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January 12, 2004
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Howard Dean repudiated a 1998 interview in which he said Hamas might prove more moderate if it took power in the Palestinian areas. The Democratic presidential candidate said last Friday that he now believes Hamas “is an unrepentant terrorist organization.” Dean’s campaign released the statement after NBC News aired segments from 1998 Canadian television appearances in which the former Vermont governor said that if Hamas took power “they may actually have to be more responsible and start negotiations” with Israel.

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