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. BV

    Good Lord! Can you say anything anymore? He simply said that people of color and women have been more successful as Democrats versus as than Republicans. Get a grip, this election does galvanize race and gender. Let's embrace the chance to unite and make it a part of all of us, because it is!!! A brown man is running for President. This is history in the making. Yes, let's talk about color whatever it might be....black, brown, white, etc., and let it bring us together. FIORINA, you are the one who is insulting and inappropriate to even suggest that he was using gender and race to divide voters.

    August 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Bill Jenkins

    Typical double standard. Only the dems can get away with it.
    Deans will be great for the republican party.

    August 16, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. swiftboated your own

    The democrats dismissed me and my vote this year, so I am now moving to the "white" party... and happy to do so.

    The democrats have imploded and subverted their own ideals of justice and equality and freedom and fair campaigns.

    August 16, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. PG

    TRUTH HURTS DOESN'T IT!

    August 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. 4Obama

    What she should have said is "we have plenty of African-Americans and women in our Party".....I dare Howard to show proof that we don't. Howard Dean wins hands down.

    August 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Klaus

    That's it?

    August 16, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Jim in Florida

    This is why I do not vote for Democrats. Howard Dean just can't keep his mouth shut and his comments are going to hurt Obama even more. Why do we even consider calling people like Dean a "leader"?

    August 16, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Jay

    Dean speaks the truth! We all know the Republican Party is packed with greedy, slow-minded white guys who think they're superior to the rest of the world. Anyone from a marginalized group who aligns himself or herself with the GOP (people of color, women, homosexuals) is a fool!

    Obama '08!

    August 16, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Ron Democrat turned independent

    being an obamanite, it is perfectly all right to make racial remarks. this is what the third time Dean as done so in the last short while, but that's ok. obama himself called his white grandmother, a person who made racial and ethnic slurs that made him cringe and later described her as a typical white person.this is the most hypocritical campaign in years. the obama campaign constantly degrade and ridicule their opponent, then cry foul if there is even a trace of someone doing the same. if obama hasn't realized yet why he hasn't surged in the polls you can sum it up in one word CREDIBILITY

    August 16, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Bring back the BIT*H

    If that is true... why then did you swiftboat your own BEST candidate to install the least worthy?

    Does race trump gender, Howard, in the wonderful openminded democratic party?

    I love the Bit*h and you can call us ALL HOs... and that just proves you a hypocritical sexist pig liar.

    August 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. scott brookdale ca

    It is the white party. Who are they kidding. You're also either ignorant or wealthy if you continue to follow the Republican Party especially after they have proven that everything they stand for has been discredited and thier leadership is a catastrophic disaster.

    August 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. imogene BRODIE BRODIE

    Look all over the USA , count all of the people of color, women, in public office. Tally their political affiliation, this should provide the true picture. I think HOWARD DEAN is right. I don't have access to this inf. but some one does. GET THE FIGURES, GET THE NUMBERS. PLEASE PUBLISH, I'D LIKE TO KNOW MYSELF ANDYOU SHOULD TO.

    August 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Walt, Belton,TX

    Does Howard have relatives he's not talking about?

    August 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. D.

    Sometimes the truth hurts.

    Keep telling it, Dean.

    August 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Linda Chudej

    "Even Women" Wow. This guy's living in another century. "Even women" sounds like he's really surprised women can do anything but "even women" have it better in the Democratic Party. Who've thought it? "Even women." What WILL the Democratics think of next??

    August 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Independent to DEAN

    "Thank you" DEAN,
    It's why white americans and immigrants HATE the democratic party! Good luck with your brainwashed goons most of us can't stand you! Oh by the way we love our women too and we want them to succeed. Why don't you idiots fire this goon!

    August 16, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Suz

    Another carefully "staged" remark by the DNC. What an embarresment to the country these jokers have become.

    August 16, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Danielle

    I think it was just a slip of the tongue. I don't think he was trying to bash the Republican party. He just got a little tongue tied, because he was talking about the colored people and then went to the opposite of colored, which is white.

    August 16, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. Really?

    One more female lifelong democrat moving over to the "white" party.

    Clearly the democratic party sent me the message that I wasn't important... or worse yet... that I would come around... or that I would accept the injustice shown HRC and take it with a smile.

    Wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 16, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. CHANGE

    Does anyone think Mc Cain is using religion or race to get votes ?

    Let's talk about the Corsi book and Mc Cain's refusal to comment.

    The media obviously thinks we are ignorant or they just need a story.

    August 16, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Independent to DEAN

    "Thank you" DEAN,
    It's why white americans and immigrants HATE the democratic party! Good luck with your brainwashed goons most of us can't stand you! Oh by the way we love our women too and we want them to succeed. Why don't you idiots fire this goon!
    CNN don't delete my post!

    August 16, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. David

    This just proves that the Dem's are nothing more than a bunch of race baiters. If a republician had said something like that about race on NPR, National PROGRESSIVE Radio, the media would be all over it. I'm so sick of the double standard in the media. (I bet CNN won't even allow this post since its so 'anti-dem').

    August 16, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. anna

    It's true the values of the Democratic Party has been the fuel for the Civil Rights movement and the progress of all minorities for many decades, but Howard Dean's comment was not appropriate, and could possible hurt the Democratic nominee with some voters who still have Wright and his Church on their minds.

    And the statement has less relevance in today's world. The Republicans, to their credit, have at least a couple of 'firsts' of their own...

    Colin Powell
    Condaleeza Rice

    Need I say more?

    August 16, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Bob

    The remark is not near a big a thing as the FACT that no matter what race or gender almost ALL of our politicans are crooks and LIARS and DO NOT REPRESENT US,

    Is there any doubt that ANY third party candidate could do a better Job for US.

    However if you want trade to go on, jobs outsourcing to go on, 20 million ILLEGAL mexicans to get amnesty (then the can take your job legally) , no prices to continue, etc, etc, then vote democratic or republican makes no difference.

    August 16, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. JohnLee

    Isn't there something else to talk about in this election like people barely making it in today's world? I wish these politicians would just shut the F up! And I mean that on both sides. They are all so ignorant, a one celled protozoa has more intelligence! I saw we pack up all the politicians and ship them to Iraq! Anyone want to help?

    August 16, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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