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Is Gov. Howard Dean running for president?

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Ten years after former Vermont Governor Howard Dean announced his candidacy for U.S. president, is he mulling another run? Some reports said he might be. We went straight to the source to find out more.

Dean told WCAX News the national media more or less made up the story.

"I'm laughing because this is a completely manufactured story by the news media in California," Dean said.

So is he running?

"Almost certainly not, but we'll see," Dean said. "I mean, what I said was, I gave all the reasons I shouldn't, and then I said, but you never say never. So that got manufactured into this story that we're now discussing. I do think it's funny."

Asked why he doesn't just close the door, Dean answered, "Because you never close the door. I mean, who knows what's going to happen? You don't know what's going to happen."

Dean's bid for the Democratic nomination ended shortly after the Iowa caucuses, but not before he galvanized a generation of tech-savvy activists who moved politics online.

He said the last time he entered the race it was because Democrats were failing to talk about the issues. He says there's been some progress in the last 10 years, but there needs to be more, pointing to issues like Guantanamo Bay and immigration policy.

Joking about the idea of another run, Dean said, "The second time you really do have to go see a psychiatrist because it's really hard work."

At least three other big names are being tossed around for the Democratic candidate for president right now: former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Of them, Dean said he would be most likely to support Clinton.

"I think it would be hard to beat her," he said.

Dean's first campaign kicked off on Church Street in Burlington June 23, 2003. And he's marking the 10th anniversary of that campaign kickoff this weekend. Dean, his former staffers and volunteers are set to gather Sunday at Oakledge Park in Burlington to reminisce at a picnic and lunch party. That party is June 23 in Oakledge Park in Burlington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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