April 18th, 2008
06:55 AM ET
10 years ago

Dean: I need a decision 'now'


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(CNN)— An increasingly firm Howard Dean told CNN again Thursday that he needs superdelegates to say who they’re for – and “I need them to say who they’re for starting now.”

“We cannot give up two or three months of active campaigning and healing time,” the Democratic National Committee Chairman told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “We’ve got to know who our nominee is.”

After facing criticism for a mostly hands-off leadership style during much of the primary season, Dean has been steadily raising the rhetorical pressure on superdelegates. He said Thursday that roughly 65 percent of them have made their preference plain, but that more than 300 have yet to make up their minds.

The national party chair, who has remained neutral throughout the primary process, said again it’s his job to make sure both candidates feel they are treated fairly – but not to tell either of them when to end their run.

soundoff (404 Responses)
  1. Isaac

    Dean needs to be pushed out of his post at the DNC, he is the worst. The reality is that he is in the tank for Obama – he has twisted the race to avoid having to count FL & MI and now he is getting nervous that his chosen one is starting to falter. I am so sick of him.

    April 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. linda

    Let the people "VOTE" what the hell is Obama scared of, He may not win.

    April 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Judy

    Oh put a sock in it Howie...

    April 17, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. Deb, IN

    Sounds like Howard Dean is a little embarrased by his proteges performance in the debate last night.

    April 17, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Judy

    Oh put a sock in it Howie...

    April 17, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    Hmmm... can you say "soviet style party boss"?

    April 17, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. jayjay

    Hillary just picked up an huge endorsement by the Constructions Workers' Union yesterday. How come CNN hasn't put it on the ticker? Instead, they put Obama's Bruce Springsteen's endorsement. What a shame!

    April 17, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. Z5Pearls

    Oh!!! He finally gets a clue!!! Duh!

    April 17, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Marty

    How did this guy get to be Dem Party Chairman? Could there have been a worse choice? Did we not see that he was a nut case when he went berserk during his own ill-fated campaign? I am beginning to think Democrats have some pretty twisted ideas about leadership. Case in point: this mad love affair with Barack Obama. That defies reason, too. Who's next-one of those professional hot dog eaters? And by the way, Aliou Salam, the majority of Americans will not vote for Obama. He is not electable. Sorry, but that myth is busted.

    April 17, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. Barbara Roberts

    If Dean hadn't shut out the Fl and MI voters with his ego overriding common sence we would be closer to a canidate we need Clinton in there and so boot Dean out and lets get on with the process. What is wrong is Dean afraid that if it goes on a women will be President something he didn't get to be. I won't vote for Obama as I don't feel he is able to run the country. So shut up Dean and let the people decide not a few party members. Or I will swing to independent.

    April 17, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Flo

    I am a lifelong African American Democrat, but if the Dems don't give Hillary a fair shake by counting her votes in Michigan and Florida as well as cutting her to pieces in the press every time she opens her mouth, I'll be home on election day. Let the best person WIN, not shoved down our throats by maneuvering and manipulating with this caucus nonsense and other trickery! didn't we learn anything the last time around about hijacked elections. When Karl Rove gets done with Obama, McCain WILL in the White House. Go Hillary!

    April 17, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Ryan P.

    Mr. Dean,
    Your handling of this Dem. race is as dramatic as your last run for the President. You are obviously a powerful man who is overseeing the matters and the way people are being divided is really deplorable in the Dem. Party. I don't know whether two are in the same party or one is the spy from the other party. I sincerely hope that you take a measured but firm step toward moving forward and being united. Otherwise, your party will stand no chance of winning next 50 years.

    April 17, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. John

    Mr./Dr. Howard Dean,back off.Having messed with Florida and Michigan; You now want to dictate the superdelegates on how to vote now! What a mess you have inflicted in the Democratic party.

    April 17, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Renee

    Its about time the DNC do something. This is a travesty. I will not give them anymore money until it is decided.

    April 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Now we are talking

    Yeah really! Nominate someone already so Granda pa McCain could be challenged.

    April 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Every single poll shows that McCain beats obama hands down but he is neck and neck with Hillary. But the stupid dumb bunny democrats are still pushing obama.

    Obama has not won one Democratic State (except caucus and we know how his campaign handlers got those). This means if you add the electoral votes in the states Hillary has won to the pittling electoral votes obama won, HIllary would whip obama's butt. All those so called states had hardly any electoral votes. And the only reason he won some of them was the black vote. Remember. He won the Democratic vote in a Republican state. Iowa, oh heck yeah, it has voted republican in 75 years. And how about those republican southern states.

    It seems the Democrats always, always, shoot themselves in the butt and snatch defeat from victory with their stupid decisions.

    They better re-evaluate the fact that obama only has a sort of rock star position and the real Democrats, the ones who vote....in the long run...won't vote for him.

    April 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. bill in Oklahoma

    Perhaps they are doing their duty and looking to see who is the most electable candidate in the general election. That was the reason we have superdelegaes. They might want to see if either candidate has any more skeletons in the closet.

    April 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. SueAnna

    Here's where Dean fails in his argument:

    1. Trying to jerryrig a battle stlil being contested is unfair and undemocratic.
    2. Thwarting the will of the electorate by not resolving Florida and Michigan is unfair and undemocratic.
    3. Pressuring superdelegates on the eve of a primary and after a devastatingly bad debate performance by Obama is manipulative and obvious.

    April 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. Catherine

    The bulk of our "super-delegates" are such cowards! Millions of Americans have publicly announced their support of one of the candidates. We give our money, we give our support, we give our hopes for a victory.


    Yet, our "super-delegates" cower in the corner, waiting for the odds-makers to give them the name of the candidate with the best odds. How despicable! How typical!

    April 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Charles

    The States don't have the luxury of voting whenever they please neither should the Superdelegates. There should be a deadline...before June or this will truly be a mess. What the hell are the Superdelegates waiting on...the elections to finnish?

    April 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Peggy, KS

    You sure do need and answer, because you are the reason the DNC is imploding. If you would just get a spine, the Clintons couldn't run all over you.

    Grow a spine Dean, before August.

    April 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. GOD

    Howard Dean , This piece of slimie crap that he is, should go hide in the conner, and let my people vote

    April 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  23. art from austin, texas


    April 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. Jackie Nb

    HILLARY should win!!!!! Otherwise , its McCAIN!!!!!

    April 17, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. Kay Richards

    Thank you Howard Dean for your attempt to bring this thing to a close. We need to get rid of this polarizing figure called Hillary Clinton. I believe she really lost it when she had the audacity to say that John McCain was more prepared to be Commander in chief than Senator Obama. She may actually still be a Republican. She certainly has proven that she is a wolf in sheep's clothing, and can not be trusted. A revised and invigorating Democratic party without the Clintons is just fine by me.

    April 17, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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