March 28th, 2008
09:35 AM ET
3 years ago

Dodd: Prolonged Democratic race 'devastating'

 Dodd wants the Democratic race to end soon.
Dodd wants the Democratic race to end soon.

(CNN) – Sen. Chris Dodd said Thursday a protracted Democratic presidential race would be "devastating" to the party, and argued an agreement should be worked out after the upcoming contests in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and North Carolina.

Dodd, a former presidential candidate and current backer of Barack Obama's White House bid, told the National Journal he thinks it’s a forgone conclusion Obama will be the Democratic presidential nominee, and said he thinks it's about time party leaders bring the race to a conclusion.

"We've got five more months to go before the Democratic convention at the end of August and, candidly, we cannot go five more months with the kind of daily sniping that's going on and have a candidate emerge in that convention," said the Connecticut senator.

"Over the next couple of weeks, as we get into April, it seems to me then, that the national leadership of this party has to stand up and reach a conclusion," he added.

Pennsylvania, a state where Hillary Clinton is heavily favored, is slated to vote April 22; North Carolina and Indiana head to the polls two weeks later. It remains unclear which candidates have the edge in those states.

Dodd's comments come one day after Clinton indicated she planned to stay in the race through the remaining round of primary contests. The latest votes, South Dakota's and Montana's caucuses, fall on June 3.

"I think the elections that are yet to come deserve to be held because the people from Pennsylvania to Puerto Rico to all the others that are waiting in line deserve to be heard. And I think that's part of the good," Clinton said Wednesday. Former President Bill Clinton also reiterated that sentiment, saying Wednesday, “my family’s not big on quitting.”

But Dodd said Thursday allowing the race to continue indefinitely would be "irresponsible."

"Allowing this sort of to fester over the months of June, and July and August, I think, are irresponsible," he said. "I think you have to make a decision, and hopefully the candidates will respect it and people will rally behind a nominee that, I think, emerges from these contests over the next month."

Specifically, Dodd said leaders among the Congress, governors, and at the Democratic National Committee need to work together to forge a compromise.

"It seems to me you've got to have an issue here that transcends your favorite candidate and decide whether or not the best candidate we have to win this election, to bring our country together and to get behind that choice, instead of having this sort of drip on for the next five months. That is devastating in my view," he said."

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Bryan

    Clintonites,

    Tell me – Can you name one Democratic member of the US Senate or House who is rebutting the statements of Dodd, Kerry, Pelosi, Kennedy, Cantwell, Richardson, etc.

    Not one?

    Then quit crying foul everytime you hear something you don't like. We aren't children. We're Democrats... all of us. Hillary doesn't seem to care about that. She in it to win at all costs.

    Do you really want a President who will eat her own in order to get what she feels entitled to?

    Do you?

    March 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Neanderthal

    Why prolongue the contest for the Democratic nomination? Because this is a Democracy not a Kingdom or the Soviet Union, when the people already know ahead of time who the candidates are going to be. Mexico knows 6 to 10 years in advance and look how great their country is doing. Dispense with Democracy in favor of expediency, Is that it?

    March 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Dave -Las Vegas

    All the Obama supporters think it would be devastating for the race to go on because they might lose! Let's stop the game before all the votes are counted since we wouldn't want to hurt their feelings.

    March 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Jerome

    Thank you people...Superdelagates are coming out and saying what we all are saying this is destroying the party...this is Hillary making sure she is not the nominee then she would rather have a Republican win...The Clintons are about themselves and not the Party it is evident...

    March 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    I agree......HILLARY NEEDS TO DROP OUT OF THE RACE NOW!!!!

    March 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Jen

    I agree with Dodd! Hillary is just being selfish at this point. She is such a liar too. I'm sorry, Hillary, America is much smarter this time around. Go Barack Obama!

    March 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. R

    neither Obama nor Hillary will come to a compromise now. It's too early for them and they both want the same spot

    March 27, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. DJ, LA, CA

    Mathmatically it is virtually impossible for Clinton to close the gap. Even with the tremendous damage from Obama's former pastor and questionable camapaign donor Reskor...Obama still has the confidence of the majority of Democratic voters.

    The numbers don't lie. Clinton intentionally waits until as late as possible to release her tax returns probably out of fear of the scrutiny that will follow.

    Those words Pastor Wright made were his own not Obamas. So the fact of the matter is that unless somehow Obama completely tanks the last few primaries...it's over.

    Clinton supporters can threaten to vote for McCain all they want. It won't change the fact there is too large of a gap for Clinton to close.

    March 27, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Rick

    Dodd is correct. I only hope that the Democratic leaders in this country, whoever they are, have the courage to do the right thing and pull together now to end this fighting between Clinton and Obama and save the Democratic party. Bill Clinton could take the lead by encouraging his wife to accept the fact that she can't win. Who knows, he might be able to begin the healing process like he tried to do years ago when he admitted that he lied about his affair, and we could still have a Obama Clinton ticket. But if he does not have the courage to do the right thing for the country at this critical moment in our history , he will only seal his fate with historians as a one time great president.

    March 27, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. OBAMA SAVANTS SYNDROME

    Poor Senator DODD...His male shovenistic endorsement of OBAMA is starting to wear him down..Poor buddy..

    March 27, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. OBAMA NEVER

    Clinton will win nomination and Obama will leave the race earlier than anticipated.

    Hillary 08!

    March 27, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Richard

    Absolutely imperative that we close this asap,..

    Clinton needs to finally stop stumbling forward with her head in her shell and put the needs of the party over her personal ambitions.

    March 27, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Chris in Va.

    Bill Clinton, "...my family's not big on quitting." ,and truth isn't in the top two either is it Bubba?

    March 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. A Typical White Person

    This "typical white person" will never vote for Obama if he is the nominee and that WILL NOT CHANGE no matter how much the DNC or Obamabots try to change my mind. Many others feel the same way. We cannot chose this man just because it would anger African Americans if we don't. We are supposed to be selecting the best person to be president and this extreme liberal, America-hating, inexperienced talker is not the best person to lead our country.

    March 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. John

    The party leader's job should make sure every vote in FL and MI count. And not try to favor one candiate or another.

    March 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. kenny cole

    i think is time for the CLINTON to know that the party is over an d for them to wanna tear DEM.apart will hurt me

    March 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. I agree

    Bye, Bye, Hilary!

    March 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. Margie Miller

    Obama can't win enough delegates and neither can Hillary. The primary vote is too split. The super delegates will have to decide.

    March 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Help Us Lord

    Broker a deal: That sounds like Billary again. His $100M is still buying comments. Is this another Limbaugh on the rise?

    Revote: That's the fist Billary guffaw.

    Jump Ship: Another Billary ploy. Hillary was born a Republican. She is still a daddy's girl. If she can't be recognized then nobdy will – especially not a BLACK.

    No Deal for Brokering! She herself and Billary already discarded Barack Obama as hierarchial material. How do you broker that?

    She must be defeated and that she will. Her time has past. This is a new day.
    CNN don't deny me my voice! Thank you for the platform.

    March 27, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. George

    Finally someone other than Richardson realizes that it is imperative for the democrats to stop the in-fighting. Otherwise what the democrats would be doing is handing the election to McCain in a silver platter.

    March 27, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. meggy

    hey dodd....just shot your big mouth and keep quiet ok.what you are doing is dividing the party by blaming hillary.

    March 27, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. TUYCAN

    IT IS THE PREMATURE ENDORSEMENT OF SOME POLITICAL FIGURES IN THE DEMACRATIC PARTY FOR OBAMA OR HILLARY THAT LEADS TO THE CURRENT SITUATION : LET OBAMA AND HILLARY COMPETE AND LET THE VOTERS DECIDE . THE WINNER WILL HAVE THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE PARTY . THAT IS THE FAIR PLAY .

    March 27, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. Independent

    Smart man!

    Its so obvious both are tearing themselves down...

    March 27, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Concerned Canadian

    Obama and all his old "Washington talk " political backers are just like their choice for the nominee.....thin skinned and quitters !!

    Let the chips fall where they may I say. The DNC and the media wreaked havoc on this primary race between Hillary and Barack, so let the fight go to the end..its a deserving conclusion to the mess others created and the candidates don't have to pay the price for it.

    Go Hillary !! HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT 08 !!

    March 27, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. kevin from alaska

    So Senator Barack Obama must have "tricked" his colleagues Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, etc., etc. into backing him.

    It's a good thing there are Hillary supporters out there that know Obama's "true colors."

    March 27, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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