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 comart

    Is John Edwards able to transfer his delgate votes to either of the remaining candidates?

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Hillary Supporter

    I think we all need to start to unite the party. I am loyal to Hillary and she ran a wonderful campaign, but when I think about the Republicans taking the White House again, I get ill! We have to start the process to heal. I am a loyal to the party first! Lets stop the bickering.

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    All super-D's needs to leave her, she will get the message.

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

    To: Joe in Iowa

    Why don't you take a good look at the company Hillary and Bill keep, before you talk. If the average joe had his life taken apart by the media how much superficial junk would they find? You might want to sweep around your own door before you sweep around anyone elses.

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Sam

    whoops... wrong topic

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Cynthia from Chicago, IL

    At some point, Hillary just looks desperate. This makes her look pathetic, the democratic leadership look like idiots and the democratic party look like they are weak. It is time to recognize that her race has run out. Howard Dean and other party leadership need to join together to insist that she recognizes the inevitible. We need to have the presidential race start being about the democratic nominee vs. the republican nominee. She is hurting the democratic party.

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Lee WV

    Forget it she doesnot care about anyone but herself.

    May 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. kathleen,retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Feinstein may be "old politics" at play. Give it up, Diane!
    Or, be honest, do you think she is "good" for the American People?
    Doesn't Hillary and Bill sell our jobs to Dubai and Columbia while
    running for office? Diane, tell the truth about them. I know you know.

    May 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. dee

    If Hillary drop out Obama will not get my vote. Obama do not have the experience and too much negative issues pertaining to him that the media have not covered. When the door to his closet opens I think the American people will have a wake up call. Maybe then they will think how Hillary was the best choice.

    May 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. stephy

    To: Get Real

    If you are willing to vote for McCain simply because Hillary doesn't win the primary, then I guess you were never really a Dem in first place. See Ya!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. F. R. Haurand Jr.

    Be on the lookout for another "bombshell" story in an attempt to discredit Obama. The Clintons have only one plan. She will not quit until she OBLITERATES him!

    Bob in VA

    May 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Jane, College Park, Maryland

    Let us start the healing process now, irrespective of whom the nominee is. We have given Republicans way too much of a free ride and way too much ammunition for November.
    Let us put country and party FIRST. We have to reverse all the damage the Republicans have inflicted on our country.

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. Diva in Pennsylvania


    good point. i always wondered about that one... hold all the primaries in one week, 10 a day for 5 days and then the winner is known in a week and the rest of the time can be spent working on the g.e. good plan!

    Buckeye '08!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. sheryl

    Please get out Hillary Please.......Lets unite the party!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |

    The race is afficially all about the Clintons and not the Dem party. My daughter ask me last night, "if she can't catch up in the pledged del count then why is she going on?" How long has this race been about the pledged del count. Why are we now talkig about Popular vote and super dels and two states that broke the rules. The last time I checked the race was about one thing. PLEDGED DEL COUNT.

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. JO

    I have voted for the last 41 years and have been true to the Deocratic
    party, but I will not vote for a man and his wife that has no allegiance to
    his nation and country. It is a smack in my husband's face that has
    fought for this nation and been in the military for 20 years. Count me out come November. The other party will receive my vote.

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. vic nashville,Tn

    If Obama nominee Mc Cain will be the next president . She can stay in the race till the convention

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. DD, New York

    Pay attention to what Mitt Romney said about Obama. He is right, you know. Imagine what it would be like if and when Obama gets the nomination. Obama is not going to be able to tell McCain, "Lets get this done" when the presidential race heats up. You think Kerry got swiftboated by the republicans....wait to you see what they will do to Obama. Wright controversey not finished either. Then they will bring up Ayers and Sinclair and some Donald (I believe) Young . The superdelegates should listen to Hillary's remarks on Obama's electability because those remarks do have a ring of truth to it. Whether you like Hillary or not.

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. LA Ben

    > CAD – "...Sen. Feinstein should have called at 3:00 AM. I am sure Hillary would have answered."

    Absolutely on the money.

    May 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. gerald strother

    Clintion has no SHAME it is about her""" It is over and time to drop out SHE WILL PROBLEM stay in for the next 3 1/2 weeks to go and she will still have HAVE LESS DELEGATES TO BAD SHE CANNOT DO THE MATH" THE SUPERDELEGATES NEEDS TO END THIS , NOW""

    May 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Bill

    No Clinton....McCain you have my vote!!! There are negative dividends that will have to be paid by the democratic party from this race. There was a chance to have the White House for 16 yrs and no one took the time to step back from their ego and focus on that. It was a time that could have been used to undo all the things that have been done to this country over the last 8 years. As a democrat I love Hillary, personal flaws and all. At least in the political arena she states her stance, Obama...well lets see...he dropped his 20 year mentor on a dime after taking in all his reteric for 20 years and saying he never heard it...hmmm...was he asleep in church for 20 years, as well as lunch, dinner and the elder meetings. I need a president not Rip van Winkel at 3 AM!!

    May 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Roger

    Unity in the Democratic party? Not gonna happen with all those bitter Clinton supporters crossing over to another side with completely opposite views.

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Quinn

    I have a feeling that when Hillary wins West Virginia next Tuesday, it will be the biggest celebration we've ever seen.

    Hillary's surrogates will declare that Barack is unelectable because he lost West Virginia. They'll say "Hillary must be the nominee because she has won the great state of West Virginia by double-digits. Everyone knows that the road to the White House runs through West Virginia!"

    The spin is just amazing.

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Joe

    the real "bitter" people are the Clinton supporters. Go vote for McCain, I guess you like the war in Iraq, lower taxes for the rich and abortion being illegal. If you do, then McCains your man.

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Tim

    From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
    The Obama campaign annoucned three superdelegates - Jeanette Council (NC); Jerry Meek (NC) and Inola Henry (CA) - have pledged support. AP is reporting one more, a switch from Clinton in Virginia, Jennifer McClellan. (We're working to confirm that and will update.)

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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