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.”



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soundoff (334 Responses)
  1. suzy

    We've always had HOPE –
    what we need is HELP!

    HELP = HILLARY!!!!!!!

    This race is not over yet....

    To NOT count Florida and Michigan is only going to make LOTS of people angrier than they already are, which is a problem to the election in NOV, especially if the nominee is Obama. I don't care what happened or what was agreed upon over a year ago – things have changed quite a bit, and with this election so tight and critical, the ONLY solution is to count these two states after all other primaries are done, and then we will see who the winner is....
    and if you think that Obama is NOT using this Fl/MI debacle to his advantage, then you are sadly mistaken. He is playing politics just like the "old politicians".....
    So, who is stealing from who???????

    April 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. 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 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Gary in VA

    I didn't know that retardation was a requirement of being a United States citizen. Rules are rules what happen to American law. If you agree to something why would you change the rules if your at a disadvantage. The Clintons are sickening me. I once like Bill Clinton now I think him and his wife are crazy.

    April 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Debra, MO

    I hope all of you women supporters of Hillary teach your daughters how to lie, cheat and steal because you are just like her. You are a scary group of people that Obama does not need in November. I would never want my children anywhere near you or your families.

    April 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Lonnie H.

    This is beyond funny because why does Hillary Clinton believe so strongly that she will even win Michigan or Florida? Florida I can see, but she was the only candidate with her name on the ballot in Michigan, and after all that has happened, why is she banking on those two states to push her over the top? It would

    April 28, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Dave

    Kermit – now that's a REAL green candidate!!!!

    April 28, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Niel, NY

    One thing is for sure.....

    Florida and Michigan will not go to Dems way this election.

    Thanks to Dean for that.

    Why don't Dean declare his super-delegate vote? If he is insisting other super-delegate frys to reveal it why does not he walk the talk?
    O' Yeeeeahhh

    April 28, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. trellskig

    Of course she will win every primary to come if she has all the (evil) republican switcers on her side.

    SHAME ON YOU REPUBLICAN SWITCHERS SCREWING UP THE DEM. PARTY.

    The sad thing is, Hillary is taking the bait...so sad!

    April 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Obama win '08

    Hillary wants Michigan and Florida, let her have them. Obviously math was not her strongest subject. The way I have calculated it, if Hillary gets 55% and Obama gets 45% of the delegates from both he will not need any more votes from superdelegates. Even with the 45% from FL and MI, once the nine remaining states are completed then Obama would end up with 2054 pledged and superdelegates.

    As of today he has 1724 delegates.
    He will receive at least the following:
    1 – Guam
    33 – Indiana (this is a split)
    55 – North Carolina (b/c he is going to blow her out the water by 20%)
    12 – West Virginia (gives her a 55-45 win)
    21 – Kentucky(gives her a 55-45 win)
    26 – Oregon (gives him a 55-45 win)
    25 – Puerto Rico (gives her a 55-45 win)
    8 – Montana (gives him a 55-45 win)
    8 – South Dakota (gives him a 55-45 win)
    Total of 1913 delegates

    Even in you Add in (giving her 55% and him 45% for both:
    83 – Florida
    58 – Michigan

    It then gives him 2054 delegates and the 2008 Democratic Nomination.

    Unlike Hillary, I do like Math.

    Sorry Hillary Supporter (SHE CANNOT WIN)

    April 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. carl from Houston

    Hillary didn't win in Texas, Obama did she is a real joke, count the texas delagates. If she steals this I will vote McCain for sure. She have went white gettho.

    April 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Jeremy

    According to Hillary and her supporters, the entire primary process is less meaningful than a Miss America contest.
    It kills me that she is allowed to speak of disenfranchisement when the only chance she has in this election is to overturn the will of the people. I find her repulsive.

    April 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Alex

    This is a good topic,
    She is not trying to steal a election.....she actually did win Florida and Michigan Primaries.....they just were not counted...by dumb rules....
    but they will sort this out by june....they have too!! too many delegates at stake between both states for both Hillary and Obama!!!
    Why is everyone making her out to be some evil person.......maybe it is just fear...and truth in all of this.... I like Mr.Obama he is a nice guy and intelligent person and likable....but he is not ready for President just yet.....he will be.... but I think Hillary will win this thing by Augest in Denver..... it will be a dogfight no doubt....but she wins this thing....James Carville is right on the money with this one..!!!!!
    Go HILLARY.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. David E. Francis

    Dean and the DNC are right to exclude the Michigan and Florida votes. Both Hillary and Barack agreed not to include the results of MI and FL at the beginning of primaries and caucuses. True, Dems need MI and FL to win the White House in Nov. Now that Hillary is losing, she wants to change the rules. If you can't trust her to follow the rules during the primaries, can you trust her should she win the nomination and White House? I think not. (I live and vote in MI.) The only way I see Hillary getting the nomination is by some form of 'back-room deal' with the superdelegates. I get the impression that she's trying to steal the nomination away from Obama.

    Also, Barack's and John's, (Edwards), names were not on the ballot here in MI. Which is another reason not to include MI's vote-it's not fair to Barack and John. They played by the rules. I have heard quite a few people I know who voted for Hillary in the primary who wanted another primary so that they could vote for Obama. (The other choice was "Uncommited".) Another primary is not going to happen-the state legislature killed that issue. I have also heard a few of my Dem friends say that they are going to vote for McCain because of all the negative campaigning going on within the Dem Party. (And, some independents feel that way too!)

    April 28, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Count Michigan is a Joke

    Clinton supporters want the votes to be counted in Michigan, and they claim they're doing it 'for the people'.

    But you'll only accept the results as is, and because Obama took his name off the ballot (Like the DNC told every candidate to do), the offical totals are 328,000 for Hillary, 0 for him.

    Are you telling me you will accept that no one voted for him and still CLAIM TO BE COUNTING ALL THE VOTES? That's hyprocrisy!

    And I loved the comments that it's Obama's fault that he removed his name and should be punished for it. Michigan and Florida messed up too, but they're exempt just because they went for Hillary?

    Florida is one thing, but asking to seat Michigan as is is a joke and simply will not happen.

    Unity '08

    April 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Cammi317

    Hopefully she'll run out of money by next week....

    April 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Mike

    Don't worry Hillary, Howard Dean is going to make sure that no African-American leads the Democratic ticket.

    Obama, you will have a lot in common with Al Gore after this primary season is over.

    Howard Dean should be on the Hillary ticket. That way the ticket can represent a liar and a thief.

    April 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Shek

    whats she talking about? she did not abide by the rules and was cunning enough to put her name on the ballot. who do u think is more reliable? a person who plays by the rules of the game or the one who cheats? LIAR BH(Bill & Hillary)

    April 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Obama win '08

    Hillary wants Michigan and Florida, let her have them. Obviously math was not her strongest subject. The way I have calculated it, if Hillary gets 55% and Obama gets 45% of the delegates from both he will not need any more votes from superdelegates. Even with the 45% from FL and MI, once the nine remaining states are completed then Obama would end up with 2054 pledged and superdelegates.

    As of today he has 1724 delegates.
    He will receive at least the following:
    1 – Guam
    33 – Indiana (this is a split)
    55 – North Carolina (b/c he is going to blow her out the water by 20%)
    12 – West Virginia (gives her a 55-45 win)
    21 – Kentucky(gives her a 55-45 win)
    26 – Oregon (gives him a 55-45 win)
    25 – Puerto Rico (gives her a 55-45 win)
    8 – Montana (gives him a 55-45 win)
    8 – South Dakota (gives him a 55-45 win)
    Total of 1913 delegates

    Even if you Add in (giving her 55% and him 45% for both:
    83 – Florida
    58 – Michigan

    It then gives him 2054 delegates and the 2008 Democratic Nomination.

    Unlike Hillary, I do like Math.

    Sorry Billary Supporters (SHE CANNOT WIN)

    April 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Open Your Eyes

    For all of you that think Hilliary is the next in line for the Presidency; think again............because of her the Democratic Party is definitely split along Racial lines and no matter what the Pundits say, she won't be able to get us back. We will not only stay home.......we will vote "McCain"................at least he's believeable. In a time when we all tried to get along better.................she has dragged those sentiments back up.................and look where we are now!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Lonnie H.

    This is beyond funny because why does Hillary Clinton believe so strongly that she will even win Michigan or Florida? Florida I can see, but she was the only candidate with her name on the ballot in Michigan, and after all that has happened, why is she banking on those two states to push her over the top? It would be most funny if they held both primaries again and she lost both of them! How insulting would that be to her campaign?

    Lonnie H.- Toledo, OH.

    April 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. GoHillary

    How funny that the OMAMABOTS complain about Hillary not wanting to follow the rules while claiming to believe in CHANGE.

    Wake up people nobody ever brought about change by following the rules.

    Her first order of business as PRESIDENT will be to sack NANCY.

    April 28, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. The divider

    The super delegates are making a huge mistake by allowing this race to go this long...
    Hillary has no chance of winning the nomination but if this race continued for a longer period then the democrats will loose big in November. Not only the presidency, but also congress and senate.
    Obama has the lead and he only needs few hundred vote to secure the nomination

    April 28, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. masgap

    Like I said before why can't Obama allow the people to decide?

    The money situation is not a problem but Obama resisted it. To me

    he is just another politician. I say Michican and Florida should revote

    It can be done is Obama is willing but he isn't That leadership???

    April 28, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Robert NYC & Miami

    I agree with Hillary.

    Hillary 2008

    April 28, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Hillary Supporters - Get Educated

    Obama is and has not blocked a revote in Michigan or Florida. He has specifically stated he will follow whatever the DNC decides to do with the states. He doesn't have the power politically to block a revote.

    However, the Clintons have said they will only accept the results as is. They have blocked a revote several times now, claiming that the initial results must be ensued.

    Hillary Clinton is just as responsible as the DNC for not making it happen.

    April 28, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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