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. Vern's world

    Richardson and Kerry are both backstabbing scum,,,,,,

    they both turn there backs on the people who helped build there political careers..

    but even more atroshus are there smug brush off of the vote in there own states.............

    if this is what obama considers the face of the new democratic party....

    they'll be surprised come Nov.........


    March 30, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. janet in wv

    no she should not drop out all the states should have the right to cast there vote if Hillary is not running when it is our turn in west Virginia i will NOT vote for Obama, janet in WV

    March 30, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. leah

    yes! she's overstayed her welcome!

    March 30, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Rich in Seattle

    Give it up Carville. Unless Hillary steals the nomination from Obama there is no way she can win. So unless she plans to win at any cost, even at the expense of her own party, then she needs to drop out NOW.

    The longer she stays in the worse she looks. Both you and Hillary make believing in the Democrat party very difficult.

    I am one of the 19% that will never vote for Hillary. If she had run a fair and responsible campaign I would have. But I hate Bush for the same reason I dislike Hillary, dirty politics.

    America needs Obama, not more of the same Clinton/Bush hate that has devided our nation for so long. Let's move forward, just look where this has gotten us.

    March 30, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. voice

    We all wish so, but she won't because theie famiy "is not big on quitting." Just look at how the impeachmen has done to the country. It will repeat itself except this time they will be defeated.

    March 30, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. what?

    Over the dead body of half of America.

    Those votes are good and gone to barack.

    When you disenfranchise democrats and deny their vote, they will not simply vote for you ANYway.

    Justice supercedes party loyalty any day.

    Should have run a fair election.

    March 30, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Art Hayward

    How come cnn has not mentioned the breaking story about Maggie Williams and the Bank board she sits on??

    March 30, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. R CAL

    Of course people should not be trying to force HRC out of the race. However, the supporters of both candidates need to clean up their acts and stop this petty sniping. We are better than this. Clean campaigns are positive things, bringing out the strengths of the candidates.

    March 30, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Joe

    Primary was unfair... To Hillary.

    So let her run, or give her the votes she has already won... and check into the antics at caucus sites while you'r at it.. and fellow democrats, stop the Hillary hate...

    then you maybe might get our vote in Nov.

    We are a large and loyal bunch us lifelong democrats that support Hillary.

    March 30, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. may


    The race has disadvantaged her enough.

    Count Fl and Mi.

    Investigate the absurd caucus format and its illegalities.

    Let the superdelegates do their job.

    March 30, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. frank_steve NC

    Of course not...
    Hillary should not and need walk out. She is going to make to the White House...
    Chelsea gets to be the first daughter again...

    HILLARY '08

    March 30, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Jordan

    Absolutely... she's dumber than Huckabee. At least he admitted the odds against him! She is either mathematically inept, or she just wants to mess things up for her party. In either case, we all know who the real democrat is!

    March 30, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. so sorry

    If the party elite and the DNC had left it up to the people, and let them vote, and had counted their votes... and had not bashed Hillary and had not sabotaged her campaign...
    She would be ahead right now.

    Obama is not winning if you count Fl and Mi.

    March 30, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Cindy,CA

    Of course she should stay in the race..That's how our process works..Every voter should cast a ballot for their choice and than we will see what the people want.
    The superdelegates will than have to make an evaluation of all the results and make a choice too.
    We need someone who is can and will win the nomination in November against McCain...I think Hillary is that person.

    March 30, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Joan

    Kerry's great expertise is all Obama needs to win a general election.

    March 30, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. LA

    Should Clinton drop out? She never struck me as a quitter. This talk makes the Obama supporters seem like they are poor sports or afraid of something. Why don't we all show more respect for the candidates and for the process. If the DNC does not want to include all 50 states next time, please tell us in advance. The voters are excited and should have a chance to weigh in.

    March 30, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Tom P

    Yes, it is already past time!

    March 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. maya

    They are in a virtual tie- and NEITHER has enough to secure the nomination.

    Don't let the Obama thugs and bullies push you out, Hillary!

    March 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. sam

    jamal is a joker – everything that clintons do is either nagativity or racial.He is the one who is prejudiced and I wonder what made such a reputable news channel use him and his idioticity.

    March 30, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Watcher

    First of all Kerry should be quiet. His 2004 run for the whitehouse is a lesson in how "not" to run against the Rove machine. No fight, no guts, no nothing. That is exactly why we need Hillary as our nominee. She is a fighter and she isn't afraid to stand up to anyone. Obama's answer to everything is a speech. That is not going to fly in November. The republicans will tear him to bits. It's Hillary or we can expect 4 more years of Bush.

    March 30, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Stan

    So what's the difference between the Democratic Party not seating the Florida delegates and depriving the Florida voters of their voice as to who they prefer and the people who are demanding that Senator Clinton pull out of the race. What about those voters wanting a voice in deciding who their choice is for the Democratic presidential candidate. What gives them the right to decide who I should vote for?

    March 30, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. CLO

    Jamal you are an idot. Hillary's negativity??? Who's supporters starting saying Hillary should drop out? That's right...Obama's supporters... this is negativity. All it has done is great a mess with more negativity.... wake up Jamal!

    March 30, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Raul Sanchez

    The recent poll showing Senator Clinton’s negative image should be a gage on this issue. There is no way she can win the nomination without dividing the party. It's time to show true leadership and step down or the Democratic Party has no chance of winning back the White House.

    March 30, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. Jeremy

    Hillary should stay in and let the voters and superdelegates decide... as the democratic party has made a rule... I'm sure the party is scared because Obama has no chance against McCain.

    March 30, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Ted in Chicago

    Kerry – who I voted for – lost it the one week he did not respond to the swiftboat attack machine quickly

    He is not one to talk about how to run a winning campaign – he lost one handed to him on a silver platter

    March 30, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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