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. WIlly

    Nancy the commie!

    June 10, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. WIlly

    Hell you can't even get your own ilk to swallow the Obama pill. You are all in trouble as a party.

    June 10, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. mendemoi

    Harry Reid's hatred for Hillary is so vitriolic he cannot even wait for the convention before he can declare Obama the "nominee". I thought Obama is still only the "PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE" compared to what Reid said “With Obama now having the nomination, this DNC is going to hit the ground running, we’re in good shape,” said Reid. I will vote for McCain. The Democrats stole 5 delegates from Hillary to make Obama the presumptive nominee...the's virtually a Communist style political act.

    June 10, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. Louise

    Here we go with the love. Nancy Pelosi needs a better hair dresser.

    June 10, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. DS


    June 10, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Bullcrappy most of this COUNTRY does not support obama and the more the democrats in DC try to stuff him down our throat the more we resist. JUST REMEMBER...to get elected he has to get the vote...his thuggy supporters can't take over the voting booths the way the did the caucus. I hope he goes down in the worst defeat a person has every had and that he is lost forever on the political scene.

    June 10, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. Mary Pat

    The party might be united behind S. Obama -but many many former members are not and never will be

    June 10, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. marianna

    United my foot !

    June 10, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. Toot

    Nancy has always wanted Obama in there so she can still be a woman with power. She was terrified to have Senator Clinton win the nominee so she did everything that she could to make sure that it didn't happen. Shame on you Pelosi it will come back to haunt you eventually.
    No Obama!!

    June 10, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Denise P Quinton

    Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are all in dreamland.
    Let us all hope that when they finally get their senses back they will come to the realization that Hillary supporters no longer respect their opinions and we will never support OBAMA......Hillary won the vote of the people and you all took it away and think you have found a new change, some sort of change we should all be leery of.

    June 10, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. Florida not for Barack Obama - Ever

    your not in good shape because after the way the DNC, Pelosi & Reid treated HRC, with their comments "there will never be a dream ticket," I a democrat and many others will not vote for Obama. This comment also refers to Hispanics just in case you are not aware.

    June 10, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. DannyCali

    You mean good shape with Tony Rezko.........?

    June 10, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. by your hate

    All you haters for Obama, listen up:

    Thank CNN for NOT moderating out all your hateful, hurtful, vulgar, gutter, insensitive insulting comments, while moderating out all my calls for unity ever since February. That would have prevented a lot of this disunity. It is also part of the media bias for Obama of which we now speak.

    I warned, then, that the democratic party was dangerously splitting into two factions- a left wing radical faction that appealed to the newly registered youth and a moderate, centrist, populist traditional faction that appealed to lifelong democrats.

    I cautioned that your contempt and hatred would have the very opposite effect- that it would only unify us HRC supporters behind our candidate. It did and you saw what happened then. We rallied late, because we initially loved and supported BOTH our candidates and did not expect such divisive vitriol from fellow democrats, but rally we did. Hate is like that.

    You jeered, attacked, mocked and sneered, remember? The Old Geezer insults…you had your chance…you ruined our world…we don’t need you…EVEN, ‘Obama isn’t a man, he’s a movement’ (just as scary today as it was then). You were all following the script- just like Hitler Youth. No logic or reason…just irrational blind emotion. No informed dialogue…just propaganda and slogans.

    But know this: I have never denigrated ANYone- of any color or faith or ethnicity- in any walk of life- and I am 53 years old. I don’t NOW plan to begin, by voting for any candidate that has inspired so much hatred in his followers.

    How is this change we can believe in? How is this hope and unity?

    You told us to leave the party… that you were in charge. So we did. We will speak with our vote in Nov.

    That knife cuts both ways

    June 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. BigCatLover

    Mr. Dean, Ms. Pelosi et al, are in for a rude surprise in November. 'Disappointed' Hillary supporters are not disappointed, they are outraged at the manipulation that went on to make Obama the nominee this year. They are leaving the party in droves to register Independent and many will vote for John McCain. DNC, stop condescending to long time Democratic supporters. By the way, good luck with the 'youth' vote who are supporting their rock star candidate, not the Democratic party. And all those $$ Obama is supposed to have raised, where is the proof they weren't donated by special interests? 1 in 18 million. P.U.M.A.pac.

    June 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. newmccainvoter

    The democratic party is sadly mistaken if they think they can slap 18million voters in face and expect us to "unite" -the DNC made a mockery of the primary process in so many different ways...this is not about any candidate now , it is the sheer 'audacity' of what they did to voters rights. I was alifelong democrat and to hear the party 'leaders' smile so smugly and expect us to sing Cumbaya is totally ridiculous...John McCain is a Republican much like Ronald Reagan that a former democrat can get behind, he is a moderate...and I have news for the DNC the country is moderate and is tired of them shoving these far left candidates down our throats. Maybe it is true that living in the DC bubble you do lose touch with the normal and centrist Americans .Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi should hang their heads in shame for what they have done to the party.

    June 10, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Seriously

    That's great news! I'm sure Obama is grateful to be able to help his committee out of debt for November. ALL TRUE DEMOCRATS not fake ones voting for McCain, because our fair lady didn't win. Go to the Obama site and donate so that we can have all the funds we need to win this fall. For those who thought he wouldn't make it this far, and supported him. You should now go to your neighbors and hold small events in your home, or wherever possible to spread the word. The more the merrier...

    Let's Go Dems, Obama '08

    June 10, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. shannon

    Apparently they are too busy celebrating in their SF lofts to see the facts on the ground.

    The party is not united.

    June 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. D-Weezy - OH

    Ready or not McSame, here we come. If you feel that you need to go to McSame and give him your vote because you angry over your candidate losing. Then take your imature self right on over there and do what you feel necessary. We are true Democrats, and we don't want your closet racist / closet republican vote. We fought ; it's too bad you can't. We are young, and we will ultimately take our nation back and give it back to who it belongs to...the people.

    "We are...We are...The youth of a Nation."

    June 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. Ilona Proud Canadian


    Please for the sake of all that you hold precious, Democrats unite,
    don't hand your Country over to McCain!

    Do you really want another 20years of Republican Policy/Rule?

    June 10, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. Jimenez

    Yeah I just got an email from them. I asked them to remove my name from the list. I do not want any future emails. Howard Dern and Nancy Pelosi can kiss it. This woman has not done anything since she got her job. I can't wait for her to get the boot as well as Dern.

    June 10, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. fred


    There is no way we would ever unite behind Obama and Howard Dean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. Dem

    A lot of us dems are not backing Obama as the media makes it seem. And a lot of us dems are backing McCain for his experience. Obama has none. Maybe in 2012 we will back the dems but not in this election.....

    June 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. fred

    Why does this woman (Pelosi) lie so much. Sure hope she is replaced as Speaker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Doris

    Democrat party unity?
    “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.

    Odd isn't this the groups Obama has trouble with all of sudden we need him. No Ms. Sellout Pelosi we don't have anything to gain from Obama. Tell it to someone who believes your party now.

    June 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. joe

    Dean, Pelosi and Reid - see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil - just do evil to the Democratic Party.

    June 10, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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