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. Jack in ND

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

    They know. But they care more about who he is. And he is who he is.

    Who she is depends upon who she's standing in front of.

    May 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. ellianna

    Well, Diane Feinstein has learned now what it is like to be "USED" by a Clinton – and then CAST ASIDE!! Hillary Clinton is nothing but a pawn in this campaign and BILL THE BULL DOG CALLS THE SHOTS!! His body language last night showed exactly what he is determined to do - TAKE THIS ELECTION TO DENVER, AND COMPLETELY DESTROY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND BARACK OBAMA!! He could care less what will happen to the party. In fact, I would not be surprised to learn that in 2012 SHE will COME OUT and run as a REPUBLICAN!! THESE TWO ARE THE MOST CORRUPT POLITICIANS AND SELFISH PERSONS ON THIS EARTH!! The behavior of O.Bin and the Iranian Leader PALE compared to this corruption!! GET OUT HILLARY - GET OUT!!! YOUR DAYS ARE OVER IN THIS CAMPAIGN!! YOU HAVE RUINED YOUR REPUTATION, BILL HAS RUINED HIS REPUTATION AND NEITHER OF YOU WILL EVER HAVE SUCCESS IN THE POLITICAL WORLD EVER AGAIN!! YOU DUG YOUR HOLE AND CONTINUED TO MAKE IT DEEPER!! THE CLINTON DYNASTY IS OVER!!! HURRAH!!! YIPEE!!

    May 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. yao

    John in Iowa, you make me sick and I hope you are educated, because most Hillary supporters are not. Education is foundamental. All the people you mention above has nothing to do with OBAMA. And um 11.5mil in loan to yourself, well only way to make that money back is WHITE HOUSE.

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

    Hey Mitch (a Clinton supporter), learn how to spell your own state. HAHA! Is this uneducated democrat for real?

    May 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Jacquie

    To John In IOWA

    Come on let's find something else to discuss. The two are both running for president, however lets stop the negativity. He HAS the nomination and for those Clinton supporters let's just cut the fighting and united behind the Democrat who has the peoples interest in hand.
    Hilliary needs to just gracefully go away and allow this party to come together. She is making things worst by staying in the Race.
    Come on Dems do the right thing and get Hilliary to Bow out IT'S OVER!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. FB

    Don't be ignorant John from Iowa.

    May 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Alan Boyer

    Time for the Clinton Farewell Tour to come to an end. So long Bill and Hillary. Thanks for the memories.

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Debbie

    The woman is having a breakdown. 11.4 million!!! You can't buy an election (or can you). The entire campaign needs counseling. She may be out to destroy the party. The Reps. will take her.

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Margaret

    I'm surprised that Sen Clinton has not returned her call.

    As for us Sen. Obama supporters, let's be nice, take the high road, let her end it her way, then she can help unite our party so Sen Obama can be our next president.

    Obama '08

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

    Billy Gibbons in Houston, you're hilarious!

    May 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. No McSame

    To vote McSame because Hillary didn't win is helping to prove Rev. Wright right when it comes to race and White people in this country. If you would rather shoot yourself in the foot rather than vote for Obama and turn around and vote for McSame is NUTS. America will show it's true colors to the rest of the world for sure this year. This country is all about race. If Obama had 20yrs in Washington he still would not be good enough for some of you. Work hard to better yourself and you people still shoot us down. What a hate filled home we live in.

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

    My biggest fear is Obama narrowly getting the nomination in Denver. Then Hillary will take legal action to challange him. You don't think it will happen? You can bet her lawyers are working on it right now...

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

    STAY IN THE GAME HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Obama 08

    Perhaps Feinstein should make that call at 3:00 AM

    May 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Jim

    Of course she won't call you back because you voted already and she has you in her back pocket. How dare you question her motives.

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Makeshift

    There obviously isnt a plan, thats why everyone is urging her to drop out today.

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. John

    Hillary Clinton should not give up.She is fighting all the way to the end.I will not be surprised when she emerges the winner.

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

    Will the REAL OBama please stand up!!

    Do we really know which one he is?? He has conflicted his story on this too many times.

    My whole problem with this, is that if you spend week after week, month after month, year after year for 20 years listening to and being indoctrinated into feelings and sentimates like Rev. Wright's, it HAS to have some affect on you!!!!!

    It is good that the other ministers stand behind OBama because he is going to need it when Rev. Wright's book comes out in September.

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. TruthSeeker

    I agree. Hillary has been looking a bit tired of late. We should take up a collection and send her and willy on a long vacation to a remote island.

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Tim

    I support Obama but I am so tired of this whole primary I really think that both camps have gone negative and it is tearing apart the democratic party. Hilary's chances of winning are slim to none and slim is out of town I think the sooner she backs out and puts her support behind Barack the better in the long run in will be for the party. The end game is to put a Democrat in the white house and the longer this fight goes and the more negative it gets the chances of that get dimmer and dimmer.

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Bart

    Diane, call at 3 am, Hillary's made it public she's available then.

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. LYN

    I guess Hillary is not capable of answering the 3 a.m. phone call after all or Hillary is not amiable enough to take the time to return the phone call from a key supporter (SUPER DELEGATE) who is considering dumping her.

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

    Typical Obamaite reaction. Obama=good. ANYONE not on Obama's side=bad. Feinstein is a longtime moderate Democrat, but that's what all Obamaites are not, moderate!!!

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

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, you know the answer and that is Clinton doesn't have a strategy. Listen to yourself and do what's right. Endorse Obama !

    Obama '08

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. Mike - Texas

    OBama's own statements show that he is inexperienced in;

    1) The US economy
    2) Economics in general
    3) Energy
    4) Foreign affairs
    5) Dealing with terroism ( he want to meet with them)
    6) The US Tax system

    just to name a few!!

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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