April 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
7 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. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Here we go again, Hillary is saying either you do it my way or the highway. She can't win, she won't win but she will continue to destroy the democrat party. I've had enough of this woman and her tactics that can't be forgiven.

    April 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Jacob, OR

    That sound you hear is Dean trying to grow a spine. A little too late, I'd say. The Clintons are eating him for lunch.

    I'm so glad Barack is staying away from the fray.

    Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Tell The Truth

    Why is she allowed to destroy the democratic party? FL and MI voters – HEAR ME- she did not care about your votes when she was winning, she agreed to not count your votes. Now she is losing and she is playing this game. I have lost all respect for her. If they steal this nomination from Senator Obama I will not vote for McCain, but I will surely stay home. Gosh!!! we are tired of the Clinton/Bush reigns. HIllary stop it!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Gino

    well,we as a party ,condened the florida situation back in 2000,now we are refusing to count Florida,hey guys we will lose again, count the votes

    April 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Eman

    Thank god she continues to run. She's not running for herself, but for people like me, and millions of others, who do not think Obama is ready for President and would love another, better alternative. I like a Presidential candidate who won't give up on a good fight.

    April 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Mike - WA

    I think that they should both drop out and the Democrats should give us anothter option.

    April 28, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Carl Sloan

    This whole "we have to decide what to do with Michigan and Florida" argument is absurd. We did decide what to do with them - 8 months ago. Remember, Hillary? You yourself agreed to it and said it wouldn't count.

    Politics of convenience at its finest.

    April 28, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. m,aca

    Go HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Obama please go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Hillary/08

    Obama-bots I feel your pain. I would not want them to count Florida or Michigan at all, if it meant my candidate could lose the nomination. If they are not factored in, some way, to the satisfaction of all parties, we will lose in November. That is a fact...Rev. Wright has really messed up Obamas chances in November. The few votes Nader will pull will cause us to lose in November if Obama is the nominee....

    April 28, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Phyllis, KS

    How does Hillary heels feel on your back Dean? Get used to it, she doesn't take no too kindly. I think if she can't get the nomination, she'll be camping out on the White House lawn. She's got to get back in that house, so she can steal some more china.

    Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    What a hoot. Regardless of who gets elected (Hillary, Barack, John) they've still got to deal with the dysfunctional likes of Reid and Pelosi. I say don't worry so much about the President–instead focus on giving our hallowed halls of congress an enema.

    April 28, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Key West Sun

    This story is not about Hillary getting out in June; this is about Hillary telling Dean what he needs to do, she is showing true leadership. How hard is it for Dean to understand that we have got to settle Florida and Michigan now. Listen up Dean this woman is telling you the truth; she knows what the party needs to do to win in the fall. That is one of Obama's greatest failings, he has run a great campaign to get the nomination, better than Hillary, but they have not run one that will carryover to the fall.

    April 28, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. jr

    This whole democratic nominating process went to hell in a hand basket when they decided to appoint Howard Dean as the head of the DNC. Democrats thought they could make him go away by appointing him to that position after his failed run for the presidency but he's come back to haunt them.

    If the Democratic party expects to remain viable into the future they first need to completely overhaul their nominating process. And secondly get rid of Howard Dean. Those two steps will go a long way towards making the party look less like a third rate three ring circus, and more like a party serious about winning the presidency.

    April 28, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Burt

    Dean you made the rules now live with them. 2025 dels is needed to close the nomantion if no one has it you fight it out at the convention. Its a little late now to change you mind on how you set it up.

    April 28, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Sam- Chicago

    she is right. She is not insisting on anything. My question right now is?

    Which if these two candidates can "beat" McCain?. Its more so who can beat McCain, rather than who will win. Either will do well, but only one I think, can actually beat McCain. So let the voters make that choice.

    April 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    In other words: "GIVE me MINE!"

    Yes, Hillary did win both MI & FL; Obama's lawyers did kill any chance of a revote in both states... GIVE Hillary HERS!

    In the FINAL ANALYSIS: Superdelegates will obviously pick a winner!
    And, the only issue that they really need to address is: WHO IS THE MOST ELECTABLE!

    They do NOT have to weigh the POPULAR vote, the current DELEGATE vote or even how other Superdelegates voted up to that point; they all can CHANGE THEIR MIND at ANYTIME!

    I would remember that when you folks read about it being MATHEMATICALLY IMPOSSIBLE, etc., as the only issue that the Superdelegates need really deal with is, again, WHO IS THE MOST ELECTABLE!

    That is what they are tasked to do!

    I'm afraid most of you "educated" Obama supporters are in for a rude reality check in August...

    April 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Tim in Canada

    The fat lady has started singing up here, just waiting for the northwind.

    April 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. P, KS

    How does Hillary's heels feel on your back Dean? Get used to it, she doesn't take no too kindly. I think if she can't get the nomination, she'll be camping out on the White House lawn. She's got to get back in that house, so she can steal some more china.

    Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. pat

    you people are stupid if you think obama can beat mccain in the general, hillary leads mccain 50 to 41 points in the polls obama 45 to 45. he can,t carry the big states mccain polls better in them, an all the red states he won in the primerys he will lose to mccain, so if you want the dem. to win you better, get on the hillary bandwagon, or you,ll be crying in nov. an ill say i told you so lol.

    April 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Pat

    I hope by the 4th of July we have a candidate. That would be nice, Dems.

    We'll see.

    April 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Len in Washington

    to: "Chipster"
    How many voters in Michigan and Florida stayed home and did not vote because they knew the votes wouldn't be counted. There have been hundreds of comments from these people in these blogs for months to that very point.
    I've also heard people talk about how "this is a Democracy-our votes should be counted." Neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party Primaries are "Democratic." They are votes for a private organization position. We shouldn't confuse them with public votes about public offices.

    Perhaps it goes to the phrase "educated voters." Or in this case it might be the "un"-educated voters who are howling at the moon.

    I think we'll see decisions made after next Tuesday. Lets all just wait.

    April 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Jen

    LMAO @ the Obama idiot who said polls don't matter... of course they do, they're the most reliable predictor of who can win against McCain (and that's Hillary Clinton :D). Your personal opinions of the candidates is nothing.

    Hillary Clinton '08

    April 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. A Gulf War Veteran

    Hillary, how do you spell relief? O P P O R T U N I S T

    April 28, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Ken

    I can't stand Hillary Clinton and really want to see Obama win but I would rather have a democrat in the white house and will vote accordingly in November. Everyone needs to be smart and once this primary is over get behind whichever Democrat has the nomination.

    April 28, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Venus

    This race has been over for some time and Dean is sick of the Clintons.

    If Hillary was so great – why is she behind a rookie like Obama?

    How can Hillary beat Mc Cain if she can't beat Obama?

    Dean is the one that cancelled the NC-debate by the way!

    We are not going to the convention this year and that's all there is to it!

    They see what Hillary is doing by changing the rules and games every day! I bet if Obama was behind she wouldn't be worried about FL and MI votes nor about wanting another debate!

    I will be glad when she leaves! I am looking forward to seeing how she re-acts to getting off the stage!

    April 28, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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