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January 25, 2010

Video: Racine Says, "I'm the only one who's beaten Brian Dubie"

State Sen. Doug Racine (D-Chittenden) had just finished praising his Democratic rivals in the 2010 governor's race when he tossed out what could become an important part of his campaign message:  "And by the way, I'm the only one who's beaten Brian Dubie."

(The quip comes at minute 1:53).

Racine, who's been running for a year already, formally kicked off his campaign for governor on Saturday surrounded by several dozen supporters and politicos at the Champlain Mill in Winooski. Racine and the other four Democrats running for governor are struggling to differentiate themselves to voters who see far more similarities among the field than clear differences.

One thing that sets Racine apart: He beat Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie (the anticipated nominee for governor) for lieutenant governor in 2000. The reminder was a not-so-subtle dig at rivals Peter Shumlin and Matt Dunne, who each lost to Dubie in races for lieutenant governor.

Overwhelmingly, though, Racine saved his critiques for Gov. James Douglas, and by extension Brian Dubie. Racine also unleashed an attack on the "greed" and "incompetence" on Wall Street that he says put Vermont in such dire fiscal straits.

"Back on Wall Street with the bankers, they're making their big profits again," Racine said. "They're collecting big bonuses again, and we're being told we have no choice. We've got to cut our budgets. We've got to do things that hurt people because of that greed and that incompetence and I think that's wrong."

"And we can't fix it all here in Vermont, I recognize that," Racine continued. "But you know what we can do — and what I want to do, and what I will do as governor — is fight back and say, 'We don't have to accept that we're going to hurt people.'"

How, precisely, Racine intends to fight back as governor against the forces of Wall Street remains to be seen. Should make for an interesting campaign.

Blaming Wall Street for Vermont's budget problems is cheap, dishonest, and pathetic. Is this what Doug has sunk to now, the absolute worst kind of pandering and scapegoating?

"And by the way, I'm the only one who's beaten Brian Dubie."

How arrogant That is how i see this statement

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