Well, I don't think that Kucinich supporters in Iowa like the idea that Dennis is going to tell them how to vote tomorrow night. I went back and stood up and filibustered on the constitution the other day, Barack Obama did not. I know Kucinich supporters here care about the constitution.(…)
I don't think they're going to walk into a caucus at Dennis's behest and cast a ballot he'd like them to cast. This is not an auction here. [...]
I'll make up my own mind as a caucus-goer but don't you tell me as a candidate, in fact I'm offended that you'd even suggest that I ought to do what you want me to do. [...]
The idea that you're willing to market me, to auction me off to some other campaign would truly bother me.
Clearly, there won't be any deals from the Dodd campaign. I think he is basically right in his criticism of such deals, too.
Throughout this campaign, I have admitted not only Dodd's leadership, but also that he is playing to win. For Dodd, no matter how much a longshot he has been, it isn't just about influencing the policy debate, or jockeying for a high-level position in the next administration. He has run hard, and made a full-throated case for why he should become the next President. That is something to be admired, and Dodd supporters should be proud.