June 10th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Primaries over, Democrats promote unity

 Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic officials told reporters Tuesday the party is united behind Barack Obama.

Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic officials told reporters Tuesday the party is united behind Barack Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Tuesday that the national party “is going to be essentially run by the Obama campaign,” adding that the end of the primary process would dramatically shift their fundraising fortunes, allowing the DNC to begin to erase the massive cash edge enjoyed by its Republican counterpart.

“There’s not going to be a coordination problem and there certainly isn’t going to be a fundraising problem,” said Dean.

At a press conference with Democratic officials at the Democratic National Committee Tuesday afternoon, Dean pointed to the DNC staff on the ground in all 50 states since the 2004 elections - just hours after Barack Obama's deputy campaign manager, Steve Hildebrand, made a similar boast in a fundraising e-mail.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid added that efforts to coordinate the DNC with the cash-rich Senate and House election committees have been underway for years.

“With Obama now having the nomination, this DNC is going to hit the ground running, we’re in good shape,” said Reid.

The Obama campaign announced last week that Dean would remain at the helm of the DNC, and sent senior Obama aide Paul Tewes to oversee the collaboration with the national party.

“This is an extraordinary time for the Democratic Party,” said DNC Chairman Howard Dean on Monday, “we’ve come to the end of a long primary season, a hard-fought race between two of the most talented people who have ever run for president in this party. And we congratulate Senator Obama and we’re working with him at the DNC already to make sure he is the next president of the United States.”

Flanked by Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed concerns that disappointed Hillary Clinton supporters might turn to John McCain, whose campaign has stepped up efforts to woo them.

“Women and blue collar workers, whatever their race, have the most to gain by the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States and the most to lose by the election of John McCain,” Pelosi told CNN's Kathleen Koch.

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  1. Ellen

    If Pelosi thinks she can unite democrats, she if very wrong. I haven't heard one smart word come out of her mouth since she has been in Washington. There is no party unity.

    June 10, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. MK

    Tell us, Doris, how exactly do women and blue-collar workers stand to benefit from a McCain presidency? How, for that matter, have they benefited from Bush/Cheney? You must think they have, or you wouldn't be promoting McSame. And if your plan is to stay home and not vote at all, that is still tacit support for the status quo, so my question stands.

    Please do spell it out for us: How do women and blue-collar workers stand to benefit from a McCain presidency?

    June 10, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. Ted:Canada

    Yes! I would seriously consider Pelosi as VP and I would also have Hillary take on an important portfolio like Universal Health Care.

    They are not only more intelligent than McCain and his staff but they would wear them down. These two ladies are great and deserve recognition.

    Have you noticed?
    I am not sure what it is but McCain has a robotic quality about him. The way he moves his arms, body and head. I know he has padding in his suit shoulders. He looks a little bit unnatural in the way he moves around. I hope the poor guy is ok.

    Up in Canada we support the Democrats but we would not want anything to happen to the poor guy!

    June 10, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. Ilona Proud Canadian


    Your Bushism is showing!

    Come on guys! these jerks who keep trying to rile you up, are the McCain Jerks!

    June 10, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  5. jdona

    No party unity. Save your Roe v Wade arguments, save your platforms are similar between obama and Clinton. Save your You can't be a true democrat and vote for McCain, (you do remember the Reagan Democrats, who by the way, came home for bill clinton), save all the you must be republican trolls, etc. etc. We are not Obama Democrats, we are Hillary Democrats, we are now PUMA Democrats, and we cannot be bullied, bought, manipulated, guilt-tripped, threatened or intimidated. We reject Obama, we reject the hijacked rigged election, we reject the appointment of a nominee that did not have the popular vote. We will not support him or the DNC with our money, our votes, or our voices. We are mobilizing, we are uniting, and we are angry. You can either listen to us now, or hear us roar in November.

    June 10, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Over Turn It Roe V Wade

    Hillary supporters welcome to the right side. We will have a push this time to stop the MURDER of babies. Glad that you have seen the light and will vote McCain this time. Obama is for gay rights and we need to keep marrage between a MAN and a WOMAN. They want to uphold Roe V Wade but we will shoot it down now. It is my hope that with your help we can overturn some of this left wing stuff.
    Vote Life Vote McCain08

    June 10, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. Rave

    Without Hillary and her supporters around, there is always unity in Democratic party. To all Hillary supporters who threaten to support McCain.. just go away. Nobody cares. Go vote to who ever you want .. you are nothing in this election.
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    June 10, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. k6438

    It will be nightmare to have a democratic president and democratic congress.What happing in Illinois one should take a lesson. Here in Illinois the governor, speaker, senate president all are democrates but they do not see eye to eye,, there is no unity, the speaker is trying to impeach the governor, the senate president wants a raise, They are not working for the people they are working for themself. Cook county president is also a democrate and the people are paying the highest taxes in the country. More over Obama is not elected he is selected by the party, and the media.

    June 10, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  9. Suzy

    Dean and Pelosi are dreaming. You haven't fooled anyone. We aren't sheep. It's McCain all the way.

    June 10, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. faye

    ATTN———–ATTN——–O B A M A B O T S

    follow ur candidate ,s message of one country and (fake) unity

    he said “`umm uu uhhh republicans have good uh um ideas in past 10-15 ummm yrs“`

    so pls come join us in our effort to elect a republican ,,you are welcome here ,,

    (We belive in unity and freedom of speech ,and we tryst obama on just only one and one thing which is his compliment on REPUBLICANS)

    June 10, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. Victor in NC

    All those people who said Hillary should be VP should pay off her debt.

    I don't think Obama should pay a dime.
    Ohio Gov loyal to Clinton could pay it
    Even the Dem in OK could pay it.

    Since they love Clinton so much..

    I love Hillary but I won't support her fundraising habits.
    She knew she was broke right after February, but she stay in the race an charged up a large bill..

    Get it from Bill, h e caused you to loose the race.


    June 10, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. Rita

    Hillary we still love you, and all the traitors will be very dissapointed in November.

    June 10, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  13. Glad to be an Independent

    Some of you are quite angry and threatening to vote for McCain. The really is that some of you will vote for McCain. Fortunately, most of the Clinton supporters do not share your view. Most of the Clinton supporters will vote for Obama. You say Obama can not win. You would be wrong again. Sure some of Clinton supporters will not support Obama. You are forgetting one thing. Many conservatives are unhappy with McCain and will not vote for him. Conservatives that won't vote for McCain and Hillary supporters that will not vote for Obama will counteract each other. You have every right to vote for McCain if you wish, but cut out all of your talk about most Hillary supporters. Most Hillary supporters support certain issues and although Obama is not their first choice, the will support the Democratic nomineee in order to support the issue they care about. Obama supporters welcom all Hillary supporters that wan to put an end the Bush policies, but those Hillary supporters that are angry and spiteful, YOU ARE FULL OF ALLOT OF HOT AIR. Your numbers are small. YOUR BARK IS WORSE that YOUR BITE!! LITTLE PUPPIES!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  14. maggieb

    Very interesting!!!
    It seems that Barack Obama is not qualified to be president after all for the following reason:
    Barack Obama is not legally a U.S. natural-born citizen according to the law on the books at the time of his birth, which falls between "December 24, 1952 to November 13, 1986? Presidential office requires a natural-born citizen if the child was not born to two U.S. citizen parents, which of course is what exempts John McCain though he was born in the Panama Canal US Law very clearly stipulates: ".If only one parent was a U.S. citizen at the time of your birth, that parent must have resided in the United States for at least ten years, at least five of which had to be after the age of 16." Barack Obama's father was not a U.S. citizen and Obama's mother was only 18 when Obama was born, which means though she had been a U.S. citizen for 10 years, (or citizen perhaps because of Hawaii being a territory) the mother fails the test for being so for at least 5 years **prior to** Barack Obama's birth, but *after* age 16. It doesn't matter *after* . In essence, she was not old enough to qualify her son for automatic U.S. citizenship. At most, there were only 2 years elapsed since his mother turned 16 at the time of Barack Obama's birth when she was 18 in Hawaii. His mother would have needed to have been 16+5= 21 years old, at the time of Barack Obama's birth for him to have been a natural-born citizen. As aforementioned, she was a young college student at the time and was not. Barack Obama was already 3 years old at that time his mother would have needed to have waited to have him as the only U.S. Citizen parent. Obama instead should have been naturalized, but even then, that would still disqualify him from holding the office.
    *** Naturalized citizens are ineligible to hold the office of President. *** Though Barack Obama was sent back to Hawaii at age 10, all the other info does not matter because his mother is the one who needed to have been a U.S. citizen for 10 years prior to his birth on August 4, 1961, with 5 of those years being after age 16. Further, Obama may have had to have remained in the country for some time to protect any citizenship he would have had, rather than living in Indonesia. Now you can see why Obama's aides stopped his speech about how we technically have more than 50 states, because it would have led to this discovery. This is very clear cut and a blaring violation of U.S. election law. I think the Gov. of California would be very interested in knowing this if Obama were elected President without being a natural-born U.S. citizen, and it would set precedence. Stay tuned to your TV sets because I suspect some of this information will be leaking through over the next several days. -------------------------------------------
    Thomas Sowell
    Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow
    The Hoover Institution
    Stanford University
    Stanford, California 94305

    June 10, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  15. woman for GOP VP

    Unity? Are you kidding? House Democrats are refusing to endorse BHO and tens of millions of Hillary supporters will join the movement. Citizens for McCain! Once Sarah Palin gets the nod for VP, it will officially be curtains for the Democratic Party. Perhaps Howard Dean can then get a job running elections in Zimbabwe. I hear they are a real trip.

    McCain/Palen '08

    Hillary '12

    June 10, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  16. AJ

    I wish all of the top guns in the democratic party united and declared that the only viable way for democrats to win the whitehouse in Nov. is an Obama-Clinton ticket. It's a no-brainer!!!! I think Obama should do this as soon as possible and not listen to the "dummies". This way we can concentrate on giving hell to the republicans and stop talking about "what if" crap. Why do you listen to all these "closet republicans" dominating the network news channels (and sometimes give the impression that they are against McCain)and the pundits who claim they are representing democratic party but are secretly working for the republicans when they criticize the "dream" ticket?

    June 10, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  17. Peggy

    I don't know what is wrong with you people, everything Obama does you say he is following Hillery, Obama has spent his life helping the hard working people, while Hillery has led the life of riley and also Michaelle Obama addressed working women in her very first speeches, saying that she could relate to them and that she had a lot of advantages that a lot of working mom's didnt have and she still found it tough, so how does Hillery get credit for everything they say. You celebrate Hillery almost getting the nomination as being the first woman to do so, bu make very little of the fact that Obama really made history by being the first black man in a not black country to get this far, lots of women have led countries. Everyone is talking about Hillery not making it because she is a woman, are you kidding you think being a black man is easier than being a rich white woman in America,you are out of your mind, where is your reasoning? As for the press Hillery should have won by a landslide as she had the whole of CNN as her campagne managers.

    June 10, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
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