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. A.J. in Fla

    Another idiotic remark our ot the mouth of a politician from the "Pedophilia State" is yet further indication that the next President will be a Republican.. Way to go Democratrs...!!!!

    August 16, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. facts are facts

    At 72 years old the fact of life is John McCain has one foot in a nursing home and another on a banana peel. How can any intelligent person support this scenario to be the leader of their nation for the next 4 years and compete on the world stage. It just isn't sensible even to the most diehard Republican.

    August 16, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Andrea Texas

    When are we as a country going to mature and quit focusing on the "racist remarks", which I don't even think they are. You need to focus on the real problems this country has and the financial mess we are in.

    August 16, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Joe

    Instead of being 'insulted' and angered (a Republican past-time) by Mr. Dean's comments, perhaps the Republicans should instead present factual evidence of their party offering success to minorities and women.

    Unless of course such evidence does not exist.

    August 16, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Vig

    Will someone please explain what someone like socially inept Howard Dean is still doing at the helm? Prediction: as long as this nincompoop, with emphasis on the poop, continues to be the mouthpiece of the Democratic party, they can kiss the White House good-bye.

    August 16, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Freida Dermeyer

    Now Dean is race-baiting for Obama.
    When will it end?

    August 16, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Ian from BROOKLYN, NY

    Republicans: hiding from the truth. As always.

    August 16, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Dave from Leesburg, Va

    This guy Dean is disgusting and is behind using the race card for months. Democrats will self implode in Denver. WATCH

    August 16, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Freida Dermeyer

    It's become Politically Correct to say "white party" and have it mean the party of racists. It equates being white to automatically being racist. I take great offense to that.

    August 16, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Goodson

    Howard Dean doesn't answer to the Republican bigots.
    Who cares how they feel.
    The Bible even called them Publicans, always waiting to take advantage of others.
    Republicans = Publicans= Hypocrites

    August 16, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. SalG

    I thought that Dean et al were transcendent. Why do he and his candidate frame so many things using race? I generally vote Dem, but I'm getting tired of the race-baiting.

    August 16, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. unitedwestanddevidedwefall

    The Republicans paid their blacks to support their causes. Remember that Armstrong guy that the RNC bought his book in exchange for him to talk up school vouchers. And Mccain removes black reporters from every event unless they work for Fox.

    August 16, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Kenneth M.

    Republicans dont want the black or spanish vote.

    August 16, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. dilmont

    Truth hurts. Well, so does being the object of Republican bigotry.

    Want to get rid of one – get rid of the other.

    August 16, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Freida Dermeyer

    Obama = more flips on primary promises
    FISA, need I say more? Resco, more? Wright, more? NAFTA, more? Fake speeches in Germany, they were there for the free concert, food and beer. Extremely poor judgement in handling the Georgia crisis.

    By the time this election season is over Obama will have spent almost a BILLION dollars, and he can't even come up with a resounding lead in the year of the Democrat.

    August 16, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. dollorbil

    Have you ever noticed how when Dean looks at the camera it looks like there is no one home? This guy does not think before he opens his mouth and when he does the garbage comes rolling out.

    August 16, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Jo

    Howard Yee-haw Dean is an unlikable and untrustworty buffoon!

    He and his cronies, Pelosi, Kerry, Obama and others should realize that their lack of donations and the bombing of Pelosi's book is a form of protest against their hateful, illegal and immoral tactics.

    Similarly, the vote for president will go heavily to McCain if Obama is their false nominee.

    They are getting what they deserve and what comes out of Dean's mouth is obviously nuts–nothing new!

    August 16, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. dollorbil

    AJ what have you been smoking?

    August 16, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Dan

    So, now are we going denounce Howard Dean... since this is the campaign of denouncing. It's funny how he brings this up and everyone is up in arms, but at the majority of McCain rallies, I don't see anyone of color. So, maybe it's just an observation...

    August 16, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. Polit

    Dean is right. There's a big difference between appointing a Condi or Colin and actively spending funds and supporting female and black candidates in national, state and local elections as the Democratic Party has done.

    August 16, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Nate

    Sean, if you were initially a clinton supporter you would be unwise to vote for mccain over obama. Obama's policies are very similar to Clinton's and a vote for mccain is a vote for 4 more years of the Bush presidency

    August 16, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Jeannette, Berkley

    Well, it's sort of true. When was the last time the Republicans had a female and black person as the top presidential contenders??? That's right... never! Truth hurts.

    August 16, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. WIlliam

    He spoke the truth, and it struck a nerve. Just look at the composition of the Republican party.

    August 16, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. Oregon4Obama

    This also comes at a time when McCains response to the "Obama Nation" book was for us to "get a sense of humor"

    The book says that "Obama wants to will all the white blood out of himself so he can become pure black."

    But, the article is on Howard Dean making a mistake, not Obama

    Mccain would rather fan the flames.....sad little man

    August 16, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. malclave

    Gee... so the Democrats are racist? Talk about a "dog bites man" story. Were there really people who didn't know this?

    August 16, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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