April 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
6 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. marcia

    CLINTON IS CHANGING THE RULES OF THE GAME AND CLAIMS VICTORY IN A ONE PERSON RACE THAT SHE HAD SAID WOULD NOT COUNT. THIS IS WHY SO MANY AMERICANS DO NOT TRUST HER AND WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HER.

    April 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Dale Wise

    Sort of? That wasn't a response at all. It was merely another opportunity for her to express her hypocritical propaganda and soundbites.

    I can't believe the crap the media let's this broad get away with. It's as though Clinton's lying and flip-flopping are so expected that they don't even think that it is worth reporting. Either that, or they want her to win.

    April 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Jenna, NY

    Too late Howy... You act as if you are the decider...Relax

    We are enjoying the horror movie. Hope you are too.

    Clinton for Godzilla!

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. AZM

    The latest polls show Hillary can beat McCain but Obama can't.
    If you count Florida and Mich she has more popular vote.
    Obama won't debate because unscripted he's terrible (McCain will eat his lunch.

    Obama is destroying the democrat party... he needs to do the right thing and walk away with the little respect he has left... just make sure you give all that money back please!

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. ak

    Hill is 100% correct, we can not and should not alienate MI and FL

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Pam

    Hillary, do you honestly think that disinfranchising Michigans Obama supporters is fair??

    If we are to count the popular votes, we, from Iowa and many other states think you had better start counting the caucus voters also.

    You seem to disinfranchise ANYTHING that does not make you APPEAR to have a fat chance.

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Aces full of Kings

    First of all, we may as well concede Michigan and Florida to the Republicans after we botched up that mess. But we do not need these two states to win, so let McCain have them. Secondly, Dean needs to make Hillary drop out now. There is no way she can win the nominee, unless Obama suddenly was abducted by aliens. She is only making the party more divisive at a time when it needs to pull itself together. What are the super Ds waiting for? Act now! Back Barack!

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Ben, OK

    With the Clintons involved, the DNC is going down, down, down.

    How stupid can Dems be to let the Clintons strangle their own rules around their necks. No matter, McCain is going to win anyway.

    I love that Florida/Michigan argument, just keep fighting Dems, we'll see you in November.

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. shawna

    It amazes me how these polls are announced each week to try to sway public opinion. This poll must have been influenced by the Clinton campaign to try to influence voters on Tuesday that she is electable. Are the people of America so confused that from day to day polls have such sharp diferences in results? I believe these polls are being influenced just like everything else in politics. The world now knows just like after hurricane Katrina when they saw such helplessness in the land of plenty what our so called "democractic" process really involves. People, please vote for who you like, Hillary or Obama. on Tuesday.Don't let the media influence you anymore. Enough is enough The public is not stupid!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Tobias

    Obama should drop out. He has absolutely no chance of winning in November. He is hurting the party and on top of that he isn't even qualified to be president. If the press had been doing their job and treating each candidate fairly instead of attacking Senator Clinton we wouldn't be in this mess. If all the people who already voted could have a do over you better believe that Clinton would have the nomination secured right now. It is time to vote smart and vote Clinton.

    April 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Gene

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

    MCCAIN '08

    April 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Bob, WA

    Yeah Hillary,

    Hang in there, fight to the bitter end, all the way to your convention.

    Ditto heads are lovin' it.

    McCain 08

    April 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. AZM

    The latest polls show Hillary can beat McCain but Obama can't.
    If you count Florida and Mich she has more popular vote.
    Obama won't debate because unscripted he's terrible (McCain will eat his lunch.

    Obama is destroying the democrat party... he needs to do the right thing and walk away with the little respect he has left... just make sure you give all that money back please!

    April 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Matt, CA

    What people don't understand is that, in functional terms, FL and MI didn't have their primaries. They had an event in which people knew they wouldn't count, people didn't vote as they might have otherwise, people may not have voted because they know it wouldn't count, people couldn't vote for Obama (in MI) so they voted for Hillary instead since they thought "well I guess she's running unopposed".

    The results of the 'primaries' are completely useless because they don't reflect the results of what would have happened had people knew it would have counted.

    April 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Damen, CA

    Well what a surprise, the Clintons are divisive, controvercial and proven liars. I'm shocked, shocked that gambling is going on in the house.

    Clinton = Drama

    April 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Jan

    Hillary's popular vote is suspect. My brother in Indiana, a Republican, said he was voting for Hillary in Indiana in order TO DESTROY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. I was appalled.

    I used to at least respect Hillary. I would have voted for her if the nominee, but no more. If Obama isn't the nominee I will vote for neither, and mourn this nation.

    April 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. tomdavie

    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.

    April 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Marc

    Why did Obama leave his name on Florida's ballot and not Michigan's? Does anybody know? Does he even know?

    That was stupid. He surely cost himself those two states in the GE by blocking the vote (ala George Bush, Supreme Court, etc.) If he's so confident he's the right person for the job, every vote should count! What's wrong with you people?!! Too young to remember 2000?

    April 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. mary grube

    Rules are rules Hillary. She agreed with the rules initially, but when you are losing, you decide they aren't fair. Play by the rules!

    April 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga

    POLLS , SHMOLLS

    SHE WOULD HAVE NO CHANCE AGAINST MCCAIN.

    LOOK AT HER NEGATIVES PEOPLE !!!

    April 28, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Tricia Smith

    I think counting votes (either delegates or popular vote) in either Michigan or Florida would be completely disingenuous on the part of the Clinton campaign or the democratic party. That's now how the original rules were established and since Obama's name did not even appear on the Michigan ballot nor did he campaign in Florida a decision to count those votes would be totally unfair. I personally am angered as to how the Clinton campaign has been conducting business. Hillary appears to be a candidate who is only interested in saying or lying or doing whatever it takes to get the nomination. If she does get the nomination you can count on me not voting.!!! Oh – by the way, I am a 67 yr educated white woman voter who has voted all of my adult life for the democratic party.

    April 28, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Dal

    Hillary will say the same as long as she wants the presidency. She will also quote that Bill won the nomination at the final count. He went on to become the President. She does not realize that at that time none of the states voted out of line. This time MI and Fl are taken out lets make it fair and give both of you 50%. easy and that way it is a fair division.
    One thing for sure is that the fight will go on even if the final nomination goes to OBAMA. Yes Sour grapes will be had at that point as well.
    Party will be divided and for sure McCain will become the next President.

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Voter

    Hillary agreed to NOT COUNT MI OR FL! If she didnt then they would of counted.

    Hillary NEEDS to WIN EVERY STATE by 66%, Does anyone really think that will happon???

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga

    HILLARY DID YOUR MOM NOT TEACH YOU HOW TO FOLLOW THE RULES WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE GIRL IN PENNSYLVANIA SHOOTING DUCKS ?????????????????????????

    April 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. John AZ

    Hillary is not only hurting the democratic party she is doing more damge to our nation than anyone right now! If the democratic leaders think that this is all going to just blow over and everyone is going to live happily ever after they're vision impaired.

    we have an opprtunity for the first time in almost a half century to stand as americans and work together for a common good and heal our nation.

    this can not and will not happen with hillary – the republicans will tear her apart and attack her every day in the campaign and if she miraculously won, they would attack her everyday she is in office – and the Worst thing is She would attack them back with rage and hatred.

    We will take ourselves down and our enemy has to do nothing but watch and laugh as america self destructs!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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