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. Bill

    What hyprocracy! The Republican party is running dogwhistle adds that just about say "Barack Obama desires the bodies of our Blonde Bimbos", and a representative of the White Male Party worries about using gender and race to divide people?

    August 16, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. shahid

    I came from another country and 80% of my family are female. So, I appreciate the fact that 'minorities' (color and gender) can make it to that level to serve. But using racial comment like this is absurd and downright ignorant, especially from a highly educated and top ranking official. The Democratic party has been taking advantage of race for so long, and it's getting even more so recently, to the direction of liberalism and socialism.

    August 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Mike D

    CNN, where we give John McCain a little help (he needs it)!

    August 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Obama4ever


    August 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Democrats, the do as I say, not do as I do party. After the way Dean sabatoged Hillary, he's a huge hypocrite to make this comment.

    August 16, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Jorge

    I wonder if McCain is gonna say, "Gotta keep your sense of humor," about this.

    August 16, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Ray from CA

    Well Dean you shouldn't have said that, please be careful next time.

    Obama 08

    August 16, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. walt1

    DEAN; "keep your mouth closed and seem a fool; open it and remove all doubt."

    August 16, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Indiana Bob

    Would someone please put out an Amber Alert?? The Democratic Party has been kidnapped by a cult of starry eyed people, with the maturity of teenagers, who are in love with The Obama. Call me when Democrats again have a "political" party. Meanwhile, I will vote Republican to keep these radicals from destroying our country.

    PUMA — Vote McCain

    August 16, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. SUE, Michigan

    This was a stupid remark, but it is probably true. However, for Dean, who was the thrust behind Obama's annointing, to say something like "even women" just points out his own sexist views, plus it sure won't win over many disgruntled Republicans. He's going to lose this election for the Democrats yet again! Can he not just shut up?

    August 16, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Bob

    Tell that to Staten Islanders in NY who although are the most conservative voters in the city of NY the party that has nominated African Americans to run for elected office has been the Republican Party and not the Democratic Party. In fact not only have the Democrats on Staten Island have NEVER nominated an African American for office they have repeatedly run primaries in opposition to African American candidates or shunned them at party conventions.

    August 16, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. daysi rivera


    August 16, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |



    August 16, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Kelly

    You Mr. Dean are a joke in the Democratic Party. Your mouth always gets you in trouble. In my book you are the Clown of Clowns of the Clown Party====Democratic Clown Party.

    It's time for you to shut your mouth.!!!!!!!

    August 16, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. craig

    He should know better. But, it is true. The republican base is white men. Why do you think we have only had two democrats in the whitehouse in thirty years.

    Repubicans are not about diversity. That is is why they are called called conservatives. I think all minorities especially blacks should wake up. The democrats do not have our best interest at heart.

    August 16, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Jim

    Howard Dean has always seemed to me to be not the sharpest tack in the box.

    August 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. BV

    Truth hurts, Republicans.

    August 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Tammyv

    Race baiting in any form is vile... Dean should be ashamed of himself and then look in the mirror. he is white and a democrat

    August 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Angelo

    You guys(Carly & McCain & company) have stated that agenda. Just read between the lines in your comments, ads and BOOKS!!!

    McCain thinks Corsi's book was a good joke. McCain thinks his negative ads are a big joke. His own senior advisor thinks Americans are whiners.

    SO for McCain its all a big joke!

    August 16, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. I'm glad Hill's name is in nomination


    The DNC is trying to redeem themselves by actually FOLLOWING THE RULES and placing Hillary's name in nomination.

    She deserves to have her pledged delegates and automatic delegates counted for the record and for democracy!

    August 16, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Julie-TX

    No surprise. The Dems hate white people but use them to further the cause for Obama. Who is kissing up to who? They will do anything to get Obama elected but then I am wondering if they think he was the ONLY candidate who could get the black vote. It is a shame to use race and because of that (voted for Hillary), I will not vote for Obama. The party has a lot to learn about real people. There are many many people who will not vote for the liberal senator Obama. I do think McCain will be our next President and clearly hope so.

    August 16, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. J.C.

    Let's see about which party allowed more minorities in their cabinet since the Clinton administration.

    Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce, died unexpectedly in a crash in Croatia in the midst of a corruption investigation.
    Janet Reno – Attorney General
    Alexis Herman – Secretary of Labor

    Colin Powell – secretary of state
    Conde Rice – national security advisor, secretary of state
    Alberto R. Gonzales – Attorney General
    Elaine Chao – Secretary of Labor

    Can you think of more?

    August 16, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. Randy

    too bad it's true lol

    August 16, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Chris Perre

    Dean's mistake was an honest mistake. The Republican Party is the White, Heterosexual, Protestant, Main-Stream Party. A Spade is a Spade.

    August 16, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Little Hawk

    Injecting race and gender into the Presidential race is not what Howard Dean was saying. The lack of injecting race and gender into the Republican Party is the point he was making. I guess McCain's camp knows that the truth hurts.

    August 16, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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