April 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
10 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.”

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soundoff (334 Responses)
  1. Jack in ND

    ""The way I have calculated it, if Hillary gets 55% and Obama gets 45% of the delegates from both he will not need any more votes from superdelegates.""

    They don't want to give Obama anything from Michigan. Nada. Zilch.

    Clintonites got greedy, and thus will get nothing.

    April 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. A conservative

    Hasn't it occurred to the dems that neither of these 2 has the leadership abilities America needs now! Howling at the opposition on everything is not leadership!

    April 28, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Gal

    The will of the people will show by June 3, THAT is why he said the loser should then drop out.

    All primaries are over on JUNE 3, unless your wanting the SD to over rule the will of the people...

    April 28, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Ben- Portland

    Oh yeah- fay & all the others talking disenfranchisement, remember that the state party leaders decided to go ahead with the leapfrog primaries knowing what the price would be... don't bark a Dean.

    April 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Big gator

    I live in Florida and I say don't worry about us. We all don't want a re-vote speak for youself.

    OBAMA 08

    April 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. jeannie N.C. Huge Hillary supporter

    If Florida and Michigan are not counted, then the election will not be fair play. It isn't the voters fault that the rules were broken by their state represenatives. This will be the biggest scandel ever in political history.. Howard Dean is an idiot. This must be resolved...MUST... Not only is it un American, it's a faulter for democracy..This is still America isn't it ?? WE THE PEOPLE............NOT JUST SOME OF THE PEOPLE..

    April 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Roger

    Dean should keep his opinions to himself and let the proccess play itself out.

    April 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Milwaukee for Obama

    why are you not posting comments?

    April 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. bernice

    She becomes more and more silly and shrill as time goes on. Can anyone else say DESPERATE.

    April 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Comment is Awaiting Moderation

    Hillary R. Clinton will stick it out because she is a fighter, she is a winner and she will be the next president in 2009.

    She is exactly the type of president that is needed in America right now, someone with intelligence, someone with solutions and someone who knows Washington and it tangled and convoluted rituals and someone who has great patience and effort and skillis to be Commander in Chief.

    As far as North Carolina is concerned; maybe more BABY BOOMERS will come out to close the percentage that the African-Americans will give to Obama, his people who support his up to and including 97%!!!.

    April 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Helena

    After the last states have voted – Hillary should bow out gracefully and with dignity. Barack Obama is ahead with delegates & the popular vote and after Indiana & North Carolina he will be even further ahead.
    If she has any integirty she will do the right thing and support Barack as she said she would at the last debate so that we may unify the Democratic party.

    April 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. kathy

    Everybody needs to google Paul vs Clinton it's very intersting . before you vote.

    April 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Nora

    She means if she is in the lead it can be over. She won't care about Fl and Michigan then. This thing is never going to be over if Hillary has anything to say about it. She is just way too funny.

    April 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. simply amazed

    the most troubling part of Hillary's position on Michigan and Florida is that she was perfectly willing to exclude them from the primary when she believed she was the heir apparant.

    Now that she is behind, somehow she claims that the party rules equate disenfranchising voters (a move she supported if that is the case) as well as claiming victory in a contest where she was the only person on the ballot.

    Hillary is nothing but treacherous. After going into a war in Iraq based upon leaderships that would say anything or do anything to gain support why on earth would we want Hillary who has already demonstrated she is exactly the same way.

    April 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. D Frank

    You have probably read on CNN that Dean wants either candidate to pull out by June but everyone knows he means Hillary. Maybe Howard Dean Should drop out in June. The way the DNC and Dean has managed the Primaries is an absolute national disgrace.

    Voters in Florida and Michigan have been disenfranchised from their right to vote for their nominee in the national elections. The voters in these 2 states did not cause this problem. The state governments and the DNC did that and it would seem that Florida's Republican government created this situation intentionally.

    So now in a Democratic Republic, voters have lost their rights. This is a debacle. Bad enough that we have a President who was crowned in 2000 because of the Florida election mess, now this.

    Of course everyone knows that the simple and fair solution, is to organize re-run Primaries. This would address fairness to both candidates and more importantly re-establish the rights of almost 3 million citizens.

    Even the cost issue has been addressed but Obama refuses because this could possibly compromise his lead, never mind that it is only right. What happened to the great democrat who wants to bring everyone together, you know unite people. Or the concept of doing things differently in Washington by doing away with the old style Washington politics 2 step. What B_ _ L SH _ T, Obama’s no different. He just babbles out all of those sanctimonious platitudes.

    I believe it is within the DNC's powers to force the issues and set up the re-run but it does not want to upset African Americans or Obama because he is black. If there were 2 white candidates this issue would have been resolved. This is the truth but nobody dares to admit it publically.

    April 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Ryan, New York, NY

    Oh, I definitely think we should seat Florida and Michigan. That way, all of the states will get to witness the precedent that if you break the rules of the Democratic Party, you will be forgiven and permitted to vote like they did nothing wrong.

    As a consequence, all of the states can play leapfrog with their dates and we can have primaries in 2011, 2010 if we're lucky. We can have a 2nd set of elections right after the Congressional races and drag this nomination process out for at least 2.5 years for a 4 year job. It'll be great, as I feel this campaign hasn't run nearly long enough. I'm curious to know what Obama's 2nd grade teacher is doing now and whether he or she was a good enough role model. A perpetual campaign would ensure that I find out because I can't vote, in good conscience, without knowing absolutely everything about anyone that's ever come into contact with the candidates.

    As a bonus, candidates won't ever have to do their day jobs as Senators, Governors, and Representatives, as those are obviously irrelevant.

    Anything so that queen Hillary can regain her rightful home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    April 28, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Tubby The Tuba from Texas

    Perfect solution by Hillary to solve the Florida and Michigan situation, to which she agreed to until she started loosing is for to get the wins in both states. She has repeatedly gone around the country crying that she won Michigan, (who did not even have Obama's name on it) saying that she won the major states like Florida and Michigan. How immoral. But look at all the people who find that even though she is dishonest, they love her because of her sex. Wait until the American people find out about their vetted candidate and her true personal life.

    April 28, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. White male for Obama

    Hillary said manytimes that President set the tone in other words the leader set the tone and members follow.

    Why on earth she wants president to set a date to withraw American trop from Iraq and believe the commenders will follow, but she does't want DNC leader to set the tone or enforse what was agreed upon?

    The rule will stay and to resolve the problem is better left for DNC leadership.
    Hillary is a candidate not a DNC leader she must follow the rules oir she will be out.

    DEAN please make it clear for Hillary that if she continues to attack the DNC rule that she agreed and signed in writen, she will be out.
    Someone has to be leader ...right..
    show your leadership Howard Dean.

    April 28, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Linda

    Hillary should drop out she the one losing anyway.

    April 28, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Kerry in VA

    Hillary & Bill have already done enough damage to this country and this voting process. We wanted something new for this country and they have thrown us back into old politics. Obama and Hillary both agreed to not count Michigan & Florida and now she is going back on her word. She will be forever doing this if she takes the White House. If she had any respect for herself and this country she would follow the rules and present herself like a lady. We need the nonsense to stop to save this country and being divided is not going to help. Obama may not be as experienced as some would like him to be but he is willing change the old politics that have gotten us into the mess. Hillary needs to look at what she is doing and stop thinking that winning is everything, because sometimes when you win you loose everything. Hillary be a lady and stop acting like a spoiled brat.

    April 28, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. Tim, Arkansas

    Pennsylvania was predicted to be Hillary's biggest lead in the entire race, and she only won it by 10%. If she won every race left by 10% more than Obama, and also received 10% more of the remaining superdelegates it still WOULD NOT EVEN BRING HER TO A TIE!!!

    She would need over 15% more in ever single race to get a tie. She could not do it in PA, and she cannot do it in any of the remaining races. She is tearing the Democrat Party in half, and it's making the Republicans very happy!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Jack in ND

    ""but she was the only candidate with her name on the ballot in Michigan""

    Exactly. People who supported Obama in Michigan had no choice but to choose uncommitted, but now Clintonites want to deny Obama a claim to any of those votes, which essentially disenfranchises any Michigander whose choice was Obama.

    That's why their own claims of being disenfranchised ring so hollow. They're hypocritical.

    Interestingly, Obama currently does better in Michigan in polls both against Hillary directly, and also against McCain than she does in Michigan.

    April 28, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Matt in Florida

    Hillary is no Al Gore. For the benefit of the nation, Gore accepted defeat and did not pursue a path of legal manuevering in 2000. Al Gore took the high road. We clearly cannot count on such statesmenship from a politician like Hillary.

    As far as counting the votes in Michigan, I can't recall whose name was on the ballot. Was it just Fidel Castro or was it his brother Raul? To suggest that the votes in Michigan be counted when only one name was on the ballot makes Hillary look as desparate for power as a communist dictator.

    April 28, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Ilona Proud Canadian

    CNN, I really get a chuckle now, when I see so many people complaining about you not posting their comments, they just don't know how many others have the same complaints. Please get both of these comments through moderation, they just seem to be hanging out there (awaiting moderation) I'm sure no one else can see them, they are in a little space all there own, called "comment limbo"

    April 28, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Working Gal in Big D

    I still am having a mighty difficult time with you people that want a racist, "preacher" for president. EVERY picture/photo I see of him, he has his head cocked with that smirk. I just cannot imagine 4 years of that crap!! NOBAMA!!

    GO McCAIN!!! (now CNN, your little favorite is starting to crumble, who are you going to pick on now?)

    April 28, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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