February 26th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
7 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. Patrick Peavy Plano,TX

    It is like Hillary is expected to cheer each time someone turns their back on her.

    February 26, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. bernie

    dodd is just like kennedy and kerry they are all losers and can't win anything and don't want her to win.cnn it now time for best bunch of losers to come out and endorse your idol obama he nothing but an empty suit.his wife will now be glad to be an american since she never was before in her life time.GO CNN NOW IS THE TIME.GOD BLESS JACK CAFFERTY.

    February 26, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Mike

    Susan, get over SNL, its comedy and afterall, he's a comediene.

    Change...Change...Change...MORE LIKE Blah...Blah...Blah.....

    Hillary 2008!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Norma Lewis

    I am a Canadian living in Toronto and have been look at the democratic nomination from the beginning. What I have seen so far is a blatant bias against Hillary Clinton with CNN and some of its pundits. Shame on you CNN!!! Where is your objectivity??????????

    February 26, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Jackson

    another "Left-winger" for Obama ... if the left-wing of the Democratic party gets the nomination for Obama ... McCain will surely win!!

    February 26, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. clarity

    I'm 'not comfortable' with Dodd's inuendo!

    Funny he tells both sides to watch their words, while perpetuating the kind of suggestive talk that he gards against.

    He manages this, in just one statement.
    Not someone I'd want endorsing me! LOL!

    February 26, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. CMS, CA

    Can anyone explain how we are going to pay for universal healthcare? Does anyone think that their service will be "as good as" the VA which is a joke? Why should I be responsible for someone else's health if they can't take a little personal responsibility and exercise, eat less, and stop smoking? Just some things to consider as we go galavanting off into the universal healthcare quandry. Sounds great as a sound bite, but if you look at it, its scary...

    February 26, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. David

    Is she still running? Wow, how humiliating.

    Matt M. observed in his comment:
    "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."

    This is an astute observation. Why have John Edwards, Joe Biden, and Bill Richardson not supported one or the other? They appear cowardly.

    February 26, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. jyfranca

    Next tuesday will be the end of democrat campaign.sen.Clinton will concede around 11.00 Et.It is obvious she will win in Ohio and Texas but she will find herself eith deficit of pledge delegates.obama will be leading her with more than 100 pledged delegates

    February 26, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Illinois GOP Realist

    New flash for all those Hill-Billy-Maniacs out there ranting about how they'll vote for McCain in November, if Obama becomes the nominee of the Democratic party: please make sure to keep that door wide open as you ext, 'cause for every one of you Hill-Billy-Maniacs who will leave, there will be at least TWO or THREE clear-thinking Republicans who will be coming the other way to vote for Obam!

    February 26, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. AMS-Ohio

    WHO IS THAT MAN???????

    I think it would be a fair question for Obama to be asked why there seem to be no Muslims against him. If he is a Christian. What was it about the Muslim Faith that caused him to want to become a Christian? When did he accept Christ. Who baptised him, when, and where.

    Because it does matter what he really believes

    February 26, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Chuck

    There's not a true democrat in america that would vote for McCain, so JJ you have been exposed for what you really are and that's a republican. We know you guys want to run against Hillary because she would stimulate your base and send independents to the GOP as well. You simple people are not fooling anyone.

    February 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. David

    Is she still running? Wow, how humiliating.

    Matt M. observed in his comment:
    "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."

    This is an astute observation. Why have John Edwards, Joe Biden, and Bill Richardson not supported one or the other? They appear cowardly and calculating.

    February 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Steve

    Whether Dodd really favors Obama's condidacy or not, one thing I'm sure he realizes is that Hillary can't win in November and Obama can. Do the Hillary backers on this board really think she can beat McCain as polarizing as she is, (whether that view of her is fair or not)? If you so why?

    February 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Jenan

    I am a Canadian who has followed both Obama and Hillary's websites, and the supporter's blog comments . If I was to analyse all comments by supporters , I see a continual call for support of Democrats , regardless who wins the nominee , on the Obama site. The real Obama campaign supporters ( not You tubers) are following Obama's lead, to run a positive non- divisive unifying campaign and deliver the better leader, as Nominee, for the Democrats and all of America regardless of Blue, Red or Independent.

    February 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Stan

    Ha ha. I bet Hillary was like, "Shame on you, Christopher Dodd!"

    February 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. priscilla

    All you guys saying you will vote for McCain if Obama wins all I can say is "SHAME ON YOU" if that is the case next time there is a war and under McCain that will be quickly I hope you will go and fight!!! You guys should be ashamed of yourselves although I am supporting Obama if Hillary wins I have no choice but to vote for the lesser of two evils!

    February 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. reynold

    while many people come to the truth of O, Dodd did the opposite.

    So sad.

    Go Hillary and if not, Go McCain.

    February 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Ray - NJ

    Like he means anything. Of course he waited to join whoever was in the lead.

    Make's Hillary that much stronger!!

    February 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Jeff

    This is not the general election. This fight between Obama and Clinton is for the nomination. That means it's about who Democrats want. It's not what Republicans want. It's not what Independents want. Right now 50% of the Democratic party is supporting each candidate. Like it or not, some of us have been working for the Democratic party for a long time... we didn't just wake up yesterday. Some of us have been pressing for the Clinton-Obama ticket for years. This is why we have superdelegates.

    February 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Joe Deitering Anoka, Minn.

    Personally, I'm not making a decision until I find out who Brittany is endorsing.

    February 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Mary

    Please not Hillary.

    February 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Donovan

    I hope other heavy weigh in the Democractic Party, especially those Super-delegates, will now endorse Barack Obama and by so doing force Hillary to quit. The negative campaign, her 'mocking theatric' of Obama's message of hope, and the scare tactics are not welcomed in this campaign and the voters of Ohio and Texas have an opportunity to deliver that verdict on behalf of the rest of us. Hillary should throw in the towel and chill-out. After all she has a future in the Senate. By the way, I am a democrat and will vote for the nominee whoever it is.

    February 26, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Andrea

    NoWorry, you claim Obama is too young. But he is older than JFK was – or than Bill Clinton was, for that matter.

    February 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. dukic

    This country's president is elected by media giants and run by big corporations. Why Iam saying this.... Even if you apply for a mid-level career in a company they ask for atleast 10 years of experience but this election is run by media a person with just 3 years (with last one year busy on campaining) is seeking for the highest post and media is driving people in wrong direction. Age doesn't matter but experience really matters during crisis. I would rather have Bill Gates run this country than any one! A HARVARD drop out will be better for this country than a Harvard Graduate

    February 26, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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