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. Undecided in Texas

    Why is it so horrible for Barack Obama to run for President? Obama supporters don't seem to hate Hillary, but her supporters seem filled with rage over Barack's campaign, and I just don't understand why. We expect Republicans to slam both of our candidates, but these are two, great Democrats. Why must we, as Democrats, feel compelled to hate either?

    February 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Danielle, OH


    Why should she step down? There are tons of states that have not even voted yet. Is it right that the first few states get to decide the nominee without the input of states that vote later?

    February 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Texas & Ohio for Obama

    Go Obama

    One more endorsement from John Edwards! Clinton is out!

    Go Obama '08

    Go Obama '08

    February 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. WestCoast

    Maybe thats why John Edwards hasnt endorsed Obama yet. Hillary scared him.

    February 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. andrew jones

    "....adding that it was "not a comfortable" discussion."

    I'm sure that he got a mouthful of that Hillary's smear attack: "SHAME ON YOU CHRIS DODD!"

    I'm sure when she lose come March 4th, Hillary will attack once again: "SHAME ON YOU AMERICA!"

    February 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. joe

    Hillary campain finally won a contest in a state, STATE OF DENIAL

    February 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Tyler in Raleigh

    Let me guess... "shame on you" Chris Dodd. Or did he get the sarcastic, mocking Clinton? Too bad he didn't get the "honored" Clinton. What ever happened to "I found my voice" crying Clinton?

    Ah... the hypocrisy and deceit of the Clintons finally emerges.

    Maybe it was none of these... maybe she just said, I don't need you Mr. Biden... and then after a minute of clapping and smiling, she realized she was talking to Dodd and not Biden.

    That was the funniest.... Im not sure if she really got TX and MI mixed up, or if its just that TX is now on the "doesnt matter" list becuase they are turning against her.

    February 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Cali Male 4 Hillary

    That's a shame. I think this is good news for Hillary if she gets the nomination. We all know Obama is ill-prepared to be President, and with all of these endorsements, Hillary can now weed out all the "idiots" from possible Cabinet slots.

    Anyone endorsing Obama has no clue that he is not ready now. Those smart enough to endorse her are smart enough to get the country back on track and would be great additions to the Hilary Administration.

    Go HILLARY 2008

    February 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Ally

    I have a feeling that many of these endorsements are not FOR Obama but, rather AGAINST Clinton. I am a Democrat, but will be voting for McCain in November. Bottom line: Obama is too junior and is not qualified to be President of the United States.

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


    WE ARE SO CLOSE!!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!
    NOW IS THE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Carole

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

    February 26, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Jeff Radun

    I hope Texas and Ohio do not fall for Obama and his message of change. He is no different than Hillary. He says one thing and does the same thing All of them do in a tight race. Exagertate his rivals words.
    Lets say he wins the nomination and the white house. Do yo really think republicans will work with him.
    Not a chance. They will do whatever they can to hurt him like they did to Bill. That is what real politics is about fighting with the other party and compromising each and every day.

    February 26, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Tony, ca

    "Ready on Day One"? –what about ready TODAY!

    Obama is showing by his conduct in this campaign that he is ready right here and now.

    let's get real.
    vote Obama

    February 26, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. josh

    Go figure…jump on the maniac bandwagon…
    Many voters seem to be mesmerized by good oratory skills, and indulge in the "instant gratification" promises of King Obama.
    If he wins the democratic nomination, this democrat, and many others, will turn out at the polls and vote for McCain.
    I can't take another 4-8 years of empty promises. You know what they say about "if it's too good to be true"….

    February 26, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Nancy


    "OLD BOYS CLUB!!!"

    February 26, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Larry

    Why are all of my comments being deleted???

    The only reason must be because they are pro-Hillary and Anti-Obama.

    CNN . Why are you taking it personal?

    My posts are not insulting or offensive. Why delete them?? This is getting tiresome and only fuels the allegations that CNN is biased towards Obama.

    Also, Hillary Clinton has received a a lot of endoresments since last Tuesday, including congressman, a couple of newspapers and several army generals as well as 27 flag officers.

    Why isn't this being reported by CNN but every single endorsement Obama gets makes headline.

    I would respect CNN more if they just come out and endorse him already. This is beyond ridiculous and proves favoritism and sexism is alive and well. Shame on you.

    Go Hillary

    And I know this post will be deleted.

    February 26, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Cindy

    Hillary seems to be taking the scorched earth approach. If she can't get the nomination she'll make sure the other guy that beat her won't get the presidency, either. As is evident by the voices of her supporters here. This is probably the necessary TKO Obama talked about. He didn't go for a TKO, and now Hillary continues to scorch.

    Dodd probably tried explaining it to her, and she scorched him too.

    February 26, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Diane

    I am a great-grandmother in the Midwest and over the years I have seen a lot of presidents in the White House. I have listened carefully to both candidates and I've made a decision.
    So, please, Hillary, bow out gracefully. You are hurting my beloved Democratic party and hurting the nation at a time when we need a strong, solid leader we can trust.

    February 26, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Prince George

    Texas Democrats, Independents and Republicans for OBAMA are encouraged to go to poll in droves to support OBAMA and end the process now before an irreparable damage is done. In the same token, Ohio Democrats are strongly encouraged to go to the poll to support OBAMA for the interest of the party. Prolonging the process would be to the advantage of the Republicans. Let’s emulate Senator Dodd for his timely action—the endorsement of Obama and do the right thing now instead of prolonging the process. Let’s do it now before Democrats damage their own candidate. I hope other Democrats—the Super Delegates will follow Senator Dodd’s footsteps to end this thing right now. It’s time Democrats started throwing their unwavering support behind Senator Barack Obama so that uniting the party for the general election will start next week. Senator Clinton has done her best. But it’s time for her throw her support behind Obama for the interest of the party. I commend her for her courage and tenacity. Senator Barack Obama is a better candidate and that does not diminish Senator Clinton’s accomplishment. It is simply not her time.

    Prince George

    February 26, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Justin, Grand Junction, CO

    "Shame on you CNN" "CNN censorship" "CNN is biased towards Obama" "favoritism and sexism is alive and well" "my comment is not being posted because it's pro-Hillary"

    You guys crack me up!! Happy Tuesday!

    February 26, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Jonathan

    Is it not obvious by now?

    Smart people for Obama. Wooo hooo!

    February 26, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Hillary

    I do not know when hillary is going to get the message from the American people. People want her to go away and disappeare some where, I am hopefull she will get the message after she loses in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island! Then we can all consentrate in beating Mccain and win election in November.

    February 26, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Ann

    What a cheap comment.. not a comfortable discussion. Do you expect the VP position Mr. Dodd?


    February 26, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Nora

    I think SHAME ON YOU is the new slogan for Hillary's campaign. It should be if it is not that is all I ever hear anymore.

    February 26, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. LYoung

    This is such a misleading article - the headline suggesting that Clinton was party to the discomfort Dodd was feeling about telling her who he was endorsing. I am so very disappointed in CNN for their one-sided, blatant pro-Obama reporting. I have been an avid viewer of CNN since 1980 and am very distressed about the lack of fair, unbiased reporting. AND - it was Clinton who was gracious at the end of the last debate saying how "honored" she was to be sitting there with Obama. She took the high road that Dodd thinks is so very important to the Democratic party! Obama shook her hand and said NOTHING! Why don't you report that?

    February 26, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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