June 2nd, 2008
08:07 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton reviewing 'options' - but says superdelegates could shift

 Clinton says she’s pressing on – but reviewing “available options.”
Clinton says she’s pressing on – but reviewing “available options.”

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) – Before leaving Puerto Rico, Hillary Clinton told reporters she is taking the presidential race “a day at a time” and is reviewing the “options available” as she moves ahead with her campaign.

“People have been trying to get me out of this race since Iowa and my political obituary has yet to be written and we’re going forward,” she said. (Related: Clinton says she's not ready for 'political obituary')

After Tuesday’s final two primaries, superdelegates will ultimately push either candidate up to the 2,118 delegates needed to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination. Barack Obama leads among this group, but Clinton pointed out superdelegates are always free to “change their minds” and she hopes they will evaluate her wins since February and the coalition of voters she’s pulled together.

“This has been such an intense process, I don’t think there has been a lot of time for reflection of the sort that I’m advocating which is okay we’ve had an extraordinary series of contests, I’m ahead in the popular vote, Senator Obama is ahead in the delegates … they’ve never been separated before,” she said.

“I think it’s only now that we’re finishing these contests that people are going to actually reflect. Who’s our stronger candidate? And I believe I am and I’m going to make that case and at some point it will either be accepted or it won’t be, but I feel strongly about making it.”

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
June 2nd, 2008
06:18 AM ET
7 years ago

Kennedy to have brain surgery Monday

 Sen. Edward Kennedy, right, leaves the hospital with his son Patrick on May 21.
Sen. Edward Kennedy, right, leaves the hospital with his son Patrick on May 21.

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) - Sen. Edward Kennedy announced Monday he will undergo surgery to treat a malignant brain tumor.

"Over the past several days, Vicki and I, along with my outstanding team of doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, have consulted with experts from around the country and have decided that the best course of action for my brain tumor is targeted surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation," the senator said in a statement.

"This morning, I will be undergoing surgery with Dr. Allan Friedman at Duke University Medical Center and expect to remain there to recuperate for approximately one week.

"Shortly thereafter, I will start radiation treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital and begin chemotherapy. After completing treatment, I look forward to returning to the United States Senate and to doing everything I can to help elect Barack Obama as our next president."

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Filed under: Ted Kennedy
June 2nd, 2008
06:13 AM ET
7 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 2, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas, CNN Washington Bureau

USA Today: Democrats' nomination duel is down to wire
Hillary Rodham Clinton celebrated a big primary victory Sunday in Puerto Rico, but the campaign of her rival Barack Obama says he will make history and clinch the Democratic presidential nomination this week.

CNN: Clinton claims victory in Puerto Rico
Sen. Hillary Clinton claimed victory in Puerto Rico on Sunday and insisted that she is leading Sen. Barack Obama in the popular vote.

USA Today: McCain to urge nations to cut funds to Iran
Presidential hopeful John McCain Monday will call on corporations and government institutions worldwide to pull their money out of Iran as a way to pressure the regime into giving up its nuclear ambitions.

Washington Post: McClellan Recounts Administration's Missed Chances After '04 Election
Believe it or not, even after a week of wall-to-wall media coverage, there's still grist to mull over from the new Scott McClellan memoir, "What Happened."

New York Sun: Scalia Decries Drift of Court on Religion
Justice Scalia, speaking at a time when gay marriage, public education, and the war on terror are creating cases that test the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, chose the banquet of a large group of Orthodox Jews here to declare that the Constitution should not be read to "banish the Almighty from the public forum."

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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
June 2nd, 2008
06:03 AM ET
7 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Monday, June 2, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas, CNN Washington Bureau

* Sen. Hillary Clinton flies from Puerto Rico to South Dakota where she will host two “Solutions for Securing South Dakota’s Future” events.

* Sen. John McCain speaks this morning at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual conference in Washington, DC before heading to Nashville this afternoon to hold a town hall meeting.

* Sen. Barack Obama holds an afternoon town hall meeting in Troy, Michigan after having spent the weekend campaigning throughout South Dakota.


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