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. silence do good

    Does anyone have a suggestion for s good liberal candidate to vote for? If Hillary is forced out, I need to look around.

    As a liberal for many years, I cannot in good conscience vote for Obama because of his racist and antisemitic friends and organization membership. I see we just heard from Sharpton – remember his anti-jewish remarks?

    I suggest a write in campaign for Al Gore.

    The DNC and Obama might as well send out email saying "all serious liberals please leave as quickly as possible – go away".

    If McCain wins it is Obama's fault – although I am sure there will be the usual whining and blame.

    May 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Richard

    What is she waiting for GO AWAY HILLARY .OBAMA 2008

    May 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. An Agnostic Democrat


    Can you please tell me what Hillary's stands are since they keep changing from day to day, state to state and primary to primary? Please treat yourself to Time magazine where it is clearly stated that Mr. Obama has more governmental experience (time and legislative) than Hillary. Hillary doesn't have the experience she lies so deftly about ... face it.

    I'm so tired of hearing that it's time for a women president, about the reminiscent 90s (because we are in a different era in case you didn't notice), and her selective math and demography depending on the state she's currently focusing on.

    May 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. George Kennedy

    Clinton, I really do appreciate the strong compaign that you have held all this long. I would like to advice you to quit the race soonest possible because I strongly believe that your opponents want you to spend upto the last penny in this compaign. Then, you know what? You lose the nomination and lose millions of dollars too. That means, in simple terms, Obama beat you two nill. How about this, try to strike a deal with Obama so that you at least secure a VP before someone who never spend a penny in this compaign grabs it. At least you will have something to count on. Again, running on a duel ticket would boost the solidarity amongst the democrats and that is the main take home point.

    Think Hillary and keep thinking.. remember a dying man clutches at a straw... the VP post is more than a straw, so u will be clutching at something more than a straw.

    Bye Clinton and look forward to seeing you as a VP

    May 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Gwen

    I believe Wright is right, maybe he knows Obama, maybe our chickens are coming hope to roost. I am totally abandoning voting for dems if Hillary isn't the nominee as I think most independents will. McCain is not a terrrible alternative. He's not stupid like George. At least he won't abandon our country or hand it over to terrorists and muslims who hate us, unlike Obama who wants to sit and chat with them. He's been a Christian for 20 years, what was he before that. Most boys love their mothers but they identify themselves through their fathers-even if they leave them as young children. I know this to be fact, so where is it then that Obama identifies – Kenya maybe? Nothing takes the place of your heritage.

    May 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Lee WV

    Why June 15,why not june 3?

    May 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Yvette

    Jim nobody can tell you what Obama stands for b/c all of his sermons..oops I mean speeches have been nothing but double talk. Everyone one has fallen for this slickster in a high priced suite. I am an African American woman who is embarrased to be a registered democrat! Once again we are supporting someone who will not win the general election. Just b/c he is popular doesn't mean he can be president, we should have learned that from the Al Gore disaster. If I even vote on election day I will write in Hillary's name before I vote for this Chi-town slickster

    May 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. pat

    HILLARY CROSS OVER TO THE REPUBLICAN THEY WILL TREAT YOU BETTER THEN THE DNC HAS. we need you john mccain needs you i hope he ask you to be his vp that would teach the dnc for the way an all the obama people have treated you with all there hate. if not at least take away the speaker of the houses job you are perfect.

    May 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Democrats Rule

    This is past sad – moved to tragic – if she doesn't bow out gracefully before she is forced out it will be the end of her career for no reason. Dignity still matters. Please please please HIllary – we still need you – you would be an awesome Senate Majority Leader – you would be an awesome Governor of New York – if you keep up this craziness you won't be able to do either. Practice what you preach – RESPECT THE VOTERS – WE HAVE SPOKEN – and please – DO IT NOW.

    May 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. White Woman in Florida

    Now...if this is true, why is she asking for a debate in Oregon?

    I hope it is true and that she's giving her supporters (the petty, "i'll vote for mccain if i don't get my way" ones) the time to get used to her not being around and giving them a gentle push to vote for the democratic nominee.


    May 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. mr g

    matt you are dense the big O will spank billary to end this mess. he will win3/6 and the 3 that he loses will be by no more than 3% SEE YA!!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.


    Just because it's never happened before, doesn't mean it never will. After all, he did win Iowa. That wasn't supposed to happen. There are virtually no black people in Iowa.

    It seems that, every time someone says that Obama can't achieve something, he does it. He just singlehandedly beat the most powerful politicians in the world – The Clinton Machine. He must be doing something right.

    Both Obama and McCain have a greater than zero chance of becoming President.

    Unfortunately, I can't say that about Hillary Clinton.

    May 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Joseph, NY, NY

    Obama is as arrogant as Bush and we all know what that brought us.

    May 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Frank

    Will never vote for an unqualified candidate, even if I have to vote for the other party nominee. This is not a joke, and it is sad how many Americans have been fooled and brain washed by empty promisses. But it is still OK, because he has no chance against McCain, and as a democrat, I hate to admit that! Perhaps Hillary is not perfect (what politician is?), but at least she is strong and she gets it and provides ideas and solutions; even after 2 years it is still not clear what Obama wants to do "specifically"! This is sooooo sad, and sooooo disappointing. The people of America, at least the Republicans it seems, are not as naive and will set this whole mess straight. Another 4 years of Republicans in the White House, and then hopefully Hillary or another qualified candidate from the Democratic Party will run and win the election. Obama is a phony, acts like a phony, sounds like a phony and walks like a phony.

    May 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Tubby The Tuba from Texas

    I guess her attitude is, if she can't have the white house, Obama isn't gonna get it either! That is a Clinton!

    May 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. OBAMA08


    May 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Robert

    Once again I see that the CNN moderators are shucking good factual posts with questions that must be answered by Obama and his supporters if they hope to gain the support in November of Clinton supporters.

    Once again I'll try;


    College students are giving up their dependant status to register to vote in their college towns stacking Congressional Districts heavy in Delegates. Is this fraud or are they really contacting their finacial aid providers and their parents insurance companies of their new legal residence? If not it is fraud and they should be identified and charged…

    May 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Spirit of America

    Fools. Obama will lose by a landslide in November. Makes you think the Republicans are footing his campaign expenses.

    May 9, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Jeff

    This is nothing new – why is this news? Hilllary has always said the race will be over once all states have had the chance to vote, Michigan & Florida are counted and superdelegates decide who is the best candidate for the party and to win! Clearly that has always been and still is Hillary (i.e. Obama cannot win) and since the difference will be about 100 delegates the decision is essentially split. This is the reason for having superdelegates – they have a (partial) say just like everyone else! Let EVERYONE decide.

    Hillary '08

    May 9, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Carter

    I can't help but notice how ignorant Obama supporters are. This just goes to further the stereotype. Is it even a stereotype anymore? No, they're just ignorant. Clinton carried almost EVERY big state. How can people possibly think Obama would do better int he general? IDIOTS!

    May 9, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Hillary Clinton is "more electable"? You mean except the fact she can't raise money, can't run a decent campaign, can't figure out how to fix healthcare, and can't even win the Democratic nomination, losing to a freshman Senator nobody from Illinois?

    Yeah, she's more electable all right. To the annuls of political parody.

    May 9, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. mama4obama

    For the love of this countrey...I sure hope you are right. Sooner rather then later.

    OBAMA 08

    May 9, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Yes we can!

    If it's God's will for Obama to be the next president, nothing or no one will be able to stop it....that's the kind of God I serve....and so far the kitchen sink and the house foundation has been thrown at him and he's still standing......However, if it's not meant for him to be the Presiden then since basically Hillary agrees that she can win without the black, young and well educated democract supporters, I can stay home for real if they give her the nominee....

    May 9, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. Gigi in Alabama

    This is the second time that I have tried to get in on this. Please let Sen. Clinton continue until all voters are heard from. My candidate pulled out before our primary but i still voted for him. I know it didn't count, but it was my way of protesting.
    I can only hope that after November (no matter who wins) the Democratic Party will eliminate the Super-Delegates and go to a winner take all strategy. It would also be great if they would set one day for a primary date and let all states vote together. Imagine all the money that would be saved and we would have our nominee without all this bickering and back biting.

    May 9, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. M.S. Indiana

    Think she will still be running after we have a sworn the next president into office

    Obama/Democrats 2008+

    Lets see how many more new democrats he will bring to congress and the house

    May 9, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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