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. Patoche

    She ist toated!

    OBAMA 08!

    February 26, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. 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 don't have 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 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. YaChi

    U.S. Constitution – Article 2 Section 1 states:
    No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

    Funny, doesn't say anything about "expereince" so Senator Barack is more than qualified to run for President of the United States of America. Any other questions?

    And for all of you voting for McCain because Hillary doesn't win the nom, you sound like children. McCain is in in lock step with Bush on policies, doesn't know anything about the economy and said so and would keep our troops in Iraq. If that's what you want to vote for you are truelly idiots.

    February 26, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. OregonGal

    If NoWorry's line of thinking were correct, Joe Biden would be the front runner. NO ONE has/had more experience than him when this all began...

    February 26, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. RT

    "Obama CANNOT win with only 50% of Democrats voting for him."

    Soooo Hillary is supposed to win with even less support from the democrats?? He has more than 50% of the vote. What are you talking about?

    As I read through these posts, I can't help but notice the venom coming from the staunch Hillary supporters. That plus the fact most of their arguments seem uneducated. The more people research the facts and where each candidate stands on the issues, the more I see peole leaving Hillary to support Obama. I think its time more Hillary supporters get on the Obama train to the whitehouse. Seriously, if Clinton gets the nod, McCain has a better chance of winning the nomination. She is too divisive. Look what she is doing to the democratic party alone. She's going to bring Dems and Republicans together in Washington? Thats delusion.

    February 26, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Frank

    I just can imagine her going nuts in that conversation – she probably told him to meet her outside after the debate with Obama tonight so that she can bite Dodd in the ankle for disrespecting the Queen.

    February 26, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |



    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Quinn


    No doughnuts for you at the Bellagio today!

    ...says Hillary

    February 26, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. kevin

    It seems that everyone forgets that there was no evidence of al
    Queda in Iraq until after saddam was deposed. He would not have allowed a shadow movement in his country. He would have crushed them like toothpicks if they tried to set up camp in his country. Thank you George!

    February 26, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. marc

    Now that Dodd endorses Obama,
    maybe John Edwards would step up and endorse him as well.

    After all isn't John Edwards that touted change first and Isn't Obama who is taking Edwards message and running with it.

    Which isn't a bad thing

    February 26, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. lin

    Just another old washington old man insider thats part of the status quo. If you really want change vote for a strong intelligent women or it will be more of the same. Go Hillary-Edwards

    February 26, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. NorthernNeighbour

    As much as I like Hillary, I have really been disturbed lately by her campaigning. A major factor to consider is the post-Bush mentality of voters. With such an irresponsible manner of conduct from the prior administration, the public feel the word "change" as a form of redemption. This is turn has sparked a more personal influence upon the vote and Obama has ran a "personal" campaign.

    February 26, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Burn305

    I think we are losing the focus of what an American election is and is not when there are so many people across america voting for one person and there is so much bad mouthing about it , how can we stand together , how can we move forward we see Obama has won 11 states in a row but yet we as a people are not convinced we rather see this election be decided by super-delagates than think whats good for the country everybody has a voice that is important but lets look at the big picture a young afro-american man without experience is going against THE CLINTON MACHINE and winning this says alot about what the people want which is change how can you deny that what else must Obama do for a equal shot other than drop out !!!

    Obama '08

    February 26, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Michael James

    Contrary to what some of the posts here say, the reason the conversation was "uncomfortable" is that Dodd had been a close ally of Clinton. He was supposed to stay out of the converation (like Gore, Carter, Edwards, Richardson, and others) until after the March 4th primaries. His endorsement of Obama on the eve of the debate and before March 4th, was a stab in the back to a woman who has been caught in the vise of the media-fueled Obama juggernaut.

    She has been treated unfairly in this entire operation (SNL made hysterical fun of this, but it is true). Obama has been canonized and has been able to run without real scrutiny. Obama's run has been exciting and good for the country, however, it gives pause that America is really not ready for a woman president. My question, if it is not this woman than who in the next 15 years?

    February 26, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Steve B

    NoWorry, keep in mind that Bill Clinton was just as old as Obama is now when he ran for office. Bill's experiences stemmed from his work on the state level in Arkansas. Obama has experience on both the state and national levels.

    Looking at both Democratic candidates, they have roughly the same experience in politics. Neither one can claim to be the more experienced candidate and neither one knows what it's like to be president because neither of them have been.

    The best that the American people can do is go to the websites of these candidates and read the information they put out detailing their plans.

    February 26, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Frank

    People are seeing Obama in the Shadow, but the truth is that He has been Ordained by God to Led and not rule america. he is going to rule America through their vally. The Picture posted means nothing, She Hillary Must Know that the rain that wets an eagle thaought it did eagle worst not knowing it's a blessing to bath eagles

    February 26, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. CHERYL



    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Wayne

    Hillary has one last and final chance to salvage her tarnished name. That is..just before the vote to be held in Texas make a nationwide announcement to graciously bow out of the campaign and throw your support to Barack Obama. If she does that she may be respected by the country and her peers. If she suffers a loss in any of the two states she will look beaten and ugly. John Edwards is a great example. He stepped down before Super Tuesday and he still has a political career. It was gracious and on time. Hillary..I implore you..STEP DOWN NOW AND SAVE YOUR CLINTON LEGACY!!

    February 26, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. Will

    Good Job Senator Dodd looking out for what's best for the country and that's Obama for President.

    February 26, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. James in Oregon

    This is a huge endoresment for Obama . I have always admired Chris Dodd , he is a good man.

    Thank you Sen. Dodd

    February 26, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. B DEEZ

    Obama got the nod from Dodd!!!

    February 26, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Jim, Carbondale, IL

    I agree with Sen. Dodd. Obama is winning because he has proved to be a solid candidate, and we need to tone down the attacks so we don't tear the party apart. If Clinton still wants to end up winning, she needs to focus on the issues, rather than a laundry-list of false and misleading attacks.

    February 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Cascadian

    A lanky lawyer from Illinois who had served just one two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives and had no other government experience in elective of executive office ran for president in 1860.

    February 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. ken

    Hillary Clinton and her alleged 35 years of experience mean nothing to me. First, she did not volunteer for the children's defense fund as long as she infers. She was a corporate lawyer for Wal-Mart, the epitome of corporate workforce unfairness. Then, she was a state's first lady, our country's first lady, and moved to NY state where she was all but promised a seat in the US senate. Her voting record in the senate is remiss when it comes to significant landmark legislation and so is her senate leadership there as well, voting always on the safe side of debates with the majority. She is not any more experienced than anyone else (McCain or Obama) for the presidency. As you know, history shows no hard and fast breeding grounds for presidential excellence. There is one that does stand out though and that is the ability to communicate to the American people. There is only one candidate that seems to have that requisite mastery: Obama.

    February 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. U.S. Army Vet.

    According to Hillary Clinton, the sky has opened and a great light has shone down on her. Hillary Clinton had an awakening that she will not become President of the United States of America.

    Obama 08!

    February 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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