May 9th, 2008
09:50 AM ET
13 years ago

O'Donnell: Clinton will exit race by June 15


Watch Lawrence O'Donnell's interview.

(CNN)— Lawrence O’Donnell, Emmy-Award winning producer of The West Wing and a contributor to the Huffington post, said Friday that a senior Clinton campaign official told him the New York Senator will be leaving the race by June 15 with a clear exit strategy.

O’Donnel said the senior campaign official told him they will continue on through the “final votes on June 3,” during which Clinton and Obama are expected to split the states.

After that point, O’Donnell said, the Clinton campaign “will take no more than a week to make their case to superdelegates and as you know, the superdelegates have absolutely no chance of moving over to Hillary Clinton in a week.”

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soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Kel in Auburn, AL

    I hope he's right. I really hope he's right. This needs to end. Yesterday.

    May 9, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Sue

    Bye Hillary. Shoo fly.

    May 9, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. matt

    So Some people are saying they are going to split the remaining 3 states.. Others are saying shes going to carry all 6 state.

    It really depends on how Divided this country has become over the race issue from Rev. Wright. and Barack Obama.

    I think HIllary Clinton will Win 5 out of the remaining 6 States, Barack obama will have the amount of delagates to give him the nomination. Hillary clinton will have the popular vote..

    ( am i wrong to say this outcome is the most likely outcome )

    .. then democrats have to face the republicans calling us Hypocrites.

    May 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Kenneth M


    May 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. proud army and navy mom

    won't believe until i see it. hillary is a stalker.

    May 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. A.

    Democrats, we need to come together. You need to stop threatening to vote for John McCain. John McCain is going to try to overturn Roe V. Wade, he is going to keep us in Iraq and possibly go into Iran, he represents the failed policies of the Bush administration. Obama and Clinton have very similar views, their main difference lies in their personality.

    Please don't vote for him out of spite, think logically.

    May 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I will believe it when I see it!

    May 9, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Darryl B

    In my best-case scenario, Obama will head the ticket. He will choose Hillary to VP with the understanding that she will be responsible for pushing the Legislaive Agenda in the Senate. Just for good measure, I would love to see Bill as the Secretary of State.

    May 9, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. EC

    Why? I mean, this DOES not change the facts. Let's stop wasting time and get focusing on Sen. McCain. The more time she takes to concede is just wasted time at this point. It's a stall tactic, nothing more.

    I'm sorry, Sen. Clinton need NOT wait till June, it doesn't change her LOST in any shape or form.

    I think this is just another delay tactic on Sen. Clinton's part to delay the reality. I think once Sen. Obama gets more superdelegates, it's over, there will be NO NEED to wait till JUNE. She support will have dried up and she won't have the finances to continue on through MAY.

    I mean that's the reality, she needs to deal with it NOW rather than later.

    This is getting downright silly.

    May 9, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Chuck, Oregonians for Obama

    BE Nice Eeveryone. Yes, I do agree she should end it now giving the whole party more time to re-unite and develope a plan to kick the Republicans out of the White House. Yet we must show some respect to the Senator who although misjudged the whole campaign process making several tactical error's she did run a good race. So give the Senator some respect and let it run it's course, as we all know how it will end in the long run.

    May 9, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. shelly in IL

    Well, I sure hope so! However, from the looks of it, this ole-girl wants to fight til

    May 9, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Scott ATL

    Thank you......... If it's true... Why wait til then??? I guess she just wants to see how much more damage she can do...

    May 9, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. independent voter

    If Senator Clinton would change and run as an independent, she would be our next president.

    One of the main reasons I won't vote for Obama is the meanness, nasty, down right cruel comments from his supporters regarding Senator Clinton. Other reasons include he is not at qualified, he is arrogant, both he and his wife ooze a sense of entitlement, plus their radical beliefs. He can come across as the nice guy since his supporters do all the back stabbing for him.

    I repeat . . . If Senator Clinton would change and run as an independent, she would be our next president.

    May 9, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. faye, NV

    Is time for her to end things now, she has proven to be a fighter and will go to any length. Her time will come again.

    Sorry Hillary, not this time. Will you let us begin healing and unite as a party.

    May 9, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. Chris

    What is she planning to accomplish by the 15th? Why not now? Trying to safe face? If she was in Obama's shoes right now, she would be beating i am the winner drum and will be forcing Obama to quit. But we all know Obama is not that type of person.

    Quit Now Hillary, you do not have any reason to be around.

    May 9, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Joss

    Why waste everyone's time then? Let the democrats begin their focus on McCain and bow out now. You're pathetic, Hillary.

    May 9, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Chip

    Still mathematically possible... though incredibly unlikely. But you never know. With both the Republicans and the Clintons looking for a way to smear Mr. Sunshine... they just might find one that would do enough damage. They came close with Rev. Wright, but to no avail since the very base of Obama's support was also put on the defensive with that one. But she has a right to stay in and quit when she's ready. What does it matter. We thought Kerry vs. Bush was a lousy choice to have to make. But Obama vs. McCain or Clinton vs. McCain is even worse. Vote Libertarian... unless their candidate is Barr... in which case... geez maybe we should revolt! lol

    May 9, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Shawn from Kansas

    While I do believe Obama has won, I was glad to see him hitting the campaign trail again today and going after Pledged delegates. He needs to stay focused on this thing till the end, not so much for pressing the votes, but if this is indeed for the party, they need to have both candidates participating and giving these final states their voice. Democrats will hopefully realize how differently Rep policy under McCain is so different than Clinton, or Obama. They may not be excited about their party's candidate, but to go the other way will be disaster.

    May 9, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Anti-Obama

    The stupid Democratic Party will pay a price that they can't afford in the general election if obama is the nominee!. And terrorists are laughing and happy now for obama!!!

    May 9, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. ltd1974

    This race should have been ended. The fact is people respect Hillary so much, they let this bull crap continue on.

    May 9, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. carrie

    good bye hillbilly
    we will def not miss you
    thank you for dividing america
    thas ur legacy
    like bill's legacy is the blue dress.
    good bye hill
    america has spoken
    na na na na
    hey hey hey hey

    May 9, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Carol

    Her exit strategy is to completely drive a wedge in the democratic party which could possibly get McSame elected.

    This will set her up for 2012, and at what costs. Four more years of the same that will put this country into a depression.

    Her do or die attitude or all of about self-centered power, not about the people.

    May 9, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Sharon

    Hillary should be trying to heal the Dem. party, not still trying to divide it.

    May 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Mocha

    You know its bad when even Al Sharpton has to tell you its over!

    May 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    Hillary you are pathetic! You are trying too hard……let it go please, save the little respect and dignity you have left. This your Kitchen-Sink Campaign has been a failure. Honestly B, what is your goal? Is it to make Obama unelectable in November? Its time you graciously withdraw before we carry you and throw you out! Congratulation Obama, we are almost home!

    Our President Obama 08’ & 12’

    May 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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