July 14th, 2007
05:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Dodd: Money, celebrity will not win race

Dodd greets a supporter in Davenport, Iowa earlier this month.

(CNN)–Senator Christopher Dodd disagrees with the classification of presidential candidates in various tiers of competition for the party nomination. "Celebrity and money are not going to decide this race," the Democrat from Connecticut said. "And people I think take offense at it in these early primary and caucus states. They want to hear you, they want to see you."

Dodd made his comments Saturday to reporters in Salt Lake City, Utah, following his address to the Utah Democratic state convention. He took issue with a question on how he planned to compete with fellow candidates who have raised more money for their campaigns.

"The jury is still very out on this, and the question starting to be asked is who is prepared to be president, not just whether you are well known or have a larger war chest than someone else," he said. "As that question gets asked more and more, I feel more and more confident we can win these caucuses and primaries."

When asked if he had any reaction to the private comments between rivals Senator Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards discussing how to thin out the number of candidates participating in presidential debates, he offered, "I'd remind them the mic is always on."

- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

Filed under: Chris Dodd • Hillary Clinton • John Edwards • Race to '08
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. DH Saginaw, MI

    Neither is not remembering how the Rose Law firm billing records wound up on their coffee table in the living quarters of the White House.

    July 15, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Tom Dedham, Mass

    DH, you must stop speaking the truth about the Clinton's, everything was a right-wing conspiracy, the world loved us and our "food tasted better".

    July 15, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  3. ACA, San Diego, CA

    Sadly enough, Mr. Dodd, I think you will be quite wrong.

    July 16, 2007 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Money, celebrity will not win race and neither will Dodd.

    July 16, 2007 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  5. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    That was part of the "vast right-wing conspiracy". Bush planted that paperwork and he tipped them off on how to invest $1000 to make $100,000 in a month.

    But at least everyone "loved us" as they were attacking our installations with little or no response from Billy boy.

    July 16, 2007 08:49 am at 8:49 am |