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. dennis from chicago

    howard DEAN needs to go he misrepresents the DEMOCRACTIC PARTY AS BEING RACIST....... he seems to be against any other participation if not in the minority....... as a minority white male i find this disheartening

    August 16, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. ck

    As I have always maintained... these are the "liberal" democrats, blacks, and women who all "claim" to be so appropriately tolerant.

    Truth is they are nothing but hypocrites and bitter racists.

    What a bunch of fools!

    August 16, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Ryan

    both these candidates suck. we are screwed with whomever is voted into office. the lesser of two evils is mccain but thats only because obama is going to tax the hell outta us!

    August 16, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Carl from Dallas

    Arguing over policies is one thing. Saying something that Howard Dean said is completely unacceptable.

    I hope both Jessie Jackson and Jessie Ventura throw him down.... along with the 3 million African Americans that are currently in the Republican Party.

    August 16, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Bush = niaCcM

    Got to love it when the grand old pontificators whine about being called
    names. They sure can dish out the smears, sleeze and slime.
    Corsi, the right wing darling of the moment, is a good case in point.

    August 16, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Orlando

    Bill said the Obama camp played the race card in the primary, now Dean is showing Bill was right! Wake up America and vote for true American Values.

    August 16, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. mcn

    Dear Carly:

    Anyone in the media knows that it is acceptable to stumble in the midst of a sentence before the period, regardless whether verbal or written. Mr. Dean corrected himself before he got to his period, with an 'excuse me'.

    While you may consider it a 'gaff', I don't think so! You are splitting hairs, to help your party.

    August 16, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Tim

    Too bad it's true, divisive or not.

    August 16, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Marie

    If the RNC is outraged over Howard Dean's remark. Prove him wrong on the substance of his claim. It really isn't about color or gender. Anyone, who is not wealthy and votes Republican, votes against their own interest. And in this election voting Republican maybe detramental to one's very existance. Wars, Scientific ignorance, and social hate is what their platform is.

    August 16, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Joe

    Someone should introduce Howard Dean to Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell.

    August 16, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. White, Anti-Racist Dem

    it's about time someone let something split. The Republican party HAS been a white party since it became the old Democratic party of the 1860's. It is unfortunate that Howard Dean is trying to use the fact as an issue to divide voters though, but McCain's campaign should not be the one to denounce the statement. They've played the race card, what, at least four times?????

    August 16, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. M in Maryland

    Like Carly Fiorina is some sort of saint? Sorry, I know a thing or two about this woman. I wouldn't trust her as far as I could throw her and wouldn't put any sort of dirty politics past her.

    August 16, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Dylan in CA

    Hey Carly – and what exactly about Dean's "insulting" comments are inaccurate?

    August 16, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Amanda M - Chicago, IL

    lol, I love Dean

    it's not like he was lying cuz we all know it's true.....

    August 16, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Eric

    It's true the Republican party is the party of the old white guy.

    August 16, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Issano

    Howard Dean is absolutely correct, that is exactly what the Republican party is. he should have added racist to the language.

    August 16, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Emily Ward

    Ms. Fiorina can be as irritated with Dean as she wants, but the truth is that the Republican Part has become the party of old, rich white men. Sorry, Carly. That's just how it is.

    August 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Robert N.

    The spokeswomen protestith too much. It really hurts when someone like Dean points out that the Republican Party is all white. That is a fact, and a few token African Americans don't change that fact. Furthermore, it is the party of the ignorant and the superstious. The radical right wing "christians" are certifable nut cases. They preach hate.

    August 16, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Bryan

    ...uhh you can't really criticize the truth.

    Maybe the Repubs should be examining why minorities don't vote for them rather than lashing out at anyone who points that out.

    August 16, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Bob

    Do you think if that RNC Chairman Robert M. Duncan called the the democrat party the communist party,that dean would be upset.

    August 16, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. ProudDemocrat

    What is wrong with calling the republican party a white party, chairman Howard Dean comment was accurate, how many successful black people do you see in the republican party better yet there is only if that much 5% blacks and other minority ethinics in republican party and those 5% are in it either their idiots or they are for it for the money. The republican party is a party of bigots, false christians, and whites, that is the truth if that not true I do not want to be right.

    August 16, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Jan

    Can the democrats just STOP with the racially motivated remarks? After all, they were the party of the KKK and still have former members in their party. If you young people know history, the Republicans are the ones who freed the slaves and have had minorities in big government roles. The dems want to keep minorities as victims as it makes them more powerful. Since Obama does not have slave ancestors, how is his nomination historical? We have already had minority candidates for POTUS–he is not even the 1st, for that matter.

    August 16, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. projectial barfing

    Mad Dog Dean has always been a fool, is now a fool, and always will be a fool. Even libs can not deny that fact.

    August 16, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Charles

    I guess Carly's right, Howard Dean should not have said what he said even though from the tone of his remark, it was obviously a joke instead of an out and out comment that most Americans and Republicans (oops!), oh I forgot, Republicans are Americans, won't say out loud that a rarity occurs when you do see a person of color is a Republican and more a rarity when a Republican will tolerate a Black or a Woman in office, no less speaking their mind!

    August 16, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Jeb

    Actually, that was a pretty funny comment by Dean.
    Funny because it's true.

    August 16, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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