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. Independent from OR

    God forbid he point out the truth; you want to stack the numbers of minorities in elected office from each party against one another? Both parties are tinged with racism in different ways, but what Howard Dean said is exactly right.

    August 16, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. mendemoi

    This is the continuing saga of the Obama campaign continuously using race and gender to try to win the presidency. This smacks in the face of Obama's declaration that he is a unity candidate. They have used race and gender to win right from the beginning. Its totally unfortunate that somebody like Dean has bought into that kind of mentality. Where is the "democracy" in the Democratic party? Very disappointed.

    August 16, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Marie in California

    There goes the DNC.....playing the "race card" again .....just like they did at the DNC Rules Committee meeting in Washington DC on May 31.

    I'm not sure if Dean's mis-speak (his Freudian slip, if you will) shows what he thinks of Republicans.....or white people....or both!

    Actually, I've seen a LOT of people of color in the Republican ranks.....like Condi Rice, Michael Steele, Juan Williams, Larry Elder, to name a few. And also a lot of women.....like Condi Rice (again), Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, Sarah Palin, Christine Todd Whitman...and more. All quality people.

    Dean doesn't know what he's talking about.....as usual.

    Was a lifelong Democrat....now a brand-new Republican!

    NOBAMA!

    August 16, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. SusanfromPA

    This remark from Howard Dean not only shows his biased TOWARDS Sen. Obama but also proves his legendary poor judgement and inability to lead. Should he really be running one of only two major political parties in the USA?

    August 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. J Boyd NYC

    Well, is Dean wrong? It's no secret that the Repub party is heavily white and male, and has only their own interests at heart.

    August 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. J Boyd NYC

    Sorry..."HAS their own interests at heart."

    August 16, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. McCAIN=BUSH=DISASTER CONTINUES

    The truth is the truth.

    August 16, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. dustin

    His comments are insulting.......yeah, maybe. Inappropriate and have no place in this election.......absolutely, but wrong....not so much.

    August 16, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. MICAHAEL RAE

    I LOVE IT WHEN THE REPUBLICANS HEAR THE TRUTH AND SAY THAT THEY ARE OUTRAGED. WERE IS THE OUTRAGE WHEN REPUBLICANS PROMOTE VOCHERS THAT UNDERMIND PUBLIC EDUCATION. WERE IS THE OUTRAGE WHEN ECONOMIC POLICY HELPS BIG BUSINESS MORE THAN THE WORKING PERSON. WERE IS THE OUTRAGE WHEN YOU CLAMORE TO SANTITY OF LIFE BUT PROMOTE CAPTIAL PUNISHMENT. WERE IS THE OUTRAGE WHEN THE PUBLIC WANTS MORE TRANSPARENCY AND WE GET LESS. AS A PERSON OF COLOR IM GLAD DEAN SAID IT BECAUSE TO ME HE IS SPEAKING THE TRUTH. ONE FINAL NOTE, YOU CAN ALWAYS MEASURE THE TRUTH BY THE OUTRAGE OF THE RESPONDENT.

    August 16, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Morgan

    It was McCain who said, "gotta keep your sense of humor," when asked about the right-wing hate spewing book about Obama by G. Corsi. The Republicans are the whiter of the two parties. Hell, Ray Charles could see that.

    August 16, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    And the GOP has considered/nominated how many Women and Minorities for President?

    If you count drunken, coke-headed louts as a minority, then the answer is one – the guy in the White House now!

    August 16, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Foodforthought

    HOWARD DEAN IS A RACE BAITER. I AM TOTALLY DISGUSTED WITH HIM, AS SHOULD THE REST OF AMERICANS BE.

    August 16, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. White Female, Military Spouse

    Kudos to Howard Dean for what was an interesting interview on yesterday's show. Having listened to the entire exchange with Ms. Martin of NPR's "Tell Me More," I found his slip rather endearing, and frankly, TRUTHFUL. I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone, particularly any women, would support Sen. McCain's bid for the presidency. This man has a well documented, twenty plus year history of intolerance to women's issues. How a woman could support a man who has voted against her rights time and time again is baffling. This man is a self-confessed womanizer who frequently extols the days of his youth, where his disrespect of women fully developed. This and his slavish support of big oil and all things speculative should be reason enough to discredit him. Unless you own an oil company or are one of the five hundred hedge fund managers who earns in a single year what the rest of us would have to labor for next 10,000 years to reach... do the math people, make the better choice, and do not support the white, uh, Republican candidate this election cycle.

    August 16, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Nzone

    I am a Democrat since the first time that I could voted, over 18 years. And I have never been so ashamed of the Democratic Party.

    I never thought that the day would come that the presumptive nominee used the race card to silent his opponents in the primary. Then the DNC chairman used the race card against the whole Republican party. I do not approve of this behavior as it's divisive and immoral.

    I would rather vote for Republican than voting for the people who play the race card.

    August 16, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. bakersfield

    IT MUST BE IN HIS THOUGHTS

    August 16, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Believe Again

    So a man can no longer misspeak huh? Had he continued without asking to be excused for the comment, then one will look seriously at what he said but to make chicken soup out of just boiled water is completely unreasonable. Some republicans have made worse comments that is racially charged and they did not apologise for it either! This a non-issue and News.

    August 16, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. dani

    not suprised at Coward Dean's remark at all.

    The DNC & Obama continue to divide not only the country but our own Democratic party.

    August 16, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Chris

    I'm a Democrat and I oppose playing the race card or the gender card. Dean's "white party" line was inappropriate, but everything else he said is simply true: in general minorities are less successful in the Republican Party.

    August 16, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. PE

    :)

    August 16, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Electress

    We are getting completely turned off from the democratic party, enough with the sexist card, enough with the racist card.
    Dean needs to take a long trip, Hawaii, or Germany maybe!

    No wonder the Obama Camp and DNC would not stand up
    to all the sexism, they were the ones throwing it at Hillary.
    And our party didn't even defend one of their own...

    I don't trust them, after 40 years, I am going independent.

    August 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. hillarysmygirl08

    He had no business making that remark. The race card has been played far to much during this election. Now they are painting the entire Republican Party as Racist. The Party that appointed the two highest serving African Americans in government. That would be General Colin Powell and Dr.Rice Come on folks stop with the race card being played on everyone. I am an African American and I am sick of seeing people and entire groups of people being called racist.
    Let's get to the issues. Democrats and Obama need to stop this race card playing.

    August 16, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Mike H.

    Just imagine the reaction if the shoe were on the other foot, i.e. if a senior Republican referred to the Democrat Party as the "black " party. You folks in the press woud turn it into a screaming example of Republican racism and a campaign dirty trick.. But since a Democrat made this racist remark it will largely be ignored and quickly forgotten by the pro-Obama media. The usual double standard.

    August 16, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Sorensen

    If only Fiorina had stayed at HP. Sorry, she could not.
    I am amazed, that even McCain cannot see, that her fake and
    empty smile and her corny mannerism turn any thinking person
    off immediately. Even republicans!

    August 16, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. NSmith, New York, NY

    Haha, hey Carly...he's right. I can think of a boatload of names. Let's see, on the Republicna side, I can think of Bobby Jindal, Edward Brooke, Michael Steele, Ken Blackwell, Jeanette Bradley, Colin Powell, Condi Rice, JC Watts...On the Democratic side, I can think of Carol Moseley Braun, Deval Patrick. Barack Obama, Thurbert Baker, Wiliam Gray, Jim Clyburn, Ron Dellums, Merv Dymally, David Paterson, Anthony Brown, Malcolm Smith, L Douglas Wilder, Wellington Webb, Shirley Franklin, Antonio Villaraigosa, the Solis sisters, Gary Locke, etc.

    August 16, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. A Recovering Republican

    Wonder if she is going to be as offended by the Corsi tripe of out-right lies and pure crap.

    10 years sober

    August 16, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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