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. Bayou Joe

    Where are my comments. Are my comments offensive because they don't support the Democrats agenda of electing a surrender candidate. CNN Censorship at it's best.

    February 26, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Waaaiit a minute

    Charles, politics is about serving the greater goods rather than just your "old friends". That is exactly why so many people are not supporting the Clintons.

    February 26, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. caywen

    Dodd is such a standup guy, and it has always been apparent to me that he follows his own sense of right and wrong. Dodd rocks!!

    Now, I hope Biden follows suit.

    February 26, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Lilia, from MD

    I can only guess???? the ranting and raving.................

    February 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Sam

    Hopefully Obama wins Texas and Clinton just steps aside. Otherwise I believe McCain will be the president. Not because Hillary can't be a good president, it's that Hillary is unlikely to win the nomination by beating Obama with pledged delegated and that will leave a lot of would-be democratic voters disenchanted with the democratic party, not to mention losing the new voters and independents Obama is attracting. That will be to much to overcome.

    February 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Jabari

    Complaining about CNN on CNN is getting old. If you hate this news organization so much, stop reading and commenting on its stories.

    There is no media bias. Obama is generating positive press with a positive campaign. Hillary generates negative press with a negative campaign. It's that simple.

    February 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Matt M.

    It's good to see a Democrat that's not afraid of the Clintons.

    Almost every time a Republican dropped out of the race, he endorsed a candidate immediately. Until today, NONE of the Democrats who dropped out had endorsed a candidate. Why?

    I suspect that it's because they all prefer Obama, but they're afraid of the Clintons. They fear the fallout if Hillary ends up winning.

    Well, Kucinich is actually afraid of alienating certain members of his district while he runs for re-election, so that's his excuse. But he's already made it clear in the past that he supports Obama.

    Edwards' endorsement would have been extremely strong right after he dropped out, but it's weakening by the day. If he had endorsed Hillary back then, she would probably be in the lead right now. He hasn't, even when she started losing, so he clearly supports Obama. But I think he's playing a good tactical game by holding back his endorsement of Barack.

    So that leaves Biden and Richardson. I hope Dodds bravery gives them the courage to speak up as well. If they all endorse Obama, he'll win for sure.

    OBAMA 08

    February 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Jacquie in Big D

    I think Hillary would make a great Secretary of State. The position would allow her to use her greatest strength to enhance a Democratic White House.

    Also, I'm tired of everyone talking about experience. NO CANDIDATE has experience in their first term. Experience comes after you've actually served as President. Also, the rhetoric about accomplishments should be toned down. Let's get real. Can anyone name any pre-presidental accomplishements of Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush the first, Clinton, or Bush the Second. They all contributed to success in their prior roles; but by and large, their national accomplishments are few and far between.

    The truth is when seeking the office of president its about integrity, ideas, personality,and willingness to serve. Nothing can prepare you for serving as President of the USA except being President.

    Obama '08

    February 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. JJ

    Just like many democrats who have come up to me, if Obama is the democrat nominee; my vote will go for McCain... Sorry, but I do not want to vote for another Bush-like (empty promises, and ideas without subtances)

    February 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Beg Tex from Texas

    It's time to unite the party Democrats of America. Clinton supporters lets come together against John McCain. McCain is running on Bush's policies. We cannot stay in Iraq for 100 years. Both have been great candidates with little differences. Chris great work in trying to unite the party. Vote Democrats 08!!!

    February 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. keith

    Not every endorsement is news, but this one is. I agree though that the high number of flag officers supporting Hillary is oddly not reported on. I'm an Obama supporter but I don't understand why some stories are considered more newsworthy than others and worry about how that shapes the campaigns. That says, it is what it is and the candidates will need to keep working in this system after they're elected so they can't just be dismissed.

    February 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Steve

    I want to know what Hillary said to make Dodd uncomfortable. That lady must be a powder keg these days.

    February 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Sharon of Illinois

    Charles isn't that the whole point of superdelegates based on Hilary's point of view? Dodd gets to decide who he wants to support. Was he not her friend as well when he was running against her before her in Iowa? That is the problem with politics as usual as evidenced by the Bush administration – loyalty first. I would think that after the Patty Doyle mismanagement Hilary would understand going with the person best suited for the job.

    February 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. NoWorry

    Obama is a great speaker. He is very intelligent. But I just don’t think that he is ready to being American president. He is too young with too little experience. He needs some experience like a couple of more years of, for example, being Senator. He is too naïve about so many issues like foreign polices and domestic issues like mortgages. Literally, he does not have much foreign and domestic policy.

    I really and truly believe that Obama is a promising young man. He may have a very good chance to be president in the future, not right now. This time, it is Hillary or McCain.

    February 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. rlkidd

    This is what is wrong with this country now .
    It is being run by "old friends".
    Lets get some new blood in the White House , someone who is looking out for all Americans , not just" Old Friends".

    February 26, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. RAFAEL


    February 26, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. anita

    McCain WILL be preisident

    February 26, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Paul from Kissimmee

    Cornell West, the Black Panther Party, and Louis Farrakhan aren't fond of her either. I wonder why?

    February 26, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Mary-Kansas

    I don't suppose we will see the 27 endorsements of military leaders that Hillary Clinton has received..... CNN.... always fair and balanced.

    February 26, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Dave

    E Fabian-

    The Dodd endorsement is being covered because it's Obama's first backer of presidential candidates. Same as when Romney backed McCain. Watch the news before you randomly start typing.


    February 26, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    Well, of course it was not a comfortable talk. How do you say, moving on up to the East side! Dobbs didn't surprise me and CNNs biased reports don't either.

    February 26, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. king from toronto

    i can just imagine what goes on in the clinton house hold.i live in canada,been following this from day one.an i think it's time for hillary to go.

    February 26, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    Dems Divided,

    Obama has been winning by 20-30%, where did you get this 50%?

    February 26, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Yet another sign that it's time for Hillary to throw in the towel.

    February 26, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. E.C.Rossi

    I don't doubt that Dodd's conversation with Clinton was uncomfortable.
    He is finally trying to have an impact in the primaries by undercutting
    Hillary's chance to change the dynamic in tonight's debate. A sneaky
    thing to do. No one listened to him before. I doubt they will listen to
    him now.

    February 26, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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