April 18th, 2008
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Dean: I need a decision 'now'

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(CNN)— An increasingly firm Howard Dean told CNN again Thursday that he needs superdelegates to say who they’re for – and “I need them to say who they’re for starting now.”

“We cannot give up two or three months of active campaigning and healing time,” the Democratic National Committee Chairman told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “We’ve got to know who our nominee is.”

After facing criticism for a mostly hands-off leadership style during much of the primary season, Dean has been steadily raising the rhetorical pressure on superdelegates. He said Thursday that roughly 65 percent of them have made their preference plain, but that more than 300 have yet to make up their minds.

The national party chair, who has remained neutral throughout the primary process, said again it’s his job to make sure both candidates feel they are treated fairly – but not to tell either of them when to end their run.

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  1. boer

    As Gore amd Kerry in past elections. DEAN and the candidates are
    beginning to recite anti-GOP slogans. Experience shows that this
    after a while becomes ineffective, after an additional while, counterprucent. It seems that the DEM do not learn from experience !!

    Boer

    April 17, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. lilly

    I am Hillary support I will not vote for Obama if you give it to him. He will not win a general election come Nov. and neither will most Hispanics atleast 65%, I don't care how much all you Obama supports cry cry cry and cry.

    April 17, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. GRANDMA LANIE

    IF HILLIARY STEALS THE NOMINATION I'M SURE THE REPUBLICANS WILL BRING UP THE FACT THAT SHE WORKED FOR A COMMUNIST LAW FIRM THAT DEFENDED HUEY NEWTON AND THE BLACK PANTHERS. BY THE WAY...I NOTICE HILLIARY DOESN'T WEAR THE FLAG PIN ON LAPEL...AND NEITHER COMMENTATORS ON THE DEBATE LAST NIGHT....ALL THE DIRT ON HILLIARY WILL COME OUT IN THE GENERAL ELECTION...WON'T HER SUPPORTERS BE SHOCKED...START READING THE HUFFINTON REPORT AND QUIT GETTING YOUR NEWS FROM FOX.

    April 17, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Honeybee

    That debate was absurd .
    What is up with these moderators sure far from fair and a waste of time with such stupid questions that have been hashed and rehashed over and over .
    Keep it up Hi-lie-ry look at the polls to see what people think about trusting you .
    Enough Clintons /Bushes.

    Since Hillary is for McCain this sounds sweet.
    "McCain pres /Clinton v.p. "

    Go Obama

    April 17, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Jon

    Dean is a terrible leader. The DNC leader should be someone who has already been somewhere of importance before. We don't need this lunatic who went insane running for the 2004 nomination.

    April 17, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Portland Resident

    This election should just proceed. Too much panic to decide is not fair to either candidate. However, you don't hear the Hillary supporters asking Obama to quit. Only Obama supporters asking Hillary to quit. Why is that?

    Hillary needs to keep on keeping on. Obama needs to beat her. She is not going to quit. All of this rhetoric about quitting is getting old. And most of it coming from males. Obama needs to beat her fair and square and he needs to quit whining that she won't quit to help him.

    Obama can talk and that's a good trait in a world leader. But how old and tired is the campaign of "Change". What politician has not run on a platform of change? It's old, tired and unoriginal and he needs to get much more specific about what he would do to get my respect.

    Hillary has spearheaded the much needed health care reform years before it was fashionable. She is ready with specfics about what she will do. She is the one that can solve problems from the start.

    April 17, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Yes, Mr. Dean! Hillary has done herself in as of last night's
    "set up" ABC debate. Hillary is becoming one of the most
    hated women in America. Go to ABC's News Online and click
    politics. There are 17,000 comments about last night's debate
    and 9 out of 10 are furious. Hannity, Stephanopolus, Gibson
    must have gave her the old, wink wink, and told her it would
    be "smooth sailing" for her. She was too comfortable. They flashed Chelsey all night. Stephanopolus was on Hannity's radio show the day before this so-called debate.

    April 17, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. Galvin, MO

    Where has Dean been, at a pizza party for the last month and a half? Now you want to "pretend" to have a spine. You don't, go crawl back in a corner and let the party implode. What a moron.

    April 17, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. Kelly, Austin, Tx

    As usual, the big wig "boys" in the Democrat party have to jump in just before a critical vote and try to influence the election again. Dean is the one who caused this mess to begin with and the rest of the Democrat party should have jumped in as soon as he said he was going to disenfranchise Michigan and Florida and let him know that is NOT what Democrats do, come up with another plan. We count EVERY VOTE and this decision is going to hurt the party. Of course, they did not and here we are. I am dissappointed by the party I have supported my entire voting life by the way they have handled this.

    April 17, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Letthemrun

    There have been races in the past that were not decided until further down the line.
    I don't agree the Dean or anyone else should ask a candidate to back out.
    For those who support Senator Obama, if your candidate is the one to win, he will.
    I think that is is unfair to ask Senator Clinton to back down. What if the tables were reversed?
    There is plenty of time between now and November. Let the candidates run.
    Trying to force out a candidate may, in the end, hurt the Democratic party by turning votes to the Republican side.
    Take into consideration ALL Democrats. Not just those who support Senator Obama.

    April 17, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Jack Mpls

    if Hillary doesn't win the nomination there is no healing time for me McCain gets my vote immediatly no questions asked and I won't budge.

    April 17, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. ME

    50 supers moving tomorrow would do it. Make it happen.

    April 17, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Huntingdon PA

    To all Obama supporters:

    Please tell us why we should vote for him. Please tell us about his legislative accomplishments. Please tell us how he goes across party lines to solve problems. Please tell us about his past. Please tell us about what bills he has been responsible for in Congress.

    Real examples only.

    April 17, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. DJ

    Dean is right!! Whats wrong with these super delegates. Don't they see their party is in self-destruct mode. Wake UP America!!!

    Obama 08

    April 17, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. Chris 2

    Brain-dead again. Somewhere out there is a person named Al Gore, who, if nominated, would win the election, period. Meanwhile neither Obama nor Clinton has much chance anymore. But the party leaders apparently feel that Gore just isn't a member of their personal club...

    (By the way, many years ago, political conventions OFTEN responded to deadlocks by choosing third candidates. But apparently they Just Don't Know How anymore.)

    April 17, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. ed

    let's do it dean,it time we settle down and stopb the negative campaign,OBAMA 08 dont let tha hillary supporters scare u with treat

    April 17, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. suzy

    What scares me is that so many of these comments are based on ignorance and obvious "headline" readings as opposed to actual research...
    Do yourselves a favor and find out the truth about something before you make such comments...especially the Obama supporters – you sound so stupid! At least the Hillary supporters make some sense!

    Go Democrats!!!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Aaron, ATL

    Great now how about this Dean, really get the party started and come out and cast your vote leadership is best show by example, I could care less who you vote for but make a decision and let the chips fall where they may. I'm for Obama but will vote for Hillary if I had to choose between her or McCain but OBAMA is the real deal, he's taking all of her shots and he's hasn't lost a step; OBAMA 08.

    April 17, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. prakash chand

    I have a question foe Dean?

    He said he will not change the rule in the middle of the game,so whats the rush?

    WHO SET THE PRIMARY DATE IN THE FIRST PLACE?

    dEAN STEP DOWN WITH OBAMA PLEASE.

    April 17, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. ed

    let's do it dean,it time we settle down and stopb the negative campaign,OBAMA 08 dont let tha hillary supporters scare u with threat

    April 17, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. Real people for real man.

    Yes, Yes, and yes. Supperdelegates have themselve to blame after Hillary has destroyed the party.

    It is very clear Hillary is campaigning Mccain style or Republican style of campaign and democrats don't want a big destraction.
    Again Hillary focus on attacks not attacking on issues or ideas ,but on misspoke, little misstakes something she also catch on in a negative tone.
    Hillary herself made more misstakes than Obama, but she won't let Obama's misstake to be a mare misstakes. She has used Obama misstakes as her line on campaign and she has more lies or fablication during this campaign than Obama.

    It is sad if the supperdelegates failed to stop this kind of bitterness among these 2 candidates NOW. ITCLEAR HILLARY WILL NOT RECOVER TO BEAT OBAMA WHO IS AHEAD IN POPULIRITY COUNT, MORE VOTES AND MORE WINS.

    April 17, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. Rich H.

    Tolerance is the single most important factor in democracy. People must accept when their favorite candidate loses and when a candidate they don't like wins. In this case, tolerance of democracy itself is being tested.

    This primary should be allowed to run it's course naturally, the super delegates voting in their own time. They know the score and they'll vote when they want to.

    Howard Dean should be concentrating on working out the Michigan & Florida primaries – the current situation where democracy has been canceled due to the screw ups of the party elite is INTOLERABLE!

    April 17, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  23. Raphael

    I feel that Dean has done too little too late. The Democratic Party has lost credibility. McCain is headed into the general election now with a weakened Democratic opponent. Whatever the outcome of the Democratic nomination, neither Obama nor Hillary will have the full support of the Democratic Party. Howard Dean should have stopped the Clinton saber rattling after Obama had a lead of 100 pledged delegates. The superdelegates should not have played such an important role. Now, it appears that the longer race goes on, the more frustrated the public will become.
    I support Senator Obama and would like to see some reconciliation go on between Senator Clinton and Obama. Obama is the nominee, and it is mathematically impossible to factor in a decisive win by Clinton. Let's stop wasting money now. Obama should be the nominee, but Hillary and BIll can campaign for Obama to undo the damage they have done and to bring their supporters back into the Democratic fold. I would vote for Clinton if she'd not used the Republican playbook. I just feel that she needs to emphasize the Democrats winning in the fall. Right now, it looks like a very sad day for the Democratic Party.

    April 17, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. arthurW from Virginia

    I just don't see Dean's "request" as somehow stopping folks from voting. The superdelegates get to vote too and most have already voted to date. Dean didn't say to stop upcoming elections. No rules state when the superdelegates should commit, and as head of the Party, Dean certainly has the right to make such a call (and superD can follow his lead or not). Anyone thinking that the party will be stronger if the remaining super delegates wait until the convention is kidding themselves.

    April 17, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. Bill J

    Superdelegates vote now for Hillary. 08...................................

    April 17, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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