Howie Dean Democratic presidential candidate, Howard Dean, came under fire for comments made about how the Democratic Party must court Southerners who display the Confederate flag on their pickup trucks. He argues that he was misquoted, what he really said was the Democratic Party should "court dirty white trash in the South". He apologized regretting if the misquote insulted anyone and warned the press to quote him correctly in the future. Dean went further and said the quote was taken out of context and read by itself would sound insulting. He urged the press to publish more of his comments, so the public will understand what he was saying:
"We, the Democratic Party must generate support for all walks of life, even gun-toting, no teeth, marry-their-cousins, banjo playing hillbillies. The Democratic Party should court dirty white trash in the South, but first we have to teach them how to read, so they can vote. Otherwise, I hereby officially change my name to John Deere, so those Southerns will recognize something on the ballot and vote for me."