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

Dean: I need a decision 'now'


Watch Howard Dean on CNN Thursday.

(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.

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  1. Rockford IL

    I am changing my original statement, I would not vote for McCain if they do this. I don't think I could ever do that, but I won't vote at all. I cannot in good concious vote for Obama. I know I've just changed what I said before, but if the politicians can change there mind every five minutes why can't I?

    April 17, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. jimmy vekmen


    April 17, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. plain jane

    Don't blame Hillary for the DNC problems. The party is trying to force Hillary out. A lot of voters are going to leave the Democratic Party if that happens. We want the election to be based on all states voting. How can the delegates and the DNC expect loyal party members to roll over and not object. Hillary has been treated awful. Obama is just as harmful to the party. Rev. Wright and Ayers and Rezko are Obama's friends.....don't blame them on Hillary. The internet is full of articles that we read but the press fails to report. The DNC doesn't care about Hillary. If I were her, I would leave the party for the way she has been treated. She is by far the best candidate. HILLARY 08!

    April 17, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. An American in Canada

    ... Why should the super delegates vote now, that is like telling the American citizens that your votes will not matter.

    This man Howard Dean is a man in a panic...

    Let all of the remaining states vote and have their opinion, then come the convention the super delegates should have their say but not before the rest of the states vote.

    He first disenfranchised Florida and Michigan and now he is trying though the back door to disenfranchised the rest of the states due to vote

    Since neither Clinton nor Obama will have the necessary delegates to get the nomination, then the super delegates will have to decide on the proper number of states each candidate won and the popular vote and then the most votes from the super delegates...

    Why is this man in a panic... Take a valium Howard Dean you have already gone down in history as the worst president of DNC.

    The super delegates BETTER WAIT until the few remaining state vote.

    April 17, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. Dean is a Wimp

    Seat Florida and Michigan. In Michigan Obama splits the uncommitted votes with Edwards. Do this NOW.

    April 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. JF from Missouri

    Howard Dean is one of the best examples of why the deomcratic party is in such disarray. Patriotic supers are going to vote for who will best serve the democratic party. Dean should have thought about all this before he let Obama the empty suit get all this momentum. By disenfranchising Fla. and Mich. he cast his favor to Obama. Now we are seeing the many flaws in this guy and Dean wants everybody to hurry up because he's afraid that the more time goes by the more people are going get a view of this so called messiah. I think it needs to go to the floor. Obama needs to stop doing a soft-shoe show and come up with the goods before being given a shot at the White House. I really think that a lot of people are going to vote republican if the "minders" of the democratic party don't back off and let people make their own decision. It is absolutely the only chance the democrats have this time around. It is such a shame. We really do need a democratic leader.

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

    You are the reason Democrats are in this mess. Please go away and hide behind the delegates of FL and MI. I cannot beileve Democrats could not find a person with reasonable intelligence to be in charge.

    April 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. Jonathan

    Dean has been a tremendous failure and needs to resign immediately. The VOTERS must decide the nominee, not congress! How dare he, after months of inertia, get up now and demand action from anyone! RESIGN DEAN! FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN DESERVE TO STAND! DON'T PUNISH THE VOTERS!

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

    All you who say vote Democratic even if the candidate is a racist, anti-American, anti-semetic,elitist liar, with ties to criminals,are crazy. What Democrat doesn't want health care for all Americans? I cannot see Obama as a Democrat anymore than I can see Lieberman as one. Dean and the rest are only truying to keep thier jobs, wake-up Democrats, don't stand for voters being disenfranchised by thier own party, No amount of time will change my opinion of Obama or the DNC.

    April 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. Martina in Arubqa

    If the positions were reversed The DNC would have called Obama to step aside a long time ago. They thought that Hillary would have swept it by Super Tuesday. They never never thought that Obama would ever be the front runner. Theynow have a hot potato in their pants and they cant get rid of it. The establishment did not want Obama as the leader, the DNC is in a fup position.

    If this thing continues, and the nomination is ripped from Obama, then we must start looking for a third party.

    April 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |

    HA HA HA !!!!!!!!



    April 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. Mario E.

    HAHAHAHAHA, LOL! what a joke, the first chance America has to break down the walls of inequality by either democratic nominee, and the party cant get past which one gets to the base first... both hold the same values, their policy agendas are pretty much the same, there hidden agendas are fairly the same, they both embellish, and lie, stretch the truth, or misspeak, which ever definition of lie you need to help you get past the fact that its a lie.

    I personally think Obama would be better, because he is standing on reducing the influence of lobby and pact organizations which really control Washington...

    Get over it already folks, this is about legacy you give Clinton family a legacy as the first to have the first husband & wife team in the white house, and the first woman president, or you get the first black president, and possibly the first Woman or Hispanic VP...

    But the policies are pretty much the same, pick one and lets close ranks on the battle and get ready for the war.

    Come on super delegates, listening to the spin to let the process work itself out is a delay tactic that only damages both candidates, this is the time to show some leadership and do the right thing…..

    April 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Carolyn Grace

    Good for you Howard. We need to get this crap over with and let Obama go out and campaign against McCain. You hear that Hillary, GET OUT!
    You can't win the nomination. It's over. Now, go back to New York with Bill so he can make more money.

    April 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. This will most likely be taken out or not pur in at all

    I will not be a democrate any longer if Obama gets in. I will become an independent. I will also vote for McCain. I hope the Superdelegates are listening to what people are saying.

    Florida and Michigan need to have their votes count.
    Superdelegates should vote for who they feel will be the best President and who can beat John McCain.

    They should definetly not be initimated by anyone telling them if Obama does not get the nomination there will be riots. This kind of scare tatic does not belong in our electoral system.

    This campaign should go all the way to the end so everyones vote counts. It cannot stop before that happens – it is unconstitutional.
    Or does no one care about that?????

    April 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. No Hillary

    Dean is absolutly right ... absolutly right....

    The raeson for the trouble is not Obama or Hillary... We are in this bad situation because many superdelegates still did not make up their mind. NOT SURE WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR.. they heard enough speeches, enough TV debates, enough opinions and enough polls and polls of polls....Dean should give them ONE WEEK TO CAST THEIR VOTE OR RISK LOOSING THEIR SUPERDELEGATE VOTE.

    April 17, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. Walt

    I am leaning toward Obama, but Hillary should stay in the race only if she stops the negative "gotcha" politics immediately, and turn her campaign until a broad democratic attack on John McCain. If she is not willing to do that, the super delegates should end it. Numerically she can't win by the available votes, and the super delegates are not going to support her if she continues the negative campaigning.
    Hillary supporters, your candidate said last night that winning the white house was the most important thing. OK, prove it. Stop the "if Hillary doesn't win I'm voting for McCain BS. If you can't honestly do that, understanding that Obama and Hillary are miles closer than McCain and anybody, then declare yourself as part of Rush Limbaugh's operation chaos and get it over with.
    This country must change its direction. If you are so twisted not to believe that, then go to McCain now, and stop with your useless attempts to cause chaos fraudulently supporting a failed campaign.
    The majority of Americans will support change with Obama, despite your divisive vile fear mongering rants.

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

    THANK YOU, Chairman Dean!!!! My goodness, what refreshing words to read!!!!!! There is absolutely NO REASON any of the superdelegates should still be undecided at this point! They have the power to end this, so we can get on with the business of winning the Whitehouse back!!!!

    April 17, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |



    YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Kelly, TX

    He's about one month too late. He should have stopped this after Barack gave his speech. But it takes a spine, and he doesn't have one.

    So try and salvage your stained party now, after Bill and Hillary, and the GOP have thrown their mud. Bill Clinton is just an ex-president, not God. Dean makes me sick.

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

    If this ends before the rest of the states get their votes counted, how would that be any different from any other election when the nominee was selected long before ALL states have chimed in? Even in this primary, once Sen. McCain became the nominee, all voters in all other states there after won't get their voice in the election until November.... when it will matter the most.

    The Superdelegates need to step up to the plate and put and end to the downward spiral of the Democtraic Pary.

    April 17, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. orlando

    Dean should step down. Obama is a big flip-flop. Obama cannot unite people in this country. In fact, he just does the opposite.

    Florida for Hillary.

    April 17, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Baby Girl

    Mr. DNC please help this campaign race end soon. Stabilty is gone. Hillary has made sure of that with her negative attacks.

    April 17, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. Sue Z

    to the posters who keep bringing up Florida and Michigan, who say all votes should be counted...there were many in Michigan who were not given an opportunity to vote for their candidate because Obama was not on the ballot, and in florida, many who did not go out to vote because they were told it wouldn't count. counting the votes from those mistaken primaries would not be fair to those people. It is the DNC that does not want a revote, not Hillary or Obama. Truthfully, if they did revote, Hillary would probably win Florida, Obama Michigan...and both by small margins...we'd still be where we are now.

    Unfortunately, in the mean time, the Democratic party is imploding because Hillary would rather rake Obama over the coals and ruin his reputation, handing McCain ammunition and possibly the Presidency, rather than give up the "power" she thinks she is entitled to. I dislike her more each day.

    April 17, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. ceder8@juno.com

    Come on Mr. Dean, I think it's fascinating to see which of Hillary's split personalities will show up at any given moment. Let the race continue!

    April 17, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. orlando

    Linda, if you vote for Obama, that means that you don't care about this country. For me, this country is more important than the party. If Hillary is not in, my vote will go to McCain.

    April 17, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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