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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soundoff (446 Responses)
  1. Patricia

    Obama has said himself that he has not got enough Experience to be the President of the United States if thats not saying something i not know what is.
    This country is in to bad of shape to let someone that has no
    Experience rule our country. Its more then just giving a nice speach its about what will happen to our country.

    Come on people WAKE UP!!!

    February 26, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Steve H minneapolis

    It appears Hillary emotional outburst continues to cause her harm. She may have more experience yet she seems to lead in the liability department. She came in on Bills coat tails took responsibility for things that happened in his administration. When she was called on those blunders she cried foul. No one can burn the candle on both ends and not think they will not get burned. She took this primary for granted this arrogance and narcissism came back to haunt her. To bad she was to afraid to be real it would have help to little to late so sad to bad

    February 26, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. SN from MN

    I'm betting the conversation was uncomfortable because he felt guilty as hell for betraying his old friends, Hillary and Bill.

    February 26, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. SunoRunner

    See yesterday's (Feb 25) article by Robert Novak, "Who Will Tell Hillary?"

    It took someone with the conservative creds and stature of Barry Goldwater to tell Richard Nixon when it was time to leave. No one else would have him convinced RMN the battle was lost.

    Perhaps Dodd thought he had sufficient stature to tell Hillary it was time to go. I would guess that HRC did not think so and called him out on it. In Novak's view, the only one with such stature is Kennedy and he has already committed to the other side.

    February 26, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Gary

    After reading some of the comments on here I have a few observations. Every person has the right to their opinion about which candidate they prefer. I think the bickering and nasty tones towards/between the Clinton and Obama camps and their respective supporters are childish and not helpful as we head towards November 4th. If anyone is interested, the best way to understand either candidates platform is to go to their respective websites. They basically agree to the same things, though perhaps in slightly different ways/methods. I would expect any Democrat supporter to support either candidate as their nominee come November. Anything else suggests something more subversive than re-electing a Republican- John McBush. What is the matter with you people ??

    February 26, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. marge

    role February 26th, 2008 12:17 pm ET

    Do not know what all of you are so excited about – Hillary supportes are not going to support Obama!! Hillary for President.

    I hope you don't speak for all Clinton supporters. Because putting Mccain in the WH isn't going to help anybody,unless you're satisfied with Bush.
    But everybody has to vote their own heart. Because the bottom line is your vote is going to affect your quality of life or lack thereof..
    If keeping Obama out to the WH, is going to help your situation,then vote to do so.


    February 26, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Stop Hillary

    CNN......I'd also like my fair share of post time please......

    I agree with Salih's post......If Hillary can't manage to run a presidential compaign how on this earth is she going to run this country!! The Clinton's are proven liars and cheats!! We all know that........

    February 26, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Joe G

    Obama supporters are outrageous. Clinton and Obama are within 150 delegates of each other with hundreds of thousands of people yet to vote. Neither candidate will get the required amount of delegates and Clinton should step down?.

    Would any candidate in her position step down? Would Obama in the same position step down? Never!!!

    The hatred that Obama supporters have for any one not Obama is beginning to froth from their months.

    February 26, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Nathaniel A.

    this is becoming insane...this is the typical American fairytale..it is now a battle between 'proven leadership' and 'a micromanageable' canditate' whose appeal is appreciated but won't be enough for America...and 'those behind his campaign"
    Emotion over reason?

    February 26, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. brenda

    Obama is wrong. I support Hillary and will not vote for Obama. May end voiting republican for the first time.

    February 26, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Pd

    If Hillary was to pull this out, I wouldnt vote for her, she is the queen of double talk and she has proven herself to be a racist, just like the rest of you Hillary supporters here. Most of you all are racist to began with, its just really showing its ugly head now. But I am not surprised, how dare a black man try to win a job like this, who does this uppidity n-word think he is. thats what most of you Hillary supporters are thinking. I got news for you, Hillary wouldnt win the presidency if she was the nomination, all of the right wing conservatives would show up even though they dont like McCain, they really dont like Hillary. Dont you get it, she is a hack, a liar, and a even worst person. With her racist tactics and lying. Criticizing Obama for the things that she has done throughout this race. Using dirty tactics and false statements. Then her husband gets up and says many racist things about Obama and he proved not to be any help of hers. So all you Hillary supporters go ahead and vote for McCain, you are not true Democrats, just racist posing as Democrats. But you were definitely racist first.....

    February 26, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Texas Democrat

    It's interesting that to note that Obama supporters have called Hilary to concede to save her reputation, for the good of the Democratic Party, etc. What they have failed to recognize is that there are many Hilary supporters like myself (at least 50% of the Democractic membership) who ardently believe that she is the best person for the White House, who should not give up just because the other half says so. What gives the other half the right to demand her concession??? Conversely, if Obama and his supporters think it's good for the Democratic Party to end this fight and unite, then why not he instead of she should concede?

    Also, to those Obama supporters who believe Hilary supporters are uneducated and uninformed, I am like many of her other supporters are very much informed and educated.

    CNN – please post this message.

    February 26, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. kd

    Bandwagon. Amazing, not even senators can think for themselves. Why the endorsements now? Congratulations to Obama for the endorsement, but further showing that sexism is still alive and well in the "Good Old Boys" Elite Millionare Club of the Senate. Shame on America.

    February 26, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. SN from MN

    It is a sad time for America. The ignorant, selfish fraction (majority) of the Republican party gave us GW Bush. Now the ignorant, delusional fraction (sadly, now the majority) of the Democratic party is trying saddle us with this dipstick American Idol candidate (Barry).

    February 26, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Phil

    Let all the party leaders fall in line and support Obama. Time for the lady in yellow jacket to bow out.

    February 26, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. wwSchäfer in germany

    It only shows that hillary getting frus `tated because shes not a good looser after obama wins for 11 states. Millions people of the world also saw how bad manners she has in campaign. I wish that obama wins the nomenee. Its good for america and the rest of the world.

    February 26, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Pd

    As well Hillary was the republican until she met Bill, but nobody has even mentioned that.

    February 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. david

    I guess the fact that I'm pro Hillary has kept my comments on the "awaiting moderation" list above 2 others that have already been posted?

    Look, Texas may be close but don't believe it when they make you think Obama is almost ahead. The Mexicans along the borders aren't even being counted and that is Clinton Country.

    So, relax Obamazombies. Clinton will win Ohio BIG, Penn BIG, and TX by enough and go on to win in June when P. Rico's 63 winner-take-all delegates go to her. Don't buy in to the press making you believe her campaign is falling apart (she's the best in the business at this after all).

    Maybe you can spend this time contemplating whether you're "savior" candidate has any real ideas on how he's going to deal with the problems that await....'cos he won't have Hillary standing next to him then to say "I agree with her" when the questions arise.

    February 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Peter S, Georgia

    Chris Dodd did not have this much support in Iowa. These comments make very interesting reading. According to the Obama supporters, Hillary and by extension her supporters are racist, angry, bitter whiners. And according to the conventional wisdom, in eight days, we are all supposed to rally around the victorious Barack?

    No thank you. I wouldn't want to sully your pure ranks with my impure vote.

    February 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Nathaniel A.

    This is soooo sad. What is happening to 'reason' in America? maybe Prince should run next time...

    February 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. California Independent

    Aaaaaw! Someone's been picking on Baby Bama again. Daddy Dodd to the rescue.

    Wake up and realize the glory that is Obama. Don't you understand he is going to save the world, the wooooorrrlld people, the world.

    I know. I'm not getting posted.

    February 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Chica Guapa

    Chris Dodd? who is he? these people are such oportunistics.

    To claim that Hillary suporters are hiding behind their racism is another one of those divisive comments from the obaaaaaama followers. Give me a break.

    You all suffer from woundology and victimization. Grow up.

    Obama get off the race you are too divisive.

    February 26, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Tony, CT

    Justice 4 All and Salih: Thank you. YaChi, that was informative and made me laugh! Now if we could just have more (wait for it..) intelligent dialogue between candidates and their supporters alike, and less venom and negativity, the country as well as the party wouldn't be so divided. I applaud Sen. Dodd for not just falling in step with "old friends". Take a stand and do the right thing for America. No one can tell you who to vote for, nonetheless the idea is for your vote to be true to your conscience, your beliefs, your morals, maybe even your goals. Look at Sen. Obama. Here is a young man that dared to defy the Clinton "machine", and despite the obvious obstacles is winning! We are not a monarchy, anyone can run. Look at Sen. McCain. His campaign was on fumes. Now he's practically the Republican nominee. Look at Ralph Nader. As much as I despise the by-product of his last 2 runs, as an American he has the right to do so. Whom you vote for is not my concern. What does concern me is that we are no longer civilized.

    February 26, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. Amanda

    Let's talk about the venom from the Obama supporters! You all say the HRC supporters need to stop hating, but I think you need to take a look in the mirror! Stop being so venomous or you are going to lose the support of HRC supporters to the elephants in which case there won't be a democrat in the White House again.

    By the way......TINA FEY DOES RULE!! ROCK ON SNL!

    HILLARY '08

    February 26, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Timo Garcia

    everyone's jumping on the bandwagon to join the glory team, now it seems a safe bet. have to say though, who has ever cared about chris dodd? we in england think obama's a cocky, slightly cheesy chirade... so dont look to us for adoration. let us know when you've elected someone qualified for the job.

    February 26, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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