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


Filed under: Chris Dodd
soundoff (446 Responses)
  1. Al C.

    The thing I am waiting to see an answer to is all these people saying "You Obama followers will regret this decision, just wait". What is it that Obama is cooking up that no one except Hillary supporters are seeing?
    As for the media being pro Obama, this is nothing new, whoever the front runner is always gets more press, that's just how it goes. And to say CNN is anti-Hillary is pretty funny, for a long time it was known as the Clinton News Network.
    Regardless of who gets the nom, I hope people can see past their petty differences and show the support. Although with Hillary running around saying how unqualified Obama is, I don't see how she can then support him later should he get the nom. She might be shooting herself and her party in the foot.

    February 26, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Daniel from Kansas

    The truth is that Hillary Clinton DOES NOT CARE what happens to the democratic party. She only cares about HER PRECIOUS EGO!

    Her tactics are DESPICABLE, DEPLORABLE, OUTRAGEOUS, AND OFFENSIVE.

    February 26, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Caleb

    You Obama supporters are delusional! It is Obama who should step aside and let the true leader through and stop giving inspirational speeches that are just that! I'm sick of people knocking Hillary, especially the media! I have no doubt that Hillary will win both Texas and Ohio as well as Pennsylvania! WAKE UP AMERICA! It's time to do some THINKING instead of all this FEELING!.

    I will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee. And I think it is Obama and who has caused more damage to the party than Hillary as ever done.

    February 26, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Mark in IA

    Whether or not Mr. Dodd's support helps Obama in the end, one thing is clear. Enough of the vile BS between those who support Clinton & those in Obama's court. If your neighbor supports "the other guy", he's dillusional or an idiot? Come on. We need to remove the current administration's policy & restore America's status/respect in the world PERIOD.

    February 26, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. lizzy in WA

    The Dodd endorsement seems logical . . . he is a Superdelegate who's State went for Obama, and he is not "big enough" to need to hold out to be a "neutral broker".

    It's a nice endorsement to have. Dodd has mostly reasonable policy positions, and is a well respected representative for his State. He's been rather heroic lately in his opposition to the wiretapping/immunities for phone companies.

    I'm sure the call was "uncomfortable" . . . it's always uncomfortable to have to choose between friends. Both Clinton and Obama will need to make sure that their behavior around this endorsement is gracious. When either acts childish, it hurts the party and the country.

    February 26, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Charles

    Chris who? I rest my case. This endorsement means nothing.

    February 26, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. CStyles!

    I respect Chris Dodd and also think he is honest. Most important is Obama’s ability to unite people but his track record proves he has sound judgment on choices. His ability in managing the strengths in the cast of people around him! Most people see the broader picture on the cast he currently has around him in endorsements’. With mentors like Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Clair McCaskill that’s plenty I need to feel confident with Obama. I see Obama placing these characters in key Administrative positions. He could appoint Caroline Kennedy as Secretary of Education and Patrick Kennedy would be great as Secretary of Health and Human Services research their personal profiles. If he gets the nod from the likes of Al Gore, Jim Webb and Joe Biden then the deal is sealed.

    February 26, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. PJ

    Men have been in the power seat since the first president....and looks where we are!!!!

    It's time for a different direction.....the women's perspective!!!

    February 26, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Jason

    He has the right to endorse whoever he wants obviously, but the part about this I support the most is where he says "both candidates should watch their tone."
    Couldn't have said it better Senator!

    February 26, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Whuzi

    I don't like how CNN's blogs are set up. Too much delay and sometimes you might put so much thought into something that never gets posted. So I'll keep it brief since this might also not get posted.

    It is NOT experience that America is seeking, it is having a person who is AFRAID of failing the American people. HRC could care less what Americans think of her. Along with her years of "experience" comes years of being desensitized. People joke about her being like a robot but in reality that is probably the case. I could care less if HRC has 35 years...35 years doing what? Scandels? Taking money from lobbyists?

    February 26, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Kathryn Irby

    As a former Clinton supporter, I also am voting for Obama. She is much too inconsistent to become President of the United States! One minute, she is hob-knobbing with Obama; the next minute, she is chewing him out to the fullest extent. I always thought that she was strong, which I still think she is relatively speaking; however, if she were as strong as she should be, given that she is running for President, she wouldn't let Obama get to her emotionally, and would have be more consistent in her demeanor.

    Kathryn Irby
    Metairie, LA

    February 26, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. jad

    Welcome Mr. Dodd to the cult of the delusional. Resistance is futile.

    If anyone knows who deserves to be commander in chief...it's Chris Dodd. Thank you Senator Dodd for supporting Obama.

    Obama 08 !!!

    February 26, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Lynette Rucker

    I think this is great, He will make a great President. Now lets focus onthe Main issues.
    Be blessed

    February 26, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. my opinion

    how disappointing – Obama is so obviously not ready to be a president, that everyone ( mostly these old failed politicians) who is power thirsty is endorsing him. I do not feel secure with Obama.

    February 26, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. J Huntington, WV

    Chris Dodd did so well for himself, maybe a littel of his good luck will rub off on Obama.
    Hillary is the only chance we have of putting America back on the right track. I am and have always been proud to be an American–unlike some.
    CNN what happened? I use to love watching, now I only get sick. MSNBC is the only place to get fair and balanced reporting.

    Think people...Hillary has a plan, read it and then decide. If you can find Obama's read it too, but I do not think it exisits.

    February 26, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Chris Mannoia

    You know, we can think what we want, but the true question is "Who will be more electable in November?"

    Hillary Clinton is a brilliant legislator and politician who obviously loves this country, and wants what is best for it; Senator Obama has titanic momentum, the hearts of a lot of the voters in the U.S., and a real chance to make history in this election; I think it's time for Senator Clinton to gracefully step aside, help unite the party, and THEN be a great help to President Obama in either his cabinet or in the Senate.

    It's really time to stop the infighting and come together, o.k. Senators?

    February 26, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Mac in Nova Scotia

    Another Senator who has worked with all three Senators running has endorsed Obama. It is time for the voters to send Hillary home and let the party unite itself. The strange conduct of Hillary since the debate last tuesday makes me wonder if she is bi-polar.
    What is the difference between Obama wearing native dress when in Kenya and me wearing a Kelly Green tie on St. Patricks Day when I am in South Boston? Hillary's campaign is getting ridiculous.

    February 26, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. Jim

    One reason Hillary, is not up to speed. Due, to all of the negative attacks from the Media, and others. Obama, gets all of the free rides. Just around the corner Ralph Nader, will be waiting. Obama, will not make a good president.

    February 26, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. Denver

    Everyone knows the name "Clinton" means corruption and scandle.

    February 26, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Obamacan

    The issue here is that she has only won 11 states to Obama's 24 states....I don't see how there is a 50/50 even tie here. Lets wake up and move on and start fighting against Mccain.

    Ps. Funny how yesterday Hillary said that she will win Ohio and Michigan tomorrow...then she corrected herself to say Ohio and Texas....this is looking really bad, because people are saying Michigan didn't count as of yet.

    February 26, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. PDC

    Why doesn't the more vocal female Clinton supporters just come out and say they support her because of her sex? Period.

    Most of the more vocal "shame on you, enemy of the day" posts are from female names. Just be honest with us, and more importantly be honest with yourselves.

    February 26, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Patrick

    The fact is that Clinton's endorsements don't make the news, only Obama's do. CNN=Obama.

    February 26, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Oh well....

    Dodd showed poor judgment in disclosing whether the conversation was comfortable or not – who cares. He also showed that same poor judgement in supporting Obama. Wonder what Obama had to promise him........WOW – really? change????? NOT!

    February 26, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    How could it be anything other than "not a comfortable discussion" to tell her that you'te supporting the least unelectable of the two because voters simply don't like her, her policies or her husband?

    February 26, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Desiree

    Sen Dodd is a just person who ran for President and lost trying to sound important.

    February 26, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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