August 16th, 2008
12:46 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain backer takes on Howard Dean over 'white' remark

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="DNC Howard Dean, pictured here with Sens. Clinton and Obama and former Sen. Edwards, said Friday that people of color and women have historically been more successful in the Democratic Party."]
(CNN) – Carly Fiorina, a supporter of Sen. John McCain and the chair of the Republican National Committee’s Victory 2008 campaign, took aim at Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean over racially-tinged comments Dean made Friday.

“If you look at folks of color, even women, they’re more successful in the Democratic Party than they are in the white, uh, excuse me, in the Republican Party,” Dean said Friday in an appearance on NPR’s “Tell Me More” program.

Fiorina, a prominent female supporter of McCain, fired back at Dean. “It is disappointing to see Howard Dean trying to use gender and race to divide voters," Fiorina said Friday evening in a statement released by the McCain campaign. "His comments are insulting, inappropriate and have no place in this election.”

McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, is set to face off in November against Sen. Barack Obama, who is about to become the first African-American to garner the nomination of a major political party. Obama beat out Sen. Hillary Clinton in a long, hard-fought primary race that galvanized many women behind Clinton’s candidacy and many African-Americans behind Obama’s.

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  1. ty s.c.

    Some people sound like an Obamanites when they use the words white, black, that creates a division among the human race. We are human beings and nothing more. Please stop color coding.

    August 16, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. jconner

    Guess CNN is so much into "maverick" McCain, perpetuating that image is more important than truthful comments debunking it. And Repubs = almost exclusively white in Senate/House/Govs; truth hurts, doesn't it? McCain, maverick? What a load! 95-100% behind Bush; Keating; marriage license gotten while still married; refusing to release all tax returns/mental records. Maybe it's for his wonderful sense of humour–calling his wife a "c" & a contestant for a bike club's strip contest (HIS words) oh, & the Chelsea joke. Yeah, gotta be his sense of humour "my (Bomb Iran) friend." No wonder even his Mother (who "forgot" she sued his ex-wife, but "forgetting" runs in the family) says people will have to "hold their noses" to vote for him!

    August 16, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. Shauna

    Hello: look at the array of former Democratic potential Presidential nominees (a woman, a black man, a Hispanic man) then look at the Republicans (ENTIRELY WHITE MALES.) That's not a coincidence.

    Also mentioning something statistically true like that the Democratic party has much more racially diverse support and women are more likely to vote Democratic is not racist. Its fact. Just because you mention race doesn't mean you're racist.

    August 17, 2008 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  4. Moses Ibeh

    Why does it hurt to hear the truth? the statement is true of the republican party.

    August 17, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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