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. Tim T.

    Bring back Al Gore!

    April 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. OlvrWhit

    You people are reacting to a misleading headline. What dean actaully said was superdeelgates should make their decision after the last votes are cast in June. They should vote for who they want. Thats the rules. He also said Clinton being in the race was good. This story is not correct and it bothers me greatly and proves that there is a real problem with our media, and its not ABC who actually asked some tough questions last night.

    This headline is part of the problem.

    April 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Matrix

    After last nights debates Dean is right. The super delegates need to make up their minds now. Because we are headed for a disaster if we
    keep this thing going on much longer. Obama and Clinton hate each other more and more every day and refuse to select each other as VP. We need to stop the bleeding now and come together!

    April 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. April in Texas

    Finally! We do need to end this now.... All this mudslinging and now debacle debates are destroying the party.. I would like to know weather I will be voting or not..

    Obama 08

    April 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. lin

    Please mr. Dean you have a dog in this fight, it's time for ou to go. We need a chairman who will be neutral who will not be influence by Sorros. Just go away ASAP. eeeeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. PCS / North Carolina

    Antoine in TX from Chicago wrote April 17th, 2008 6:39 pm ET

    "Yeah take control now. we need a front runner so we can focus and get everyone together. I'm for Obama…but we must come together as a people. otherwise US will continue sinking. All this pointing finger crap needs to stop."

    You are absolutely right. We are in a recession, make no mistake about it. UNITED we could come out of this black hole, DEVIDED we are sure to sink further.

    April 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Steve - Pennsylvania Voter

    Superdelegates – I'm an ex-Republican who is voting for Obama. Please make my decision worthwhile. I would NOT vote for Clinton if she's the nominee.

    April 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Mike

    Deans right! Lets get this show on the road.

    April 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. jaci in oregon

    i totally agree, jimmy. rove is a dangerous, morally bankrupt, anti-democracy beast. we all know he didnt just retire and hang up his gloves, this beast is scheming all kinds of filth and nastiness. you can just tell by looking at his fat, bald, pasty self that rove is a very miserable and bitter human living a bitter life in is bitter little heart and dead soul!!!

    he is an EXTREME danger to this country and belongs behind bars!

    April 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. Rob

    Remember, if she does not win the nomination–and she will not–HRC's second option is for McCain to beat Obama so she can run in 2012. She will not quit until she has wrecked Obama's campaign.

    April 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. RPC

    Give me a break. This is yet another effort to force Hillary out of the race, despite the fact that several primaries have not yet taken place.

    If Dean wants to do something useful, he should resolve the Florida and Michigan disenfranchisements.

    April 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. aliou salam, Jacksonville FL

    i will never vote for a clinton any more. husband lies lie wife and whife lies like daughter. Why didn't she say something when mother was telling a tall tale about both of them in Bosnia sniper?

    I am glad Dean , that you are putting an end to all of this

    April 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. Joyce in Florida

    The superdelegates should wait until all primaries are over. What is the rush Mr. Dean? How about counting the votes in Florida and Michigan first. That is what you should be concentrating on. Then and only then will I contribute to the DNC. If the superdelegates wish to make a decision, they should keep quiet about it until all contests are complete. I believe Hillary Clinton will win Pennsylvania and Indiana and possibly others. She is the strongest candidate and I am absolutely convinced that she will be our nominee, especially after listening to the debate last night. She was fantastic!!! Of course, Senator Obama was stumbling and stuttering quite a bit. He is not presidential material. As usual, his arrogance was present. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. SF

    But Jimmy, Karl Rove might be doing time before long.

    April 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. Chris in Portland

    Don't buy into this false argument pushed by the Obama-kiddies that this is hurting the party. Mccain is on the sidelines while all the press is about the Democrats and their ideas. Don't let Obama's fear mongers think for you!


    Hill '08

    April 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. The Elephant In The Room

    i am pro-Obama. I want him to win. If he does not, i will vote for Hillary, they are both great candidates.


    April 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. Ophelia/FL

    superdelevates need to come out now, before she looses it for us all!!!!

    April 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. Tanya K

    GROW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Mr. Whiteman

    This is a good indication of the thinogs to come, not just in the Demcratic nomination campaign but also in the pending general election. A call to order, Howard has spoken and rank and file will follow.

    Let's stop stumbling and fumbaling about the situation. Sen. Clinton has fought a good fight and she has proven herself to be a very good warrior.

    Hoever, The true champion and winner is Obama. Democrates, independents, and well meaning Republicans heed the call of Dean. Let us move forward to the general election and let us march to change for the better.

    Please, God, Obama in 08!

    April 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. Pro Voting Rights

    That's right Dean, you don't want to tell anyone when to end their run so you have put the task tot he super dels to do it for you. Get a backbone and do your job and let the party decide when it's ready. Shame on you.

    April 17, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. Bernice

    We the people NEED a dicision NOW!

    April 17, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. Bayou Joe

    Independent don't vote Republican just because the Democrats are divided, Do it for our country. We cannot afford the liberal programs and the obstructionist views of the Democrats to prevail in Congress.

    The only one that cares for all the people and has shown his willingness to give up his life for his country is John MCain.

    There is no other option for Freedom loving Americans.

    April 17, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. jayjay

    If Obama wins fairly, I would vote for him in November. However, because the media has been treated Hillary so unfairly, if Obama wins, he will be considered cheating.

    April 17, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Corey

    Finally!! Yeah, step up to the plate Mr. Dean! I mean...any one of us can have a hands-off approach to this train wreck! You need to do YOUR JOB to wrap up this primary season! It has gone on for toooooo long and it is only serving to hurt our party!!!


    Hillary, give it up sister!

    OBAMA '08

    April 17, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. Ca Native

    You want to know NOW?? Or what... you'll scream??

    Howard – you're a joke and much of the cause for the problems within the DNC. Nice job on Florida/ Michigan, Howie.

    April 17, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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