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. Ken

    Well... it's true

    August 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Ohio State Buckeye

    Well she does have a point to a degree..... The only time you see minorities with republicans is dureing election years. That's when the parade them on stage like cattle.

    August 16, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Island Girl

    Even though Fiorina is a Republican, I have to agree with her on this. Howard Dean just continues to prove himself to be an idiot. The DNC needs to get rid of him before he does something so stupid as to be unrecoverable.
    By the way, everybody-- has no one noticed that Obama is as much white as he is black?? Race shouldn't be an issue in any way, shape, or form. It's insulting to keep trying to make it an issue.

    August 16, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Amy

    Yes... but she didn't say that the remarks weren't true.

    August 16, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. USAF Staff Sergeant

    Haha. Well that's kind of funny.

    August 16, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Greg from Big Island

    Howard Dean needs to shut up, he looks stupid when he talks. He is butt end of jokes. He hurts his party when he says that even though he'll say he mispoke. But don't be fooled the GOP is vastly white however. 90-95 percent of the people who will cast a vote for McCain will be white.

    August 16, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. S. Boatman

    The Republican Party Is Not The Party Of Whites You Fool! I Am Black And Have Many White Friends! One Of Them Is Even Republican! The Rest Of Us Tease Him A Lot But We Are Still Friends! He Gets Taxed A Lot When We All Go Out For A Beer! Two Weeks Ago We Had A Vote And Decided It Was His Turn To Buy! Ha Ha Ha!

    August 16, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Only in the Republican Party is telling the truth "insulting and inappropriate"

    August 16, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Glen

    What a party of losers. They are not doing as well as they had hoped and now they bring in race. Obviously Dean thinks he belongs to an elite section of the population. He has been hanging around Sen Obama too long. And please don't tell me it was a mistake.

    August 16, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Patrick

    He's wrong how exactly? I only saw old white men running for president in the repuglican primary.

    August 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Carol, Lansing

    As a democrat I believe Dean owes and apology. It's true, the RNC is not as diverse as the DNC, but his remarks are highly inappropriate and have no place.

    August 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. jospeh l

    Thats so funny considering the Republican party was founded on ending slavery.I wonder does any body even know there history.look it up its the democraps who owned slaves and still to this day want to own all people.

    August 16, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Juan

    Please remind me again that the Democratic party is not trying to make race a fundamental issue of this campaign. As a person of color, I am outraged by the DNC's and Obama's use of racial segmentation to win this election at any cost.

    August 16, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. No more Republicans plz.

    Remember that time the RNC put a minority candidate up for presidential election? Me neither.

    August 16, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. John

    I don't like her. She think she's special...

    But she's right about this one. Here she shows the true colors of the Democrat establishment

    Sarah Palin for McCain's VP

    August 16, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Juan

    Oh, by the way, am I the only person that is offended by the phrase "even women?" Surely, EVEN Democratic party leaders can think critically before they speak.

    August 16, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Jane

    What a dork. This political farce is loaded with racism. Vote for Hilliary because you are a woman. Vote for Obama because he is black. Vote for McCain because he is white. What ever happened to voting for people on how well they have done their jobs in the past and their qualifications. This whole election is an insult to the American public.

    August 16, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. SH

    Wasn't Carly the one fired from the job. Look who is talking and isn't she white also. What is the fuss about?

    August 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Larry, Fairfax, VA


    August 16, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. reform

    well Dean is right. the GOP is a bunch of wasps. was this a secret? or something we were not to address? please. let's be honest. Like Dean was on Friday!

    August 16, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. JoJo

    Lighten up right!!!! isnt that what McCain said to the celeb Obama except with subliminals are taken at them right.

    August 16, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Tabloid Politics

    Dean's been listening to PARIS oops excuse me Ms Hilton.

    Let's not talk about the 500 lb pink gorilla in the room–we can all ignore Race in the Race

    Is McCain Able enough?

    August 16, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Jackie

    Looking at the picture of Edwards, Clinton, Dean and Nobama, he is correct in what he is saying. Edwards and Dean have certainly not been successful as Democrats! So it seems a man of color and a woman are the TRUE winners here and I believe Howard Dean is getting too paranoid.

    August 16, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. RapidRay

    In an election year that boasts the lowest rating in history for a sitting Republican president, many people have seen this election as an almost sure thing for the Democrats in November,.
    At nearly ever instance throughout the primaries, and now after them, Howard dean continues to derail the Democrats more than any ad campaign, smear tactic could or Karl Rove ever could.

    This guy not only needs to muzzled, he should be run out of his job!

    August 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Andrew

    That's right. Only Republicans should be allowed to use gender and race to divide voters!

    August 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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