August 16th, 2008
12:46 PM ET
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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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    Fraudian slip? "white" and "Republican" don't sound anything alike. Hmm, was that on purpose?

    August 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Soldier for OBAMA

    Dean is So VERY CORRECT. He have not then or now or ever have to be sorry. The REPUBLICAN PARTY/GOP is "THE WHITE PARTY" everyone knows it and it is high time it is said. Their ads, campaign slogans and everything else said it. The have "token" blacks, asians, hispanics etc who they often pay to attend a McCain rally and sit them right behind that "Wrinkle "Ole" White Guy". THE GOP IS THE WHITE PARTY and they are on a march to ensure that no other race occupy the "White House"....O will rename it the Plantation in memory of the slavery and cotton picking days, that is what scare Repubs the most. They are a bunch of Alien's in Human Body!

    August 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. sarah

    Carly Fiorina is 100% right. Chairman Dean, I'm an Independent who usually votes Democrat, and I'm sure you want me to vote for your party come November. But it's comments like yours that really turn me off. Of course race is important, but can't we just let two accomplished and deserving men run for president??

    August 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Tom in CA

    Carly it's less than what's been done by the RNC, republican 527s, swift boaters, etc.

    Besides your veracity is rather low since you spied on your own employees and put HP in the toilet when you insisted on acquiring Compaq.

    August 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    Utterly disgusting comment.
    If it was true,
    Howard's in the wrong party.

    August 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. cencored1

    Looks (sounds) like he just mis-spoke...

    August 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Jkan

    Dean showed his true nature finally. He is a racist and sexist. DNC – get rid of this screamer/pretender.

    I am waiting to see when the dirt-bag Pelosi will tell the truth about herself. She is just good for nothing. I hope Democrats get rid of her as well.

    Dean and Pelosi – your manipulative, hateful games with Hillary will come out sooner or later.

    I hope, the voters teach you a lesson in November by electing McCain – an honest, strong President – he will be.

    August 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. james

    John Mccain=WWWIII

    August 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Jim Snyder

    Interesting that liberals constantly accuse others of trying to exploit and create division. Nobody does this with greater vitriol and cynicism than liberals.

    August 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Tay

    Well, It's a true statement. I'm sure plenty of people would agree with that comment. I think people need to stop being so sensitive if we are ever going to have a true understanding of one another. I know people are offended by the fact that he called the republican party the 'white' party but there are many people that feel that the republican party's policies tend to help whites more than minorities and men more than women. That is the very reason that most blacks almost always vote democrat. And it is also the reason that minorities and women are more successful in the democratic party. Instead of getting offended we should be trying to understand the truth.

    August 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Matt

    Really, not a major comment , perhaps a lame joke, and Dean is not a major player this year – he's the DNC chair, not running for President. I'm so sick of everyone getting so so paranoid about any little racial comment. This is not healthy either.

    August 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Gary

    It is clear that Dean is not intending to use divisive politics, but rather to describe a divide that exists. His true statement is not much different from that made by Ralph Nader several weeks ago, but as he obviously did not go on to compare his candidate's politics to that of "the white party", I think most people will sense no real controversy here. If they did, however, and this "story" escalated, the Democrats might either have to give Dean the boot or rescind their harsh criticisms of Nader.

    August 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. dollorbil

    John Dean is one of the reasons democrats lost the last election. He needs to leave the party and shut his mouth.

    August 16, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. RyanD.

    Um...Howard Dean is white.

    Obama is leading in the Black, Latino and female vote.

    So, what would he stand to gain from this Fiorina? LOL


    Obama 08'

    August 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. gc

    Why is it that we all have to pretend to be the same color and age. Just becuase we don't talk about age and race, doesn't mean they are not the elephant in the room during this campaign.

    August 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Bill Kennamer

    Typical Republican remark: When someone speaks the truth, act like they're being slammed. The Republicans built their whole "Southern strategy" on racial inuendo.

    August 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Sean from Orlando

    Whatever, I like how Dean and Obama can use the race card when it suits them, both of them are just sad. They are not getting my vote without Clinton. I will vote for McCain first.

    August 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Chris Andoe

    It's become politically incorrect to call Republican politicians racists, even when they make racists comments and use racists tactics.

    August 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Perla

    Sometimes the truth hurts, Carly. Most women do understand better than you how poorly women are served by Republican policies. Or maybe you do understand it and are in the elite demographic that doesn't have to care.

    McCain = loss of reproductive health and freedom for women and health insurance only for the relatively well-off

    August 16, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Dave from Menifee

    Well is it true? I really don't think so Look at Condi and Colin they're at the top. But the Dems talk the talk that many of us black and women voter want to hear.

    August 16, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Todd Lewis's not like Howard Dean was necessarily wrong, was he? What's this lady all upset about anyway?

    August 16, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. HC4BO

    He meant "white majority party" ...

    Ask Him ...

    And that is TRUE ...

    August 16, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Monica, Texas

    WELL......It's true ever notice the folks standing with McCain 99% are white men over the age of 60 (looks like a retirement reunion) compared to Obama who you will see white, black, brown, red, yellow, young, old, male, female....a better reflection of our country's make-up.

    August 16, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Marc PDX

    Yet more race baiting from the Democrats. Sheesh. They need to be called out on this. If you are the only one throwing R-Bombs then YOU are the racist!

    August 16, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Enough Already!!!!!!

    “It is disappointing to see Howard Dean trying to use gender and race to divide voters," Fiorina said Friday evening ....Shut the H_ll UP! Now
    I don't care for Dean... I honestly think he missed spoke and he said Excuse me .....Fiorina stop Grand Standing .....enough of that RACE and GENDER Jive - you are not going to get any Brownie Points ....Now move ON !!!

    August 16, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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