April 3rd, 2008
09:30 AM ET
3 years ago

Dodd: I’m not lecturing anyone to get out of the race

 Dodd is an Obama supporter.
Dodd is an Obama supporter.

(CNN) – Sen. Chris Dodd on Thursday appeared to step back from his previous suggestion that the presidential race should end before many of the final round of primaries play out.

In an interview with CNN's John Roberts, Dodd - a supporter of Barack Obama - said he thinks the race will end when "the candidates decide they can't go any further.

"The last thing you want to do is lecture candidates to get out of the race," Dodd also said.

Those comments appear to differ from his remarks last week in an interview with the National Journal during which he argued an agreement should be worked out after the upcoming contests in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and North Carolina.

"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," Dodd said then, adding it was a forgone conclusion Obama would be the Democratic nominee.

But in the interview Thursday, Dodd continued to warn against a floor fight at the party's August convention.

“If you go [to the convention] highly divided, with eight weeks to go before national election, you will lose the national election," he said. "This matter has to be resolved in my point before we get there.

Related: Watch the full interview with Sen. Dodd

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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  1. Ken

    Dodd needs to keep his opinion to himself and let the race continue WITHOUT a call for Hillary to get out of the race. Who knows, it is like the Indy 500, Obama is going to blow the engine and not be able to cross the finish line.

    Neither Obama nor Clinton will have the 2,024 at the time of the convention, so everyone needs to just let this race go according to the way it is set up to do.

    I agree with Hillary Clinton, and that is about that the Michigan and Florida delegates need to be seated and counted, as well.

    The Democrat Party should realize that Obama brings dreams, while Hillary brings SOLUTIONS.

    SO, WAKE UP AMERICA! Let us ALL get behind Hillary Clinton and push her over the finish line, so that she can BEAT McCAIN in November and go on to become our next President!

    April 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. jimmy

    hillary,please quit!!!!!!!!!!!otherwise john mccain will win the general election......obama for president

    April 3, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    As a supporter of Barack Obama I am not concerned about the rhetoric coming from the party leadership. I agree with Obama – who has repeatedly said that Hillary should continue to run. I have no doubt that the process will see itself through and Barack will win the nomination. If anything, I take solace in the fact that the current fight is preparing him for the real battle for the White House in November.

    And at least the Democratic Party has something to fight about – tspecifically two amazing and brilliant candidates. Wish we could say the same for the Republican Party, which in the 21st century can't even produce a pool of viable candidates to choose from that reflect the diverse, new and true demographics of the United States of America.

    Obama '08

    April 3, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. karen

    Senator Dodd, we already are highly divided as a party. This division started with the Wright controversy and the disenfranchising of Florida and Michigan voters. Neither ,of which ,are Senator Clinton's fault. As a life long democrat, I would like nothing more than to take the White House back in November, but Obama will never get my or my family members votes. There are some things that can be far worse for a country than a bad economy and that is a breakdown of patriotism and love of country and that is the path Obama will lead us down. McCain is our choice in November if Oboma is the nominee. Senator Clinton may have her faults but her patriotism and love for her country
    are very evident.

    April 3, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. SAM

    I THINK ALL THESE NEW DEMOCRATES IN PENNSYLVANIA THAT ARE CHANGING THEIR REGISTRATION TO VOTE AGAINST HILLERY IN THIS PRIMARY. WILL THEN VOTE REPUBLICAN IN NOVEMBER. BARACK OBAMA REMINDS ME OF GEORGE BUSH, EXCEPT HE HAS NO EXPERIANCE RUNNING ANYTHING. AT LEST GEORGE WAS GOVENOR OF TEXAS. AT SOME POINT IN THIS ELECTION CYCLE I WILL HAVE TO MAKE UP MY MIND IF I WILL VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN OR A DEMOCRATE. NONE OF THOSE RUNNING REALLY GETS MY VOTE.

    April 3, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Michael

    I've read all of these posts and it's troubling to me how some "supporters" of their respective candidates are really idol worshippers. STOP!

    What is most important is to get the Republicans out of the White House in November.

    Here are some facts: Senator Clinton cannot defeat ANY Republican candidate, including Senator McCain. Too many voters are biased against a woman president. There will be NO crossover votes from Republicans for Clinton – the Republicans hate the Clintons, rembember, especially Hillary. Senator Obama is not merely more intelligent and more articulate than Senator Clinton, he represents an opportunity to break from the same old system that has gotten us into this terrible mess of pouring our treasury into foreign conflicts while the US falls apart here at home.

    Those of you who call yourselves Democrats and yet blindly support Senator Clinton despite her Rove-like approach to campaigning are really pulling for another four (eight?) years of war, deficit spending, inferior schools, right-wing Supreme Court appointments, tax breaks for the wealthiest, oil dependency, etc.

    Think about what is good for the party. Think about what is good for America. Get behind a person who can rid us of the Republican stranglehold on America's future. That is Senator Obama.

    April 3, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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