May 7th, 2008
03:59 PM ET
10 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. Moses, Ca.

    Ms. Fienstein,

    C'mon over to Obama. We can use you.

    Moses, Ca.

    May 7, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Lana

    And who's fault is that?

    Go home already!

    May 7, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. DemocracyNow2008

    Their is no plan its over Clinton SuperDelegates if you want to bring Unity to the Democratic Party support Obama you know and I know Hillary has no chance of winning the nomination.

    May 7, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Buckeye

    Why is the primary schedule set up to last into June if the party thinks it should end in the Spring? Wouldn't it make more sense to have all the primaries closer together or even in the same week? That way every state would feel as if they counted every election.

    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Liz in SD

    Hillary must put the Democratic party ahead of her ego. If we lose in Nov. b/c she couldn't let this go when she has no chance of winning most Democrats will never forgive her and her political career will be over. I hope the "party leaders" start leading.

    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Kiah

    More Clinton news. As always, thanks CNN! We love to stay informed on what's going on in the second place campaigns.

    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. good luck Diane

    Woman to woman. That's what Clinton needs, input from someone who is like her and whom she respects. I hope the conversation is productive and that Feinstein is able to provide some perspective for Clinton, because Clinton really needs some right now.

    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. David Goldman for OBAMA



    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Matt

    For the good of all Democrats, Drop out!!!! You should have after Super Tuesday!!!! Lose your ego!! For the good of America, not for the good of Hillary!!

    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Alfredo

    Hillary should run as an independent as she won the biggest states and has more electoral college votes to date. The Clinton's should watch out for superdelegates traitors.

    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Oregon Dave

    Her strategy can be summed up with three words: "me, me, me!"

    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Independent Voter

    This whole thing on Race etc – Democrats!!! C'mmon don't be stupid now – you must clear your internal mess NOW!!! , it is very obvious this is not helping you here!

    With all due respect, Bill Clinton was super great and so is Hillary's commitment but you need to move on and make the best choice for the country ..

    What does it tell you when the polls clearly clearly indicate that there is a significant portion of well educated (& less than age 40 group) voters are making a choice!!! A country can ONLY move forward with the contributions of the educated, professional and forward thinking people – no offense to older people but they tend to be behind (for obvious reasons)

    But yes, with all of this democratic bickerings, Mccain is quite appealing too and if Clinton gets the nomination, then it will definitely be a real tough fight for her and who knows, many swing voters like me might "swing" for McCain!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Stevo in PA

    Ask Hilliary to do the math and take the Veep job. She'll be President in 8 years, but in Washington for 16 more years.

    a2+b2 = c2. The math doesn't lie.

    Hill, Cut a deal NOW and guarantee your future!

    Obama/Hillary 08'

    May 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Bob

    Hillary hasn't called her back because she knows what she wants to talk about. I bet Hillary isn't returning a lot of current superdelegate supporters' calls...

    May 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Dusacre

    Yes Hillary,

    What is in for the Democratic Party?

    May 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Florida

    I admire what Sen Clinton and her supporters have done in terms of the race they ran. But there is a bigger picture here. It is time to unite and prevent a third Bush term.

    May 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Illinois Democrat

    Thank you, Senator Feinstein, for being a voice of reason.

    Hopefully, a large number of supporters and friends will intervene with Senator Clinton and diplomatically coax her to withdraw.

    Ultimately, it is her own legacy, within the Democratic party, that is on the line for Senator Clinton.

    Please listen to the voices of reason, Senator Clinton, and end this gracefully!

    May 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Huntsville, AL Supports Obama!

    Was it 3 a.m. when you called her? And she still hasn't returned your call? Wow... there goes an example of our national security in the hands of someone unfit!

    I invested in my children's future by supporting President Obama!

    May 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. marie Mtl, Can.

    She won't because she is thinking that she could win no matter what.. Whats going on with Hillary.. POWER,POWER,POWER,,,

    May 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA



    May 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. For Hillary even if she contests as an INDEPENDENT

    Hillary should never bow down to people with wrong decisions. Hillary dont care what these loosers have to say... Count my vote and millions others... even if you stand Independent...

    HILLARY '08

    May 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Cal Dem

    Feinstein is NOT someone Hillary should be ignoring.

    May 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. annoyed

    hillary baby, party is over. you are carrying on for egotistical reasons. if you believe in your campaign so much, why don't you donate 6 million to your campaign, rather than borrow 6 million? you are spending money you don't have just like george bush spending money, we don't have in iraq. don't worry ladies, we will see a female president soon enough! let's rally together now as good democrats and take back the white house!
    yes we will!

    May 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. Jim - Tucson

    One of the big winners in the Democratic race is Rev. Wright. He like many extreme right/left wingers (Limbaugh, Maher, Sharpton etc) will say anything to get more people to listen to him. I wouldn't be surprised if he has a radio program sometime soon.

    May 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Donald, Canton NC

    As a Clinton supporter I say its time for this to end - not in one week, not in two weeks.

    After a hard fought campaign it is time for her to swallow her ego and accept the inevitable without further waste of money and damage to Obama - the obvious choice of the people.

    She's needs to bow out gracefully and continue her work as a US Senator.

    May 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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