(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.
Why is it that when the truth is told by Democrats, Republicans always slant it to their opposing benefit? More egregiously, they berate Democrats for trying to clarify that. Dean told the truth: Black Americans are better served – and, therefore, "more successful" – in the Democratic party. Fiorina wants to make that a lie and calls it divisive. It would not be divisive if it weren't true! Republicans are for untaxed big companies and rich individuals and families in general and that excludes a whole lot – most – people of color, people of ALL colors! We Democrats want that to change.
Carly Florina is an idiot if she chooses to think that there will not be race or gender factors in play in this election. There will be MANY factors in play, and race and gender are just two of them.
While Howard Dean's comment is inappropriate and perhaps even wrong, no one can deny that there are many people who will vote based on race or gender. America has not cleared those hurdles yet.
He probably shouldn't have said it out loud but I know everyone wonders why the demographics of the parties are as they are. I feel like the southern portion of the Republican party just curiously happen to be old disaffected Civil Rights Act people.
This makes me curious to know what the membership statistics are for the each party...
I WAS BORN & RAISED AROUND BIGOTS. HAVE BEEN
ONE MYSELF, ALBEIT, DENYING IT WITH EVERY FIBER
OF MY BEING. MCSENILE'S CAMPAIGN IS RELYING AND
USING RACE 99% OF THE TIME. AS WITH BUSH SR., HE
HAS NOTHING ELSE. MCMORON IS A BUMBLING IDIOT &
A BUSH VOTING LEGAL RECORD, THAT, HE HAS NO WAY
OF DENYING. MARGINALIZING OBAMA WITH HIS BRITTNEY
SPEARS COMPARISON ADD, IS AS JIM CROW AS YOU CAN
GET WITHOUT DOWN RIGHT HAVING THE MAN ARRESTED.
HIS SUPPORTERS CAN DENY IT UNTIL THEIR WHITE
FACES TURN BLUE, BUT IT IS GOD'S UNRELIABLE TRUTH
GO DEAN! The GOP *is* the "white" party. Lilly white, wonder-bread white, ghost white. Dean is just telling it like it is.
Howard Dean is an moron and he proves that fact every time he opens his mouth. This comment speaks volumes for the "back room" strategy of the Dumocrap Party and their leadership or should I say lack of leadership.
Vote McCain in 2008
Race has a lot to do with this presidential election. No matter how we try to deny it, or much people will post to the contrary on this story, we all know that race is a huge factor in this election.
Typical from democrats.
Typical of a Democrat accusing the Republicans of racism and sexism. I guess Dean forgot about the racism and sexism that took place during the Obama/Clinton debacle.
And the idiots too!
Just look at the picture above!
Carly Fiorina–the backstabbing sleazeball fired from Hewlett Packard for illegally spying on employees when she was CEO–Like she has any right to talk about anyone else. What A LOSER !!!!
Three meager paragraphs are all CNN will dedicate to this story. But you will do a major story attacking an author of a book speaking truth about the fascist nature of Barack Hussien Obama. Obama's jack boots will crush all, including CNN.
Yeah, like butter doesn't melt in Republican mouths.
Carly, "let's illegally spy on my employees so I can get ahead" Fiorina needs to keep her yap shut.
How many non-white Senators or House reps are Republican?
Not sure if I see the alarm in this statement. The republican party is mostly white, and Dean made a (tasteless) but true joke.
He's being using this line in his speeches for a while, so I wonder why the press just brought it up? I saw him at the DNC women's club last winter and he said the same statement. The room (very racially diverse) laughed.
It may be a low quality joke, but it doesn't seem to be so terrible.
Well, it is true what Dean said.
The truth hurts! The white...oops Republican party is all about old white men and women (insert Carly Fiorina here) who are bigoted, narrow minded, judgemental and dangerous (insert Bush Administration here) to our country. All you have to do is look at their platforms....the DNC is filled with people of ALL colors, different backgrounds, sexual orientations, faiths. In contrast, the RNC is filled with OLD WHITE JUDGEMENTAL MEAN SPIRITED HATEFUL BIGOTED NARROW MINDED men and women. They may have a token black or latino on stage....oooh. Get over it Carly, your party will LOSE BIG IN NOVEMBER... GO OBAMA 08
Just proof that Obama and the Democrats are playing the race card to win this election.
What a shame.
Howard Dean is a complete idiot and has no idea how to keep his mouth shut. How this guy could be the head of the DNC is a complete mystery.
Just goes to show how stupid Howard Dean really is. He is the reason for this whole mess in the Democratic Party with his silence about the dirty tactics in the primary and the Florida and Michigan debacle. Best thing the Democrats can do is to fire the incompetent nut before he causes any more damage.
Leave it to Howard Dean and the democratic party to insert race/gender into the mix. Judging by media coverage and talk topics I would think only the racist republicans do that? This just shows how pathetic the democratic party is.
How can they let this man continue as the head of the Dem party after all the gaffes, screams and divisive statements??
Maybe it was all in fun, just like McCain's web ads that try to say that Obama is the anti-Christ!