Dean Wants Superdelegate Decision by July 1st – Updated

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean was on the CBS Early Show and gave an ultimatum to super delegates in their choice for the Democratic nominee. Dean also elaborated on other topics currently in the news pertaining to the election.

Here’s the video:

It seems that Dean sees the writing on the wall concerning disgruntled Democrats if this contest doesn’t get decided fairly. There seems to be a growing sentiments among Democratic voters if their vote ends up not counting because superdelegates decide the nomination.

Dean needs to focus on his own party and unite the Democrats before they even begin attacking John McCain. In fact, both sides need to do some unifying to that point.


Here’s an official story from Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic Party chairman said on Friday he hopes the increasingly contentious rivalry between presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton can be decided by July 1 to avoid a fight at the party’s convention.

Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and a presidential candidate in 2004, urged the two candidates to focus on the November general election battle against Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the likely Republican presidential nominee.

“I think it would be nice to have this all done by July 1,” Dean said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” program. “If we can do it sooner than that, that’s all the better.

“There has been some personal criticism,” he said. “We don’t want this to degenerate into a big fight at the convention.”

Dean told CNN he believes Democratic delegates from Michigan and Florida will eventually be seated at the party’s August nominating convention in Denver.

So Dean does admit he’s worried this will turn “into a big fight” if things aren’t resolved prior to the convention.

  • Jared

    If the numbers in the polls keep on showing up, the democratic party won’t have until July. They will tear themselves apart by then. I think a better move would be to have the 2nd place candidate step done and ask for unity after the next host of primaries. I think either candidate can get away at this point with not picking the other as VP, but if things keep on playing out the way it has then they won’t have a choice. And do you really think the people who support Obama would like Clinton as a VP? or vice-versa?

  • Gary

    Why wouldn’t they like the other candidate as VP? They stand for almost the same exact things with slight differences on emphasis and priorities.

  • IndiMinded

    I think Obama supporters would vote for any ticket with Obama on it before they would vote for one without, and the same is likely true for Hillary supporters. And I highly doubt either Obama or Hillary supporters would desert their candidate for putting the other on their ticket.

    So yeah, it would seem a smart move to me, if they can get past their own pride and the bad blood between them. And smart politics aside, it’s sure a ticket for the history books if they were to pull off a win.

  • Jared

    It seems to me that the majority of Obama supporters support Obama because they are disenchanted with Hillary. Although they stand the same on almost every issue, it’s the way they conduct themselves in the realm of politics that differs. As for Hillary supporters, I believe the inexperience issue is what holds them back from Obama. I think either side is able to switch sides, it’s just that it might take some convincing and a lot of time, and time is what’s the issue here.

  • Jennifer

    Would someone explain how Republican voters may effect the results in the coming primaries…Pennsylvania and beyond…in the attempt to select the democratic candidate that McCain has the most chance of defeating. Thanks!

  • Babs

    Excellent question, Jennifer, and as far as I can see, it’s a topic that started with Rush telling Republicans to go vote for Hillary in the primaries just to keep Obama from getting the nomination, apparently thinking that Hillary would be the easier opponent to beat in the general election. Some states ballots do not require a voter to vote on one ticket or the other, so the idea was that republicans could vote in the democratic primaries to sway those votes to Hillary, and then those same republicans could vote for McCain in November.

    Personally, I don’t think Rush had a big audience for his strategy, but it did give the media and the DNC fodder for more republican party bashing.

    Someone else may give you a different answer to your question, and they could be right. But this is my take on the situation. =)

  • dotty

    This really need to end as quick as possible, I agree with howard dean on this. Pandering Hillary I feel is tearing the party apart. She lies and I think she will say anything to get what she wants; no matter how destructive it is. I have listened to her very closely. How she will say,” I have nothing to say and then I guess she forgets that she just said, “I have nothing to say” and just start talking and contradicting herself over and over again. And she lies, how do a person forget with her teen-age daughter in tow that she was running and dodging sniper bullets. That is something you can’t ever forget especially since your most priced possession is also ducking and dodging sniper bullets. At the beginning of the campaign I was so proud that a woman or an Afroamerican was about to be nominated for president, I thought whichever one is the candidate I would vote for either one. Now I cannot find a place in my heart to vote for Hillary. She is very vicious, devious and deceitful. And I feel she will do the same thing if she get into the White House and she will not care how much it will affect the country. Just as she is doing now, knowing most people do not trust her and neither do I. She is a very scary candidate. At least, without secondhand experience as she states because she was married to a former president, he is honorable, he has kept his word, no matter how vicious the attacks have been against from all sides and the media. They have required things from him that they have not required of the others. And still he has remained honest and shown integrity, because there are things that he could have come back with against the other candidates but have maintained his integrity and his word. That is the type of person we need in the White House. Someone that we can trust to keep their word, someone with integrity, someone who will stand up for what they believe in and someone who cares.