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. Joe Alexander

    We are at a point that she knows she can not win. The money that is spent on staying in and not sure if the Clinton's can pay off the debt that they have incurred should be an indication to to any sain person to say I gave it a good try but came up short. With people struggling to pay for gas today and she is going to throw all this money out the window to end up with the same result of coming in second. This is the problem with all the people in politics being out of touch with the people.

    May 11, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Jim Russell

    Ironically, my wife and I were very early supporters of Bill Clinton until we learned that the Clinton's will burn the village if necessary to get what they want. So, all we can do is hold our breath until this primary is over.

    May 11, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Yes, there is a very slim chance that the stars would align and something terrible would happen with the Obama campaign and the voters will change thier voting patterns and the entire country MIGHT see that they have been wrong re: Obama and will rise up in one clear and loud voice and demand that Hillary Clinton be the nominee. That COULD happen.

    Odds are highly against that. And we are already seeing the money stop betting on the Clinton horse.

    May 11, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. brandon

    hillary will win, she won't drop out

    May 11, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. d4obama

    It's over. It's been over. Hillary is the most selfish person I have witnessed short of George W.

    She is not what people in America. We want CHANGE. Can someone who loves her let her know please? Tell her that the time to bow out gracefully is about to expire. The game is over. And Terry, Lanny Davis, and that awful Kiki, please go away too.

    May 11, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Hillary will be President

    Hillary doesn't need to drop out at al. NEVER!

    No political observer thought Hillary was going to win Indiana. She was ahead weeks prior to the contest, but for the entire two weeks before the contest, the polls were even. No one was ahead and no one was behind. That's a lie you just worte in this article.

    It's funny that people actually think he can win in Novmeber when ironically, the reason why Obama is winning some unimportant states is because of Republicans that won't vote for him in November and because of black people, a minority now smaller than hispanics.

    With half the states Obama won, Hillary has more electoral colleges for a general election.

    Break your voting pattern America!!! Vote for someone that can actually do something. Obama is a repetition of Bush in year 2000. And you keep on falling very stupidly.

    My consolation will be that Obama won't win in November if he gets the nomination. As a Hillary supporter, I will NEVER vote for Obama.

    Hillary 2008 all the way!

    May 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Tab

    The nomination should be decided in a different direction. She represents the same ole Washington politics and this country needs to go in a different direction.

    May 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. anna

    Clinton staying in the race will not harm the Democratic Party for the general election. Whatever voters may feel now, will be totally different in November. When this first started, I was excited to see Obama running, as I wasn't a big fan of Clinton or Edwards. Obama has failed to impress with his plans, interviews, and debates. Unless he's making a speech, he comes across as inexperienced, unsure, as one who can inspire change but not capable of bringing it. He's personable, funny, I like him like I like President Bush. I can't sit through a whole Clinton speech, but her plans are comprehensive, her debates and interviews are warm, engaging, funny (Clinton? I'm shocked too!). She has a presence that's commanding and confident. I love how excited she gets when she talks health care, economy. Has she lied, pandered? Of course, all politicians do. All people do. Obama has not gotten where he is today, this quickly, by playing nice. I don't like him, or Clinton, less for it. In the fall, I'll compare Obama to McCain, just as I've been comparing him to Clinton, and hopefully, against McCain, he won't fall short.

    May 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Bridgette - PA

    If Barack were wearing Hillary's shoes, this would not be going on right now because people would have been calling for him to drop out back in March! This is crap and the fact that the news networks keep saying "she could still win it" "anythings possible in politics" is one of the reasons that Hillary won't stop. It's not fair how Barack was treated during this whole campaign season. However, God has spoken now and we all know that Barack is the nominee. Now, if the devil would get off of Hillarys shoulder telling her to keep going, we could focus on McSame.


    May 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Not only has the fat lady sung, she's already won a grammy for her performance!

    Good-bye Presidency, hello Vice-Presidency.

    May 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Jane, NC

    Despite the fact that Senator Clinton was far ahead in the polls, an Obama-biased media and the ridiculous caucuses and "rules" of the DNC are handing the nomination to Obama. Obama decided to use Martin Luther King's "fierce urgency of now" slogan for his own self-centered needs and to advance his own career. He and those who helped him have cheated us out of a rare window of opportunity to elect a woman who would have probably been the most capable president in our history at a time when our country desperately needed solutions to serious problems. Real families are hurting, and now, we may have a self-centered amateur in the White House. Not only that, it is Obama, not Clinton, who has left the democrat party bitterly divided. Clinton will keep her word and do everything she can to see that he gets elected if he wins the nomination, but if he doesn't, I imagine we should be prepared for the media to blame her. I believe it's time for women to begin marching again.

    May 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. No Deal For Hillary

    Please, please let it be the end of the road for Clinton. We are so tired of the fake sincerity, finding her voice, the gas tax holiday, snipers in Bosnia, and all the other bunk. It's time for Hillary to step aside. She's lost the popular vote and now she can't steal the election through the supers.

    Goodbye Hillary. It's about time.

    May 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Susan MO

    Clinton supporters are drinking too much Kool-Aid. However, with limit money or NSF there will be no more Kool-Aid and we will have a lot of Junkies run around. I hope McCain can afford to give them new Kool-AId.

    Or they can come to Obama's Rehab Center.

    Obama will bring change to Washington. No more Kool-Aid. CHANGE

    OBAMA 08

    May 11, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Noclinton

    Hillary should step down for the good of the party, and throw her support behind Obama. The longer she continues to let the process play out, the more it plays into McCain's hands come November.

    May 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. NinaK

    Senator Obama has run a near flawless campaign while Hilliary has run a poortly organized campaign with lots of infighting, loose tongues, race cards, gender cards, slander, kitchen sinks, 3:00 AM fear ad, division of states = only big states with big delegates count while the smaller states are not important and do not matter, and the caucus states are not important, do not count and are undemocratic, (Hilliary and her campaigned divided these states and the voters as important or not important). How shameful and shameless is this?? Earlier today Clinton told her audience to turn off their TVs. My goodness, looks like Hilliary is not only the decider, she has now become the dictator.....does she think she is in Cuba or China?? I find that woman downright frightening to say the least!

    May 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. carlo

    She can't win, and she should know this. It boggles the mind how this woman lost the lead she had. Her campaign has been the most mismanaged of all time, and she let Obama outsmart her. Obama, a virtual unknown, is more in tune with the people, which is ironic right now because a lot of people have called him elitist. He has tapped into something, and it really reflects in the results.

    May 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Yes, there is a very slim chance that the stars would align and something terrible would happen with the Obama campaign and the voters will change thier voting patterns and the entire country MIGHT see that they have been wrong re: Obama and will rise up in one clear and loud voice and demand that Hillary Clinton be the nominee. That COULD happen.

    Odds are highly against that. And we are already seeing the money stop betting on the Clinton horse.

    May 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Tim

    We need to face the facts...It's over. The sad fact is that her campaign manager thinks they are in good shape. Let's get real and wake up an smell the coffee. The campaign is $20M in debt with six contest left!!! Now she is considering loaning her campaign more money. I think an audit is in order. Need to know the breakout of the campaign debt as well as a repayment plan. Does that debt count the $11.4M she has loaned in the past? Also need to know what interest rate she will receive on the money she loaned. I'm not very happy to know that after all is said and done Senator Clinton will make a profit on the money she loaned!!!

    May 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Terry H

    She's not going to drop out because the will of the people keep her there! The PEOPLE of the democratic party want a leader we can trust and believe in. The people haven't been fooled and neither has Hillary. The arm twisting, the manipulating, the exclusion of 2 primary, high delegate count states. This thing has been rigged from the beginning. Fortunately there are enough of us practical democrats who see thru the bull and will prevent Obama from ever representing us in this country. He may have the nomination bought and paid for but there are millions of us praying that God intervenes and that the evil of the lying manipulators does not prevail. No Obama, not now, not ever!

    May 11, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. Jane

    She lost the popular vote because people were laughing hysterically over that fake Southern accent she kept using to pander for more votes. Now she can get on her broom and fly off with her evil flying monkeys.

    May 11, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. elaine

    Hilliary desperately needs to win the White House before the biggest campaign fraud in History trial begins in Novemeber...that way...if she does manager to claw her way into the White House than they will put the trial off because they don't want to throw our President in jail. I really feel sorry for her as she can't stand the thought of not having the power to blow Iran up.

    May 11, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. Independent

    Nananana-nanananaHeyheyhey...god bye. Everyone knows this
    except the crazy lady in the brightly colored pantsuit!

    May 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Eki Ehizele

    Haba! Hillary. This is getting embarrasing.

    May 11, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Jim Hahn, Santa Rosa, California

    Stick a fork in it Hillary, your turkey is cooked.

    May 11, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. fedup with obama /fl

    Now it is time for obamba to find away out of this race before he loses the general election as a lifelong democrat past county demo. chair I have never saw a canidate this unqualified to be the President of the the greatest nation in the world. I feel sorry for those people who cannot accept the truth about Obamba. After 4 more years of the Mccainbush white house we will all suffer except those that have been a voting for someone that cannot win and they know this is true. Maybe after these four years of allowing the rich to control our goverment CLINTON will be able to become our president and she can say truthfuly I TOLD YOU HE COULD NOT BE ELECTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    May 11, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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