Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean hosted an event for New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio on Thursday, and the one-time presidential hopeful re-enacted the famous “Dean scream” that helped sink his 2004 campaign.
“So we’re going to Brooklyn!” Dean hollered. “And then we’re going to the Bronx! And then we’re going to Manhattan and all the way to Gracie Mansion! Yeah!”
In 2004, after disappointing results at the Iowa Democratic caucuses, Dean attempted to rouse his crestfallen supporters at a rally with a full-throated, emotional speech with Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin.
"Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin, we're going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and we're going to California and Texas and New York," yelled Dean. "And we're going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan, and then we're going to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House! Yeah!"
Dean himself later referred to the speech as a "crazy, red-faced rant" on the "Late Show with David Letterman." Iowa marked the first in a series of primary losses for Dean, who ended his campaign after a distant third-place showing in Wisconsin.
Headlining the Brooklyn fundraiser at a Prospect Heights bar on Thursday, Dean struck a more serious tone in addition to joking about the scream. He praised de Blasio as the only true progressive in a crowded mayoral race and described him as “fundamentally respectable,” making a not-so-subtle jab at de Blasio's opponent, Anthony Weiner.