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. The harm is now

    Give it up Howard...

    Actions speak louder than words.

    We saw how Obama was worshipped and HRC burned at the stake of hatred and sexism and bigotry.

    August 16, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Jeff Long

    I didn't know that people still used the word "color" to describe African Americans. I am not a Crayon Howard Dean!!!! Also, if any of you feel like all Republicans are white, take a look at Colin Powell and Condi Rice!!

    August 16, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. What?

    And the overwhelming support, love and kindness shown to HRC by the DNC, Richardson, Pelosi and other democrats PROOVE it.

    August 16, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Dean the Machine?

    Wow he is such a tool!

    August 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Andrew

    The republican party is all about racism period. I am a hispanic and I know no minorities that are supporting the republican party candidates. You will see overwhelming numbers of minorities voting for Obama this fall. This will take him to the white house.

    August 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama

    Dean is an idiot.

    August 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    What Dean said is wrong and Republicans are very wrong for supporting Corsi's book which McCain makes a joke about. Well make a joke out of what Dean said.

    August 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Andrew

    Last time I checked, Colin Powell and Condolezza Rice were uh, folks of color... what Dean was trying to say was philanderers are more successful in the Demo party

    August 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Rob Vukovic

    Sorry, Carly, the truth by nature hurts!

    August 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. 3dtrix

    I gotta admit it – Fiorina is pretty brave to admit that the truth is insulting, inappropriate, and has no place in this election.

    August 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. two-faced liar

    When you ALL rallied to support, defend, protect HRC and to denounce all the intra-party hatred, filth, accusations and allegations of racism.... that is when I knew the democrats were the party of justice and equality.

    Oh... that never happened did it.

    You all joined in the nasty name-calling sexual insults of HRC and the "Hillary women".

    August 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Ernie in LA

    OK Dems, Let's hear your excuses.

    August 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. GO MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    More race baiting from the democrats.

    Are we supposed to be surpised any more???

    It's really too bad that the democrats refuse to play fair in this, or any election, instead playing on fears and myths they love to perpetuate.

    August 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. David in Rocky Mount, NC

    Not only would Barack Obama be the first black president, he'd also be the 44th white one!

    August 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. neil

    "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

    August 16, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Sherry for Obama

    Liberal views tend to be more tolerant of all including gays and different races. I for one try not to judge people on their choices in life after all the bible does say judge not lest ye be judged.

    We all have to meet our maker and we and we alone have to answer for all our actions.

    August 16, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Yoko said woman is the nig*er of the world.

    Proof that the great Obama is knee deep in trouble.

    Price to pay for swiftboating your own best candidate.

    Too late now for platitudes... the damage has been done... women and many open minded men of justice have seen it.

    August 16, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. A house divided

    Everyone saw that HRC was treated like a dog and Obama was treated like a king.

    You call that fair campaigning?

    August 16, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Jeff

    Yeah, that was stupid. Shut up Dean.

    Obama '08

    August 16, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. John Gio

    Democrats always try and divide this country.

    Last time I checked the first African-American Sec. of State were appointed by Republican. Powell and Rice.

    It was democrats who filibustered the Voting Rights Act of 1964. In fact, the senator who led the filibuster is still in the senate. – Senatror Robert Byrd.

    Nothing like a elitist white liberal.

    August 16, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. EGC

    It's true, regardless of how bent out of shape Carly Fiorina feels.

    August 16, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Tired Old White Guy

    This Vermonter's known Howard for years and he can get himself into trouble. That being said, he is not racist nor sexist. McCain's made enough gaffes that one from Howard doesn't even come close. Even prospective running mate, Tim Plawenty, has stated he wants to go from the "country club" to "Sam's Club" with the GOP. Tall order, I'm afraid.

    August 16, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. J, FL

    ... and you want me to vote for Obama or someone from the Demo Party with this piece of trash running it? No wonder their symbol is the donkey. I'm sorry, but it is not going to happen as long as people like the Clinton's, Pelosi, Dean, Kerry, and Biden are in this party.

    Just for the record, there was a chance of me voting for Demo in this election for the first time ever, but not with these nuts running the show.

    August 16, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Selected by hate and division and race card

    Except for HRC.... she is fair game for any filth and vulgarity and spitting hatred... we are all democrats after all... so lets gut and carve one of our own... we will all vote party ticket in the end.

    Sorry... no deal.

    August 16, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. StLouisMan

    The democrats just can't stay away from racist comments–I belleve it will backfire on them in the end!

    August 16, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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