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. wendy

    Glad to see dems backing Obama in this magnitude. With this army its time to get on to the General.

    June 10, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. right on brother

    pelosi' Reid' and howard dean should get a real job
    because they cant do theres in the house

    June 10, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |

    The DNC treated us like crap... Stole votes and made sure voices were not heard... I myself, dumped them and am now Independent...
    Unity??? That is a HUGE joke...

    June 10, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. DAN

    Queen Pelosi wants unity but she has become part of the reason for the division. She should of endorse Obama right naway instead of being a hypocrite by pretending she was neutral at the same time she was using bias comments in the primaries. She was very patronizing in telling the super delegates to hurry it up and endorse Obama. She's a koolaid drinker and history is recording her manipulation.

    June 10, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. dream on

    Too bad you all did not do the right thing.

    It was simple: advantage neither, handicap neither.
    Don't interfere. Let the voters decide. Don't take side piblicly.

    Be fair. Treat BOTH with respect and dignity.


    But damage is done. Too late now.

    June 10, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. JFK

    Sorry to inform you Ms Pelosi, the party is NOT in good shape! You made a bad decision throwing Hillary under the bus the way you did!

    June 10, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. Silence Dogood

    Oh great – now the entire DNC will be under the thumb of Obama's lobbyist friends in the guise of Big Oil and Big Insurance.

    Remember 1968 when the weak DNC offering handed the election to Richard Nixon!

    Or if Obama makes it, we can all act shocked and surprised when Big Insurance requires some-um "changes" in this universal health care thing......

    Fighting liberals need to retake the DNC!

    June 10, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. Brian

    haha the feminists don't like the highest ranked woman ever???? Nope all the "Hillary supporters" saying they will vote for McCain are Republicans doing what they do best...... pretending they are someone else and lying to the American people!

    GOP good work today protecting BIG OIL......... no debates allowed with Republicans in office.

    June 10, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. It was MIchelle Obama who said no to party unity- not I

    Well...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 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. Peter E

    Party unity... which translates to a call from Obama supporters to further their hatefest against Hillary by blaming her for every evil in the world throughout history from caveman to Captain Kirk.

    June 10, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. Virginia is Obama country

    I am sorry but Nancy Pelosi is sexy to me and I am 20 years old lol.

    But I am glad Dems are uniting.

    Obama 08

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


    Get a clue. The PEOPLE did not vote for Obama. The popular vote was captured by Hillary Clinton. Obama received the nomination because you and your power hungry, unethical partners decided to try to pull a fast one on the U,.S. Citizens.

    But, Dean, it did not work. THE PEOPLE want Hillary. THE PEOPLE will not vote for Obama. You and your media friends can try all the gimmicks and displaced rhetoric you wish; however, it will not work. NO ONE wants Obama but you and your power hungry friends. Obama will NOT win the presidency.

    To Bad – Obama – you lose.


    June 10, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. right on brother

    tax me please pelosi' REid we need you to take more money from me

    June 10, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. Breaker

    Republicans are scared to death. They have no solutions and just causing waves.

    The old american ways are dead – a new america is born.

    Some of them are posting as former Hillary supporters.

    Don't believe them for a minute.

    June 10, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. Obama Has Substance

    These are exciting and uplifting time in the political arena for the DNC. It is refreshing to see such organization coming from Mr. Obama's camp. This man who started out as an unknown and an underdog as propelled his way to the top with his intellegence, good judgement and hardwork. Thanks to the very efficent team of people he also have workign for him. There is obsolutely no doubt that this man is a Leader from DAY 1. He does nto need the Clintons to help to win in November. This man has just ran a Vigorous campaign against Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Cnn, Fox and other bias news media, and sometime John Mckay. He has beat them fair and square. He took the high road and have mostly praises and good words for his oponent and all times. I know we have not yet give this man all the praises he his due but it will come. The World stands amaze at these happening in the US. Whites, Blacks, Latinoes, Chinese, Indians, and all other races, red states, blue states whites states whatever, We are so very proud of you. YOu are showing the World another side of America, and is very good. Bless you all.

    June 10, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. jodi

    Pelosi has her head in the sand! She's contributed to the divided democratic party along with the other DNC leaders. They'd all better get ready for a BIG let-down in November. It's way past talking unity, guys....you can't endorse someone you don't respect and believe in – – much less are mistrusting of. Obama is an unknown comparitively and what I DO know, I don't like. It's John McCain in November for this 48 -years -of -voting -democrat!

    June 10, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  17. Mirta

    Howard Dean is an idiot. He will eat his words when Obama loses.

    June 10, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    June 10, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  19. Protest vote

    If you want peace practice justice.

    Too late this cycle... Damage is done. Never again savage one of your own party's nominee. Let the other party be the swiftboaters.

    We will protest with our vote.

    Learn from it and never again devolve into this shameful mockery of justice. Be fair and respectful to both next time

    June 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. Trasa, Texas

    Of course I'm donating some more money, we have to help initiate operation "CHANGE AMERICA" if were going to win in November.

    Go Obama "08.

    Supporters, please don't waste time bashing Hillary or her supporters, just be happy that he has the nomination. We need to spend more time opposing the opposite side. If Hillary supporters do come on over, your welcome, it not, that's fine. Those that go with McCain, that's fine too, even though I find it ironic that you guys don't spend more time defending him in the blogs since he's more in line with your view and beliefs...hmmmm

    June 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  21. Harvey, Tampa, FL

    Hate to say it, but Nancy's looking a little rough in that photo. Stress? Low ratings? Unable to accomplish anything?

    June 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. Voter

    I hope the DNC and and house and senate leaders will use some of their generous supply of money to help retire Clinton's campaign debt. Parties have done this for years for losing candidates.

    If candidates observe poor Clinton treatment here, they will all hesitate, and some will actually decline to run for office. It is important to the preservation of the system that unfortunately requires investment of huge dollars. Until the same people become willing to enact campaign finance reform, their willingness to absorb the debt of losing candidate is the key to giving Americans real choice at election time.

    I don't even have to say how closely disaffected Clinton supporters will be watching this, in addition to the above argument. Dems need every single vote we can get this time around, and that means giving Clinton supporters a sense that fairness prevails.

    June 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  23. Protest vote

    Maybe in a few decades.

    Till then I protest with my ONE vote

    June 10, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. Obama is not what you think!!!!

    The DNC are a bunch of idiots!!! If they wanted the White House back they should have put up Hillary!!! I would never vote for Obama who has as much experience as a High School freshmen.

    June 10, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. Loretta from California

    Yes, we do need UNITY. But we also need strong Leadership. So let's see A SHOW OF STRENGTH, DEMOCRATS.

    June 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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