August 16th, 2008
12:46 PM ET
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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. anon from Ohio

    God forbid Howard Dean speak the truth! The fact of the matter is that Democrats do support policies for the advancement of minorities, women and people of lower incomes.

    August 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. White and Black for Obama.

    Okay! Now they are denying lawsutes whereas they sue the poor woman.

    Ehhhh... there most be something fishing with McCain flip floppers.

    What out American the Mr. many side of story is heading to the white house with your vote. He will support you, support against you, deny it for it and against it. flip flop McCain what side are you? Mccainflip flop will deny you when it is inconveniencs.

    August 16, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Peg

    Pew research finds that ONLY 7% of Republicans are Black. So what would you call the GOP?

    August 16, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Jack Colson

    Well, Dean has always been a kook.
    Hey folks, Obama is HALF white.
    Jack C
    Portland OR

    August 16, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Felice Judkins

    he spoke the truth, sad to say.

    August 16, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Jason

    The truth hurts huh Republican'ts!! They are the white party.. Condi Rice is the only black person of any standing and she's token to the Bush admin!!

    August 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Daki

    He just told the truth,will somebody just name the fox news channel,the hate,devide,destort the truth,and republican propaganda network,Please!!!!!

    August 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. semp

    Bubba Bill, Dean, Edwards, Hillary, and the DNC shud push for a new Olympic event ... Synchronised Sucking :-D .

    August 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Borat Bob

    Ever notice that the Democrats are the first, last, and only ones to bring up race?

    August 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Unity

    I love how the vitriolic Obama worshippers want to deny a roll call vote in the name of unity.

    Convention protocol calls for it. Live with it. HRC will not ask for an actual vote.

    I think she should... but unlike Obama, her ego is not that big and she is not willing to destroy the party.

    Obama is the divisive race-baiter who destroyed the party.

    August 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Mike Kaplan

    What exactly is the problem here?
    What he said is true.
    How many black Republicans are there in the US Senate? In the House?
    Case closed.

    August 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Wayne

    WOW! Obama has turned the entire DNC into RACE BAITERS! This is disgusting.

    August 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Wolf

    How predicatable can Howard Dean be? The entire Obama campaign has been about race and sexism....and Dean was behind the effort all along. Guess he forgot he is playing with the big boys now!

    August 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Willy

    Are you really surprised. We all know that when the democrats get backed in the corner out comes thew race card and the media helps them play the game.

    August 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Doug taylor

    Even though Fiorina may think she's pulling a "high and mighty racial one upmanship" on Howard Dean's "slur", he is correct. The Republican party's power brokers are far and away white middle aged males ( including Ann Coulter ). After all, this is the party that believes in "equal protection under the law", except in certain instances for the gay community. So if anyone should know how to make inuendo about Bigotry ... its the GOP.

    August 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Lana, California

    Howard Dean has a penchant to open mouth and insert foot quite a bit (which is why he would have never been Presidential material thank goodness). However...

    Fiorina is quite accomplished at taking long standing, respected companies like Hewlett Packard, ruining it's reputation, bringing it to the brink of financial disaster and having internal spying on it's board of directors so I guess she HAS accomplished more than Dean and is therefore the utmost authority on how to "morally" run an election.

    And this genius is advising McSame on economic issues. Ha!

    Women for Obama

    August 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. jonathan

    Dean is also completely correct~ so what ever.

    August 16, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Marcus L.

    Howard Dean is not to far off the mark. Since when has the republicans put up a viable minority candidate in any Senate or House race where the minority candidate was able to pull a large amount of voters from the white community.

    The RNC has a color problem. Look at the top ranks and tell me where is the color blind divide?

    August 16, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. km

    Get your byline right. It's The RNC.

    August 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. shiva

    How about the comments John McCain made about the book Obama Nation? If Democratic party is dividing based on race and gender, Republicans are dividing based on religion and lies. So we can always find something or the other to fight on...nothing unifying in it.

    No one is a saint in this so the best way is to focus on the issues at hand than on what he said what they said. The time you guys put into vilifying the other candidate, if you spend on the issues people have, we would have a better nation.

    FOCUS ON THE ISSUES!!! I guess people leading big firms necessarily doesn't mean they will focus on issues but on innuendos and mudslinging..

    August 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. jb

    well, it's true. The republican party is mostly composed of white males.

    August 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. scott,manchester NH

    wait....so,let me see if i understand the bigger picture here...
    just a little while ago...mccain's scumbag machine came up with the brilliant idea to use the entertainment world's bimbo 1 and bimbo 2 in campaign commercial that one bimbo's mother (and mccain supporter) called "a waste of the people's and the taxpayers time and money"...
    and now Carly Fiorina, a supporter of Sen. John McCain and the chair of the Republican National Committee’s Victory 2008 campaign...is saying "His comments are insulting, inappropriate and have no place in this election.”
    So, a Dem's iffy comments are to be crucified...but the republican prez candidate's totally idiotic, distracting from the 101 real issues- tv commercials.....seem to be ok...

    looks like we have a 3rd bimbo.

    August 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Chris

    it is disappointing to someone use race and gender to sway an election, but even more so when no one makes a comment on how obama does the same, his speeches are mostly for his race and when he reaches office, this is the tip of the ice berge

    August 16, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. s

    The truth hurts, doesn't it Repubs?

    August 16, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Phil in Texas

    Oh, but it's ok for the Republicans and McShame's camp to use it!!??

    August 16, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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