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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    By "Democrats", they mean true blue Democrats, not these bitter Republicans who masqueraded as Democrats just to vote for Clinton and let their bitterness precede them when they didn't get to have their way every time.

    I don't care what you dem – er, Repubs – say. Come November, Obama will smash out McCain. Plain and simple, no questions asked.

    CNN, please post this, you haven't done so with the last several comments of mine.

    June 10, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. Obama For President!

    There Are A Lot Of Powerful And Influential People Helping Get Obama In The White House! Millions Of Voters Are On Board With You!

    June 10, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. democrat to a bone

    Please unite Democrats. Forget the Hillary method and unite. If we lose this election, I blame Hillary. Obama stay far from her. She is the one who is causing us to lose this election.i

    June 10, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. jimmy velman

    STRONGLY DISAFREE WITH DNC CHAIR H. DEAN AND PELOSI WHO BOTH ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA
    DELEGATES DEBACLE. BOTHE WERE AND ARE INEFFECTIVE IN THEIR PRESENT POSTS.
    OBAMA WILL LOSE MICHIGANA AND FLORIDA, PLUS OHIO AND PENNSYLVANIA AND TEXAS.. LETE IN THE CAMPAIGN THE LATINO VOTERS WILL UNITE FROM CALIFORNIA THRU TEXAS AND FLORIDA. GOV TED STRICKLAND OF OHIO TOOK HIMSELF OUT OF THE VP RUNNING. HE IS A STRONG CLINTON SUPPORTER AND VERY ADMIRABLE AND HONORABLE IN HIS LOYAL QUALITIES
    BOTH TO HIS CONSTITUENTS AND TO THOSE WHO SUPPORTED HIM

    June 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. Michelle

    I really can not grasp the feeling of unity in the democratic party! Did I miss something? Did you not steal votes from Senator Clinton and give them to senator obama? Did you not have a closed door meeting, that was supposed to public, at the rules and bylaws meeting? Did you not disenfranchise countless voters? Did you not then reinstate said votes by deciding that they now only count as half? Did you not sit idly by as the media had a field day ripping Senator Clinton apart? Did you spurn racism, and yet embrace rampant sexism? Well I must say that if that is unity, I am certainly thankful that I am no longer a member of your unified party!

    June 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. GEORGIA

    Nancy Pelosi, was your name on the short list for VP??

    Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Howard Dean, Donna Brazile, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, etc, etc, should all join hands and pray for forgiveness. You have lost all credibility of leading anything.

    By the way, where is Al Gore????

    June 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. jimmy velman

    JOE LIEBERMAN A STRONG MCCAIN SUPPORTER HAS ALREADY STARTED THE BALL ROLLING WITH THE JEWISH VOTE AND WITH MAYOR BLOOMBERG OF NEW YORK , PLUS HILLARY CLINTON.S
    SUPPORTERS, OBAMA CAN COUNT NEW YORK VOTING FOR MCCAIN.

    June 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. Independent

    I personally don't think it's good to have the same party in Congress in the White House. Nothing ever seems to get done. Democrats didn't do anything with Clinton, that's why the Republicans took over. Republicans didn't do anything with Bush. Seems the only way to get things done is to have one party controlling each.

    June 10, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. Joe

    With much love, and respect Pelosi for President
    Real leader for true people.

    June 10, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  10. Paul

    Who cares about Strickland. Maybe Nancy could be VP, a woman and also not a liability like the Clintons are.

    June 10, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. Doris

    There is no party unity. WE owe the democratic party squack. As for women and blue collar workers we beg to differ on gaining anything if we support Obama. Nancy "Sellout" Pelosi needs to keep her mouth quiet and maybe work on trying to do something in the house. See what happens when she thinks she can be like Clinton. Hater.

    June 10, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. Lionel, Beverly Hills

    Here's a math quiz for the slow witted Obamanians:

    If 22% of Hillary supporters stay home (as they said they will) and 17% will vote for McCain, what % of Independents and Republicans will Obama have to pull to win?

    Guess you couldn't figure it-that's why you'll lose.

    June 10, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Kerri

    I submitted a comment almost two hours ago, why is it still 'awaiting moderation'?

    June 10, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. MP-pennsylvania

    Pelosi,
    Please tell all these elected legislature to unite behind our nominee. Otherwise they should not say they are democrats.

    June 10, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. Rodney, LA

    Does Pelosi think she can sweet talk Hillary supporters into voting for
    the woos/appeaser? Not.

    June 10, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  16. Tom, Boston MA

    Blitzer has been parroting GOP spins as if they were "facts" worthy of answers from the obama camp.

    his so-called "questions" are only thinly disguised attack on obama.

    watch this guy and CNN rooting for maccain.

    June 10, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. Michigan Voter !!!

    Because Of All You Dnc leaders The democratic Party Is Gonna Be 18 Million Weaker !!!!! . Who Cares What You Fools Are Thinking Or Plan To Do !!!!! . I Say Screw Being A Democrat , This Party Sucks !!!

    McCain 2008

    June 10, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  18. Frank from Portland Oregon

    As a former Democrat, I really don't care what fear you try to sell me. I will not rally behind a party that voids the votes of millions and does not put democracy first. Good luck winning the election Dems... the only people you will have to blame for your loss will be the superdelegates and the rules committee.

    June 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  19. KE

    If Sen. Clinton campaign for Sen. Obama she will probably drive away more people. If Sen. Obama relay too heavily on Sen. Clinton he will appear as a weaker candidate. Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama should debate.

    June 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. Brian Knoxville, TN

    The undemocratic Democratic Party and its failed leadership now wants unity with the strongest members of its own base, the very millions of people whom it has totally failed with its selected nominee, eh? What a joke.

    Obama was too unknown, inexperienced and unquaiified to run for the office of President of the United States, and all the failed leaders of the undemocratic Democratic Party who enabled his candidacy will soon be forced to resign for political malpractice and a betrayal of our trust.

    Wait for the multiple October surprises… Obama will have a worse month in October than he did in March/April. There are already reports that a male member of Trinity United Church in Chicago named Larry Sinclair has signed an affidavit that says that in 1999 he did drugs and had sex with Barack Obama and that, as part of an effort to keep him quiet last year, David Axelrod threatened him.

    That’s what you get for selecting an unknown candidate as the party’s nominee…

    PUMA DEMOCRAT

    June 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  21. Lindy

    Not a good choice for VP as her approval ratings are lower the Pres Bush.'s.

    June 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. Kerri

    If they wanted unity...the 18 million voters who came out in record numbers to support Hillary Clinton were pretty united!
    Why is CNN refusing to moderate my comments in under two hours? They wish to wait until the articles are dead? Can we PLEASE get an end to this public manipulation?!

    June 10, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  23. democratobama

    Wonder why CNN does not post my comment – They must be Hillary supporters – Yes I blame her is we lose the election – She ran a divisive campaign

    June 10, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. LJ

    DORIS

    YES THERE IS PARTY UNITY. I SUPPORTED HILLIARY AND I WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA AND SO WILL MILLIONS OF OTHER CLINTON SUPPORTERS.

    June 10, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  25. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Speaker Pelosi, failed leader of the undemocratic Democratic Party,

    You want unity? You got it. We are unifying and growing by leaps and bounds to stop you and the others within the failed leadership of our party. We’re taking it back and, when we get it back, we’re going to demand that you are one of the first to go.

    Count on it.

    Sincerely,
    One of the 18 million turned PUMA DEMOCRAT
    We're taking back our party.

    June 10, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11