May 11th, 2008
01:59 PM ET
15 years ago

Sunday Roundup: End of the road for Clinton?


(CNN) - This week’s Democratic primaries in North Carolina and Indiana brought disappointing results for the Clinton campaign. Senator Barack Obama handily won North Carolina by 14 points. While Senator Hillary Clinton edged out a win in Indiana, it was by just two points. Many political observers expected she would win handily.

After Tuesday’s results, several more superdelegates publicly endorsed Obama. Others have switched their vote from Clinton to the Illinois senator, including former senator and presidential nominee George McGovern.

With all these events in mind, the question of the week remains: Does Hillary Clinton have a chance to win the nomination, and if not, why hasn’t she dropped out? The Sunday morning circuit digs deep to find answers.

(Full roundup after the jump)

On CBS’ “Face the Nation”, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards stopped short of calling for Sen. Clinton to drop out of the race, but told host Bob Schieffer “The math is very, very hard for her.” He contrasted his own decision to bow out of the race, explaining that he thought “if I got out of the race, it would accelerate the process of one person pulling away. Well, I was obviously dead wrong about that.”


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stopped by ABC’s “This Week” to discuss the race to the White House. He defended Clinton staying in the race, telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “I think we have to play this out.” Sen. Reid (D-NV) is confident there’s plenty of time for the Democrats to finish out the primaries and campaign in the general election. “After that June 3rd date arrives, I think that Obama and Clinton will have a few days to make their case to the uncommitted delegates, and then the decision will be made, and we'll have a five-month general election.”


Fox News Sunday” had back-to-back interviews with two top insiders of the Clinton and Obama campaigns: Clinton strategist Howard Wolfson and Obama strategist David Axelrod. “I don't think she wants to impair our chances” of winning the general election, Axelrod told Fox’s Chris Wallace. However, Axelrod maintains that “we're coming to the end of the process.” Wolfson reiterated Senator Clinton’s position that she has no intention of dropping out of the race anytime soon. “She's going to keep going until she secures the nomination or until the nomination is decided in a different direction,” Wolfson said.


And on CNN’s “Late Edition” Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was asked if thought the race was effectively over. “Obama is clearly the frontrunner here,” Van Hollen said. “But until it's finally over, it's not over. And we'll just have to see how this plays out.” Congressman Van Hollen has declared himself neutral in this race.

soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. RobinLC

    I encourage all women in the Democratic party to switch to be Independent. The democratic party does not deserve the women's vote after their treatment of Hillary and her female supporters. Women should strike.

    May 11, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. North C Girl

    PLEASE my fellow Democrats do not be FOOLED by some of these nasty and racist things that the republicans are submitting acting asif they are Democrats.

    Obama 08

    May 11, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |

    Here's your race...

    Hillary Clinton is an old stubborn Arkansas mule.

    Barack Obama is Secretariat.

    Game over...

    May 11, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. john, national city, CA

    Better for her to leave the race nicely now. Wouldn't like the same individual who talked about the snipers in Bosnia be the president because that same individual will easy lie and say, "Germany is planning a nuclear bomb so we have to invade!"

    The economy needs to be revived if America want to maintain at the level it has been for years. The republicans already smashed the country so Americans need to work hard to rebuild the image, economy, prestige and might of the whole United States of America amongst other nations.

    God bless us all!

    May 11, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. Steve

    I will be sad to see this Democratic primary campaign end. It's been so much fun with wacky Jeremiah Wright, the poor marksmanship of Bosnian snipers, Michelle "let's just move on" Obama, Bill "she can still win this thing" Clinton, "bittergate", slamming down shots with the boys, bowling, basketball and "typical white people". I know I missed something. What we really need now is a big surprise. Maybe Barack Obama is really not half Black but actually half Lakota Sioux or Hilliary Clinton has been seen in those bars for years. Please, somebody come up with someting quickly. I'm counting on you CNN

    May 11, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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