The Washington Times - September 5, 2012, 08:47PM

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has plenty to do and say at the Democratic convention, just don’t ask him to weigh in on what other pols should include in their speeches.

Known for his infamous infamous “Dean Scream” speech in 2004 after his disappointing third-place finish in the Iowa Democratic caucuses, Mr. Dean is obviously trying to avoid giving advice.


Asked what he thought Mr. Clinton should convey Wednesday when the former president gives his much anticipated address, Mr. Dean was at a loss on his way to an interview with National Public Radio.

“I’ve been going around to 11 things today so I haven’t really thought about it,” Mr. Dean said.

A few months ago, though, in an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mr. Dean said he simply brushes off the scream incident whenever it comes up especially because it happened after the 2004 Iowa Democratic caucus and is not the reason he lost the state.

“I laughed it off at the time, I laugh it off now,” said Mr. Dean, who added that the moment was “one of the things that happens in politics” and was “partly concocted” by cable television.

“The print reporters didn’t write about it. Why? Because it was nothing unusual. The reason I don’t have a big problem with it is because it isn’t what cost me the election. We came in third in Iowa and you’re supposed to come in first and you come in third, you can ask Hillary [Clinton] what happens. It doesn’t work so well.”