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. Operation Chaos

    trellskig

    We are voting for Obama? Did you see the cross over polls from PA.
    We will kill Obama in the general... that's why we want him!

    McCain 08

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

    I support a McCain victory if Obama is denied of the nomination, not because I'd be bitter, but because any Democrat who would support the Clintons deserves to have a Republican in the White House.

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

    She won't be satisfied until she destroys Obamas chances in the general election. She has already done that. When he loses in the general election she will be quick to declare she should have been the nominee. He will be given the nomination and she and her adulterer husband will all but disappear until 2012. If anyone thinks they are going to campaign on Obamas' behalf, you don't know the Clinton's.

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

    As a democrats, we need to look at the big picture and keep Nov. 08 in mind.

    Only Hillary can beat McCain. This is the fact.

    April 28, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. James Lucas Clemmons NC

    It really does not matter which one drops out. ... unless they run on the same ticket. ... get use to saying President McCain.

    April 28, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. james bowles

    Howard Dean has no credibility and should resign his post!

    james
    /

    April 28, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Kay-Arizona

    In the interview with Howard Dean Sunday, on meet the press he said:

    "Here's why the rules are important. For the–this year, for the first time, we balanced the early primaries with ethnic and geographic diversity. We included a state from the South and a state from the West, because we think we can win there now. And we included states with significant numbers of minority groups who the Democrats can't win without, and those folks ought to be allowed to say early on who they think should be the president"

    This is a direct quote and represents the reasoning of the DNC. Soo
    should we really not count the votes from the rest of the state?

    April 28, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Michele Hunter

    Dean,
    Give it a rest.....Let Hillary and Obama run the race. If everyone would not jump in. You're doing a dis-service to the American voters !

    Let Obama hang himself I say..................Rev. Wright will see to that.

    April 28, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. John W., Milwaukee, WI

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

    That's a very easy one... because at every opportunity, both Senator Obama and his Britany Spear like supporters have religiously played the RACE CARD!

    It is hard for some white people in America too, to be ctitical of a person in a different race, when we know that we are immediately going to be call a racist and have our motivations questioned all the time.

    With 93%+ of the black vote consistently going for Senator Obama, I wonder what you think is going on here...

    April 28, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Jay

    Drop Out Obama..GO AWAY

    April 28, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Sherry

    Democrats have a way of shooting themselves in the foot and every time they take a step forward in gaining popularity and voter support, they take two steps back and do something stupid to give Republicans the upper hand.

    Calling for the resignation of one democratic candidate by June will send media attention away from the exciting Obama/Hillary race straight to the front door of the GOP. While the media has been exaggerating, spinning and beating the Obama Hillary relationship to death, the media attention has created excitement about the Democratic party, converted many Republicans and Independents into Democrats and finaly shined a spotlight on two highly qualified and exciting democratic candidates. Notice, that until now, McCain hasn't had much of anything to say and has largely been dismissed as the unexciting Republican candidate.

    With one democratic candidate out of the race, the election will suddenly turn into a McCan vs Obama or a McCain vs. Clinton race, and give 50% more media attention to the Republican candidate.
    Together Obama & Hillary are hard to beat, they are interesting as a team, and they are interesting when they appear to bicker, but alone each candidate will be vulnerable to whatever scandal the Republicans are cooking up to hit the media just in time for the national election.

    Scandal? The GOP could not produce a more generic, unexciting candidate than McCain, so how are they to win the election in November? My money is on a big scandal to rock the country just in time for the election and they're just waiting to see if the attack will be on Hillary or Barak. So as soon as one of the democrats drops out of the race, the GOP will start to gain momentum.

    I for one am not ready to dismiss Hillary. Despite the fact that she is not allowed to count the Florida & Michigan delegates, she did pull out a huge win in PA and OH and is on track to win more. The race is too close to give up now, and anyone who is willing to suggest that now is a great time to lose a candidate has no sense of logic at all. Candidates drop out when they cannot gather any support, not when the race is so close.

    April 28, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Jerry from Oregon

    she did answer Dean. No, she won't drop out.

    There's no reason Obama should, he'll be ahead in pledged delegates and the popular vote by the end of the primaries.

    Clinton answered Dean by saying that Florida and Michigan need to be resolved first. Florida and Michigan won't be resolved so she won't drop out.

    I think it's overdue for Dean to finally show some leadership and say, "OK we'll seat Florida and Michigan's delegates at the convention, 50% go to Obama, 50% go to Clinton; that's it, no debates"

    Those states can't correct the problem on their own, so let the party chairman decide. let's move on Hillary

    April 28, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. thinking

    The messages in the board are seriously biased. Probably it is due to the selection process which is biased, and behind it probably are just a few persons with their own bias.

    Should media be biased ? That is something that really makes people sick.

    April 28, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. joyce

    CONCERNED DEM
    get over this s-
    the votes do not count and hill agreed to it cause she though she would be pre. by 2-5-08
    did not happen so now she is whinning
    she will get over it and it takes 48 more states to win flo-mich- is not the decider they are republican states is why she is so angry now she is republican

    April 28, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. fay

    Howard Dean should resign from his position as leader of the DNC.
    I want all those Florida and Michigan votes counted – and if they were Hillary would have them! She won the votes she deserves to have them counted. the DNC denied the voters of Florida and Michigan – the right to HAVE THEIR VOTES COUNTED! Shame on them. They are all attempting to PUSH, SHOVE, Senator Clinton out of the way! Keep going Senator Clinton, you are going to win! You've been tested – I watched you go to the "hill" on health care and get really beat up! You deserve to win because you are the stronger candidate to beat Senator McCain!

    April 28, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Bernard

    Dean has shown me he doesnt worth the waffle that Obama has thrown away. He is weak and vacilating.

    April 28, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. Falsis in unum, falsis in omnibus

    CNN, am I on some sort of banned list that you don't OK my stuff?

    Let's try this.....

    Yes, I can see Hillary ceding to Obama after she 'wins' Indiana, he beats her in NC, etc, etc....

    I can also see all sorts of other things happening once I've walked through the poppy fields.

    Is this post OK?

    Obama '08

    April 28, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Hillary 08

    Mi & FL will count in the GE.
    Clinton – With MI & FL: 15.016.012 w/o 13.830.653
    BHO – With MI & FL: 14.904.466 w/o 14.335.425

    It seems clear who the winner is. HILLARY CLINTON!!

    April 28, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. The Democratic Party is Finished....

    Who and/or what is more dishonest, more divisive, more disgusting and more despicable than the current administration and the GOP? The Clintons .......... The Democratic Party is finished. Good Riddance.

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

    YOU CLINTON HATERS AND O.B. SUPPORTERS MAKE ME SICK. YOUR JUST AS WARPED AS YOUR CANIDATE. WHY DONT YOU JUST SAY FLA. AND MICH. ARE NOT PART OF THE U.S.A. WHAT IS HE AFRAID OF . HE TOOK HIS NAME OFF THE BALLOT. THATS HIS BIG MISTAKE NOT HRC. HE WAS AFRAID HE WASNT KNOWN GOOD ENOUGH. THAN WHY AND THE HELL DID HE EVEN START THIS RACE? HE IS THE ONE ALONG WITH THE DNC BLOKING THE VOTES FROM FLA. AND MICH. DONT GIVE ME THE CRAP THAT HE WANTS WHAT EVER THEY DECIDE.O.B. IS THE MOST CROOKED POLITICIAN AND THIS RACE. HE SURE IS THE WORST LIER , HYPOCRITICAL, RACIST AND SMOOTHEST CON MAN. THIS COUNTRY SURE ISNT GOING TO GET ANY BETTER WITH YOUNG O.B. SUPPORTERS VOTING FOR GLAMOUR. HE IS THE WORST CHOICE FOR A LEADER. GO HRC.

    April 28, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Jim, Indiana

    Florida and Michigan have got to stand up for their rights! Hillary has retaken the lead as we can see in all of the polls this week. We already know she is stronger in all the key states for the November election. So what are we waiting for and what are the superdelegates waiting for!!!???

    April 28, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. andrea benini

    All votes must count.

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

    john smith
    back up here
    hillary is the bird brain not barack, don't saw the both of them

    April 28, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Dan in CO

    Chalk up another Senator and Superdelgate for Obama today!

    And he's from New Mexico...a state that Hillary won (by a tiny fraction)...that should get the Clintonites to bare their fangs!

    April 28, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Helene

    She SPINS it again. How long is she going to drag on and on and on, until the democratic party fails in November !
    She has LOST the popular vote, the number of delegates and the number of states. What else matters at this point ? Her huge EGO and her unlimited gall ...

    April 28, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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