March 4th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Dean: Primaries are a 'walk in the park'


Watch DNC Chairman Howard Dean discuss his party's nomination race.

(CNN)— Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean characterized the presidential primary season as a “pleasant walk in the park” Tuesday, saying the real battle for the presidency will happen when the nominees are chosen.

In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, Dean also expressed fear of a divided party if a Democratic nominee is not chosen by the August convention, saying both candidates are well qualified to be the next president, making a tougher decision for voters. However, Dean said, “There’s no reason not to have a clear nominee before the convention starts,” because the convention is scheduled later this presidential cycle to adhere to public finance rules.

The Democratic convention is schedule to begin August 25 in Denver, Colorado. Pennsylvania’s April 22 primary is one of the last critical primaries for the Democratic candidates before the convention.

–CNN's Emily Sherman

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    I wonder how Howard Dean would explain to Democratic voters in Michigan & Florida why it was best that their votes don't count for anything.

    March 4, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Sean McM

    Democrats want to win the Presidency....if Obamacontinues to control every question, a failure in transparency for example, we could totally lose it by the Rove RNC machine!!!

    So I ask about a story that surfaced a few weeks ago....but not a word in the media about both the story and where the case is. The situation in question is the man in Minnesota who has filed a suit in Federal Court there alleging that the DNC, Obama, and David Axelrod have attempted to shut him up. His story that the suit is suggesting is being suppressed by Obama and the DNC
    is that he has claimed use of cocaine and sex with Obama in 1999.

    This must be brought to the open...we are all grown ups....and it is a public matter in a Federal Court....???

    Why is the media failing to report this to us????

    March 4, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  3. Ochoano

    If O- would have won those states, trust me, O and his staff would be pushing to for those delegates. O has the mind of old politician, sleaky and double face.

    March 4, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. Democrat from Hawaii

    Dean need to show some leadership on issues such as Michigan and Florida and on the Super Delegates. Instead he sends weekly emails on Republican missteps. He is too afraid to lead. It's time for him to resign so we can get some strong leadership at this critical time.

    March 4, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. ron

    Dean is a wacko

    March 4, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  6. Gil - California

    You are correct, the real battle happens then. And it depends who my Democrats pick before I decide who to vovte for in the general election.

    March 4, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |