Dean: Bush 'Losing Credibility' Over Iraq, Rove

By Randy Hall | July 7, 2008 | 8:31 PM EDT

( - Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Thursday that President Bush is "losing credibility with the American people" because of his policies regarding the war in Iraq and the controversy involving Karl Rove.

The American people have lost trust in Bush's trust and integrity "because his administration is playing politics with our national security," Dean said in a press release.

"The president must keep his word and put patriotism ahead of partisanship," the former governor of Vermont continued, adding that Bush "must demonstrate that he values protecting CIA operatives fighting on the front lines in the war on terror over protecting his political operatives."

Dean, who was an unsuccessful candidate in the 2004 presidential election, claimed that Bush's problems are twofold: The White House's Iraq policies are failing, he said, and Rove, the president's top advisor, is "embroiled in scandal over his role in the politically motivated and possibly illegal outing of a covert CIA operative."

As proof of his claims, Dean pointed to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, which shows that only 41 percent of Americans think Bush is being "honest and straightforward," his lowest ranking as president.

That's a drop of nine percentage points since January, when a majority (50 percent to 36 percent) indicated that he was honest and straightforward.

Calls seeking comment from the Republican National Committee were not returned by press time.

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