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. La Raza

    Hillary should fire this campaign manager too. Whatever she is doing is NOT working! This dark side is not helping Hillary at all.

    If she cannot manage a successfull campaign, then she cannot manage the country. Think about it. She needs more experience in human relations.

    February 26, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Helara

    Good for you Sen Dodd! Finally, the right people are endorsing the right candidate. I am a republican, but I can't step away from the charisma and common sense of Barack Obama. Hate Hillary-no appeal whatsoever to anything resembling a president. Cold, and calculating-cry baby and power hungry.

    GO OBAMA 08!!!!

    February 26, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Liz

    to HILLARY,

    I know its hard to see people who have supported you and bill in the past turn and support Obama. I think the nation has made its choice and its not you.
    pls do the honorable thing and support Obama and save your dignity.

    your friend

    February 26, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Charlie

    Would Hillary even be in this race if not for Bill – Obama has risen to this podium on his own and deserves these endorsements as he is clearly in this place based on HIS accomplishments.

    Its time for Al Gore to step up.

    February 26, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Mike

    Russell, the Clintons will ride off into the sunset, and they will let their horses graze on the White House lawn where they belong.

    Obama, Blah...Blah...Blah.

    ...Just an empty suit .

    Hillary 08

    February 26, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Alecki

    Obama needs to wait until he gets more experience learn the ropes and then run.

    If Obama is on the Democratic Ticket McCain will win.

    WAKE UP America!

    Experience does matter and will matter when he faces McCain.

    Vote Hillary she won't mess up in any batter with Republicans.
    Obama doesn't have a leg to stand on at this time.

    February 26, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. augustin

    I still beleive in "Dream Team", Obama as President and Clinton as Vice-President. So they can beat McCain + Condi Rice.

    February 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Rich in Seattle

    I wonder which Hillary answered the call. The nice Hilary, the angry Hillary, or the one that cries all the time. It sounds like he got the angry Hillary.

    Do you think she has names for each of her personalities?

    February 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. NOBama

    Obama's the one hurting the party. All I can say is I feel sorry for all these politicians endorsing this guy. They are truely wearing the blinders just like the rest of the herd.

    I'v voting NADER if Obamba gets the nom! He's not even close to being ready to be the President of the United States.

    February 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. duster Kahn

    We don't want BUSHTON's for 28 years . let us have new blood.

    February 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Adam

    Chris Who?

    Hillary 08!!!!

    February 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Joshua

    The negativity does need to stop. The Obama supporting Audacity of Truth blog has at least been doing a good job keeping the negative attacks in perspective. If we all took the effort to call out politicians and even the media about the sensational claims that are made by either side, things would get much better in this country.

    February 26, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. carol

    This party ia already divided, always voted democrat, not this time if Obama is the nominee. out of this party. Thats why democrats keep losing elections they pick STUPID candidates, if thats not the case why do we always loose. GO FIGURE

    February 26, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. HSNP

    When all of the young, starry eyed dumbells get Mr. Obama elected President, please don't blame the Clintons when our country gets attacked again.

    February 26, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Setorie

    Please people, stop the bickering and back stabbing and please vote for the one candidate that you think will help you most, and I think it is Hillary Clinton, which does not mean that I dislike Obama, but I think his head is in the clouds!!!!

    February 26, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Alecki

    Kennedy supported Obama and lost the state to Hillary.

    Money is what's making this election go the way it is. Oprah is a billionaire.

    Wake up America!

    February 26, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. maya

    Okay- please everyone,think about this. The last sentence says that Dodd stated that "it was not a comfortable" discussion. Now- what does this say? Does this say that Hillary was shrill or rude to Dodd? NO. It just says that it was NOT COMFORTABLE. Could there not be other ways to interpret this besides the very biased or warped way that it is being presented?! How about the fact that maybe Dodd respects Hillary and agrees with her on many things, but feels that Obama has momentum now and wants to therefore start supporting him, thinking that he's got the nomination.
    I'm so sick of the little innuendos and subtle jabs from these CNN ticker headlines.

    February 26, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. canadianfan

    Good for Dodd. Why all the negativity coming from Hillary. It is very unbecoming to see her taking such a negative tactic. I certainly wouldn't want someone who can turn so quickly from charming to attacking to be my commander in chief. This is a comment from an admiring Canadian who hopes the US can get back some if its respect from the rest of us in the world.

    February 26, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. White/female/age 55/Texan

    To Dems Divided and Sam.

    It's going to take that 50% plus the independents, the crossover republicans, and the new voters to beat McCain.

    An ObamaCAN (republicans for Obama)

    Texan go vote. Early voting continues through Friday!

    February 26, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Angela

    And furthermore , if Obama win's and it looks like he's close, then my sincere hope is the he backs all his words up with actions and has the grace and intelligence to capitalize on Hillary's and Edwards' talents somehow. Just a thought. And a Hope.
    Hillary 08 or at least Dems 08.

    February 26, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Elly

    My son always comes to me and complains that his sisters are in constant PMS mode lol
    Hillary reminds me of this....too many mood swings
    who wants this in a leader... a hot head just like McCain
    kind of makes you wonder if she would ever be able to reach across the aisle and compromise
    Maybe she doesnt realize it but when she made fun of Barack it put *her* in a very poor light
    you really do need *change* America
    Grasp that opportunity in Obama
    Take the time to do your research on Barack , he really does have an
    impressive record!!
    Glad Senator Dodd realized that...Dodd is a man of honesty and integrity

    February 26, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |







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  23. Meredith

    Donating to Obama's campaign: $5
    Phone bill after campaigning for Obama: $50
    Seeing Hillary's face when she finds out she is not being endorsed by Mr. Dodd: Priceless

    There are some elections you can't buy
    For everyone else, there are endorsements and supporters

    Obama 08

    February 26, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Anton

    Dodd's probably not comfortable with the whole idea of a woman president...all these old geezers from the Democratic party...from Kennedy to Kerry are just not comfortable with a woman president...bottom line!!

    February 26, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Mike Andrews

    Thank you Chris Dodd. I am a Obama supporter for two reasons. 1. he is inspiring, competent and broadening the base that Democrats need to have in order to win; 2. because despite her intelligence and history of accomplishments, Hillary Clinton has alienated a huge segment of those who will go to the polls in November. Her candidacy in my view will guarantee the election of McCain. It's time for her to quit her rants and her mockery and accept the fact that the Democrats and independents who have spoken thus far want a break with the past and the Clintons. Go Barack!

    February 26, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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