February 26th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
7 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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soundoff (446 Responses)
  1. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS DODD AND OBAMA!!!

    Please note all Obama fans, please let's keep this campaign as clean as Obama is trying to keep it. We as his supporters must follow his example, and stop calling Clinton names.

    Although I support Obama 110%, we all have to admit that Clinton is a formidable opponent, and applaud the work she has done for this country. Maybe another time, we will nominate, her, but right now, this country needs Obama!!

    Applause to the democratic party!!!

    DEMOCRATS IN 08!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Scott

    DODD = DUMB OLD DUMB DUMB

    OBAMA , SIR FANCY WORDS DONT FEED THE KID, HOW ABOUT A LITTLE MEAT ON THE BONE YOU SEEM TO THINK EVERYONE WANTS TO CHEW ON.

    February 26, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Diane

    It is so obvious how cnn feels about Hilllary .....Every negative thing reported is geared toward Hillary or her husband...There have been many questionable dealings by Obama....they are never reported on by cnn except when it relates to Hillary or some other person mentioning them ...and then Hillary is reported to be running a negative campaign!!!!! Why don't you do your job and report the facts fairly!!!! Obama is not a "saint", he doesn't walk on water, he is an "inspiring speaker" with very little experience....i think four years ago he said he wouldn't run because of his lack of experience for the job of President....I don't dislike Obama and i will vote for him if he is the nominee..And by the way Bill Clinton did a great job running this country!!!! Start reporting the news fairly!!!! Get off the Clintons back!!!

    February 26, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. marge

    Frank February 26th, 2008 1:00 pm ET

    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 thaought it did eagle worst not knowing it's a blessing to bath eagles

    WHAT?????????

    CHERYL February 26th, 2008 1:01 pm ET

    TINA FEY RULES!

    SHE IS ANOTHER STRONG WOMAN!!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ARE YOU SERIOUS????????? Youi're using a comedy skit to bolster your views????
    PLEASE!PLEASE! STOP DRINKING THE CLINTON-AID!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Carole

    CNN – you keep taking my comments out – I guess you guys are afraid of the truth.

    In order for Obama to win to be President – he needs more votes than he has gotten so far. I can just see you guys scrambling for HIllary's suppoters votes. First you will try a guilt trip and when that does not work, you will try scare tatics and when that does not work you might even beg. The truth is – HIllary supporters are for Hillary for a good reason. Also sick to death of the Clinton bashing. I will never vote for Obama and by the time this is all over neither will a lot of other people. Obama does not need to be negative and nasty – his supporters and the press are doing it for him.

    HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Chiela

    Obama supporters keep trashing Hillary supporters, if anything is about discrimination then look at the Obama supporters. No one made a big deal out of his not showing up at the Iron Man's Conference. It must have been far too important not to "upset the White Men voting against a woman" than it was to show his support to those who have been behind him almost a 100% , the African American Community.

    Obams success in this race is about Gender, lets be real. You want change, real change, something really new, put a woman in the White House . Men are the ones who have gotten this country in the state it is in, not woman.Look around the troubled world, look at every country, who is in power? Who is doing all of the killing? Not woman. Go Hillary..we need peace.

    February 26, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. ObamaMama

    Louisiana Loves Hilary, I beg to differ. I alone, have moved more than five people from the Hillary camp just by discussing the issues with them. As a matter of fact, the more people research where Barack stands on the issues and the more people watch him debate Hillary, the more DROVES of Clinton supporters become Obama supporters.

    Both candidates agreed that the FL delegates would not count. So you and Hillary are both going to get over that one but I have a feeling that FL will become a moot point after the March 4 primaries.

    And Cheryl, saying that a Harvard lawyer and US Senator is a loser is ridiculous. Ignorance, name-calling, and not even adressing the issues– That's Hillary's campaign in a nutshell. I can see why you support her. In your candidate's words, SHAME ON YOU!

    February 26, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. unity 08

    Good point Sen. Dodd, I was skeptic too but..

    Solutions For Success 101

    Companies wanting to take their org. to new heights and improve their ecomomies get rid of older, more experience workers and hire younger, bright new blood with fresh ideas.

    Enough already with the "I'm older and more experience" campaigns.

    February 26, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Shirley

    WHO CARES ???

    February 26, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Sandi

    Let's see what happens tonight in Ohio. Last week in Austin was all nice-nice on the part of Hillary – in fact, in all the debates she puts on a different face. Remember people – she was SOOOO honored to be there with Senator Obama, yet 3 days later she was chastising him – SHAME ON YOU. So which face will she wear tonight? How can we put our faith in a President who cannot be consistent? If she has issues with his stance, she has had plenty of opportunities to address them – do it to his face – not on television for the benefit of the camera. And thank goodness for Senator Dodd and those who have the courage to see beyond the Clinton era – we are all ready for change!!

    February 26, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Cindy

    McCain's rougue supporters are using Hillary's words to attack Obama now.. even McCain repudiates it.

    Scorched earth.. scorched dem party... please, Ms. Clinton. enough.

    February 26, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. KMAN

    Sorry New York ... you elected her, you have to keep her!

    February 26, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Matt

    Wow.. Thanks so much Dodd

    February 26, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. kathy

    Dodd is entitled to his opinion and his own endorsement – just like all superdelegates should. Now I don't agree with him but hey he is allowed to endorse and vote for whatever candidate he wants. And just like every American is allowed their vote and voice.

    You lame hillary nay-sayers are trying to rob people of their right to vote – this nomination season is not over yet because not all americans have been given the opportunity to cast their vote.

    I love how Obama supporters want a democracy that only works for them and their candidate.

    February 26, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. JDC

    Dodd better watch out or he could end up on the list of people around the Clintons who are no longer with us!

    February 26, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Roger

    Hopefully this helps Obama. The divisive campaign has already severely hurt the chances of Democrats to make it back to the white house. I somehow doubt all the woman that support Hilary simply because she is a 'strong woman' have enough party loyalty to support Obama if he is indeed the nominee. Here comes another four years of Republican.......somehow the Dems managed to screw this up again.

    February 26, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Relax Folks

    These public endorsing spots are to break down your opponent's viability.

    It's just standard political fodder.

    February 26, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. chopsticks from ca

    Quoting from a reader named Jane:

    "Hillary, in the eyes of many you have already won! To go up against the male establishment, the African-American establishment and the guilt of a white America that's trying to unload the guilt from decades of racism, is a monumental feat only a woman of faith, steel, grace, integrity and the love of country can accomplish in your special way. And, all this in the face of an opponent who subtly instigates racism, who is unscrupulous in his attacks of you, and who is dishonest, calculating politician."

    February 26, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. marge

    Mon mon February 26th, 2008 12:58 pm ET

    Don't let the media tell you who is the best candidate or who is
    winning by a margin. The media is building Obama up and putting Clinton down. Don't let them sway your vote!!!
    Go Hillary… she has the most experience and a love for our country.
    Carefully listen to each candidates words-some don't have much meaning just hype! I am dissappointed in Cafferty and the Wolfster they seem to be anti Clinton.. Listen carefully to the words of those who are telling the the news.
    Go Hillary….she has taken a lot of blows…..but still stands tall.
    She said it all in her closing remarks at the last debate. Obama couldn't touch it with his closing remarks.

    Correction....Hillary is NOT standing tall!!!! And in regards to her closing remarks. They were JOHN EDWARDS words!!!!!! She repeated John Edwards concession speech in her closing remarks...AND the remarks right before those were none other than Bill Clintons!!!! Didn't you see the clip that showed Bill speaking the same words?????
    Oh How I wish it was HER concession speech!!!!

    February 26, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Puddytat

    IF YOU WANT TO KNOW the truth about candidates , go to the forums on line , don't waste tim here ... they won't let they won't post anything that isn't supportive of the candidates. YOU'll REGRET ANY DECISION YOU MAKE IF YOUR COUNTING ON GETING INFORMED HERE

    February 26, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Shirley

    OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA,
    What is wrong with you non-thinkers?

    February 26, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Ryan, New York, NY

    Shouldn't Hillary have more experience with the runnings of a campaign considering she's been involved in 2 other presidential campaigns and 2 Senate campaigns? We see how effective that experience has been.

    Even if she does end up getting the nomination based on pledged delegates, what does it say for her experience to have gone from the clear front-runner position to winning by a nose?

    Additionally, her talks of wanting to reinstitute Florida and Michigan's delegates shows just how much she'll do what it takes to win. Michigan didn't have anyone on the ballot except her, just "Uncommitted" and none of the candidates campaigned in Florida, so obviously she'd win (more name recognition).

    If anyone doubts what her name recognition is doing, just look at the polling numbers that CNN was showing this morning about people in Texas who are following this election and those who aren't. Obama leads by 20 points when it comes to those who watched the debate last week, they're neck and neck with voters who just followed the news (so much for that media bias, huh, Hillary – if Wolfson's right, shouldn't the media coverage increase the gap?), and Hillary leads those who don't follow the election by 20 points.

    February 26, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Marion

    Thanks to Dodd for using a level head.
    There is so much talk about experience and the lack thereof. We currently have a President who proported to have his personal experience as Governor of TX, his father's presidential experience, his brother experience and most importantly these last 8 years of again his personal presidential experience. With all that experience, what shape is this country in? Senseless war, an economic recession, housing crisis, healthcare mess, imigration crisis, and I can go on. Soooo, let's not emphasize the need for experience if it has the potential to be used unwisely.

    February 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. William Stickney

    Senator Dodd is correct. The turn the Clinton campaign has taken is hurting the Democratic Party. She and her advisors need to tone it down or drop out before we have another 68 or 1972 on our hands.

    February 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Scott

    HENRY, WHO SOLD THIS COUNTRY TO CHINA.
    ID LIKE TO SEE HIM DANCE HIS WAY PAST THE REPUBLICANS.
    UNKNOWN , UNTESTED, UNQUALIFIED.
    PERRTY WORDS WILL NOT CUT THE CHEESE.
    IT TAKES A SHARP KNIFE. AND THE G O P PLANS TO CUT THE ROOKIE DOWN AND THEY WILL SECCEED.
    RALF NADER IS THERE TRUMP CARD AND YOU DEMOCRATS
    WILL LEARN THAT WE INDEPENDANT VOTERS WENT FOR OBAMA
    TO ELIMANATE HILLERY BECAUS WE KNOW THAT WHEN WE CHANGE OUR VOTE FOR THE WAR HERO IN NOV. CNN WILL BE ASKING WHY DIDN'T WE THINK OF THAT.
    MISSOURI

    February 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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