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. Ramona

    Hey John, who are the friends of the Clintons??? The list is so long, I would probably get cramps in my fingers from typing all of their "dirty" friends names.

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. An Agnostic Democrat

    Hillary not returning phone calls and superdelegates refusing to meet with Hilldog. Sounds like a stalemate to me. Typical Clintonian Washington games. Rudolph or Pinocchio please come out of the shadows very soon. Monica?

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Hilda Gladys

    isnt it pride that is refusing Hillary to go? Is reality her enemy? The longer she holds on the more she looses respect

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Pedeen

    Sorry Hillary the is game over!. Please, let people remember your legacy by the good deeds you have done in the world. Don't let them remeber you as Hurricane Hillary who wrecked the Democratic Party!. Sometimes we have to admit defeat and live to fight another day! good fighting spirit though!

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. J

    If she's not picking up the phone now, she won't be picking it up at 3am.

    May 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Chic

    She called her at 3am that's why she's not answering or not returning her call.

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Hoping for the Armed Revolution, San Diego, CA

    Wow- Great photo of two Republican Senators!

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. juang

    All I want to know is...Who will star in the made-for-tv movie?

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Caryn, Washington DC

    I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a return call from Clinton. I'm sure that she is avoiding anyone that may want to jump ship.

    I can tell you what her strategy is!

    Hillary is going to lie, cheat and steal her way to the convention. She'll change the rules of the game to suit the spin of the day. Be prepared for lots of muck.

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Dee/Warwick New York

    I'm hoping you don't hear from her, perhaps someone will be kind enough to sedate her and put her to bed, she's been off of her meds for a while now.

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Tab

    Come on West Virgina, end this thing and VOTE OBAMA!

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. GI

    If you don't like Obama then vote for McCain. Then when you or one of your neighbors get "that knock on the door" remember you voted for 4 more years of Bush. My friend.

    May 7, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. JimCrowbegotsWright

    No divide here. I'm an O'bama supporter but, if HC wins the nomination, there's no way I will vote for McCain.

    May 7, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Fred

    She needs your money. So she can take the money and RUN. You watch she has no reason to stay in this race but for the money. She is broke and she owes her people. So Hillary supporters coff it up so we can get on with out this looser.

    May 7, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. AJ, IL

    I think Obama needs to continually campaign in places like West Virginia and Kentucky but get back to the big rallies in a two or three of the largest cities in each state. Concentrating on Oregon with multiple visits and events is a good strategy. Once May 20th, is over Obama should concentrate on visting and advertising in Montana and South Dakota. Spending one or two days in Puerto Rico having large rallies in one or two of the largest cities would be sufficient since Puerto Rico can't vote in the general election anyway. (He should get Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony to sing an event.)

    Obama in 08!

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Karl


    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. chuck

    Calling all democrats, independents and republicans who will likely vote democrat- time to MEND fences people and sniff out the McCrastinator agitators. I see blue skies ahead.

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Chris

    Any superdelegates who do not have the stomach to see a strong woman showing this much strenghth and resilient in a male dominated political machine will drop out and endorse Obama. All those remain are folks with enough convictions to know when to know!

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Jodie

    Exit gracefully Hillary. Everyone will have a different more respectable view of you. If you have to be thrown out of the race, it will be a different story.

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. James B.

    "Seat Florida and Michigan NOW Howard Dean!"

    Don't be surprised if they do find a way to seat the Florida and Michigan delegates, but it won't be the one-sided affair that Clinton supporters think it will be. Dean will give Obama all of the "undecided" delegates since no campaigning was supposed to take place there and Obama wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan.

    Like it or not, Obama has won. Clinton needs to find a way to exit gracefully or she won't be able to get elected dog-catcher in 2012.

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Time to unify and stop the bashing.

    Obama-Clinton 08

    A lot the writers here don't seem to get the message. This is the democratic party and it is time to come together.

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Boudreaux, Hammond, Louisiana

    The point is, if the Rev. Wright information had come out earlier, Obama would not have ever been in this position. Unfortunately, it will keep the Democrats from winning the White House in November and I thought this was the reason to have Super Delegates was to make sure the nominee was electable. I do not make apologies for being a realist.

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Andrew

    Hillary knows what the call is about so she is not taking the call. She figures if she doesnt answer Sen Feinstein can not withdraw her support. Or so she believes 🙂

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Chris, NH

    I feel that the small number of Supers coming out today is a measured attempt to NOT try to force the Clinton's hand. I truly believe the Obama Campaign needed a few Super today(See Above) to start the trickle and keep momentum, but I also believe it is a measured move to be respectfull of her candidacy and the voters of IN.

    The writing has been on the wall for a while now and there is no need to rub anyones nose in it. The Obama Campaign knows this, and as it becomes apparent to everyone else the added media attention of a continuing "competative" election is good for the party.

    So, I say to all other Obama supporters...

    1. Don't Gloat! Nobody like an arrogant winner.

    2. Don't push Hillary supporters to switch right away. No TRUE democrat wants McCain picking Supreme Court Justices.

    3. Don't call for her to drop out, yet. Together Hillary and Barack can still register THOUSANDS of new democrats in the upcoming states and set huge primary turnout records(read: more positive news coverage for Dems, keeping Mccain out of the limelight). This can not be overstated, the amount of time spent in these states help the margins in November. Even if some RED states stay RED and merely lower the margin the Dem. Nominee Loses by, that difference is likely to net 5 Congressional seats that may not have been attainable.

    4.MOST IMPORTANT... Pledge to vote for Hillary if she wins the nomination. More important than that...

    MEAN IT when you make that pledge!! Because Frankly, As upset as I would be if things go for Hillary, we can not afford McCain/bush for 4 more years.

    Dem's Unite!!

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Independent

    Hillary and Bill have played the race card for months. It started in North Carolina,and continued with Hillary today. The majority of the American people no longer want to hear this garbage. We are all American, and race and gender need to be left out of this race. Clinton has denigrated this primary with her coninual remarks about race. She needs to go now.

    May 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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