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. Ex-Obama Democrat for McCain

    Howard Dean is a has-been with no real future in politics....he is the Democratic equivalent of "Dan Quayle", a big laughing stock.
    Kathryn Amhesrt MA

    August 16, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Hannah Stevens

    Carly has no credibility. She ran Hewlitt Packard into the ground, she is a failed CEO. And now she is advising McCian? What a joke. But republicans love these kind of people.

    August 16, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. tim

    Honestly, is the Democratic party TRYING to turn this election into a race war? First with Obama's comment about "midwesterners", and I overlooked that, but now this???? I thought Obama's camp was about uniting this nation, not dividing it, I just may not vote for Obama over this comment....this is ludacris.

    August 16, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Phyllis/ PA

    I am a strong supporter of Hillary. Now just as Dean allowed gender to become an issue in the primaries he now makes both race and gender an issue in the general election. Way to go Mr Dean. Just keep adding fuel to the fire and wonder why voters become "emotional" in their support of a candidate. Did Obama teach you how to divide people?

    August 16, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Mike

    Howard Dean is an idiot anyway!

    Go McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 16, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Emolas

    finally!!!!! someone has the guts to tell the truth. the republican party is the white party. face it. they have never cared about any issues of people of color. their main objective is to line their pockets. money talks in the republican party. plain and simple. any republican that says otherwise is clearly a liar.

    August 16, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. sandro

    It's the truth that hurts the most. Monirities don't fare well with Republicans, which is devoted to its WASP base or intolerance.

    August 16, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Frank Lee

    Of course the right would never dream of such a thing. Oh, no. Not those folks. They're as pure as the wind-driven snow...........

    Yeah, right Carly.

    August 16, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Laughing all the way!

    Hahahaha! Seems that Dean is cut from the same cloth as Obama – keep playing those race and gender cards, guys!

    So sad for the Democratic party. 🙁

    August 16, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. A Bitter mid westerner who loves guns and God

    I see Dean is still playing the race card and from the very bottom of the deck.

    I know a few black Republicans and they are proud of their membership.

    Bush sent Rice to George instead of guns and ammo. Bully for him. They need food to supplant that which the big bad Russians destroyed.

    Obama is a light weight. Looks good, is tall but is risky as he has not matured yet. Just like green tomatoes and green corn. Where is Obama while the world watches Russia invade? Obama is sunning and surfing at your expense in the blue waters of the Pacific.

    Give me a break. Let's elect McCain, a man who will protect our country and our values.

    August 16, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Jason

    I know there have been a few moments in the campaign where there were some cooments that were made that had somewhat of a racial and gender bais overtone, but this takes the cake. It is a blatantly racist comment. I can't believe Dean (well actually I guess I can) said this. He has no right to lead the Democratic Party!

    August 16, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Enrique

    I've got news for you Carly Fiorina. Howard Dean is right. The difference between those in attendance at the Demoncratic Nat'l Convention and the Republican Nat'l Convention is quite stark.

    August 16, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Brian

    But if he can back his claim up with the numbers, there shouldn't be a problem right? Can he back it up? Why doesn't CNN find out?

    August 16, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Michael Guinn, Port Hueneme, CA

    Sometimes the TRUTH hurts huh?

    August 16, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. K, Florida

    I'm a democrat but would someone Please put a muzzle on Howard! Please!!!!!

    August 16, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. John McSame Is Two-Faced Lying Adulterer

    the last time I checked; John McSame quipped: "gotta keep your sense of humor."

    what? can't the repugs take a joke sometimes...lighten up white, uh, excuse me, the Republican Party! lol!!!

    gotta love this!!!!!!!

    August 16, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Racist morons and hysterical man haters.

    Then explain this phenomenon, Howard:

    When African Americans threaten to black out the vote- no one criticizes or comments on it.

    When women support HRC- they are called hysterical man hating racist whiners and spoilers.

    Why is that? AA democrats do not have to vote for the nominee of their party (remember Michelle said she would NOT vote for HRC?)... but women and other democrats MUST vote for the nominee. Or risk being called racist morons and worse.

    August 16, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Ubfortunately, Howard Dean is right. Most republicans are white and don't even pretend to understand people of color. And, deep down, McBush only cares about and connects with his rich white contributors.

    August 16, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Will in Calif

    Oh my! Looks like the true colors of the DNC are starting to show, and people are surprised. Its ALL ABOUT RACE for the Democrats, isnt it funny how they are the only ones bringing up the race card ALL HE TIME

    August 16, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Wynter

    The is sooo not news. To have the McCain campaign complain about race is hilarious.

    August 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Chuck

    Funny how she didn't say there was no merit to what he said.

    August 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Just Curious???

    Question: Why do African Americans vote Democratic instead of Replubican?

    August 16, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Clinton Fringer

    Howard Dean isa crack pot and has been for awhile now. Why he is in charge of the DNC is beyond me.

    August 16, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. DR. YES

    i dont see anything wrong with his comment or the slip of the tongue.repub is only 'trying' to inject race and sexism into the election,again.

    August 16, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Charles from PA

    Well, you can't blame Dean for letting the truth slip out. Though apparently Republicans tend to attack more when someone points out the reality of their party and their positions. I'm not saying the Democratic party is 100% when it comes to promoting and supporting equality for minorities in this society, but they definitely have a better record when compared to the Republican Party who seem to be more concerned with protecting the hegemony of white men in this country.

    August 16, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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