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. JC

    We don't need the far left policies Obama would bring to the White House or another lying Clinton. McCain is not the GWB 2.0 some would show him as. Just because Bush who hardly acted like a real conservative was a poor president does not mean McCain would be.

    April 28, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. AZM

    Obama should do the honorable thing and bow out...
    He's just tearing the party to pieces... it's sick.

    He can't win the general, he can't debate, he can't even speak well without a speech writter... he will get destroyed on the general!

    April 28, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Please End This!

    Once again, she is the only one who believes this is "good" for the party. Then she claims that she is in touch with the American people and what they want. She has gone to the George Bush school of politics, keep repeating something long enough and eventually everyone will take it as truth. The sad part about this is that it does seem to work. Wake up, people, please......

    April 28, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Susan MO

    Hillary should not drop out.

    She is the more experienced, for the people, and a fighter.

    Obama is showing that he is not experienced enough to be president.
    And we still think about his rude remarks to the good people of Pennsylvania.

    Hillary Clinton 08 :)

    April 28, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Jack Walden

    "she feels the prolonged race has been good for both the party and voters"

    Yes and based on her logic prolonged war in Iraq is good for American soldiers in keeping them fit and battle ready!

    Everyone knows that Americans dont like anything that is prolonged. Be it war or elections. Polls show that, people know that-the devious Clintons notwithstanding.

    April 28, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Helene

    "Obama win 08". You are quite right on the math. Thanks for pointing this obvious fact.

    April 28, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Rob Winnipeg Canada

    Everyone was aware of the rules and agreed to them. Hillary needs to quit trying to spin her way to the nomination America is getting dizzy. Without a major distaster by her opponent it's technically done and for the betterment of the Democrats she needs to accept the results.

    April 28, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Debby

    This is a double edge sword if she quits and he is the nominee can he beat McCain in the general. I think everyone is caught up in Obama's charisma vs. reality and includes Pelosi and Dean.

    April 28, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. STOP THE MADDNESS!!!!

    The biggest problem with this is Howard Dean, Chairman of the DNC should have already demanded Clinton to drop out long before he allowed her attempts of discrediting both Obama and the Democratic Party. Howard Dean is accountable for this mess just as much as Hillary. We have a nominee already OBAMA! And it has been said over and over on all news media sources that she must discredit him and make him appear unelectable. Well with this being said time must be given for OUR , PARTY'S NOMINEE TO BE DISCREDITED. Even the most dumbest person on earth can reason that if you do yourself harm it's going to hurt you the body!!

    Now this nonsense of Fla & Mi. these votes DO NOT COUNT!! According to ALL OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS that is written and signed on paper by Party leaders. Nationals as well as the States Representatives,& ALL CANDIDATES !! The VOTERS in both states were aware of the punishment BEFORE they VOTED and if they had a problem with RULES they should have PROTESTED BEFORE they VOTED NOT AFTER!! HILLARY CLINTON KNEW BEFORE AND IS EVEN ON NATIONAL TV. SAYING SHE AGREES WITH THE RULES, WHERE WAS HER LOVE AND CONCERN FOR THE VOTERS THEN? SHE IS ASKING FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS NOW THAT RULE BE CHANGED NOW THAT SHE NEEDS THEM TO WIN. SHE IS DOING WHAT HER HUSBAND DID IN HIS RACE WHEN HE NEEDED RULES OVERTURNED FOR HIM AND GOT THEM OVERRULED, BUT IT WILL NOT HAPPEN FOR THEM IN THE YEAR OF 2008. WE WANT CHANGE BUT NOT THIS KIND. OBAMA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE VOTES NOT COUNTING ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE!! PUT THINGS IN THE RIGHT PROSPECTIVE!!

    NO MORE DIRTY POLITICING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Nando, Florida

    Hillary the People have already decided they want OBAMA you cant catch him you lost 11 in a row and Also he has More Delgates and More States won and Never has to go on television and BEG FOR MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GET OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WE WILL BURN IT TO THE GROUND BEFORE WE LET YOU AND YOUR SEX ADDICTED HUSBAND BACK IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GET OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Kansas Veteran

    Someone that is not even capable of rendering the proper respects to the flag and nation wants to be President. What a joke, Obama gets the nod, McCain will eat him alive.

    Go Hillary 08.

    April 28, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Nunya

    So clueless.

    Anyone in either camp with half a brain can see that the prolonged race has had a big effect on polarizing the two camps of supporters in such a way that they are not going to reconcile at the end.

    “We have to decide, do we wish to punish Michigan and Florida..."

    Or do we punish all the other 48 states that played by the rules? Not to mention punishing all those people in Florida and Michigan who chose *not* to vote because they knew it went against the rules.

    April 28, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Hillary or McCain - NObama!

    Hillary should DEFINITELY stay in – Dean and Obama should drop out. Dean's stupid rules and Obama preventing a revote cost me my Florida vote, and I will NEVER forget that come November if Obama is the Democratic nominee. Dean can "hope" we'll pull together for Obama, but it will never happen.

    April 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. White male for Obama

    To resolve Mich.and Flo is not Hillary's business. Let the DNC decide that. Everyone agreed with the rules before the race began, to nend it now is selfish.

    April 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Tom, Drexel Hill, PA

    The prolonged race has not been good for the Democratic party or the voters, only for Billary's own selfish intentions. Hillary knows she will not win the nomination this time so she will do her best to hurt (soon to be President Elect) Obama and the Democratic party for her 2012 hopes.

    April 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Venus

    Keep going Hillary! Obama just got another superdelegate! Plus, he got on Saturday!

    Go Obama!

    Hillary – you will not be the next president!

    April 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Jackie

    I will NEVER, NEVER vote for Hillary Clinton. I don't understand why everyone thinks Obama has issues – what issues? Reverend Wright? Flag Pins? Please I can't believe Americans even take the time to think about those things.

    April 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. RG

    How can a party make a rule that goes against state law?

    Florida republicans control the governership, congress and senate - they moved up the primary despite democrats protests.

    All you Obama lovers, he is a professor of constitutional law.

    Ask him, is it constitutional for a party to make a rule that disenfranchises a state?

    As soon as Obama figured out that if he let the revote in Michigan and Florida happen, he will be behind in the popular vote – he put a stop to the initiative.

    He is not all that clean and honest as people might like to believe. Otherwise he would have agreed to the re-vote – regardless of the 'expected' outcome.

    April 28, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Nate

    Actually guys and gals, republicans want Obama as candidate, he's scoring very poorly in the polls. In fact recently Mccain backed off on his aggressive stance about Obama's pastor.... Why? Because it helps him get votes in primaries. He'll jump back on that bandwagon if he gets through.

    Don't be blind, go read, go check numbers. Hillary is winning in all of the polls, we've seen enough of obama because of this wonderful primary season, the best in the history of the states, every state gets to be in the limelight, and now this will help democratic voters in those states to really become involved. The only thing this extended time on the campaign trail is doing is helping whichever dem candidate comes out. I'd rather dirty laundry be aired now so that Mccain has no firepower come November.

    April 28, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. henry lederman

    It seems to me like we are watching an "emperor has no clothes syndrome".

    Hillary agreed to not campaign in Mich and Fla. but went against her agreement and now wants to count them. Where is the integrity in that? How is the world going to trust someone who keeps her word when it serves her? How is it that the news isn't jumping on this point?

    And how is it that all we see on tv these day is about 80% Hillary coverage and 20% Obama coverage?

    And what can we say about the blindsightedness of someone who is so attached to winning that she does "her math" in a way that she stays in a race she can't win, at least based on the parameters that define winning?

    Henry

    April 28, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Obama all the way...

    GIVE IT A REST ALREADY WITH MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Next we will be hearing stories about her childhood in Michigan and Florida.............and Indiana and North Carolina....and Puerto Rico....

    April 28, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. joe

    Mccain is looking for V.P. and i think Hillary will be the best.

    April 28, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Debbie

    Florida and Michigan. Hillary didn't care about you when she was in the lead. SHe said these 2 states didn't matter as much remember.
    She also is saying that since she won the big states the other states don't count as much. So if she wins the general election are we going to matter then. Hillary owes favors to the following lobbyist groups. Senator Hillary Clinton has taken over $800,000 from lobbyists, more money than any other candidate — Republican or Democrat:
    Over $130,000 from energy lobbyists
    Over $130,000 from drug company lobbyists
    Over $125,000 from health care and insurance lobbyists.”
    Energy: $442,800
    Pharmaceuticals/health products: $450,450
    Hospitals, health services/HMOs and insurance companies: $552,050
    Health professionals: $114,755.

    April 28, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. errrr

    The bitter Obama supporters can only cling to Mathematics now.

    They even don’t want to talk about “change”, “hope”, and “judgment”, which Obama dare not to mention after the exposure of Wright’s comments.

    April 28, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Mike in Columbus

    Sad little woman.... NEVER gonna be President!

    April 28, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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