June 3rd, 2008
02:35 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton backer Feinstein says it's time to end

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/03/art.fein1.gi.jpg caption="Feinstein is a supporter of Hillary Clinton."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Major Hillary Clinton supporter Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday the final primaries mark a “moment of truth” for the New York senator, who should end her campaign.

The California senator also repeated her view that Clinton should be tapped for the vice presidency.

“I think after the campaigns are wrapped up today, it is in fact a moment of truth,” Feinstein told CNN. “I think a decision has to be made about whether keeping this nomination wide open is in the best interest of winning in November. I do not believe that it is, and I’m a very strong supporter of Hillary being placed on ticket as a vice presidential candidate.”

Feinstein, who endorsed Clinton last summer, has resisted calls for her to use her influence to convince the White House hopeful to abandon her presidential bid, although she said last month that the protracted primary contest was making for dangerous friction within the party.

“The reason I say this is because each one of them represents a different constituency. The constituencies are knocking heads at the present time,” said Feinstein.

“There are women all over the country and particularly in my state of California who think she has not been treated fairly. They want her to stand tall. One of the reasons she stayed in the race was to stand tall. She’s done that. The two of them together, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, cover the constituencies of America and I think represent a working team that is unprecedented in the United States.”

“I think the time has come to end the primary, to put the ticket together, to bring people together and to march forward together into the convention.”

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soundoff (387 Responses)
  1. TonyNJHC

    Hillary Clinton does Not have any reason to concede the contest for Dem Candidate for President of The United States of America. In my opinion, we are seeing an attempt to unfairly influence the voters of the Great States of Montana and South Dakota. I have faith in these good folks, Living in God's Country so to speak, to not be hoodwinked into not voting. In my opinion, as well as others, Hillary Clinton is the only Electable Democrat to win the election in November. Hillary is still in the running folks, and will protect our Democracy & The American People. Hillary Clinton has allot of Heart and will be a champion of both The American People and Liberty. This is why our country is so great, our people and liberty. That's why so many around the world wish they were living here. Hillary will also be a tough representative when dealing with governments overseas. Hillary is no pushover! She will make a wonderful President of our Democracy, and more importantly,she will keep our great nation just that, a Democracy

    June 3, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Cammi317

    Too bad she apparently is not going to listen. Terry McAuffle is going to be the ruin of Hillary Clinton.

    June 3, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. enomisa

    Obama supporters have repeatedly shown "contempt and astounding ignorance toward their own countrymen" with the comments they post on these blogs. Cheney had to oplologize for HIS similar but not nearly as distasteful WV in-breeding comments. The Obama camp has insulted in vulgar and filthy ways, women, Latinos, the elderly, the poor whites, those lacking a college degree, Puerto Ricans, Ohioans, West Virginians, and HRC herself. Who would vote for the candidate such HATERS purport to support and obviously follow so blindly?

    June 3, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Monte

    Senator Feinstein needs to stop pushing this unity thing, ain't gonna happen, Senator Clinton was screwed by the media and DC elites and her supporters are not going to just role over for a party that deserted them

    June 3, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. manie

    No ticket together. That will be the biggest misake never done.

    June 3, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Timmy

    Rumor has it she will be in St. Paul tonight to endorse Obama. Then she is off to NYC for her campaign party.

    June 3, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Soldier from Bamberg, Germany

    Why HRC can’t finally realized that it’s not all about her...
    She will loose…!!
    My main concern is that all these idiots that became fanatically obsessed with Clinton’s campaign for the Presidency don't vote for John McCain...
    Or hurt themselves in a uncontrolled dim-witted frenzy…
    Everyone knows the demographic she drew (the uneducated, small town backwoods folk, and poor old white men and women, and the racially prejudiced…
    I’m sure the racially prejudiced folk will do what is expected of them...
    By the way, I think HRC lost the nomination because when she didn’t win quickly like expected, her campaign turned into a hysterical whirlwind of desperation resulting in her saying and doing anything to win…
    It was ridiculous…
    It was a very bad ran campaign…
    Now imagine how she would have run the country….
    Why must you go out like a NUT Hillary?
    Leave with some respect…
    Why are you insistent on being the village idiot…?

    Can you say RON PAUL syndrome…!!
    Can you say RON PAUL…!
    Can you say RON PAUL…!
    Can you say RON PAUL…!
    Can you say Duh…!


    OBAMA 08!!

    June 3, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Bubba

    Why does Blitzer always look like he's falling backwards and to the left...backwards and to the left....backwards and to the left. With that dumb deer in the headlights stare?

    June 3, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Batman

    Who is the REAL loser??? The answer is we all are if we vote for McSame.
    After the dust settles and if McBlame wins because of the brainwashed Democrats then we only have ourselves to blame. God I hope the few crazed Democrats that are planning to vote Republican this year don’t have kids. It’s a horrible thing to teach our little ones to vote for someone else because “Im bitter because my candidate didn’t win”.

    Hillery and Obama have a lot more in common than McShame. Please read up on it before you decide. Just because you didn’t go to college doesn’t mean your expected to make stupid decisions for the rest of your lives.

    Fix what you broke HRC or you will forever be known as the party divider who gave McSame the White House. Its a tough job that you have ahead of yourself but only you can unbrainwash the ZOMBIES that you created. Hopefully its not too late because history can be cruel and you will forever be remembered THE GREAT DIVIDE
    Good Luck Clinton

    June 3, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Jim

    I think all that matters is all Democrats unite to make sure we don;t have four more years of the filaed Bush policies that John McCain reoresents. He will not solve the health care crisis, he will continue to allow American troops to die in a never ending battle in Iraq, and his only solution to the housing crisis is to help the banks who cuased the problems.

    It is time for a change that only the Democratic party can bring.

    American united against the failed Bush policies and John "McSame" McCain

    June 3, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Obamista NYC

    I'm a a staunch Obama supporter, but I truly believe that at this stage, this is what it's gonna to take in order to win in November. Democrats need to unite and not fight!

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    June 3, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Obamista NYC

    I'm a staunch Obama supporter, but I truly believe that at this stage, this is what it's gonna to take in order to win in November. Democrats need to unite and not fight!

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    June 3, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Laidetea

    Will someone talk to her!!!!! Please!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Ves

    Playing the Gender card again huh?

    This is one woman who would never vote for Hillary.

    She DOES NOT have the popular vote and Obama DID NOT steal anything from her.

    Obama is the ONLY one who can win against McCain.

    June 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Chi4Obama

    I think the wheels have officially come off of the Clinton bandwagon.

    Democrats, it is time to put our differences aside, and unite as a party.
    Regardless of who our candidate is, we all need to keep the common goal in mind of taking back the White House for the good of America.

    Noone ever said "Change" was going to be easy (wink, wink).

    Democrats '08, '12, Forever....

    June 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Phong Nguyen

    Well said!!!

    June 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. NoMcSame

    You are no help Feinstein because you could vote for obama and help put an end to this Hillary crap. You want to end it then end it.

    June 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Chipster

    If the media has finally anointed Sen. Obama, and Lord knows they've work overtime to undermine Sen. Clinton, it would be in the best interest of the country for her to remain in the Senate where she will continue to have real power. As VP, she will be relegated to attending funerals. She has enough seniority in the Senate to be the next Majority Leader. That's where she could affect real change.

    June 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Obama / Sebelius 2008

    Hillary Clinton will not be on the ticket.

    June 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Natalie

    As a staunch Obama supporter, I agree with you Ms. Feinstein 110%!

    Obama/Clinton '08

    June 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Nany Pelosi

    Teddy boy kennedy for obama. If we talk about Ted lets look at the facts there to for he may be a lot like Obama who knows. Ted was kicked out of Harvard for cheating and then over objections of the faculty got into Virginia’s law school. Then for the rest of his life he has been a boozer and womanizer including killing a much younger woman he was having an affair with in an unfortunate car wreck. Then I remember him killing Carter’s chances of beating Reagan in 1980 when Kennedy’s ego got out of rcontrol and then after the Sitting democrat president Carter defeated Teddy in the primaries Teddy refused to shake Carter’s hand on the stage of the Democratic convention and withheld support while Carter lost to Reagan. One selfish character. Is Obama selfish like that, Who knows, but my mother always said you are known by the friend you keep, and man obama sures has some strange friend

    June 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Gringo

    Hillary ending her campaign will not unite the Democrat party. If we had wanted Obama, we would have voted for the guy in the first place. Most people are not going to vote for a guy that has more radical friends than Che Guevara.

    June 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Dana in north Carolina

    hopefully Senator Clinton will consider Feinstein's words. Hopefully she really will work to help unify the party, even if she is not the chosen VP.

    June 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Adam

    Oh yeah, finally, the end is near!

    Let's heal the party.


    June 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. MC in GA

    Finally, someone with some friggin sense. Now the rest of the party is starting to realize their jobs are at stake if HRC continues with her egotistical ventures. Someone send her home or ask Bill to call her and tell her to come home.

    June 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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