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.”

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (387 Responses)
  1. Voting Obama

    Treated unfaily is what I meant to say... I vote no for VP. She threw everything but the kitchen sink at Obama and he stayed grounded. She started crying after she losed in Iowa. Weak and I don't want her to be in ofice with Obama.

    Vote McCain and this recession is going to get worse. Your children will be sent to an endless war and you can only blame yourself because of your prejudiceness and thinking Obama owes you. Please. Don't vote at all.

    June 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Never Obama - Anti Obama movement

    Your right Obama should conceded no Hillary, the voters have voted for her not him – BUYERS REMORSE people, Rev. Wright & Rev. Phleger

    June 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. James B. New Jersey

    I agree. I always wanted an Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket anyway. Not just because they both bring a different constituency to the ticket but because they both have ideas to bring to the ticket that are very similar. The VP should be an attack dog and Hillary is the person for the job. If we are divided will be beaten. Together we will win..........

    Imagine an interacial presidency no that is American........

    Obama/Clinton 08

    June 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |

    If Barack Obama chooses Hillary Clinton as his running
    mate, he immediately LOSES most of his support, period.

    Including me...

    Pick her, he loses the general election. Period...

    June 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Max

    I understand some super delegates not declaring their support because of the position they may hold in the party, but most are calculating spineless jellyfish waiting to declare once it is politically safe. I hope that they get voted out when they come up for re-election. We need people that will make decisions based in conviction and courage.

    June 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. LTX

    We, her supporters, are pushing her to stay in the race. It's just a matter of time until the truth about Nobama comes out. Then what do we do? She is doing it for all of us.

    June 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. frank

    I think she should stay in and completely ruin what is left of this sorry party– and spend more money to show how wasteful she has been over the past six months... a true demoCRAP- spend millions that could have been used to help the people she claims to care for.,.. she is a PANT-SUIT SEA HAGG...

    June 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. rick

    Senator Feinstein is right. It is time for Clinton to drop out. We need to Unite the party. I would not have her as VP though, either Rendell or Edwards for that. But the one area where she would be the best would be Attorney General. She would be the best one to investigate Bush and all of his cronies for any war crimes and election crimes that there have been.

    June 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. mike

    Yes finally the truth is here now. but continue for next camp. from now

    June 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. JJ in NY

    No way as VP !

    hillary is a cancer and slick willy is a tumor .

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

    I hate to agree with Feinstein–she's a lousy Democrat–but in this case, she's right across the board.

    June 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Kenneth of Minneapolis (KW)

    I have never seen anything like this. One day it's who gets to 2025 first, the next day it's 2209, the next day it's 2118, the next day it's who has the most primary votes, the next day it's the most electoral votes, one day the rule is this, the next day the rule is that.....

    Someone stand up and show some leadership!

    Get your #*&^ together DEMOCRATS!

    June 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. martin California

    We are all beung set up. Clinton and her gang are not going to admit defeat tonight. It is a game to incite women voters by leaking that she will withdraw and then deny it and claim she is being pushed out. That way she will get women to turn out. At the same time she will depress the Obama vote by making people relax and perhaps not vote thinking it is over. This is not Clinton's moment and it is not not all about Hillary as the press has stated. It is Obama's night. He won. It has been a long and tough campaign. But, he has won not Clinton. She needs to withdraw like the other candidates did showing due respect for the Party and Obama.

    June 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Independent Girl

    Obama can't win without Hillary...I say let him lose!

    June 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Newly Independent in Oregon

    Dear Dianne

    It is absurd to consider Hillary Clinton for the vice presidency.

    Can't you just see her with little Obamie on her knee explaining to him the in's and out's of the presidency?

    It is a nasty business–look at former presidents–didn't they look exhausted after they left office?

    Hillary should let Obamie take care of himself now. He has all those handlers and helpers, doesn't he?

    She would make a wonderful Secretary of State and be able to accomplish far more in foreign affairs than Obamie will ever accomplish as president.

    PS–Is Obamie or isn't Obamie half white? Does he know it?

    June 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. John McCloy

    When Clinton finally realizes that the nomination is gone, she'll start grasping at the VP straws. But it will be too late by then. She won't be able to survive the Republican attack machine in defending Obama in the VP debates: She"ll either be labeled a flip-flopper or a liar. Yes, Bush Sr. had to eat crow when he took the VP slot from Reagan after he called his economic plan "VooDoo". I think the level and severity of Hillary's attacks has left no room for her to back track as a VP. As a general Democrat, as a Senator, yes. As a member of Obama's ticket, no.

    June 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Ratgurl

    As a California voter, I say Senator Feinstein has done a pretty crappy job representing her constituents. Clearly she is on the same "me, me, me" track that Hillary is on. No wonder she so adamantly supports her!.

    June 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Concerned Canadian

    Too late to unify !! Hillary Clinton...for the sake of the party and more important for the sake of the nation...do not concede !!....do not fall into their trap !!......Hussein Obama is toast in November anyway. He is not electable..plain and simple.

    You got corrupt African American politicians and bribed surrogates whose only goal is to see a Black man in the White House , no matter what it takes. Their interested in history. The world isn't fooled by this.

    If Americans really care about their nation and how its viewed around the world, they must stop this misguided force perpetuating these disturbing events thats destroying democracy.

    There is absolutely no reason to rush anything to end. The will of the people have no end. Stand up America and do whats right. Do not be coerced and do not feel guilty. Stand with Hillary Clinton in the name of democracy and justice and for the common good of the USA.

    June 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Tee


    HRC was not scewed by anyone but herself. She surrounded herself with the wrong people, ran a bad campaign, used poor judgement, proven untrustworthy, went into debt. I expected better from someone with 35 years of experience. Have you been paying ATTENTION!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Griff

    Fool's rush in, where angel's fear to tread....

    June 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. Stella Oliveros

    Obama lost the respect of millions of people so McCain will run him silly on the other hand Hillary has gained so much respect in the last months....She got a slow start due to media/ public wanting to make this a fighting circus which got out of hand but once people got over that it was too late. That is exactly why she gained so much strength at the end ...as soon as people realized that she was more well rounded candidate.

    I take back that there will be a African American riot if Hillary got the nomination the general consensus today is that Hillary is a stronger, better, sounder, more centered person. The game has really changed but will the delegates and super delegates find the strength to stand up and own that……that is the real question.

    June 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Robin

    I agree Batman. Only Hillery can stop this madness. We still love her but she must go.

    June 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. Marilyn from Ohio

    Let Obama and his "friends" at Trinity go down by themselves. You know, the ones who cheered and applauded the terrible remarks about America, whites and Senator Clinton. Save Clinton for 2012 when we Dems can REALLY win!

    June 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. a, holley

    Too much clinton baggage. We need Mayor Bloomber as VP

    June 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. Tyler Green

    We are a month behind the republicans for our bid for the presidency. The longer this draws out, the more that Clinton contradicts herself. She said she would do whatever it takes to get a Democrat in the White House. Well her refusal to abandon her White House bid is setting us back each and every day. I just hope Obama can make up the ground he has lost by this ridiculous race. I admire her conviction, but at some point, you need to face reality and know how far you actually are behind Mrs. Clinton and know that its next to impossible to come back.

    June 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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