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. Jill

    Of course Hillary should NOT drop out. Not all states have voted yet, not to mention Fl and Mi.

    In addition with the popular vote less then 1% difference and the pledged delegates less the 5% it would be silly to drop out. Anyone that tells her to drop out is causing the democratic party to split up and causing more injury to the party.

    March 30, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. ynw

    It was a shame that Simmons talked about nagativity. Who distributed those healthcare campaign materials in Ohio attacking a fellow Democratic candidate using Republican's attacking machine's tactics? who attacked a fellow Democratic's foreign policy plan and appraised Reagan's and Bush I's foreign policies (and never said one good thing about President Clinton even though he was a Democratic President)? who attacked a fellow Democratic candidate on Iraq and exeprience as the First Lady like attacking a Republican? It was Obama and his people who talked loud about change, hope and new politics on one hand and initiated Republican style attacks on the other.

    March 30, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Peter from N.J

    I agree with Governator Ed Rendell.
    Hillary stay in the race.
    Have all the states counted includes Florida and Michican
    The magic # 2024 is not reached yet and do the process run.
    Hillary 08.

    March 30, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. John, Toronto, Canada

    I use to think she was in it for the right reasons, the fact that she's not considering dropping out tells me otherwise. Can someone just let her know it's not about her?

    March 30, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Liz

    Like any other super delegate, she should use her conscience and not make decisions based on vote totals alone.

    March 30, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. jim

    No, but Obama should

    March 30, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Kris from AZ

    Heck no HIllary should not drop out. The bottom line even tho I am an Obama supporter. I support her staying in due to poeple need a choice. Lets take it down to the convention!

    March 30, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. bigben

    Obama backers please stop whining

    March 30, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Jack

    Like many, I started out a Clinton supporter. She blew it. Period.

    All by herself, and with the exact sort of stunts that prove she is not worthy to hold ANY political office, let alone the most important one. Self serving does not even begin to cover it.

    March 30, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Shirley

    Let Hillary stay in the race as long as she likes. Her refusal to release her 2000 thru 2006 tax returns is suspect. The Democratic Party needs to insist she reveal her financial history. Releasing only her 2007 tax return will not suffice.

    March 30, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Chuky

    Please let Hillary continue.

    It will make the work easier for her in 2012!

    March 30, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. SlapStick

    Hmmm let me see how many wayss can I spell Y.E.S

    March 30, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Aj4obama-Boston

    I think Hillary is a month late in dropping out. Perhaps it has not hit her yet that US Presidency is anything but an entitlement. (Even the founding fathers knew that).

    March 30, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Sue

    I would just like to say, to the democratic elitists, who are saying Sen. Clinton should drop out before millions of people have their say...remember this the next time you are up for election. Let's just let half of your state vote...then see how far you get to being re-electioned.

    Clinton / 08

    March 30, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Willy

    No. Mrs Bill Clinton should stay as long as she wants to before the Clinton War machine steals it away from Obama, and they are. After all democrats only want your vote but not you in power.

    March 30, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Jim

    Why would anyone take advice from a loser? John Kerry is a loser and a liar. John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, and Bill Richardson all deserve each other. They have one thing is common, they are all losers.

    March 30, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. Chrissy, Texas


    March 30, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Amber

    The thing that makes me laugh the hardest is the fact that everyone keeps saying that "oh Obama brings all these people together, it wonderful." But if he was such a uniter and brought all these people together, why does he not have the nomination together? Why are they even having to ask Cinton to get out? Hmmmm........

    March 30, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |

    As an African American, devout Democrat and faithful voter, I don't want to risk America's future on a person who for 20yrs listened to anti American diatribe from his pastor. Now Obama make specious claims that he never heard the remarks or that he would have quit the church. The man is a smooth, first rate liar. He has skillfully played the race card to his advantage...and has effectively played into the intonement seeking liberal white American mentality. If Obama is the nominee I will vote for John McCain/

    March 30, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Karen P

    If Hillary had been running a fair campaign, I'd say stay in. BUT, the Clinton campaign has been so outrageous this entire process it makes me sick. She doesn't care about the people and the country, only about the power. That is what people do NOT need or want.

    Hillary's campaign just goes to show that nothing would get done in Washington because she would be so polarizing and throw tantrums and guilt trips when she doesn't get her a spoiled kid.

    March 30, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Susan

    Pennsylvania, I am glad you are voting. Please stand up and show that you are not fooled by Senator Clintons campaign. Remember, that she has lied on so many occasions during this campaign. The big one for you all to remember is NAFTA. She supported it along when she claimed she did not. I don't believe this woman cares one bit other than to get the nomination. If she has such deep roots in Scranton, when after Bill's Presidency, why did she not come back there to run for the Senate? Answer: she knew she had a better shot and more power as a Senator from New York. This woman uses you and discards you like Old Socks. Give her the boot. Bravo to your Senator Casey who chose to stand against all the old back room dealings of politics. Ask yourselves, what was promised to Governor Rendell?

    March 30, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. Jack

    If Hillary drops out, then her supporters should support McCain in November so that she can run again in 2012....

    Does that sound like a fair compromise?

    March 30, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. Another Typical White Woman

    Kerry is a weak moron and NO, Clinton should not drop out. Obama should. He is unelectable.

    The media will not be able to protect him if he is nominated. And, he will be trashed the way the media has trashed Senator Clinton.

    Where is Michelle Obama? I think it is telling that she has been outsourced because of her statement on patriotism. Wright's bigoted views (I'm one of those big nosed Italians) will not be part of the next Administration.

    March 30, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. abuusa

    I would like to see Obama and Clinton as president and vice-president candidates respectively in 2008 and reverse candidacy in 2012 election as compromise unless there is any challenge from any future democratic challenger.

    March 30, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Marie Garber

    Let the race go on, and let all votes count, and get Michigan and Florida back in
    the race, Howard Dean really made a mess of things as did the DNC in
    not letting Michigan and Florida's votes count, so what if they went ahead of the
    schedule, did the DNC already have the race determined>>>>>

    March 30, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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