August 19th, 2014
10:52 AM ET
2 months ago

Howard Dean: I hope Hillary Clinton becomes president

Washington (CNN) – One year ago, Howard Dean, the former Democratic presidential contender and avatar of progressive sentiment, sat in a hotel lobby at the annual Netroots Nation conference in San Jose and held forth on Hillary Clinton's White House chances in 2016.

Dean made news.

Clinton "will not get a pass" in the 2016 Democratic primaries if she decides to run again, Dean said, an early warning shot from the left against the party establishment's anointed front-runner. Dean said he might make a repeat White House bid of his own, promising to agitate "other politicians" in the race on issues precious to liberals.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    All say yes, on Hillary16. Amen!!!

    August 19, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Hector Slagg

    Aw,So,
    Sounds like Dean wants to be in Hillary's Cabinet. Maybe Budget Director. You know what they say. A Billion here, a Billion there, pretty soon we're talking real money. Meantime back at the 29 Hour Work week......

    August 19, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. george

    i think Hillary will be a very good president.
    there is no doubt that the next president will be a democrat since gop haven't solved any serious problem and looks like not going too.

    August 19, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Dean made news."

    Well ... okay. If agitating others is now considered news, who am I to argue that the news being made is yawn material?

    August 19, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Hillary will have to run against the likes of Rand "bite and run" Paul, Krispy"too big for his bridges" Christie, Jeb" I gave you Rubio" Bush, Ted "shutting down the government is only the beginning" Cruz, Sarah "death panels" Palin, or Mittens " Jeep is leaving Ohio for China" Romney. Hey GOBaggers, why not run Steve King?

    August 19, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Lynda/Minnesota says:
    August 19, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am
    “Dean made news.”

    Well … okay. If agitating others is now considered news, who am I to argue that the news being made is yawn material?

    Ditto. Yawn.😔

    August 19, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Speak for yourself Howard. I like Clinton better than any republican opposition, but I'd vote for Sen. Warren or Sen. Sanders before I vote for her. Heck, I'd consider my senator, Sen. Mark Warner.

    August 19, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. yolanda

    @Tampa, do you ever tire of spewing your churlish drivel? You are so predictably boring and simple. Snore........

    August 19, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Democrat Junk

    I'm glad you're on her side Mr. Dean. Yehawwwww!!!!

    August 19, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Klutch Cargo

    Aw,So,
    At "Tiny Tim" Manor Hillary just have to run against, "Booming Economy" and "You Can Do It Yourself Party". And if that don't work maybe they just have to eat cake. No doubt Hillary running. She is rounding up Brooms now.

    August 19, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    It bears repeating:

    Hillary would be a very effective president – IF there were also Dem majorities in the House and Senate.

    Unlike the repub/tea bags, Dems know how to listen to the opposition party and build consensus (and none of that "Obamacare was rammed down our throats crap; you had a year to read it and debate it and you stalled and stalled and stalled because your #1 priority was to make President Obama a one-term president – and to hell with your duty to serve your nation!).

    Sure, the Murdoch- and Koch brother-funded media will whine and cry and moan and wail about how she's a dictator (simultaneously weak, somehow), when all it's really about is not getting their oligarchy way 100% of the time.

    Bottom line: If you want our country to move forward and our government to get things done (which Dems have shown they can do – with the help of the private sector – look it up), then vote Democratic.

    Vote Democratic on November 4, 2014 and November 8, 2016.

    August 19, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Tampa Tim

    Hillary will have to run against the likes of Rand "bite and run" Paul, Krispy "Busta Stage" Christie....

    FIFY – that was hilarious.

    August 19, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Nice to know that Dean is an advocate for the continuing destruction of America. I am not the least bit surprised by that, but having it confirmed, is nice to know.

    August 19, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Hector Slagg

    Aw,So,
    Sounds like Dean wants to be in Hillary's Cabinet. Maybe Budget Director. You know what they say. A Billion here, a Billion there, pretty soon we're talking real money. Meantime back at the 29 Hour Work week......
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    Great idea, grunty. If not here running mate, the Dr. Dean would definitely make a great HHS Secretary.

    August 19, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    --Dean is NOT for the destruction of America–it is Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Tom Thillis, Ann coulter, GlennBeck, Fox Gang, KarlRowe, Rush Limbaugh, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell etc. List is long–I am tired here.

    August 19, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Disgruntled Dem

    She is a one-person axis of evil.

    August 19, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein

    Dean has a certain perspective and wants the Democrat nominee to reflect a lot of those values. I guess there is some concern that Hillary Clinton won't check enough of those boxes.

    August 19, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Boomer in Mo

    I hope she doesn't. Never have liked her. I actually would prefer Dean to Hillary.

    August 19, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Disgruntled Dem
    She is a one-person axis of evil.

    If she is, she would be the lesser evil, when compared to anything the Republicans have shown so far or have on the horizon...

    August 19, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Klutch Cargo

    Wow,
    Here's a News Flash for you. Dems know how to listen to Opposition Party! Damn, Harry Reid missed the Memo! In fact I think he forgot where the Senate Floor is! Move over Dean. You ain't far enough to the left! Alas Elvis has left the building and Corporate America has left the country.

    August 19, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    S.B. Stein
    Dean has a certain perspective and wants the Democrat nominee to reflect a lot of those values. I guess there is some concern that Hillary Clinton won't check enough of those boxes.
    -------------------

    In which case, one suspects that Dean is setting himself up to be her running mate.

    August 19, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    Nice to know that Dean is an advocate for the continuing destruction of America. I am not the least bit surprised by that, but having it confirmed, is nice to know.
    _________________________
    remind me Rick- which party shut down the federal government-that cost taxpayers $24 billion? Which party held 56 meaningless votes on the ACA- that cost taxpayers around $75 million? Which party cannot even get their act together enough to pass a law or two- all the while bemoaning a President doing his job, and all the problems they see?
    Which party got the bond rating of the U.S. lowered- which costs taxpayers to this day? Which party puts baboons like Michelle Bachmann on the Intelligence Committee in the House?

    I could go on. But, as our economy continues to recover (without the Right); unemployment goes down (without the Right); corporate profits remain high, the market goes up, and the growth rate last quarter was 4% (all without the Right)- I think everyone can spot who is tearing down our nation- and it isn't the Democrats.

    August 19, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. yolanda

    @Lynda, I agree. Early positioning on Dean's part. He would appeal to the more liberal base that she will have difficulty wooing without someone like him as a running mate.

    August 19, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. rs

    Disgruntled Dem

    She is a one-person axis of evil.
    ______________________
    What does that make the GOP then? really? After Bush Cheney that means the GOP must be Sodom and Gomorrah!

    August 19, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    While Republican presidential hopefuls beat each other up and pander to conservative extremists during the primaries, Hillary, as the overwhelming favorite, will define the policies, agenda, tone and values of her administration.

    August 19, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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