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. PAC

    John in Iowa, that is why you are called John. No brain at all.

    May 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Lynnette

    To John in Iowa:

    Hillary has you snowed – really, really deep.

    Anything else?

    May 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Walter

    I certainly hope that Sara and John (above) are Republicans trying to cause trouble.

    If, on the other hand, they are Democrats – then they need to develop a little emotional and intellectual maturity.

    The John McCain and the rest of the right wing are the real threat to America's future. Get over your primary season glandular problems and focus on the real task at hand.

    May 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Media Blackout May 15th

    Has The Gimmick candidate announced she will prove she's worthy of the nomination by levitating yet?

    Hillary Clinton, The Gimmick candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything ‘08

    May 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Andre

    As an Obama supporter I think that Hillary ran a very spirited and strong willed and strong minded campaign. I am impressed with her toughness and her resolve to keep pushing and keep going against all odds. I still think that at sometimes everyone has to know when to quit and when to protect their legacy. I think Senator Clinton has reached that point. She has done the best that she can do,and she must accept that it is over. It is now time for the Democrats to come together and rally behind Senator Obama and win this election. As for all of those who stated that they will vote for John McCain if she doesn't win, then I don't think that you all were Democrats in the first place. I think that is time America grew up and started to make rational decisions that are not based on emotions. 4 more years of anything remotely close to George Bush would all but ruin this great country, and even Sen. Clinton doesn't want to see that happen.

    Let's come together and take back the White House

    Democrats in `08

    May 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |

    Feinstein is only using her better judgment while contremplating whether or not she should change her superdelegate vote from Clinton to Obama. She knows where the people stand and if Clinton does not stand a chance to win even if she laid down Florida and Michigan then obviously the right choice is Obama. The only way Clinton would win is if half of the superdelegates who voted went back to her no matter what and the rest did too. Otherwise even placing Florida delegates she might catch up by 50 or so delegates and Michigan did not have Obama on the ballot so that will never hold up. Either way she is finished! So go ahead.... RICH LADY CLINTON keep borrowing from your own money to pay your bills and campaign because that is the money you should be using in the first place since all you are is a pathological liar, selfish want to stay rich and controlling lady!!!

    OBAMA 2008!!!

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

    she makes sick! just please go away!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. pam Eugene OR

    Please Hillary go home so the party can unite and beat McCain. Every day you wait another life is lost in this stupid war.
    Let's get behind Barack and win this in the fall.

    May 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Marty

    It's very simple. The superdelegates all need to vote for Hillary and she will defeat McCain. Obama does not have a chance in the general election.

    May 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Bayou Joe

    The Socialist Democratic Party of the USA is not a united party to begin with. It is an amalgamation of interest under one umbrella.
    It is falling apart, because those interests conflict with each other.
    The educated ones try to control the uneducated ones, but today with more people becoming knowledgeable about issues and how they impact them. This is specially true of 2nd and 3rd generation Hispanics, We are no longer buying the party line.

    So good luck bringing the party back from disaster. Barak ruined it for many of my friends and relatives. Not a Democrat anymore.

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Terry in Fl

    I hate CNN. They refuse to post the positive blogs about Hillary! I have posted over 25 blogs and only one has been posted!!! If Obama get this nomination, I will not only vote republican but i will switch parties and bust my rear making sure that domestic terrorist DOES NOT WIN! NO OBAMA! And a LOT of other florida voters feel the same way! Our opinions just aren;t getting posted!

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. H Martin

    Sorry it should have ended on Wed. Just thought it would go on for another day as well.

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Marshall in Nebraska

    Hey John in Iowa...I think there are more skeletons in the CLinton closet than Obama's. Whitewater, TravelGate, Paul V. Clinton, plus all those mysterious deaths of people in contact with her. Don't throw stones, when you opponent carries nukes.

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Huntsville, AL Supports Obama!

    John in Iowa – How stupid of you to bring up issues that are behind us now. It's pinheaded racist like you that validate the fact that "uneducated" fools support Clinton.

    The country was shot to hell when internet connect was put in trailers.

    The people have spoke!
    Obama is our choice...

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. MurphyMorseJohnson

    The Clintons and the Bushes have been great at polarizing Americans. Time to move on.....

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Brendan H.

    As William Wallace said to Robert The Bruce, "It's time to unite the clans!!"

    Hillary, step down, maintain your dignity and let Obama move forward!

    I voted for you, but it's over!

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. AL

    I don't think the party is going to unify. In my case, I will not vote for Obama if he is the nominee. I don't trust Obama. He is not as transparent as he try to portray himself.

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Media Blackout May 15th

    Maybe Hillary can ask Rush and McCain for the top GOP spot, traitor.

    Hillary Clinton, The Gimmick candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything ‘08

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. Boston for OBAMA

    The American people are awake. We realize who Hillary is and we wan Barack Obama.

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Thore

    Relax; the facts are Hillary is a stronger candidate and if she wasn't she would drop out. Obama has high negatives and his issues have not fully been represented in America. Obama's winning margin in NC was the result of early voting and she won in his own back yard. Obama will not win Florida or Michigan, guaranteed! You can not buy votes these days as far as I know. Super delegates need to think about who is the going to win swing states.

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Maggie VT

    John, those people you present are also the Clinton's friends. They neglected to tell you that. Rezsco gave the Clinton's money too. Rev
    Wright went to the White House during Clinton's impeachment and prayed for Bill. Didn't you see the picture???? Hillary defended the Black Panthers during the time she worked for the lawyers. She has a lot more baggage too. She needs to be vetted again

    Diane Feinstein, Hillary doesn't want to hear what you say, she knows what is coming. She will throw her friends under the bus to win this election.

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Diane's support of Hillary was a disappointment from the start. It sounds like she has accepted the inevitable and is buying some time for Sen. Clinton to "emotionally" accept her defeat.

    I've got to admit, I feel for Sen. Clinton.

    Now... I think it's time that Obama supporters reach out to Clinton supporters and circle the wagons.

    McCain is frightening, the GOP is even more frightening. Fortuneately, thier days of making and spending billions is almost over.

    Let's rebuild America and restore our pride, self-respect and our economy.

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. Anthony

    If you can't win big all this while, what argument do have at this time. Please bow out honorably and help your party win in November.

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. Chris

    Yeah, because Hillary and Bill don't have and undesirable friends.

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. NoMoreBillorHillaryClintonInWhiteHouse

    John in Iowa you are an idiots and I can tell with out knowing you by your comments you are a red neck a*ss hole.

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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