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. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Florida and Michigan,

    If you are really looking for someone to take the fall for how your votes were mishandled, why don't you start looking at your governors and legislatures instead of Barack? By that same token, Hillary is not the people's champion that she makes herself out to be as she agreed to the same rules that Barack did. The only difference is that she has more experience with the politics behind all of this and left her name on the ballots while Barack was going by the spirit of the rules and not just the wording when he removed his name an did not campaign.

    In the future, I agree that this should all be handled differently but it is what it is right now and we all have to deal with it.

    April 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. stacy

    I think she is absolutely correct in this, this is not Howard Dean's decision to make, let it go to the convention and see the will of the
    people.

    April 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Lilly

    Hillary, your Bi-Polar is showing again !

    April 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Joojo

    I just love HRC. This is a candidate worth supporting. Very strong and able to take punches. Just examine how the media has beaten her up. This is a true leader. And to Mary who posted earlier, too bad she makes you sick but she just wont go away!

    April 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Mike from Westchester

    Did not the DNC insiders, "rules and bylaws committee", exclude FL and MI. Who was tighter with and had more influence over the DNC insiders, Hillary or Barack?

    Who said of Michigan, when she did not pull her name off the ballot that it did not matter that she left her name on (in violation of the agreement), because "everyone know this is not going to count for anything"?

    Who is now screaming about disenfranchisement, when her end game is to disenfranchise the entire democratic electorate by stealing the nomination at the convention?

    They can split all the FL and MI delegates evenly if they want then to participate. That way the states that were not going to be allowed to impact the result will not impact the result, but they can still be at the convention.

    No more debates. No using tainted results from FL and MI. If you can win, then win, if you can't.....

    April 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. dlr

    She is so self absorbed and lies so much, how can we want her to be President of the United States.

    Electing her, is like asking George Bush to stay on for a 3rd term.

    April 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. HillarySkank on myspace

    Hillary has lost the primary. If the democratic party somehow allows her to steal the election I will no longer be a democrat and will vote anything but the democrat party for ALL elections for the rest of my life.
    This is pure BS. She can't win fair and square so she chages the rules. I would vote Bush for a 3rd term before ever considering to vote for Hillary Rotten Clinton!

    And if any Clinton supporters have a problem with that until you have served in the military as I have, I could care less what you have to say. If you HAVE served in the military, then I salute you but disagree with you.

    April 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. OBAMA WON THE DEM NOMIATION

    RACE IS TECHNICALLY OVER.

    THE RULES ARE SPECIFIC. IT IS A DELEGATE RACE.

    HILLARY CAN'T CACTH UP. IT IS OVER.

    MSM STOP GIVING FALSE HOPES. IT 'LL MAKE IT HARDER FOR DEMS TO RECONCILE

    OBAMA 08

    April 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. ShannonL

    They will have to count FLA and Mich in order to give Clinton the nomination. Wright won't shut up and he is dragging Obama down. New polls show Clinton ahead in Ind. Obama can't win core Dems.

    Dean is a joke. Who put that moron in charge?

    April 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Marine

    Al this continued bickering. As Ralph Crandon used to say

    "HOW SWEET IT IS"

    April 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. John San Francisco

    I was a big fan and support of Bill and Hillary. I have know begun a loathing for the Clinton's. They have validated all charges comming from the Republican Party. Hillary will never be President of the United States.

    She can not and will not be supported by American's who know how the Clinton's have used lies and race, not the issues to win votes from White America. It was African American's who came to the defense of the Clinton's during some of thier roughes days in the White House.

    Now that the Clinton's have been able to distract the good people of this country by playing to thier biasis and fears, they now start talking about the issues. Iwould have voted for Hillary if she had done this from the start and continued to do this through out the campayne. I causion the political pundits, African American politicians, media voices, and the African American community will not allow this irreshensable distortion of themselves or someone who represents the community. It is sad to see the level of denial of hite America. It is sad to see the level of denial from Black America. For the Bloggers, they truly see the world through thier own eyes and belifes. Hillary could have represented so much more, e=ven more than what Barak offered. Yes she has the experience, but what she has shown more than anything in this race, she has no integrity, nor does Bill. I wonder did we turn our heads to all the bad things Bill had done because we as a country was benifiting from his position as President. Yes we turnned our head, and now a 360 degree turn shows us that the Clintons are who they are. "Curupted by Power"

    "Go Hillary 2008" if you can win without the African American Vote

    April 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Niel, NY

    What I do not understand is that why people are not seeing this:

    HILLARY AGREED TO NOT TO INCLUDE MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA WHEN PRIMARY STARTED.
    She voted for War too.
    Perhaps she forgets what she promises. Bill was right on. At this age, these things happen.

    I used to be Hillary's support but now I will follow ABC (Anybody But Clintons) of politics.

    ABC '08.

    April 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Rick from NJ

    Senator Clinton is the Best and Strongest Candidate to Win the Democratic Primary.
    She is going to fight for Americans.
    President Clinton is a bonus also.
    He balanced our budget, kept us safe and America was loved throughout the world when he was in office.
    He loves all Americans and was considered the "black president" because of his love for African Americans. His office could have been overlooking Central Park on 5th Avenue but instead, he decided to open his office in Harlem to bring abundance to the area.

    Wake up Americans. Senator Clinton will win, stand up for her and President Clnton.

    April 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Dan in CO

    Resolving Michigan and Florida satisfactorily and resolving them to Hillary's satisfaction are two different things.

    April 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. mitch from ark.

    hillary's wrecking the democrats' chances ,in the fall,and blaming obama,for following the rules.how dumb.

    April 28, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Obama

    Obama should drop – he does not stand a chance agains beating McCain in the general election. He will bring a loss to the democratic party.

    April 28, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. George

    Barack Obama WILL loose to John McCain, reason, two states, Michigan and Florida, and who knows, perhaps Ohio and Pennsylvania too.
    Say what you will, but it has been Obama who has not accepted any solution, be it the current results, re-vote or anything.

    April 28, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Dave

    The choices as I see them, in order of palatability and / or chance of getting elected:
    1) Clinton
    2) McCain
    3) Gore
    4) Edwards
    5) Kucinich
    ...and so on
    ...and so on
    ...and so on
    1000)Kermit the Frog
    1001) Obama
    At least "Barry's" in their somewhere, right? (Should his middle name be shortened to "Hussy"?)
    More than enough said!!

    April 28, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Logical

    Hillary CANNOT catch up. IT IS MATHEMATICALLY IMPOSSIBLE.

    This is where respectable people such as Mit Romney and others drop out of the race for the good of the party...

    Americans, remember when we couldn't even IMPEACH President Clinton out of the White House, even though he shamed our country world-wide?

    Well, in case you Hillary supporters haven't noticed, this has never been about us, the people, this is about the Clinton's and their legacy in the history books.

    GO OBAMA!

    CNN PLEASE POST MY COMMENT!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. hrp

    I agree that the next few states should be played out. I don't agree that MI & FL should be part of the equation. Clinton should have stuck to the rules she agreed to.

    April 28, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Dan in CO

    ""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.""

    So why didn't she debate Jon Tasini in 2006?

    April 28, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. iddrisu see

    Is about time you stop mentioning florida and michigan to be count loser,that is how losers do.I wonder if somebody either then you sign the agrement that this two state will not be seated.Loser stop trying to make this stupid arguement.

    April 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Jamal Kansas

    Cliton Dean has spoken Fl, Mich violated the DNC's rules that you agreed on that people in your campaign had there delagates stripped now that Barack is winning you want them to count. Hillary you are sad you are one of the worst women on this planet and you suppose to be the womens champion ha ha ha Hillary You are a Liar your time is up

    April 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Venus

    Great job Dean!

    Good move! This gets Hillary busy and off the debate subject!

    It was Howard Dean that cancelled the North Carolina debate and not Obama!

    This is his way of throwing Hillary off track and help her negative-ratings go up!

    This is also Dean's way of letting the Dem-Party see how and why our party don't want her back!

    Go Obama!

    April 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    You've got to hand it to Hillary. She is one stubborn woman!

    Frankly, should she somehow manipulate a win of the nomination, I don't know how she will be able to convince all the Obama supporters to respect, not mention to like, her after all the dirty attacks she and her husband have made on Obama.

    But. . .I guess she simply feels she is entitled to be the next president because of her eight years in the White House. What a joke she is!

    April 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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