Howard Dean: ‘The President’s Going to Win This If We Have a Fair Election’

By Elizabeth Harrington | November 6, 2012 | 2:06 PM EST

Howard Dean (AP Photo)

( – Citing what he said were reports of voter machines not working and harassment of voters, former DNC Chair Howard Dean said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama is “going to win this if we have a fair election.”

“There are some reports in Ohio that voter machines aren’t working in Toledo, Dayton and Cleveland and some reports of voter harassment in the Philadelphia area so I think actually the president’s going to win this if we have a fair election, so we’ve got some work to do,” the former Vermont Governor told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Yep, it’s a problem. It’s a problem,” he said.

“Really?” asked Joe Scarborough. “What’s the voter intimidation in Pennsylvania?”

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“In Pennsylvania people are standing outside the polls asking for their IDs, a federal judge has enjoined them from doing that, but that’s what’s happening,” Dean said. “I have a voter in my family who went to vote and was required to cast a provisional ballot even though they were registered to vote. So, this stuff is going on. We’ve seen this before. We’ve seen this movie before.

“There’s a group of people in this country who think that their winning is more important than everybody voting, and I think that’s wrong,” he said.

Correspondent Chuck Todd then asked, “That’s a big charge. Do you think the president could—do you believe if he loses Ohio it will be because of voting irregularities?”

“I do. I do,” Dean said.

“That’s the only way he loses Ohio?” Todd said.

“That’s correct,” Dean said. “Given the vote and the leading in the polls in Ohio, the only way he can lose is if people are prevented from casting their ballots either by voting machines that aren’t functioning right or other forms of harassment.”