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. Iowan - Caucus States Matter

    then why don't you endorse barack and set a precedent

    June 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Mimi Penaranda

    Absolutely not!

    Hillary, I urge you to run as Independent. I speak for the many Democrats who would vote Republican if you are not the Presidential nominee. Your party has turned their backs on you. Why don't you give them a dose of their own medicine? What do you need a party for???

    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. wrong candidate

    Obama got this far on speeches, spin, celebrity bandwagon, media bias, corrupt actions of the DNC and Hillary bashing.
    He will not win the election.
    It is not like the caucus states where a few hundred are equal to millions of votes.
    The Obama propaganda is not working on many intelligent, free thinking adults.

    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Soldier from Bamberg, Germany

    Hillary what are you doing???
    Do you know how you look???
    Your like the guy that drink to much in the Club...

    Can you say Village Idiot?

    Can you say RON PAUL syndrome…!!

    Bill get yyou old lady, see's going out like a NUT!!!


    OBAMA 08!!


    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Paris

    Isn’t this just like the democrats to just quit and run.
    They have been telling Hillary to quite for two months now.

    They use the quit and run strategy on everything domestic and foreign affairs.

    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. njvoter

    I agree but not with the VP part.

    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Amy

    Hillary has shown she is fully capable and willing to tear the party apart – why, exactly, would we WANT that in a VP?

    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |

    Miss Feinstein,

    Please dont endorse HRC as a VP, after cutting each other throat by distinctively separating his agenda from hers throughout the duration of the campaign and particularly during the debates, how could a voter even imagine she willl support him wholeheartedly or promote his ideas in time of crises at the Whitehouse.

    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Jim Wade

    Those Women she speaks of, are uneducated misinformed fanaticals. Hillary was not treated unfairly. Michigan and Florida votes/delegates should not have been counted period. She does not have more "votes" than Obama. And she is only close in votes because you can't include the dozen Caucus' that he won.

    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Deb

    I hope the superdelegates do the right thing and listen to the voice and will of the people!

    We want the viable candidate who can beat McCain in the fall and keep 17 million moderate and conservative voters in the Party.

    If they ignore the will of the people and select Obama, the party will loose in November and they won't have a base of moderates and conservatives left to rebuild with.

    The Democratic Party will be over after today, depending on what they decide.

    This is not a "threat" it is a fact. We will not be brushed off a shoulder and told to site in the corner and be quite and vote for a Left wing nut job in training pants.

    We love our country too much to let that happen!

    Hillary 08

    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Perla

    Senator Feinstein,
    Please put some extra teeth in this message by switching your superdelegate endorsement to Obama. And ask other supers pledged the Clinton to do likewise. It would not disrespect Clinton, but would demonstrate that a commitment to party unity is more important than commitment to a candidate.

    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Petra

    Great Job Diane. Tell her to end this "will he fall,' "will he die," ongoing speculative fairy tale wishes for her (Hilary Clinton's) dream to come true. After all votes are counted and the super delegates weigh in; let's go behind whoever the nominee is and not 'keep it open." There has been enough divisiveness in this campaign and the republicans love this ongoing saga!!!

    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Jack Smith

    well spoken.

    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Dan (TX)

    Can someone tell me if she accepts VP, does Obama pay off her campaign debt???

    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Shalauddin Ahmed

    Sen. Clinton prefers disgraceful exit.

    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Jack the Dog

    Call Hillary and tell her.

    McAuliffe and her husband are showing that she is too nuts to have as VP!

    June 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Enlightened Voter - She does NOT have more pop vote

    NO VP for hillary. They would undermine Obama every step of the way.

    June 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Richard Boland

    Thank God for common sense, it seems there are a lot of HRC supporters that are actually intimindated, they fear the wrath of the Queen......Are they not allowed to think, are they not allowed to speak...DB

    June 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Tailor

    I have GREAT respect you for Hilary!! I supported you from the start..
    Congatulations on a tight Campaign, thanks for fighting for what is right and I wish you all the best!!

    But now, as much as it hurts, it's time to jump aboard the "Obama Train!!" To vote for McCain would completely dishonour Hilary..something true supporters of hers would never do!

    To vote for McCain because hilary is out is ridiculus!! Im disappointed with fellow Hilary supporters..

    Obama/Clinton "08"...now that is a ticket to be proud of!

    June 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. I pity the plight of the DEMS

    The Obama bloggers are paid for by Obama's well organized and sleazy campaign- that is why they blog multiple times on every single blog.

    Unfortunately for them, in the end, it is not propaganda but votes that count.

    Most Americans will never vote for the unqualified, inexperienced, short on firm positions but big on hyperbole, lying, hypocritical, pandering, racist Obama.

    Americans are tired of cocky, gloating, boastful, mocking, swaggering, arrogant elitists who have never DONE anything for their country. Obama, like Bush before him, is waltzing into the presidency on their perceived likability.

    Americans won’t repeat the mistake they made with Bush by swapping him for the radical left wing version of the same ineptitude.

    June 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Tech Recruiter

    I concur... it's time. I like Hillary Clinton but we all need to rally behind Barack Obama now and beat McCain.

    Democrat "08

    June 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Patricia Weller, Westminster, Maryland

    I have been watching the campaigns from the beginning, and I don't see where either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama has been treated more unfairly than the other. They both have had their share of weeks of negative headlines, which may have been slightly more excessive for Senator Obama, if at all.

    When Senator Feinstein repeats what Clinton supporters say, that she has been treated unfairly, they seem to just be repeating what Senator Clinton herself has claimed, but I haven't really seen any evidence of it.

    I certainly have NOT heard Senator Obama claim that he has been treated unfairly because he's black.

    Maybe it's all in the perception of the news.

    June 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Independent in Iowa

    Here comes the Obamabot's hate.

    DEAL with the facts. Since you are all 'educated', it shouldn't be that difficult to figure out.

    Hillary MUST be on the ticket if Obama and the party is to win. There are 17 million of us that support her and we have been with her since the beginning. Unlike the Obama supporters, we have stood strong by her through the entire process. Obama's the one who split the party; we haven't changed our position, you did. Now he owes it (YES, owes it) to the party to offer her VP.

    If he doesn't, McCain will defeat him in November. Obama would provide another opportunity for Hillary to run again in 2012. Looks like a win/win situation for her and her supporters after all.

    June 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Miss M/ Nevada

    Everyone Shut up!!! Let Ms. Clinton finish this out...That's one of the problems with this race, everyone butts in....

    Only quitters are "losers"

    June 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Nancy

    Is this vice presidency thing a threat, blackmail, or what????? Give me a break. Sure sounds like that. Superdelegates, please show her campaign that this is not the way to a vp spot. How can Barack Obama even consider her after all the crap she has given her own party and the way she has treated Barack personally. He has treated her with nothing but respect and shown the country how a professional candidate treats people. But to hold back until he offers her the vp position???? That is manipulation at its worst.

    O8AMA + anyone but her

    June 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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