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. 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 want to see an Obama stock market crash! 😦

    June 10, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. My soul before party unity

    Watch CNN block me.

    They think that is cute... those biased tactics got Obama nominated.

    Nope it backfired... it created a schism of anger at being silenced and disregarded by the media and the party.

    So let me REPOST........
    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 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. DEFENSE

    Close your eyes and picture this: Pictures of Chelsea Clinton on the campaign trail with the following words plastered across the screen with "pimped", "shut up", "why didn't your mom leave your dad"?

    Pictures of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail with the following words plastered across the screen with "witch", "bit*h", "get out", "racist", "why didn't you leave Bill"?

    Pictures of Bill Clinton on the campaign trail with the following words plastered across the screen with "racist", "race baiter", "monica", "why did you play around on Hillary"?

    The screen goes black and a voice says: "HOW CAN THE DEMOCRATS DEFEND OUR COUNTRY WHEN THEY WONT' EVEN DEFEND THEIR OWN???"

    WOW DNC, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE???

    June 10, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Viva Obama/Clinton 08

    A Vote for Barrack Obama is a vote for Hillary Clinton because they support the same cause.
    A vote for John McCain is a vote for a George Bush third terms more wars, bad economy and more country will not want to deal with our country. If you were really a true Hillary supporter that want a better America for this generation and the future generation you must vote Democratic this November. Please do yourself a good favor and vote for the Democratic nominee this coming November.
    No hard feeling because Hillary has none against Barrack. We must put the Republican out of the white house.
    As you can see, we are in a big recession and that will get worse with a John McCain.
    I want to tell John McCain that gas tax holiday is not a solution for our energy problem and is not going to be a solution. This gas tax holiday shows that John McCain do not understand the economy. Keating 5 john McCain took money from the Keating five for political favor.

    June 10, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. My soul hurts me

    I get it now.

    Let me kick you, abuse you, disrespect you, insult and denigrate you... and then lets unify.

    And that was what you did to the voters.

    You sacrificed Hillary for your own agenda.

    June 10, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. Joe

    Thank you miss speaker!

    June 10, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. YES WE CAN + YES WE WILL= DEMS IN WHITE HOUSE

    I agree this will be a great sucess now that we can get into the general elections and join forces. The DNC will start to see the same sucesses Obama's personal campaign saw throughout the Primaries.

    Way to go Democrats

    June 10, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. Peter E

    I can't wait to see the flod of hatefest from Obama supporters against Hillary, blaming her fro everything from the Babilonian captivity to their cat coughing up the hairball. All in the name of showing party-unity and demonstrating their candidate's 'positive' message.

    June 10, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. Margaret Gonzalez

    Pelosi and Reid are seeking unity among the Democrats, but it will be a huge and difficult task as it is obvious they did little to support Hillary Clinton. Reid OK! He is a member of the “Good Old Boy’s Club” in the Senate. But Pelosi is a huge disappointment to women. The women who supported Hillary Clinton feel very strongly that she was treated badly by the party leaders. As a former First Lady and a Democratic Party leader she deserved better. The party leadership used their positions to influence voters and support the candidate with the most money. Women will sit this election out! Yes we know what the issues are, but Pelosi will need to turn to the men in the Democratic Party for support.

    June 10, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Betrayal of freedom and justice for all

    Do the Obama supporters have any problems with people who voted for Bush or McCain coming over to vote for Obama?

    No???

    Then why not let the HRC supporters decide whom they want to vote for?

    Why the hypocrisy of you MUST vote for your Party.

    I have done so for 35 years... but this year my party sunk into the gutter of propaganda, hype, fixing elections to install a socialist regime.

    I can not now or EVER back Obama. Your hatred and gutting of HRC to achieve your end... took care of that. Abandoning the principles and ideals of our democratic party, took care of that. The bias and inequity and contempt of fellow democrats took care of that.

    I do not want to belong to such a party, much less encourage the behavior with my vote.

    June 10, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Peter E

    I must warn Obama supporters up front: you hate-fest may have worked against Hillary, but it will majorly backfire if you continue it against McCain as well. And by the way, whatever happened to your candidate's 'positive' message of 'change?' Oh, but you never listen to him either. All you ever care about is making 'clever' attacks against his opponents while not even being aware of what his real stance on issues are.
    And putting 'Mc' in front of insulting words is neither clever, nor an argument. It's childish and laughable.

    June 10, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. Kiss and make up now

    Get Michelle Obama to kiss and make up with HRC and publically apologize to her- on all the major networks- for saying that SHE would not vote for Hillary.

    Then we may rethink our party loyalty and rethink voting for Obama.

    Set your OWN house in order before dictating how WE vote in my house. I gave the party 35 years of loyalty to watch it devolve into hatred and bigotry and reverse -racism.

    Go F... yourselves. Pardon my french.

    June 10, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. Jim

    Unity my rear end. Hillary supporter going McCain. If you wanted unity you shouldn't have thrown Hillary under the bus!

    June 10, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. B. Churchill

    Citizens and Patriots! Now is the time to put our shoulders to the wheel, and push back against the forces of fear, hatred, ignorance, superstition and exploitation that have so damaged the nation we love, the nation our grandmothers and grandfathers sacrificed for and labored to build. Honor the workers and veterans, the farmers and educators, the innovators and entrepeneurs who made this nation the greatest engine of prosperity and social mobility the world has ever known. Vote to expand freedom, not empire. Vote to advance policies that can be sustained – in every facet of our lives – not for short-term advantage. Look around, folks – there isn't much time to pull ourselves back from the brink of disaster. Only the blind can't see that the old ways of doing things can't possibly get us out of the mess we're in...

    Me – I'm voting Obama. I can't be certain he can deliver what some people have the audacity to hope he can, but I am certain that no one else on the national stage has even the slight chance...

    June 10, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Mc Cain Dem

    I will never vote for radicals, at a time when we need to work together intolerant radicalism is not the way forward . Pelosi, Dean, Reid, Obama I will never again support the Democratic Party. What is more important abortion rights or okaying honor killings. Choose your side America, dont let these elitests try to fool people who every day choose to do the right things. You all make me ill.

    June 10, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. Proud American

    Lets Go Dems!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  17. Mike in K'ville MO

    No, Nancy Pelosi is a liar and a fraud. The democratic party IS NOT united behind Barry Obama – – never has been, never will be. Congratulations to you Speaker Pelosi, Dean, and all the media Olber-bamas who hijacked the nomination for your own selfish reasons. No, the delegate count does not reflect the will of the people, it was a complex twist of loopholes in this flawed process we dems have. You may have been successful on putting wonder boy on the ticket, but there are literally millions of dems organizing to be sure Barry never makes the presidency. And mark my words folks, he will not make the presidency.

    June 10, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. D.Kimbro OHIO

    One question? Why is this lady against impeachment of Mr. Bush? I am in agreement with so many that she has hurt more than she has helped this country. You are a disgrace MAAM!!!

    June 10, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. Beryl from S.F.

    Dream on Nancy, Howard, and Harry! You are underestimating the outrage of millions of Democratic voters and are in for a big surprise next November.

    June 10, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. Jamal

    Pelosi, you're so naive!! Almost as much as you believing people in the party actually like you and Howard Dean. Get real, the party is ripped apart right now because you forced superdelegates to elect the more polarizing candidate!

    June 10, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. Michelle Obama should set the example for us

    Didn't Michelle Obama say on TV that she would not unify behind the party nominee unless it was Obama.

    Go pressure her... and leave us alone.

    We have been screwed enough by your antics. You turned democracy into a joke. You mistreated and abused and throttled your very best candidate in my ENTIRE Lifetime.

    For THAT I should reward you with my vote?

    Get Michelle Obama to kiss and make up with HRC and publically apologize to her- on all the major networks- for saying that SHE would not vote for Hillary.

    Then we may rethink our party loyalty and rethink voting for Obama.

    Set your OWN house in order before dictating how WE vote in my house. I gave the party 35 years of loyalty to watch it devolve into hatred and bigotry and reverse -racism.

    Go F... yourselves. Pardon my french.

    June 10, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. Women In California for Obama

    So much for unity.

    June 10, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. Aileen Hudgins

    I am reagan democrat that will not be voting for barack obama or the democratic party. they do not represent us here is south florida. i am voting for john mccain. i will not vote for obama.;

    June 10, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. NWest

    You guys are true conservatives Republicans fear and smear tactics in you mind and jelousy. You can never stand for your own party why should we believe you?

    June 10, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  25. Olivia

    I KNEW Pelosi was up to her neck in this one!
    The groundwork for all this must have happened a long time ago.
    UNITY....of the democratic party......after all that just happened in the race and the shutting down of Hillary.

    Ladies...Hillary's supporters. Looks like we're beaten, so lets go very quietly like sheep and follow the pied piper in Nov.

    June 10, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
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