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. Doug

    Oh please. The republican party uses race to divide everyone in this nation more than the democrats ever could.

    August 16, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. GoHillary

    This type of comment from Howard Dean gives further evidence of the pro Obama and sexist attitudes towards Hillary Clinton by the senior DNC members.

    The outcome of the Primary was engineered in back rooms despite the 18m votes and clear popularity of Hillary Clinton.

    August 16, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Thomas

    This is the kind of thing I've come to expect from the Democratic party, first it was anti-minority, not it's anti-white. Whatever it takes to get in power. Even Bill admits that the Democrats play the race card.

    August 16, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Motov8n

    Yeah, " Selective Hearing "! McSame, You heard that? You hear what you want to hear "MY FRIEND"!!!

    August 16, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. GerryM

    The trust hurts, doesn’t it, Carly? I’m sure Howard was just tweaking you, Carly, but isn’t grand that you took the bait and went with it, hook, line and sinker? LOL

    August 16, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. J Williamson

    People sometimes just mis-speak. Period. It's pathetic and rather telling at how desparate the state of the Republican party is just now. Faux controversy – Didn't work Darlin!

    August 16, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Brooke

    The Democrats, Obama, Dean, Penn and the rest of them have been far more racist than the Republicans by any means in this election. But, what can we expect from the party that brought us the poll tax and Jim Crow?

    August 16, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Michael, Lorain, Ohio

    Now pay attention!

    The GOP will spin this stupid statement by Dean, and say "Obama drew the race card first"

    August 16, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Nicole

    It's true...

    August 16, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Chris

    John McCain–why don't you take your own advice and have a sense of humor about yourself? Or are you finally realizing that people criticizing you isn't so funny?

    August 16, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Jim in Asheville

    Mr. Dean, it wasn't funny or clever. I believe Senator Obama was clear that these kind of racist remarks have no place in today's national political arena. You're becoming a disgrace to your party. It will backfire.

    August 16, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |


    August 16, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Lori, Houston Texas

    Hey Carly, he mis-spoke and corrected himself immediately. I hate to be the one to inform you of this, buy there really are racists in America who will not vote for Obama because he is bi-racial. The majority of them are republicans, although I know of some dems who are just as ingnorant. Personally, I'd like to have all racists just admit it and maybe wear an arm band to identify themselves so I can avoid them. Finally, aren't you the one who lost her CEO job at HP because you were caught spying on your co-workers? I'd just like to know why I should trust your judgement on Angry John McSame when you've shown you have no integrity in your professional life? Actions speak louder than words, dear.

    August 16, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Jennifer

    Must be a slow news day.

    August 16, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Don

    As a democrat...Howard Dean should apologize..Its obvious to me and many others that the leaders of these parties continue to try and divide our Nation and Dean's comments only hurt democrats. Now, most important...Dean and Obama...put Hillary Clinton on the ticket to insure us a victory in November....

    August 16, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Steve R

    Like Dean made great progress for people of color while in Vermont' AH HA HAH HHA H HA, one of the whitest states in the union.

    Ha, he is one of the reasons the democRATS are a joke.
    they are two faced with him as the head of the DNC

    who plays the race card now?
    He and Obama are perfect together

    August 16, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Shannon

    This kind of racial slander by the Democrats is what drove me from my party after 30 years of being a Democrat. The way the DNC and Obama's campaign used race to slander and destroy HIllary and Bill Clinton was disgusting to watch. Every time someone looks at Obama wrong he or his campaign is crying racism, but the only racism I see coming out of this campaign is by the Obama side. It's contrary to everything I was taught as a Democrat, and that is why I can no longer be in the party of change. Change to racism I guess. I'm sure Mr Obama would say I'm just a "typical" white person like his grandmother, but unlike Mr Obama, I find racial stereotyping disgusting!

    August 16, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Steve R

    watch Obama distance himself from dean now!!!!

    August 16, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. wilfred

    Howard Dean a not so great american WOOOOOOOOO
    Condi Rice , Colin Powell , J.C. Watts and other Republicans
    of color have just been insulted , by a racist idiot.

    August 16, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. PmRyan

    This such not surpise anyone alone the dnc are alow to play the race card with nothing happen.If McCain or anyone in the republic party say it the would be call a racisit.And the press is to blam.The election is in November and most of the press i see had Obma is in the White House already.Nothing the ddc such suprise anyone in this election.

    August 16, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Charles

    Howard Dean just doesn't think before opening his mouth some times. We all know it's the white party. He didn't need to point it out on national television though. You're a major political figure! Watch yourself at all times!!

    August 16, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. C from Texas

    LOL ....Leave it to H. Dean to destroy his own party. What a racist party the Dems are, keep on playing that race card and watch it backfire in your face.

    McCain '08

    August 16, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Roger Porter

    Dean's comment was not so much a judgment as a sociological fact. It is typical of Republicans to attempt to discredit a statistical truth by claiming it was a "racist" remark. After 7 years in which science has frequently been tampered with for ideological ends, once again the Republicans have demonstrated a refusal to look evidence in the eye.

    August 16, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. W.A. Stokins

    Can't knock a man for stating the truth...

    August 16, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Viva Obama

    Dean was telling the truth pure and simple. How many Black do we have in Congress that are Republican and how many are democrats?

    August 16, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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