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. In a Dream.....

    Well, again Howard Dean is so off point. And he is the leader who has created this huge mess. I say – it is Ok to now seat all the delegates from Florida and Michigan – TODAY! as voted.........then move forward. This guy is so dilusional he has been listening to too many of Senator Obama's speeches. There will be a division and if Dean gets it so Obama is the nominee he will loose by a landslide to McCain....28% of Clinton supporters GONE.......Florida and Michigan voters GONE.......(nearly 4 million voters) and the electoral college to date show Clinton near tied with McCain and Obama in a very very distant third....just like bowling!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seat the delegates from Florida and Michigan as voted – whether you like it or not Howard Dean – take care of it and let the Obama people sue you because they will!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, is that what you don't want??? Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Arnold, WV

    Dean must know something that they aren't telling the public.Barring a complete meltdown by Obama due to the negativity of Clinton the final tally could not be that close.

    April 1, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Bob Stephens

    I think Clinton is already planning to run with McCain. If elected, they probably will give Joe Leiberman the job of head "War Monger".

    April 1, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Tex'un

    Dean is right, if the Clinton gang will stop doing McCain's job for him!

    April 1, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Celia Ann

    Saying it over and over doesn't mean it will happen. If Sen Obama is not the nominee, I have to vote for McCain. Pres Clinton pardoned 11 terrorist in 1999 that killed americans on us soil. I cannot vote for another Clinton. Many of the Obama votes are not Clinton votes just becasue they are democrats.

    April 1, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Lourdes

    you guys that want mccain over obama have no conscience about the real issues facing our country. this isn't a sports rivalry - a lot more is at stake. If you care about health care, corruption in washington, the economic crisis, the war in iraq being waged to make oil companies and contractors richer and richer, and keeping us safe from real terrorism, then you would realize how dangerous a vote for mccain is for our country. Please, Hillary supporters, don't give the GOP another four years.

    April 1, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. pat

    the dems will not unite behind the party,I have been a dem for 50 years and I support Hillary,I will not vote for obama.For the first time in my life I will vote for a republican and I will leave the dem.party.

    I am disgusted with the back stabbing,disloyalty aqnd the hands off obama,don't say anything about race,Well the democratic party will be forever known as the black party and the republican party will be the white party and god help us all

    April 1, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Paul from Kissimmee

    This party is divided, especially among voters. Clinton will not feel she was treated fairly either if they won't seat the delegates in Michigan or Florida. Obama won't feel he was treated fairly if the super delegates don't pick him if he's leading. What a mess.

    April 1, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. obama = america

    dean is right ... people will unify around the nominee. however, i think the july 1st deadline is a little too late. the deadline should be the beginning of june or mid-june. Obama is the best candidate and has the best chance to win in november. i will continue to travel state to state volunteering for him ...... obama volunteers are super dedicated to our cause and we will win in the end. Yes We Can!!!!!!! OBAMA '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Kris from AZ

    If we want this war to end and have a better economy. Dems to need to UNIFY. Mcain is not going to end this war and knows little about the economy. I dont know anybody who wants to see another man or woman taken down in Iraq. Vote for the Democrat beacuse it is the right thing to do. Dont jump ship or not vote due to not liking one or the other. We need to unify for the good of our nation! I dont want Hillary for president but will vote for her if she wins the primary. I really dont care for Billary eaither but it is the values we share today to get our men and women back home and to rebuild relations with freindly nations.

    April 1, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. david, Cherry Hill, NJ

    dean is correct

    everybody including specially the MEDIA need to simmer down

    let the democracy work – this is america
    let all the voters vote – this is not saddam hussein's iraq
    and let all the votes count

    April 1, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. sozzi

    Sue, Michigan;

    Why are you still thinking about Floirda & Michigan? You must be thinking like CNN. It has already been resolved, there WILL NOT be a re-vote, nor will Hillary be receiving any of the result. Tough luck.

    April 1, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. ADAIL


    April 1, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Dave W.

    While the Clinton supporters try to make up or dig up dirt on Obama, there is already more than enough dirt on the Clintons that any normal person would have been to embarrased to run for office. She has more political baggage then any other person. Her refusal to release tax returns and her earmarked spending shows that she has more skeletons in her closet that have to be brought to light. I find it funny that so many people remeber Bill Clinton as a great President instead of the womanizing, bullying, censured President he was.

    April 1, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. LDJ

    Don't hold your breath Mr Dean. This will not happen especially if the Florida and Michigan votes are not counted. If it ain't Clinton it will McCain 08 for me.

    April 1, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Jaime

    Well I know of 11 people who will not vote democratic now if Florida isn't seated as is.... so if Dean knows what is good for him .... he should quit talking.... because I think the DNC is in for a rude awakening.

    April 1, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Miki Gross

    If Clinton is not nominated for President, that does not mean I will automatically be voting for Obama. I feel that Obama lacks experience at this point in time. Perhaps in another 4 years, with more experience under his belt as a Senator from IIlinois, I would vote for him. But not now. If Clinton is not nominated for President, I will cross party lines and be voting for John McCain this fall.

    April 1, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Brian

    all the clinton supporters that are in the process of getting their feelings hurt and proclaim that they'll vote mccain are more or less selfish pricks. wake up and smell the roses before there aren't any to smell.

    April 1, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Gail

    I am not uniting anywhere around Obama.

    April 1, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Pinky

    I will not vote for Obama nor will I vote for McCain. People like our Senators, Kennedy, Kerry etc endorsing Obama has really destroyed
    our voting system and like many Americans, I am throughly disgusted!

    April 1, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Debbie, NJ

    Come on Dean, the only way Hillary is going to say its fair is if she's met her life long dream of sitting in that white house chair come Jan.
    2009. What's not fair is that the voters have seen her tax returns and her ear marks.

    April 1, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Mike in Houston

    Mr. Dean,

    You are out of your mind.

    April 1, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. kathleen

    It will take courage, but the Democrats need to search their souls
    and stand for the person that they believe in their hearts is a good
    person. We need "a Good person" with scruples to be our Pres.
    America has been deceived too long. I want to hear truth, when
    I turn on the T.V. The truth is what counts, here.

    April 1, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Skipper

    Forget it. I'll never vote for Obama and blacks will never vote for Clinton if he doesn't get the nomination.

    April 1, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Mack

    They are wrong about the superdeledates. The rules of the superdelegates were set long ago. And those rules give the superdelegates the right to go against the popular vote if needed to secure the best democratic candidate for the general election. Hillary should go all the way to the convention floor if FI and MI is not included in the voting process. It would be a disaster for the democratic party to not include the voters of MI and FL.

    April 1, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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