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. gyro

    this is so stupid and a mess. the DNC has really backed its self into a corner. the facts are:
    1) obama is winning by the vote of the general public and
    2) hilary is only leading by super delegates,
    3) hilary cannot overtake obama by the vote of the general public,
    4) hilary can win by the vote of the super delegates to over turn the vote of the general public.

    what ever way you look at it HRC and her supporters want the DNC to over rule the vote of the people. for a party and a country that prides its self on democracy it seems rather elitist.

    the only democratic path forward is for nomination to go on and for the super delegates to reflect the vote of the general public that they represent. of course this would mean HRC would lose the nomination but it is the only democratic solution. if hilary wants to drop out knowing that there is no possible way for her to win then that is her choice, again another part of a true democracy.

    the DNC needs to get rid of the idea of super delegates.

    April 17, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. George, MI

    I'm so glad we didn't elect him as president. He's another let-them-eat-cake George Bush. I don't allow my kids to fight, and I sure as hell would have reined Clinton and Obama in a long time ago. Oh hell, I would have just reined Clinton in; she's the one that doesn't have anything to lose.

    Anyway, you Dean are not a good leader. I'll pray for the August Convention because I know it's going to be a blood bath.

    Obama 08

    April 17, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. bakersfield

    i tell you what i am a grown man and if i was a superdelegate, howard dean or nobody else is going to tell me when to vote. remember deans run for the presidency i really can't believe he is even running the dnc. my train of thought believes if he doesn't sign my check or pay my rent.

    April 17, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Chris - PA

    I CAN'T STAND YOU HOWARD DEAN! LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE VOTE – WHAT PART DON'T YOU GET!!?

    April 17, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. maynerd

    Can someone explain to me how MI and FL should be counted? This line of thinking is absolutely absurd.

    First Obama wasn't even on the ballot in MI

    Second the voters in both states knew that the primaries would NOT count. This means there are people who did not vote in the primary because they did not believe that it counted. You would be disenfranchising those folks if you count the votes.

    These states are in a no win situation and unfortunately everyone agreed to this in the begining. To change it now is completely wrong and not appropriate.

    I'm glad Dean is trying to bring closure to this primary. The primary continuing on is not being helpful to the Democrats. We can not afford to have another Republican in the WH in 2009. Hillary's tactics have become very bad for the party and we need to have a Democrat attacking a Republican not two Democrats attacking eachother.

    April 17, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. Bill Pa.

    I am a democrat if Hillary does not get the spot, then I will vote for McCain.

    Lets go Superdelegates.

    April 17, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. VAGINA ENVY

    Seriously, he decides to put a sense of urgency into people after he mucked up the FL and MI delegates. LOOK! If you want to punish the states, BE MY GUEST, BUT DON'T COME THROWING YOUR WEIGHT AROUND MR PRESIDENT OF THE DNC JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE AFRAID A WOMAN MAY THROW A KNOCK OUT PUNCH TO THE PRINCESS OBAMA.

    April 17, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. SHARON CHAMBERS

    I watched the debate last night and Hillary's whining makes me ill. I know Obama is trying to keep to the high road and stick to the issues but I am tired of her saying she is the only one who can beat John McCain. I wish Obama's campaign would point out to the public that if the demo nominee is Hillary, the Republicans will tear her apart. They will bring up Whitewater, The man who supposedly commited sucide in an apartment rented by Hillary. All Bill's flubs and much, much more. He doesn't have to go into this stuff but bring it to the publics attention when she starts her "I Can Beat McCain" c rap. The Republicans will have a field day with her. The Rev Wright controversy is nothing compared to the Clintons baggage. I don't think she could run for dogcatcher and win after the Republicans get through with her, and thats not bringing up her dishonesty.

    Lets move to vote for honesty
    Sharon
    Illinois

    April 17, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. ben

    HRC supporters claim that ending it now will "prevent millions from having their vioices heard" (or some other melodramatic variation).

    Its not that we want it to end now to prevent people from voting, its that we want it to end now because its already been decided that Obama is the nominee, and we need to prepare for the general election. There simply aren't enough votes left for Hillary to close the gap, and she can't win.

    Primaries almost always end early, and they end when it is apparent that one person is far enough ahead where the other contenders can't catch up. That point in this nomination was reached a long time ago. Therefore, its time to end this thing.

    April 17, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. Margo, London

    Bloody hell, you yanks are funny. Where has this one been hiding?

    April 17, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Suk

    comon...even I am tired now

    Seriously I was hoping to see a woman President

    I feel now I wont be able to see First woman as well as First Black if it goes like this.

    I am intelligent enough to understand that choosing Clinton at this time makes no sense. Choose Obama and finish the race.

    April 17, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Shaniqua

    Hillary the smart choice. Don't waste your votes on Obama. Obama will not beat McCain.

    April 17, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. J. McKinney

    It's Hillary or nothing for me. No reason to vote for Obama or McCain–neither are worth voting for. I pray the superdelegates have the good judgement to put Hillary in.
    I realize it is safer for the country if Obama is put in, as Hillary's supporters won't riot, (remember Watts?) but still, we need Hillary.

    April 17, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. Rita - In California

    Alright – both Obama and Hilliary have had slanted media coverage – now let's get on with the campaign business – It appears the 2004 campaign didn't teach us enough about deflection – we're bickering about gaffes, race, age, gender instead of policy – People don't let the Republican Rove machine do it again.

    April 17, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Chris in Va.

    Let them continue Howard, what will the "Young and the Restless" crowd do with their time once Hillary is sent packing back to New York?

    April 17, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. Dwayne

    It's about time dude!

    Don't blame anyone but Hillary folks. She's the one throwing all the negative attacks; spliting the party.

    April 17, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. RR

    Even if every super delegates publicly stated the candidate they support, Hillary Clinton would still not withdraw if she did not have the delegates she needed. She will continue in the race until the end hoping that Obama is found at a hotel with a Emporer's Club prostitute. She pounces on his comments about people "clingging to religion and gun ownership" and his choice of church and pastor. This would be called poltics if this happened back in Jan. but the race is nearly over and she can't admit it to herself that she's lost. Instead she "clings" to the hope that something Obama does/says will turn the tide to her. A poor choice of words is turned into some giant reflection of his values. It's her effort to change the nominee but it's not working. In fact the lastest poll shows John McCain ahead of Obama. Hillary- yes the nomination race was close but have the decency to stop jeopadizing the election of Obama in a desperate act to further your own self interest. You said last night you thought he could defeat John McCain. Obama has more votes that you, more delegates than you. You can't achieve the nomination so start the process of healing the party and let's begin the debate of McCain's 3rd Bush term vs real solutions instead of all the non issues you continue to attack Obama with.

    April 17, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. Robin Naresh

    It is no longer a fight for democratic nominee but instead Clinton is preparing for 2012 bid.

    She wants to 'fight' till Denver so that she has more time to speak negative about Obama so that his chance of losing in November can be increased.

    April 17, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  19. Kris In PA

    Count Florida and Michigan now!

    April 17, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. Susan MO

    Superdelegates...........vote for Hillary Clinton.

    Here's some reasons why:

    Obama badly insulted the people of Pennsylvania.......and to top it off, he 'made light of it, basically laughing in their faces. April 16 debates, when asked about it, he 'skipped around' answering it.

    America does not a president who insults the people.

    Also, it is evident that Clinton has more experience than Obama.

    Please do not be fooled by Obama, and help our country.

    Vote for Hillary Clinton.

    April 17, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. Vince - Phoenix

    the people on here that ask for OBAMA to step down are nothing short of delusional !

    AGAIN: AHEAD IN-

    Total delegates (about a 150 lead)
    ELECTED delegates (as of today 96-94) (people actually HOLDING an office currently)
    Contests... 30 – 14 (people, that's called a blowout)
    POPULAR VOTE.. by approximately 700,000

    (eyes rolling..... "and if you counted Fl and MI.. he would still be ahead in all of those categores... just by smaller margins)

    THE ONLY CATEGORY HILLARY IS AHEAD IN IS SD's, and its closing RAPIDLY!!!

    what LOGICAL person who was this far ahead in their case would quit?

    remember.... I said LOGICAL....

    April 17, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. JOHN

    CHERYL, NOW WE LOVE YOU TO. IT'S ABOUT TIME YOU'VE COME OUT OF THE ABISS. BUT WILL YOUR GIRL HILLARY LISTEN, NO, BUT YOUR RIGHT IT'S TIME TO END THIS. THE TOP TEN REASONS HILLARY NEEDS TO DROP OUT. 10. AMERICAN AIRLINES HAS A 50% OF SALE ON TICKETS TO BOSINA. 9. IT'S 3AM AND MRS OBAMA NEEDS TO ANSWER THE PHONE. 8.CHELSEA IS TIRED OF ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT MONICA. 7. BILL RICHARDSON NEEDS TO SHAVE BEFORE OBAMA SAYS HE'S MY RUNNING MATE. 6.I NEED TO GO AND TAKE A GEORGE BUSH 5. I NEED TO GO AND FLUSH MY DICK CHANEY. 4. HAPPY HOUR IS STARTING. 3. HANNITY NEEDS TO CHANGE HIS THONG 2. WOLFSON NEEDS TO GET A LIFE. 1. YES YES YES YOU CAN.

    April 17, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. Ashton, NV

    Dear Dean,

    You don't need a decision, you need and incision, in your head. Someone must have stolen your good senses. You should have done this a month ago.

    Ashton

    April 17, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  24. Jill

    During a teleconference with reporters on January 15, 2004, Dean claimed "no doctor is going to do an abortion on a live fetus. That doesn't happen. Doctors don't do that. If they do, they'll get their license pulled, as well they should.".

    . If Howard Dean is this "DUMB" how in this world can he run this election. He needs to just shut the f- up, and let the people "VOTE.

    CNN, i know won't post this,because they are obama's mouth piece.

    April 17, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. Texican

    Ok Howard call the race and let the real campaign begin. The primary is like the minor leagues. The next phase is the majors and
    Obama won't be able to take the heat from McCain. Who by the way promised to run a clean campaign on the issues. Oh I forgot your
    candidates don't know the issues. What a shame.

    Let the games begin and may the best American Patriot win.

    April 17, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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