May 12th, 2008
10:10 AM ET
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West Virginia Gov. not ready to call race for Obama


Watch Gov. Manchin’s interview Monday.

(CNN)— West Virgina’s Governor Joe Manchin echoed the sentiment of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Monday saying his state is not ready to call the race for Barack Obama until every state has had its chance to vote.

“I see the numbers the same as you see them,” Manchin told American Morning anchor John Roberts. “It looks like [Obama] has done quite well, but it’s not over until it’s over. We’re going to enjoy this primary tomorrow, and I’m sure other states will enjoy theirs.”

Voters in West Virgina head to the polls in less than 24 hours, with 28 pledged delegates at stake.

Clinton, who has a significant lead in West Virginia polls, has spent three out of the past five days campaigning there.

Obama is scheduled to campaign there Monday, but plans to head to Missouri - an important general election swing state for Democrats – on Tuesday, another sign his campaign has begun looking past the primary battle.

Gov. Manchin - who is chairman of the Democratic Governor’s Association and one of six uncommitted superdelegate governors - said if Obama is the party’s nominee, he will work to help the Illinois senator win his state in the fall.

soundoff (353 Responses)
  1. LT for Obama

    As an Obama supporter, I welcome her to stay in all the way just as Senator Obama has said several times over the last week.

    So many of you blame everyone else for her decline. The fact of the matter is that she lied, admitted to lying on national TV, has Penn still as an advisor on her campaign, has gone negative and then turned around and cried fowl when she felt she was being attacked, etc.

    Please Senator Clinton, don't drop out. Fight for it all you want. I get a great laugh everytime you speak out against Obama while he continues to compliment and praise you.

    May 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. obama all the way

    All you people from WV overestimate your importance in this race. OBAMA will be the next president with or without you. Just 28 delagates!

    While you are at it you guys need to further your education and open up.
    OBAMA 08 and 12

    May 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Surendra Gullapalli

    Hillary, Hillary, Hillary Go on and on and on!!

    May 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. EC

    Clinton supporters just love the PAIN and SUFFERING of a sore loser.

    Bottom line, All I keep hearing from the Clinton supporters is....

    A) Clinton Supporters continue to CLAIM "She's the MOST qualified

    Well okay, if that was the TRUE, WHY isn't YOUR CANDIDATE IN THE LEAD? WHY? Are you Clinton supporters so far removed from reality that you continue to blame everyone else except YOUR OWN CANDIDATE HERSELF!!

    B) Clinton Supporters continue to blame Sen. Obama for FL and MI.

    What a CROCK of CRAP!!! The TRUE fact of the matter is, the Governors in both these states BROKE THE RULES and YOUR CANDIDATE signed a written agreement stating she WOULD NOT CAMPAIGN IN EITHER STATES because they would NOT COUNT!! She herself was caught on tape stating they would "not count".

    Which part of Signed Agreement don't you Clinton supporters understand? OR are you saying it's OKAY for your candidate BREAK the RULES and LIE and CHEAT when it's convenient for her?

    IF the tables were TURNED Sen. Clinton would NOT be giving Florida and Michigan a second thought. She wouldn't give a dam about those voters rights or anything else for that matter. Let's call it like it is. Sen. Clinton is crying the blues because she's LOSING!!!!

    C) Clinton supporter claim that Sen. Obama was given "special treatment by the media". ARE YOU EL'LOCO? or are you on DRUGS? When HAS an African American ever GOT any special treatment. YOU all are truly amazing. YOU cry "foul play" on everyone else because "it's an easy cop out".

    Clinton supporters are quick to point their fingers at everyone else but their own candidate who self imploded her own chances for the nomination!!! Bottom line.

    If Sen. Clinton DID NOT

    1) ignore the caucus states early on, deeming them "small and not relevant".

    2) hire her "friends" rather than qualified staffers

    3) seriously Mis-MANAGED her CAMPAIGN FUNDS and continue to employ Mark Penn who she still currently owes $8+ million in salary. What kind of sense does that make?

    4) spend her SO LAVISHLY in the beginning, NOT thinking about the long haul. Bill and Hillary thought they were entitled to the Oval Office. That was their biggest MISTAKE, they under estimated their opponent. Bottom line.

    5) GO NEGATIVE – This "old Washington Politics" is older than DIRT and Americans are sick and tired of it. They made it very clear that they WANT change and not the Clinton era from the 1990s.

    IF Sen. Clinton had run an honorable ship and campaign AND had she NOT made these serious judgement decisions early on - SHE WOULD BE IN THE LEAD!!! Bottom line!

    Bill and Hillary HAVE no one else to blame for their demise but THEM!!! They made the decisions that caused them their own FATE and they NOW want to destroy the Democratic Party at all costs.

    Sen. Clinton's comments in USA Today was inexcusable and unbecoming a U.S. Senator!! She knew better. AND not to make matters worse, she's using the GENDER card when she said early in her campaign she would NOT do.

    So it's these double-standard messages that have lead the Clintons to their downfall. Sen. Clinton has NOT had a consistent message in her campaign since "DAY ONE". Bottom line, Americans just DON'T TRUST HER!!!

    May 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. dt

    As little children and young adults, we are told we can be anything we want to be. That it only takes hard work and determination. I admire Mrs. Clinton for her strength and determination. She has proven that she will fight for her beliefs. Personally I believe is that she is the best person for President at this time. I support the fact that she is going on with her campaign and allowing everyone to vote. I think that Mr. Obama should do the same. This is the first time that a woman and a black man will be chosen to be the democratic nominate. This is a once in a lifetime thing that may not happen again for a very longtime. I think that it is important for people to be a part of such a historical event and that all 50 states should participate. This will prove that the Democratic party is about the people and not delegates. In addition, that both have brought a huge number of new voters.

    Mrs. Clinton you have shown woman (young and old) that we can stand up and be counted. Regardless of what road blocks we may encounter, anything is possible. For this, I a black woman admire you.

    Jackson, Mississippi

    May 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Obama08

    Clinton Supporters

    1. Clinton can't win without the superdelegates which she has been courting and at one time saw them as a way of winning the nomination. I am sure if the delegates were going the other way, you would be welcoming them.

    2. WV Governor also stated today that WV voters were voting because of their feelings towards BILL Clinton. He isn't running!!

    3. Clinton stated after Obama won so many states after Super Tuesday, that small states didn't matter.

    Get a grip and put some rationale and reason into your arguments.

    May 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Dina

    I'm still waiting on someone/anyone to clearly explain to me without trumped up spin just what great qualifying experience Sen. Clinton has besides her years as a First Lady when Bill was Govenor and President that make her the more expreinced candidate. Is it age or more time involved in politics in general?

    Sen. Obama does claim or boast of vast amounts of political experience beyond what can be proven which I would think would be the same for Sen. Clinton, but her supporters continue on with this "she's the more qualified candidate" mantra and I still have yet to figure out what those qualifications are other those I'm already aware of. Care to enlighten me? Anyone?

    May 12, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. PAT S., TEXAS

    ALERT! ALERT! WV and KY , PLEASE, WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A candidate who is "ready on day 1" to run the economy, yet in 16 MOS, has managed to run up a debt over $20M!!!! Great Planning.
    Promise of a GAS TAX HOLIDAY, that no expert supports. She calls you her blue collar support base, but what she means is that you are POOR, STUPID SUCKERS!! who will believe anything.
    Help Hillary get the help that she needs by not feeding her mental illness (PATHOLOGICAL LYING, DELUSIONS, DENIAL).

    May 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    How can people honestly say that Hillary was robbed of the nomination?! If you are seeking to blame anyone for Hillary losing, you should start with her campaign and her advisors. They totally let her down and magnified Hillary's errors and weaknesses instead of mitigating them. I fully agree that both sides and their supporters have gotten extremely personal, and at times viscious, which has only added to some of these negative feelings. However, I pray that everyone will be able to step back and take a few breaths before making a horrible decision of voting for McCain or sitting out the election.

    May 12, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. mitchell from arkansaw

    it's just prolonging the inevitable,but,everyone deserves a say.i hope west virginians will show their support for obama,and help seal the deal for him.i hope the hillary supporters there,will also vote for obama ,in the fall.

    May 12, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Sissie in NC

    Suzy, you need to get your fact straight. He is in West Virginia today and Kentucky and there is little to no excitement. People of his kind aren't welcomed in WV, as those bigots are telling their newspaper and such that they will not vote for a black man. It is pathetic that Bill and Hillary are pandering to these racist rednecks, who vote agaisn't their economic interest because they think someone is going to take their gun away. Well, thanks goodness I'm not poor, they will live with the consequences of their decision.

    May 12, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. precious

    I am black, a woman, and a democrat, and I have watched both campaigns, read every blog, listened to every newsbroadcast, watched every debate, and I must say, that I have developed a "bitter" taste in my mouth, and have decided not to vote in the general election.

    May 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Barack the Vote in RI

    Time magazine said it all: "And the Winner Is"......

    enough said.


    May 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Whiskey

    i am

    May 12, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Sympathy

    Matt I think you have a cholce of whom to vote for, and I think the reason Hillary is so much favored for President is that she is from the old school and same as usual politics instead of focusing on something new. I too wanted Hillary to win but somewhere along the road she just started focusing on herself and not the American People. Nasty campaign against her opponent in which I thought was unfair.

    We can all use a different was of doing things but when you lie about what you can do and not be able to handle your own business is not what the American People needs right now. So if Obama wins the nominee then it's okay to vote Republican as your choice.

    May 12, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Tommy

    Racist thinkers are not qualified to lead a diverse country.

    May 12, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Joe

    Ditto Matt's comments. I only wish my vote for Hillary would have counted in the DNC primary- but my vote will still count for the general election. Not a good sign for Obama- he should wake up to himself and his delusional supporters of disenfranchisement within the DNC.

    May 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Let the people vote... This is silly to call a state before the voting even starts. How could one even think about doing this? Let it play out. Unless Clinton wins above 90% of the delegates, it is going to be hard for Clinton to stay in with any reasonable mathematical possiblity of winning the nomination.

    May 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Sid Riley

    My coment is;;;;; that Hillary should stay in to the end, she is by far the best one for this country.
    She has the talent and the wisdom to do the right things for the country.

    When the Republicans get after Obama, he won't know he is or where he came from.
    so hang in there Hillary and beat this thing.

    May 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. WHY??

    READ THIS DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Quoted by Concern Democrats "Those democrats that feel the need to support McCain or not vote at all, to express their anger/hate/revenge towards Obama are only hurting themselves. If Obama loses, he'll go back to the senate and he'll be alright. However, will you be OK with a failing economy, a continue war in Iraq, health care unresolved, conservative justices, etc…"

    Most of you all are not voting on the issues .. issues of Mc Cain and Clinton are polar opposites .. the only thing they have in common is their race ... hmmm?

    Hilary is just in the race to split the democratic party so Obama can lose so she can run again in 2012 .. even her supporters proclaim this .... *heartless*

    May 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. D Taliga

    Shame on you hillary .any true Democrat will conced after NC.
    He won all and you just wont show,and damage.
    West Verginan , Im just telling the truth. Her jadjment about Iraq cost you 30,000 killed and wounded ,as well trillions of USD.
    Now you go to vote for her?She work just for lobbyist not for you she mae politics from Merica kids blood

    May 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. tell the truth

    So what. It is only one state. Is this state imporant? Ask the Clintions. There always changing the rules. At the end ask yourself who has won the most states,votes and delegates. If the answer to all three is Obama then has won. I do not hate the Clintions are the support but they must stop with all this BS. Do what is best for you and your family.

    May 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. The Patriot

    Wow, you Obama supporters are very ugly/ rude/ obnoxious aren't you? I tell ya what, as a well educated, professional white woman, I would never vote for Obama or McCain.........guess I will just have to stay home that day. Obama cannot win without our for you 'followers' out there...............GET A LIFE! Grow up and get some common sense..........stop the HATE!

    Hillary 08!

    Hey Hill, why don't you run on the independant ticket?

    May 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Democrat from NC

    For the millionth time. Why are DEMOCRATS

    May 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Rick

    I cannot under any circumstance vote for Obama. He is not quailified to be president. My only alternative is to abstain from voting for a president. It's time for Obama to step aside and let someone that is qualified to be president accept the nomination. Obama cannot win against Mc Cain, at least HIllary has a chance.

    May 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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