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. Thinking

    Play by the rules otherwise you're disqualified! This is the way it is and I think it must stay that way. Obama understand this perfectly, Hillary not.

    I'm pro re-election of the two states, fare and square. If not, so be it.

    April 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Henri

    The wicked witch knows she can not win and she and her filthy husband are trying to destroy Obama. What is truly amazing is I thought the American People would never fall into another trap after Bush, but here we go again. Are people insane? Why would anyone want Hillary and Bill back in the White House? I guess that really sends a very moral message to young people, i.e., have SEX right there in our Sacred White House right under your wife's nose, commit PERJURY, and go right on and pretend you are the best thing that ever happened to this country. Anyone who would vote for Hillary is a very SICK person. Of course she has no pride. The woman is evil and is determined to get back in OUR WHITE HOUSE no matter if it means destroying the Dem party. The Clintons are using the same tactics used against Gore and Kerry. Destroy your opponent or refuse to vigoursly campaign for (Gore/Kerry) to ensure Bush stays in until it's 'Hillary's Turn'! WAKE UP PEOPLE. Don't vote for the scum bags. These liars are positioning themselves for Hillary to front as Prez so Bill can continue to take DIRTY money for his so-called speeches. He's full of hot air but it ain't worth $109 million.

    April 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Monica B

    Ok kids, make sure you learn this lesson once and for eternity. Repeat after me.."Rules are meant to be broken." Next time you play your softball game or you have a swimming meet, keep playing beyond regulation, swim a few extra laps until you "WIN". If anyone asks you where you learnt this lesson, tell them Hillary Clinton taught you that.

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

    The Republicans have rummaged through Hillary's baggage and filed the contents under "Lookie, Lookie!! They want to run against her, because they clearly see how to beat her. Lying to the American people is not cool. To name only one of her fatal flaws. Obliterate Iran, there's another. The woman is completely nuts!

    April 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Ron L

    I am in Michigan and ALL of you BIG MOUTHS who are crying the blues about our delegates not being counted I HAVE ONE QUESTION.



    Hillary AGREED with all of this UNTIL she got behind on the votes...SHE is the problem not the rules.


    April 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. cindy

    you obama supporters out there instead of winning over what Clinton said or not said , just lead them to the trials of PETER PAUL ON GOOGLE , and let them read for themselves, how corrupt and fradulent the Clinton'are, and do this on every blog and on cable networks and local newpapers , where ever you see comments. you all can make a difference

    April 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Erin

    They should have had a revote in Florida and Michigan not because it would help Clinton or hurt Obama but because the vote is so close.

    April 28, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Hillary 08

    Yeah,throw your wisdom and weight around like anyone cares Dean. You are part of the problem, poor leadership.

    April 28, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. joseph

    Seating the Florida and Michigan delegations won't help Clinton. It will actually hurt her.

    There are just over 300 regular delegates in play. There are also 306 superdelegates in play.

    Based on the CNN calculator for the remaining races if Obama only wins 45% of the remaining votes - i.e. HRC gets a double digit win in each remaining state - Obama will have 1905 delegates and superdelegates and he would still lead by 89 delegates. (He will have 1937 delegates and superdelegates with a 153 delegate lead if he wins 52% of the vote). Which means that once you seat the Florida and Michigan delegations, even if HRC obtained Edwards' FL delegates, it is over, because Obama should reach or be very close to reaching 2025 unless some of the committed superdelegates back away from him.

    Even If the DNC decides not to seat the FL and MI delegations and Obama falls slightly short of 2025 on June 3rd, he would need approximately one third of the remaining uncommitted superdelegates in order to win the nomination.

    So in whose interest is served by continuing the race? Win, lose or draw, Clinton is characterized as a tough, feisty pol who takes no quarter from anyone; McCain is marginalized; new voters register; more money is raised and ala the first trial in the Rodney King case, the public is desensitized about HRC and Obama's connection with Wright.

    April 28, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. A. Harrison

    Dean is so much like Bush, ignore the common good, and move forward blindly with ignorant banter. So glad he dind't get the nomination in 2004, probably why he seems so bitter now.

    April 28, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. paul oregon

    again this is all about hillary me, me, me what else can one say
    sad excuse for a person

    April 28, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Alex in TX

    Hillary the rule changer wants to focus the media attention on the FL and MI issue again. An non-issue based on the fact that both governors from each state could have vetoed the bill to move the primary. They new the consequences, deal with them.

    Hillary also has to realize that this continued race is in fact destroying unity in the party. If she truly believes it isn't, then she is as blind to the issue as Bush is to the economy.

    Let's get an intelligent person in office for once. One the puts the country above self.

    April 28, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Alonzo Demetrius

    The rules have always been that the candidate that receives the MAJORITY of the votes is the party nominee. Neither Obama nor Hillary will have the majority. The rules have always been that in this case the democrat convention comes to an agreement through voting/re-voting there until a majority is reached by one of the candidates. Now, why is 2008 different? Because the neo-dems don't care for established rule but will change the rules to suit the moment. Neo-Dean and his crooked politician cronies should be fired from their jobs in the DNC.

    The MAJORITY vote is the only democratic process.

    April 28, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. TW

    Obama supporters are really starting to sway me toward Clinton. I live in Indiana by the way. Do you not understand the election process? Neither candidate has enough delegates to win right now. The election is not over. I, personally, want my vote counted and am glad I still have a choice. I am glad Clinton is just not bowing out because Obama supporters want her to. Last time I checked, she has received a substantial amount of votes. Everyone is so worried about disenfranchising Obama supporters, but don't seem to care about Clinton supporters. Still undecided, but leaning more and more toward Hillary every day.

    April 28, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Frank

    Can someone Please tell me why the Media never presses Mrs. Clinton about the Pledge she "SIGNED" stating that FL and MI votes would not count!

    This goes straight to Integrity and Honesty. Just what does her Signature on a document mean to her? Obviously nothing!


    April 28, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Jennifer

    Bill Clinton has lost a marble. Most of them are still there, but they're starting to bled out one by one.

    April 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. JOANNE

    At this time with a war going on and the economy in a mess how can you put a known liar in the white house,Hillary is taking money from colmbia to promote free trade,oh I forgot that was Bill and Hillary signed nafta into law I mean Bill signed nafta into law Hillary voted for the war in Irag but her devotees expect lyeing hillary to lie her way to the white house and than get in the whitehouse and start telling the truth.Another question that these hillary followers need to ask themselves is being a woman running a country with radical islmist who don't respect woman help us are hurt us? I am quite sure the republicans will hack away at that one if she becomes the nominee.

    April 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. jeannie N.C. Huge Hillary supporter

    ROBERT IN ONTARIO..............Mind your own country........This is not your election...

    April 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Jenny M

    If Hillary wins - the ads against her and Bill will make the Wright ads look like child's play.

    She is supposed to be testifying in her lawsuit this fall lol that will make GREAT press right before the elections ..

    April 28, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. NO-BAMA





    April 28, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Alex in TX

    Wouldn't it be interesting to have 2 impeached married presidents. It could happen if she gets elected. She's getting sued already...Interesting possibility.

    April 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Deb

    Of course Hillary would want the FL and MI votes counted. Would that not be of great benefit to her??? Hillary the ever so selfish woman.

    April 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. fred

    Way to go Hillary!! FL and MI should both be counted.


    April 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Tom

    I'm still with Hillary on this – let EVERYONE vote and let them ALL COUNT and then let's see where we are. Mr. Dean needs to shut up and go away – he's too whiny.

    April 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. switch

    Okay, I hate to admit it, but Hillary was right.

    Barack's weaknesses are starting to show.

    His inconsistencies are becoming more obvious.

    I'm changing my vote and am now supporting Hillary Clinton.

    If she is not the Dem of choice, I'll vote for McCain.

    Barack is just not ready. Maybe in another eight years.

    April 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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