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. JKS

    This is about a month late, but it is about time Dean stepped in and did something about this. Crap or get off the crapper, folks. What else do you need to see?

    April 17, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. MSF

    Waiting until the primaries are over is the only fair way. Are the people voting for the candidate of the party or are the "super delegates"? I support the ones who are waiting until the people have spoken. We need another system to choose a candidate. Too often the popular vote is NOT the one picking the winner–remember Bush/Gore?

    April 17, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. mary

    Dean won't allow the votes of Michigan and Florida NOW he wants to take away the voting power of other citizens in other states. I guess this party should not be called Democratic, because it sure doesn't stand for democracy. No wonder voters go to the Republican side.

    April 17, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Robert



    April 17, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. lonny, seattle

    Come on people...
    We're all on the same team.
    How could you support Clinton then change to McBush if she doesnt get the nod???
    If Clinton gets it why would an Obama supporter vote for a man who is the polar opposite of everything Obama stands for??
    The differences of Republicans and Democrats are sooooo much more important than pride!!
    We MUST come together to get the last 8 years behind us!
    It should not matter one bit who the Democrat nominee is, as long as we can get back control of our country!


    April 17, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. Larry

    Hillary brought this on herself. No smart Democrat wants to continue seeing her beat down the likely Democratic nominee. That only helps the neoconservatives. Dean did the right thing.

    April 17, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. J Bates

    If Dean does not want a split party that cannot be reunited, he had better let all the states vote. He better figure out a way to seat Florida and MI and count there votes. For those of us that are solidly behind our choice for president, he does not want to make us feel that we have been shafted by the Democratic party. Bad news for him is he does.

    April 17, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. Stephen

    This political system is ridiculous!
    Dean, you should be fired! All of AMERICA'S votes should be counted. It is hogwash if you think that we are going to be united as democrats. OBAMA=Old Washington too...(he seems to be more like an old politician everyday. His smirky comments are getting on my nerves. What a hypocrite! I regret voying for Kerry too. This young democrat is voting for McCain if OBAMA becomes the nominee.

    April 17, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Here is where I stand. We MUST get Obama's nomination legitimate, and I find it very, very disgusting that the Clinton campaign just keeps rolling along. . .costing millions of dollars and lots of time. . .when the Democratic party must move ahead.

    We have a GREAT candidate in Barrack Obama, and the longer Hillary Clinton stays in this ridiculous campaign we are losing ground to the Republicans who think our party is a big joke. Hillary and Bill have disenfranchised many voters but their inability to acknowledge that Americans (for the most part) don't want them in office again.

    Come on Dean, make a decision. If Senator Obama somehow loses the nomination because of party politics, there are many within our party (including me) who will either vote Republican or not vote at all. A sad prospect!!

    April 17, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Dave

    Yes, I am interested to hear who Pelosi and Dean is voting for. hehe

    April 17, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Jim, USA

    Go ahead, Democrats, make your nomination Obama and we will see and hear Wright's comments from now until a President is elected. And it won't be Obama. Throw in the comments his wife made, and his shady Rezko dealings and this will get ugly. He'll be swift-boated worst than Kerry.

    But you've put Obama so high up on a pedestal you only see the sunshine when you look up at him. That clinking noise is the Republicans digging around in the shadows.

    April 17, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. April

    What a joke you are Dean. To think I actually felt sorry for you after the dirty tricks for Kerry. Spineless wonder, do you really believe that the things that have been done ,can be glossed over in a few months. My feeling about Obama won't change even if Hillary tells me to support him. You really look at Americans as if they are sheep, or maybe lemmings. Maybe the dirt about Obama is getting out and you've got to stop the campaign before he gets totally swallowed up in it.

    April 17, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Michael

    I agree, finish this mess already. I hope they choose Obama because another Clinton presidency will lead to civil war and revolution. Hillary is evil and whoever supports her are no better themselves.

    If however, Hillary does win the nomination I shall vote for McCain not to spite the democratic party, but he'll be the lesser of two evils.

    Obama 2008

    April 17, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Not sleeping at the switch

    Why are you Clinton Fans so scared?? He just asked for them to decide NOW! He didn't say Decide for Obama! This is what you have been waiting for. Hillary has just as good a chance to get the SD Nods as Barack Does. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Unless you really don't think she is going to pulll it off.

    You people sweat fear so much. You Panic on this board everytime ANYTHING is suggested that is fair. Can't blame you though Fair is NOT in Hillarys or your minds.

    ALL morning you have been screaming how Obama is DONE so what are you afraid of?? This could be your big chance.

    C'mon Hillary people ...tell us.

    April 17, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Candis

    Mr. Dean, if Barack Obama was behind in delegate, runnings all the negative campaign, lying, deceiving the people, and many other unethical things, he would have been gone long ago. Since nothing has been done about this mater this pose a great question about the Superdelegates creditability. Senator Obama has shown himself to be the strongest and best candidate. The American people do not need a liar and drunk for a President.

    April 17, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. Southern Conservative

    Do yourself a favor Linda. Vote republican and save a life!!!!!!

    April 17, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. LT

    Howard Dean, it is about time you stepped up to LEAD.

    I usually vote Republican but I'm voting for Obama this year. If Clinton were to get the nomination, then I'm back to voting Republican.

    I'd cross over for Obama, but no way in h*ll would I vote for Clinton. I've got my limits!

    April 17, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. HappyTimes

    Thank you! Its about time, too.

    April 17, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. Robert



    April 17, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. Antoinette

    Ha Ha at these people's comments

    So if your candidate doesnt win, you will vote on the total opposite side of your views

    I mean, if Sen. Obama doesnt win, i dunno if i will vote for Hillary but i KNOW i WONT vote for McSane

    April 17, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. Utah Teacher

    Dem Nuts,
    Can you? Finish a? Sentence?

    Quit trying to analyze us democrats. Most of us are sensible and will vote for whichever dem is on the ballot.

    So, you can tell your boy Limbaugh that his "Operation Chaos" is just plain lame...

    April 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. Tony, Mount Vernon, NY

    This is funny. He's calling on super delegates to do his job. Let's face it Mr. Dean if you had a resolution to Florida and Michigan we wouldn't be having this debate because after PA Hillary would be ahead.

    Instead of being fair to the people of Michigan and Florida you're concerned about being fair to Obama who is doing everything to avoid those votes from counting. If this thing goes to June 3 and Hillary continues to pick up ground Obama will claim victory because you've refused to award delegates to Florida and Michigan and Hillary will claim victory because she'd be the winner if those votes counted. What a mess it will be.

    So instead of making some hard decisions on your end Mr. Dean you're here urging super delegates to commit to close this thing down without giving every state their voice and without deciding what happens in Florida and Michigan. What a disgrace to democracy.

    However, have no fear Hillary supporters because I know she won't quit until every vote is counted. She's a fighter and that's why she should be our next President in my opinion. Inspiration won't get results, only hard work will do that. Go Hillary!

    April 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Geez

    Maybe you need to give them the infamous "Howard Dean scream" Howie! That might get them to make up their mind...

    April 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. Patricia

    The Clintons were 20% or better ahead for months and months. Then they thought all they had to do was win the big states so they relaxed. Now they are in a fight for their lives – she wants a chance to redo her heatlh care plan and he wants a chance to redeem himself.

    The superdelegates went with her early on. But have slowly trickled in during the Obama surge. She definitely has more experience than Obama (she has 14 years on him). She was First Lady so she has the inside view.

    Because the contest is so close superdelegates are waiting to see if something unexpected happens. Now being this close to the PA election and knowing that this could be the turning point, there will be superdelegates making their decision known. I think they wanted to give the Clintons a chance to see how far they could go in PA.

    I think people are getting tired of this long election, but the pundits love it. The polls show McCain improving in overall points. But he isn't running against anyone and the polls will definitely change soon.

    April 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. Independent

    I agree a descision has to be made. The superdelegates do not have to wait until the primaries they have their own vote to cast. I am sick of this petty mudslinging in the democratic contest.

    April 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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