April 18th, 2008
06:55 AM ET
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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. Stop Stirring The Cauldron Hillary

    Oh no. I want that broom riding she snake to stay in this so when she gets the spanking she's been asking for that it is Barck's hand that delivers that delicious death blow to those coronation delusions that have her about to swallow her own venom-filled tongue. LOL

    April 17, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Enough said

    To JB,

    That's OK, we don't need your support anyway.

    April 17, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. DJ, LA, CA

    Yes better yet abolish the superdelegates permanently. It's contractory to the infuencer the voters were designed to have.

    We already have the electoral college to contend with in the general election.

    Why does the Democratic Party have these 800 people calling the shots anyways??? It's absurb and truly making a mockery of the whole primary process.

    April 17, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. nick

    yeah your right we do need unity,
    so to do this successfully we need Hillary Clinton For President!
    Come on Pennsylvania! vote for her

    Oh and Dean, Fix the Seating arrangements for Florida and Michigan, before you start with super delegate things.
    If you can't handle a simple seating arrangement why are you head of The National Convention?

    April 17, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Len in Washington

    We can't handle another Republican term! We all need to remember that.

    Four more years of Bush-ism will destroy whats left of our economy, our military and our image around the world.

    Everybody calm down and just vote "Democrat" in November.

    We need to make this happen.

    April 17, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. clfelton

    I rather vote Mccain then wake up in hell.. with Obama holding the fork.

    Hillary 08

    April 17, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. fontapa

    Clinton people blow a gasket whenever someone suggests we end this thing sooner than later. Why is that? He's not suggesting which candidate to pick, he's just saying that people should start choosing already.

    April 17, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Independent for Hillary, Pittsburgh

    Forget waiting and letting democracy play itself out and let everyone vote (minus the people in Michigan and Florida) Dean wants to call the election.


    April 17, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Charles

    We don't want you Hillary Clinton. Please go away now. You are hurting the Democratic Party. It is as simple as that.

    April 17, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Rohit

    He cannot take sides. Good leadership Dean.

    You are a champion of the people. We stand by you and your decisions.

    April 17, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Hillary-ious

    That sounds to me like the two minute warning.

    The writing is on the wall. We can wait for all of the votes to be cast, but it isn't going to change the standings. The only thing it will do is damage our eventual nominee, and it will cost us valuable time and money. So come on superdelegates, drink up. It's last call. It's time to auntie up and choose our nominee.

    (Forgive the schizophrenic use football, poker, and drinking references all in the same post, but you get my point!)

    April 17, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Dean = Idiot

    Let the popular vote stand! I'm an independent but a Hillary supporter. Bottom line for me is to let the Dems pick their candidate but it should be by the popular vote end of story. If Obama is who they choose, no biggie, I'll vote McCain in a heart beat. And no, he is no Bush and has a mind of his own. Obama lies constantly and is the most unpatriotic person in our country. He stands for Africa 100% more than America. He won't wear a flag and dismisses it? What the heck is that??? He's an egomaniac who is nothing more than a politician being oiled by the washington machine himself. He'll be a puppet in office and he'll change his mind about everything.. What's worse is he's inexperienced in playing politics and his mistakes will be more costly. At least Hillary and McCain won't be pushed around. I don't care who you pick anymore, I know how I'm voting and anyone who does different is not a logical person but is instead like a preteen in love with HS quarterback. Get over yourselves people.. Barack isn't for you, he is for HIM.

    April 17, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. Hillary Supporter but Realistic

    . . .Hillary Clinton is behind in the Delegate Count, Popular vote, and
    number of states won. She simply and realisticly cannot catch up.
    It is time for us democrats to unite behind the clear winner and help him
    prepare to beat John McCain. No one wants McCain to continue
    George Bush's legacy. It will only hurt us. Even if Hillary wins PA by
    6 pts, this primary is about the DELEGATE count.

    April 17, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. Imogene Covin

    Let's go back to Democracy: for the people, by the people, you know all that stuff... people will make up their own mind... FURTHERMORE

    do not spoil the election process with a delegate count based on the supers only; the electoral college lost the Democratic Presidency with our former vice president that way....

    The Majority Rules... remember that...

    By the way, all the money is lost on the special interest to finance campaigns; so let go...it is boosting the local economy and the rich are sure not getting richer this time... once again, the people need to decide

    April 17, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. midora

    Please, John! Tell Hillary to get the hell out! Stop her!

    April 17, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Alex Day

    It's sad that Dean is against a Democratic process. I never liked the man for his views and never will, let the word of the people be heard do not ignore them. Look to history, the people are America are the strongest force, we WILL have our voices heard, and Howard Dean and Obama supporters have no right to ignore them.

    I am an independent voter thanks to the closed mindedness of Obama supporters, and the greed of Bush...

    April 17, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. AL

    Dean just needs to shut up. First he was hands off. Now he is telling Superdelegates to announce who they are supporting. Some honestly have yet to make up their minds. Others don't want to say just yet as they know this would influence those states that have yet to vote. People have the right to vote before the superdelegates make their choices public. This is why Democrats lose all the time. They lack the willingness to fight for what they believe in. Nominees have been chosen in June in the past. There is no reason for this to be rushed. Why doesn't he seat Florida and Michigan first. Isn't it better to count those votes that have already been cast rather than to push one candidate out of the race before the remaining people have voted? Why is Dean in such a hurry to suppress those who haven't voted and not in a hurry to count those that have? Dean needs to resign.

    April 17, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  18. Tejano

    The only way we will ever work together is if Hillary were to be the Nominee. No Bama for Hispanics in the Southwest. Kiss this election goodbye. We trust Hillary or McCain with the future of our country. So good luck getting Obama elected without Texas, Arizona,
    New Mexico, California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah.

    Oh I forgot Fla and Michigan. Lots of Hispanics there too.

    April 17, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. SharonR

    I am not going to vote for Obama I will vot McCain Idon't think they believe that the woman will not vote but wait and see

    April 17, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  20. think

    You Obama people are SO fake. Oh, for the good of the party, we need to select somebody now. If this lengthy process wasn't acceptable, why did the party set it up to go until June? If Dean pushes this, they really can kiss the GE goodbye. You forget that already 30% of Clinton's supporters won't vote for Obama. If you screw voters in this process anymore than you already have in MI and FL, you can look for a WHOLE LOT more of Dems to walk out. Stupid folks.

    April 17, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Janet WV for Obama

    It DOES need to end! It is destroying the Democratic party. I support Obama, but with a joint ticket, we could all win. Hillary has no chance of catching Obama at this point, mathematically. Put them both on the ticket, seat Florida and Michigan at the convention and let's take on McCain! Enough of silly season and beating one another to a pulp.

    April 17, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. whah

    whah I'm a hillary fan and even though I've been all over the internet complaining about Obama fans complaining about that terrible debate last night (It really was terrible, but hillary sucked less than Obama so I'm all for it) I reserve the right to whine about Superdelegats choosing Obama and Dean asking them to step it up already. whah whah whah

    April 17, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Huntingdon PA

    Let's send Obama packing.

    He will never be elected.

    Hillary '08 & '12

    April 17, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. b-liberal

    Sounds like more Obama influence – he killed two states votes already, why not just take over. He will do anything to win. I will not vote for Obama – I do not trust him because of what he has done.

    April 17, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. Mark Fullerton, CA

    This is exactly why I left the party. These hold-outs know who they are for but do not have the necessary skills to excersise the extraordinary privileges extended to them.

    Whether it be for political gains or just plain ego, the democrats continually ignore their own principles of supossedly standing for "The People".

    Just about any person of average intelligence who has been paying attention to the campaign can tell you who has the momentum, trust and financial backing to run in the general election.

    April 17, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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