April 27th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
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Sunday Roundup: Who's leading the Democratic race?


(CNN) - Hillary Clinton's big win in Pennsylvania on Tuesday kept the New York senator's hopes alive as she and fellow candidate Sen. Barack Obama continue to campaign for the next two upcoming primaries in Indiana and North Carolina. With both campaigns still in full swing and no immediate end in sight, the Sunday morning talk shows hashed out the current stats with strategists, surrogates, party leaders, and even one of the candidates, in an effort to answer the question: Who's leading the race for the Democratic nomination?

Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, a backer of Sen. Hillary Clinton, and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, stopped by ABC's "This Week" to talk campaign politics. Sen. Bayh made the case for looking at the popular vote instead of the delegate count to determine a frontrunner. "The most important thing to look at is the aggregate popular vote. The pledged delegates are important, but they are just intermediaries representing the people themselves," he said. But Daschle argued that examining only the popular vote leaves out a large segment of the Democratic voting population, the caucuses. "That basically says to all caucus states who don't keep track of the popular vote per se that you don't count," Daschle said.


It was a Senator showdown on CNN's "Late Edition" this week between Clinton supporter Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) and Obama backer Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri). Sen. Schumer interpreted Clinton's Pennsylvania win as a change in the tide. "Hillary Clinton now has the momentum," he said to CNN's Wolf Blitzer. But Sen. McCaskill disputed Schumer's assertions. "If you drill down and look at the superdelegate race, right now, you see where the momentum is," referring to Obama's surge in superdelegates in the past week despite his loss in Pennsylvania.


CBS' "Face the Nation" featured a surprisingly subdued conversation between Obama strategist David Axelrod and Clinton advisor Howard Wolfson. While Wolfson asserted that Obama's failure to capture the blue-collar vote is a detriment to his general election prospects, Axelrod reminded viewers of Sen. Clinton's status as the inevitable nominee just a few months ago. "We won two-thirds of the primaries and caucuses that have taken place.How do you go from inevitable nominee to not winning two-thirds of the primary?" he asked moderator Bob Schieffer.


On NBC's "Meet the Press," Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean dismissed an argument made by Clinton supporter Gov. Ed Rendell that the popular vote is a better indication of the lead than pledged delegates because they are "elected in a very undemocratic way" as the Pennsylvania governor put it. "I don't agree with it," Dean responded to host Tim Russert. He later continued that the rules "have been in place for the last 25 years. That's what we've got to go by, whether you like the rules or you don't like the rules."


The final word went to Sen. Barack Obama, who appeared on "Fox News Sunday" with host Chris Wallace. The senator from Illinois put his Pennsylvania loss in perspective. "It's not like I've been winning in states that only have either black voters or Chablis-drinking, you know, limousine liberals," he told Wallace. "There's a reason why we won twice as many states and won more delegates and won a larger popular vote."

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Obama 08

    Clinton trying to change the rules AGAIN...why weren't Dean's comments on Meet The Press included. He restated that the rules are clear that the pledged delegates were the determining factor...

    To count Michigan with only one of the names on the ballots is no different than the ballots in communist countries!!

    In a democracy we need a leader who plays by the rules!!

    April 27, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Stephan David

    Who's leading? The organizations who are getting filthy rich off of these campaigns, that's who!

    April 27, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. jim

    obama for president
    pure and simple

    April 27, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Stephan David

    How come Bill Moyer and Rev. Wright didn't get any press? A man accused of treasonous acts should be allowed to defend himself.

    Oh... wait a minute, I thought we were in America. My bad.

    April 27, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. fair play

    Hillary Clinton is if you take away all the pro-Obama advantages.

    April 27, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. by cheating

    By cheating, having the media ignore that you are playing dirty, by strategic playing of the race card (not fearmongering), thugging at caucuses, throwing away the votes of Fl and Mi- and inciting hatred, Obama is ahead by a nose.

    On a level playing field- Hillary would have trounced him by now.

    Keep kicking her, she ain't dead yet.

    April 27, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. BL / New York

    I can not wait to NOT vote for Obama.

    April 27, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. kick harder

    He kicked the good woman until she fell behind, then relaxed just a bit and she came roaring back.

    So now he is back to kicking, bashing, lying, and playing the race card.

    She is the winner no matter the outcome since the deck- or should I say the bandwagon- was stacked against her.

    April 27, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. kick harder

    Before or after the DNC, Howard Dean, the party leaders, the celebrities and the media swiftboated her?

    To most of us, Hillary is the winner.

    Always was and always will be.

    April 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. peter pan

    billary is losing, obama is winning.

    its time to fouse on G. Bush the Third!

    April 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Where is everyone?

    April 27, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. people's choice

    When all is said and done... Hillary wins.

    She suffered all the handicaps and Obama was given all the advantages.

    April 27, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. Dee from Texas

    What kind of question is that. You are the media and if you don't know who's leading the Democratic race, why would you be asking laymen.

    April 27, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. who cares

    You knocked the best candidate to loser's place.

    The guy left standing can't win.

    So we democrats can feel good about the half-black guy getting the nomination.

    Price to pay? Losing in Nov.

    April 27, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. politics of fear

    With just one more advantage- getting the SDs to vote for Obama out of fear of inciting racial tensions- Obama will finally steal the nomination. The Obamas have really skillfully used race to divide the party. Politics of fear?

    Whew... wouldn't want the AA to not vote or the newbies to stay home.

    Go Obama.

    April 27, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. Wayne

    Who's leading?. What a ludicrous question.

    April 27, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Dan (TX)

    Obama is leading by all legal measurements – total delegates. That's all that matters – plain and simple.
    Attempts by Clinton to "count" popular vote in states that violated party rules is pure wishful thinking on her part. She may as well count votes by people in other countries as well – for all the good it does her.
    If the Democratic party abides by its rules and the candidates abide by their written statements, this primary will be decided by the superdelegate votes.
    Wonder if it'll go down that way or not......

    April 27, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. Grif

    No More. You must really be Love Sodden, by the Idiot Obama..

    April 27, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Susan MO

    Hillary Clinton should win.

    Obama refused for a one on one debate with Clinton.

    The big question is WHY?

    He says to get over the 'tik & tak'.........................but it sounds like he is afraid for another debate.

    This is not good for one running for president,

    More changing to Clinton.

    April 27, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. Alice

    Obama is ahead in the delegate count and ahead in the popular vote

    what a dumb headline – "who's leading the democratic race?" -
    gee, I wonder who that could be

    April 27, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. Grif

    Well if you are??? I'm afraid Obama will have..l The Love Sick Blue's, come November.. If not before... Bias will get you Nowhere....

    April 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Cora Portland, Oregon

    OBAMA '08!!

    April 27, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. Divine inspired race

    Every so often in the history of mankind the universe sends him a blessing. We have that in Obama. Along with that blessing evil rears it's ugly head, we have that in Clinton. Furtunately goodness always has the last word.

    April 27, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. Sara from Arizona

    Big win???OBAMA 08'

    April 27, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. ross

    how does barack obama have time to go on fox news but he doesn't have time to have a real debate with hillary clinton? that doesn't make sense to me. it seems like if he is taking time away from meeting with voters he could take time to have one more debate.

    April 27, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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