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. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    The following news:

    Can you imagine living in a place where birth control is considered an "abortion" and health insurers won't cover it? Where even rape victims are denied emergency contraception?

    It seems unbelievable, but the Bush Administration is quietly trying to redefine "abortion" to include birth control. The Houston Chronicle says this could wipe out dozens of state laws that protect women's reproductive freedom and protect rape victims.1 Access to basic health care for millions of women would be jeopardized. And it's being pushed as a "rule change"—meaning, it doesn't need congressional approval.

    August 16, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. james andrews

    Just another example of the Republican's using the race card in this race like the Clinton's did. Oops, it was the democrats again

    August 16, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. WHERE'S OBAMA????

    WHERE IS OBAMA CALLING FOR DEAN TO QUIT??? WHERE IS PELOSI AND REID AND BRAZILLE??? WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER DNC MEMBERS? IF A REPUBLICAN HAD MADE SUCH A RACIALLY CHARGED, DIVISIVE REMARK, ALL THESE PEOPLE WOULD BE CALLING FOR THAT PERSON TO QUIT. HOWARD DEAN JUST PROVED THAT THE LEADER OF THE DNC IS A RACIST AND THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, WHO IS ABOUT TO ELECT A RACIST NOMINEE ALONG WITH HIS RACIST WIFE, ARE BECOMING THE PARTY OF RACISTS. THIS TYPE OF TALK HAS NO PLACE IN POLITICS OR IN THE AMERICAN LIFE. DEAN SHOULD RESIGN OR BE FORCED OUT FOR HIS RACIST COMMENTS AND BELIEFS. I GUESS WHEN HE SAYS THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, OR RATHER THE WHITE PARTY, IS RACIST, HE MUST ALSO BE CALING LINCOLN A RACIST SINCE HE WAS A REPUBLICAN WHO JUST HAPPENED TO FREE ALL THE SLAVES. DEAN NEEDS TO GO!!!!!!

    August 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Marissa

    Howard Dean was telling the truth, and we all know the truth hurts. Too bad for the Grand Old Persecutors...

    August 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. joe

    He's right though. Most of the Republicans I see in the news are white and you can see this through the presidential candidates this year. The Republicans were all white males, while the Dems had a hispanic (Richardson), a white woman, and a black man. However, both parties are predominately white, though the Democratic party does seem to have more diversity.

    August 16, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Craig H Easton, PA

    Good thing the Republicans never do that; try to divide the people with racial stereotypes and inceniary ads. Pretty dumb comment from Dean, at least the "white" comment, which is why they should keep him in a back room somewhere during campaigns. Has a habit of sticking his foot inhis mouth. But truthfully, it's hard to argue with the fact that people of color HAVE been more involved and played a larger role in the Democratic Party over the last 40 years or so.

    August 16, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Ian

    The truth hurts.

    August 16, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. JohnD

    Dean is pathetic. He's acted like a spoiled brat ever since he came to national attention. Yeeeeeeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    August 16, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Sn in MN

    The Dems have had a strategy of playing White men as vllians for forty years now. It appears that they are now ready to come right out and be the anti-white party in name as well.

    August 16, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Terri

    So what he said is true :)

    Nothing but old white men run the republican party

    Go Obama 08

    August 16, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. BK

    If they don't want that kind of comment, then they should do more to promote diversity in their own party. Its not an opinion that the Republican party is more white and more male than the Democratic party, its a statistical fact. Just look at the vote results.

    August 16, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Don't Vote For Hate

    Hurts to get slapped in the face with the truth, doesn't it?

    But, hey, feel free to prove the world wrong by really accepting more than tokens and actually trying to include and work to improve the lives for anyone who isn't a white male (preferably rich). Please! Prove us all wrong!

    August 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Bill

    I will admit that Howard Dean is a bit of a loose cannon, but with the ads McCain and the RNC have been running...maybe they should develop a sense of humor to coin a phrase.

    August 16, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    "An old woman always feels uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb." Chinua Achebe.

    August 16, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Travis

    this isn't news........why does this irrelevant slip up by someone who's not even running get news and McCain's "nations don't invade other nations" in the 21st century remark doesn't?

    i'm begining to think that big oil money is biasing cnn's reporting

    August 16, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Old Man yells at Clouds.

    Gotta have a sense of humor McBush.

    August 16, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Ahmet

    Carly Fiorina is a walking insult to everything she touches. She almost singlehandedly destroyed HP. She is incompetent, arrogant and brash. In other words, she is perfect for the Republican party. What a useless hag.

    August 16, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Stuart

    We have sowed the seeds of race psychology for 40 years. Now we are reaping the consequences. Stop giving credibility to racist personalities such as Sharpton, Jackson, and the feminazi personalities in NOW.

    August 16, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Dean is in a world all to himself. What a loser.

    August 16, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Mary (Texas)

    Howard Dean is a RACIST!!! I am so down and disappointed with the whole DNC!!! Your behavior is making me vote Republican for the first time in my life.

    I still do admire Hillary and would vote for her anytime!!!

    Hillary 08 or McCain 08

    August 16, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. truthspeakstruth

    I love the last graph. It takes a talented journalist to summarize the primaries in two sentences.

    August 16, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. the Head

    Nice picture....Dummy Dean makes it the "Four stooges" all on stage together. Edwards hiding in the bathroom....big ears Obama and Hillary the witch Clinton...what a bunch of losers!!!!1

    August 16, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. Sal

    yea, get mad because he's telling the truth.

    "those comments have no place in this election?" meanwhile McLame says have a sense of humor about the racist, full of lies Obama Nation book? hypocrites, can't wait until they lose.

    Obama in '08

    August 16, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. NotSurprised

    Howard Dean shows himself to be an IDIOT yet again.

    August 16, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. easy rider

    Well, let's hear how successful minorities and women really are in the "White Male-Dominated" RNC. Can we get some statistics, please??

    August 16, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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