February 26th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
6 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. Thinking more and more.....

    I have read alot of these blog messages......I think alot of the American public have simply gone astray. Hooked on some 'change' that won't even happen! They are hooked on a guy who blatently lies and misrepresents facts. No one has to believe me...check it out on factcheck.org.

    Senator Obama is willing to disenfranchise millions of voters for his own personal gain. Very damaging and devisive for our country. Shameful actually.

    So all the Obama Supporters – to encourage and support someone who misrepresents...someone who does NOT tell the truth...someone willing to compromise even one persons vote – be careful – that same person will also mispresent to you, not tell you the truth and will compromise your vote. You mean nothing to this person but a means to an end.........and it says very dismal things about his supporters! They certainly are easily influenced and gullable!

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

    Louisiana Loves Hillary!! February 26th, 2008 1:09 pm ET

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

    LOL!LOL!LOL! Good Florida is on your minds....because their delegates are NOT counted for you candidate.

    It's fun to have banter going back and forth in support of your candidte. But at the end of the day,it's about the democratic Party. Niether candidate is bigger than the common good. Which is the dems winning in Nov. I don't " like Hillary,but if she's the nominee I will vote for her.
    So many of these comments have an immature sound to them.

    February 26, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Wake up Dems, UNITE!

    Stop crying Clinton supporters...it's over...IF you are dumb enough to vote for McCain, then you deserve what you will probably get...The rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer...and 100 years of war in Iraq!

    February 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. CNN Pls post my comment: Jane, Maryland

    All WE the sensible, non-college educated people have to do, is simply COMPARE the way in which the three senators have run their campaigns. That is how they will run the country.

    Which one has terminated his/her right hand wo/man? (V.P)
    Which one went broke?
    Which one took a lot?
    Which one mortgaged his life insurance?
    Which one is bipola?
    Which one has a temper
    Which on has a philandering spouse?
    Which one was 'carrying on' which a younger woman while the wife was dying?
    Which one, which one, which, one?

    Which one would you invite to dinner with your family?

    It is that SIMPLE

    February 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. joli

    I heard the Farrakhan endorsement of Obama was probably more uncomfortable… Oh im sorry only the positive endorsements make the Obama ntwk… I mean CNN.

    February 26, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Lewis Sinclair

    I am not a supporter of Hillary or Obama, but I must say Hillary is deplorable. She has many substantianted misdeeds and is a serial liar and extreme opportunist if there ever were one!

    How anyone in their right mind who isn't some NOW lefty liberal who thinks it's time for a woman to be prez could actually think about voting for her is absolutely mind boggling.

    Although I'm not a fan of Obama either, I would vote for Obama over Hillary without a second thought.

    I hate to say this, but Anyone But Hillary!!!

    February 26, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Tyler

    Dodd's endoursment means about as much as mine. He's an also-ran presidential candidate who just wants to be back in the spotlight. Most high-profile democrats dont endorse because they want to hang back, let the voters decide this race, and then step in to unite the party after a nomaniee is chosen. The selfish, spotlight hungry also-rans and losers like John Kerry and Chris Dodd feel as though they should have a sway in this process, and throw their "weight" (or lack of) around.

    February 26, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. John Smith

    He's a coward. His endorsement should have come weeks ago.
    He's gonna jump on the Obama bandwagon because its moving in his direction. A man of real courage would have made an endorsement weeks ago.

    February 26, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Hillary, do you care?

    she showed her true nature

    February 26, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Eric

    It's humorous how bitter Hillary supporters are using the "anyone but Obama" line now, because it's so obvious they are just that (bitter), but they need to realize that there is a legitimate "anybody but hillary" movement that existed before this election ever began.

    February 26, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Wilhemina

    Congrats! Senator Dodd, it is time for the world to know that we are not stuck in the 1900's, we have evolved and risen above racism (at least 99% of us are on a higher calling). The remaining 1% are supporting Hillary, they do not care about her dark past, lack of grace, lack of directions, or inability to lead a campaign,...so what is the reason for the 1% to vote for her? Well support her if you must; however, when all this devisiveness of hers comes to an end tonight we Americans must come together, bring our children home, get our entryways secure, re-build our industral communities, re-build our communities that have been devastated by nature and terrorism, put a decent wages in our pockets, use the money that has been sent to Iraq for our health care & education, round-up and put away the drug cartels, and like Obama said we are going "Osama hunting!" and we will get him, he will not be allowed to escape during his Presidency as he did with the Clinton's and Bush. "YES WE CAN"

    February 26, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Amber

    Cascadian, first we are comparing obama to Kennedy and now he is Lincoln?
    come on now!

    hey cnn, how about posting one of mine for once!

    February 26, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Jane, Maryland

    All WE the sensible, non-college educated people have to do, is simply COMPARE the way in which the three senators have run their campaigns. That is how they will run the country.

    Which one terminated his/her right hand wo/man midway
    Which one went broke?
    Which one took a 'personal' loan ?
    Which one mortgaged his life insurance?
    Which one is bipola?
    Which one has a nasty temper?
    Which one has a philandering spouse?
    Which one was 'carrying on' with a younger woman while the wife was dying?
    Which one, which one, which, one?

    Which one would you invite to dinner with your family?

    It is that SIMPLE, Really.

    February 26, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Jay Jay

    endorstment? let me make my choice please! I do have to say that I agree with telling both campaigns to chill. in the end we are all in it to take this country in a new direction. the negative comments from both camps only ensure that McCain is going to have more amunition for the general election....
    come on lets agree to disagree! and take back the WH

    February 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. v.ananthan

    I AM NOT "comfortable" WITH THE FACT THAT FUTURE PRESIDENT IS NOT PROUD OF HIS HERITAGE..........

    February 26, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. LaLa in KCMO

    He's right! We CAN'T divide the party!

    Bush is now saying that the GOP will keep the White House. Who knows what tricks the GOP has up their sleeves. Karl Rove might not be on the payroll anymore but his tactics certainly didn't leave when he did!

    Democrats in the White House!

    Me? Obama '08!

    February 26, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. SN from MN

    Oprah Obama has had a perfect storm blow his way. The republicans have been donating, voting and offering praise to set up the weakest Democratic candidate. The Clinton's opponents within the DNC have sharpened their knives, and are using Barry as the club to beat them with. And finally the media has anointed him as the flavor-of-the-moment in their shaloow, horse-race infotainment. Lucky guy!

    February 26, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Stephanie in Alabama

    Come on! Dodd said he respected Clinton. OF COURSE it was an uncomfortable conversation. He couldn't support them both and had to make a choice. No matter which of the candidates he'd call to tell he wasn't supporting them would have been an uncomfortable conversation.

    Stop reading too much into things. Sometimes there is no deeper meaning.

    February 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Kyle, Dalton GA

    Momma's Got A Brand New Tag

    Has anyone noticed that Hillary has a new slogan–"Strengthening America" or something like that. It is odd that her campaign talks about Baracks' tactics, but they are copying the Obama campaign left and right. Barack has "Change We Can Believe In" on his podium, and now Hillary has taken down her name, and replaced it with yet another slogan.

    Question for Clinton supporters–why does Hillary have so many themes for one campaign?

    February 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Bubba

    I truly believe that Hillary is untreated bipolar. She's a danger to herself and others.

    February 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. reynold

    offbeatrock
    What Hillary should do is to fight for us till the last moment. Obama will be proved to be the worst president if he could be elected.

    Of course, I still think O has no chance if his supporters have brain.

    February 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Matt in Odessa

    Great Senator Dodd. Let's bring the party together yet make a snide comment about an "uncomfortable" conversation with Clinton. I am voting independent. I am done with all candidates.

    February 26, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Mark

    It's obvious that the only people who still support Hillary for president are those who desperately want a woman President...And I agree that it would be great to have a woman President someday, but Hillary has proven beyond a doubt that she is not the right person for the job...the past 5 days have seen her reduced to a flailing candidate desperate to turn the tide, but coming off petty and un–Presidential.

    We cannot afford the kind of behavior she is demonstrating, in the White House...it would be a national disgrace for Hillary to win after her actions of late...

    February 26, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Paul Naranjo

    Latinos and blue collar democrats are strong supporters of Senator Clinton. We look forward to hear to her nomination.
    Estamos con Hillary
    We are with Hillary

    Hillary for President
    Hillary President ' cause experience matters more than "just words..."

    have you noticed that CNN posts a lot of comments that favor Obama? In particular many of my own have been disregarded by this site. Is this the way how you allow people to participate in politics?

    February 26, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Barb

    I once heard someone say that the Democrat Party is comprised of groups that really don't like each other. Hillary looks to exploit that inherent division in the Democrat Party for her advantage...the sad thing is, she doesn't care if the Party tears itself apart. Apparently, this woman would eat her own child for a vote.

    February 26, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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