November 10th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
9 years ago

Dean will not make another run to head the DNC

Dean will not seek another term as head of the DNC.

Dean will not seek another term as head of the DNC.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As expected, Howard Dean will hand over the reins at the Democratic National Committee when the party meets again in January.

The 2004 presidential candidate's approach - innovative Web outreach techniques and a determination to compete in areas that have not historically supported Democrats - have dove-tailed with those of President-elect Obama.

But incoming Democratic presidents are traditionally given the prerogative to select their own candidate for the post, which is then approved by party officials. The position tends to dramatically recede in importance when Democrats control the White House.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Put Up or Shut Up

    J.P. – Instead of spewing your venom, why don't you run for office and make the changes you want?

    November 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Steve

    Thank you for a job well done, Gov. Dean.

    PUMAs, you are sad and pathetic little people. Sen. Clinton, who helped our President-elect in Pennsylvania and has overall shown some real grace, deserves far better than the likes of you.

    November 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. jt

    Hey catholic mom.... So the nation spoke, but what did she say really?? So many people were deluded into voting for Obama who in turn will disappoint them. So what did everyone really say??? Just you wait and hear the disappointment in the voices after Obama has fallen down from his ivory pedestal that they put him on. You can be sceptical all you want, time will prove non Obama supporters right.

    November 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    not sure I understand the hate for the guy... he got us started on a path to run in all 50 states. thank you for your service.

    November 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. themexcellentone

    Howard Dean has been a uniting force for the Democratic Party, and will be leaving his post on a high note–the best way to leave a job. I hope that President-elect Obama keeps him around to serve in the new administration as Health and Human Services Secretary. It would be awesome to have someone who has first hand knowledge of our healthcare system in on the ground floor of crafting healthcare policy.

    Thanks, Governor Dean...your service has been tremendous and will not be forgotten!

    November 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Katie

    He did a great job! Thank you Howard Dean!

    November 10, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Matt

    LOL that is without a doubt the worst picture of Dean ever. The microphone looks like it is attached to his lips and it moves to make him talk like a Jim Henson puppet. Which when you think of it it is pretty true as Dean is just a puppet for Pelosi and Reid and the last time he said anything off script was his Yeeehaww moment that cost him the nomination.

    Dean all I can say is good night, good riddence and go far away so I never have to hear of you again.

    November 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Phil-Little Rock

    Take your screamin' behind back to Vermont and stay there!!

    November 10, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. paul (staunch Moderate)

    PELOSI SUCKS November 10th, 2008 5:12 pm ET


    HE IS A THUG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    You are wrong. All Dean did was enforce what had already been agreed upon by ALL the candidates involved. That's not being a thug – that's doing the job you were hired to do.

    November 10, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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