May 7th, 2008
03:59 PM ET
7 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. bp

    People, you are on the same team here!!!!!!

    Remember that before slinging mud at each other.

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

    The party WILL NOT UNITE behind Obama!!!!

    GO Hillary, if not McCain!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Turner

    I received a email which included a picture with Bill Clinton and Rev. Wright shaking hands at a breakfast that was held at the white house. And further there is also a signed letter by Bill Clinton thanking Rev Wright for his support .

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

    i dont want hillary for pres. because she cant add, because if she could she would know its over. the super delagates should just move to obama thats what she wants, if can hear what she said until you make obama the one dems want she staying in.

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Miae

    I'm a Jonh McCain's supporter but I feel bad for her for the way the media (especially a CNN and MSNBC), treats her. I admire her for her relentless effort and now believe she will make a great president.

    I will be happy to see either John M or Hillary as a president but not Obama. I just don't feel comfortable with him and it frightens me to think that people are so naive to vote for a guy just becasue he is new, fresh and well spoken.... SAD....

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Alexandra

    Please Hillary drop out

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

    Yeah, God help us if Obama is President. You folks in Washington and NY better pony up for some airplane proof buildings.

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. GREGG LA

    HILLARY TILL THE END OF THIS RACE, WE'RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE, WHERE HERE TO WIN IT. I WILL SUPPORT YOU TILL THE END.

    OBAMA YOU MAKE ME PUKE

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Caroline

    Gee, it would really be nice if you could write or say something nice about Obama. You well know that no matter how you talk about Clinton you keep the spotlight off ofObama.. I hear you in the background Wolf, spin, spin, spin.

    May 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. pat

    hillary is a great american, an would make a great president. sen. feinstein knows that. don t quit hillary you have more experiance in your little finger then obama has in his whole body, the superdelagates know this, if you want to win this you must get behind hillary or else mccain will win, the hell with what the party wants, there only interested in the party, what about the country wants, she is the only person who can get us out of this mess.HE NEEDS MORE EXPERIANCE. WHAT HAS HE DONE. mothing but run for president. nothing in congress. you cant make change unless there is some help from the house an congress, an i dont think he will get. will have a very do nothing 4 years if hes elected ill have to vote for mccain he more experianced an i think he ll do whats right for the country. not obama. maybe in 8 years but not now.

    May 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Susan, PA

    There is no point to any of this. It is over.

    May 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Cali

    Senator Feinstein, California voted for Clinton for many reasons so please don't even contemplate jumping ship.

    Hillary Clinton or my vote will become silent.

    May 7, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Kevin

    Negative dividends?

    No kidding. This is what Bill excelled at with the party in the 90's, and now Hillary is following suit....and she's not even President. Just imagine the damage she'll do if elected.

    Remember how Bill helped lose congress? That was only the beginning...Hillary wants to lose the whole party.

    May 7, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Nancy in Dallas TX

    Ask can't close the deal Obama why 2/3's of Indiana democrats didn't vote for him yesterday. His base can't push him thru the general and the uncommitted delegates know this.

    May 7, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Deborah

    Hillary makes me want to throw up when I hear or see her.

    Just go home Hillary rotten Clinton

    May 7, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. C Lindsey

    I don't see any reason for Clinton to drop out of the race. After all, it IS A RACE!! There are still super delegates up for grabs at the convention, and I believe that a good close race deserves a convention decision. Had the vote been a landslide either way, things would be different, but I think the Democratic voters deserve for both candidates to go the convention and let the convention work. That's what it's for.

    May 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Obama Nation

    Feinstein, Al Gore, Edwards, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean,

    Come out and endorse Obama. EOM

    May 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Dean - Colton, CA

    I agree with 'Independent' – There are an awful lot of children posting on these blogs. This "If you don't play my way, I'll take my ball and go home" attitude should have been outgrown before high school. This is a sad commentary on our society.

    If your candidate is not on the ticket, write him or her in. It's as simple as that. Stop threatening, thinking it will change the outcome.

    May 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Felesha

    THERE IS NO WAY OUT OF THIS. SHE HAS LOST THE RACE REGARDLESS IF SHE WINS FROM HERE ON OUT, BUT SINCE HIS NEW ENDORSEMENT OF SOUTH DAKOTA OBAMA MAY WIN MORE STATES THAN THEY PREDICTED. IF MONEY IS LOW WITH HILLARY CAMPAIGN, YOU CAN'T GO ON. HOW DOES SHE THINK WE FEEL WITH OUR POCKETS LOW? THE ECONOMY CAN'T GO ON IF WE ARE ALL BROKE INCLUDING THE U.S. MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND. SHE MUST HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE TO KEEP GOING, WHICH IS IMPOSSIBLE, AND IF IT IS NOT FAIR WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. IF WE ARE VOTING TO PUT A PRESIDENT IN OFFICE THEN WE CAN VOTE THEM OUT. IF WE DIDN'T PUT THEM IN OFFICE THEN THEY SHOULD NOT BE THERE.

    May 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Obama '08 & '12

    HMMM... DOES ANY ONE ELSE SMELL BURNT TOAST, OR IS THAT THE SMELL OF HILLARY'S CAMPAIGN OVERDONE!

    May 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. alsmith

    How long is it going to take for these people to understand that Hillary being a women had absolutely no bearing on this. People do not like, nor trust her because of the things she has said and done, PERIOD!

    May 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Tejano

    Some people do get it. The vanilla Americans, mom & pop business owners, conservative church goers, the hard core democrats will not
    go with Obama. He has been exposed. All wind and no rain.

    Get real I am with you no bama in the whitehouse.

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Tony Z- MD

    John from Iowa-

    you listed a few of Obama's friends. Lets see President Clinton pardon – 2 members of the group Ayers belong, there are pictures with Rezko and Clinton, Don't forget the Clinton scandals. Tell me about Peter Paul.

    No candidate can get every vote. However folks must vote what is best for them. If small town America believes it is John McCain than cast your vote.

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Zach B

    Looks like neither Bush or Clinton have an exit strategy.

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Robert

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

    Sen. Feinstein, try calling back around 3am. That seems to be when Sen. Clinton likes to answer the phone.

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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