April 1st, 2008
12:40 PM ET
15 years ago

Dean: Democrats will unify around nominee

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(CNN)—Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Tuesday a razor-thin margin of victory will not hurt the party’s unity so long as the elections are fair.

“One candidate is going to win with 50.2 percent of the votes and another candidate is going to lose by 49.8 percent of the votes,” Dean said. “I want to make sure that the candidate who doesn’t win this nomination feels they’ve been treated fairly according to the rules.”

Dean stressed again that he would like to see the race resolved by July 1—weeks before the party’s August convention.

Watch the entire interview today during the 4 p.m. hour of The Situation Room.

–CNN’s Emily Sherman

soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. SUE, Michigan

    He's right, but I'm not sure how you make any result from Michigan or Florida fair at this point. The DNC really screwed that up, as far as I'm concerned. We voted in good faith, and the election was legal, and must count, under law.
    I can only pray that Hillary scores BIG in PA, and bigger yet in the remaining states. The Republican smear machine can't wait to get a crack at Obama, and I'm sure they are terrified that Hillary will pull this out because McCain can't beat her.

    April 1, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Texan on a Mission of truth!

    You're an Idiot DEAN. No way the majority of us Democrats that are for Hillary will vote for Obama. IF OBAMA WINS PLEASE HILLARY RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT. YOU WILL WIN. There is enough of us out here to see it through. First place I don't think you're going to lose, but if that chance happens, think Independent. Then you won't have to listen to the DEANS, KENNEDYS, PELOSI's, KERRY's RICHARDSON's, etc. You will be your own woman. We definitely need another party now. The Democrats have destroyed themselves this time around. HILLARY 08

    April 1, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Sue Marie, MI

    Yeah, right. Speak for yourself, tool.

    April 1, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. William

    Agreed, in the end, the dems will rally around whomever gets the nomination. If they don't, then they can't complain about the next four years under republican rule, (God forbid)

    April 1, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. California Independent

    Sure will. If it's Clinton. Obama? eh, not so much. Dean is a moron if he still refuses to notice that many Clinton supporters never supported Obama and as more info about the walking ego with no experience comes out, more people are turned off by Obama.

    Obama doooooomed in Nov.

    If it isn't Clinton, McCain '08

    April 1, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Debby

    Yeah when pigs fly Dean. Just shut up.

    April 1, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. AJ

    No Howard, they wont. There are many Clinton supporters like me who believe that Obama is a disaster waiting to happen and will be voting for McCain if Obama is the nominee. I'm sure that many Obama supporters feel the same way. I urge all Clinton supporters to join me.

    April 1, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    We should be glad he's no longer practicing medicine and using his political brand of mathematical brilliance in calculating dosages of drugs he prescribes for his patients. The Democratic nomination process this year is profoundly undemocratic. Fortunately, the two remaining candidates are weak excuses for leaders if the Free World and are unelectable.

    April 1, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Rick

    Dean – First resolve the FL and MI votes and then we can talk.

    April 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. AJ

    California Independent: "walking ego" – great one!! How true.

    If it isn't Clinton, McCain '08

    April 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. JP

    Hillary Clinton lied when she told Iowa and New Hampshire that she would go along with DNC rules regarding Michigan and Florida.

    We cannot trust such a blatant liar. We need someone who tells the truth and follows the rules.

    April 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. sophia nyc

    Dems united in '08

    Say NO to 4 Bush 3rd term.

    April 1, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. David

    yeah, right. don't count on it at the rate these two are going.

    April 1, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Robert NYC & Miami

    I AM SORRY TO DISAPPOINT YOU MR DEAN.

    I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR OBAMA.

    April 1, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Louis

    Don't count on it Dr. Dean... you know like don't count the votes...

    You are the decider and you decided on not counting all the votes... to seat the delegates after the nomination is set will not mean a thing.

    Punishing and disenfranchising the voters will cost the DNC the Whitehouse in November... never underestimate the power of a swing state.

    I for once decided on going GOP for the first time.

    April 1, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. LK

    "If the nomination is fair" is the key phrase here. That is exactly what Clinton's will use to destroy this; they are already setting this nomination up as "not fair." They are ignighting the MI and FL voters and telling them that it is Obama who disenfranchized them AND now they are riling the women of this country and getting them to believe that white men are pushing them out of leadership roles.

    Watch out America – pretty soon this will be chaos. "Unfair" will just be the start. Democrats: you have your head in the sand...

    ~ A White, older female FOR Obama

    April 1, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. aware

    Not if the nominee is Obama! 🙁

    This arrogant guy is reaching too high too soon and his super ego will seriously defeat and derail the Democrats if he is the nominee. Obama is a great con man but America needs a president who can tackle the issues.

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 or McCain! 🙂

    April 1, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. Greg

    The problem belongs to Florida and Michigan...they were warned in advance of the consequences of moving up their primary dates. Now, they will not be seated at the convention. Seems to me the party to blame is the leadership in both states. Not Howard Dean

    April 1, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Disenfranchised in Miami

    Don't count on it Dr. Dean... you know like "you don't count our votes"...

    You are the decider and you decided on not counting all the votes... to seat the delegates after the nomination is set will not mean a thing.

    Punishing and disenfranchising the voters will cost the DNC and our country the Whitehouse in November...

    never underestimate the power of a swing state.

    I for once decided on going GOP for the first time.

    April 1, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. Eric

    Hillary's poll numbers have been dropping in NC, PA and nationally over the past week or so. I don't think this is because people don't like Hillary, I think it's because of fear of a drawn out race. You have Pelosi saying the superdelegates shouldn't overturn the will of the people and shouldn't overturn the pledged delegates otherwise it will be disaster for the country. You have Richardson saying we need to unite under one individual or destroy the party. The same was said by Leahy and Casey. Then there's the media saying Hillary has no chance of winning and that if the race continues Democrats won't win the election. People are switching their votes because they know if they vote for Hillary, the race will go on. If they vote for Obama they feel it will end soon.

    I disagree with those who say the will of the people is represented by the pledged delegates. Is there 1 pledged delegate for every 1 person? No. That's called the popular vote. In a fair election, all 50 states would be included. That has not been the case so far. With FL and MI included Hillary actually has a good chance of winning the popular vote.

    This is why we need to do a revote ASAP to show the Amerian people that Hillary DOES have a chance in winning the popular vote. The longer we wait to include FL and MI, the less chance Hillary has in winning the nomination. In that respect, the election has been unfair to Hillary because people are flocking toward Obama because they don't realize that she likely would win the popular vote with Fl and MI counted.

    April 1, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. VOTER FOR TRUTH, DIGNITY-OBAMA/EDWARDS 2008

    The longer Hillary stays in the race, the worse she looks. Everytime
    she opens her mouth, she trashes someone. Good, because the
    longer she stays, the more people really hate the Clinton's!!! This
    is great for Bill Clinton's legacy. More History making for the Clinton's
    and we thought the book was closed. Had we been so lucky.

    Obama or No one 2008
    Retired Professional White Woman 0f 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    April 1, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. jeremy

    Sue,

    The DNC is not responsible for MI and FL representatives going against party wishes and moving up their primiaries. It was clearly stated what would happen and YOUR representatives moved up the primaries anyway.

    So how that translates to the DNC or Obama being responsible is beyond any logical thought process. Don't forget that Hillary signed the agreement laying out the penalties. She flip flopped and started this crusade only after she fell way behind in the popular vote, states won and delegate count. So, you may want to reconsider what her true ambitions are. Are they the rights of the MI and FL voters, I think not.

    As far as the GOP smear machine, HRC has much more skeletons in the closet than a reverend with pointed comments. HRC has much more at stake, watergate, travel, shady stock dealings and the list is much longer.
    The GOP will eat her for breakfast.

    April 1, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Talimee

    Count Michigan and Florida NOW! Make this race as fair as possible (even with the caucus system that I believe is horrible). We need to make this race legit... we need everyone to count. There are still 10 contests left... if Obama is so great and wonderful, he can win this election with all votes counted. We need a strong opponent against McCain in the GE and that will only be achieved by a legit as possible process.

    April 1, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. Hoosier

    The DNC created this problem when they handpicked a inexpereinced, unvetted Jr. senator that lacks judgement and credibility. The one thing Dean, Kennedy, Kerry, Richardson, Daschle Hart and Dodd have in commmon is that they are all lost their presidential campaigns. You can add Obama to the list because clinton supporters will never vote for him in November.

    April 1, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. United Dems for Obama

    We will unite....around Barack Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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