February 6th, 2008
03:02 PM ET
15 years ago

DNC chair: We may have to broker Clinton-Obama deal

(CNN) - As predictions of a convention floor fight from the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continue to mount, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said the party would likely intervene to prevent that scenario.

Dean said Democrats would look to “get the candidates together to make some kind of an arrangement” before the party meets in Denver this August to officially select its nominee.

In an interview on NY1 on Tuesday, before the outcome of the day’s votes was known, Dean said he thought the Democratic Party would have a nominee by mid-March or April.

"The idea that we can afford to have a big fight at the convention and then win the race in the next eight weeks, I think, is not a good scenario,” he said.

If there is no nominee selected by his predicted mid-spring date, or by Puerto Rico's June vote – the last presidential primary on the Democratic calendar – Dean said the party would likely bring both sides together to work out a deal.

“Because I don't think we can afford to have a brokered convention,” he said. “That would not be good news for either party."

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. alan

    Amazing. Never in my life time did I ever anticipate the possibility of witnessing a national smack-down between a viable black candidate and a viable woman candidate for President. The GODS have a sick sense of humor:
    Party Bosses attempt to broker a deal between Hillary and Obama.
    Hillary and Obama delegates revolt on the convention floor and the Democratic Convention devolves into the world's greatest Pro-Wreslting Cage Fight on national TV.
    McCain wins.

    February 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. mr.singh

    Woman are still considered weak for higher office. It's just a perception of course. It has to do with them being all emotional especially during their monthlies. At a time when there's security issues do you want a man or a woman? That's what people especially men will be asking themselves in private. And so they will vote for McCain if Democrats have Hillary candidate. Then there's also how other countries' leaders and our enemies too see a woman as US president. Look what happened to Bhutto. Look at Condol Rice, do you think those arab leaders take her seriously? Perhaps if there wasn't security threats, a woman would be ok.

    Women always think they can do everything themselves; they don't need us men. You want equal pay, which is fine. But then, why don't women carry heavy loads. Instead they call us men to do it for them and at work too. Why is our military not swarmed with women now that they can serve? When there's strange noises in the night, who ribs who to get up and check things out. When woman pop out a baby, they take time off which is understandable; but we continue working just like in the old hunting and gathering days. When there's a fire or you need police, it's a man that usually shows up. Woman are the nurturers in society and the sooner the NOW crowd understand this the happier they will be.

    Yes you can make the claim that men start conflicts but then it's always been like that since old hunt' and gather' days. It all comes down to the people we choose as leaders. Are they intelligent enough to overcome those barbaric way? Will they fight when they could've used diplomacy? Do they use their brain rather than their might? And when they use their might, is it for a good cause to bring good result?

    And there's also how you look. Do you look weak? I have found that people with dark brown or black hair usually show strength just by appearance alone. And if you're tall, dark haired, intelligent, talk well, caring and can inspire people, that's a leader!!! Add to it skin color dark skin even light brown or black then it's a bonus. Becase when you're dealing with rogue people especially in the middle east, you have to show strength. And you can't be shorter than them. Eye to Eye, man!! It's like chess game.

    February 7, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Jerry

    I think Barack needs about 8 years of OJT, which can be obtained as VP in a Clinton administration, this would give the experience needed to become a great president.

    February 7, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Jean, Indiana

    Obama raised over $7 million after Super Tuesday almost overnight. Clinton had to loan her campaign $5 million just to get to Super Tuesday.

    There will be no need for brokering.

    February 7, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. MIwatch

    Will Obama really beat McCain? What is the data to support this claim? Again, because of the spirit of Yes, We Can!.. Then this sound like Bush, when the economy is getting worse, he still claims that our economy is in good shape, just calm down be patient, we can do it! Will Obama be another one? Yes We Can? How? Where are the facts to support that he can change? Unite the Democrat first, how can he do it, when he keep spreading the HIillary Hatres sentiments in his campaign rallies? An uniter? or a braker?

    February 7, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Henry

    When people talk about giving Hillary HER turn, and then letting the young Obama
    get HIS in 2017, they're pandering to her perceived sense of entitlement.

    My prediction: If Obama gets the nomination he will pick a woman as his
    running mate (Kathleen Sibelius?) and then the dems will be unbeatable
    in November.

    February 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. MaverickModerate

    The last deal Dean would make would be one that gives the nomination to Clinton. He knows if Clinton wins the presidency, his days are numbered. If he tries to broker a deal, make no mistake, he will be pulling for Obama.

    February 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. AP

    Hell no. No deal.
    Obama 08

    February 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Sunny

    Where did you get the Clinton/Obama scenario? I don't see it in your post?

    That does not sound like something Dean would say at all. Could you tell us your source?

    February 7, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. I don't think so!

    This is an insult to even think of the possibility of a ticket with both Obama and Clinton. I am glad to see that Obama understands that this is an insult to even think that he would want to share a V.P. spot with Bill. Obama would actually be the 2nd V.P. because Bill would be the one running the white house (cheap way to get a 3rd Presidential seat) Hillary would actually be the V.P. and Obama would be shifted down the hall somewhere without a voice.....just ask Al Gore and look how it really hurt him when he tried to run as a presidential candidate. The Clintons disgusting character and horrible reputation along with Bush stealing the election was just too much drama! Why don't the Clintons go somewhere and sit the hell down....They have had their tme in the White house and as a use to be Clinton supporter, I really hate what I am seeing and what I feel the yreally represent! I was a blinded Clinton supporting....and I now realize that they are backstabbers to the Democratic party! The Clintons are ignorant, unethical with cheap dirty tricks and they have way too much baggage for Obama. They would love to tarnish him with their dirty laundry! They are going to the reason why the Democrats loose the National Election because of their desire to always take over by any means necessary!! They treat their political camp like trash...they fire them then rehire them if any of them dare to disagree with the Clintons...they treat their staff like dogs and the interesting thing is that their pathetic staff keeps running back to support them...What lack of comment sense in their supporters.

    February 7, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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