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. Creative Woody

    Isn't Feinstein the Senator that is rabid in her support of gun-control laws, but carries a concealed weapon?

    June 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Obama/Hillary 08

    Obama/Hillary 08 today tuesday June 3 superdelegates should end this mess.

    June 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Brian Knoxville, TN

    McCain will bring the Republicans out of the wilderness of a 14-year tyranny of Neo-Conservative nonsense and its misuse and abuse of power (Neo-Conservatism, 1994-2008 B.I.H.).

    Obama will make pretty speeches that will make wanna be Democrats who are politically ignorant and who lack happiness in their own lives feel good about themselves. How sad they will be when Obama loses the presidency in November... The rest of us Democrats—the majority of Democrats—will have gotten past our anger at the Democratic Party’s incompetence and embrace the Renewed Moderate Republican Party.

    The Republicans got lucky with their nominee.

    The Democratic leaders and the mob that they have stirred up for their own interests got stupid.

    Witness the Rise of the McCain Democrats.


    June 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Christopher Abate

    Hillary Clinton is not fit to be anyone's VP. Obama can win the presidency without her help.

    June 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Honest man for Obama

    no vp.

    June 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Independent in Iowa

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    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 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Michael in Seattle

    we know, her supporters know, how come Hillary doesn't know?

    June 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. the Lorax

    Feinstein for President 2016

    June 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Seminole3232 - Atlanta

    I vote a strong NO to a joint ticket. She has tooo much baggage. I also disagree that she has been treated unfairly. She has been treated as all polititions are treated once the numbers are against them. I praise her for running and she has done great things, but its time to move one. Unfortunately for Hill, this is Barack's time.

    June 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Folks we've been Cheneyed by Bush for 8 years. Lets avoid more of the same.

    June 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. john


    June 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. ClintonSpinsHerDonors

    We do not want hillary in obama ticket she is too polorizing she would not even admit she go beat so bad by obama. Why would he want her in his ticket when he can pick any body he wants there is a lot of sentors and governors out there that would help him to bring america back I say NO hillary in this ticket.

    June 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. What are they afraid of????

    Interesting........she must be getting the squeeze from Pelosi. Let the states complete their primaries for christ sake. They must be really worried about what will next come out about Senator Obama or one of his buddies/wife. No matter. Clinton got thepopular vote and that can not be denied!!!!!!! All the peopel who went against the will of the voters will get theirs on the next election cycle.

    And lets not forget......Senator Obama is only perhaps gointg to be the PRESUMPTIVE nominee at this point. The convention is not until August – alot can happen between now and then!

    Put your campaign into suspension only Senator Clinton. Pelosi, Reid, et al can sit on it!

    June 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |


    June 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Nia

    ...Also...Hillary should not be considered for a VP spot after all the drama to day and throughout the campaign....it would be a big mistake. A dangerous mistake. Given she feels entitled, I get the feeling she will do whatever to undermine Obama's decisions as President, to make him look bad and herself look good in an effort to run in 2012 under the notion of " I told you so"...that would be the Clinton way.

    June 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Laura

    I agree with Feinstein, but I don't think Hillary should call it quits until after we get to see the Michelle Obama video.

    June 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |


    OBAMA/GORE '08

    June 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Steve, New York, New York

    It is wonderful to see Senator Feinstein saying sensible things. Maybe SHE should be running, instead of Hillary!!!

    June 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. show me

    well if obama pick s hillary im done giving him my support

    June 3, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    CNN Omitted ONLY one word – IF

    But then, CNN is full of air-head, prejudiced, talking heads.

    We need journalists !!!!! NOT gossips.

    Previous post closed AGAIN too soon – truth not wanted by CNN

    June 3, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Truth comes out

    No we don't want HRC she lies and she is deceiving what does she have in common with Obama's message. Nothing. She is the reason the party is divided. I am a woman but I will never vote for this lady. Diane Feinstein is not the end all be all in making political decisions.

    June 3, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Fred up north

    HILLARY FOR VP? nooooooooooooooooooooooo

    June 3, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. MI Women 4 Obama!

    NO! NO! NO! No to Clinton as VP on the ticket. Go away Clinton's! America does not want the Clinton's back in the White House!

    Barack and whoever for VP – just not the Clinton's!

    OBAMA 08/12 !

    June 3, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. New Day

    Cant they leave it alone? If she concedes, she concedes. If not, she wont. WHO CARES?!?!?!?

    June 3, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    If you believe it's time for her to end it, then put your money where your mouth is and endorse Obama. Talk is just talk, if you want to send the message, you need to stand up and take the position. Until you do that, you're part of the problem, not the solution.

    June 3, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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