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. Tubby The Tuba from Texas

    If Floriday and Michigan don't vote democratic then those states will not get the health insurance the democratic party is presenting, along with the other particulars that the democratic party is throwing out there. Don't kid yourself...they'll vote democratic. That's just hype and TV trying to sell air space and papers trying to sell their junk.

    April 28, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Mogus

    How – HOW – can people be voting for Hilary? Seriously! Don't you people realize that she's on track to RUIN the United States?

    Between her sniper fire comment, Penn, and the fact that she is still in second place while having the audacity to question why Obama can't "seal the deal", she's only succeeding in tearing apart the Democratic Party for her own selfish means.

    Mark my words, with another Clinton in the White House we will become a third-world country, and all you Clinton Supporters will have no one to blame but yourselves.

    Obama '08

    April 28, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. D.

    With McCain becoming an Obama cheerleader, it proves that the republicans want Obama to win. Because republican party knows...
    McCain against Obama equals a republican win.

    Hillary is the best chance for the democratic party to take back the White House. So, democrats stop fighting and start supporting the only hope you have in the next presidential election...Hillary Clinton.

    April 28, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Roger

    I think we should have a poll in MI and FL and ask them if they would vote for Obama at the general election. I think that if we did that, then we would see for sure that he wouldn't be able to beat McCain in November. I think that a very large percentage of MI and FL hold a grudge against Obama for neglecting them.

    April 28, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. what?

    With 93%+ of the black vote consistently going for Senator Obama, I wonder what you think is going on here…SCUSE ME . . .
    COULD SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE IF HILLARY GETS SUPPORT FROM HER GENDER AND OBAMA GETS HIS SUPPORT FROM HIS RACE. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? She's complimented as keeping her loyal followers, and he gets maligned because he gets support from his race and/or all of us black folk got to be voting for Obama JUST BECAUSE he's black. I can't wait for this to be over. I though the last election was bad. SHEESH

    April 28, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. tracker

    Fay i agree with you..Who is Dean??? Because he blew his own chance he is now trying to steal Hillarys...When are the delegates and super delegates going to get it??WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA....I don't like his friends or pastor Wright..Because Hillary has shown Obama for what he really is she suppose to drop out..He has cancelled the next debate because his campaign and supporters know he don't stand a chance against her..He knows nothing about the issues..He likes to push the race card..He is a liar and that has been proven time and time again..Brush that off.>What is Obama cooking??>AMERICANS<Rocky??Not even close your run is near the end..GO HILLARY

    April 28, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Emily

    Clinton agreed to not count Michigan and Florida before the primaries. Even though she agreed to it, she continued to campaign in these states. Unlike Clinton, Obama withdrew his name from the ballot in Michigan and didn't campaign in either state. To count Florida and Michigan at this point would be completely unfair to Barack Obama. Do I agree with the Democratic party's decision to ignore Florida and Michigan's results? No. But to count them at this point, after deciding that they wouldn't be counted would be undemocratic.

    April 28, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. MD Democrat

    Yes Hillary! Keep up the fight! Continue to ignore the nonsense projected toward you to drop out of the race.

    Hillary 2008 all the way!

    April 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. HFT in Texas

    My question is WHY did Hillary compaign in Michigan and Florida when they didn't follow the rules in the first place? When you don't follow rules there are conquences. The person that needs to drop out is the one that is behind – numbers are the only thing that COUNTS in this race (Honest Numbers I may add)!!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Jenny M

    If the nomination is decided at the convention McCain will win and that is what Hillary is up to and that is all she is up to .. I can't believe NY would even elect her to the senate again .

    You can't run a national campaign in 2 months – period. McCain has had 8 months to prepare and the D's are supposed to prepare in 2 ?

    Forget it , going to the convention is the kiss of death for who gets the nomination including Hillary. Not to mention the Democratic party .

    This woman is completely nuts and everyone just stands by and watches her rip everything to shreds ..

    April 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Robert

    You are very biased against Obama... Yesterday, you gave his pastor 3 housrs and today morning another hour. You are working very hard to make him loose. You are just looking for any news against him to make him loose. Are you supporting Hillary or all of this for McCain?
    Unfair biased media...

    April 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. billabong

    There's 50 states in the USA not 48. The Dems can't win without MI. & Fla.

    April 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. Coinflip

    This is not the election for the Presidency! The DNC could pull a name out of a hat, or flip a coin to determine the nomination if they wanted. The only thing the DNC is doing is allowing one candiditate to put the words "Democratic Party" by their name on the ballot.

    If Hillary doesn't get the nomination, there is nothing preventing her from still running in the General Election in November, she just wouldn't be able to have the words "Democratic Party" by her name on the ballot.

    April 28, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. Debbie

    I wish the DNC stop tip toeing around her like they're afraid of her. Or do they owe BIll something. She parades around like she has the final say so about the DNC decision. Stop treating her like a "woman" and treat her like a candidate. Of course she's going to whine and of course BIlls going to get mad. That's why the support delegates won't come out. THey don't want all of the drama. If they were for her they would say so. We don't need Clinton drama on top of all of the issues we have in this country. At least Obama will unify the party and have the countries best interest in mind. THe CLintons only care about their own dynasty. Who claims to give 30% of the earnings to charity and the charity winds up being you and your family. GIve me a break.

    April 28, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Debbie

    Hillary needs to make the song "Hoping and Wishing" her campaign song. The Florida and Michigan vote is a sad situation but all Democratic candidates new going into this race that they would not count. Obama is not responsible for that mess but the Republican party in those states are. Where was Clinton and her soapbox when all of this was going on back in August.. They cannot be counted now. There is a bias against Obama in those states because of the Clinton machine's spin that Obama doesn't want the votes to count. and it is somehow his fault. He wasn't even on the Michican ballots. Hillary needs to spin herself out of this race. Her political pandering makes me switch to another station everytime she comes on. Desparatiion is not flatteriing to her. Hee-haw

    April 28, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Ron L

    NEWS FLASH....Hillary is a MEMBER of the DNC she is NOT the DNC...
    She keeps acting a JERK she may soon be an EX-SENATOR from the State of New York...

    What a friggin EGO!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. 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 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. Kent D

    The Clintons are cheaters –
    Bill cheats in White House closets
    Hillary cheats in the ballot booth

    What did you say about Michigan and Floriday last fall, Hillary?


    Voting for Hillary is a vote for the status quo. Can we afford four more years?

    April 28, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    I must congratulate Hillary, she uses a lot of psychology and manipulation and that’s why she's able to get the uneducated and older vote. However, most educated American can see right through her.
    People, it’s not about debates or the voters in Florida or Michigan. If the rolls were reversed, she would not be asking for another debate and she would fight very hard to follow the rules of the DNC to make sure Florida and Michigan does not count.
    But when you're desperate and loosing, like Hillary is, you want more debates and you want to count disqualified votes. She is not the King of the Democratic Party. She has to follow the rules just like everybody else and if she truly cared about the Democratic Party, she would have dropped out after loosing 11 contests in-a-row. She is truly a selfish individual.

    April 28, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. SS

    When the votes are divied up 50/50 then what will your argument be?

    April 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Rob

    TomDavie wrote:

    "I love Obama supporters who are now backed into this stupid argument.
    clinton is going to STEAL the nomination from Obama.
    Obama has a LEAD in delegates. Thats it.
    He cant get 2024 delegates. Its simple.
    You cant STEAL something from someone when they didnt WIN it in the first place.
    If this is the only argument the Obama fans have, he wont be the nominee."

    The words of an intellectual giant.

    I think of Obama ends up with more committed delegates, has more popular votes (don't include Michigan!), wins more state primaries and caucuses...and the nomination goes to Hillary because of some backroom deals to snag superdelegates and allocate Michigan/Florida delegates...I think in the minds of many, that would constitute stealing the election.

    And if that happens, get used to saying "President McCain", because Hillary Clinton has only a small chance to beat John McCain if she wins the Democratic nomination with more ELECTED delegates, and she has absolutely no chance of winning if there's even a whiff of suspicion that some shady deals were pulled for her to get the nomination. That's a dead certain guarantee.

    Take this to the bank: Clinton can only win the nomination by making deals and winning at a brokered convention. And if she gets the nomination in that fashion, she will never ever ever ever ever ever be able to win the general election.

    Any questions on why Howard Dean wants her butt out of the race before convention?

    April 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Desire - Michigan

    I am from Michigan and I have right to insist that my vote counts. I do not need Howard Dean or Jeniffer Granholm to tell me should I vote or not. Both of them should take the responsibility for this mess, not people from Michigan.

    April 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. David, Silver Spring, MD

    I'm sick of Hillary posing as the champion of Florida and Michigan. The voters in those states have only their own party officials and congressional members to blame.

    Hillary is turning on the DNC in order to curry favor with these voters. She makes the party look bad, and if Obama gets the nomination, she weakens his ability to win in November.

    She disappoints me.

    April 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Bdiddy

    The race is over...Hillary can't catch up. She's very proud right now and remember pride cometh before destruction.

    April 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Beverly

    Florida & Michigan knew what the rules were are willing to accept it to move up their primaries. Those voters should penalize their own elected officials. Enough of this whining.

    Hilary drop out now, give you party a fignting chance of winning in November. If you are not the nominee are you doing yourself any favors for 2012. If the democrats loose in November this will be one more negative to lay at your doorstep.

    April 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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