May 11th, 2008
01:59 PM ET
10 years ago

Sunday Roundup: End of the road for Clinton?


(CNN) - This week’s Democratic primaries in North Carolina and Indiana brought disappointing results for the Clinton campaign. Senator Barack Obama handily won North Carolina by 14 points. While Senator Hillary Clinton edged out a win in Indiana, it was by just two points. Many political observers expected she would win handily.

After Tuesday’s results, several more superdelegates publicly endorsed Obama. Others have switched their vote from Clinton to the Illinois senator, including former senator and presidential nominee George McGovern.

With all these events in mind, the question of the week remains: Does Hillary Clinton have a chance to win the nomination, and if not, why hasn’t she dropped out? The Sunday morning circuit digs deep to find answers.

(Full roundup after the jump)

On CBS’ “Face the Nation”, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards stopped short of calling for Sen. Clinton to drop out of the race, but told host Bob Schieffer “The math is very, very hard for her.” He contrasted his own decision to bow out of the race, explaining that he thought “if I got out of the race, it would accelerate the process of one person pulling away. Well, I was obviously dead wrong about that.”


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stopped by ABC’s “This Week” to discuss the race to the White House. He defended Clinton staying in the race, telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “I think we have to play this out.” Sen. Reid (D-NV) is confident there’s plenty of time for the Democrats to finish out the primaries and campaign in the general election. “After that June 3rd date arrives, I think that Obama and Clinton will have a few days to make their case to the uncommitted delegates, and then the decision will be made, and we'll have a five-month general election.”


Fox News Sunday” had back-to-back interviews with two top insiders of the Clinton and Obama campaigns: Clinton strategist Howard Wolfson and Obama strategist David Axelrod. “I don't think she wants to impair our chances” of winning the general election, Axelrod told Fox’s Chris Wallace. However, Axelrod maintains that “we're coming to the end of the process.” Wolfson reiterated Senator Clinton’s position that she has no intention of dropping out of the race anytime soon. “She's going to keep going until she secures the nomination or until the nomination is decided in a different direction,” Wolfson said.


And on CNN’s “Late Edition” Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was asked if thought the race was effectively over. “Obama is clearly the frontrunner here,” Van Hollen said. “But until it's finally over, it's not over. And we'll just have to see how this plays out.” Congressman Van Hollen has declared himself neutral in this race.

soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Deborah

    nicely and kindly please report that OBAMA HAS OVERTAKEN CLINTONS LEAD IN SUPERDELEGATES

    thanks very much best news group in the universe : – ~

    May 11, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Independent

    Howard Wolfson, Terry McAuliffe, and Lanny Davis are political hacks who wants to give the Clinton machine a little more air time. None of them are man enough or big enough just to say that "We ran the good race", but we lost. To continue to continue their pitch that clinton can still win, is to give hope to their supporters in a lost effort. Now is the time for the party to unite and make sure McCain foes not win in November.

    May 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. bk

    The super delegates could not even wait for the people to vote. I think this whole democratic process has been a sham. Good luck I'm switching to McCain.

    May 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. MI 4 Obama!

    A previous story explains this pretty well....Hillary has about 20 million in debt, campaign money she can't use unless she is the nominee, and a superdelegate trying to "sell" his vote for 20 million under the guise of the money being used to register Latino voters.

    I certainly don't want someone who handles their campaign like this trying to run the country!

    VOTE OBAMA 08 & 12!

    May 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Hillary can't win the nomination and she won't drop out until the "right" person(s) tell her. The question remains, who is the right person(s). The more I think about It , Chelsea may be the only one encouraging her to stay and and may be the only one Hillary will listen to at this point.

    May 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Charlotte

    I will write in Hillary Clinton in November. I urge all her supporters to do the same. We are capable of winning the presidency in November. We can do it, yes we can. FDR won as a write in and he did not have the internet to help out. Blog it big time... we can do it. The Obama-bots want to call us names, lets show them how much they managed to lose for their guy. They are vile and disgusting and think they are better then all us who support Hillary. They call us low lifes, stupid, hillbillies and everything else they can think of. I say, lets show them a thing or two. Hillary all the way...

    May 11, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Jan from Boca Raton Fl

    Don't count Hillary out just yet.
    She may not be the nominee, but there are going to be millions of people that are going to write her name on the ballot.

    There are many reasons Clinton supporters will not vote for Obama.

    If it's not Clinton for President then it Will be John Mccain.

    May 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. fred

    Never the end of the Road....forge a new frontier Hillary!!

    Run as an Independent if the DNC gives it to Obama!!

    Go Hillary...if not Hillary then McCain!!

    May 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. matt

    Let the the voices of the people in the remaining states including Michigan and Florida be heard.

    May 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Doug, WV







    May 11, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Right

    To those many Obama supporters who continually blog:

    "I cannot find one reason why a Democrat would not vote for Obama other than racism "

    Statements like the above (from an Obama supporter) are incredible in their arrogance, naivete, and stupidity. As a lifelong democrat I have always voted Democratic until this year.

    I have to tell you that while I find some of what Obama says inspiring, I DO have many reasons- all policy, character, issue based and none due to racism – that WILL keep me from voting for Obama. ( by the way I am in an inter racial marriage with inter racial children)

    An issue that has become more and more obvious to me (and others) is the incredible filthy, vulgar, hateful arrogance of Obama supporters.
    This reflects poorly on any candidate you purport to support.

    Despite the ALL American Idol image embraced by a biased media, Obama IS NOT a savior, nor omnipotent, nor infallible. He's just a pandering, hypocritical, lying candidate.

    I think many of you Democrats have bottled up your angst for so long that you're allowing it to whip you into a dangerous cult-like frenzy.

    Know this: The world is complicated, and your simplistic views of how things will change are most likely NOT going to happen. It's NOT because those who disagree with you are evil nor are Americans the anti-christ.

    It's because the world is complicated and the U.S. is filled with people that think only of themselves (liberals are much more this way than conservatives, by the way).

    Get over yourselves, and realize that pretty much everybody is as smart as you…maybe more so

    May 11, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. nope

    Only if you don't believe in democracy.

    I would rather write in Hillary Clinton than vote for Obama or McCain.

    Obama is too crooked to consider and the country will spin into demise if he ever becomes our president.

    May 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. LMAO

    It's still not too late to turn this thing back around! Somebody get in there and ask Hill how she manages her hair!

    May 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. a little sad

    Leiberman coming out for McCain reminds us that the Democratic party has an almost bottomless ability to shoot itself in the foot.

    Lieberman is an Independent because he lost in a highly charged primary to a more liberal democratic challenger, then ran as an independent and won overwhelmingly. Sometimes the primary process just makes bad politics

    Democrats really do need to look at electability. Now Obama is antagonizing older voters who historically have been a very strong constituency with the highest rate of voters who actually vote.

    Obama will "explain away" that he did not mean to demean McCain for his age, but he's had just too much to 'explain away'.

    For a person who is supposed to be such an inspirational speaker, he can't think on his feet or speak effectively extemporaneously. Any actor can read a script, we need a President who doesn’t need to wait for someone to write his responses for him.

    In the general election, Clinton is much more likely to bring the Presidency back to the Democrats.

    May 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Harry Christiansen

    Clinton is now using the race card. Her comments about uneducated white people voting for her .. what an insult to the white workers in this country.! Her claiming that white workers are uneducated is really very insulting and degrading to American's. I am one of these white hard workers that does not have a college education and I resent her insinuation that I am somehow ignorant. I would not vote for her if she was the only name on the ballot. Thank God that we have Obama to vote for.

    May 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Theogracias

    The old Clinton cadillac has a wheel in the ditch and is out of gas. A lifetime of persuing power no mater the cost...shameful and sad.

    May 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Eddie

    Is the Clinton clan so power hungry that they just cannot accept defete or does she want to make sure she splits the party so Obama cannot win and she can say,I told you so,nah nah nah!

    May 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. who can say

    I think about 14 Million or more Americans feel that she is truly what the country needs right now.

    I don't expect we will bow down at the shrine of the great Obama.

    We can simply follow our heart, conscience and judgement and write in Hillary Clinton.

    May 11, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. linda hemmingsen

    What is with you people telling clinton to get out of the race?as a canadian i am appalled at the media and the democrats at their instistance of her getting out.What a way to treat her, boy if these are your friends that are stabbing you in the back you sure don't need eniemies. what i don't understand is eveyone of the superdelegets going for obama? don't they know of his sleazy connections in chicago? they like his marist views for america ? this is the presidency!people wake up!

    May 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. nate

    Enuff has been said about this that you dont need my opinion. I will say tho that if she keeps up this divisive c–p like singling out hard working white ppl" we will run her out of nyc on a rail.

    May 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. Dorothy Willis

    If Hillary Clinton cared anything about the Dem party, she would exit the race with grace and try to bring the party together for the sake of winning in November. The longer she stays in the race only proves that Hillary is for Hillary, not the interest of the party. Her attempt to prove that she is more electable, is spliting the party and making it very hard for her to take the number 2 slot if offered. Her ego is like the horns of a devil; They're very obvious.

    May 11, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. too dissatisfied

    Hillary will never be over, done or forgotten.

    She is the only hope for the nation.

    We do not like the other 2 options nearly as well.

    Many will still write her name in in Nov.

    May 11, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Alain Mpinga

    There is a diffrence between being "educated" vs. being "learned."
    After reading 95% of the notes (blogs) on CNN, here are some conclusions:
    1.Hillary's supporters may be learned, but they are not educated. That is, they show gross negligence in doing research to uncover the truth.

    2. Majority of Hillary's supporters write using "uppercase" letters, suggesting that they are rude, bitter, and inconsiderate.

    3. Like their candidate, most of Obama supporters are very humble and put this nation "first". Wealth and greed are seen as secondary or remote issues

    4. after all of the lies and disinformaiton about Barack is going up in smoke as past political propaganda. We are now witniessing history unfolding before our very eyes, as the nations' first Democratically elected black man gets voted into the highest position of authority in the country. I can honestly say that I am proud to be an American again. Thank you Barack, for being a true leader.

    May 11, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. no extreme

    Most of us don't live in the far left nor the far right.

    So Hillary was the ideal.

    The old men washington insiders and drooling media pundits- you all know who you are- threw everything at Hillary.

    We still will vote for her.

    May 11, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Tony, Miami

    To all Clinton and Obama I suggest that you read "Seeds of destruction by Bob Herbert in the New York Times" and "Is she a Trojan Rabbit" by Maureen Dowd.

    May 11, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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