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.

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  1. Walter A.

    The superdelegates need to know that some of us life-long Democrats will NOT vote for Obama under any circumstances!!

    April 17, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. Dean is RIGHT

    Hey Superdelegates, what the heck are u waiting for????????? you heard enough debates, enough speeches, enough pools, enough primaries.... IF BY NOW U STILL DONT KNOW WHOM TO VOTE FOR, YOU DONT QUALIFY TO BE A SUPERDELEGATE!!!

    April 17, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Chris - California

    I only read these articles for the comments. In the 10 years that I have been able to vote I have never done so because I couldn't agree with any of the candidates. This year the stances on the issues were right where I was looking at them but I leaned to Obama because of how his slight differences were closer to mine. And was sold on it when Hillary went with what I considered absurd tactics for people fighting on the same side of the fence.

    Though it always surprises me how many people are willing to completely ditch their values and beliefs because their candidate didn't win. Regardless of how similar they are. Does everyone feel that if a candidate doesn't feel right on that they must sink the ship of a political party that for the most part feels the same??

    April 17, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Steve Fox

    If this race continues to end McCain will win. I'm not so sure he won't anyway. The Democratic party has truly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory...again.

    April 17, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. nuno

    Stressing what has already been written here:

    Mr Dean, you should back your words:

    Who's your candidate?

    April 17, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. ct

    to: "John c WA April 17th, 2008 6:29 pm ET
    He's right. Hillary is trying to ruin Obama and has broken the honor of her party. If she stays we may loose to McCain. Last nights debate was absurd. If Obama was in a general election debate he would have torn McCain apart. He is attempting to stay the high ground while being attacked by the Clinton/MCCain team. She is not concerned about the party and will attack anyone to get back into the White House. Let's get going against Mc Cain. I don't think Obama should debate anymore as this debate only helped McCain."

    this can be put vice versa too: Obama is trying to ruin Hillary...etc etc.....

    April 17, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. FEDUP

    Roe v Wade will be the least of our worries if Obama is elected. I'll take my chances with McCain, he is more middle of the road then Obama. Obama is too far left for me. We will have riots if he doesn't get to be President, are those threats I read in these blogs? I really worry about the Obama-bots being too far gone to be saved.

    April 17, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. King of NJ

    Dean why dont you set an example and endorse yourself!!

    just my 2 cents!

    April 17, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. Walt, Belton,TX

    So, everything Dean has said up to now was a lie? I'm really shocked!! Y'all chose right now between a black male novice elitist or the white female got an answer for everything and everybody elitist!

    Er........................can we do this over with somebody qualified to be President?

    April 17, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. TG

    Good luck Dean. He is just trying to get the Hillary supporters to realize that the have already lost...which won't happen. Even if she wins by superdelegates, she has lost. People won't vote for her and centrists will vote for McCain just out of spite. So go ahead Hill, prove your point.

    April 17, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  11. Nick from Chicago

    How inept can Dean's leadership get? The dems should be waaaaay out in front and cruising to a November sweep...now they'll be lucky to make the Presidential race close.

    April 17, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. Gord

    Are most of posters on these forums liars, or will they actually vote Republican or abstain instead of voting for their fave Dem? Interesting.

    April 17, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. Tk

    LINDA : I agree superdelegates should vote for OBAMA 08!!!
    but if Hill-lier is the nominee I will not vote for McCain just I sty home.

    April 17, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. Jane

    Dean should stop worring about the super delegates and resolve FL & MI. If that issue was solved there may already be a nomonee. He should stop being afraid that the candidates are treated fairly and worry about the 2.4 million voters that will not count. This issue will be the reason we have 4 more years of republicans. I don't live in either of those 2 states but I can tell you many of the democrats in my state may vote republican because of this issue. This situation makes the democrats look really bad. Remember it was note the registered voters who changed the primary day but the state run by republicans. There is no good reason for hard working, tax paying,law abiding citizens to be deprived of their vote counting. That is a what the constitution is all about. It's not a privilage it's a RIGHT. Dean has to do the right thing and count MI & FL

    April 17, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Annoyed!

    You're funny Dean, you care about how the superdelegates are going to vote, but you don't care a bit about Florida or Michigan voters. What a joke the Democratic party has become!!!!

    April 17, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. Michael


    I have no problem with Clinton staying in the race if she would stop attacking Obama at every turn. She needs to talk herself up and not try to make the democratic nominee unelectable. She had the perfect opportunity last night to stay above the frey. What did she do? She went after him again and again. I will vote for who ever wins because in the end, we need a democrat in the White House. However, Its becoming difficult to support Clinton when she acts this way. I care more about the democratic party then i do Clinton.


    April 17, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. Debbie

    I agree with Howard Dean, come on out now. Hillary has nothing else going for her but being dirty and SHE CAN"T WIN! It is no need for her to continue because she is too far behind, She needs to get real. What is REALLY HER AGENDA HERE?

    April 17, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. FB

    You and I are the democratic party. There is no us vs them in this party. If you look at it that way, then you might as well be a republican.

    April 17, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  19. KG

    I am very anxious for this to be done and the real campaign to start, but any insistence or advise from the shrill Mr. Dean on how to win an election, or what he "needs" just makes me want to suggest he go practice his primal scream in the privacy of his own home, preferably in a locked closet.

    April 17, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Willy

    I got a decision, You're a loser like your party Howie Baby!

    April 17, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. Tab

    If the super delagates vote now it would actually be better, because we will know who they truly support.

    April 17, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. Larry in Michigan

    Howard Dean has not impressed me with his leadership during these primaries, and handling of Florida and Michigan. Please step it up Dean, we need you to be decisive and take charge of the party before McCain is inaugurated next January..........YAAAA!!

    April 17, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  23. John Smith

    There is a diffrence between being "educated" vs. being "learned."

    After reading 95% of the notes (blogs) above, here are some conclusions:

    1. Hillary's supporters may be learned, but they are not educated. That is, they show gross negligence in doing research to uncover the truth.

    2. Majority of Hillary's supporters write using "uppercase" letters, suggesting that they are rude, bitter, and inconsiderate.

    3. Like their candidate, most of Obama supporters are very humble and put this nation "first". Wealth and greed are seen as secondary or remote issues.

    April 17, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. 110% Agreement

    Lets get this nomination settled! This has been the longest primary and Obama has done well as he realized that every state mattered; therefore he leads in popular votes & delegates! The cherry picking approach didn't work well for Hillary especially in TX when he walked away with more delegates!
    Those still harping on FL & MI, don't worry your delegates will be seated at the convention! Keep in mind it wasn't Obama or Hillary's fault that FL & MI are in the mess they are in!

    April 17, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. annie

    Has Howard Dean been given Obamaism kool-aid? No super delegates should give their vote until every state has voted! I know Barack Hussein Obama has bought some delegates already but shame on them.

    April 17, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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