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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soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. Democrat AGAINST Obama

    Cant wait to see him lose in November!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. mcCain 08

    We will be in office for 8 years.

    No Obama

    No Clinton

    June 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. Ratgurl

    Can't wait for Obama take the oath!!! C'mon, January....

    June 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. PUMA_PartyUnityMyA.S.S.

    Pelosi, read my nickname!!! That's my answer for the Liberal empty suit u and the DNC have imposed to us

    Let’s all unite?
    Let’s all come around our nominee??
    NO THANKS!!!!!

    Here’s a little something for u Pelosi:


    This Democratic Party doesn’t speak for me!!!


    June 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. Miguel Gomez

    Well Mr Dean and Mrs Pelosy wont have a penny from this democrat (yours truly). Their total bias helped seal the fate of dear Hillary. I'd rather send my money to the GOP, even if they use it to fund their swing parties on Friday nights.

    June 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. Country first party second

    Nancy Pelosi shut up, no one wants to hear your ugly ole mouth spitten out words. Go talk to Harry Reid. We are not united, you idiots need to WAKE UP, up there in that big ole white building.

    WE ARE NOT UNITED..............

    June 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. andy

    What ever Im a PUMA and well see nancy !!!

    June 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. PCS / North Carolina

    Hard working blue color voters should vote Obama (DNC), not the war mongers (GOP)

    Tax cut for the 1% welthiest Americans
    War mongers !! = military industrial comlex = Haliburtons = KBR = Cheney
    Bomb Iran, Bomb North Korea
    Recipe for recession
    Rebuild Iraq / Afganistan, but neglect our own ( Katrina)

    June 10, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. Fraser from Maryland

    Glad to see unity within the Democratic party. McCain is going to be toast in November. There's no way that the country would survive 12 straight years of Republican rule. There's just no way...

    June 10, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Gene

    I'm sure that there are going to be people screaming right now that Hillary had the election stolen (which she didn't), that Barack only won because of the superdelegates (true, but Hillary could only win that way too, and Obama had the majority of the pledged delegates... aka the people's votes). Keep your retarded comments to yourselves.

    What I will say for you Hillary supporters is that you don't want her for VP. If anything, she would make a great Sec. of State. That way if she wants.. she can run against Obama in 2012 and have the highest position in the cabinet... it's a win/win proposition. So no Hillary for VP.. make her the Sec. of State... I'm sure she'll be much better than Rice.

    June 10, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. nO UNITY

    Pelosi you deserted the principles of the party:
    Truth, justice, honor, equality, freedom, justice and the right to vote.


    Not trashing one candidate to give the advantage and nomination to the other weaker and less qualified candidate WAS THE ONLY PATH TO UNITY.

    The hate and bitterness and unfairness and injustice you did ontu Hillary Clinton... will haunt the democratic party for decades to come.


    June 10, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. Cheryl L. Swaim

    You won't get any cash from me. I'm not a Democrat any more. Thank you, Obama, you great unifier who has ripped the core values of the party into shreds. You can't treat people like you do and then expect allegiance and cash from them.

    June 10, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. Frank, San Francisco

    Hillary Haters, Pelosi and Dean got exactly want they wanted Obama as the Democratic Candidate. They are 2 of the weakest leaders in the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi is a failure as Speaker of the House and Dean who let the media get away with completely sexist and biased
    coverage without doing anything. What they didn't count on was a completely divided Democratic Party.
    Liberal Clinton supporter who will not vote for Obama unless Clinton is the VP...

    June 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. California Voter

    You may win the "party faithful" by this kind of talk, but there are plenty of voters out here that are independents, even if they are registered for one party or another. No Clinton on the ticket, no democratic vote from me.

    June 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Wise Owl

    The DNC needs to hit the ground running, and run as fast as they can and take Obama, Pelosi, Donna, Reid with them!!! Run DNC RUN

    No Obama no way no how


    June 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. kim portland, oregon

    so glad to hear obama's people are in charge. they are smart, FORWARD-thinking, react immediately to the repug's LYING machine, intelligent, PROACTIVE instead of reactive, intelligent on diplomacy, PRO-AMERICA, and TOUGH!!!

    mccain is soon to be a mere blip in presidential history!

    there is NO CHANCE a repug will get in the white house once the floodgates are opened on the crimes of the repug neocons! karma is going to be VERY VERY BUSY in these coming months!

    dont make any long-term plans bush/cheney/rummy/condi/bolton/wolfowitz/bremer/rove and all the rest of you unamerican criminals. i hope you are a "Fall", cuz you're gonna be wearing a lot of ORANGE soon! how do you feel about jumpsuits?!?!!?!?

    June 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. andersen

    Lies and propaganda. BO is the presumptive nominee, not the nominee.
    Women and blue collar workers have the most to lose if Barry is elected.
    Do your homework people and don't just swallow the hype from the media and the pundits.
    We are fighting for our Democracy and our rights as American Citizens.
    We are not going to be herded by Pelosi, Reid, the DNC and Obama.
    Dream on!

    June 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. nO UNITY


    You are one of the ones who eroded away our right to vote, our sense of equality and fair elections and who created the schsim by allowing bias and unfairness into the process.

    Hillary had the RIGHT to take it to the Convention. WHY Did you all jump on her?

    Did you heckle all the male candidates in the past, who were much further behind... like you pressured and criticized and accused and insulted Hill... until she let you give the nomination to Obama?

    June 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Hey Pelosi, why don't you and your friends do SOMETHING about the rising fuel costs? The House and Senate is a joke. Unity? I'm glad that is such a major concern for you dolts. How about going back to work and doing something for the people who pay your salary. I know it's a lot to ask-but give it a try. What a joke.

    June 10, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. appeals

    Your appeals for unity are in direct conflict with our conviction to fair elections, fair play, unbiased reporting, neutrality to the candidates, equality, freedom and justice.

    You led the attack to ganp up on Hillary. The party gang-raped her and as a woman you cheered them on.

    Promote away... we will still walk away from the fixed for Obama election.

    June 10, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Former Dem

    Just donated another $250 to McCain.

    Former Hillary supporter.

    June 10, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Hoang, UC Berkeley

    Oh no, now Obama supporters are shouting that I am racist because I have given my reasons for deciding to write Hillary in.

    SORRY, THAT LABEL IS NOT GONNA STICK ON ME!!!! YOU SEE, THIS IS BERKELEY; MY CLOSE FRIENDS ARE ACTUALLY FROM ALL OF THE RACES AND ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD. I gotta print these comments and show to my friends and see what they think. 😀 hahaha

    Poor Hillary. She was purposedly labeled "racist" by SOME ACTUAL RACIST ONES.

    June 10, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. Josh

    This STRONG DEMOCRAT will NOT be unified for the general election thanks to Obama stealing Hillary Clinton's nomination! I suggest that Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi step their game up because I know a lot of Hillary supporters who will be voting for McCain in November. The only thing to prevent this would be to reject Obama as the nominee and replace him with Hillary Clinton! PLEASE THINK OF WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY DEMOCRATS, NOT WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU!

    HILLARY/MCCAIN '08/'12!

    June 10, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. MLG

    Your one of the ones who need throwed out. McCain 08

    June 10, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. Tim

    Nancy Pelosi is delusional and frankly looks delusional.

    June 10, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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