November 15th, 2007
09:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Dodd: Be careful what you wish for

Sen. Dodd suggested that true democracy in the Middle East may not be in the interests of the United States.

(CNN) - Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, warned that jihadists could win the majority of votes in free elections in a number of countries.

"Be careful what you wish for," Dodd told the audience at Thursday's CNN Democratic debate. "If there were totally free elections, in many of the countries we're talking about today, the Islamic Jihad or the Islamic Brotherhood would win 85 percent of the vote."

Dodd also told the audience that national security outweighs human rights in priorities for the president.

- CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Lorenz, Queens, Ny

    Maybe thats why so many people hate us.... if the majority are under a tyranny, don't you think they'll try to stop the source supporting that tyranny? How about we take a look at our constitution, and stop being the world police.

    November 15, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. Andrew, Albany NY

    I think Sen.Chris Dodd has told some hard facts that people need to understand. I believe that parts of the republican party should split to join part of the democratic base that are conservative, believe in the constitution, and enforcing the laws of this country. This idea of consolidated third party powerhouse could knock-out Corprate democrats and loyal Bush supporters. As an American Citizen I believe we all need to change and it's a hard fall from the top. We need to spend less money on wars and prisons; and more on education, health care, jobs, and enforcing the laws that have already exist including the constitution.

    November 15, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Chris, Pensacola FL

    He's wrong. Richardson just stated before him that the jihadists only generate 15% of the vote. Dodd can't just make up facts. Or at least he shouldn't.

    November 15, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. Ms. L, Albany, NY

    So he's implying that all this trouble the US has gone to in the Middle East may have been for nothing. National security, my front teeth. Why must we babysit the rest of the world?

    November 16, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Arkay, MI

    So is he saying there should not be any free elections in these countries because America may not like who gets elected?? So much for spreading democracy...

    November 16, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |