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. Julie.

    I'm really tired of Obama supporters calling anyone that doesn't support Obama, filthy names and racist.

    Obama is in major trouble and its not all from Wright! Getting money from a terrorist org, through his web sites, funny, how its there one day and gone the next! Doing favors for companys, I think thats in the LA papers.Do any of you have any idea what and who he is, He should not have even been allowed to be an Illinois senator, and maybe you should all find out HOW he managed to get this far,

    I think the DNC are disgusting for doing this to ALL the American people.

    April 28, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Nora, FLORIDA

    Dean needs to shut the pie hole and focus on the issue of being a man and make a decision regarding FL and MI. He is addressing issues that he has no control over. Talk about coward and to think that we have others....Super D's included, who are sitting back like idiots. Might be a good time to be an independent.

    April 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. united dems

    For all those how would vote for mccain instead of dem.
    vote Ron Paul
    Operation republican choas

    April 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. dave

    is it too late for the Dems to draft Howie Dean as their prez candidate? i am sure he would be very good for the nation, in terms of his leadership potential, and in getting opposing forces to
    reconcile their differences and unite for the common good.... why Dr. Dean could bring his reconciliation skills to Cairo, and have the Arabs and Israelis break bread.... and maybe go to Hong Kong and have
    the Chinese Govt and the Tibetans sing of love, peace and harmony..... and get the brutal govt in Zimbabwe to make peace
    with the democratic opposition... the USA, and the world, would be the real losers if Dr. Dean were NOT elected prez in 08......

    April 28, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Sick and Tired of obama

    I know its hard for the obamabots to accept the fact that rules are rules and the DNC rules ALLOW the MI & FL votes to count and yes, even after the fact. The people spoke and they chose Hillary get over it, obama didn't have to take his name off the ballot in MI and he shouldn't have advertised in FL, made that loss a little more painful didn't it. But the MORON'S suggesting the Dems wouldn't pay heavily if the rules committee didn't do the right thing by seating the votes, are in denial.

    April 28, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Dale- from Canada

    Hillary Clinton is hell bent on destroying the Democratic Party and more importantly Senator Obama. She will ensure the Dems lose the white house in November.
    Her husband did it towards the end of his term and also disgraced the American people and the highest office of the world, thus ensuring the Dems lost the white house.

    Super Delegates take note

    This lady is a sleezy and must not be trusted.

    April 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Marshall in Nebraska

    She will onlt agree if Obama drops out. She will not be happy until the Democrat Party is dead and gone.

    April 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Steve

    Caption for Dean photo, a picture presumably taken after a reporter asked him how he would resolve the current democratic primary crisis: "Uhhhhhhhh...."

    April 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. California Girl

    Hillary is the stronger candidate over Obama. Obama will not beat the Republican Machine in November. Hillary is a warrior and will fight for our country. Realistically, only Hillary can beat McCain in November.

    Hillary/Elizabeth Edwards 08

    April 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. candi

    Why should we reward them. If Hillary was in the lead she would not want the votes counted. And for your answer TW , it is not to say Hillary is the best candidate than Obama. Obama is following the rules, and if FL and MI didn't read the fine line then that is on them. Why reward them.

    April 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. David

    Howard Dean is looking like a real idiot. He is the one who is stubborn and messed up the primaries in FL and MI. Hillary should stay in and let American voters decide this. Is is not over and we are tired of Dean trying to make it over. Democrats want to win in NOV? Keep Clinton and you will win.

    April 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. OC - CA - cubanamericanwoman

    TO CNN –

    Why won't you write an article or discuss the case that the Clintons are involved in as defendants. Peter Paul v. Hillary Rotham Clinton and William Jefferson Clienton. L.A. Superior Court case
    No. BC 304 174.


    April 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Steve

    Seriously though,
    everyone, including the media, seems to believe (hope?) that the one who is behind in the delegate count after the last primary will have to drop out of the race. The funny thing is that even Dean can't force anyone to drop out of anything. The hope that Clinton will drop out is a nice fantasy. The rules are clear, one of the candidates needs 2,025 delegates to clinch. If neither has it, neither has the duty to drop out. It can go all the way to the convention (wHich I think it will this year) and be decided there. Isn't that the point of a convention? And by the way, for all you Obama supporters, just remember that in 1992, Bill Clinton was running third in the delegate count. Scary huh?

    April 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. lamotz in PA

    Howard Dean lost his chance to be a candidate because of his arrogant verbalization. He still hasn't learned to keep his opinions to himself! Hey, Howard.....We're not interested in what you think! A lot of people voted for Hillary; she should be given her chance.

    April 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Andrea Texas

    Regardless of the candidate of choice, those 2 states should not be left out, period. That is absurd! That is very unfair to all those Americans, they are taxpayers too, you know.

    April 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Hillary's lesbian girl friend

    All of are right with you Hillary. Remember what we said in Seneca falls last year! Keep on girl!

    April 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Kay-Arizona

    For the record...Hillary Clinton objected to the ruling that would not count the votes from Florida and Michigan...........in January before the primary elections. Check your facts folks.

    April 28, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Jane, NC

    In this country, votes are sacred! We cannot disenfranchise Florida and Michigan, not if we expect their support in the general election. The votes they've already cast must count. In Florida, neither Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama campaigned, and both their names were on the ballot. In Michigan, Obama elected not to put his name on the ballot because he knew he'd get few votes. So counting them both as is, is fair.

    April 28, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Donovan

    Lets face it, Obama is not electable and it has nothing to do with
    Rev. Wright.

    The Clintons have the most successfull winning Track record against
    the republican party. Dukakis, Kerry, Gore all lost due to the fact that
    the Liberal arm of the Dems underpinned their Political Platforms.
    Obama, although a gifted candidate has that same flaw in his campaign. Hillary is well centered, and I trust her to Beat McCain.
    The Facts speak for themselves.

    Hillary is not perfect, however; she would make an outstanding
    Madam President

    April 28, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. Jp

    I want to see Florida and Michigan vote for McCain. I want to see another Republican in office. I'm doing well and could use a beach-front property investment. So please, vote Republican or steal your victory, either way...I win.

    April 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Theresa

    and one more thing... why do so many Hillary supportors use all caps? It's almost annoying as she is.

    April 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    Why is everyone so afraid? this is a democracy you ignorants!
    that is what you do, you vote and have primaries, she has support then let her do it, all we want is quitters? or people that are just handed the election? you have to work at it, I will not stand by a man or a woman that does not have enough respect to fight for what he/she believes in... this is greater than just a ME, ME, ME argument, if Mitt Romney had stayed (whith the little support he has) that is understanding, but Senator Clinton has a lot of support. Shame on all of you for being this way... I would like to tell my children that they should not quit when things get tough, but I guess if I was to be a true democrat I need to tell them "try really hard until it looks like the other kid is winning then if that is the case drop and let him win for the good of everyone" that's the winning attitude!

    Rise Hillary Rise!

    April 28, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. merle 7

    September 20, 2000
    Clinton's Budget Focus: More Spending, Not Debt Reduction
    by Peter Sperry
    Executive Memorandum #695
    "We should remember what got us to this dance was discipline, fiscal discipline."

    –President Bill Clinton, June 22, 2000

    Now that President Bill Clinton's veto pen has ended any hope of meaningful tax reduction this year, Congress has two options for what to do with the $268 billion surplus: Use it to reduce the federal debt or spend it. It is clear that as Congress tries to finish fiscal year (FY) 2001 appropriations, the President has made his choice; spending is more important than debt
    In a sensible budget process, surplus revenues would be returned automatically to the taxpayers who produce them. Until the current tax system can be reformed, requiring that the surplus be used for debt reduction is a second-best option. The proposal to include debt reduction line items in each appropriations bill Congress sends to the President would make sure that sound fiscal discipline becomes a reality.

    Peter Sperry is a former Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation

    April 28, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Jane

    Since the Democratic race is too close and Obama has an insignificant lead, Obama should consider stepping down as well. There should also be a cry for Obama to step down since he cannot close the deal on all the important states.
    If the primaries and caucuses were to be done all over again, Obama at this time will not also close the deal in the smaller state because as you get to know Obama more, you get to know that he is all inspirational talks and no substance and very vague plans copied from Hillary, his opponent.

    April 28, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. Esperanza

    We are praying for you Hillary. It will be scary to have an inexperienced candidate who is all talk and no walk to fight against McCain on November.
    Obama will be a good pastor in church. He can inspire people just like Reverend Wright.

    April 28, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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