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. Mike Dallas

    Ms. Fiorina, the Republican party has been using "race to divide voters" for many years now. So do not act aghast when Howard Dean simply states the truth..

    August 16, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Force will fail

    Just as long as all the women who have been the base of the democratic party agree to fall in line behind the imposter, Obama.

    Lets all pretend we did not see you trash and bash HRC.

    Lets pretend we did not hear and see the insults and vulgar sexual comments.

    Lets pretend we were not trivialized, marginalized and dismissed as irrelevant by our own party.

    Lets pick some cotton while we iron the shirts and lets shine some shoes while we mock the Ho.

    August 16, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Athena Nation


    You know, and I'm no Republican by any means, but I have to say...he may have started to say White House, and corrected that since there haven't been citizens of colour, let alone female citizens of color, who have taken office as President. So, maybe it's up to the journalists to see if the "w" in white was a capitalized one beginning the "pronoun White House" rather than "White Party".

    But, that's probably easy for me to say, since I

    Mind you....again, I'm more of a Dem than a Rep...but I'm trying to see both sides of the slip. Especially after being utterly let down by Edwards.

    August 16, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. HoldenLitgo

    Fiorina's indignation at the GOP being called the "white party" is disingenuous at best. If she really felt it was a bad thing, she'd be in any other party. My guess is that everyone in the GOP is in it because it's primarily white in both population, the bigoted fringe groups that gravitate to it and focus of its platform. Sure there are exceptions, as there are to any rule, but the "big tent" of the republican party has always only been a circus tent and it's always had a big back door – and an even bigger servant's entrance – that's about it. Dean's just calling it like it is.

    August 16, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Dori Scott

    Barack Obama should choose better company than this photo op. Hillary, Edwards and Dean? This lineup cannot possibly enhance his credibility.

    August 16, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Lyle

    Howard Dean lost all credibility when he and the failed leadership of the DNC (O-DNC) chose Mr. Obama against the will of voters. Now, Mr. Dean has made it clear that Mr. Obama was only chosen because of his race and Mr. Dean has shown the world that he has a racist agenda. This is very sad and I think these shocking remarks from Mr. Dean are the final nail in the coffin of the O-DNC and have just lost them the election.

    August 16, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Steve

    Like John McCain recently said, after his clan made horrible comments about Obama, "You gotta keep your sense of humor." Why is it funny when the Republicans make a snotty remark, but not when Democrats do?

    August 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Cheryl Fontaine

    Oh please, the DNC could wear pointy hoods and lead their women around on leashes and they still wouldn't come close to what the republicans and the current administration has done to divide this country.

    It will be a most refreshing change when the repubs can come up with something that has to do with the very real, republican-caused disastrous conditions in our country today instead of constantly attacking with little taunts as though everyone is either stupid (which they think we are) or still back in junior high.

    August 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Force will fail

    Yep... that is why Geraldine Ferraro got the treatment she got....

    and HRC got the bashing she got...

    And democratic lifelong female voters are now being mocked and ridiculed and threatened.

    Time to join the "white" party , I guess.

    August 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Senior female

    Was a Dem, now an Independent....thanks to Howard Deans inablility to lead this party. It is in a sorry state right now as the radical lefties have taken it over. It is no longer the party of JFK, LBJ, and WJC.
    It is the party of Obamabots who adore this rock star they have created and Dean did nothing to bring us back to the center which is where we have to be to win.........too bad, but we will lose again.

    August 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Patrick

    It's also very disappointing to see Fiorina as an advisor to anyone... as an I.T. person don't expect my vote McCain. Fiorina on your team alone is enough to make me not vote for you.

    Fiorina would rather continuing to outsource American jobs and destroy once great computer companies with her poor leadership and business skills.

    ... but I expect people with the same lack of talent to flock together and it looks like it's already happening.

    August 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Eccles

    It sounds like a simple mistake to me.

    August 16, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. EVEN women

    "even women"- so Howard believes that men of color SHOULD do better than women of color.

    That is exactly what we thought, Howard.

    August 16, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Fidel

    This is not a debatable comment.Nobody really cares about republican lies and attempts to paint themselves as supporters of equality.When people who know the truth about Republican politics hear their propaganda,it enrages us.Keep it up idiots.
    Socialism or Death!

    August 16, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. White Man

    Easy come Easy go... since this is a racist comment directed only at whites ...this story will die rapidly.and you won't hear much more... dead on arrival

    August 16, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Patrick

    I'd also like to add as a caveat... I drove by the grand opening of the McCain office in my town the other day. Never saw such a sea of old white guys dressed in suits in my life. Not a woman... or a black face there at all.

    August 16, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. tedious898

    Ms. Fiorina,

    Please don't make yourself look foolish. To be honest, I don't think you're that bad...except you certainly show poor judgement supporting a scholastic underachiever such as John McCan't for president.

    The guy you're supporting is a disaster. Dean's right ; The Republicans (putting it nicely) are not that supportive of African Americans and women. That's the hard cold truth!

    August 16, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    It is quite obvious what Howard Dean is trying to do; it makes a difference, doesn't it, on WHO plays the race card. Some people have no scruples whatsoever. Sad!

    August 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. stan


    August 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Jack Mehoff, Orlando

    Thst's right-Dean, Obama and the whole DNC play the race card everyday--but it's ethnicity that will be their downfall--there's no doubt now that Barack Hussein is a Muslim as proven by Corsi's #1 Best Seller-

    Americans will not have prayer rugs in the Oval office--

    August 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Mikel

    He's right. I seriously doubt that republicans will EVER have a woman or colored person as a nominee.

    August 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Mary

    Dividing the democratic party through race and gender has been very successful for Dean, Pelosi, Brazille, and Obama.

    August 16, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Least worthy candidate

    I saw a male attack on the best candidate- HRC- JUST because she is a qualified, experienced, independent woman who refused to kiss up to the media and to be a DNC puppet.

    Bring HRC back and I will believe you are sincere.

    August 16, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Jessep

    Pure Comedy... Dean is awsome!

    August 16, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Nan

    Dean is stating the obvious.I guess the truth hurts.!

    August 16, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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