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. Susan

    Well Doris, you may not feel you have anything to gain by supporting Obama, but you certainly have a lot to lose supporting McCain.

    I still feel most of the Democrats will come around, after they really start paying attention to McCain's positions on many important issues.

    At the same time, there will always be voters like Doris, who will never buy into party unity. Your choice, of course, but maybe given a little time your mind will be more open to the choices in front of you.

    June 10, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. What if?

    Paul, Doris and others.....woman, sellout, blue collar workers. Liability like the Clintons? ..unli't stand millionairs who cry broke. I guess if you support the repub. reading this you will think you gainning something? THE REPS. CARES SO MUCH ABOUT YOUR SAVIOR CLINTON...NOT....... explain this to a daughter........
    I am a democrat and found this to be unacceptable for both candidates. Senator Dole said “Democrats had to choose between one candidate who said she’d obliterate Iran and another candidate who said he wants to invite Iranian leaders over for dinner and then maybe a chat after dinner with a good cigar—Cuban. I’d imagine. I don’t want EITHER of those two answering the White House telephone at 3 o’clock in the morning”. “We’re going to have to fight the ideal that this is a historic opportunity to elect Barack Obama” said Huckabee. “I salute how far he’s gone, but as far as I’m concerned, because of his views and what he would do —-he’s gone far enough for me this year”. But McCain camps says --–McCain aide Michael Goldfarb wrote on the campaign's official blog that "there is a genuine affection for her here at McCain HQ“ "Sen. Clinton has really grown on us over here in Crystal City over the past few months," wrote Goldfarb, calling her an "impressive candidate" who "inspired a generation of women" but "fell victim to a vast left-wing conspiracy that resented her generally centrist foreign policy views."

    FYI…So if Hillary would have won, this is the way it would have read…..We’re going to have to fight the ideal that this is a historic opportunity to elect Hillary Clinton.

    June 10, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. serah

    Many of the Hillary supporters are being led to believe that if Obama looses in the elections and McCain wins then they will be happy. If Dems dont unite to defeat the Republicans they have no one to blame. Especially the Hillary supporters who think by voting Obama they are doing him a favor. Look, this guy is 46 and so far he has achieved his dream, he wants to help the Americans achieve their potential as well. He does not want it for selfish reasons. He is not super wealthy but he has enough to sustain his family. He can get a job in Europe if he chooses to, He can work for UN if he chooses to, but he has given himself to help most of us achieve by going to the forefront and making an attempt to remove the barriers that prevent us from success. You dont vote for him its you and your family who will hurt not Hillary not Obama. They have made it so far and with their small size families they have made it. The vote is for you and your children. where you place your vote will determine where you get help. Look at McCain beyond he being white and being male and being a war hero... what policies does he put on table to solve the economy and healthcare which by far are better than the Democrats policies? You are voting for policies that will improve your life or make it hard for you to dig out of poverty. Can you imagine living in America an industrialized and developed world and poor? begging for help from China? enslaved to oil from middle east?

    June 10, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. CJ in FL

    Why don't you 'intelligent' voters stop with the "party loyalty" nonsense, and start looking out for the best interests of the country. It's because of lunacy such as this that the country is in the sewer now. And to think...the Founders warned against political parties. What were they thinking?!?! It's like they had a crystal ball. Party affiliation has turned the electorate into nothing better more than a bunch of zombies. But at least in Night of the Living Dead, they were looking for brains, not catchphrases...

    June 10, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. Remy

    Doris
    If you are really a democrat, you never post this comment!

    June 10, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  6. rebecca johnson

    Hillary Clinton tally up more votes than any other candidate in American history.

    June 10, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. EC

    I agree with Doris. Pelosi needs to concentrate on her job and try to get out of the cameras.. if that is possible. She has tried to run this party since day one of her anoitment. She is nothing like Clinton and doesn't speak for any women. Yea... let her run with Obama and we can get a new person to run the house. The party is not nor will be unified until the dems fix their stupid electorate ways.. She was against Mi and Fl getting any voice and then only allowed half the people a voice. She should be ashamed of herself.

    June 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. CKR

    Too late for ANY unity! McCain already has my vote. At least it will be a FULL vote.

    June 10, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. Phillip W

    Nancy Pelosi is head and shoulders above Clinton. She's a real politician, not an American Idol contestant bent on her own personal glory.

    June 10, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. Joe Six

    Pelosi has sold out the working people who form the backbone of the Democratic Party. I don't care who the union leaders endorse. Obama has told us Middle Americans, the bitter people who cling to their guns and religion, where to go. Obama, Reid and Pelosi are elitists. We'll tell Obama and Pelosi where to go in November.

    June 10, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. Erika, KS

    Pelosi and Reid are so full of it! They are part of the reason there is no unity in the democratic party! They shoved Obama down our throats. They pressured the supers to support Obama.

    Obama. A guy we've never even heard of before he started running for president. Obama. Someone who has accomplished nothing while in Congress. He has no history to stand on. We don't know him and what we do know, we have to question his judgement, or lack thereof ). He's too young, too inexperienced, too vague, everyone else is racist if you question him. Everything is taken out of context when you question him. He's answered zero questions on exactly how he expects to "change" things in Washington. He's going to "wup" Congress. Oh really? He's going to personally go to Iran. Is that how we engage diplomacy? Had that been the case, we would have send George Bush long ago. He speaks well, but actually says nothing. Hillary may have endorsed him, and I expected her to. I also suspect that it was expected of her. I won't obediently fall into line and vote for Obama just because Pelosi and Reid say to. That's ridiculous.

    June 10, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. Phillip W

    Doris, do you think Hillary would've even gotten to run as a Republican? I mean seriously?

    You owe that much. Whether or not you appreciate it is up to you.

    June 10, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. Jayson

    True political reform in this country will not come about because the political parties stuck together with their own. It will come about because people wanted real change and true change will come with the breaking up and reforming of the political parties in a three party system in which more of the American people are represented

    June 10, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Hmm, the Dems on the blogs don't sound all that unified. Maybe if the DNC keeps saying it, it will be true. Then again Hillary tried that, and it didn't work.

    June 10, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. SharonR

    yeah unit with John Mccain where are all tne obots that have been on here for months.I don't watch CNN any more

    June 10, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  16. PWilliams

    Nancy Pelosi may well find out how Democratics are united against her now due to her "unbiased" comments.

    June 10, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  17. Alicia

    Hummm,let's see if this gets posted.

    Alright, Nancy and Howard. You are correct, but you have to address this blog with the Rove and Rush bloggers that 'always' get posted over and over and over.

    June 10, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. sal

    I suggest Nancy read some of the pro-Hillary blogs. United? I don't think so!

    June 10, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. VT in Atlanta

    Finally, leadership we can believe in for the Democratic party!

    June 10, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. diva

    Just a clarification, the democratic party is NOT united. There are 2 entities of the party -

    Those that broke all the voting rules and who use the same type of tactics that are frequently seen in other countries where voters have no rights Such as if you don't vote for "the chosen one" we will make sure your vote is not counted and'or replaced by one that is for the alledgedly RIGHT candidate or we will bully everyone around you to ensure your vote doesn't count and neither do you.

    I am of the second group who actually believes in true democracy, fairness, equality and justice for all. We also beilieve in putting the best candidate for President into office, which is Hillary Clinton, hands down. Our group represents all races, colors,ages, highly educated in life and/or through school, we work across the country in all fields and all income brackets imncluding many of us who have incomes that rank in the top1-2% of the country, such as myself and my husband.

    We also represent hard-core democrats, generations and families all who have been registered democrats who have begun changing their party affililiation. There are families where aunts, uncles, parents, adult children, grandparents, etc. who have changed their party affiliation and because they are very dissatisfied with the disintegration of the party.

    We also are working hard to make sure people like Dean, Pelosi, Reid and others (who I know you are familiar with) will not win their seats when they are up for re-election. They have done enough damage to the party and the country.

    You can spin the lies as much as you want but the reality is we will NEVER be a united democratic party this year. By the way, we do know all about the Republican platform and we understand what we ae getting when we vote for Senator McCain. All of us will support Senator Clinton. However, if whe asks us to vote for Obama, that is something we cannot do. We don't believe or trust him and his shady past really raises alot of questions.

    Just sign me...
    1 in 18 miliion

    .

    June 10, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  21. Boomer

    People who make remarks like Doris are the biggest traitors to Hillary Clinton. This is not a student council election where personalities often determine the outcome. Hillary's principles are essentially the same as Obama"s. McCains are essentially the same as Bush's. If you think McCain will serve women and blue collar wokers well, think again. Say goodbye to Roe vs. Wade and be ready to sacrifice all for big oil. Please grow up and stop with the "emotional reasoning". Hillary would be ashamed of you.

    June 10, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. yms

    I just want to understand why Obama is now running the DNC. Did Kerry run the DNC when he was the nominee?

    June 10, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. mark

    I laugh at the leadership of the Democratic Party. Dean, Pelosi and Reid will be the reason I vote for McCain. They railroaded Hillary with the Florida and Michigan debacles along with the media bias (man-crush on Obama). All 3 of them have lacked the moral center that I want in my democratic party.

    June 10, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  24. Geri

    Howard Dean should have been replaced and Nancy Pelosi needs to be quiet. She would be the last person I would ever want to see on a ticket with any democratic candidate. The DNC would be a much better organizaqtion without those two but it would have been hard to get rid of Dean with all the bias he had for Obama.

    June 10, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. uneducated blue collar worker

    No unity without Hillary.

    June 10, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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