February 26th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Dodd describes 'not comfortable' conversation with Clinton

CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) - Former presidential candidate and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd endorsed the candidacy of Barack Obama today with a call for the party "to come together," warning Democrats were in "danger" of damaging the party with a divisive campaign.

At a Cleveland press conference with Obama, Dodd denied he was implying Sen. Hillary Clinton should drop out, but merely suggesting that both campaigns watch their tone over the next week leading up to the critical Ohio and Texas contests.

Dodd said he informed Clinton last night of his decision to endorse Obama, adding that it was "not a comfortable" discussion.

- CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley

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  1. Steven Furtado, Kunkletown PA


    Contrary to what you might be thinking, I don't think it had anything to do with Hillary losing her cool. The conversation was probably just full of a LOT of awkward pauses and "Okay, its your decision if your really want to endorse him." Said in such away that made it sound like she was disappointed in him. A lot like those conversations with my parents.

    "Son, we aren't angry at you, but we are disappointed."

    Those conversations are always somehow worse to receive. hehe

    February 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Ozzy, NYC

    We need all the democrats come together to defeat McCain who is already borrowing the lines that Hillary provided. Thank you so much Hillary and let's see what you are going to do when Obama gets nomination. Are you really going to support him? I am not sure and that is unfortunate.

    February 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Dan

    Chris Dodd for VP.

    February 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Upstate NY

    Oh course Dodd is going to support Obama, he's looking for a VP job.

    In the realm of things the endorsement means nothing; look at what happened when Kennedy endorsed Obama. HRC WON HIS STATE.

    As things get more heated, the true Obama will shine thru and all the newscasters trying to push him down out throats will soon be jumping ship.

    HRC backers are NOT going to switch to Obama; they will go with McCain.

    The Oval Office is not the place for on-the-job-trainning. Obama has no backbone; he goes with the flow of what is popular and serves his best interests only.

    February 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Captain

    To Dems Divided..... First of all, just because Hillary has half the vote in th primary does not man that they won't vote for Obama in the general election. Once again, a voter from Hillary's uneducated voter base surfaces. Maybe you won't but, most democrats want a Democrat in office more than anything else. As an Obama supporter, I would vote for Hillary in the General Election. I think that majority of Hillary supporters would do the same for Obama in the General.

    February 26, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. Lulu

    Agree! She is doing harm to the Party, let have some damage control ASAP. The Texas I know supports Obama all the way!
    OBAMA 08

    February 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Erica

    For some reason my posts never gets posted?????? I really want to come around to Obama BUT can one Obama supporter please explain his ties to a racist church?

    February 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Mark in Oregon

    Oh my, another voice against the Ice Queen. No matter, neither will be sleeping in the White House Residence in January.

    February 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Ron

    What is it with the Hillary supporters. If someone endorses Obama, they are called a coward. Senator Dodd is as respected as Hillary is. I am sure that if he said he was supporting Hillary, you would have glowing praise for him. Lets do away with the gender bias. Like I have said in the past, I would have supported the late Barbara Jordan for president. I just do not think you should support someone just because she is a woman.

    February 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Randy - Denver

    Again with the attack that Mr. Obama is just like Resident Bush because he talks a good game and speaks about unity and things that people want to hear. My HOPE is the next President is ALMOST EXACTLY like Resident Bush – dislike his policies all you want (and I DO, BOY DO I!) but you have to acknowledge Bush has GOTTEN his policies through, he managed to convince the sheep of this country (that IS directed to most here) to support an illegal invasion of Iraq (do not deny it over 90% approved of that invasion initially), not only did he convince you to agree with his lies he convinced you to attack those who DISAGREED with them (Remember the Dixie Chicks?) so yes I hope our next president is just like Resident Bush, with one minor exception I hope HE doesn't hear the voice of God but instead hears the voice of the People.

    Good Job Mr. Dodd for seeing the light! Endorsements do matter because these endorsements from well placed Democrats WILL affect the super delegates, it will give them the cover they need to go against Ms. Clinton

    February 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. henry

    If Hillary gets the nomination I will vote for her, though I prefer Obama. How could anyone prefer McCain to a Democrat? You want to keep wrecking the economy and stay in Iraq forever? This country will be bankrupt and owned by China in a few years.

    LeeLee: We can agree to disagree it seems. 🙂

    February 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Ken

    Dodd is playing politics as usual. I also don't understand why he would endorse Obama unless he is being promised something! Just another blind mouse following the "Pied Piper"! I would think more out of Dodd.

    WAKE UP AMERICA! Hillary has the talent, skills, knowledge and experience to make all of the changes that she is promising the America people. While Obama DOES NOT have the talent, skills, knowledge and really NO EXPERIENCE to make the changes that he is promising the American people.

    Obama could possibly make a better VP than trying to become a President!

    February 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Justice 4 All

    Wow – it is just gross to read the negative Clinton supporters views.

    Why is it so hard for Clinton supporters to at least understand the excitement and hope that Obama inspires in so many? We are not delusional, we are just truly ready for change. Are you upset that so many just want new blood, someone with a positive vision, and the tone of hope?

    Clinton and Obama do have similar platforms on many issues, but there course of action is different. I used to be a Clinton supporter, but I am disgusted by her negative tone, and hateful views. All this talk of experience is quite interesting because the current president lacks it. Clinton talks so much about her experience, but proves to me that she herself lacks it. With all of that experience, she should have known better when she signed up for the war. With all that experience, she should have been able to run her campaign much better, and have the right people in place originally.

    Experience is overated, there are people who hold positions right now that they really lack experience for – despite there resume/credentials.

    Stop the hating, and let us find ways to work together. That to me is the difference between the Obama and/or Clintor supporter, we want to work together, we want to achieve great things as one America. Stop the division. Stop the bullying.

    Obama 08 – Change We Can Believe In – Yes We Can

    February 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Brian makes an excellent point.
    Hillary Clinton is a very polarizing figure and that's been kind of the elephant in the room in this campaign, because some of it is due to a really vicious Republican smear campaign against her during her husband's administration. However, she's also pretty polarizing on her own, and even if she hadn't earned any of it (which she has), it wouldn't change the reality that it is very much a factor, both in her ability to win in November, and in her ability to be effective in November.
    Republican voters would come out in droves to vote against her, while a lot of the Democrats that have been coming out of the woodwork to vote for Obama would stay home, or even vote for egomaniacal spoiler Ralph Nader. Congressional Republicans would filibuster a proposal to put bigger flags in front of federal buildings if she supported it.
    In contrast, Obama's candidacy is supported by the widest coalition I've ever seen in a presidential campaign. That's not just his oratorical skills. Community organizing is boot camp for coalition-building.

    February 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. A Independent From Fort Worth

    Thank you Chris Dodd. Was she angry and bitter? Thought so.

    All the channels this morning are asking "what does Hillary have to do to win tonight", "which Hillary will we see?". Why should we wonder WHICH HILLARY it will be? Hillary's bi-polar moments have been played over and over again. Wouldn't you think her persona is known by now?

    We have all the Hillary bloggers whinning because she doesn't get press...she's getting FREE press...just not the kind her campaign would want. It's never good when all the political talking heads try to HELP you with your campaign.

    Hillary "found her voice in New Hampshire" but she is still trying to figure out which Hillary she should be. We have Bill Clinton running around the state speaking from the back of a pick-up truck for heavens sake. Sheer desperation.

    The Clintons are losing in Texas.

    February 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Louisiana Loves Hillary!!

    Obama will NEVER win over Clinton supporters! We will always have Florida on our minds!!

    February 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Reggie

    Hillary supporters are in to deep. They're hidng thery racisism behind the notion of Obama not having experience. As the days come, you will see why the Senior DNC Party Leaders are lining up behind Obama. Obama, shock alot of people in this race some are embracing him others hate it. Those who are hating it are trap in a maze of the Washington status quo. This man will be the best president America ever had. World Leaders see it ...from Albania to Timbuktu all of them are hoping he wins because he will start the healing process that this country needs. This country has decades of injustice on its hands that "forty acres and a mule" can heal. Some people, both black and white are so use to the white male being "qualified" for the presidency that when a black man comes along with impecable qualifications we can't handle it much less embrace. I hope he wins it and make good on his intentions so you all can move to some other reason to hate.

    February 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. salih

    I feel that it is pretty easy to see the difference in the two democratic leaders. Hilary has shown her lack of leadership ability by running a terrible campaign, choosing the wrong advisors, listening to the wrong advice, managing her campaign funds poorly and general starting with a huge lead and turning it into a mess. Obama has chosen the right people, raised funds with extraordinary ability, using modern and up to date methods (the web) and communicated a message with style and integrity. It is obvious who is the best leader!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Hillary for President

    we`ll find out at the convention , right now it takes Obama a lot of effort to knock Hillary out if you can, Hillary is not just giving up because of Obama`s endorsement... there`s lot of time for Hillary... be aware!!!!!... Obama is a big dreamer.. ..

    February 26, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. DJ in TX

    Big Tex from Texas has it. If ANY Democrat is to win, we must somehow come together as a party again the Republicans. All this rhetoric about if one candidate or the other wins, they'll vote for McCain. That is what the Republican party is hoping for. No wonder we (Dems) can't seem to win – we're fighting too much among ourselves. Both candidates need to tone down the negativity. Previous votes/statements, etc are open game, but keep it civil and please let's talk about the issues more than anything. Both candidates are so close on the issues, that they feel they have find other ways to distinguish themselves. Remember poeple, WE are ONE party with similar agenda.

    February 26, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. BL NYC

    Mr. Dodd,
    That was lame.
    Let's see, never done a thing for his state. Never done a thing for our country. Never owned a business. Two years in a public office. Wow, perfect, let's put him in office!
    Think people!
    of course Dodd supports Obama, Clinton would never offer him a position!

    February 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Nick in Las Vegas

    This is so silly... If he thought so highly of Obama he would have endoresed him some time ago. The only reason he is endorsing Obama now is because he is doing well. Does anyone doubt that if Hillary was clearly the front runner at this point Dodd still would have endorsed Obama? Politics as usual. I personally don't care who he endorses, doesn't change my vote but what is surprising is how many FANATICAL supporters act like every little endorsement or opinion from almost ANYONE is "the end" of Hillary. Sad. These same people will probably take credit for the "demise" of Hillary should she NOT win the nomiation. The fact is that this is a TIGHT RACE, if Obama wins, congratulations to him, I won't vote for him but I congratulate his campaign. Why are these FANATICAL "GOBAMA" people so..... out of touch??

    February 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Rick

    Oh Hillary Oh Hillary, why does thoust lie, why does thoust spread gossip and scandle? Has it been thrust on you by your husband or is it just the nature of a Clinton. Should we believe that if you can not have the presidency that you will try to destroy democracy, that seems to be your tone by your comments and letting your campaign run amuck. Do as most are asking change your tone or drop out.

    February 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. John

    I still find it funny that while Obama keeps talking about a refreshing change and eliminating the entrenched Washington politics, he's happy as a clam to get the endorsement of people like Teddy Kennedy, who, by the way, is the co-writer of No Child Left Behind, a program the Democrats are supposedly against. Hmm...

    February 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Ticked Floridian


    Well said Jabari!

    FYI – Obama supporter who doesn't get her comments posted either!

    February 26, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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