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. Joyce in Florida

    Florida should have their delegates counted; it was a fair primary even though we, as voters, had no idea of the repercussions our state legislature started. Michigan should have a re-vote if that is possible.

    Senator Obama thinks he is god's gift - NOT!!!!!!!!!!!! He thinks he is above everyone and will not release his legislative dealings while he has been in public office. Gee, I wonder what he is hiding? We know little about his dealings with Rezko, etc. Not to mention his Pastor. This man is NOT presidential material. He should release his records just like Senator Clinton has. He is definitely hiding something. Why isn't this being pursued? Who does he think he is that he can just keep spuming garbage from his campaign?? Pretty sick!!

    Time for you Obama supporters to wake up. Senator Obama is the ONLY person holding up the Florida and Michigan dilemma. Senator Obama, time for you to fess up and release your records, approve the Florida and Michigan delegates FROM THE PRIMARY RESULTS, and stand up and face the music. It will only get harder for you. Stop disenfranchising two states because the numbers will not be in your favor once that happens. None of this 50/50 split crap. If you want to go there, how about re-doing some of the states that you won?

    HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Don

    Obviously Mr. Dean is disconnected with us Democrats that support Hilary and will not vote for an in experienced candidate. What does he actually do for the party by the way ?

    April 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Terry

    Sorry to drop this on you Dr Dean.....i guess you hoping that to be true... I'm very sorry to disapoint you.....I will say maybe one in ten might vote for Obama if Hillary loses...maybe not that manyIf I don't believe anything he says now,why do you think I will Later.......Give that some thought

    April 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. BB

    After the last two presidential elections, we the voters are getting rolled over. I wonder if all voters would vote at one time as they do in November. As a voter from Pennsylvania the Dem leadership wants to limit who I can vote for. I think it's time for all states to have equal voting ......

    April 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Ken Sawyer

    Why does the media and people who worship Obama not ask him how he is going to pay for all of his promised giveaways. Is he going to cut welfare? If people are not willing to work how will there be money to pay for all the freebees.? Yeh I have heard about the economy. At our worst it is still better than any country in the world even with a big bunch of it sitting on their rear ends. We need a universal sales tax to collect from the drug dealers and deadbeats who live by the underground economy and welfare. if the economy is so bad why is there no unemployed illegals?

    April 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Grif

    Not unless Hillary is you're Nominee....

    April 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Alice

    Dream on Howard – I think you are severely mistaken that we all will rally around the candidate if it is Barack. I live in Florida, and we are all very upset at being disenfranchised. I don't know anybody who will vote for Barack come November if he is the nominee, even the ones who originally supported him. Everyone I know says they will either vote Republican or stay home. I don't think it was very smart of you to make 10% of the Democratic voters this angry.

    April 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Jeff in WI

    ""Count Michigan and Florida NOW! Make this race as fair as possible""

    you contradicted yourself.

    April 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Democrats who say if their candidate doesn't win will vote John McCain need to remember how you heckled the Republicans for voting George W. Bush for president. If you vote for John McCain, you should have voted for GWB, more of the same.

    April 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Dan

    Watch MSNBC to get the news. CNN is mulling over stories from a month ago, and Fox has got Hitler Hannity and Rush Himler Limbaugh persecuting the same Rev. Wright story. They are making sure to set the country back 40 years. What Wright didn't accomplish Sean and Rush will. The IQ of the ultra right in this country has slipped!

    April 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. mbgoldie

    I'm from Florida and as far as I'm concerned you're the reason why my vote didn't count. No way will I unify and vote for Obama, especially what happened in Florida. THIS IS NOT THE AMERICAN WAY. Our votes should be counted! Do your job Howard and make our votes count!

    April 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. McCain 08

    It is refreshing to see all of you democrats that are willing to vote for McCain.That should make his job a lot easier.I would have voted for Huckabee too.

    April 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. WIll

    I will not vote for Obama if Clinton does not win the nomination.

    Absolutely not!

    Dean, your costing the Dems the nomination with Florida and Michigan. At least let Florida count since it was a fair fight with no campaigning and equal access with both candidates.

    April 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Jeff in WI

    Dean is trying to divert attention from his trainwreck of a nomination battle by attacking McCain himself.

    Tend to your own mess, Howie.

    April 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Disenfranchised in Florida

    All the name calling is not going to change my mind or many of the other "insane Hillary supporters" or so called "Clintonians for McCain" but I guess your little minds does not allow the term democracy sink in. This is real and is happening for a reason. Someone messed up and it was not the voters.

    All we want is to count all the votes... If we have a legitimate candidate we will line up behind it but unfortunately for all of us Obama can not close the deal or there would not be calling for Hillary to drop out. Blaming Hillary or us behind her for the division in the party is totally unfair.

    You guys need to cool it and let the voices across the country be heard.

    April 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. ALBO

    Today it is 1414 Obama / 1243 CLINTON, of the total 2657 pledged delegates already elected, i.e and it will not change much
    after the End of the primaries.

    This is 53.2 / 46.8%, a 6.4% difference, not 0.4% as Mr. DEAN mention!

    ALBO

    April 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. lime

    He is right, I will rally around Hillary. I may have to write her name in, but I will rally around her. Sorry I cant support a Bigot.

    April 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Tim

    Florida and Michigan DID know what was going to happen. The voters could not possible have thought their votes were going to count. It had been covered for WEEKS leading up to the primaries. It is definately unfair to the voters for them not to have a say, but the results of those primaries are fundamentally flawed. IT IS JUST AS UNFAIR to Obama if you count those votes. So who's to blame? FL and MI state legislatures THATS WHO. So people of FL and MI, dont blame the Democratic Party as a whole, blame your state reps! Vote them out of office for failing to comply with rules that were set WELL AHEAD OF TIME.

    Anyone who thinks otherwise is an idiot and belongs with the republicans.

    April 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Sage Bill

    The biggest question in my mind is how a moron like Howard Dean who made a fool of himself during a previous campaign becomes the wise old man of the party. So far, Dean has succeeded in disenfranchising millions of voters with his arbitrary judgments. If such a clown existed in any other democracy in the world, he'd be out in a heartbeat. Can you imagine countries such as England and Canada putting up with such a buffoon?

    April 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. merle 7

    Fine Obama still will be the nominee and the president of the US. He will accomplish this without the votes of Hillary's supporters,because the majority of democrats will support him. Maybe Hillary will run as an independent and have Ralph Nader as her potential VP.

    April 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. hm

    Obama just does not add up. Reason why Hillary supporters will never vote for him.

    April 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Sharon

    Bob in Bridgeport.......
    He had his lawyers and lobbyists in Michigan fighting everything the people up there were suggesting, ask anyone who lives in Michigan....Please also go research how he manipulated mail-in votes in Illinois to push out 4 other candidates....
    Please go research.....

    April 1, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Marilyn

    Not going to happen, Howard. If Obama is the nominee, there are many of us who will vote for McCain.

    April 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Dwayne Minnesota

    Hillary supporters. Tell me once and for all, why do you guys Hate OBAMA so much? What makes McCain better than OBAMA. Look and see what McCain has said about Clinton. Starting reading Fox News and other Right Outlets.

    April 1, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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    April 1, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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