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.

soundoff (404 Responses)


    OBAMA 08

    April 17, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. mabel floyd

    i am a hillary supportor mainly because her health plan is mandatory–however, i will vote of barrok if he is the winner. my main thought as i vote democratic is protect the supreme court. one more evangelical on the court and women will be back to the 19th century without any rights. the men and the preachers will be in charge and women will be hostages to their uterus.

    April 17, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Sarah

    couldn't agree more with Dean (eventhough he took him a while).

    Just end it and start talking about the issues. I can tell CNN as even gotten tired of the Dem race. I can't wait for you guys and everyone to start talking about the Dem vs. GOP.

    And preferably Obama Vs. McCain would be a lot more fun watch! 🙂

    April 17, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Caly

    Come on Howard, lets see you get REALLY MAD.....

    April 17, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Dawn

    yes. yes yes


    April 17, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    You're a little late in cracking the whip Dean.......Hillary already has the party half way down the drain.

    April 17, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Hillary-ious

    Good to hear. Not much is going to change between now and June. What else do the superdelegates need to know? Maybe some are just gutless, and are hoping that something else will make the decision for them.

    The time is now! Carpe Diem! Let's do this thing!

    April 17, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Rosemary Pierson

    I do not know why you are in a hurry Mr. Dean as if Barack O'Bama ends up being the Democratic nominee, Then McCain will win & that will be the end of the Democratic party.

    April 17, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. ds

    I don't think it matters. HRC runs her campaign like Bush runs the war–never quit...never quit...never quit...

    April 17, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Barb Canada

    Democracy is Dead!

    April 17, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Illinois

    Uh oh, Dean's getting very nervous with all that's coming out about his preferred candidate, Obama. It isn't at all surprising that he wants SD's to make up their minds now, before all the skeletons come out of Obama's closet. And there are many. This is only the tip of the iceberg. The Obama fanatics will, sooner or later, have to suck it up and deal with it.

    April 17, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Brian

    Wow a new poll says 58% of Americans do NOT trust HRC. I wonder how she is electable then.

    April 17, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. think

    Howard Dean, go crawl back under your rock or wherever it is you hide. This party has needed leadership on the FL and MI issues and you have done NOTHING. I guess it doesn't surprise me you'd want to deprive all remaining voters a chance to vote since you screwed MI and FL. Why are you demanding this today? Did your fair=haired boy Obama get a little too beat up last night?

    April 17, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Charlotte

    If this is decided before all votes are in, I will not even chance a write in for Hillary, I will vote for McCain. I know what to expect from him. I do not trust Osama, not even one little bit.

    April 17, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. Sue

    Superdelegate, let's end this. You all know that Obama is the choice. Let's put an end to this charade.

    April 17, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. Pete in NYC

    Mr. Dean has absolutely NO power to make Superdelegates do anything or commit to anyone before the convention. They can say what they want now and do what they want then and Dean can go jump off a cliff for all it matters.

    April 17, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. stuart in l.a.

    Healing? Forget it. The DNC is idiotic to have run Clinton and Obama in the same year. Clinton may have gone too far in negative attacks, but she has been forced to because the media has made Obama their darling. Many Clinton supporters, like myself, will simply stay home, or vote McCain before casting a vote for the most inexperienced and laughable candidate ever.

    April 17, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Amy OFlaherty Reno, NV

    Hey Whiners! Stop touting about not supporting the Democratic party if your person's not the nominee. How old are you????

    April 17, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. Obama '08

    C'mon get this over with .... pick a nominee

    April 17, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  20. mike

    If Dean's himself a Superdelegate, and I can't imagine why he wouldn't be considering the others who are, why doesn't he declare for himself as an example? Perhaps he fears the wrath of Clinton.

    April 17, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. FAIR

    Dean has a stupid idea.

    April 17, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. Ardnuas

    Come on Superdelegates.... Don't let the Clintons DESTROY the Democratic Party. Hillary is STUCK in the past... she can NOT unite this country.. she proved that last night.
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    April 17, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. Patrick

    I will not vote for a democrat as long as Howard Dean is the chairman. He's a national embaressment. The things he has said about John McCain and all republicans are disgusting and all democrats should denounce him.

    April 17, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. think

    Whether you like it or not, folks, it has been good this primary has gone on. Look how much we have learned about Obama in such a short time. What might there be left to learn about him? Wouldn't you rather learn those things now instead of when he's President...well, IF he's President. Frankly, he can't beat McCain. He's done. He has insulted too much of the population.

    April 17, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. Tired of the Dems

    This is getting to be so tired. Hillary supporters claiming to jump ship if she doesn't get the nod, Obama supporters acting snooty. I hate the GOP, but every time I am ready to register as a Democrat, I am reminded by these liberal nut jobs why I am still independent.

    Please stop the bickering people. You're making everyone on the left look like babbling idiots!

    April 17, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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