March 30th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Sunday morning round-up: Should Sen. Clinton drop out?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - This week, the spirited back-and-forth between the camps of Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama led some in the Democratic Party to suggest that Clinton bow out of the race in order to unify Democrats against Sen. John McCain in the general election. The debate over whether it was time for Clinton to exit the race dominated the Sunday morning political talk show circuit.

CNN’s “Late Edition” featured a showdown between two Democratic strategists, Clinton supporter James Carville and Jamal Simmons, who backs Obama. Carville quickly downplayed any suggestion that Clinton drop out.

“The Clinton campaign has not had one one-second meeting about getting out of the race,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “Calling on her to get out of the race is…going to hurt him in terms of getting votes. And it is going to make it more difficult to reconcile the party.”

Simmons responded that it’s the negativity coming from the Clinton campaign that’s tearing the Democratic Party apart. He said that Democrats “feel like Senator Clinton is fighting Barack Obama like he's a Republican and not fighting him like he's a fellow Democrat.”

On CBS’ “Face the Nation”, former presidential candidate-turned Obama supporter Bill Richardson told host Bob Schieffer that while he has no issue with Senator Clinton staying in the race, he feels an Obama nomination is inevitable. “I personally believe that Senator Obama is reaching a stage where his lead is insurmountable,” Richardson said. He later added, “[But] I don't agree with those that say that Senator Clinton needs to drop out.”

Richardson also responded to comments by Carville, who was recently quoted by the New York Times as comparing the New Mexico governor to Judas for supporting Obama. Richardson, who served in the cabinet of former President Bill Clinton, said he would not stoop to Carville's level.

ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” featured Clinton surrogate and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who chided Obama supporters for attempting to end the nomination process before all states have their say. “It's a disgrace that the Obama forces say, he's won the popular vote so he should be the nominee,” Rendell told Stephanopoulos.

Senator John Kerry, who has endorsed Barack Obama, also spoke with Stephanopoulos.  He argued that his own experience as the Democratic presidential nominee taught him an important lesson. “This time right now is critical to us,” said Kerry. “We began four years behind George Bush, and I think every day does give John McCain an ability to organize nationally. So the sooner we resolve it, the better.”

Related: Richardson: 'I'm not going to stoop to Carville's level'

–CNN's Jessica Rummel

soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. marie

    Sincerly, yes I think she should. There is no way out for her to get the nomination. She should realize that is imperative for the party and democratie together. If she is staying and stick to grab the nomination she will never have, that means 'Hillary project ' is not a science fiction movie...

    March 30, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Susan

    Hillary cares about Hillary..the Clintons will do and say absolutely anything to win. Hillary would have done so much better on her own. if she had chosen to become a person of honor and character versus the "Shrill Hill." She took the cheap way to power by riding the coat tails of a man. John Kerry is right..the longer she stays in the more time John McCain has to get the battle plan going. The Clintons live in delusional land where they are the stars and no one else can do the job. Reality bites Hill..how about those tax returns and get out of the way you lost. The majority of America woke up between Iowa and SC. We just don't trust you.

    March 30, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Ted in Chicago

    Why get out?
    Why the calls to get out
    Do people realize how close this race realy is?

    On a winner take all basis like a general election – on an electoral basis HRC is winning – that is how close it is

    Re popular vote – I think that is the issue DEMS should focus on

    The popular vote numbers IMO scare the BO camp.

    If they lose that – and electoral – all they have is delegates – and HRC and some others argue that the caucus states were less democratic then FL or MI

    The popular vote number is the main reason IMO that BO threw in the kitchen sink to stop a revote ready to happen in MI – where maybe HRC could have picked up 150,000 votes more then BO

    Counting FL (Good for HRC) – but not MI – and counting the expected caucus votes to come from where they were alreay held and BO will lead by a lot — the difference between the two candidates is I believe under 500,000

    I suggest that near halff that number might be made up by HRC if she wins PA by say 11% of 2.2 million votes?

    Is that why BO supporters are calling for HRC to quit?

    If one added in MI – again guessing – it gets to 100,000 votes — and people are saying HRC should quit?

    March 30, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. V Connors- OH

    NO WAY MRS. CLINTON!!!!!!

    YOU STAY AND FIGHT. IT'S THE AMERICAN WAY, OR IT WAS. I GUESS THE SENATOR FROM VERMONT, DOESN'T KNOW HIS AMERICAN HISTORY. OUR COUNTRY WAS BUILT ON OUR RIGHT TO HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND STANDING UP TO BE COUNTED. I GUESS HE DOESN,T THINK THE REMAINING STATES HAVE A RIGHT TO CHOOSE. HOW WOULD HE FEEL, IF VERMONT HAD NOT YET VOTED, AND WAS TOLD YOUR VOTE DOESN'T MATTER, BECAUSE, WE WANT ONE OF THE CANIDATES TO QUIT. HE WOULDN'T STAND FOR IT. IF HE WERE A TRUE AMERICAN WHO BELIEVED AND READ THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    March 30, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. JUDAS

    . . . .Yes.

    March 30, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. jim

    IF CLINTON WAS IN THE LEAD LIKE OBAMA– THE RACE FOR PRESIDENT WOULD BE OVER.
    AMERICA NEEDS TO GET BEHIND OBAMA AND SHOW THE CLINTONS THAT PENNSYLVANIA IS NOT CLINTON OR RENDALL COUNTRY
    ITS OBAMA COUNTRY.........
    PENNSYLVANIA VOTERS KNOW WHAT RENDALL PROMISED THE VOTERS WHEN HE WAS CAMPAIGNING AGAINST LYNN SWANN
    RENDALL SAID HE WAS GOING TO ELEMINATE REAL ESTATE TAXES
    GUESS WHAT OUR REAL ESTATE TAXES HAVE GONE UP OVER

    30% IN THE LAST TO YEARS HE IS A BIGGER LIAR THAN CLINTON..
    OBAMA WILL TAKE PENNSYLVANIA AND THEN WE CAN GET TO WORK PUTTING HIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
    BESIDES WHO WANTS TO WATCH CHELSEAS WEDDDING IN THE WHITE HOUSE????
    REMEMBER VOTERS WE HAD THE DIRTY CLINTONS IN THE WHITE HOUSE WE IMPEACHED HIM HE WOULDNT LEAVE WE HAD TO VOTE HIM OUT AND WHEN THE CLINTONS LEFT HILARY STOLE FURNITURE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE THAT WAS OVER 200 YRS OLD.... I COULD GO ON AND ON BUT U GET THE POINT

    March 30, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Mimi in TX

    I say if Clinton wins by a narrow margin in PA and if she loses in NC then she should drop out.

    March 30, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Eric in Lincolnton, NC

    NO!!! They only people wanting her to quit are Obama supporters!! What a stupid question!

    March 30, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Allison Marie

    The problem is that the senior politians are trying to take the vote away from the people. If the people agreed Clinton wouldn't have adouble digit lead in PA over Obama. For once just once look at what the American voters are doing. Remember it's "We the people...." not the old boys club.

    Another big hurddle will be what to do with Florida & Michigan, again politians taking the votes away from the people. I keep hearing rules, rules, rules, however I have noticed when it comes to Obama the rules don't apply to him, he ran TV ads in Florida, what about him braking the rules!

    I live in Florida and if my vote is not counted in a primary I will be unable to support Obama as a nominee,but will support Clinton, since it's his camp that doesn't want Florida & Michigan to be counted or re-voted. This will have big legs in a general and certainly believe that the super-delegates will have to take a good hard look at this!

    March 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Pat Va

    She's not gone YET???!!!!

    March 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Mark

    I would like to hear more information regarding Clinton's campaign manager Maggie Williams being on the board of the predatory lending company Delta Financial Corp. They are known to demand prepayment penalties from their customers....
    Hillary Clinton has mentioned this practice several times in her speeches. Her giant effort to speak on behalf of the economically disadvantaged. It is another example of the dishonest and two faced nature of her campaign and the need for her to drop out of this race.

    March 30, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Rellosa

    Hillary is fighting fairly with Obama . Why is Obama not agreeable about Michigan and Florida redo vote . I think he knows Hillary will win . She is winning big States which is important . All states are important so let everyone vote . If Obama ignore the people he would loose those 2 states and more . I am not political at all but I am speaking out because America needs Hillary who has experience plus Bill Clinton can help also . The Wrights issue is very basic and personal which comes down to honesty and moral judgement . Obama was not clear on his stance .He is not ready for Presidency !!

    March 30, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Jake, California

    Go Hillary, just get out!
    It will be even shame if you stay so long and then lose in the end which you are going to do!

    Why don't you save yourself some face... Your only possible win is PA and you can't handily win that.

    North Carolina–you'll be badly smacked down
    Indiana–it's a disaster for you, you can't win it cuz its Obama's neighboring state

    Oregon–this is a rich and educated white state, do don't like you!

    so simple logic should suggest that you get out gracefully!

    March 30, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. jim

    I THINK SHE SHOULD STAY IN THE RACE AND CONTINUE TO LIE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC.
    JUST ABOUT ALL OF HER PROMISES WILL NOT EVEN COME UP FOR A VOTE IN THE SENATE LET ALONE THE HOUSE. SO LET HER CONTINUE TO TEAR HERSELF UP...
    OBAMA O9

    March 30, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Susah

    can't you'll see that clinton do not give a bunny-tail about the democrats party all this woman want is to win.by any means necessary. After she get in the white house then you people will see the real hillary. she has not done anything for this country before and she will not do anything now. It would be a rotten shame for this great country if you people vote them back . don't go back. clinton may because a republican, may be in her heart she already is and so is bill.

    March 30, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. Enrique--- Hispanic Iraqi Freedom Veteran

    Should Sen. Clinton drop out? No.

    Should Sen. Obamas' supporters urge her to bow out? No.

    Not only should they be sharpening their attacks on Sen. McCain, but they should also be focused on the unity of the Dem. Party.

    Divided we fail.

    Obama 2008

    March 30, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. anthony Diamandopoulos

    How Bill Clinton can compare the present division within the Democratic party to his 1992 election when six months before elections he said that he was runnning third to the polls after the Republican Bush Father and Ross Perrot..

    It was an unexpected good luck for Clinton that Ross Perrot took enoufh votes from Bush the front runner to brink Clinton to the top.

    Bruno.

    March 30, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. Jonathan Wright

    How can you call it Democracy if one candidate is made to "bow" out because the party thinks that the democratic process is taking too long. Mathematically clinton doesn't have a prayer, but she still has the right to continue to run until the candidate has been chosen. As much as I can't stand the clintons (whose idea of the truth and memories of past occurances are completely out of whack and differ with everyone and what really happend) I think that more damage would be done to democracy to hinder the whole process.
    Both parties have run their course they are all idiots right now, it makes it really hard to choose a party!

    March 30, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    I simply can't understand why Senator Clinton won't quit. She is behind in all the polls, she is divisive, she is helping the McCain campaign by saying that Senator Obama isn't qualified to be president. For goodness sake, it seems like she is simply handing the election over to the Republicans if she, one who believes an entitlement to the highest office in the land, can't win it!

    March 30, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Lisa

    Hillary is not paying her campaign bills. She cannot manage this campaign, and yet she will try to paint herself as a victim, "they want me to drop out" in order to get people to feel bad for her and donate money. Hillary cannot handle her own personal affairs, how is she expecting to run our country? PAY YOUR BILLS like the rest of us do.

    March 30, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. HD

    Mrs. Clinton has no incentive to drop out. If she stays in the race longer, then this weakens Obama and decreases the chance he will be elected in November, which means she could run for President in 2012 at age 65 against John McCain.

    March 30, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Dr. Paul T. Carroll

    Charlie Watts doesn't think the Clintons are fans of rock and roll. Perhaps Hillary's story about attending Rolling Stones concerts and being a fan needs to be checked out.This sounds like the story she told Sir Edmund Hillary about being named after him because he had scaled MT. Everest. and her mother wanted her to scale that kind of height.Hillary was born well before Sir Edmund ever climbed Mt Everest. But wait. There is the Bosnia story too where conditions were so dangerous that she was sent in Bill's place. Bullets were flying upon her arrival and she is lucky to be alive.

    March 30, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. Kathy

    Just the fact that it is the Obama supporters calling for Hillary to end her campaign shows that they don't want the other states and millions of votes to count. They are afraid that they will lose, not that the party will lose or that we as democrats will be torn apart. That is ridiculous. It is only Obamas people putting it out there that we will be torn apart which is not true.

    March 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. jerome

    No, who do they think Obama is Jesus. All america should have the right to vote. We know what him and his campaign did in MI but I am a proud black america and I would cross over first.

    March 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. a. shock

    Is everyone running scared? That's all I have heard on these biased news this weekend is that Hillary should drop out. What is Obama so afraid of? Oh, thats right, he said she should run. He just had is campaign workers and supporters do his dirty work for him. EVERY state has the right to vote! No election should be called until every state has voted. What is wrong with you people? If all the big wigs in the democrat party (Dodd, Leahy, Kerry, Perosie, etc.) are so afraid of Hillary continuing to run, maybe they should drop out of the Democrat party. That is what the Republicans did and they are stuck with McCain. Here is novel idea for all extremely biased news people – encourage Obama to drop out.

    March 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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