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. redwhiteblue

    Howrad Dean – frighteningly stupid. What a great way to get more Reps and Indies voting Dem. Yeeeee yaaaaah!

    August 16, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Jeremy

    Howard Dean should be told to step down. If a republican chairman had said anything similar the press would be calling for his head. What a poor excuse of a party leader.

    August 16, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Joy

    Howard Dean should have been released from leadership of the Democratic National Party a long time ago. His has always been an embracement to all politicians. He would do well to be seen and not heard...AT ALL!!

    August 16, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    well its true, figuratively.

    He shouldn't have said it though, its an election year and there are to many layers, to much depth in that remark for most people to "get".

    August 16, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Proud American

    Whats really sad is that its the truth!!

    August 16, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Mister Anderson

    I mean it's not like he's lying. The Republican party being characterized as the "white party" is a Republican problem, not a Howard Dean and DNC problem. They're the ones with the image problem.

    August 16, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Morgan

    Wasn't it McCain who just said "you've got to have a sense of humor"? Hey, lighten up (whoops) Republicans. Can't you take a joke?

    August 16, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. widespread_panic

    If the Rupulican Party is the White Party what does that make me, a member of the Black Party? Way to go Dean!

    August 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Richard

    This is how the Democrats loose stupid remarks and actions! Tell Dean to go away for a long time.

    August 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Fred

    Isn't this the same Carly Fiorina that got golden parachuted a couple of years ago from HP?

    August 16, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Nicolette

    Even the Republicans know deep down that Dean was right. There is no way that the Republicans will admit it, but anyone with common sense knows that this statement is probably the most truthful. I put this one right next to General Clark's statement. No one likes the truth because it is ugly, but people can hear lies all day long. Tell me I'm wrong. I dare you.

    August 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Robert

    Fiddle-dee-dee. Dean's just telling it like it is. The GOP highlights their few minority stars and pretends it's diverse.

    August 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Beto

    If the Republican party is the "white" party, then the Democratic party is the "black" party? What the hell is Dean then? Mulatto? It's because of idiots like Howard Dean that I personally lean heavily to the republican side on just about all issues. I am neither white nor black.

    August 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Redneck from Kentucky

    I'm a Democrat and an Obama supporter and even I agree that there is no place in this campaign for remarks like that from either side.

    August 16, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |

    Who's pulling the race card now/ The Dems are disgusting

    August 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Rohn G. Kansas City, MO

    The Democrats are a diverse party. The Republicans are not. This is a true statemant. It seems the Repuclican can't handle the truth.

    August 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. gopisthewhiteonlyparty

    He's absolutly correct?? I think the GOP will be getting about 5 or 6 African American votes nationwide, may 20-25 Latinos if they're lucky. but a whole mess of confused white people.

    August 16, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Desdemondo

    Why are losers always touchy, overly sensitive and able to perceive insult and hurt when none was intended?

    August 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. McWhine

    Didn't Carly Fiorinia out sources herself to China now?? It is disappointing to know for fact that female and minority are more successful in Democratic party, but not in Repugs party. I used to support Reagan's party, but no more. Fool me once, shame on me.

    August 16, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Farnk, Las Vegas

    Did the RNC's feelings get hurt when the tables are turned? They can imply, use code words all they want, and that's ok. But when when it happens to them, they Cry foul. What a bunch of frauds!

    August 16, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Mike in NYC

    At the time of his retirement, Senator Fritz Hollings of South Carolina commented that, in the South at least, the Democrat party was a black party and the GOP was a white party. He was correct.

    While Dean was no doubt giving his own group (white males) a gratuitous slap here, the Democrat party has in fact grown increasingly hostile to white males, even though white men seem to "lead" the party. It's become the political homeland of aggrieved minorities within the US.

    August 16, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. DK

    wow Howard Dean!!!!

    August 16, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Belle

    I am a Democrat but Dean's comments? WOW.

    August 16, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |


    August 16, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Linda FL

    It was a mistake that just happen to be true. Get over it and tell me what you are going to do for this country. To better is better i mean.

    August 16, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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