April 1st, 2008
04:08 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: Obama campaign wants to end race

Chelsea Clinton has taken a high-profile role in her mother’s presidential campaign.

Chelsea Clinton has taken a high-profile role in her mother’s presidential campaign.

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) - As Sen. Hillary Clinton's underdog campaign soldiers on through Pennsylvania, Indiana and North Carolina, she has begun casting herself as a champion of democracy.

"There are some folks saying we ought to stop these elections," she said in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 29 as the audience booed the notion. "I don't think we believe that in America," she said. "The more people that have a chance to vote, the better it is for our democracy."

As Pennsylvania's primary nears, Clinton's staffers have increasingly accused Barack Obama's campaign of trying to disenfranchise Democrats. On Monday, in a satellite interview with a television station in Montana, Clinton herself made the charge.

"My take on it is a lot of Sen. Obama's supporters want to end this race because they don't want people to keep voting," she told KTVQ in Billings, Montana. "That's just the opposite of what I believe. We want people to vote. I want the people of Montana to vote, don't you?"

It is a growing theme in Clinton's stump speech as she makes her way through upcoming primary states: that she alone, up against rival forces aiming to silence the millions of voters in the 10 remaining primary and caucus states, will stand up for their right to vote.

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- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
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  1. Seth

    To anyone who cries "but, but, but if you want the race to end, you are disenfranchising voters!" –

    What if, at this very moment, with 10 primaries to go, and millions of voices left unheard, Clinton had only 1% of the vote while Obama had 99%.

    Would you still think Hillary should stay in the race? Of course not. But by your argument, you would then STILL be disenfranchising all of the people that had yet to vote. Even so, you would of course suggest that she drop out of the race.

    So, what those of us who would like to see her drop out are saying is that her chances of winning (while more than 1%) are so slim that it is a waste of time and effort on our beloved party to continue this thing. It is the same argument everyone would make if my 1% vs 99% scenario were true.

    The difference here is that Hillary and her supporters are disillusioned, and think that she can somehow pull this off. But all that I keep hearing and reading is that barring a meteorite striking the Obama headquarters or Obama dressing like a woman, it just ain't gonna happen.

    So, unless people start to pressure her, here is what is going to happen. We are all going to spend the next few months arguing and spending our time and money on this fight instead of the fight against McCain. And then come July 1 when the superdelegates will finally put their foots down, vote, and make Obama the nominee, we are all going to look back and go, "well that was stupid. we could have done this 3 months ago like we were all praying for."

    Finally... Any "real" member of the Democratic Party who is for either candidate, and will refuse to vote for the other in the Presidential election is a fool. This whole process is about doing what we think is best for this country. If you are willing to hurt your country just to spite your party, than you are very unpatriotic. I am an ardent supporter of Obama, and I don't love Hillary or her campaign, but I do love this country. I love this country enough that I will of course still vote for Hillary above McCain.

    April 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. brandon

    Get a life. Obama on TV in his speach said Hillary can stay as long as she wants and thats her right.
    Hillary you are throwing oil into the water and making more statements like the Bosnia one and thats not a miss spoke , its an out and out LIE.
    Run your race and win if you can but dont spread that crap around like your the only one in the race
    USA deserves better than this smokescreen.

    April 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. SPH

    As soon as a candidate starts saying "every vote must be counted," you know that he or she has already lost. Hillary seems unable to come to terms with the fact that she will not be the first female president. It's sad to see such a talented person become such a desperate and pathetic figure.

    April 1, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Roby, AR

    I don't think that Sen. Clinton should give up like Mitt Romney, but the way Sen. Clinton has allowed her campaign to be so disrespectful...it just sickens me. As a former Hillary supporter, I'm really disgusted at the way she's managed so far. It's obvious that Sen. Obama is the better candidate this year.

    April 1, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Mike

    Oh Please Hillary, you shameless cunning liar! You would love the super delegates to steal the election from the voters. Your follower Gov. Revel said that all the rules should be changed to allow you to disenfranchise the voters and be the nominee based on 'potential' electoral college votes that 'you might' be expected to recieve in the general election. Your crazed quest for personal power is scary.

    April 1, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. McCain 2008!

    I hope Hilliary continues to fight for the voters in FL & MI!

    April 1, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Carlos Nevarez, CT

    Well, it is true that some Obama supporters are calling her to step down, but the current position Senator Clinton is in seems to be a tight rope act. She is becomming really desperate now, and all of her followers (including the Senator) wishes to count Michigan and Florida now. When she stated flatly that it didn't matter in October. Now since the odds are against her, Senator Clinton is becoming a bit paranoid.
    A Key backer of Senator Clinton even emphasized that Obama will win. Now, that's only a drop in the bucket, but soon, a torrential storm can form and the wave of Democratic officials telling her to step down will increase 10 fold. If Senator Clinton continues what she is doing, she might never recover politically. And if the Republicans win the Presidency, she would be scorned for the rest of her life.

    April 1, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. Yes, DM again Arlington, TX

    Why is it that senator Hillary Clinton wants to stay in the race for the white house buy not be honest to the American people......

    Senator Hillary Clinton supporter, Is she honest, was Bill honest is it any of our business?

    April 1, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. ssemakula kasiita david

    I am a Ugandan I wish the best to Hillary, Not only the fruits I witneses in africa but also what I have had off every where your hands, steps, voice and deeds have reached. Democrats should be very carefull for political tricks to power the weak to win him/her at the finals. watch the program of the 'Weakess Link'.

    My all the God's vision fill your heart.

    April 1, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. mick

    This race is about gender and race and it is only going to get worse.
    Hillary has no one to stick up for her when the media tears her apart and it is not fair.
    58% of the Hillary's backers won't vote for Obama and I can now see why. Obama is running a good race but he has the media and elected men on his side strong arming the Clinton's.
    I for one think Obama better start bringing the voters together Hillary can't do that at this time the media won't let her they would only spin anything she said to make her look bad.

    April 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. Chris in Va.

    To the estimated 28% of Clinton supporters who will sit in the cornrer and pout and not vote if Obama is the nominee, or will sentence the country to 4 more years of economic and military disaster by voting McCain because they didn't get their way, it becomes clear why you are Clionton supporters, you are just as juvenile and vidictive as she is. Don't vote, who cares if you vote or not! Or vote McCain, it will at least make the race interesting.

    April 1, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |

    HILLARY IS FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY. She donated five million dollar to HERSELF, to her campaign.

    April 1, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. Patrick, Chicago, IL

    they want the race to end so the party doesn't go into self-destruct mode

    April 1, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. osuji okey

    I am a resident of UK,but never miss the situation room by cnn.Firstly,shame on all the clinton supporters who plan to vote mccain when she loses the nomination.Would you all prefer to worsen America's economic woes and its battered global image just because you can't see beyond your racial noses?I would have thought in this day and age common sense would prevail.I think you might be doing your great country a world of good by staying at home rather than showing the world how foolish a people you are.
    Go on Barack your charisma has reached out globally.

    April 1, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. Grant

    This is political talk, she cannot say, "I have no chance of winning, but I have nothing better to do". The Clintons still have alot of support and will let them down easy. NO WAY! They are going to fight to the end, the floor of the convention and after in the Courts if they do not get their way or happy with the splits out of MI and FL. The only way to get rid of them is to defeat them in Pennsylvania. The people of that good state hold the cards, not MI and FL. If they lose Penn, they are gone, maybe?! They will have a tough time spinning this though...this battle is about the Super Delegates, not the primary voters..they have to destroy Obama to win this and they will. Then take on McCain, and hopes he really screws up then they will back in the White House...

    April 1, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |

    Hillary donated five million dollar to HERSELF, to her campaign.
    Hillary has not paid to the small vendors yet.
    BANKRUPTCY for Hillary

    April 1, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. Antoine

    Ummm... and that's bad because...

    Of course they want it to end. That's a no brainer. If she was in the lead she would wanted it over in after Feb. 5.

    April 1, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. Jacko

    Keep twisting it and twisting it, Hillary. Why is it so difficult to understand that the urgency for your withdrawal from the campaign is not an attempt to prevent people from voting, but to unite the party once and for all? It is time to drop the selfish attitude and support the front runner once and for all, especially if even your campaign managers are predicting a 5% chance of nomination...

    Please Hilary, don't be the next Ralph Nader when John McCain is elected in November. Support your fellow democrat.

    April 1, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. Richard

    As of today, HRC will have to win 58% of the remaining delegates to make the playoffs...Obama has to win 44%. Unfortunately for HRC even her campaign admits it will most likely not obtain 58% in ANY of the remaining primaries, including Pennsylvania, and will lose at least two States, making her "necessaries" statistically impossible.

    April 1, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. Ummmmm.....NO!

    I think it's a matter of will Clinton quietly exit through the door or will she have to be shown to the door?

    Looks like she will have to be shown:(

    April 1, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Barbara Roberts

    I say go Clinton she is the only one for whom I will vote. I don't think Obama should be in there He should wait a few years and get some experence. His huge ego is all that he has. We need someone that knows what is going on in the world. He let his minister preach to him and must not of heard him or he is a big liar whichever he should get out. I don't want to vote republican or for someone other then democrat but I will as I don't want to feel guilty if Obama gets elected and makes a huge mess of things

    April 1, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. Sara from Arizona

    Enough of this woman!!! Go away.

    April 1, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. Arthur-Texas

    Why does Obama want to end the race now?Do you tell voters in Pennsylvania and other states that have not voted,that they do not counts.
    Obama is hiding something and does not want it revealed before the convention.What is it he does not want us to know?
    Can we trust this fellow?He hasn't been very honest so far.

    April 1, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. A Bag of Chips

    I support Obama but i don't believe the race should stop. However, I don't for one minute believe that "Obama's camp" is who is calling for the race to end. We need to understand the difference between someone being a "supporter" and being "in the camp." I know that sometimes the line becomes blurry, but there is a difference. Saying that "Obama's camp" wants the race to end means that it came officially from Obama himself.

    April 1, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  25. vinnie nappa

    The more people complain about her, the more
    I hope she stays in the race. Rev Wright a real nice guy ??

    April 1, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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