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. Clueless

    You and the DNC were and REMAIN clueless.

    It is not THAT HRC lost- it is HOW she was beaten into a loss by the tools of discrimination, biased reporting and hate.

    That is what caused us to go from Being willing to vote for Obama to now NEVER voting for Obama- or the party- maybe for decades.

    It is called corruption, election fixing, disenfranchising, forcing a candidate on the majority of the party.

    SUCK IT UP NOW. That behavior has its consequences. I will stand by my ideals of fair play.

    June 10, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. DEMOCRAT FOR MCCAIN

    i have voted democrat all my life..

    but after how dean manipulated our primaries

    i will vote for mccain this year...

    i can leave with him for four years

    thanks dean for dividing our party...i WILL NOT vote for obama

    June 10, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. HRC 4 OBAMA

    UNITE OR FALL.

    WE OWE IT TO OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN TO TURN THIS COUNTRY AROUND.

    VOTE OBAMA.

    June 10, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. UNITY LOL

    Unity NO way i dont want anything to do with BO racist radicals buddies..GO PUMA

    June 10, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. clara

    the sen. hillary was forced out by theoboma supporters and the supper delgates and delegates i have voted since i was 18 and this has been the worst election i have seen it didn't have nothing to do with a man running for the demecorate party it had to do with a women period they were out to get her on the get go because they knew sher would beat mCcain you republincs didn't have a woman running so it all boiled down to her not being a man and i won't be voting oboma because he robed her of being the democrate delegateto run against MCcain so now i'm voting for him never will i vote for oboma because of what he has done and rev. wright it all was a set up to get her out i'm not stuped and you all the media help to

    June 10, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. CJ

    It's hard to promote party unity when Obama was appointed the nominee by party leaders... Mr. Obama has his work cut out for him!

    June 10, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. Hal

    The DNC is running in the wrong direction.

    June 10, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. Debby

    Nancy P..YOU DONT SPEAk FOR ME...NEVER

    June 10, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. The Cult of Obama

    You never spoke out on the way Obama was knifing HRC in the back.

    Early On the polls showed that the majority of supporters for HRC would gladly vote for Obama.

    Then Obama used that as a weapon to divide the party. We went National and very arrogantly and presumptuously declared that HE could WIN back the HRC supporters… but not the other way around.

    SEE? words DO matter. And How was that so? After all don't the issues and the values and ideals of the party matter to the Obama supporters? Besides, as I then blogged- Obama supporters have MORE to lose with a McCain win, then us older, more conservative HRC demographic. I was seldom posted and abusively attacked if I managed to sneak in a comment.

    You all just gleefully cheered all the Hillary haters on, thinking you had found a miracle in Obama.

    I e-mailed theDNC and warned them that Obama was a divisive uniter stirring up hatred in his devotees.

    The CULT of Obama stops here.

    June 10, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. NOBAMA

    WOW. POLITICANS ACTUALLY HAVE BRAINS AND CHOOSE TO DO THE RIGHT THING, NOT WHAT THE DNC WANTS. I APPLAUD POLITICANS WHO DON'T CHOOSE TO ENDORSE OBAMA.

    PELOSI, DEAN, REID ALL MAKE ME ILL. THEY ARE HORRIBLE. THEY WANT HIM, THE LOSER OBAMA, THEY CAN HAVE HIM.

    THIS WILL BE FUN TO WATCH THIS INEXPERIENCED MAN MAKE DECISIONS HE IS INCAPABLE OF MAKING.

    June 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Think!!

    The main ones that swear they will vote for McSame will be the same ones in here next year blogging and complaining about high GAS, losing their HOMES and their JOBS....

    THIS IS ABOUT THE PARTY AND NOTHING ELSE....

    VOTE- Democratic or VOTE poverty--

    STICK TOGETHER- OR WE WILL BE THE NEW 3RD WORLD

    June 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Lyle

    Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi along with the rest of the failed leadership of the DNC will have a lot of crow to eat and a lot of explaining to do when Mr. Obama loses the general election. Mr. Obama is the most divisive and flawed nominee the DNC has ever foisted upon Democrats and he is doomed to failure. Doing what is right for our great country trumps party loyalty and this is why Mr. McCain will easily glide to victory. We must not ask what is best for us individually, but what is best for America.

    June 10, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. The Cult of Obama

    Obama has become a Cult.

    The young are not inspired...they are brainwashed devotees.

    They think he is a Messiah... not a man, he's a movement, God sent him... on and on.

    Obama silences all and any criticism.

    The DNC and the Media think this Hitlerization of our politics is a GOOD thing?

    Not this lifelong DEM.

    And many others that I know.

    June 10, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. GEORGIA

    "Cash", "cash", "cash", "cash". The DNC sold their souls for "10 pieces of silver"....Go figure....I thought you backed Obama because of his plans to protect and defend our country and solve all of this country's problems...not because he is "a cash cow". Sit down Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, YOU BLEW IT!!!!

    June 10, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. ao

    excuse me, what kind of unity she has in mind? the one when Obama says his differences are tiny comparing to Clinton yet it means LEAVING 15,000,000 people without health care? That is HUGE FOR ME, A HUGE DIFFERENCE, DIFFERENCE OF LIFE AND DEATH FOR THESE PEOPLE. Shame on ANYONE who doesn't see a difference between 95% people covered, and 100% people covered. Are you the one to decide who lives or dies? For that matter I wish Obama would FOR ONCE LISTEN TO OTHERS, like Edwards, Hillary and other Progressives. If you want to change the system, make sure you do it RIGHT and ONCE, because one never knows when another chance comes, and as Medicaid example teaches, it may be well 40 years before significant changes happen. If he changes his stupid policy, I may vote for him, for now it's a waste – I have no consciousness to deny healthcare to 15,000,000 people, because if you start doing something, plan it out, and work on it so it is DONE – the right way

    June 10, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Debby

    Unity?????People United Means Action

    June 10, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. REPUB OF LA.

    DEM'S ARE A WASTE-DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Joni

    Nancy Pelosi is out of touch and always will be. Our group Pumapac is growing by leaps and bounds to stop the democratic party Who has failed us. We are taking it back and when we get it back we are going to demand that Pelosi is the first to go. Count on it. Joni Gimbel

    June 10, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  19. Marty Ohio

    I guess the Democratic think tank just doesn't understand what they have done. They apparently don't have a clue how deep the divide is and how much worse they have made it. Obama doesn't have a chance, Rendell is out, Strickland is out, there goes two states that he can't win now. He will hire Crist and probably still lose Florida . Can you say blowout ?

    June 10, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. FAKE Hillary Lovers = GOP

    Come on "ladies", tell us how you will never support Obama and that you are voting for McLAME. Let's hear you roar.

    June 10, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  21. jms

    At one time I thought Nancy Polosi was food for the Democrats but I have revised my opinion of her. The Democrats need to dump her.She is not good for anyone. Dump Polosi.
    Eliminate Super Delegates. Reform the Cemocratic Party.

    June 10, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. Kevin and Kelly

    If Hillary is really supporting Barack then I think we are all waiting to see her "show-up" and "be present" at one of his campaigning events within the next couple of weeks. Otherwise, I think it would be safe to say that she is just paying lip service to the notion of "unity" (or misspeaking as she has shown time and again) and instead prompting her constituents to still be divided.

    June 10, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. I stand for Justice not for party

    I am SO confused.

    First you create the divide by interfering and by forcing Obama on us.

    Then you takeHillary Clinton who has given he lifeblood to this party and you publicly rape and gut her.

    You let the media trash and bash her... thinking that it would work to your man's advantage.

    GUESS WHAT? The unfairness and hatred backfired.

    We want justice and equality and freedom and fair elections MORE than we want a NOV win.

    Take your left wing radical socialist and stick him up your you know what.

    Women should never kiss and make up after they have been abused and raped by their UNdemocratic "family". YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT.

    To vote for Obama now is to enable all this corruption and encourage it as a viable tactic in the future.

    NO WAY.

    June 10, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. aware

    Forget the phony unity speech. It isn't going to happen. The Democrts blew it, and they will lose!

    Women and blue collar workers, whatever their race, have the most to worry about by the election of the elitist, extreme left candidate Barack Obama and the most to gain by the election of John McCain as president of the United States!

    The foolish exteme left Democrats are totally out of touch with mainstream America. It won't help to promise the moon that would just sink America. We don't wanto see an Obama stock market crash! 😦

    June 10, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  25. tony

    Any Hillary supporter who votes for Maccain over obama are not really cared about the issues, but were only every concerned about getting a women in the office.

    They try and show the frustration by voting for a a candidate who is not inline with democrare principals.

    June 10, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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