May 7th, 2008
03:59 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton supporter: Race causing 'negative dividends'

  Sen. Feinstein joined Sen. Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail ahead of Super Tuesday.
Sen. Feinstein joined Sen. Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail ahead of Super Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The drawn out race for the Democratic presidential nomination producing “negative dividends in terms of strife within the party,” says a key Capitol Hill supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s White House bid.

A day after the Indiana and North Carolina primaries bolstered Sen. Barack Obama’s candidacy, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said she wants to talk to Clinton to “see what her view is on the rest of the race. What the strategy is.”

Feinstein, who described herself as “very loyal” to Clinton, said “the question comes whether she can get the delegates that she needs and I’d like to know what the strategy is to do that.”

Feinstein predicted her party will unify in order to defeat presumptive Republican nominee John McCain. But she said there is “an emotional component in all of this. Just as I feel loyal to Sen. Clinton others feel loyal to Sen. Obama and we’re in the same party and it makes it very difficult. So I think we want to minimize that as much as we can.”

Feinstein said she called Clinton two days ago, but said she hasn’t heard back from the New York senator yet.

soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Sara

    Hillary Clinton, you make me ill. Go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. John in Iowa

    Hillary is a great American who is only hoping that the Obama supporters wake up and realize who his friends are:

    WILLIAM AYERS

    JEREMIAH WRIGHT

    TONY REZSCO

    LARRY SINCLAIR

    May 7, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Huntsville, AL Supports Obama!

    Clinton said to Petraus regarding the Iraq war in 2007:

    "I give you tremendous credit for presenting as positive a view of a rather grim reality. I believe that you … were dealt a very hard hand. And it's a hand that is unlikely to improve, in my view."

    Sounds pretty much like her campaign.

    May 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Sara

    By hook or by crook!!!! She demands this office and your votes don't count.

    May 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Slowpoke

    No surprises here.

    I'm glad that she is checking on whether Clinton's plan is harmful or not.

    May 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Independent

    Ok, everyone play nice now.

    Seriously, between the bummed-out and sometimes angry Clinton supporters, and the "ha ha, we won," rub-it-in-your-face Obama supporters, I sometimes feel like everyone posting on these blogs is about 6 years old!!

    This isn't a sporting event people, it is actually serious and both candidates and their supporters are REAL people with REAL feelings and decent arguments.

    May 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. proud army and navy mom

    What?.......now old girl won't even take calls from her supporters. is she having a nervous breakdown?

    man up Hillary, it's over

    May 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. tidho

    Hillary, one of your Supers is publically doubting your ability to win...time to return the call.

    May 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. chicago chris

    Sounds like Feinstein should switch support to Obama to send Hillary the message of what Feinstein is implying

    May 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Willy

    Hillary stay in it. The far left wing socialist need to shut up. Seat Florida and Michigan NOW Howard Dean!

    May 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Billy Gibbons in Houston

    I agree. Women should just "quit". Women should not go the distance. Better to quit than try to win a close race, women should already know this.

    May 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. CAD

    Sen. Feinstein should have called at 3:00 AM. I am sure Hillary would have answered.

    May 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. LT for Obama

    Senator Clinton, call my Senator back already. Are you afraid she is going to pull her support or ask you to bow out? She says she is loyal to you so show her that you care and call her back.

    May 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Cammi317

    Perhaps she will respond to a feminine nudge to take a bow...

    May 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. NC Voter

    Sen. Clinton did not return a phone call to super-duper delegate Sen. Feinstein? Hard to believe! ...especially since her campaign is constantly haranguing super-dels for endorsements. Maybe Clinton has been taking Feinstein's endorsement for granted?

    May 7, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. mitchell from arkansaw

    watch out sen. feinstein.you'll be another 'judas',if you switch your support.

    May 7, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. R.I.F.

    I think that is a very smart move by Dianne Feinstein. No need to try to push her out or show her the door, but we do need to find out what the end game is now that even with including MI & FL results she can't catch him in pleadged delegates.

    Sounds llike tough love from a dear friend and I don't think we even need to have a bunch of negaative comments on this one. The message speaks for itself.

    May 7, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Ken Mesle

    Well she certainly won't call back now that she knows what you want to talk to her about.

    May 7, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. Herman in LA

    George Stephanopoulos on the ABC program "Good Morning America": "This nomination fight is over."

    Bob Schieffer on the CBS News program "Early Show": "Basically, Maggie, this race is over."

    God help us and the United States of American.

    Obama 08!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Marshall in Nebraska

    Wow even her best friends are calling for this to end. Who will be next...Bill? Chelsea?

    May 7, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Evie

    As a Californian, I've never particularly liked Feinstein, but these actions promoting what's best for the party are a welcome change to the past few months of Democrat devisiveness. I hope that if Feinstein doesn't like the answer she gets from Clinton, she chooses to support Obama for the good of the party (and the country).

    May 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. bdc

    How about loyalty to 1) your country and 2) your party

    Instead of loyalty to individuals. This isn't a monarchy/dictatorship or Cartel, its a democracy. Personal loyalty needs to take a BACK SEAT and think about the implications of continuing a race where Clinton continues to smear the person who WILL BE the nominee.

    Doesn't make sense – face reality

    May 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    FEINSTEIN LOYAL TO CLINTONS, NOT US & THE PARTY.

    May 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. get real

    I think the superdelegates are getting nervous. It's obvious to me and other small town white, typical, bitter voters that Barack Obama is not our candidate....

    Primary after Primary, small town conservative democrats are not lining up to vote for Barack Obama. Looks like Hillary is winning these counties 60%-70%.

    Superdelegates better come up with an idea to get Hillary on top of the ticket, or we will be voting for McCain. I guess we will be renamed the McCain Democrats.

    This is not a threat. Put down your lattes and drive out to a small town. Rev Wright has sealed the deal for us. Obama has no judgement.

    Ticked off democrat.

    May 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. USAF Sr. Airman

    Sounds to me like another Clinton supporter about to say what most intelligent people know to be true: It's over for Clinton.

    May 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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