April 22nd, 2008
09:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Is Obama shaping up to be another Dukakis?


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(CNN) - Watch Chief National Correspondent John King provide a historical analysis of presidential primary results in Pennsylvania as he explains why the Clinton campaign may be trying to cast Sen. Barack Obama as another Michael Dukakis in the minds of the Democratic Party’s superdelegates.

soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Adam

    The fact remains, if Hillary wins the nomination, it will be against the will of the voters. If that happens, there will be many who will have their newly found enthusiasm stripped from them and they will not vote.

    April 22, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. Chris

    This is almost laughable just like Texas where she was leading by 30- 20 points and finally Obama came in and made it very insignificant. All Obama needs to do is take a nap until North Carolina and he will still win the nomination. I did the delegate count using the tracker you guys have. In order for Hillary to even smell victory Obama needs to lose the next 9 states and lose NC by 65% .Hahaha..dream on Hillary. Obama accomplished his goal. Hillary will gain what..10 points in delegates...Good luck Hillary. Keep us entertained.

    April 22, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. Grif

    Hillary Capillary... She's coming through...Make way for the Tidal Wave...

    April 22, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. SA in OO

    When the voting public is too stupid to look beyond the labels that the candidates try to paste on each other, we deserve the government we get.

    April 22, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  5. gerry

    Please, Hillary needs to win all the balance of the primaries by a 70-30 split and she's saying what?

    Put this lady in a straight jacket and put her away.

    April 22, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. Joan - Yardley


    April 22, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. Jim

    She should quit. Republicans are voting for her is large numbers just to turn around and vote for mccain in the general election.

    April 22, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  8. Terri S

    Barack Obama is SO not like Michael Dukakis. That would have to be some serious spin.

    April 22, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. Mary in Al

    Senator Obama will win this nomination. He has the delegates which is what determines the winner in the democratic primary. The clintons will not redefine the rules in reality, only in spin. Under no circumstances will I vote for Hillary the Liar with No Shame. Senator Obama had best not have her on the ticket if he wants to win.

    Only Obama 08

    April 22, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  10. Sherylanne

    Obama ran out of PA the minute he knew he would lose before the results came in. That's how he'll lead this country.


    April 22, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  11. Proud American

    Hillary is only prolonging the inevitable. She cant/ wont win. But atleast it looks nice.

    April 22, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  12. Des,Toronto

    They are still bitter and out of jobs.Too bad they choose the wedge issues and the liar over reason. Obama's crusade for change and hope is still alive and well.Give her the nomonation(or steal it) and McCain the presidency and it is gauranteed you wil have another miserable 4 to 20 years. Good luck!! Speak the truth and you loose..great country.

    Obama 08

    April 22, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. patrick

    The media has turned on Obama to keep the contest going and get ratings. They were pro-obama when he was behind. They'll do anything to continue getting ratings on these primary nights. It's really sad that ethics doesn't exist in the media anymore.

    April 22, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  14. David from Florida

    Obama is a gracous competitor and he has moved on to the next state to win his victory over Cliniton.

    April 22, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. Michelle Gohanna

    Clinton supporters need to stop being afraid of "CHANGE". This country desperately needs it. Don't repeat what happened 8 and 4 years ago!! The same Ol' Politics

    April 22, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  16. Geric


    April 22, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  17. Christian, Tampa FL

    Please, there's no comparison. This race needs to end. Hillary's putting out adds with Osama bin Laden in them and saying she'll obliterate Iran. End the drama, vote Obama.

    April 22, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  18. David Smith, Richmond VA

    Hillary is ripping out democratic party apart. STOP THE NEGATIVITY. I'm an Obama supporter and these constant attacks are polarizing the party. People say he's being negative... PROVE IT. All he's been trying to do is defend himself from each little piece of trash Hillary digs out of his garbage.

    April 22, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  19. CStroud

    Wouldn't it be nice if we could get objective reporting and not spin straight from the Clinton camp. This is why I have turned my TV off for the evening. Clinton News Network- or is it Corporate News Network?

    April 22, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  20. Robert

    All this talk about Clinton getting the nomination makes me sick...If the DNC super delagates screw this up and give the nomination to Hillary, Mccain will be the next president of the united states...

    April 22, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  21. Kimberly

    Make her stop! In it to win sounds VERY familiar. Can you say George Bush? Without regard for "we the people", he has pushed on with his OWN agenda.

    She is diluting hope and a "shiny penny" phenomenon that has not existed since I was a little girl.

    Sure she is smart, but she is all EGO.........look at who she married!

    April 22, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  22. can't believe

    hillary will say anything to get elected, but America, wake up – she's a dishonest, old-school politician.

    April 22, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  23. Mike Minta

    No!. Barack is going to end up winning this nomination. One state doesn't decide who wins. Every state matters. If one state chooses a nominee, I'm sure Barack would've bet on Illinois and Hillary would've done the same for New York. This is a part of the process and in two weeks from now, when Barack wins Indiana and North Carolina then it'll be over. This was expected. Hilary started with a lead close to 30% and if she wins by under 10 points, it's good for Barack.

    April 22, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  24. Marge Hibbing Mn

    It is so sickening the way the male blogs and the male senators and representatives are kissing up to obama.

    HE CAN NOT WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION. We see that more and more each day. He"s got the black vote. They deserted the Clintons after all they had done for them in Clinton's administration just to see a black man win the candidacy. And it is a shame they are going after the weakest candidate they could choose.

    The states obama won are republican states that have not voted democratic in 70 to 100 years. And the male blog sites just keep on keeping on because they do not have balls to support a strong woman. They are shooting themselves in the butt and they will cause the Democrats to loose...BET ON IT.

    April 22, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  25. Hope

    The only ones who desire for Hillary to stay in the race are journalists.CNN(Clinton's News Network) is so biased and so racist. Hillary was expected to win. Obama closed the gap from 22 points to 8, and yet the pundits spin it to be a big win. Gergen is the only one who is honest and realistic. Shame on you CNN.

    April 22, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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