April 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton (sort of) responds to Dean

Dean suggested Monday either Clinton or Obama should drop out shortly after the last primary.
Dean suggested Monday either Clinton or Obama should drop out shortly after the last primary.

GRAHAM, North Carolina (CNN) – Hillary Clinton wouldn’t say Monday whether she agrees with Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean's latest comments that either she or Barack Obama should drop out of the race following the last Democratic primary on June 3.

“We’re going to go through these next contests, we’re going to see where we end up and we’ll take stock of where we are after they finish,” Clinton told reporters on the trail in North Carolina, adding that she feels the prolonged race has been good for both the party and voters.

Clinton said again that Michigan and Florida’s votes should be counted.

“We have to decide, do we wish to punish Michigan and Florida, two states that we have to win in the fall in order to win back the White House? When there are perfectly acceptable ways of resolving this?” Clinton asked. “So we’ve got to resolve Michigan and Florida and we’ll see how the process plays out.”



Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Howard Dean
soundoff (334 Responses)
  1. Concerned Democrat

    I don't understand why Hillary supporters want to steal an election from the obvious winner?

    We know what happened the last time an election was stolen!!!

    It's no way she will be ahead in popular vote or delagates come June.

    Numbers don't lie but desperate politicians do!!!

    Democrat's 08

    April 28, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Silly Hillbilly

    She hasn't responded to Dean before. In fact they've been walking all over Dean and the DNC.

    Hillary is running for 2012 and Dean can take a hike because his leadership has been zero.

    I won't vote for Hillary in 2008 and I definitely won't vote for her in 2012, esepecially since Barack will be our president and will run again.

    Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Mary

    She makes me sick! She will stick it out even if it means tearing the Democrat party apart. It's all about ME!

    April 28, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. The Dude

    In other words "I agree with you if, at the end of this, Obama should drop out... Otherwise I'm going to take this to the convention and completely destroy the party."

    Common Sense '08!

    April 28, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. John in PA

    Howard Dean you want no part of Hillary, you aren't man enough. You are the one that should quit.

    April 28, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Comment is Awaiting Moderation

    IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S PLATFORM WHERE DEAN LOVES TO SHOUT "RULES ARE RULES" DOES THAT NOT INCLUDE THE OPTION OF THE CANDIDATE TO BRING THE FINAL DECISION TO THE VOTE OF THE DELEGATES AND SUPERDELEGATES?

    IF SO, WHY DOES HE NOT WANT TO HAVE THESE RULES APPLIED WHERE DEAN WAS SO ADAMANT IN DISENFRANCHISING FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN BECAUSE THEY BROKE A RULE BY VOTING EARLIER THAN THEY WERE PERMITTED TO DO...

    ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, SENATOR CLINTON, EITHER IT IS THE SUPERDELEGATES OR FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN AND IF STILL A DEAD HEAT, THEN BACK TO THE CONVENTION!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Chipster

    Florida and Michigan voters should not be penalized just because a bunch of Republican legislators and Democratic party wonks couldn't get their act together. The voters went to vote when they were asked to do so and their votes should be counted.

    Splitting the votes 50/50 is exactly the same as not counting them so what's the point in that?

    As for Obama's name not being on the ballot in Michigan – that was his poor judgment. It was NOT part of the agreement and he was not required to do it. He simply made a bad choice. Again, not the voters' fault or Clinton's.

    Count the votes!

    April 28, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Olivia

    No one is going to drop out, Dean. Go take a seat and enjoy this very entertaining race that is energizing the democratic party. How often do you have to be told that?

    April 28, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. mama4obama

    Michigan and Florida are a non-issue Hillary....plain and simple. You agreed and so did everyone else.

    The people of Florida and Michigan should be angry with those responsible within your state that chose to break the rules.

    Im so sick of her....she is a bug that needs to be squashed.

    Obama...I really hate to say this because I have nothing but respect for you...but you are going to have to press the heel of your shoe down on this creepy-crawly and twist.

    OBAMA 08

    April 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Donna

    IF YOU SLAP MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA IN THE FACE DON'T EXPECT TO GET THEIR VOTE IN THE FALL!!

    WHEN YOU POLL DEMS IN FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN THEY GO FOR HILLARY AND DON'T LIKE OBAMA BECAUSE HE IS WILLING TO COUNT THEM OUT.

    IF OBAMA TAKES THE NOMINATION DON'T EXPECT TO WIN FLORIDA OR MICHIGAN THEY WILL VOTE FOR MC CAIN.

    THE WRITINGS ON THE WALL WITH THIS ONE!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Silly Hillbilly

    America will never accept this woman. She is too divisive and too emotional. She has been the biggest clown in this election and for what, because the American people neither like or want her as our leader.

    Go home Hillary, wherever that home is...Illinois, Arkansas, New York, Pennsylvainia. I'm not sure because you lie so much.

    Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. frank

    The votes in Michigan and Florida should be seated, or a reelection should be held before the nomination. Otherwise, it will not be fair to Hillary and also the voters in the two states. Based on current situation with Obama's blunders, including Rev. Wright, bittergate..., Obama can't win the two states.

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Grif

    If you don't get the Nominee Hillary! I woulden't stay as a Lap Dog for Obama.. Go Independent, or Join John McCain. You'll get a great deal more respect...

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Diane

    She's sailing on the Titantic anyway, so who cares?

    Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. John Smith

    I just cannot believe how the Republicans are gradually winning this election, thanks to some "bird-brain" democrats. The Republicans consistenly outfox the dems.

    1. How can an "impeached family" be given this nation again (I mean somone who lied to this nation about sex, sex, and sex!)

    2. How can anyone even think that an individual with such high negatives can ever bring together other people to implement solutions in Washington?

    3. How can anyone put "wealth" over morality, integrity, and honesty?

    I weep for the Dems!

    April 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Marek Balsam

    Hillary should admit that her team's leaders had long favored punishing those who voted out of line. It was her group that disallowed the Michigan and Florida votes. The process was decided several years ago.

    April 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Mish

    Whoever at the end of these primaries is leading in votes and delegates should be the nominee
    Floridas Gov offiicials BROKE the rules in michigan and Florida
    If you want to blame someone , blame them!!
    it would be most unfair to those who did not campaign in those two states !.If they want them counted then split them evenly
    Quite handy for Clinton to now want them counted but if the tables were reversed she would raise pure hell and America knows that!
    Wake up America and get rid of these dynasties of Clinton and Bushes!! Clinton will NEVER win against MCain why do you think the repubs want her as the nominee
    She has too many negatives to ever have a chance
    Vote for Obama and what *his views and issues are*
    you just might start the change of the same old washington!!
    Those who vote for Hillary are suckers for punishment
    if she gets the nomination you DESERVE what you get

    April 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Mathew, AL

    I think she should go ALL the way to the convention and destroy the DNC. I'm loving this.

    McCain 08

    April 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Adam in INdy

    Howard Dean should DROP OUT!!!!

    Make FLORIDA & MICHIGAN Count!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. mary grube

    Rules are rules Hillary.You agreed with them before you fell behind.
    Would be unfair to change them now.

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. 28 year old White MAN in FLORIDA

    she is a coward

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Jesse

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    If you check the record, it was the Clintons who signed off on the rules and agreed that both Michigan and Florida should NOT count if they didn't follow the rules.

    Now the Clintons want to change the rules of the game to get ahead...

    Bottom line Clinton can't win and is only hurting herself and the party

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Gene

    OBAMA WILL NEVER, EVER BE PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY!!! THERE'S ENOUGH VOTERS WITH 'COMMON SENSE', YET, WHO WILL SEE TO THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MCCAIN '08

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Chris

    Hillary Clinton, you are invited to support Barack Obama for President. Drop out and help heal the party you've helped to divide. Yes WE can, Hillary. Yes WE can.

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Tanya, GA

    Why wasn't Hillary interested in "resolving Michigan & Florida" before she became the "underdog"? Only now that she needs those votes to count is she saying that we need these votes to win the general. Barack shouls debate her with no moderator and present the DNC paperwork she signed agreeing that since FLA and MI broke the DNC rules, their votes would not count, NOR would their delegates be seated.

    She screams of desperation in claiming a hollow victory where her opponents weren't even on the ballot.

    April 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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