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. Patrick Anthony Drake/Atlanta, GA

    Every vote counts. GO HILLARY!

    May 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Drop Out Hillary

    HIllary if you want to do something nice tell your supporters to support Obama then you will prove to all of us that you are true Democrat, instead of wasting time we should be concentrating beating Mccain.

    May 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. What Do The Voters Know?

    Ever since Hillary's fabrication of running through sniper fire, it has become increasing clear that she is suffering from mental health issues.

    The voters' preference has become irrelevant to Hillary. What do they know? It's the 800 superdelegates who should get to choose the party's nominee – not the millions of ordinary people who went to the polls.

    This lady needs psychiatric attention.

    May 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. LifeLongDemocrat

    I hope HIllary does not consider the VP position. She should follow the lead of the Obama-supporting Ted Kennedy and hope that Obama doesn't win just like the Kennedy's hoped that Stevenson didn't win in 1956. That opened the door for his brother in 1960.

    The Clintons are the best minds in politics and they are years head of us in their planning. Hillary, if you are not the nominee go for it again and keep on fundraising!

    Hillary in 2012 (if not 2008) and 2016!

    May 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Sharon Minnesota

    Bob, you are sooooo right. lol.

    May 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Venus

    To poster Sharon above!

    You know – I had to slap myself when I read your post!

    You are right! If Al Shapeton is telling Hillary it's over – you know it's over! Ha,ha,ha,ha, what's even funnier is how he layed it out for her!

    I wonder if he was ever a singer! Maybe Hillary can do some sit-ins!

    May 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. LifeLongDemocrat

    Hillary is being misquoted and will be balmed if Obama is not elected. She was quoting AP and throughout this campaign we have heard the demographics of this contest. 'Course if she says it it must be racist! Give me a break!

    Hillary 2008/2012/2016..........................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Angela

    Wishful thinking on behalf of the media and pundits.

    May 9, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Jane, NC

    . . . and Barack Obama has absolutely no chance of being anywhere near as capable a president as Sen. Clinton would be.

    May 9, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    May 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Follow the Yellow Brick Road

    What happened to Hillary's gas tax holiday? She said experts opinions doesn't matter so why she stopped talking about it?

    Was that for her target IN audience only?

    Let's hear more about that Gimmicky Gas Tax Holiday Dorothy…… I mean Hillary 😮

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

    May 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |

    No she needs to exit the race now, no need to wait, the sooner the better.

    May 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. California Voter

    Why should Clinton quit. Do football teams quit when they're behind? To tennis players stop playing if they're behind? Listen Obama has not received the required votes as yet and who knows what might happen.

    Jim, in answer to your question Obama stands for hope and change. I think he is hoping he can change Washington. Fat chance.

    I still believe Clinton is the better candidate for the general election as Obama has not shown he can take the large states or the swing states. And I for one will not vote for Obama because I do not share his values nor do i believe he has been truthful about his relationship with Rev. Wright and the TUCC.

    May 9, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Charles B.

    In September 2007, the Clinton campaign formally pledged not to participate in primary or caucus elections staged before Feb. 5, 2008, in defiance of Democratic National Committee rules. She now says that delegates from Florida and Michigan should be seated at the Democratic Convention, despite their flouting of rules that all the major Democratic candidates endorsed. Hillary has been disingenuous on a few issues during this race. It would be very hard to believe the Clintons' would support Obama's general elections efforts wholeheartedly.

    May 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Do you think she'll have enough money to carry her to June?

    Since she is getting so much support from white voters, maybe they can float her a loan – subprime, of course!

    May 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. RealityKing

    Hillary's "clear exit strategy" now..., is to come back in four years and run against McCain's re-election in 2012, wink, wink...

    May 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Dale Wise

    I've been unable to figure out why anyone would be a Clinton supporter throughout this race.

    However, after reading all the Clinton supporters' childish comments about how they'll vote for McCain over Obama, it all became quite clear.

    Clinton's supporters are just like her – petty, small-minded, and shortsighted – so, naturally they prefer the candidate they identify with more.

    May 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Obamacan

    June 15th is about a month and 6 days too long!

    I just finished a nice PowerPoint presentation showing 2,025 reason why Hillary should go home (wherever that is).

    May 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Ken

    Mr. O'Donnel does not know what he is talking about. Hillary Clinton should not quit until a candidate has gotten the required "Delegates" that are needed to become the nominee. keep in mind that the "Super Delegates" can always change their mind about their supporting Obama. It is important to choose the person that WILL win against McCain.

    Obama CANNOT win against McCain in November! And if Obama is the nominee, then I as a democrat, will end up voting for McCain. I don't want some sort of "Rookie" or a "OJT" President. I want a President that can get us out of the mess that this President (Bush) got us into.

    If Obama becomes our next President, then I do believe that Obama will end up taking us further down and deeper in a mess than we already are.

    WAKE UP AMERICA! We truly need Hillary Clinton to become our next president or we are ALL going to regret that the "Blind" followed the "Pied Piper" instead of choosing Hillary Clinton as our next President!


    May 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Terry in New York

    We can only hope. Not sure what she's thinking by waiting. Maybe she'll re-sign the Senate also and do us all a favor? Then her and Billcan get their divorce and she can come out of the closet?

    May 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Karen

    Do you think that I'll believe it? Not really. Clintons are Clintons. Power is over everything else.

    May 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Felly

    Hillary thinks she is entitled to the presidency. What a shame!

    May 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. rose, texas

    when i vote in nov. i will write her name in. don't b blaming hillary's supporters 4 this, 4 more yrs. of bush. all u'l obama supporters r the blame, becuz u'll can't see, but come jan. when mccain is being sworn in then it's going 2 b 2 late.

    May 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Obama v McCain

    BS.. i dont believe a word of it. I honestly believe she is staying in to try to re-coup her debts and i cant say i blame her though. Who wants to smell like a loser and be stuck with the dry-cleaning bill for it?

    May 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. joyce

    it is time for hillary to quit
    she is being a lot nicer now and i feel she will help people get over the sadness of her loosing. i support obama and i feel she will be vp

    May 9, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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