November 10th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
6 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. Texas Teacher

    Howard Dean.... thanks for a job well done! Good luck in whatever you choose to do next!

    November 10, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Deb N Texas

    Chairman Dean is on top as the greatest to run the DNC. He did a VERY GOOD JOB!

    November 10, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Vasilios Birlidis

    I'm glad to see him go. With the mess he made of Michigan and Florida, we're lucky we won the white house. Hopefully he can go back under the rock they found him under. While I voted and support Obama, I will never forget the treatment Clinton received at the hands of Pelosi, Reed and Dean.

    November 10, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Tim

    Remember the scream? Beeeyyyyaaaaahhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Byron in Minneapolis

    I hope that Dr. Dean gets a prominent post in the Obama administration. He is one of the best and brightest in the Democratic Party and it would be a shame to let him simply fade from the national scene.

    November 10, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Chris in NC

    Howard Dean, you were great! Thanks for going above and beyond the call of duty! GO DEMS!

    November 10, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Desmond Sequeira

    Howard Dean appears to be a good, imaginative and courageous person

    November 10, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It was rough going for Dean and there were times we all questioned him to do more, but overall he did a good job.

    November 10, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Houston Boy

    I realy appreciate this man a lot.
    I sure hope Obama has a place for him in his new administration.

    November 10, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Douglas Cowing

    Claire McCaskill! DNC Chairwomen

    November 10, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. PELOSI SUCKS

    I WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT HE DID TO MI AND FL

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

    November 10, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Eric R. Brown

    Howard Dean is the true architect of the Democrat victories across this country. The Democrat party under his tutelage became the party of the people again. In fact, if it weren't for the Democrats taking over their party back in 2004 after the Kerry loss and electing Dean as chair against the wishes of party power brokers, the Dems would possibly have lost the 2006 and this election too.

    November 10, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Dave in Houston

    Great job, Dr. Dean!

    The 50-state strategy was right on! We got Indiana and North Carolina because of your insistence on courting ALL Americans.

    Also, your pioneering work on campaigning on the Internet laid the groundwork for Obama to take it to the next level. He added his community organizing skills to your work to make an awesome force. You are to be credited with showing us the possibility of using the web to include many more Americans in the political process.

    Well done and congratulations!

    November 10, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Travis

    Only Democrats who wanted Clinton are mad at Dean. In Mich and FL he played fair and didn't waiver when the Clintons threw their political power at him. He did the right thing and stuck to the rules agreed upon.

    A completely separate issue is that he revolutionized the DNC. Well done Dean...I hope Obama keeps him around....

    November 10, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Dean was a non-factor in the national election because Obama already had a plan and people to carry it out! Obama also kept Jesse Jackson and Reverend Sharpton out of it, too!

    November 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. wakeupamerica

    Dean did a fantastic job and worked very hard. Perhaps Claire McCaskill will take over.

    November 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Danny in Chicago

    J.P.

    You are obviously out of touch – just like your heroes in the Republican party.

    I know lots of people who work very hard for a living and can't even afford to get loans for their tuition to college, so your out of date thinking that people who aren't 'rich' are people who sit around and ask for handouts.

    Only an out of touch person would EVER think that the vast majority of people who are not 'rich' sit around on the couch all day. You are the type of person that got us into this mess in the first place. Get out of your house once in awhile...go to a city...look around and talk to people. Being in your office all day has obviously given you poor judgement.

    ALL YOU REPUBLICANS NEED TO SHUT UP FOR A FEW MONTHS!!!!

    November 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Nj in FL

    Go and don't show your face again. You helped Florida & Michigan not to count, so you don't count to me now. The dems may have won, but we were left with your leftovers. Thanks for nothing, too bad Pelosi and Reid don't join you.

    November 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. The Lady

    We will miss you.

    November 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. jrzshor

    which clinton (bill) loyalist will get that job?

    change. from the old to the older.

    November 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. No More Republican "BS"

    He's going out on about the highest note possible.

    November 10, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. boered1

    I respect this man for standing up to the crybabies of Michigan and Florida and the liar hillary's smear machine- they knowing violated the rules and were punished as they were told they would be before they broke the rules! He enforced the riles of the DNC that was his job.

    Thank goodness for men of his character if he had not done the right thing we might have had the moron McCain in office.. or worse yet the liar hillary!

    November 10, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Janice

    Good , he sure didn't do us any favors. He was against Hillary all the way. See ya.

    November 10, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. lori from pa

    Good Riddance and take Brazile with you !

    November 10, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    @ MARC IN VIRGINIA........ WILL YOU GIVE IT UP? DID YOU NOT ........SEE.........THE ELECTION TOTALS????? OUR NATION SPOKE LOUD AND CLEAR.

    ***WARNING TO PUMAS*****

    WHEN YOUR CANDIDATE RUNS IN ......2016........... YOU WILL BE BEGGING OBAMA SUPPORTERS TO SUPPORT YOU!

    BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY.

    November 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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