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. JOSE ALCANTARA

    Well, Well, I remember the they I made the tough decision of crossing the Party line to vote against Jimmy
    Carter, going in favor of our late President Ronald Reagan.
    Why? The Democratic Party took too long to find the solucion on how to get our Nationals (all diplomatis) out of Iran. 444 days are a lot of days ! When are we going to learn to move faster. I want to say no more, but those Honorable Delegates or Super Delegates should ACT NOW !. AMERICA AND WHOLE WHORLD IS WAITING !Thank you.

    Jose Alcantara
    from New York City, NY

    6/03/2008 01:13 PM

    June 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Enough said...

    June 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Karen in Cape Cod

    LETS SEE WHO WINS THE POPULAR VOTE!

    June 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    No Ms. Feinstein... The two candidates constituents are NOT knocking each other's heads...

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS ARE VERBALLY EVISCERATING OBAMA SUPPORTERS.

    The hate from hillary's people is tangible..... and thus... scary.

    June 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Matt--Nebraska

    Funny how democrats want Obama to be the nominee for the sake of the party.

    Republicans don't want Obama to be the nominee for the sake of the country.

    Priorities.

    June 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Philemon Ochieng

    As a Kenyan living in Kenya what Obama is doing over in the States fills me with lots of pride.Working with Hillary will be a sign of maturity on both their cases, an added impetus to the party's march to the white house and a healing change from the current cataclysmic status of U.S. policy..

    June 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. rigged election

    Well folks its comming down to the super delegates!!! NO ONE is going to get the magic number with the voices of US. THE PEOPLE. WHO THE HELL GAVE THESE PEOPLE WHO ALREADY VOTED IN THEIR PRIMARIES THE RIGHT TO TAKE OUR VOICES AWAY. JOHN KERRY TED KENNEDY, TWO EXAMPLES OF HOW THIS ELECTION IS FLAWED. THIS ELECTION IS NO BETTER THAN 2000. I COMMEND HC FOR STICKING IN THERE DESPITE ALL THE RACIST IN HER PARTY. ALL THE SEXIST REMARKS. SHE DIDNT HAVE A CHANCE AGAINST THE GOOD OLD BOYS. SHE DOES AS AN INDEPENDENT. SHE DOSENT OWE THIS PARTY ANYTHING. THEY WILL BLAME HER IF BARACK IS CAUGHT SMOKING CRACK. THEY HATE HER IN HER PARTY. NO MATTER IF SHE CAMPAIGNS HER LITTLE HEART OUT, SHE WILL BE IN THEIR EYES THE REASON THE PARTY IS SPLIT. BUT LETS FACE IT, THE MEDIA HAS BEEN PUSHING HER OUT SINCE IOWA. WHO THE HELL GAVE IOWA ALL THE POWER ANYWAY, THATS A JOKE. OUR VOTES DISENFRANCHISED, OBAMA HAS A TON OF SECRETS, HIS LAUNDRY HASNT EVEN MADE IT INTO THE HAMPER YET, HE IS NEVER GONNA WIN. HE BLEW OFF WOMAN LATINOS WORKING WHITES. BY THE WAY STOP CALLING HIM BLACK. HES MILLOTO, HE IS HALF WHITE, EVEN THOUGH HE DOSENT SEEM TO RECOGNIZE OR EMBRACE IT. SUPER DELEGATES SHOULD WAIT. BUT THEY WONT. HILARY SUSPEND YOUR CAMPAIGN AND THEN RUN AS INDEPENDENT WE WILL STICK BY YOU. WE PROMISE.

    June 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. George, Mason NH

    Ridiculous!!!

    Yes, they represent two different constituencies, but that's not to say that Senator Clinton hasn't done everything she could to ensure those two constituencies stayed separate.

    Why invite as VP, the person who has single handedly questioned your ability to lead, your experience, and mocked your message at ever opportunity?

    June 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. hatim

    that's a wise view

    June 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. rn

    hillary and ger hubby Billy boy are probbaly the most stubborn losers , its time to pack it in and go on afishing trip

    June 3, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Eddy

    Loose cannons can sink a ship

    June 3, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. MS

    Sen. Obama may face a tough decision.
    I do not believe that Hillary will make a good VP for Obama's presidency. Too strong character and too many baggages. Insider of Washington for a long time. Even if Democrat wins the election, Obama's presidency will be shadowed by two Old Washington politicians with tough characters.
    As a middle-age woman, I believe Hillary has been treated much better than other candidates because of his husband. Please stop making a big deal of sexism. If women really want a woman president, they should wait for a candidate who build her career as a politician by herself from the scratch like Sen. Obama. Those candidates will really deserve people's respect and the presidency of the US.

    June 3, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Timothy

    Clinton is having a breakdown. She will need counseling after this. Bill is too far gone.

    June 3, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Montana is Obama Country

    ... Hillary is NO VP for you or me ...!!!

    June 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. B

    People keep saying... "clinton can bring the good old days back, like her husband did." Thats all fine and dandy, but how about some "good new days"? Obama was elected by the superdelagates and the people where as Clinton was just elected by the people. Who's the better choice?

    Go Obama!!!!

    June 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Chris

    Clinton is ready to concede – Clinton is not ready to concede...
    What is it now?- Could she please make up her mind? If this will be seen outside the US people are going to laugh again. If this is the way she wants to make politics in the future the rest of the world can really reIy on her... I bet Jay Leno, David Letterman etc. are going to have a great time tonight...

    June 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. America

    Blah blah blah, yeah Billary should have quit months ago, old news. The real story is that I finally agree with Dick Cheney on something... That West Virginians are inbreed. Maybe he's not as bad as I thought. It's nice to see a major politician recognize a state's population for what it truly is... redneck, racist, white trash, poor, stupid, ignorant, inbreed sheep rapers.

    June 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Voting Obama

    She is dumb. I don't how they keep saying that she was treated unfairly. Save me all the BS that it was because she was a woman. Thats what they wanted to say. There is no evidence of that. Just because HRC didn't get her way thats why she is hollering. It is so funny how her supporters are talking about supporting McCain.LMAO.
    HRC was the one who said that the votes in FL and MI didn't matter after they were stripped. All of a sudden she needed them and started playing her supporters. You guys amaze me beyond the eye. If you vote McCain you are only hurting yourself. No I don't want her as VP. She showed her true colors in this campaign. She only thinks about herself. I swear she would try to do harm to Obama if she is VP. Guess who makes president.

    Wake up HRC supporters she said it out of her own mouth that those two states didnt matter!!! Now that she is losing she is getting triend unfairly? Prejudice and bold liars you are

    June 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Smith

    Feinstein your judgement TOO is in question

    HRC shows poor judgement

    and putting her & Bill back into the WH next to Obama

    would show that he has poor judgement too

    Women who think this campaign is sexist are nutcases!

    I am an older struggling woman

    there is nothing sexist about HRC's scandalous background and flakey experience.

    June 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Dem in CA

    I don't get why the supers have waited so long to cast their votes. Clinton didn't have the numbers needed to win for months now. This delay has only served to divide the party and fester the ire of Clinton's supporters, who have been falsely fed the line that she could still win.

    And please, Diane, no VP spot for Clinton. She is sure to drag Obama's campaign down with her prickly personality just as she has done to her own campaign. It's a very bad idea, and would cause me to rethink my support of Obama were he to choose her.

    June 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. brandon

    Hilliary will never stop. The Clinton's have not suffered a political defeat since the 80's. The party and the DNC must step in now and end this, failure to do so will ensure the Replublicans the White House.

    June 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Emma

    Senator Obama has the right to select a VP of his choice. No one, including Feinstein has the right to insist that Senator Clinton is automatically selected as the VP.

    No one, including all of the white males who have been successful in the primary has been forced to include someone not of their choosing. Even the ones selected went through a political process and selected a VP candidate not of their liking.

    Again, stop trying to take this away from Senator Obama. He won the right to select his on VP.

    June 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Mike, Las Vegas, NV

    The REASON there are women in this country that beleive she hasn't been treated fairly is because Hillary and Bill have been complaining as such.

    It has never been true, and in fact was the main reason we all were saying she should have conceded earlier – because she would damage the party and Obama with false claims of sexism, popular vote nonsense, hard working "white" supporters, cover ups, etc.

    The great responsibility of having so many followers is to truly lead them and she has not. She has irresponsibly lied to them and caused harm to the party that unfortunately for us only she can repair.

    It would be a shame to be forced by such tactics to pick her as the VP -but that may be the strategy.

    She is no leader – and that has NOTHING to do with her gender.

    Wake up people. Rewind all the garbage she has spewed in this campaign. I respect her effort, but not her character. She and her lackies can say anything with a straight face and that is very telling.

    Tonight she will have a great opportunity to acknowledge the historic nomination of Barack Obama. She will have the opportunity to gracefully step aside and allow him to address the nation as the first African American nominee for President with her full endorsement.

    She will have the opportunity to PROVE she is the leader she has claimed to be all along.

    How many of you believe that will happen?

    June 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Tee

    obama should pick who ever he wants as his VP. The same opportunity that was given to the candidates before him. Is Hillary due special consideration because she is a women cadidate? She has not earned the right to be the VP, due to her behavior.

    June 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Janet, Arizona

    If Senator Obama puts Hillary on the ticket as VP, he would lose a lot of the independent vote. He would also lose the Republicans who are planning on voting for him in Nov., the Obamacans. After what I've seen of Hillary Clinton, no way do I want her one heartbeat away from the Oval Office.

    June 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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