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. Mrs.Ricks

    I thank God for one thing in this Democratic race and it is the number of people who have registered under the democratic party one than a million I last heard. This mean we can do it in November. Mrs. Clinton please give us a chance and stop thinking about yourself. Let's UNITE!
    Thank you,

    May 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. La Raza

    Hillary should not have:

    -lied about her 35 years of experience
    -Bosnia sniper fire
    -Whites only vote for her
    -pandering to voters e.g. slamming shots of whiskey, pumping gas, having Mexican boy dancing on stage during Texas primary
    -lying about letters written and handed to her from soldiers in Iraq
    -Saying "as for as I know" when asked if Obama was a Muslim

    I could go on. But these should be lessons learned for her. I used to support her and her husband. But that is long gone unfortunately.

    May 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Follow the Yellow Brick Road

    Someone tell the Gimmick Candidate Carl Rove is on the phone, he has something to tell her.

    From what I heard, the GOP dumped Hillary after Tuesday. They thanked her for her hard work and how she followed their every instruction but they declined her membership application to the GOP party, they called her a JUDAS 😮

    Hillary Clinton, The Gimmick candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything "08 😀

    May 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. jojodeleon

    would rather stay at home than vote for OBAMA...disappointed that everyone just chooses to ignore the fact that he'll likely lose the general election....

    May 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. mitchell from arkansaw

    her supporters are angry at her loss ,and the longer she puts off the inevitable,the longer they will stay angry.some may never return to the party.some are promising to vote for mccain.are you losing it,hillary?please drop out ,now!you're only making things worse,than you made them ,in the first had your chance,and you used negative tactics to try to catch up,and it didn't work.when you attacked obama ,personally,you began this carnage w/in the party.if we don't win in november,hillary will be personally responsible.

    May 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Bob

    I don't think anyone will have a problem with her staying in until mid-June if she stops saying stupid and divisive things.

    May 9, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Cheryl Morehead

    Everyone is being very unfair to Senator Clinton. Change will not occur when Senator Obama enters the white house. He will have to follow the same process that every other candidate promised on the campaign trail and then became president. And when it comes to the final decision there will be a reason why it can't happen. Senator Clinton is keeping it real and Senator Obama is giving hope that is not going to happen for some time.

    May 9, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Jim

    Can anybody please tell me what Obama's stands are?

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

    This sounds like the kind of unsubstantiated story you'll find on At least THEY say it's all made up.

    May 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Theresa

    This is very sad.... Omaba will not be elected in the comes another 4 years of Bush.

    Thanks for trying would have been awesome, just what the country needed to rebound... Its a big loss for America

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

    Of course Mr. O'Donnel also said in this interview that Hillary would be gracious and a uniter during this time. Like yesterday when she spoke about getting the White Vote?

    May 9, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    I hope you are right!! With the Clintons one never knows though!

    May 9, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Pete, Waynesboro, VA

    That's too long.

    May 9, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. James

    Clintons never quit. That is so annoying.

    May 9, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. SusanDemforLife

    If she plans on leaving then she should leave. She can count obviously. If she cares about her party and her country then she should do the right thing and leace gracefully now and unite the party. Properly apologixe to Barack Obama for using the race card over and over and start focucing on fighting the republicans for the fall. Otherwise, she should get out of politics all together, cause she is done in NY.

    May 9, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. libby

    She needs to leave now. I'm starting to feel sorry for her. Hasn't she been booed and heckled enough? Please Hilary, keep what little dignity you have and LEAVE now!

    May 9, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Michelle Oregon

    Good because Hillary is a racist and that is the reason she lost the Black vote In South Carolina Hillary wants to divide us Obama is a uniter

    May 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Michelle Oregon

    Good because Hillary is a racist and that is the reason she lost the Black vote In South Carolina Hillary wants to divide us Obama is a uniter.

    May 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. NYC Native

    Why do we have to wait that long? End the long national nightmare already.

    May 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Dan

    Why should Hilary quit, Obama has the same "math problem" she has, granted not as bad but he can't win either until the convention. The media is so biased it makes me sick, they know he has the same math problem but that goes unreported. I would not vote for either of these socialists fools anyway. JFK would be aligned closer to republicans today if he was still alive. Obama is a racist who has extremely poor judgement and is basically a well spoken con man. He cannot win a general election in my opinion due to his inexperience and the piss poor judgement he continues to show.

    May 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Helene

    The fact of the matter is : The Clinton era is OVER. Let's move on.

    May 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Eris Discordia

    What a load of crap. Leave NOW.

    May 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Chris from NY

    That's a long time for her to tout the notion that white Americans are not ready to vote for a black man; forgetting that many polls have suggested that Americans are ready to vote for a black man more than they are ready to vote for a woman president. I don't vote for anyone based on my emotions. I vote for someone who has something to offer my family and this country. I pray she makes makes an ealier exit before June 15th.

    May 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Missy M

    For all the Obama supporters who truly believe he will bring about change, can you point to one, just one, piece of legislation that he authored or was involved with during his two years in Congress that demonstrates a desire for change? He's a good talker, but his record as a polititian does not show any ability (yet) to bring about change in Washington. Clinton, on other hand, from her days on the WalMart board to her days as first lady and as a senator were all about change – changing WalMart's policies, lobbying for healthcare and sponsoring groundbreaking bills. You may not like Hillary, and you may think it's over for her, but with HIllary we know exactly what we're getting – a career polititian who has dedicated her entire working career to helping people. We simply don't have that with Obama and that is one major reason he will not win the general election if he is nominated.

    May 9, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. Uncle Sam

    It appears that it will now be up to the general election voters to determine what change we can believe in for America. Whether it springs from rhetoric and manner or whether it is based on courage and self-sacrifice. Whether change arises from replacing one political party with another or whether it depends more on the candidate's proven record of change. Whether change is the result of selecting our president based upon superficial appeal or by the content of his character. And whether, in the end, real change is delivered by inspirational speeches or whether it requires heroic effort and straight talk to produce meaningful and lasting change.

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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