says Democrats would be in strong position to win back the U.S. House majority this year if not for the troubled rollout of the federal health-care Web site last fall.

"I think we would have won the House had the Web site not collapsed," Dean, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, said in a brief interview with Post Politics Tuesday evening. He called the battle for the House a "struggle" for Democrats but predicted the party would retain control of the Senate.

The flawed rollout of the health-care Web site "was a problem because we had [Republicans] on the run after the government shutdown," Dean said.

Dean was in Arlington to stump for former Virginia lieutenant governor Don Beyer (D), who is running for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. James P. Moran (D-Va.). Beyer was Dean's 2004 presidential campaign treasurer.

As for 2016, Dean reiterated that he supports the idea of former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) running for president.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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