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. Jan from Illinois

    With all due respect ,it is not up to the Senator from California to decide who the running mate should be. She made her choice for President- her candidate didn't win so now she can switch sides if she chooses but beyond that shopuld mind her own business. Senator Obama has managed to do quite well with out her support up to this point so probably can manage to choose a VP without her help too.

    June 3, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Jim

    It's time to let go of the childish arrogance, racism, and sexism, and realize that this is going to be a vital election. McCain's presidency will be catastrophic with more wars coming and thousands of casualties. Put everything aside and fight McCain.

    June 3, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Kandi

    were you all just so afraid of this energizing, intelligent, unifying black man that this couldn't have been over months ago? she has had no chance whatsoever for at least three weeks, and realistically for three months.

    now we have a ton more mending to do – simply because we all (as a country?) owed hillary clinton some undefined "right" to play it out to the end?

    finally. maybe. today. she. will. admit. defeat.

    June 3, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |

    Finally. Thank you Mrs. Feinstein. This whole primary race has been sickening because the more I listen to the media say oh Obama can’t get the white vote,
    this lets me know that the priest was right with his words; basically whites feel privileged, and that the presidential race is chosen by whites only. Well slavery day
    has ended and blacks have a right to vote. It is obvious that whites do not want votes from minorities to count and have any power. Well the
    votes counted rather whites wanted them to count or not and this is why Barak has won the nominee and bottom line is Hillary is in denial along
    with a bunch of other prejudice folk. The Lord does not like “UGLY, LYING, CHEATING MESS. You do not win the democratic nomination by the popular vote. All that meant is that in some states folks liked Hillary more than Obama and it also meant that a lot of prejudice people exist in the world that would never vote for a black man. Well Obama received thousands of white votes and the media never admit to it.

    Never have they offered a VP seat to a black man or woman and now Barak is under great pressure to offer a seat to Hillary, only
    because she is white and feeling privileged. All other president chose whom they wanted and Barak has the same right.

    June 3, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Josh

    McCain, you have my vote if Hillary drops out! I cannot vote for an unexperienced, all talk and no game candidate like Obama. He is a disgrace to this country and and disgrace to mankind!


    June 3, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Grace

    Hillary doesn't stand tall at all. She has the same qualities of G. W. Bush: self-serving, defective hearing & insight; therefore she believes her action is what this nation wants. I am glad I won't have to worry about having her in charge of our country for the next 8 years. What a relief!

    June 3, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. j

    YES – it's time for the race to end. NO – HRC is not a good VP choice. Obama should have the opportunity to chose his own VP and if he thinks Clinton is the best choice, then so be it, but at least give him to liberty to make that choice.

    June 3, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Eddie G

    I agree that Clinton should drop out...but I do not agree that she should be on the ticket. Obama won't last a year with Bill and Hillary lurking in the dark!

    June 3, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Casual Observer

    Now, that's a 3:00 a.m. phone call.

    Question is, does Hillary have the courage to pick up the phone and face reality?

    – Recovering Hillary Supporter

    June 3, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Brian

    I wonder if they'll use their speeches tonight to announce Hillary as the VP? What a game-shaker that'd be...

    But I doubt it'll happen.

    June 3, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Enlightened Voter - She does NOT have more pop vote

    It is clear that hillary cares nothing for the party or people or country of the united states. It has been and always will be about her and bill. But I ask you, do we really want someone who has ran a scandelous, fiscally unsound campaign who can't even control her own staff running our country? She can't even manage her campaign (40 million in debt) how can she run the US?

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. femalevoter

    NO NO NO NO.

    I do not want Hillary Clinton as vice president, or president. I do not trust her one whit.

    I am a woman, and have seen NO sexism in this campaign. I'm not talking about boys with tshirts, or idiots on TV – those people are irrelevant. I don't want a woman as president/vp, just because she's a woman.

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Former Obama Supporter

    Why can't these Clinton supporters just wait until Hillary says it's over? What they can't wait a day or two? Hillary will leave when she says it is time to leave.

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. so sorry

    The time to step in was when Obama was permitted to strong-arm and cheat his way to victories at the flawed caucus states.

    These early, stolen wins-The early string of caucus victories allowed a relatively small number of Obama supporters to drastically magnify their impact on the nominating process.

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. arc

    Hillary Clinton proudly voted to send over 4000 young American soldiers to their deaths in an unnecessary war; hand-in-hand alongside the Bush Administration and John McCain.

    Democratic voters should never forgive her for that. That should stand as her legacy. This to include the negativity, the lies and the pandering to race and gender that she used at every turn during her failed campaign for President of the United States; and NO to Hillary Clinton as Vice President of the United States.

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Lynnette

    Okay, Senator Feinstein, I'm a woman from California and I don't believe this at all about Senator Clinton.
    We all know that you don't want to endorse Senator Obama, and that's your choice, but don't state that all woman feel she was treated unfairly.
    She gave as good as she got. Now get out of the race.

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Susan

    Clinton has the right to move forward. If she ran on the independent ticket, she would have a good chance of winning,

    The DNC made a major & unfair mistake with Michigan.

    Thousands in just MO........say, GO HILLARY!!

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Vy, California

    Thank you Feinstein.

    it's time to end this runaway train wreck of a campaign. The Clinton train is going 'full speed ahead' to no where...

    she's just making people hate her more.

    I know it's hard for an ICON to accept defeat from an unknown. But the only proof that you're 'Electable' is to WIN Hillary. Try that next time as opposed to the Kitchen sink strategy

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Indiana Voter

    Folks, let's all just settle down and let the candidates handle how this process works. I have confidence in both of them to make the right decisions.

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. shirley

    Diane steps up to the plate but Hillary will still not concede. The Clinton 'family business' is more important than the Democratic Party. Hillary has not been treated unfairly much as she would like to convience her supporter's otherwise. Senator Obama and the press have not made her accountable for any of her past scandals and proven corruption, even as she brought gender, religion and race into the campaign. Hillary has and continues to do anything to win and will further divide the Democratic Party in her ambitious quest for the White House.

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Justin (ny)

    I fear that adding Clinton to an Obama fronted ticket is opening the floodgates for republicans, and ALSO makes Obama look phony, in that such a major part of his campaign has been based on a change "from the old way of doing things" – something Clinton would represent. The VP decision for the Obama camp will NOT be made easily...

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Floridian

    I am a middle age woman, I don't understand why are all these Hillary supporters saying Obama should make her his VP? Let Obama pick his VP, not all these angry women who are Hillary supporters. They make me sick. I hope he doesn't pick her, she and Bill are power hunger and second place is not where they want to be. They are to shady and distrustful. Stop all the crying about she was treated unfairly, so what it's politics. Obama was treated unfairly also. Obama is the choice stop making excuses for Hillary, after all the percentage of people who don't like her is proof enough. I agree, lets move on but not with that evil woman and her husband.

    CNN you all close articles too soon for comments even articles that only have less than 100 comments. You need to keep those open longer.

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Abby

    I’m furious that they are trying to strong arm him in to choosing her for his VP . Let him make his own choice just like every other nominee got to pick. And please let him have a well deserved celebration first!

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Toby

    Hillary, the horse is dead already – please stop beating it.

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. amanda

    makes sense to me. for the sake of the country and history, it's all in the democratic favor.And better yet, for the next 3 or more presidential election cycle. way to go .

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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