May 11th, 2008
01:59 PM ET
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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. JAZZ

    The record shows that politics CHANGE overnight. Obama has publicly disrespected Farrakhan at the behest of the "Man" more than one time. Now he has dissed Rev Wright. These two men influence the majority of the young black voters in Chicago and its surburbs and not a few older black voters. Can Obama win IL without the black vote?
    Will there be an October surprise from Farrakhan? Time will tell.
    Remember DNC. there are no caucuses in the general election.

    May 11, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. alex

    it very true

    May 11, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. elizabeth richards

    CNN are you conning oops sorry counting Hillary's private under the table super delegates endorsement? Every other news agency has OBAMA leading in superdelegates you still have continuing to narrow the lead. Is yourmath the same as HILLARY'S and her supporters?

    May 11, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Tim Mathews

    Change is an empty word

    May 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. shannonL

    It is a done deal, the Dems have once again found a way to cut their own throats.

    The Dems have failed to see the depths of racism in their own party and will see more voters stay home than Obama has brought in over the past couple of months.

    The Dems will lose important racist voters in the swing states they need to is the truth..a painful and sad truth, but none the less...the truth.

    May 11, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. love2008

    Everyone thinks its over except of course cnn. You dont want it to ever be over so you keep fanning the flames of doubt and strife among democrats. it's over! Clinton cannot overtake Obama. Its finished cnn! Let it go. God!

    May 11, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Karen

    CNN, you know and I know, the race was over.
    The question is when it is the end of your continuous pushing for Clinton joint ticket and broadcasting her as if her campaign is still alive.

    May 11, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Concerned Dem

    It is so over for Hillary that we need another word for over. Time for the party to unite behind Obama. Time for the Superdelgates who are obviously afraid of the Clintons to come out of the shadows and do the right thing for the good of the party. To all the stupid Democrats that would rather vote for McCain than for Obama - it is no wonder that the Republicans beat Democrats at this game over and over again. They line up behind their candidates no matter thier flaws. Don't be stupid!!

    May 11, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. paul oregon

    its amazing that if all the politicans were as good at there job as they are at double talk everything would be just rosey

    May 11, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. The Media is Running for President

    The media says this today and after West Virginia and Kentucky they will question Obama's electability. It is a dog and pony show, but for the first time in an election the bias of moderators and news networks are being made very clear. They want Hillary to win. I guess they are afraid all those promises of "exclusive" interviews won't pay off for them.

    But you know what...America is wanting OBAMA TO WIN! We KNOW he is electable.

    May 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Venus

    If I re-call – it was the media that said it's over for Hillary!!!

    I am glad that there are a few more states and since those people want to vote the race have to play-out! Plus – it costs money to have primaries. Considering Hillary's campaign is broke – it's good this is almost over!

    I like how this is starting to play out with Obama the winner!

    Good race – good fight – but

    Go Obama!

    May 11, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Lance

    Hillary 08! As a Florida resident i want to know why Obama has derailed ever attempt to count Floridas votes for a democratic nominee? Hillary won our state fair and square, Both names were on the ticket in FL and no one campaigned there so we should be counted in full. I can say one thing from talking to many florida voters if Florida's votes are not fully counted in choosing the nominee the democrats are going to lose to the republicans in the state of Florida.

    Many are already talking if Florida votes are not counted in full for democratic nominee then we will vote republican come November.

    Wake up democratic party.

    Hillary for Presdient 08!

    May 11, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. mitchell from arkansaw

    it's over hillary.there's nothing left for you to us defeat mccain ,in the fall,please!we cannot afford to lose this electionmbecause of your ego.obama didn't win this nomination,hillary lost it.she should not have joined with mccain ,in attacking obama.big mistake.

    May 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Andrew

    I'm Obama all the way, but leave the girl alone. She will leave when the numbers are there, just as Mike Huckabee withdrew once McCain secured the nomination. Indeed, the numbers aren't there for her to win, but she has a valid response. It will definitely make interesting writing come the time for historians to write about this, so let it run its course.

    Obama '08

    May 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Rob I

    I personally feel that we are being set up for banner headlines on Wednesday concerning Obama's 30-40 point loss in West Virginia – "Was the media wrong," etc.

    All of the remaining primaries will happen and I presume that both candidates will actively compete in all of them. There will still be time for stories about whether or not the media spoke too soon – West Virginia and Kentucky particularly – as well as stories about the delegate math (after Oregon).

    Here we go again.

    May 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |






    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. IF, Lisbon

    Democrat leaders do not want to risk alienating Clinton supporters by seeming to be edging her out. The problem is, Hilllary won't bow out gracefully, she'll probably undermine Obama every step of the way with some "misstatements".

    So, the Dems will possibly end up with a not too irritated Clinton, and a Republican president. Hillary will go for the dirty bomb option.

    May 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. carolyn

    I think she should stay in until they do something about mi. and fla. Cause how do we know who is really in the lead until they do? And it will be an unfair battle until then.

    May 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Coleman R. Brice, Asbury Park, NJ

    Why hasn’t she dropped out? Let me cou t the ways:

    Self Delusion
    Grandiose sense of self importance

    At least she lies to herself too!

    May 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. citical view

    This year’s the Democrat nomination is the most skewed process in terms of races, genders, and ages. The most severe skewer is the race. Take the NC primary as an example. 93% African Americans (AFA) voted for Obama, while only 39% of the rest voted for him. Yet, he had a big win (14%) over Hillary Clinton. Do you know that Hillary would need 30% AFA votes or 73% of non-black votes just to tie Obama? This over 90% AFA support of Obama has been the prevailing key for Obama’s lead in the primary contest. What is wrong in this process? It has given Obama a free ride, and has skewed Hillary’s broader supports. The caucus procedure and the DNC mishandling of the FL and MI primaries have helped Obama further. So I have an advice for Hillary: continue fighting for the nomination until the last votes is cast. If you are not nominated, then run as an independent in November. You have the broadest supports, and you can beat both McCain and Obama in the general election.

    May 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Nick

    It's starting to become clear that Huckabee is not the only one who "majored in miracles". She's undeniably changed her message and strategy multiple times throughout this race, hopelessly trying to find the Hillary Clinton that people will "buy into", never realizing that America won't be content to sit back and watch her try to figure out what we want to hear. She's appeared desparate and disingenuous on too many occasions. I hear many Clinton supporters try to suggest that the DNC, the Obama campaign, the media, or any number of factors have wrongfully denied her the nomination. She did it to herself, with the lies, the negative campaigning, and the obvious political spin she tries to put on everything. To be honest, I find a good amount of her campaign tactics insulting to my intelligence as a voter. Now we get to watch the trainwreck that is sure to be her exit. It seems the Clintons hate to lose so badly, that they can't manage to do it gracefully.

    May 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. LaLa in KCMO

    Even when Obama is nominated, she is not going to go down quietly. She has something up her sleeves.

    Obama 2008 and 2012
    Yes We Can. And We Are.

    May 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Cherokee

    They could always "give" it to her and claim she can beat McCain. It's not whether you win or loose, it's how you "play" the game. Everyone is watching.

    May 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Michael in MO

    For those of you who still don’t get it, let me try to make this crystal clear. Its not that we don’t “like” Obama – hell, he’s probably a nice guy in some respects. But this is a job interview for the presidency, not American Idol. He has proven himself to be a racist, a hypocrite, and a pathological liar. In short, he has a lot of growing up yet to do. If he were anyone else, his resume would have been in the can months ago. But – and let’s be honest here – its not who he is, but what he stands for.

    Its simple folks – there is absolutely no way he will be president. Millions and millions of democrats, republicans, and independents will see to it this Nov. As painful as it is to say, McCain may be old, but he is far more qualified to lead. This is not about party loyalty, it is about what is best for our country – our future. Mark my words, Obama will not make it to the presidency – we will see to it.

    May 11, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Peachy Keen

    Clinton will win West Virginia. So what? It means nothing. For the Clinton campaign to be making some big issue out of that fact is ridiculous. The Superdelegates are going to keep rolling Obama's way. It is over for Billary. Why in heavens name would the Clinton Campaign think that her winning West Virginia is a 'game changer' or have any affect on the race at all. These people are desperate and making themselves look more foolish every day.

    Regarding the fact her campaign is 20 mil in debt, 11 of that which is owed to her. I want to know if she is charging the campaign interest, which means future donors would have to put a profit in her pocket. Why are things like this not disclosed in the campaign spending reports? And why did she LOAN the money to her campaign? Why not just give it if she wanted to be president so bad. Romney gave his money to his campaign, he didn't LOAN it.l

    May 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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