Howard Dean on 2016: 'At this point, I'm supporting Hillary Clinton'
August 21st, 2013
12:41 PM ET
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Howard Dean on 2016: 'At this point, I'm supporting Hillary Clinton'

(CNN) – Howard Dean's presidential hopes may not be as high as his trips to Iowa and New Hampshire suggest, based on the candidate he currently supports for 2016.

"At this point, I'm supporting Hillary Clinton," the former governor of Vermont told The Des Moines Register Wednesday in an interview in Idaho.

The former Democratic National Committee chairman and 2004 presidential hopeful declined to say whether or not he will be running come 2016.

His actions, however, have raised the question. In Iowa to speak at the state Federation of Labor convention, Dean has already got another trip planned to the early voting state of New Hampshire in September, where he'll give a speech on health care.

The Register reported in his remarks to the convention he said he was in Iowa to help Democrats there win races for legislative seats as part of an effort by Democracy for America, his political advocacy organization.

"I'm not here to talk about the presidential race, I'm not here to talk about Congress," he said.

Earlier this year, Dean expressed interest in another run for the Democratic nomination to CNN's Peter Hamby. The deciding factor, he said at the time, would be if he thought the other candidates were sufficiently addressing progressive issues.


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  1. Sniffit

    " ussc has already decided groups can participate in elections. citizens united. ever hear of it? it is decided law. live with it, just like you tell everybody to live with obamacare."

    Way to miss the point, Jethro. Citizens United does NOT give groups the right to be tax-exempt under 501(c)(4) while spending unlimited money on political activity. That's a swing and a miss for you...nice try tho. I especially liked the part where you ignored that the article I was posting under was all about whether these groups should have tax exempt status and totally ignored that I was addressing that issue. Real honest argument style you've got there, champ.

    August 21, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    It's simly amazing (without knowing) who will run, that people can say who they'll support right now. Truly amazing.

    August 21, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    "The deciding factor, he said at the time, would be if he thought the other candidates were sufficiently addressing progressive issues."
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    Howard Dean... trying to out-moonbat a moonbat.

    August 21, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    By the way, Howie – you just might be backing a candidate that's not competing. Her health is reportedly not too swift and she's no spring chicken. You might be one scream away from being a contender again.

    August 21, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, Dr. Dean, at this point in the game I am as undecided as the potential candidates themselves are undecided.

    August 21, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Wake up People!

    I've always thought Howard Dean was harmless but hokie. That being said, how does one support a candidate that hasn't even announced she's running? It's like ole Mitchie Poo and his attack ads. It's only 2013 people.

    August 21, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Diridi

    Great. Hillary2016.

    August 21, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    @Fair,

    As a liberal, I can only hope you're right about Hillary maybe not running after all. It would be nice if an actual liberal represented the Democratic party, for a change.

    And make no mistake, the Dr. is reading the tea leaves on this little trip.

    August 21, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "And make no mistake, the Dr. is reading the tea leaves on this little trip."

    Indeed he is. And is a force that will no doubt be of great concern to the GOP failed leadership trotting out their current clown show of flawed candidates and one failure after another failure of postmortem rebranding efforts.

    August 21, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Data Driven

    @Fair,

    As a liberal, I can only hope you're right about Hillary maybe not running after all. It would be nice if an actual liberal represented the Democratic party, for a change.

    And make no mistake, the Dr. is reading the tea leaves on this little trip.
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    Oh I'm sure he is, DD. Be careful what you ask for, though... there's few absolutes in politics, but there is NO WAY Howard Dean can carry a general election. NO WAY.

    August 21, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Data Driven

    "rebranding efforts"

    Yeah, it's funny about that: I don't see the GOP even making a token effort on that, setting aside Rubio on immigration. Jeb Bush and Karl Rove, of all people, have made comments about a larger rebranding effort, but they've gone over like lead balloons.

    Dean, if he runs, would represent the liberal wing of the Dems; all the rest are moderates. Who's the moderate GOP candidate? Christie? Not exactly Nelson Rockefeller.

    August 21, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    On many, if not most, current issues Dr. Dean has moved too far to the left for me. Most of his hunkering down as been a willful kneejerk reaction to the "don't blink" [formerly known as "my highway or the highway"] attitude of the Tea Party. Dean seems to prefer fighting fire with fire.

    At some point, the arms race escalates out of control into a mutual assured destruction scenario. Anybody want to sign up for the "Common Sense Is Too Damn Scarce" party?

    August 21, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Revolution

    The poor will support her and they will become poorer. Like Obama is making them. It's called justice !

    August 21, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |