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. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    and when is John Edwards going to chime in for Obama?

    February 26, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. John P

    Hillary has substance. Obama has empty words.

    February 26, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Concerned Voter

    He has lost my vote. He is riding a wave rather than dealing with issues, and picking the weaker candidate. Poor judgement to say the least. Once the republican machine gets a hold of Obama, it will be over for him.

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

    Barack Obama – The Billie Flynn for our century!!

    February 26, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Thanks Chris Dodd!

    Hmmmmmm I think Chris Dodd could also be an excellent choice for VP for Obama. He's highly respected in the Senate, a 30+ year career Senator from the northeast, and head of the Senate Finance Committee (one of the most powerful committees in Congress).
    He adds a little gray hair, lots of wisdom, and is respected on both sides of the aisle.

    Frankly, I think that is what Hillary is upset about! Obama and Dodd look quite attractive together and puts to rest the "he's too young and inexperienced" idea that has been suggested by critics.

    A nice combination of youth and experience with two people who are known as able to work with both sides of the aisle.

    February 26, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. NOBama

    Just to set the record straight. I and many many others that I know WILL NOT vote for OBAMA!

    If Obama gets the nom, I'm pretty sure McCain's on to VICTORY!

    February 26, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. tom

    u clintonites that say you wont vote for barack but mccain are pathetic and exactly the reason the dems don't become president while the republicans do. you are traitors to your party. SHAME ON YOU!

    February 26, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. janet

    Chris Dodd's uncomfortable conversation with Hillary Clinton resulted in her not promising him a big political position. I'm sure that's why many of the "old congressional democrats" are jumping on Obama's bandwagon. They think he's gonna win and they're looking out for #1 instead of what's best for the American people. Their history in congress proves this point!!!

    February 26, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. matt gallant

    Another thing i think is funny, is that hillary makes a stand on health care, she has fought for health care for so long, funny part is the last time she tryed to get something done on Health care, she did it under HER HUSBANDS PRESIDENCY, and behinde closed doors, no wonder it did not work, sounds a lil like good ole GW doesn't it, meetings behind closed doors!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Texas

    Well, who cares who endorses who? That does not affect my vote. Mr Obama with eloquent speeches and Mr Dodd endorsing a male because his ego could not take it if Senator Clinton won.

    And Mr Obama talks about change? The only thing he will change is his suits.

    Senator Clinton has rolled back and forth with the punches. Just because poor people like her and support her does not determine her worth as a candidate. It determines that she can relate to all Americans.

    Go Senator Clinton, we are very proud of you!

    February 26, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. LisaMpls

    Of course the conversation was uncomfortable. What was she supposed to say, "That's great news that you're supporting my opponent!"?

    February 26, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Kansasboy

    What's with all the venom and negativity coming from all the Clinton supporters? Notice how Obama supporters are very cordial for the most part? And I have a very hard time comprehending these claims from Hillary backers saying they will vote McCain or Nader if she loses. I am a Barack man but if Clinton wins the nomination I would vote for her in a heartbeat. Why? Because I am a Democrat. Don't let anger and hate fuel a decision you will regret later. Even if Obama proves to be inexperienced it will still be better than 4 more Republican years. Let's support both our candidates and not stab ourselves in the back.

    February 26, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Long-term Memory

    Well, since this post got bumped off the last article about Senator Dodd, I'll try it here.

    If only John Edwards and Al Gore would jump aboard, Obama could have the largest contingency of failed Democratic presidential candidates in history! With Hillary, she's just got Bill–the only Democratic president to get reelected in over 40 years and the only Democratic president to win overwhelming international support in the same amount of time. His conversation was probably uncomfortable with her because he knows he's a sell-out. Dodd's attempt to protect Arthur Andersen and other Enron accounting connections are well remembered here in Texas.

    February 26, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Margaret

    I find Clinton very arrogant. Something about her is not right. She easily be carried away and does not appear to be sobber!

    February 26, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Katie

    Yesterday I was listening to Rush Limbaugh (I do that every so often to get a good laugh). He is not supporting McCain, and he now proclaims to not be a Republican. He is seriously promoting and pushing for Hillary to stay in the race, and yet he called the Democrats the "enemy" at least twice in this one-sided dialogue. He said he wants to see this divisiveness in the Democratic party because it will destroy their race. The question is WHY would he promote Hillary?? The answer is simple. She would lose to McCain.

    February 26, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Jen

    LOL.. there ya go! You cant please her feel her wrath! Step on a bit of her toes get ready to get smashed like a bug! Gosh no wonder Bill went elsewhere! Everyone else is too!! This party is turning into a mess because of her. She needs to be recommended to leave or shut up before she creates another YET another disaster!

    Obama 08

    February 26, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Angela

    running a campaign is the equivalent to a sales pitch. It's alot different from running a country. Sales pitches are just money and mouths. Running a country takes knowledge , experience and stamina.
    You have to evaluate her on the issues and her background -not campaign personnel issues. It's just as stupid as everyone jumping all over Obama cause he admitted to having a messy desk. Neither are legitmate criticisms.

    February 26, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Lou

    To RT...I have also noticed the Cllinton supporters in this blog seem to be less educated. Poor grammar, incorrect spellings, nutty reasoning. Many seem to have a problem figuring out how to turn off their all caps button on their computers. Just an observation.

    February 26, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. ARBenitez

    I'm from Texas, and have voted R since 1972, but not this time. I'm with Dodd – the negativism has to stop – we must, as a country, put our differences aside and work for the common good. That means reaching across the aisle and solving problems.

    Does anyone truly believe that a woman who shut the White House doors to even her own party and single-handedly authored the most ridiculous health care initiative ever imagined will work with anyone? This is the same woman who railed at the prospect of any Republican setting foot in the White House.

    Obama will carry a great burden of living up to the root theme of working to solve problems, and the electorate is buying this theme. I'm buying that theme. Will he deliver? Therein lies the hope – the mere chance that he will deliver on his message is hope enough to dump the Clinton's and their Suburban full of baggage.

    I hope Obama rips Hillary apart tonight and shows this country what a two-faced power hungry old-school politician she is.

    Time to move into the 21st century – let's leave the Clinton's back in the 20th where they belong.


    February 26, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. The Patriot

    I am sorry, who is Chris Dodd? Oh yeah, he is the guy that got 0% of the vote.........right him......yeah, I am really gonna listen to him!! LOL, get real people....

    At least now, if Hillary doesn't get the nomination, we have a 3rd choice...............Obama will NOT win the White House. Do we really want to end up w/ another Rep in charge? Ah, NO!!!

    Hillary 08!

    Obama step aside now before you get us into more trouble that we are already in.

    February 26, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. offbeatrock

    Thank you Mr. Dodd. you may have done your greatest service to this nation yet.

    will sombody also please advise Hillary to make herself similarly useful for this country.

    February 26, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Mike

    We need a President Barack Obama and Vice President Edwards! That would be the dream ticket!!

    February 26, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Jim

    The reason why Hillary is putting up such a fight is because it was her "TURN" to be president. She thought she had it wrapped up and in the bag before it even started. Remember that debate last summer where she claimed that all the bad publicity she was receiving was because she was winning? That was before a single vote had been cast! What was she winning? At that point in time, all the candidates had the same number of votes: 0! She started with the attitude that it was her turn, and that the primary election was just a formality. That really put people off. Now all of a sudden, it looks like she is actually going to lose, and she is acting like a caged animal, and it is putting people off even more. I'm sorry to all the Hillary supporters that Obama took her "turn" away, but the fact is..this has got to stop. Nobody wants to hear the hollow negativity, from her, or from her supporters. It's over, move on.

    February 26, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    As a side note:

    Don't equate Obama with Dubya. George W. Bush had plenty of experience prior to entering the White House. He ran at least three major corporations into the ground and was the governor of Texas. Furthermore, his father was the president.

    In fact, his experience is quite similar to Clinton's. She was the first lady of Arkansas, a corporate lawyer, and married to the president.

    The point is, the experience argument fails because G.W. Bush has been an awful president–even with the so-called experience Clinton and McCain claim Obama is lacking.

    February 26, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Michael

    Time and Time again Barack gets huge endorsements but the only thing people have to say is – Shame on that (endorsement) person. Well it seems to me that these people, news papers and millions of otheres know something. Chris Dodd would not go against a so-called friend if he didn't think it was in the best interest of the party and the country. All you Hillary supporters stop whinning because you had an opportunity to make your voices heard by helping her campaign. You could have made phone calls, made contributions online, went door to door, anything to help her. All the things that Obama's people are doing. All you do now is whine. Barack this, Barack that.....whaaaaaa.... Cry Cry. he will win because he doesn't have whinners in his camp he has doers. People who go out and do something. Maybe in 8 years when she's 70 you can do something for her other then WHINE. This is why he will be a great president.... People step up and get things done around him...THATS THE LEADERSHIP I WANT.

    February 26, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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