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. Robert in Toronto,ON


    And I don't understand why or how anybody in Michigan OR Florida can fall for her redderick! This woman would stomp on your head if she thought it would help her reach the Presidential platform.

    She cares NOTHING about the voters there. NOTHING. Or anywhere across America! And the fact that her and her supporters think different boggles the mind. Hillary Clinton is what's WRONG with America – not what's right.

    When we look across the pond and we see what has gotten you guys into so much trouble – it's your elected officials that you put there who care more about playing the political games for their own personal or party gains. How is anything going to change if you keep playing games? Your world reputation is at stake...your son's and daughters lives are in peril!

    Do you really believe...for one second....that Hillary Clinton will lead you in a different direction? She's not gonna steer America the same direction as George Bush, but it won't be much better I can promise you that!

    April 28, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Kansas Veteran

    The Democratic rules require the DNC to aceppt the deligates from states that hold their elections to early, what the rules do however is cut the number of delegates in half.

    So if you are going to play by the rules, the elections count as ran and the number of delegates awarded to the canidates stand, itsa only that half the delegates are counted.

    April 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Valeria

    This is America, you have to count each and every vote. Florida votes should count as is and we should re-vote in Mich. There were people willing to pay for the re-vote it wasn't going to cost the states any extra funds.

    How can either canidate declare victory win you leave out two large States? You can not correctly state who had the most votes. There is no way Obama will be able to beat McCain. We don't trust him and we don't know enought about him. The more we hear more we fear!

    Hillary will fight for us and knows how to make CHANGE happen, not just preach about it. If you want CHANGE from BUSH you have to vote for Hillary.

    Valeria from Kentucky

    April 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Barack/08

    Dear Hillary/0-Never,

    We Obama supporters care about fairness and the rules. I would love for Florida and Michigan to vote, had the voting been fair. Since it was NOT, they have to take it up with their elected officials. You forget your candidate can not win without Barack's supporters, so dream on.

    April 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Pamela, Sacramento

    This is a bunch of crapola. HRC is not electable. By the time the republicans get done with her, everyone will truly see her for what she is. PLEASEEEEEEEE! The republicans will roundup all the closed door dirt, which includes her hidden lobbyists deals and they will be merciless with their attack ads. Then all of you naive HRC supporters will be having side bars saying, "We didn't know!"

    OBAMA 08!!

    April 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. al in memphis

    The argument for FLA and MICH would have had more credibility with me if it was done at the time these states were making the decision to move the date. Why did we not here this out cry from the media and voters in FLA and MICH when it was being considered.

    Here's a new reality show - Adult voters try to explain to 5-year old why they support their canidate.. Mommy, mommy this canidate will not tell us the truth or 100 negative things to say to become president.

    April 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Independent

    Worst/best picture of Howard Dean EVER! He looks like a bobblehead that got stuck or something.

    April 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Donna

    Hillary is not the best candidate. She lies and is very dishonest. Her smile along is an indicator that something sneaky is waiting to happen. When she's in the white house busy trying to do her job, Bill will be busy doing his job again with another intern. She will in turn go on a rampage and mess up the entire country.

    Vote OBAMA 08

    April 28, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Maxine

    Hillary Clinton, by rook or crook she will be the nomination....she already has her lawyers figuring out how to over rule certain things like MI/FL......yeah that's what I want a liar, cheater, conartist in office, go GW whoops I mean HC.

    April 28, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Greg

    Hillary, in effect said "yes someone should drop out as long as it is not me." and yes Hillary, we must punish Michigan and Florida. That happens in the real world. If you do not play by the rules then you get punished. Otherwise why have rules. Can you imagine, a country who's laws are "Do what ever you want, there are no consequences for your actions".

    April 28, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Cindy Ryan

    I am a republican who is planning to vote for Obama. If Hillary wins (or steals) the nomination, no doubt about it, I'm voting for McCain. If Hillary's the vp, I'm voting for McCain. That woman believes she owns the presidency and is pissed that Obama dared to aspire to it. She is evil and so is Bill. Obama, start fighting back on her terms, if she can't stand up to you, how can she stand up to all the other male country leaders???Like she said, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! Don't let her make you look like a wuss. She's got so much history that the public is not hearing about, but she's making sure they're hearing about yours. People wake up...you don't want BILLARY for president!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Yes We Can

    Hillary made a decision about Florida and Michigan when she signed the agreement. But just like anything else with Hillary, the signature wasn't worth the paper it was written on. Her marriage is a lie, and so is her candidacy.

    Barack 08

    April 28, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Peter in Canada

    What a piece of work Hillary is! She is absolutely the most manipulative and disengenuous person I have seen in a long long time.
    1. The DNC did decide to punish Michigan and Florida and YOU AGREED! That happened before the primaries!
    2. There are NO ACCEPTABLE ways to resolve the problem. You have absolutely ensured that through your actions. The only acceptable resolution will still involve Obama having to be injured by your actions and having a strong enough lead in pledged delegates to basically GIVE YOU Michigan and Florida and still be ahead.

    I don't know the full legal recourse that the Obama campaign and his supporters and he himself have if this lunacy of MI and FL continues but I am sure there must be one! His supporters have dumped $200 million into a process that would have to be changed after the fact! This is FRAUD in my country!

    April 28, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Anna G.

    Los Angeles, CA.

    Hillary is the best candiate. She will win in November .

    Hillary, 2008!

    April 28, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. crispulo

    There is no way that Hillary can overcome Obama in either popular nor delegate votes. She should just get out of the race before it is too late.
    Hillary's goal is just her ego, not the ideals to unite the country nor to make the radical changes that our country need urgently. Obama has a more honest and sincere focus of politics.
    Additionally, he has a cross cultural heritage that can be very fruitful to heal the negative impact that Bush has left around the world. He will have the ability to create dialogue with those nations that hate us so deeply ,particularly in the Middle East ,and find the common ground to search for understanding and world peace. Long live OBAMA...!

    April 28, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Mary

    Hillary needs to Drop out NOW !!

    Less experience than Obama, that's been proven !

    More lies than anyone, that's been proven !

    Ran her campaign into the red, that's been proven !

    Has divided the party, that's been proven !

    Will distroy this country!

    April 28, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Whatever

    Thing I wanto to know is who the heck came up with these rules, the same folks who came up with those hairbrained caucuses? Talk about a none procedure. They're more like a squaredance than an election. And don't forget John Dean and his famous hog hollar sound bite! He had the nomination practically in the bag and lost it in the time it takes to say "Hee-Haw!"

    April 28, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Cindy

    Obama, if you become the nominee and "they" make you pick Billary as a vp...get a food taster!!

    April 28, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Hillary

    Check pollster dot com
    Obama is a much better candidate against McCain....

    April 28, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Sam in VA

    The race isn't over til it's over. At this point it's too close to call. The Dems need to change their primary rules. It's up to the super deligates now. Obama loses ground daily as people across this country get to know him. The more I listen to him studder and stammer I realize just green he is behind the ears. He needs more experience. By 2016 he will have it! May the best woman win.

    April 28, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Jesse

    How about a joint Ticket with whoever has more delegates and popular votes stays on top?

    April 28, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Concerned Democrat

    I don't understand why Hillary supporters want to steal an election from the obvious winner?

    We know what happened the last time an election was stolen!!!

    It's no way she will be ahead in popular vote or delagates come June.

    Numbers don't lie but desperate politicians do!!

    Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Tom C

    Do you think if the shoe was on the other foot and Hillary was leading that she would have the same opinion about Florida and Michigan? The answer is absolutly not. Many voters did not vote in those states because they knew the votes would not count.

    Obama does not need the 22nd debate, HIllary does. Why debate with a mudslinging, distort the facts, kitchen sink throwing, let's nuke em, I will do anything to win, Hillary.

    The only reason she is in the race is because of Limbaugh and others urging their republican friends to switch parties and vote for Hillary to drag the race out and they know Hillary is easier to beat. Many of these votes she is attaining will be gone in the general election.

    April 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. GoHillary

    Come on BO – why are you so AFFRAID to debate Hillary. She's not a monster, I'm quite sure she won't eat you.

    Maybe you could use some of your hard earned cash to buy the answers beforehand.

    April 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Texan

    It's funny to hear Clinton say "Should we punish Michigan and Florida" when she was in agreement of punishing them for holding an early primary in the beginning. She only stands for what's good for her at the moment.

    April 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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