CHICAGO--A lighter moment after some tenacious Tim Russert questioning.
Russert wanted to know why Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Ct.) said--after President Bush said Clinton would be the nominee--that he "can understand why" the president said that. Dodd used the question to get out a joke he was carrying around about CNN's Anderson Cooper--who like Dodd has white hair.
MR. RUSSERT: And we are back live from Dartmouth College,
Hanover, New Hampshire, and we are resuming our debate.
Senator Dodd, let me start with you. President Bush predicted
that Hillary Clinton would be the nominee for president for your
party. You issued a statement that said, quote, "I can understand why
the president would want Senator Clinton to be the nominee."
What does that mean?
SEN. CLINTON: (Laughs, laughter.)
SEN. DODD: Well, if I were Hillary Clinton, I'd be very worried.
SEN. CLINTON: (Laughs.)
SEN. DODD: This is the same guy who said, "Way to go, Brownie,"
here. (Laughter, applause.) And I think "mission accomplished" was
the other one I saw. So in terms of being a prognosticator of events,
I'd say the president has somewhat of a bad record when it comes to
But certainly we all respect and admire Hillary and can
understand that as well. But this race is going to be won by voters
here in this state and Iowa and other caucus and primary states.
Making predictions in September or August about who's going to win
later on, I think, has proven to be rather faulty over the years. So
I look very much forward to the kind of race that develops.
I said -- I walked in here this evening, and a fellow walked up
to me and he said, "Anderson Cooper, what's happened to you here?"
(Laughter.) So I realized I have some gaining of ground to do here,
but nonetheless, I'm counting on the American people. Democrats make
a good choice in the coming months, not the president of the United
States predicting the winner in the Democratic primary.