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. Frustrated Florida Independent

    Hillary, you are hurting America. Please put your ego aside and let progress move forward. You're part of the old way of doing things, let's bring back hope. The Clintons and Bush's have extinguished hope. Tend to your husband, save your marriage, give up this delusional fight for the white house. It's over...

    June 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. James

    Hillary should be long gone in the first place, but we all can understand that her movement is to try to make her point that she is the well electable canditate. Now, we all know that it is not in the best interest of the American people for her to be the cammander in chief at this time. What's next? It is time to unified the party. Nothing beyond. If there's still something beyond, we can say that that's only for destruction and she is doing something in her best shot to make McCain the November Nominee.

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

    She's not gonna concede tonight...

    Profile of the Sociopath:

    8. Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature: believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others;

    June 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Erik on Wall St.

    Feinstein is another old windbag that needs to retire. BO would have to be a fool to choose Hillary as VP – can you imagine Bill as First Gentleman of the US? He's an angry old man with a big mouth and the world is just beginning to see that the Clinton emperor really has no clothes. You can only be in the right place at the right time for so long and for the Clinton's: the fat lady has just sung (sorry Ms. Feinstein – no pun intended!)

    June 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Belle

    What MANY DEMOCRATS don't get....the Democrats that vote Clinton are the Democrats that want EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!

    Obama's own record shows he has none! That is why McCain looks better to middle of the road Democrats....WHY DOESN"T ANYONE GET THAT??????????

    June 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. S. Shay

    Yeah but why does no one care about Obama's base, which is larger than Clinton's? If he puts Clinton on the ticket he loses his base while putting her on the ticket does not guarantee him gaining hers. I wish her surrogates would stop with this Clinton for VP talk if they want unity. Don't they realize that he doesn't have to pick her and if they constantly say he should it would cause more disunity? I am ashamed to be a woman after watching the women this primary season. Men say we are too emotional and it has shown. I think a woman is ready to be VP but Lord knows it's not HRC. Not ever.

    June 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Washington, DC

    If Senator Clinton had treated Senator Obama with respect during the campaign I might support what Feinstein suggests (both on the ticket). However, Clinton made that an impossibility by the way she campaigned. Making references to his "just speeches" and "lack of experience" etc. Not only was it not true, but it showed that she completely lacks character. So I hope, based on principle, he will not chose her. He is deserving of having a trustworthy VP. I hope Feinstein and other heavy weight Dems think about that before they get on the airwaves saying they should be on the same ticket. You can't restore America's morality and have the two of them on the same ticket.

    June 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Larry

    Another chink in the Clinton armour. Will she listen?

    June 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. TheOutsideLookingIn

    How can Clinton be named as a VP candidate AND need to come out supporting Obama after all she has done to attack him at every opportunity she had in these Primaries?

    How can she go through these Primaries NOT agreeing with him on many issues and suddenly expect to sing from his book?

    These are double-standards, contradictory and make a farce out of the process.

    If she felt she was better in the first place, she should not be given the opportunity to "switch". It shows how two-faced (maybe ten-faced)politics (in general) can be.

    Clinton should not be named as the VP candidate at all.
    Can the American public not see that?

    I certainly hope the Obama camp see that and if it HAS TO be, then she should be held on a very short leash!

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

    Feinstein says "There are women all over the country and particularly in my state of California who think she has not been treated fairly."


    Where have you been Sen. Feinstein over the last year-and-a-half? That sounds like a Hillary Clinton campaign talking point. Are most Americans so ignorant or forgetful, that they can only remember the past month or so of politics? Hillary was the media darling when she announced her bid for presidency up until the Philadelphia debate in October 2007 when she had her flip-flop on driver licenses for illegal immigrants!

    Once Hillary lost Iowa, her campaign tone started to change from Bush-bashing incumbent nominee talk to Obama as the "black" candidate. After Super Tuesday, Hillary's campaign became negative as Obama stacked up 11 straight wins. When Hillary's campaign saw that negative campaigning against Obama works to a degree, they did more until it repelled Democratic party leaders and the majority of the electorate.

    Ferraro started this sexism charge in which the Hillary campaign has gladly picked up on in the last few weeks. If Hillary was leading in pledged delegates and total delegates, does anyone think Hillary and her surrogates would be complaining about sexism?!

    Obama has consistently attempted to distance himself from the issue of race in this campaign, saying early on, if he fails to connect with voters is not because of race it is because of not reaching them on the issues. It is only when the media forced Obama to address Rev. Wright's statements did the issue force Obama to confront the state of race relations in America and where we should go forward.

    Hillary had never discussed sexism the way that Obama did with racism. Hillary simply followed up on Ferraro's tone of complaining about it. How is Hillary supposed to deal with world leaders from Russia, North Korea, and Iran? Complaining about sexism as leader of the free world will not cut it!

    June 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. TJP

    Vote Obama and Elect McCain

    June 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. True

    NO HILLARY AS VP. Obama won this primary fair and square and he should be able to decide who he wants as VP. Regardless if the Dems lose in NOV or not, Obama should have decision to make a choice.

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

    Obama. Do not help pay for Clinton's campaign debt. That's blackmail..

    She can pay off her own debt.

    June 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. mercy of los angekes

    Why, Dianne? Hillary does not have to end her campaign. Hillary could run as Independent and win big in November. Sorry:(. Definitely, Hillary supporters are not supporting Obama. If HIllary does not run as Independent, then, McCain gets our votes.

    June 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Arkansas Undertaker

    I want BARACK and HILLARY to run together! It will do wonders for our country and the world!


    Please! we need you both! Please just find a way to shut Bill Clinton up!

    June 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Tony, Miami

    Senator Clinton is blind and deaf. Her only goal "obliterate" the party.

    June 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. proud army and navy mom

    i agree that old girl needs to stop the madness, i don't agree that she should be on the ticket. i despise her.

    but Feinstein, if you and the other politicians can see what so clearly in front of your noses, i am really concerned.

    it is painfully obvious that this woman is a liar and has every intention to try and destroy the party and its nominee. why can't you see that?

    June 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Hillary, Liar on day 1

    This really shows how mentally ill Hillary is.

    She would be dangerous as commander in chief. She's unable to deal in reality. Throughout her campaign she lied, told tall tales and could never admit her wrongs. These are the worst characteristic of any leader nevertheless, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    Judgment is not Hillary's strong suit.

    June 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Never Obama - Anti Obama movement

    Do I need to say more!

    June 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. bye lifelongs

    Are we democrats proud of ourselves yet?

    We trashed and bashed, insulted and ridiculed the stronger Female candidate.... just so we could install the weaker and unqualified Black candidate.

    In a party that can not lose in the GE, we made sure that we installed the ONE candidate- so empty, so inexperienced and so unqualified- that he CAN lose in the GE.

    June 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Paula

    I don't think Clinton will give up without the 2210 number.She will once again move the goalpost.The superdelegates are afraid to make their voice heard by coming forward.They want to hide till tomorrow.The longer these so called superdelegates hide the more angry the people are becoming.It seems that these superdelegates are the ones dividing the party.It's time to pull the party together with a candidate today.You should all vote blindly as we do and not be allowed to wait to back the winner after all the states have voted.Also the American people might like to go in and change our original vote but we cannot.We have to stop the Republicans and we also need to change this system which has caused such a division.

    June 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Generation X

    Sharon MN and Bayou Jack- We get it...your not going to vote for Obama...I think everyone on this message board knows who you are voting for. Can we at least say good bye to you? The 1/3rd of HRC supporters are going to vote for McCain.....so what. We have made up that 1/3rd by pissed off Republicans that can not stand McCain and are voting against him for the same reasons why you are voting against Obama. So we do not need your 5,893rd post that proclaims your alliance with McCain...excuse us true democrats who have some healing to do with the higher intelligent HRC supporters.

    June 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. RuthieM

    I absolutely agree with Sen Feinstein that Hillary should concede, I ABSOLUTELY DISGREE with Senator Feinstein that Hillary should be Obama's Vice President. ABSOLUTELY NOT! It is mindboggling amazing how this woman, Hillary Clinton, and her husband Bill Clinton, can turn this campaign when they saw they were losing states, and at the end into total race baiting like he did in and like she did in West Virginia and Kentucky, and before and beyond, then turn around and say she is the stronger candidate because of her large margin win. So she won on racism, total division of America is the way she wanted it, just so she could win, and she truly thought that would get her into the white house, and so did Bill Clinton. Well, that is not a win by any stretch. It is division, segregation and hatred. And Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are doing the same thing in South Dakota, as they visit the little white counties in the state. I believe both Hillary and Bill hate Obama and that neither one of them should be on his ticket or in his cabinet.!!

    June 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Susan, MO

    Hillary is the one who can go up against McCain.

    We want a Democrat for President.

    Go Hillary!!

    Hillary 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Gregory from Cincinnati

    I'm a Hillary supporter. Barack Obama should choose who he thinks is the best Vice Presidential nominee.

    I think it will be difficult for him not to realize that that person is Hillary Clinton.

    So many Obama supporters are talking about hope and change, but when it comes to Hillary ... they are trash talking. And while Hillary supporters are not without their own faults, it's tough to imagine a campaign ticket based on hope and change that doesn't embrace all constituencies, as Diane Feinstein has pointed out.

    I think it's time we band together behind both of these people.

    Obama/Clinton, '08

    June 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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