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

Filed under: Chris Dodd
soundoff (446 Responses)
  1. AJ

    Chris Dodd is another loser who made a deal with Obama for a cabinet post. What are they going to make him I wonder, Secretary of Stupidity?

    February 26, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Karen H.

    I can only hope that if Obama becomes the Democratic nominee that Clinto supporters change parties and vote for the moderate Republican. God help this country if 'Mama's Boy" gets elected.

    We have very serious problems for which he has laid no particular plan except to call for "change"... good rhetoric. If these serious issues are not mitigated and handled in an expeditious and competent fashion with definitive goals, our country... the world... could see it's demise. This is serious stuff folks.

    If you're going to vote for Obama, then at least ask yourself what plans he will definitively expedite DAY 1 about global warming, world peace, nuclear build up, the economy and more. He calls for change but hasn't specified. Be careful not to get caught up in his rhetoric. He is a better speaker than Hillary. That doesn't mean he will be a better leader.

    Originally I was undecided. Now I'm just plain scared! Go McCain!

    February 26, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Geez

    Democrats appear to be moving to the lowest common denominator – this is apparently the appeal of Obama.

    February 26, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. dick

    Well now you should know the old political families such as the Dodds, Kerrys, Kennedys, Gores, don't like the Clintons. They arent part of the Eastern elites. It's politics and personal kids.
    Endorsements don't mean any thing to me. Maybe its because I have no respect for politicians in the first place.

    February 26, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. david

    Jabari up there says "there is no media bias". I really need one of those pills he's taking.

    February 26, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. John A

    When this race started I was torn between Hillary and Obama, but Hillary's tone in recent weeks have me doubting her ability to bring the country together politically. I think the job of the president is more about leadership than brilliance. And Hillary has shown she isn't a leader.

    February 26, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. anonymous

    Hillary Clinton has had seven endorsement from newpaper's to general's....why haven't these been plastered on CNN's HEADLINE page.....a little biased????????

    February 26, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Nina

    Has anybody counted all the endorsements of the president wannabes" that have lost,. The airhead Ted Kennedy and on down the line. Obama has already picked his cabinet and vice president from these airheads.

    February 26, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. AJ, IL

    This is the problem with the Clinton camp mentality, "either you are with us or you are a republican". Dodd could see the writing on the wall for Hillary. Biden and Richardson want to endorse Obama as well but fear a Clinton backlash against them. Thanks for the endorsement Dodd. John Edwards's endorsement won't mean much if it comes after March 4th.

    Obama in 08!

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

    People are seeing Obama in the Shadow, but the truth is that He has been Ordained by God to Led and not rule america. he is going to rule America through their vally. The Picture posted means nothing, She Hillary Must Know that the rain that wets an eagle thought it did eagle worst not knowing it's a blessing to bath eagles

    February 26, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. ladyc

    Why is hillary people keep thinking that obama is not ready for Mccain
    let me tell you something about obama when you"re a man of color you have more too deal with than any other reason when you"re a man of color you have more too deal with as a man of color obama
    is not naive you forgot that obama lives in chicago when you live in
    a city where it is hard than you know how too deal with things that come up If obama were not a man of color it would not be so many
    hate toward him

    I'm 55 years and don"t need to see another BUSH ,CLINTON, BUSH
    CLINTON I want someone new and young for my GRANDCHILDREN


    February 26, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. carmen

    If you read the stories previous to the election of Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan & John Kennedy, you'll find out that all these great presidents were accused of inexperienced. Like somebody quoted before: you don't know what kind of president you'll be until you are confronted with it but you need a solid basis, the support of a broad coalition, dignity, honesty and the ability to empower people. Sen.Obama is just following his predecessors and thank God for smart, unbiased , decent people such as Sen.Chris Dodd. Go CT!!

    February 26, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Bram

    To me, as a interested viewer in Canada is getting rediculous. The pettiness between Clinton and Obama is incredible. With saying that, does no one realize how irratic Clintons behavior has been over the past week. She first at the debate claims to be honored by campaigning along side Obama. Then she comes out and says shame on you for posting these false messages about NAFTA. Then she goes on stage and mocks him for sounding optimistic and hopeful about the future of the United States. So is she angry, satirical, hopeful, pessimistic....im not too sure right now.

    This is clearly a desperate ploy to save a sinking ship. At least the captain goes peacefully down with the ship. Guess, Clinton missed the memo.

    Canada votes for Obama!

    February 26, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. SOHAN

    everybody take a look at abc primetime see that report on obama

    February 26, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Linda

    I'd like to respond to Erica's question.

    I haven't investigated the church by going to their website, and personally I don't feel that's necessary. From what I understand, the membership is predominantly black, but that's not a problem for me because I've spent many years in predominantly white churches. It's on the South Side of Chicago, which is a predominantly black area.

    I know from reading Senator Obama's own words that he is a committed Christian. He discovered this church while he was working on the South Side as a community organizer and it was there that he felt comfortable in declaring his faith, having grown up without any real religious orientation.

    A person usually joins a particular church because that's where he feels most comfortable. Isn't that right?

    February 26, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Linda

    Christopher Dodd couldn't get more than 2% of the vote! Shows what people think of his opinion

    February 26, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. J.K.

    "Dodd served as a U.S. Representative from Connecticut from 1975 until 1981, when he became a U.S. Senator. He served as general chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1995 to 1997. He's the state's senior Senator. He's also the 14th most senior of current Senators."

    Now, THAT'S experience. Thank you, Senator Dodd.

    February 26, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. matt gallant

    I think it is funny that The HILL-A-Monster and her staff are fighting like this to try to keep their heads above water. She needs to admit defeat and walk away. She is starting to throw cheap blows and I dont know about all of my fellow readers but that just proves she is same old washington Politics that we have grown to hate. That is not change for this country. Also if you have not picked up your copy of Obama's book on Hope, then i recomend you do. It is very insightful, it covers every doubt you have about him for a prez. thanks!

    February 26, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Nora

    Reggie, I agree with your post 100%, could not of said it better myself.

    February 26, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. chelle

    Ummmmmmmm too young? So John Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt, William Clinton, George Washington....all men in their forties were too young to be president??? And yet all did a remarkabe job. So much for learning from history.

    February 26, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Cris in Texas

    Obama where is your paln for the forcloser market and how so many of "your people" that voted for you are loosing there home....oh wait you do not have a plan

    February 26, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. rejected

    CNN atleast post my comments once. I posted so many times. none of the comments has been posted. Hilary is being rejected by most. Don't know the reason why. Only bad things happen to good people. here BAD THING=REJECTION. Hilary doesn't deserve this. She is the only candidate who can win world leaders. Wake up America particularly now OH and TX. People from OH and TX please do not reject Hilary like evryone did. This is an injustice to the most capable candidate for presidency. If Obama wins nomination McCain will be the next president. Democrats do you want this. Even now it is not too late switch your vote to Hilary if you are a Obama support. Think twice before you ink!!

    February 26, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Darryl, WA

    Senator Dodd,
    It was worth your being uncomfortable for however many minutes, to inform Hillary about your support for Barack/America. We are tired of the politics of the past, and can't wait to roll our sleeves up and make a positive change.

    Senator Clinton,
    I know you are upset that Bill cheated on you, but his efforts to "give" you America will never happen. Americans can see through you, and changing our country is more important than your selfish ambitions.

    Darryl, Seattle WA


    February 26, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Belle

    Perhaps the Hillary "supporters" are angry over how CNN and other media have reported the election.

    Then you have the "Obama" supporters calling her divisive, a liar, willing to do anything to be elected, a racist...and THAT makes Clinton supporters even MORE angry. (Mr. Obama CERTAINLY IS a master at words, since HE is the one coining all of these phrases most of the Obama supporters repeat).

    It grows tiresome.

    I will vote for McCain over Obama because A LOT of arm twisting went on for the Obama campaign to EVEN ADMIT their mailing about NAFTA WAS NOT ACCURATE!!!! However, Mr. Obama said it was still truthful. That folks, reminds me TOO much of George Bush...the man who could NEVER admit he was wrong.

    February 26, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. Vic

    I'm sure Senator Dodd's telling Hillary he is endorsing her opponent broke her heart. After all, here's someone who got the lowest percentage of votes in Iowa after living there several months. Dodd joins two other 70 year-old senators, Kerry and Kennedy, who have endorsed Obama, and who altogether, have served over 100 years in Washington! That's change???

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