'Ugly, Divided' Party Will Lose, Dean Warns

Dems keep clashing over fallout from primary battle
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2008 6:22 PM CDT
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean gestures during an interview with The Associated press, Thursday, March 27, 2008, at DNC Headquarters in Washington.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Democrats continue to clash over the effects of a long and bitter primary race, the New York Times reports. "If we have an ugly, divided convention, we will lose" the November election, said Howard Dean, who has called on superdelegates to decide by July. But Hillary-backer Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa said, "We’ve become a bit too squeamish. I, for one, want my nominee to be battle tested.”

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo is calling for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to share a single ticket, “thereby mollifying to some extent the constituency of the candidate who was not chosen.” Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, has voiced concern that the campaign will hurt congressional hopefuls. She vows not to let the tense primary run "spill over and harm hard-working Democratic candidates in the House.”