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. bigben

    How many double votes in NC? was it really a 14 point win

    May 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. bill pike

    when someone cares only for themselves and starts using EVERY card in the deck to get their own way, even the race card, it makes no difference is billary drops out or not-the clintons over and over prove they are out for one thing-the clintons. MILLIONS OFF NAFTA AND TELLING THE COAL MINERS "THEY UNDERSTAND THEIR PROBLEM". clinton joined with mcbush to get us into a war that had nothing to do with 911 and now she is ready to bomb iran, well after she wins the medal of honor in the sniper fire problem. we have had a set back by the bush/clinton dynasty and i supported bush when this mess started, YOU CANNOT CHANGE WASHINGTON WITHOUT GETTING RID OF BUSH/CLINTON.

    May 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. bigben

    Ok people goto Obama's web page and go to Hillary Clinton's web page. People on Hillary web page are nice and really no bad mouthing of BO.
    Now go to Obamas , people there are nasty and the things said about Hillary was just plain mean. I have seen like the Philly that got put to sleep , them saying the same should be done to Hillary.
    I will not join with them . They are full of to much hate.

    May 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Brian Ford

    Well this Clinton supporter will now be voting for McCain come November.

    I hope you all are happy and when we loose the White house we can thank all the Obama supporters for the next mess we will be in.

    May 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Anne

    hasnt the fat lady been singing for a while now. Give it up Hilary and leave with at least some of your dignity intact.

    May 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. dick

    Now that the Bush machine, the media and the Independant republicans have picked the Democratic nominee they can shift into high gear, with names like Resco and Wright. And you will here, about 180 days of experiance in his last Job now he want to be boss. After all look at what a great job he did in Chicago, the police there say they are out gunned. But at least law abiding citizens don't have guns.

    May 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    She should soldier on so we can keep enjoying the hypothetical "stuff that could happen" necessary for her to actually win– Obama, Wright and Rezko in various combinations funding arms for jihadists, and the like. You never plead guilty because the cops and witnesses may die.

    May 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Noah

    The media is the only one's wanting Hillary out. She was not expected to win NC, her goal was to win Indiana, and she did. This ridiculous spin just proves once and for all that the MSM has it out for Clinton. We keep hearing that this was a sign. Well, before those primaries, most experts( and I use that term lightly) suggested that Hillary only need to win Indiana to keep her alive. The media is distorting the real picture here. Also, in NC, why is it not being reported that the win is not 14 points, as we now have discovered that thousands of votes for Obama have been counted twice..This is a disgrace.

    The media does not get to chose our President, even though they have been very good a doing just that this year. Hillary Clinton should fight this out to the end, even taking it to the convention if need be. Thats what the convention is for Obama supporters. Hillary leads the votes among all democrats. Its a shame that party interferance to destroy Hillary will actually give us a weaker candidate to go up against John McCain. Mark my words, if Hillary is not the nominee,the republicans will hold on to the White House. You have been had....

    May 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Margaret Peters

    Obama is leading in superdelegates, pledged delegates, the popular vote and the number of states won. Tim Russert displayed a chart showing that Clinton would have to get 77% or 88% of the vote in the remaining primaries, depending on whether the Michigan and Florida delegates are included. She has never gotten that high a percentage and she knows she cannot get it.

    Clinton has stooped to playing the race card again: "hard working Americans, white Americans" without a college education won't support Obama. It's obvious she plans to use the results of the WVA and KY primaries to try to convince some of the superdelegates to go against the decision of the majority of the Democratic voters. That will alienate many Democrats, especially the first-time/young voters the party needs, give the victory to McCain and weaken the Democratic Party for years to come.

    May 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Emphatically _not_ the end of the road until the DNC has been worked over on the May 31 and any FL and MI credentialling fights have been fought to the last "petition denied" order. Meanwhile Obama boasts and McCain coasts.

    May 11, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA




    May 11, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Sheila WA

    If this were Obama behind in states won, votes won, delegates won, super delegates won, they (DNC) would have shoved him right out the back door and crowned Hillary the nominee. They ( DNC ) are just being too gracious to a candidate that has done much harm to the Dem party.

    May 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. 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!

    This why I hate posting comments on your blog, cnn. it takes you decades to get thru moderation.

    May 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Ken

    If the "media" would stop being unfair to Hillary and give her the EQUAL air time instead of being partial to Obama, things would look so much different. Hillary Clinton will end up being the Nominee and will make the news media look so wrong, and will need to give Hillary Clinton an apopogy for the way they covered the news.

    Obama DOES NOT have what it takes to become our next President. He lacks the talen, skills, knowledge nor the experience to even beat McCain in November.

    We need Hillary Clinton to become the "nominee" for she is the one that DOES HAVE the talent, skills, knowledge and the experience to beat John McCain in November and go on to become our next President. She can start making the changes from day one, while if Obama is the next president, we would end up have a "ROOKIE" or "OJT" president, and we will find ourselves in a deeper mess than we already are in!

    May 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Sue P / Emporium, PA

    The math is against her even if they split the remaining 6 primary contests and even in the 3 she may win, she wins by 70%. Mathematically Obama IS the democratic nominee.

    Why is she staying in the race.........hmmmmmmm.... she is probably working on her new brew (divisivness) while stirring the pot (she only gets white uneducated voters & female white voters) with more eye of neut and frogs legs.

    Even the Great and Powerful OZ cant help her now.

    Older WHITE FEMALE voter for OBAMA

    May 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. David Goldman for OBAMA





    May 11, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Keith

    Does Clinton have a chance? ummmm..... let me think.... NO!!

    May 11, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. JC

    I am sure she can write another book about her primary so we can hear her side of the story at a price.

    May 11, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA








    May 11, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Mike

    Hillary ! You cunning monster!! I saw you and Uncle Tom, Charlie Rangel at your NYC fundraiser. You plan to wait and fool the white voters of W. VA. Then announce your choice for your Black Vice President running mate Rangel. Grab the white vote in W. VA. and KY. then kiss up to the black vote too. My god woman. You are the master of deciet!

    May 11, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Zoe

    Part of what makes a candidate for this level worthy, is knowing how to concede with dignity and marshal support for one's opponent in
    a way thats speaks to maturity and selfless service to one's country.

    Hillary is now, painful to watch and listen to. Doesn't anyone in her camp, respect her enough, to tell her its over and she will look much better initiating closure than being dragged through it.

    May 11, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Chris in Missouri

    I've wanted to point this out previously, and maybe this is NOT the best post in which to make this reply, but...

    The Indiana and North Carolina results were actually more skewed in Sen. Obama's favor than the press has indicated, due to rounding. When I reviewed the actual vote totals on Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Clinton had less than a 1.5% lead (in believe it was about 50.74% to 49.26%) in Indiana, while Sen. Obama was actually more than 15% points ahead in North Carolina. The fact that candidate percentages are being reported in whole percentage points results in this variation.

    May 11, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Oregon

    Well the math is imoossible and it is written all over the US and the of the world on every body's TV sreen.
    The Democratic party is losing its standard by letting Clinton to ask what works in her favor when she want no matter what the rules were. Rulee are rules Florida and Michican must not be seated in the convention in Denver this summer because they disqualify themselves.If they seat Florida and Michigan the party will have no future power on any states primaries. They will decide their primary whenever they want because they will view the Democratic party as powerless.
    God loves America and he resists the proud and he punishes the recist one.

    May 11, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Chris, Middletown, CT

    It was over a long time ago....Hillary is the only one who doesn't know (HRC that you have some time....maybe research Obamas positions on his website...and stop parrotting this "all talk" deal Hillary suggested you say – and then research Hillarys record (how many cabinet meetings she attended...etc) – and her connection and support to Saul really angry that you were lied to...really angry...because....contrary to what you think...they don't "all do it" – there is no evidence that Obama lied even once....

    May 11, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. R. Squibbs

    All this breathless speculation in the media is pointless. The race will be over on June 4, when the majority of remaining superdelegates will throw their support behind Obama. At that point I doubt Clinton will try to press the matter, since I don't think she really aims to hurt the party, however incredulous she may be that she's not the nominee.

    It's time to turn our attention to the general election, and to work to get Obama, and as many Dem members of congress as possible, elected.

    May 11, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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