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. Ex Dem

    Way 2 go Carly!!!

    I use to be a democrat before they "fixed" the elections.

    Howard Dean should be removed, he has done a truly horrible job and is a true divider within the democratic party.

    For the first time in my voting life, I will be voting for McCain and I would LOVE it if McCain chose YOU or another woman as his VP while Obama picks a "typical white male"....

    August 16, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. mike

    Soooo, What abhou that comment is not true? At least the Democrats tell the truth, Mis Fiorina! Don't worry, Mis Fiorina, after this election you can take that nice severance pay from Hewlett Packard, and retire with all the other Nice Republicans.

    August 16, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Devin

    So, just for clarification, is the Democratic Party the 'Black Party'? Things like gender, race, religion are politician's playthings. Manipulation at its finest. I am SO glad to be an American because we all get all along so well.

    August 16, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Chris

    Dean, sorta has a point, old white men, is the icon of the Republican Party, the Democrats represent diversity which represents the people of the US., its that simple really.

    August 16, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. mike

    The democrats keep bringing race into the debate then call others racist. This is our future with Obama.

    August 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Linda K.

    Was that a Freudian slip or was he just being a little naughty? Either way, you've got to admit he's right. (But he's not supposed to say it in public.)

    August 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. roger

    The DEMS always try to divide by race and gender. Obama wasn't black enough no slave blood calling hillary sweetie. That's all they can say when all they propose is hope&fear.The REPUBS have put Powell & Rice in leadership positons since they are leaders not being tokens in a administration.

    August 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Is this a joke?

    Add Howard to the list of over eager fans of Obama who will cost Obama the election by stirring up hate and division.

    I thought Obama was the cross-over candidate of hope, change and unity. Just like Bush, I guess. We know how THAT turned out.

    Braggers are seldom as good as they believe themselves to be.

    Those cross-over voters for Obama were the TRUE operation chaos voters. They helped knock HILL from the race so the loser Obama could be trounced in NOV.

    August 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. doreen westcott

    I believe that every citizen of our united states are Americans. My ancesters came from germany and ireland. I am not called a German-Irish American. African- Americans are just like me , an American. We all should be called Americans no matter what color of our skin. United we stand , Devided we fall. There is no room for race or gender issues in any campagne. They are all great Americans.

    An American

    August 16, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Canadian Visitor

    If I am not mistaken. Dean had said this comment before, calling the republicans the white party. It is a total shame that democrats, including Dean and the Obama campaign have injected race to further their own ambitions. Americans have been told "race" should have no part in the discussion until of course the Democrats seem to bring it up themselves in some form of derogatory comment against either this opponent or their previous opponent in the run up to the nomination. However Dean's comment is nowhere near as low as trying to make an ex-President of your own party seem like a bigot.

    August 16, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Roger from CA

    Pointing out that the Republican Party is a bastion of rich, old, white men and women, who have no sincere interest in those who are different from them is not inappropriate. It is simply a matter of fact.

    What is amazing are the handful of minorities and the so-called "Reagan Democrats" who throw their support to the GOP despite the irrefutable history of that party's disregard for such persons' best interests.

    August 16, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Belle2

    It is sad when race is an issue. One would like to think we could all judge a candidate by his accomplishments and positions on relevant issues and not notice his race. However, when your candidate has accomplished nothing and changes his positions according to which way the wind is blowing that day, it only makes sense to try to use the history of racial bias to make those who believe in the other candidate (or refuse to believe the hype of yours) to make them feel guilty. Knowing these two candidates are the only choices I will have on election day depresses me.

    August 16, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. biffington, biff

    She's kidding, right???

    August 16, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Insult to injury is just not funny

    Adding insult to injury to women democrats and to HRC and to her supporters who are constantly being attacked by fellow democrats.

    Obama supporters are not true democrats- they violated the golden rule- DO NOT trash, bash, denigrate and destroy one of your own- just for political gain.

    August 16, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Ric Z.

    Howard Dean is the same goof ball who imploded on stage during his lame run seeking the presidency. He suffers form 'white guilt" perhaps for his own personal guilt . He is a weirdo and the democratic party deserves him.

    August 16, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Kirstie

    Actually, I believe for once that Dean hit this one straight in the bullseye.

    August 16, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Bob Stephens

    Howard Dean is exactly right. I used to perform at Republican fund raisers as an entertainer, and it was very rare to see a non-white at those meetings. No big surprise to anyone in my opinion.

    August 16, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Ha, ha, turn about is fair play. Guess if you can't take the heat in the kitchen. You know what you got to do. Get Out!

    August 16, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Republicans for OBAMA

    WHERE IS THE INACCURACY ?

    JUST LOOK AT HOW BUSH SR.GOT ELECTED.

    HE SET OUR PARTY BACK A 100 YEARS WITH

    THE"WILLIE HORTON". THAT WAS THE WHOLE

    POINT OF THE VIDEO. THAT WAS HIS WHOLE CAMPAIGN.

    LOOK AT ME. I AM WHITE. I'LL PROTECT YOU FROM THAT

    BLACK GUY. THAT IS HOW BUSH SR. & JR. GOT ELECTED.

    LOOK AT MCBIGOTS SURROGATES.

    THEY ARE NOT ONLY RACIST BUT SEXIST AS WELL.

    LAST BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST, LOOK AT HOW

    MCSENILE IS TRYING TO MARGINALIZE OBAMA WITH THE

    CELEBRITY ADDS.. THAT, IF YOU HAVE AN IQ OF OVER 50, IS

    CLEAR & BLATANT RACISM. IT TRANSLATES THE SAME AS

    SAYING A BLACK SOLDIER IS ONLY WARING THE UNIFORM.

    THERE IS NO WAY AROUND IT. IT IS, WHAT IT IS.

    August 16, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. jon

    In 2004 I didnt believe what Dean was made out to be, an out of control person who is lead by their emotions after his yelling rant during the primaries. After hearing these comment along with other statements hes made since being DNC chairman I do fully believe he is a loose cannon. I wonder how cowards in the MSM like Olbermann are going to spin these statements to make the Republicans look bad.

    August 16, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. last Honest Man

    Howard Dean is a jerk. Was before the SCREAM. Still is. How The Demmies ever allowed his position of authority just says a lot about their depth of talent.

    August 16, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    Hey repugs – where's YOUR sense of humor? Sound familiar?

    Besides, the "white" party statement has a strong underpinning of truth to it. The repug "tent" is about as big as an elite country club's golf umbrella when it comes to racial and ethnic diversity.

    August 16, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Independent

    When are you children going to stop all this nick picking.....Why don't some "adults" GROW UP!!!!!!!!! I'm sick and tired of all this battering going back and forth....

    I thought this was a campaign???? When are you going to start talking about the issues????

    August 16, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Miles

    Notice she didn't mention anything about how they're completely accurate. Insulting, yes. Inappropriate, maybe. But completely accurate.

    August 16, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Chris

    Here come all the comments justifying why bigotry directed against caucasians is justified.

    August 16, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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