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. Lonny, Seattle

    John in Iowa...

    Where would you like to start on the list of the criminal connections the Clintons have?

    I wont list them because I believe they are actually good people (Clintons) and having a few unsavory connections is impossible to avoid so I dont hold it against them, neither should you hold Obama's few bad connections against him.

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Brandi S.

    If Obama wins this nomination, I am voting mcCain. Obama has destroyed this party.

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Mia and Mike

    There's another Superdelegate who is looking out for the best interest of the party. I am proud of them; they seem to be demonstrating outstanding leadership skills. I think Sen. Clinton should be allowed to remain in the race until all state primaries take place. I do hope however, that all the negative campaign tactics will cease during this time. It appears she will do well in some of the remaining contests, so let's just let the race continue. Besides, it's only three more weeks.

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

    I think someone should talk to Clinton. Obviously she is too close to this process to make the best decision, which is to stop.

    Unfortunately if the roles were reversed the DNC would never had allowed Barack to stay in the race this long.

    May 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Adam, Los Angeles

    American First.
    Democrat Second.

    Unite the Party.

    May 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Mike T

    This race has been all about playing the race card, I'd hate to say it but it's Obama's fault for courting one demographic exclusively and his arrogance and that of others that have precluded it from being a civil race. He handed out more negative and misleading pamphlets than I have ever seen. He is make believe just like Chicago politics. Just listening to the mayor of Gary proved that. The worst are his supporters on CNN that are blogging that come in 23 demographics, African American, sexists, and those that are not old enough to vote or understand what it means not to have healthcare or a job.

    May 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Liar, Liar, plants on fire.

    Phew, good thing it wasn't the 3AM phone call since Hillary isn't returning the call.

    Even though Hillary considers herself the "FIGHTER", CNN and her supporters are treating her like a wounded pet who others should treat gingerly. SHE'S A SELF PROCLAIMED FIGHTER...take it like a man! That's what a woman in politics must do....RIGHT??????

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. southnh

    More and more loyal supporters are telling Billary to leave the race. Its to bad Billary's ego is to big to do this. She knows the nomination was meant for her and will not believe the truth. How dare people not give her what is rightfully hers. She is going to take this to the convention and tear apart the party. I don't believe for a minute that the dittoheads are doing this. But Hillarty should know better than to give the Hannities and Limbaughs of the world what they want.....A ripped apart Democrtic Party. Thanks Billary....just think of yourself and not America will give us four more years of......

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. king from toronto

    hillary is inventing a new word for her type of politician!!! "'PRESIDENTIAL PHEEN"

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. slokipoki

    Even if Democrates unite Obama can not win. We are doomed to at least 4 years of McCain- that is more Bush.
    Go Hillary!! She is real change.

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Bill - Florida

    Although her odds of winning the nomination certainly decreased last night, to say the least, I still find it possible for her to win. While she is heavily favored in some of the upcoming states, it ultimately depends on Florida and Michigan being seated, as well as a convincing argument of electability made to the super delegates.

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Rick, PA

    Hey John – thanks for your list! I would list the Hillary friends that have far closer ties to her than any of the names you have listed have to Obama and are far more questionable human beings. But, this space is not big enough to list them all, and because your mind is closed, you would not listen anyway. I have no problem with you supporting your candidate – it is a free country after all – but you can't seem to see the forrest for the trees!

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. kathe oakland, california

    That is why Feinstein I have not voted for you ever. You are a poor example of Californians

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Felly

    Hillary is a loser and untrusthworty for the White House. She has alot of baggage: Snipergate, Hospitalgate, Whitewatergate, Peter vs Clintongate, Lewinskygate, Naftagate, Gastaxgate etc

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Media Blackout May 15th

    Hillary the traitor. She should join with the GOP, she did their bidding real good then DUMPED her.

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

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

    John in Iowa, why do you and others like you keep perpetuating untruths? I understand you are a Clinton supporter but, if you truly are concerned about electing a democrat as president, why in the world are you stirring the same old pot? We all know about Wright. The stuff regarding Ayers is, to say the least, simply silly. Obama has not been accused of any wrongdoing regarding Rezsco. And the Larry Sinclair stuff is ridiculous on its face. Look, either support Barack or stop pretending to be a democrat.

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Suzie M. in Las Vegas

    Senator Clinton, it's time you left the race. I am a registered Republican who wholeheartedly endorses the candidate for change, Barack Obama. And for the record, it is absolutely shameful what Rush Limbaugh has attempted (and a felony in several states). I will vote for Barack Obama because I believe in his vision for all Americans. Your vision, unfortunately, has always been about you.

    May 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. steveda - poconos

    Folks, you have to realize the fat lady has sung. At this point, for Hillary to getthe nomination the Dems would literally have to strip it from Obama. He has won it fairly, there is no reason to take ot from him. Besides, if the Dems force Clinton on the party as the nominee, they will alienate the entire black community (and deservedly so) and lose their support for years to come!!! Giving the nomination to Hillary would be suicidal for the party. I, for one, say to the dems end this now. If you give it to Hillary I hope and pray Obama runs third party!!! In fact, maybe its time not only for new politics, but for a new party for the american people. One that allows popular vote to govern it, and disavows the party boss mentality in the Democratic party of today.

    May 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Rob

    Clinton, Obama, who cares. Give me a democrat to vote for in November! And all of you Clinton/Obama supporters that won't vote for the other candidate, grow up. Stop crying and realize that McBush for 4 more years will be aweful.

    May 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. John Smith

    Hillary should thank the folks in PA; they gave her the false sense of winning even when they were told again, and again that the math was against Hillary.

    Next, Hillary should "hate" those "bird-brain" supporters who are urging her to go on, even when it clear that she cannot win this thing; it is over! I respect her bravery. She started this process with lots of advantages:
    -a past president by her side
    -a loving and strong daughter by her side
    -monies from the cooperations
    -lots of support because of the "Clinton name" and so on. She has lost it all!

    May 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. JRC

    Hillary has a sense of entitlement and her overzealous pride makes it difficult for her to give up. She does not have the best interest of the country in mind, she has the best interest of her and her philandering husband in mind. I really believe that is what is going on here.

    Plus, she has to keep getting donations, so she can pay herself back. When a person ONLY makes 109 million dollars that 6.4 can really put a dent in the budget.

    May 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Darryl

    Hey John in Iowa

    Let's not go down the long list of Clinton's friends. By the way she knew Reszco and Wright too. Her husband pardoned Ayers

    Peter Paul and Whitewater


    May 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Mali

    Billary I know you lost last night and you need an avenue to vent at this point, so here is a suggestion. Get on a military plane at high altitude and jump out with a parachute and yell to the top of your lungs. Get it out girl get it out. You lost now your new mission is to unify the democratic party so we can beat McCain and The Right Wing Knuckleheads who are out of touch with America. McCain is a flip flop artist. He says what's is popular.

    May 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. H


    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. mary cleveland, ohio

    It is obvious the nation has spoken. Obama has the lead and has had the lead since DAY ONE! It is his nomination no matter what happens, she cannot be permitted to grab it out of his hand by going to superdelagates with a sob story.

    May 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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