August 16th, 2008
12:46 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain backer takes on Howard Dean over 'white' remark

DNC Howard Dean, pictured here with Sens. Clinton and Obama and former Sen. Edwards, said Friday that people of color and women have historically been more successful in the Democratic Party.
DNC Howard Dean, pictured here with Sens. Clinton and Obama and former Sen. Edwards, said Friday that people of color and women have historically been more successful in the Democratic Party.

(CNN) – Carly Fiorina, a supporter of Sen. John McCain and the chair of the Republican National Committee’s Victory 2008 campaign, took aim at Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean over racially-tinged comments Dean made Friday.

“If you look at folks of color, even women, they’re more successful in the Democratic Party than they are in the white, uh, excuse me, in the Republican Party,” Dean said Friday in an appearance on NPR’s “Tell Me More” program.

Fiorina, a prominent female supporter of McCain, fired back at Dean. “It is disappointing to see Howard Dean trying to use gender and race to divide voters," Fiorina said Friday evening in a statement released by the McCain campaign. "His comments are insulting, inappropriate and have no place in this election.”

McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, is set to face off in November against Sen. Barack Obama, who is about to become the first African-American to garner the nomination of a major political party. Obama beat out Sen. Hillary Clinton in a long, hard-fought primary race that galvanized many women behind Clinton’s candidacy and many African-Americans behind Obama’s.


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  1. JOHN SCOOTER MCCAIN

    THE TRUTH ALWAYS HURTS.

    OBAMA......08

    August 16, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Ed

    Mountain out of a mole hill. Find something else, Reps.

    August 16, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. Mike

    Typical remark from Howard Dean. His candidate is going down the tubes, and he knows it. Now he needs to introduce the proverbial race card to ratchet up the tension and create division in the country. Wait a minute...Democrats do that as a matter of course anyway, don't they?

    August 16, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. M. Felder

    As a matter of fact, How many black females and Black males make up the republican party in the House and Senate? Otherwise, the suggestion that the Republican Party is comprised of white males and female is a true statement.

    August 16, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Bulldog

    You can cry that it's inappropriate all you want but the fact is minorities are much more successful in the Democratic party by a large margin. The GOP is stuck back in the Civil Rights era along with their entire base. They are conservatives, they don't like change and do everything they can do to prevent it from happening.

    August 16, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Franky

    "His comments are insulting, inappropriate and have no place in this election.”

    Hmm, wish I had a nickel every time I heard that...

    August 16, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Kyle Muncie, Indiana

    Maybe if the GOP would reach out to women, racial minorities, gays, etc then they would be more likely to vote Republican. Silly GOP.

    August 16, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. tedious898

    Fiorina said Friday evening in a statement released by the McCain campaign. "His comments are insulting, inappropriate and have no place in this election.”

    *****
    Ha...and this coming from the campaign of "lie and smear". Listen Carly we don't need to be lectured by you. Oh yeah...are you the one that had to bale of at Hewlett Packard for inappropriate spying on employees. Oh yeah...we need more of that in the next administration.

    The republican hypocracy is deafening

    August 16, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Greg

    I'm a Democrat, but Howard Dean is a clown. He's going to be liability this campaign with all the stupid things he says.

    August 16, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Peter

    While its very rude its true

    August 16, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Fairness and Unity

    Well, he told the honest truth. The only thing diverse about the republican party is the rich and the richest against the misguided "Regan Democrats". However, they are still all white or 99% white at least. Truth to Power! Don't forget republicans, in 2042 or so, you will be the minority and this will be Hispanic America... Whatcha gonna do then, huh?

    August 16, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Mello Doug New Mexico

    Well his comment may not be politically correct but there is a big ring of truth in it.

    August 16, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. Travis in Colorado

    What is with the Democratic Party using sex and race to try and win over voters? Are the democrats that scared that they have to keep using the same tactics? First they used it on Hillary, now they're trying to do the same thing to McCain. Boy, Barack Ocrybaby and Howard Duh are sure stooping to whatever levels they can to win this thing, they must be desperate. Don't believe the scare tactics ladies and gentlemen, the Democraps have nothing else to go on except the sex and race cards, smear and fear tactics. Go with a man who has a plan, and that man is......................

    John McCain 08!

    August 16, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Ahmad

    Its true. Hey, if it offends you it was meant for you. Republicans take pride in being the exclusive "white" party. No suprises here.

    August 16, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. MInnesota against John McWar

    When RNC has racist fox news as their mouthpiece then it is not a stretch to call RNC a white party.

    Howard Dean: A real patriot and a straight talker.

    August 16, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Jan from Boca Raton, Fl

    Howard Dean is an IDIOT,,SO IS PALOSI..WHY ARE THEY IN CONGRESS???? TALK ABOUT RACIEST, this is how Dean is trying
    to portray the Republicians.

    August 16, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. Brian, Cincinnati, OH

    it's true, so who cares!

    August 16, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Tim

    No racial undertones were intended. Just like Obama didn't intend them in his "I don't look like others on the dollar bill" comment.

    If a Republican had said something similar, the democraticaly elected main stream media would be all over it.

    But who cares about double standards, when the country needs a change and He is ready to lead it.

    Pathetic.

    August 16, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    The woman that outsourced HP and ran it in the ground financially is insulted?

    HA – she is an insult !!!!!!! To All Americans.

    August 16, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. old geezer

    Yeh ; Dean is right because the dems pander to the minorities! Buying votes is the name of the game!

    August 16, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. RENEA,PLYMOUTH,MI

    Mccain is allowed to make gaffe after gaffe because he was a POW but Dean can not make a gaffe because he is not a POW.

    August 16, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    Yeah... Dean that will help.

    Inflaming racial divides is damaging your Candidate- not helping him.

    August 16, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. VOICE OF REASON

    seeing howard dean is in charge could be calling himself a loser. but that would fit with what everybody knows. they always show themselves pied pipers on the take. all such color mongers, All including the nominee, are AS SHOWN BY THEIR OWN WORDS, closet BIGOTS. LIKE THE LUDACHRIS, WRIGHT, PHLEGER, EDWARDS, ECT ITS THE HYPOCRIT PARTY. THROWING ROCKS AND HIDING THEIR HANDS.

    August 16, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. The Bush Twins : George and John

    Doesn't seem any worse to me than the people that go around saying "only blacks are voting for Obama". And by looking at the Republican party the impression I get is, well, pretty much what Mr. Dean's point was.
    By the way, I'm a middle-aged white woman. Proudly supporting Sen. Obama.

    August 16, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Herman in LA

    The dean is so right, why is it that every time the truth is spoken it hurts. I am sick and tired to the republicans claiming the phrase conservative they are no where near being conservative.

    Rush Limbaugh telling John Edwards’s wife the she should use her mouth to satisfy her man is no where near being conservative.

    I'm sick of it just sick of it...

    August 16, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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