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.”

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Howard Dean
soundoff (334 Responses)
  1. Linda

    Dean should not of suggested Obama drop out, he's winning. Hillary is the one losing ! Hillary punished Michigan and Flordia when she left her name on the ballot in their state. She mislead the people into believing they could vote. If Michigan and Flordia have an issue it should be with Clinton.

    April 28, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Susan

    How can the Democratic party tell Michigan and Florida that their votes don't count, because they moved up their election dates; but then proclaim that the decision regarding who should be the Democratic candidate needs to be moved up to June? If they follow through on this, its pure Hypocrisy!

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

    I agree with Mary 1000%.

    "She makes me sick! She will stick it out even if it means tearing the Democrat party apart. It's all about ME!"

    Just looking and hearing HRC makes me physiclly ill.

    Please just go away Billary!!!

    April 28, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Rohit

    Stand your ground Chairman Dean. The party and real democrats wre with you on this. Do not let any individual destroy the party.

    Rules are rules. You cheat, you pay.

    April 28, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Matt

    Electability is gradually becoming a code word for a black man can't win the white vote. if that is what people are trying to say why don't they just say it instead of beating around the bush. I have heard of all these talk of he can't win the so-called white "Reagan" democrats. and hence she is much more electable than he. I think her calculation is based on the fact that she will get the black vote which is ridiculous. I do not see how she can beat McCain in general election this year or win in 2012 without the black voters either. Her husband needed the same black voters to win all his elections. Maybe it is time the black voters consider the GOP instead of this hypocrisy in the Democratic party.

    April 28, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. John San Francisco

    McCain is our next President, Just watch. The Democratic Party is finnish.

    I am listenning to Hillary, the back lash is comming Hillary. You wont see the White House. The split has been made and there is no going back.

    Maybe McCain may select Hillary as VP? That would be great. The first Woman VP. Would that be enough Power Hillary? Barak you can go back to the Senate and continue to help the good people of Ill. Is that good enough Bloggers. What will it take to get you guys to see. I know!

    McCain as President
    Rev Wright Vice President

    go Hillary 2008
    go Barak 2008
    Both of you are going back home. Then you can look back and see how all that campayne money could have been spent on working together.

    April 28, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. scott

    Dean and Pelosie Both have never done what we first Hired them to do for the democatic party. Remember how they were suppose impeach bush both a waist of air

    April 28, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Hillary McCain

    Hillary, quite using FL and MI for your own political gain and ambitions. Even if you had a revote, it would not make a difference. So, quite trying too lie to the American people because you really do not a revote anyways.

    Hillary should have focused more on all those "small states" that played by the rules, as well, there are still 9 more primaries to go in states that played by the rules.

    If Hillary would have focused on winning every state, big or small, she would not be in this mess.

    Stop blaming others, or quite now!

    April 28, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. georgia

    Hillary we already know your responses always depend on how the situation benefits only you. By the way have you scolded your fellow boiler-maker drinker,Rendell ,about his good working relationship w/ Mr Farrakhan or is he only an untouchable when you allude to a connection between he & Obama. It's tough for an honest person to have to fight thru the double standards ,hypocrisy & lies from the likes of you,Bill & McCain but I think American's vision ,hearing & discernment is keener & won't settle for anything short of real ,honest to goodness change. Amen to that !! Obama 08 !! Showing true courage & stamina thru a situation where no matter what is said & done they will pick it apart, distort & deny because of their own egos & fear !! Your support is strong & diverse because change is needed to get USA back.

    April 28, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Tony Z- MD

    HRC Supporters,

    Obama and Edwards were not on the Michigan ballot. They agreed not to campaign and Hillary got 40% of the vote. Do you think she would be saying anything if she was leading. Do your research and you will find the contradiction.

    As for popular vote. How do you count the caucuses? That is right small states and caucuses do not count.

    If you'll are such big supporters- help her raise money to pay her bills. Small business in America needs it.

    April 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Mike in Columbus

    Only she could think this is good for the party and the voters...

    She could have made history as the first female v.p. under Obama, and then been a shoe in to make history again as president 8 years later. But, she is far to self-serving to do what is best for the Dems and the country. I won't vote for McCain, but if I have to vote for Hillary I will plug my nose as I do it!

    April 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. joe

    Mccain is looking for V.P and I think Hillarry will be the best, She is already doing his job. You know Hillary remainds me of now Linda Tripp

    April 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Tom,des moines


    April 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Shawn

    To Fay: You are a Moron and indicative of the sub educated whites that seem to embrace Clinton.

    April 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Roger

    Ah well...Don't count the MI and FL votes, let Obama win the nomination, and face FL and MI's wrath at the general election which will be giving the election away to McCain. Either way we go Obama isn't going to be the president.

    April 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Ben- Portland

    Why Michigan and Florida again? It’s like a broken record. However, I remember distinctly her and her folks agreeing that Michigan and Florida should not count back when this whole thing started. She obviously “accidentally” left her name on the Michigan ballot and “didn’t campaign” in Florida (Although she did have a victory party there, right? Wasn’t she on stage clapping and giving a speech that night- IN FLORIDA), knowing that those votes were necessary. Now she’s got them in her pocket and is trying to use them, like someone with expired coupons. It’s over, they can’t seat them. If you absolutely must have them, just do a 50/50 split and tell everybody to sit down, shut up, and think twice about jumping the gun in 2012.

    April 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Kentucky

    Looks like people are starting to realize and remember the next president will be elected by the electoral college.
    Hillary Clinton is by far the best and strongest candidate to take on McCain President Clinton 2009!

    April 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. KC Atlanta

    After reading some of the comments from both clintons and obamas supporters,"quote vote for mcbush if my candidate is not that makes me sisk


    April 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. A.P. Fox

    Michigan and Florida got slapped in the face by it's own politicians. Agree to the truth and quite being brainwashed. If you want to blame someone, blame the people at fault. Obama is only following the rules and Clinton has reversed her position on Michigan and Florida because she wants to win! That is it. Quite crying and kick the bums out that put you in this position.

    April 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Susie

    It is funny how Dean and the Obama supporters chant "RULES ARE RULES" until the rules do not fit their plans. Dean and the DNC made the rules that punished the voters of Florida and Michigan for the actions of their legislators. They did not help ensure a revote, even though a revote was within the rules. Now, they want to change the rules–the rules say the unpledged delegates make their own decision based on whatever criteria each delegate chooses; they have until the convention to make that choice. But, Dean and the Obama supporters want to change those rules and insist that the unpledged delegates support whoever gets the most delegates and announce that decision before July. I am totally disgusted by the bias of the media and the caucus process. I will vote for McCain instead of Obama in November. Dean and the DNC have ensured that Obama is nominated–they may shove Obama down our throats but they cannot make us swallow.

    April 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. briley

    One of the interesting facts as of yet, is the recent polls indicating that Hillary Clinton will beat John McCain in the general election. While Obama polls show he is tied with McCain if the race were to proceed with his name on the ticket. Personally, I believe that the white house is way more important than this fight between Hillary and Obama. As a democrat I want to see us win the house back, and really see some type of change. Its clear that Hillary has a distinct advantage over McCain and thats definitely something to consider.

    And as for Florida and Michigan, I have relatives in Florida who are devastated that their votes will not be counted. It really is a shame. The people of these states should not be punished for something that is completely out of their control. Hillary is right, Michigan and Florida should count. Obama should be fighting for them too, but he isnt because he knows he will lose those states. We live in a democracy, where everyones vote is "supposed" to count, and if Obama really believed in that he would be campaining for those votes to count!

    April 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |


    April 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Hillary 08

    Dean first resolve FL and MI and Jeremiah Wright & Obama
    then we can talk about drop out
    Hillary 08

    April 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Hello Everyone,

    I don't think we should really get too excited about these polls which were supposedly taken today,.. google...rcp polls. You will get so much info there that you will be able to keep updated. Just try to analyze these polls, and check out the time period covered, how many days, how many pollsters, earliest day before, or after significant events etc. Polls can be reported to support one candidate or another it just depends on how the data is manipulated.

    April 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. Sallie Mae

    I–like everyone else–am so sick of Hillary! Just go away!!

    OBAMA '08

    April 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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