March 30th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Sunday morning round-up: Should Sen. Clinton drop out?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - This week, the spirited back-and-forth between the camps of Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama led some in the Democratic Party to suggest that Clinton bow out of the race in order to unify Democrats against Sen. John McCain in the general election. The debate over whether it was time for Clinton to exit the race dominated the Sunday morning political talk show circuit.

CNN’s “Late Edition” featured a showdown between two Democratic strategists, Clinton supporter James Carville and Jamal Simmons, who backs Obama. Carville quickly downplayed any suggestion that Clinton drop out.

“The Clinton campaign has not had one one-second meeting about getting out of the race,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “Calling on her to get out of the race is…going to hurt him in terms of getting votes. And it is going to make it more difficult to reconcile the party.”

Simmons responded that it’s the negativity coming from the Clinton campaign that’s tearing the Democratic Party apart. He said that Democrats “feel like Senator Clinton is fighting Barack Obama like he's a Republican and not fighting him like he's a fellow Democrat.”

On CBS’ “Face the Nation”, former presidential candidate-turned Obama supporter Bill Richardson told host Bob Schieffer that while he has no issue with Senator Clinton staying in the race, he feels an Obama nomination is inevitable. “I personally believe that Senator Obama is reaching a stage where his lead is insurmountable,” Richardson said. He later added, “[But] I don't agree with those that say that Senator Clinton needs to drop out.”

Richardson also responded to comments by Carville, who was recently quoted by the New York Times as comparing the New Mexico governor to Judas for supporting Obama. Richardson, who served in the cabinet of former President Bill Clinton, said he would not stoop to Carville's level.

ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” featured Clinton surrogate and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who chided Obama supporters for attempting to end the nomination process before all states have their say. “It's a disgrace that the Obama forces say, he's won the popular vote so he should be the nominee,” Rendell told Stephanopoulos.

Senator John Kerry, who has endorsed Barack Obama, also spoke with Stephanopoulos.  He argued that his own experience as the Democratic presidential nominee taught him an important lesson. “This time right now is critical to us,” said Kerry. “We began four years behind George Bush, and I think every day does give John McCain an ability to organize nationally. So the sooner we resolve it, the better.”

Related: Richardson: 'I'm not going to stoop to Carville's level'

–CNN's Jessica Rummel

soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. An "old" Dem

    First of all, why is Carvill (hence Clinton) given a "free" ride?? And, why would "anyone" listen to a racist and a bigott like Rendell????????
    Secondly, I would ask the following: If the places were reversed, would the Clintons' be calling for Obama to drop out? I think we all know the answer to that one!!!

    "It needs to end; and, NOW"!!!

    March 30, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. fair play

    If Obama wins he wins by cheating- and that is NO win at all.

    He lawyered up to block the votes in Fl and Mi from counting.

    He thugged his way to wins via the absurd caucus format.

    He is changing the rules of how superdelegates work.

    The media sabotaged Hillary's chances by spreading myths of how she is hated (NOT!) and unelectable (so why the tie?)

    March 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. why?

    Why should she quit?

    She would be ahead and winning if the votes in Fl and Mi counted.

    And if the caucus format had not prevented her demographic from voting.

    March 30, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. ben

    Hillary isn't atacking Obama nearly as much as Fox news! To be fair, Fox news is also atacking her. Fox and hannity(the lower case "h" is no accident. He doesn't deserve an upper case letter) and Limbaugh are the culprits trying to destroy the democratic party. Actually limbaugh doesn't deserve upper case letter on his last name either!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Manuel TX

    12 million plus voters support Hillary, and they don't want her to drop out.

    Keep fighting Hillary! 🙂

    March 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Grif

    With, or without Hillary! Obama can't win now.
    So if he gets the nomination. He is a Sure, if not a Sore Loser.

    Come November in the Election itself... He can't Win!!
    Against John McCain...

    March 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Brad

    Carville sounded pathetic on the CNN show. No matter what question was asked, he obsessively harped on how some Dems would be turned off if people kept asking Hillary to drop out. He failed to mention how this all started with Hillary suggesting that Obama, in the lead, be her VP affect telling him to drop out.

    Carville is a snake.

    March 30, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Jot

    Of course if you are an Obama supporter you would like to see Clinton out of the race. Unfortunately neither Obama nor Clinton has the delegates needed to win the nominee.(2024) It is unfortunate that the Obama supporters continuously blame Clinton for negative compaigning...Ah ah, I will never forget the day they blamed her for killing Benazio Bhuto. I'm a democtratic that was enough for me not even watch Obama whenever I'm watching an TV channel and he come on I change to sports channel

    March 30, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Eva

    I don't understand why Sen Clinton should drop out, the race is very close, even not counting Florida and Michigan. They both need Superdelegates votes. This seems to be yet another atempt to marginalise Sen. Clinton and her candidacy. She has huge support , won the most important States and I don't think her campaign is divisive at all. I read Fact Check regularly and overstatements, false and misleading statements are more often on part of the Obama campaign. Of, course, I don't expect this comment will be posted, as several others I have written; they are considered too much pro Clinton.

    March 30, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Daniel in Michigan

    When Clinton loses badly in Pennsylvania, yes, for the good of the party and the nation, she should drop out of the race. But for some sneeky reason I think she will remain in the race even still. The power was too great for her to let go at any point.

    March 30, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. E.C.Rossi

    Senator Clinton should not bow out of the raceand it is curious that so
    many of Obama's supporters are pressing the point.

    March 30, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Michael

    Hillary should get out of this race in a respectful manner. The majority of Americans who want Obama as president outweigh the support for Hillary. The least she can do is simply bow out, and thank her supporters and wish Obama good luck for the future.

    March 30, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Russell, NC

    Yes, it is time for her to drop out and help unify the party.

    March 30, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Marc

    Yes she should. Especially now that we know about Maggie Williams and her dealings with Delta Financial Corp. The same company that Hillary claims she is so against. Maggie Williams is very well known to the Clintons and Hillary claims that she know Maggie inside and out. So, why would she make Maggie Williams her campaign manager. This lets us know about Hillary's choices and this country will be bankrupt like Upsstate New York and all of her promises and all they got is nickles and pennies.

    March 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. yeah right

    Yeah right.

    Then we should just open our mouths so the DNC, the democratic party elite and the biased media canmore easily force feed us Obama.

    March 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. ramram

    Keep ramming Obama down our throats.

    We'll STILL write in the best candidate- Hillary- come November.

    March 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Midge from Ohio

    She should not drop out. Dirt keeps flying around Obama, and when he falls someone needs to be there to beat McCain in November. All states votes need to be counted, THAT is supposed to be the Democratic process. Some Democrats need to learn that..

    March 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. ddt

    Why is it that Obama is supported by losers? Bill Richardson lost, he hopes like Obama does that the Hespanic voters will vote for Obama. They never voted for you how will they vote for someone they already rejecteed. Another loser, John Kerry, he lost the presidencial bid in 2004, lost to Clinton in his own state, Chris Dodd, former senator majority lead Tom D. All these are losers, they probably hope to get a position in Obama's Administration which to me is a dream

    March 30, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Mark, Vancouver WA

    “It's a disgrace that the Obama forces say, he's won the popular vote so he should be the nominee,” Rendell told Stephanopoulos.

    Wasn't it the Democrats that made a similar argument when Al Gore won the popular vote in the 2000 general election and said he should have been the president? If the roles were reversed, and Obama was behind in delegates, states, and popular votes, there would be a lot heavier pressure for him to drop out than we have seen for Hillary to drop out – the only thing keeping Hillary in this race is her name.

    March 30, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. IndependantQ

    Democrats need Hillary to get out of the race. If she were loyal to her country she would do so now!

    March 30, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. basic fact

    Disenfranchise your base and lose the election.

    swiftboat Hillary and we won't give you our vote.

    Count her votes in Fl and Mi.

    Investigate the corruption at caucus sites.

    Stop the Hillary haters from bashing her.

    March 30, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. Texas Momma

    I completely understand and agree that, under normal circumstances, both candidates have a right and should remain in the race. However, this is not normal circumstances. Team Clinton's goal is to destroy Obama through lies and half-truths. They are in search of any possible way (true or untrue) to defame and destroy him. That is why she needs to go. To allow her to continue is utter suicide for the Democratic Party. Many uninformed people actually believe her lies, or at the very least, begin to question his character. Are they switching to camp Clinton? No, they are switching to McCain. (Remember, twice team Clinton stated McCain was a better choice than Obama.) What a shame to watch an electrified nation of voters (Inspired by Obama, singlehandedly) get turned off and depart.

    It is my estimation we are allowing the Clinton camp to bully us into believing she deserves to continue and this is good for the party. Shame on us for allowing them to bully us. Shame on us.

    March 30, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Charles

    She better quit now, her staying won't change anything. She will still have to quit later. There is no way or chance she is winning the nomination. She is behind in almost everything, and according to Math of remaining Primaries she can't catch up, So why wait time and destroy the chances of others. I suggest her camp start debating on getting out, that will be a very good start, if they have ignored the fact.

    March 30, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. BillieJean in Idaho

    I agree with Jamal's analogy, we argue and fight as brothers and sisters but let an outsider come in and it is a different story. I would think that is how the democratic race would be a brother sister type event, with drawing blood to between the dems and repubs.

    Clinton gives the appearance of wanting to leave Obama bloodied and scarred if she can't have the nomination. Going to be kind of hard to believe any Clinton could get behind Obama to bring the democratic party together. Yet we could have an even worse outcome....Clinton wins and dems stay home or vote repub to keep her out. A lot of built up hostility there that Obama doesn't have to carry into the general election with him.

    March 30, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. CARL

    Hillary stay and carry it to the floor of the democratic convention a lot of us are behind you 100%. MIchigan and Florida votes must count. Hillary or McCain!! If they do not count the Florida and MIchigan voters. If they do it will be the winner of the Delegates if not my vote goes to Hillary or Mccain. No disenfranchisement.

    March 30, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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