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. AB

    The only deal acceptable to the majority of democrats who are solidly behind obama is a ticket with Obama as their nominee!

    February 6, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. June (California Voter)

    Have someone with experiance or else the Republicans will walk all over the Democrats.

    February 6, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Sis

    The only deal Obama needs to make is no deal. Our moment is now. And we the people are not going to wait for Hillary and Howard to decide when Obama can have a turn. Our votes have decided we want real change from the status quo with Obama.

    February 6, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Jon

    Like we havent seen this one coming? In the end Hillary is going to get the nomination! A brokered convention would not be a good thing for the party, Dean is right!

    February 6, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. DC

    I have followed politics closely and have voted in every election since I became a citizen in 1989. Senator Clinton is the best person for President. Obama is very inspirational but I don't think he has the experience to take on any of the Republican candidates. If Obama is the nominee I will have to abstain or vote for the Republican. The Republican will pick apart his records as no one has scrutinized his records yet and in the end the Republican will use any tactics to keep the White House. It would be good for the Democratic Party and for Obama for him to accept the VP role to gain experience and becomes President in 8 years. We have so many challenging issues on hand to have a President who lacks experience – it takes time to go up the learning curve when you have to learn on the job and we don't have any time as the nation faces many important issues – sluggish economy, subprime mortgage, War in Iraq and falling American standing in the world.

    February 6, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. cholman

    Ya NickNasc, you are so right. We should ignore experience and ability for someone that can give an inspirational speech. Come on, put Obama in a debate and he reminds me of Bush talking, unless of course it's one of the talking points he has been (or has been prepared for him) hitting for months now. Obama is young, not really in age but in life experience. As sad as it is, while he may be inspirational we need to really accept the fact that he is NOT ready for this job. Maybe before 9-11 we could risk giving someone without experience a chance (you know, kind of like George W.), but we need someone that is ready and I personally would rather have someone there that IS ready. Chris

    February 6, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. yns

    NO DEAL! I cannot believe that there would be any contemplation of a deal! Hillary is the right woman for the job. My vote goes to her! If she is not the nominee then it may go nowhere or to the other side of the fence! There are no deals in this election!

    February 6, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. DetMan

    I wouldn't mind Obama-Clinton. I think Hilldogg would make a good VP. Definitely not the other way around though.

    February 6, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  9. Jeff, Denver, CO

    A deal? What the heck is that supposed to mean? I swear the DNC better not let super delegates chose the nominee – there will be a big mess. Better reschedule a Michigan and Florida primary for April right now!!!

    February 6, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. marjorie

    NickNasc, you clearly don't understand politics. A deal with the DNC would be the best thing for the party and country. We would have a very difficult time winning the general if we have a brokered convention and remain divided too long. By mid-March, we need to start rallying around a nominee. The Republicans will have their nominee and will already be raising money for them and and building a base of national support. This is not the time for idealism. It makes perfect sense that Howard Dean would this. Grow up!

    February 6, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. Followingclosely

    NickNasc February 6, 2008 7:07 pm ET

    Deal?? Deal?? We don't want no stinkin DEAL!!! What will they offer? Look Obama…shes OLD and you are so Young…let HER have it now and we will give you YOUR turn after her…C'mon be a Sport!!!

    NO DEALS!!!!!

    LOL! You missed your calling NickNasc.

    February 6, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    You will turn off the youth vote if you force them to run as a ticket. He represents what she isn't. This would not be a match made in heaven.

    The Clintons ruined Gore's chance, do not permit the Clinton to soil Obama.

    February 6, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Wayne Marion

    Well I hope the nation wakes up and gives Clinton the votes to go ahead soon. Obama would force Democrats to vote for McCain. To many things that are unknown about Obama's past and if he will really stand up to threats to our nation.

    Elect Obama and McCain wins in November.

    February 6, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    I say if the DNC is not willing to let Obama pick his own VP (not Hillary) then he needs to run as an Independent!

    February 6, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. dan, paris

    it is obvious the democrats stand to loose alot if this race continues to august. however, i hope the super delegates will put their weight unanimously behind obama if they hope to solidify their grounds against the GOP, for four reasons.
    – obama has a wider appeal among young voters insuring the partys future,
    – polls show that the black vote is a block vote for him which would be critical come november, and his numbers are high among white voters,
    – with Bloomberg considering a run, the democrats cant afford to loose independents, else we would see a repeat of election 2000.
    -lastly obama presents a clea contrast to McCain, which will be a big plus come november.

    inally i would like to add that an obama-clinton ticket will not just do because they present very contrasting ideals which would turn off so many. it is high time the party leaders take it upon themselves to get edwards to endorse obama, possibly pair them up. an Obama-Edwards ticket will floor the republicans and ensure the partys dominance for very long time.

    February 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Broker Baloney

    Barack is too honorable. Let the DNC talk to David Duke to run with Hillary. He won't mind getting down and dirty.

    NO DEALS with Barack.

    February 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. pat

    Seems quite obvious a Clinton/Obama ticket for the democratic party in November is a win/win for all their supporters and one of the best ways to effectively bring real change to our government. They then should enlist former candidate Edwards for a cabinet position.

    February 6, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. ian

    No, no deals. She is old and weak. We are young and strong. We move in for the kill.

    February 6, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. Charlotte

    Give Floridians their delegates, All dems. were on the ballot and Ophama even ran ads, which he was not suppose to do

    February 6, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. Andrew

    well it depends will it be Obama/Clinton
    or Clinton/Obama
    That is the only deal your talking about
    that is serious gamesmanship of the highest order
    just let the voters decide

    February 6, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. Sonya

    No deal. Just allow the delegates to count for Michigan and Florida and the race will be decided. Hillary wins.
    GO HILLARY!!!!

    February 6, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. ZC

    A deal? LOL. Neither of these canidates should or will want to give up thier aspirations because of Howard Dean's screwed up primary season.

    February 6, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  23. Tim, New York City, New York

    Wow – to think that Hillary Clinton *deserves* 'it' just because she's served more time in politics is idiotic – very immature. *That* is not what the American election process is about – it's not about the time served (or the age of the candidate), it's about who can get the job done the best – and frankly I don't think Clinton 'deserves the job anymore than Obama does.

    Seriously, let's be adults – not children who they think they deserve something they may not.

    America *needs* change – most of America would agree (Republican or Democrat) – Hillary does not represent change – she represents the old establishment.

    Hillary (or any politician for that matter) deserves nothing short of what the American people want – they should decide who is the nominee, or at least participate in the process.

    Obama – STAND your ground!

    February 6, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. Jason

    What's there to workout? The delgates will say enough.

    Looks like Obama has gotten the whole DNC on it's heel.

    February 6, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. Claire, Austin, TX

    No deal.

    February 6, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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