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. Stuck in Texas

    The endorsement is the secondary story.

    1. Get the campaigns out of the gutter

    2. Unite the party or we'll get McCain

    You can win the battle but still lose the war. Either candidate will need to swing over 49% of the Dems before they even start on the general election. Mocking each other, and each other's supporters is not going to do that.

    February 26, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. FDA

    It seems as though most of the politicians find it to be a need that they run their decision to support Obama by the Clintons as a cordial gesture, this says that they felt a sense of obligation to them, but support what they seem to be the better candidate. Per Hillary" word mean nothing" in response to Obama's speeches... I guess they must mean something to other people.

    Obama had better start being a bit more detailed with his views on the important issues, more strategy conversation than acknowledgement on the issues. This could really sway his undecided voters.

    If Hillary could grasp the concept of talking with the people and not at them and humble some of that aggressision in her voice and her body language she may be able to swing back. She reminds me of Huey P. Long.

    February 26, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Chris

    Ultimate betrayal!

    February 26, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. nick

    Hey Hillary do you and your people remember this song? Happy trails to you, until we meet again. Well I would like to be the first to wish it to ya my friends.
    Don't worry you will be ok because President Obama will take care of you .
    No more Bush and No more Clinton
    Bush, Clinton,Clinton,Bush, Bush is enough.

    February 26, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Obama Buddy

    For Dodd to feel compelled to say even that "it was not a comfortable discussion" means that he was grossly understating his true impression, but wanted to at least register the warning. Hillites need to realize that a good deal of the support for Obama is just because he isn't Hillary !!!

    February 26, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Patrick, Indianapolis


    First of all I doubt that Democrats are "coming up to you" to tell you that they will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee. You're not that important.

    Second, just so you know, if Hillary is the nominee then I will vote for McCain. Two can play at this game.

    Obama 08!

    February 26, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. wwSchäfer

    Iam not an american, I live in german but I support obama , he is the one for the american future for peace foreign policy and unite the american. obama needs endorsesment from superdelegates. otherwise will mc cain or hillary became president, that the rest part of the world dont want it. america needs new,fresh, inovative, and peace politic.Lets this change happen !

    February 26, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. SC Voter

    Oh....so Dodd's running for VP now, huh?

    February 26, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. frank

    I believe people are less intrested in antagonizing statements.Clinton should know how she attacks Obama,because many are just waiting
    for a very small mistake.

    February 26, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Raptor

    Did I read Shimmer comments right. Did he say that Obama has more experience than Hillary. How does a few years in the Senate grant a lot of exp. in F. Policy. Great race so far. Can not wait to see the out come.

    February 26, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. 4hillarynow4obama

    Hillary I want to part of real history. Please Hillary if you do take any kind of medication, follow the doctor’s directions and do not skip doses. I love you Hillary and I hope you get better. There are some very good doctors in this country that can treat your mind. If not I know of a doctor in Mexico where I was planning on going if Obama won the nomination, I think its one of the only country's that Obama didn't cream you.
    Good luck on every thing and God speed

    February 26, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. "G"

    This is a sad sad sad time for our country a large amount people are walking around with blinders on and are trying to hand over our country, at least, for 4 more years of Bush. I tell you what, NO MATTER HOW UNFAIR AND OUT OF CONTROL THE MEDIA BECOMES TOWARD SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON. I WILL NEVER NEVER NEVER AND NEVER VOTE FOR PHONY OBAMA!

    this is coming from an afro-american who has always been proud of her country. To-date I am very much ashame of OBAMA!

    February 26, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Roger, SC

    In my opinion why would anyone expect any candidate to drop out of the race to unite a party unless you are the MEDIA, it is only February we have until November. The media has already made OUR selection for the presidential candidates...they have chosen Obama & McCain for the nominee by using their media influence & POWER in favor of these two candidates. Their goal is to rush the primaries so they can get the general election into motion & start the fighting between the democrats & republicans...Only in America would the people let this happen.....shame on the media but it is actually the people of America who are at fault for allowing the media to influence their voting....

    February 26, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Matt

    Of course it was uncomfortable to dismiss a qualified woman and endorse a rookie who has no place in the oval office (at this time anyway – I still think Obama could be a good president down the line but he will not be getting my vote in November).

    February 26, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. EDW

    Just because Hillary was a president's wife does not mean she has more experience than Obama. Her senate term is almost equal in time to Obama's. Her health care policy from the past already saw it's demise, so what make you think she'll succeed this time?

    Obama '08

    February 26, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Mark

    Well, here we are at cusp of a monumental break through in nominating our first Black candidate or our first Woman candidate and everytime there is disagreement in our party, someone cries foul. I think we should let this thing play out, not just hand Obama the nomination. Let him earn it the way even a sitting President (Jimmy Carter) had to earn it, one vote at a time, one endorsement at a time.

    February 26, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Jason

    I wish the democrats wouldn't say that they are voting for McCain if Obama wins. Why? Is it because we are going to continue to throw all our money in the war for the next 100 years and go further and further into debt? Is it because we will continue to give tax breaks to the wealthy? Is it because he admitted he knows nothing about the economy? Which of these things makes you want to vote for McCain. I like Obama, but if Hillary won I would vote for her. I don't want another old-fashioned war-mongoring Republican in office. Either Hillary or Obama would be better than McCain and if you disagree you are not a Democrat.

    February 26, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. joe m

    talk about wanting to be a fly on the wall of whatever room clinton was in. i'd suspect that a good amount of the things she may have said was not PG.

    i'm still not certain why people keep stating that this is not the time for obama and somehow it is clinton's time. did she call dibs on being president this year? it sounds just a little silly to think this way. this is, after all, a contest and as such, the winner cannot be pre-determined. if we believe that the outcome of an election should be known beforehand, then why don't we all just ask the castros to take over our country. they must have it right since they knew well and good that raul would be the next leader of cuba. or better yet, let's style it after No. Korea, or Russia, or Iran.

    February 26, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. moderate dem

    Right on JJ. My Hillary vote will go for McCain if the Dreamweaver gets the nod.

    February 26, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. JC

    If Senator Clinton goes through the same bi polar personalities as president. We will become the laughing stock of the world. Oh sorry!
    We already are under the Bush administration. What 's the deal with running the white house anyway? Hmmmm lets see! Ability to reason, common sense, a world view not narrow view, and the desire to due what's fair and right to everyone not the select favorites. His diversity only broadens and compliments his intelligence

    February 26, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Mon mon

    Don't let the media tell you who is the best candidate or who is
    winning by a margin. The media is building Obama up and putting Clinton down. Don't let them sway your vote!!!
    Go Hillary... she has the most experience and a love for our country.
    Carefully listen to each candidates words-some have not much meaning just hype! I am dissappointed in Cafferty and the Wolfster they seem to be anti Clinton.. Listen carefully to the words of those who are telling the the news.
    Go Hillary....she has taken a lot of blows.....but still stands tall.
    She said it all in her closing remarks at the last debate. Obama couldn't touch it with his closing remarks.

    February 26, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Deborah

    Shame on you Chris Dodd...I expected more from you! Meet me in the park!

    Thank you for standing up to the Clintons. We do not need to go into the convention dysfunctional and divided.

    February 26, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Norma


    What is Hillary experience in foreign policies?

    February 26, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. U.S. Army Vet.

    Could this be a sign of more to come?

    Hillary Clinton would not be good for this country. She is just too divisive and too polarizing. At this point, she would not even qualify to become Vice-President because her presence offends just too many US citizens.

    Hillary Clinton should leave politics all together, go home to Bill and just cook and clean. This is all she is really good for now, managing her house and not the White House.

    February 26, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Jim, American in Paris

    He feels uncomfortable about what he just did! He should because he has doubts about Obama. Many of us do too but we know how to choose the right candidate!

    He should have done what Obama did 120 time in the Illinois State senate and just say " present" instead of making a fool of himself this way.

    February 26, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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