For a brief moment Wednesday morning, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, channeled his inner Howard Dean as he told Florida Democratic delegates they have to “make Hillary Clinton the victor in Florida.”
Dean, a former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate, spoke to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night and reprised his “Dean scream,” where, during his 2004 campaign, in increasingly louder tones, he listed key U.S. locations, ending his speech in what has been described as a “yawp.”
Dean’s recreation Tuesday night went viral, and Deutch used the momentum in the closing of his own speech, following a similar path but with a Florida spin.
Here’s Dean’s famous quote: “It’s going to be won in Colorado. And in Iowa. And North Carolina. And Michigan. And Florida. And Pennsylvania. And then we go to the White House!”
And here is Deutch’s Florida version: “We lean in. We work hard. We knock on doors. We do it from every part of the state. We do it from Key West to Siesta Key. We do it from Apopka to Apalachicola,” Deutch said, his voice rising. “We do it from Cocoa Beach to Highland Beach, Daytona Beach to Satellite Beach, Hialeah to Lauderhill, Sarasota to Boca to Oviedo. Yeah!”
Deutch also weighed in on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying, “If you’re gonna nominate someone who’s that dangerous, someone who’s that divisive — if you’re gonna pick a reality TV star that you’re gonna trust the nuclear codes to, I frankly would probably be more comfortable giving them to Kim Kardashian than I would to Donald Trump.”
Deutch also spoke about:
Florida’s U.S. Senate race: Deutch said Sen. Marco Rubio, who is running for re-election, has been “missing in action. He does not deserve to get re-elected.”
He also said current Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy “will make a great United States senator.”
Gov. Rick Scott: Deutch called Scott “so divisive, much like the guy running for president.”
Toward the end of his speech, Deutch said Rick Scott’s political career should be ended “once and for all.”
Gun safety: Deutch recounted the recent 26-hour-long sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives where lawmakers tried to push for new gun safety measures in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
“We have to stand up,” he said. “We have to do what is necessary to fight the gun lobby.”