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June 4th, 2008
10:05 PM ET

Hillary Clinton's concession call to Barack Obama: "I am prepared to help"

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/04/art.clintonobama.jpg caption="Senators Clinton and Obama at the NAACP annual convention in July, 2006."]
Carl Bernstein
CNN Political Analyst and author of "A Woman In Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton"

 
Senator Hillary Clinton personally assured Barack Obama today that she recognizes he has won the Democratic nomination for president, and that “I’m prepared to help in any way I can,” according to a person familiar with their conversation.
 
Though she would prefer to be on his ticket as the vice presidential nominee, said this person, Senator Clinton has said her  only requirement  as the campaign goes forward is that “she be a player in the whole process. She doesn’t necessarily want to leave the Senate,  but she does want to be sure that key people from her campaign will have a role in Obama’s  presidential campaign and—if he wins the presidency—his administration.”

“Yes, it is somewhat a power play for vice president,” said this person, a Clinton supporter in Washington with whom she sometimes counsels on important matters.  “But being on the ticket is  not a requirement” for her unqualified help, especially in convincing her supporters to embrace Obama’s candidacy.   “Her speech [Tuesday night] was about being a player and making sure she was a player.”  

However, as late as three this morning, said a source in touch with the highest levels of her campaign, Senator Clinton still believed it remained remotely possible she might become the eventual nomineee of the party, and was determined not to concede to Obama imminently.  Her thinking, said this source, remained focused on the idea that some piece of negative information about Obama might surface, or that some of the superdelegates might be somehow swayed after reconsidering that she was the more electable candidate, after some days of reflection  and polling.

“It’s crazy. Her head is not there yet, to the point where she is willing to accept that she’s not going to be the nominee,” said one of her major supporters this morning, based on knowledge of conversations Tuesday night between Senator Clinton and her seniormost advisors.

Apparently one of the things that changed her mind was the obviously negative reaction of some of her most important backers—-including members of Congress–to her failure to acknowledge Obama as the nominee in her speech to supporters, after Obama had definitively secured the number of delegates necessary to be the nominee.

As the critical response, especially from supporters who had never before wavered, threatened to reach a crescendo-—and it became evident that her chances of becoming the vice presiential nominee were being adversely affected by the reaction—-she went out of her way to assure Obama personally that she recognized his victory, would give him her complete support,  and  try to bring along  her own acolytes skeptical of his candidacy, and would do so rapidly.

Her effusive praise of Obama before the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee today was partly intended to assure him of the kind of support she  intends to put forward—and demonstrate credibility with certain constitutencies she hopes will lead Obama to choose her as his running mate.

“I think she’ll be a total activist. Within a very short period of time you’ll see a very united deal,” said a member of her senior-support network.   Apparently, that will occur Saturday, according to a statement from the Clinton campaign.

Meanwhile, her representatives have begun talking with senior Obama advisors about ways that he can help her pay off more than $10 million in campaign debt, through his partcipation in fund-raising efforts on her behalf between now and September, according to a knowledgeable source.  September is the legal deadline for retiring certain forms of campaign debt under Federal law.

In terms of her vice-presidential aspirations, which Bill Clinton has been pushing privatey as an alternative if she failed in her bid for the presidency,  Senator Clinton is said by her closest supporters to be genuinely convinced that Obama will have a very difficult time winning the presidency without her on the ticket, and that she is intent on demonsrating over the coming weeks her indispensibility to his cause.

“He (Obama) has a real problem with the Jewish vote, with white women over fifty, and a Catholic problem,” said one of Senator Clinton’s backers. “She can do a lot for him with those groups.”
   
It will be a very difficult sell, according to Obama’s senior advisors, many of whom have come to despise—the word is not too strong–the Clintons with the same degree of contempt that the Clintons have, in private and not-so-private, exhibited toward Obama.   

However, Senator Obama is said by some of these same senior advisors not to be nearly so disdainful of Senator Clinton as some on his staff, but he has  been deeply angered at the conduct of aspects of her campaign and the words of both Bill and Hillary Clinton.

 


Filed under: Barack Obama • Carl Bernstein • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Julio

    I just wish Hillary would stick to her guns & say what she really means. There is going to be another election & how are we to vote
    for her at a later date, when she eludes to race & holding the 18M
    votes hostage. Hillary don't be a sore loser........we love you but you are
    beginning to show your true color(s).

    June 4, 2008 at 11:35 pm |
  2. Martina

    I love how now we have this whole new segment of 'what went wrong?' in respect to Hillary well, let me see the press, the media, that's what went wrong; thanks media for screwing this one up like you did with the war in Iraq. Let me do you guys the favor on anouncing who will be the winner in the 2008 election: John Mccain; oh and while I'm at it let me thank the democratic party for screwing this nomination too like they always mess up things, thanks because now I will have another four yrs of my life ruined.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:34 pm |
  3. mary gunter

    I think the news (cnn and others) were the downfall for Hillary. I think if Obama does not put her on the ticket, then McCain will win and I will vote Republican for the first time. Obama can give a great speech, but I would not feel safe at 3 A.M. with him in office! I also think Jamal and Jack Cafferty should take a hike! Jack Cafferty comes across as very close minded and out of touch. News should not be created, it should be reported by CNN. Also, the superdelegates should not be able to share with others, what their vote is until after all the states have voted in their primary. I do not believe the democrats will be united unless Hillary is VP. The 18 million people have spoken.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:34 pm |
  4. Phillip Deng

    People are aware of what Senator Clinton's game and it is that she needs some attention from media nationally and worldwide that is why she suspended her camp. this late. I thought she would endorse Barack Obama last night but oh well no one will ever know what's in her mind. She is a well respected woman and leader but sometime she does things that don't make sense to the public.
    In regards to VP, I do not think it is good idea for Obama to pick Clinton simply because she is not agent for change and people need change in our country especially the way current administration operating. By the way, thank you Anderson for the hardwork you do every night.

    Phillip Deng
    Middletown, PA

    June 4, 2008 at 11:33 pm |
  5. Sue of Capital District, New York

    Look i just don't think there is enough blood pressure medicine to go around with her , Sen. Clinton, on the ticket.....i just can't go another routd with the negative nonsense..it's going to be enought with Sen. McCain.
    It's Obama's time to shine with his choices.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  6. Artie

    I think Clinton would be the perfect choice for Secretary of State.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  7. scott

    Obama should thank the states of Florida and Michigan, because had the primaries held in these states been the real deal Clinton would have won both of these states, all of the momentum would have swung her way and she would have walked to the nomination. Just ask Mitt and Rudy, Florida did them in.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  8. Edana Popp

    And why should we listen to this ego-maniac who did everything he could to derail Clinton's campaign? He should be at the top of Hillary's good-by, don't look back list.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  9. Nate Franklin WI

    We fail to give credit to the Oboma camp for not beating up on Hillary.
    Hillary really lost the race in February, theirfore Oboma, only had to maintain his lead, relax, he did'nt campaign too hard in Kintucky, Portarico, South Decota, or PA. . If Barack had campaigned harder after February, Hillary would have concede long before now. Fact is, Hillary thought that she was entitled, went to sleep on that Day One experianse, Barock stole the show. When women realized who had won, they retaliated, to late.

    Hillary is a mortal enemy of Oboma, and i think a wise man would keep her within sight. Theirfore, Hillary would make a great VP, and Bill would be an added bonus for your Cabnet.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  10. Jerry

    This looks like the most astute assessment of the situation I've read so far. I think Hillary is going slow in order to give her followers time to assimilate the fact she is not going to be President. As well as assimilate that fact herself. Once they've had a few days for the blogosphere and the forums to cool down, she'll be more conciliatory. At the same time I imagine the backchannel vice-presidential campaign will be getting into high gear. Right now she and her team are dipping toes into the water all along the stream, trying to determine how best to put pressure on Obama to be the VP nominee, and trying to figure out how far she can go toward threatening to balk if she doesn't get it, without completely throwing the election to McCain.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  11. Amber

    I'm just amazed that the headlines are still about Hillary rather than about Barrack's victory. How much longer do we have to see this woman on the news? And as far as your question, "What did Hillary do wrong?" how about... people didn't like her? She's a liar... she has no experience, despite CNN's spokesperson discussing the advantages Barrack would have in choosing her as VP... citing all the experience she has. Experience doing what? Serving tea in the white house? Urging Bill to push NAFTA through which significantly hurt our country? Chasing Monica around from room to room? Dodging sniper fire in Bosnia? What was this woman's experience? Could we please focus on the winner, Barrack Obama... and not continue to focus on the jilted first lady who taught all women to stand by their man no matter how many interns he cheats on them with? At least in her case, because he was the President of the United States... and this ambitious woman wasn't about to leave that.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  12. Ed

    When candidates run in a primary, you are going to see amplification of differences. Hillary simply underestimated Obama and ran a poor campaign in trying to exploit minor differences, which forced her (and Bill) into a more negative role to try and recover. For example, she thought she had Obama beat over the negotiation issue, when more Americans agree with Obama. The real problem for Hillary is that she has essentially peaked and can't shake her high negatives, while Obama has grown rapidly despite making mistakes, something Hillary's followers are reluctant to admit because they really want to believe Hillary's experience should trump, and her campaign hype. For example, many really believe there is a "Michelle hates whitey" video out there despite being a hoax. I expect Obama to continue to grow the way the Kennedys and MLK grew. Unfortunately the demographics that Hillary appeals to have a hard time comprehending or accepting that it is a new day, time to move on from the obsession with resolving conflicts from the '60s we've seen in every election since, including Bush's failed attempt to win Vietnam by proxy in Iraq, instead of trying to build bridges. Whether Hillary can get this and move her heavily older and less educated followers to that point is critical to whether Clinton should be VP.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  13. Aware

    AC, you need to tell David Gergen to cool it . His misogyny is only inflaming disillusioned Democrats. He has been anti Hillary all through the primaries, and enough is enough! He has really crawled out of the woodwork on this one! 🙁

    Let the adults speak!

    Hillary is the best and if you continue to disrespect her and her supporters, McCain will win big time!

    Barack Obama is an illusion, a left wing media myth created for mega bucks. I stopped watching Fox news during the far right mania, and I have stopped watching MSNBC during this far left mania.

    We travel a great deal and CNN International is always a treat to watch. You pundits need to realize that there are many people with grave doubts about Obama, the biracial candidate and his questionable relationships and his decades long association with a Black LiberationTheology church and racist pastors.

    He is not exactly good presidential material, and no VP can change that! I lived through Trudeau mania and the disillusionment that followed his election. 🙁

    June 4, 2008 at 11:31 pm |
  14. D Baker

    The news groups have made this campaign for Obama and YOU ARE STILL HARPING ON HILLARY EVERY TIME SHE DOES not DO What you want her to. That and the fact everyone brings up the dislike of Bill Clinton- Did they vote for Obama or against Bill Clinton?- I think the later. It is too bad- in the words of my wife “Bill has screwed Hillary again”. CNN ——-Reality check- he did not receive the most cast votes. The news says she should stop and quit the campaign. Is her support real- take it from one Hillary supporter– yes. Like the women, like her views – unfortunately for her- the Obama campaign has mimicked her views to be more palatable- look at articles on this guy last year in Readers Digest and other magazines to see his changes. The Obama campaign has also promised everything to everyone- his campaign slogan should be “Follow the Obama Brick road” – ie… yellow brick road – and also do not pull that curtain back to see reality- Obama has none -except some very good handlers. There is real support for Hillary- take that to the voting booth come November. Also one hopes the 2/3 of the register voters who sit out each campaign vote- YOU HAVE NOT HEARD FORM THEM YET.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:31 pm |
  15. Ed in Lousiana

    Sounds like typical political extortion to me. But Obama knows how to play the game too. If he is smart he will privately agree to her demands and use her support, which unfortunately he will need to beat the Republican machine, and after he gets elected he can tell her to sit down and shut the hell up. Once he's in office HE can make his own rules. Good luck to him whatever he decides.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  16. Marcia

    "Her thinking, said this source, remained focused on the idea that some piece of negative information about Obama might surface"
    Now isn't that just typical of the Clintons!
    It takes a certain amount of class to accept disappointment. Let's see if the Clinton camp has that class or if they will stomp their feet, and pout because they can't have their own way.
    I'm one of those over fifty white working class women that supposedly was blindly following HRC.
    NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am fully behind Barack Obama because I believe he is the best choice to lead out country back to the greatness it once had.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  17. Stan

    After watching CNN for years, I am continually disappointed (and annoyed) with Anderson Cooper's portrayal of Clinton and creating issues that were seemingly insignificant. In my opinion, CNN has moved from objective reporting to commentary disguised as reporting. I'll find another news source and will check down the road to see if things have changed.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  18. DHC in Pa

    If her concession is to campaign with him but all the while telling him he can't win without her, who needs her? She cannot keep from making this all about her and demonstrates time and time again that her own self interest is paramount to the interests of her party and her country. I have been a big Obama supporter but if he can't stand up to her now and refuse to put her on the ticket, than I doubt he can stand up to the challenges of being President.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  19. Sarin

    I, being a Sen. Clinton supporter, will not be voting for Sen. Obama, due to the fact that he denies the race votes, yet has run a race race. 92% of all black votes seemed too go one way, not based on politics. Not to mention he had better hope those college kids aren't getting wasted on voting day. Also you continue to refer to Sen. Clinton as Mrs. Clinton, including the Pres. of the Ctr. for womens advancement, brilliant by the way. You as the Media should have more respect in this election finale, I hope that others refuse to vote and we end up with four more years of Bush, due to the Democrats ignorance!

    June 4, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  20. DannyCali

    What's next because Obama guilty in fraud case? That's why I said he will not win in general election, I think Democratic should know about that. Obama will not be President of United States for sure.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  21. CAM-J

    John McCain keeps talking about his experience concerning Iraq because of his military career and how "naive" Barack Obama is on this and Foreign policy issues. We all honor an respect his and all of our military veterans service; I happen to be a 22 years retired U S Army Vet myself, and over those 22 years I had the unfortunate experience of witnessing the fact that experience doesn't breed wisdom. John McCain seems to think that the economy isn't so bad or pretty good or whatever the ridiculous positive view that he stated...Not only am I 22 years military vet, but I also have an Associates Degree in Computer Networking Systems, a BS and an AA Degree in Management, and a Masters Degree in Information Systems Management. Yet I'm unemployed and only receiving postive employment responses from companys that I do not even need a High School Diploma to secure. Wow!! Now you tell me who's naive?

    June 4, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  22. Beverly

    Obama will not win without Clinton. I, for one, will not vote for him.
    As African Americans voted in great numbers to have the first biracial
    presidential nominee, I voted as many women did to have the first woman nominee. As history goes, African American men got the right to vote before women, so Hillary's struggle has been more difficult.
    He can not change this with a man VP. It will make the difference in the election in addition to other factors.
    The media will not say they were at fault by failing to expose some of Barrack's weaknesses earlier with his associations and church, they continue to blame Hillary's loss in the first half on her; but if the media had done their job instead of being pro Barrack Hillary would have won by double digits. So own up to it your panel of political analylist.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  23. Marie in California

    I supported Hillary, but I will never support an Obama/Clinton ticket. I would not vote for Obama under ANY circumstances. He is the most pathetic presidential candidate I have ever seen. Worse than Carter, McGovern, or Dukakis.

    Three cheers for President McCain!

    June 4, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  24. James

    My honest opinion I don't think HC as a VP will work. Her husband is a liability and BO will always have to watch his back.

    As far as her comments last night. I thought she disrespected every African American little boy and girl. BO has the right to make it about everyone, she did not have the right to not even acknowledge that history, not her story was made. That in itself only confirms that she will never submit. As much as I hate to admit it, racism and classism still exists in America, as well as the Clinton sense of entitlement.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  25. Beth

    Here's what went wrong....the media. And you just can't stop! Still going at it today deciding all the things wrong with a Hillary Obama ticket.

    Well, 18 million people almost as many who voted for Barack thought it went right.

    Further, Barack Obama does not inspire me. He is boring....his speeches are blah blah blah blah.

    And, you and the rest of the team at CNN are beginning to bore me.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  26. Ariel Benazon

    I am not prepared to say what Obama should do about the Hillary Clinton question. Suffice it to say that this is his first major challenge in political power brokering and back room diplomacy. If he can find an acceptable solution to this problem without alienating too many Democratic voters, then he has passed his first critical test as a potential president.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  27. larry

    Its a shame...as most can see,, even on Hilarys web site..that we are not going to vote for Obama. Most will vote McCain..we supported Hilary the person,, not Hilary the Democrat. So as long as she isnt the nominee my vote will go to McCain..for the first time in 50 years i will vote Republican. Thanks for the run and i wish she would continue.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  28. Pramis Nicolas Montero

    Finally Mrs. Clinton has acknowleged Mr. Obama’s victory!!! Of course it was under pressure…but at least she did. Anyways….I think for Mr. Obama deciding to choose her or not for Vice-President is an extremely hard decision.

    I believe so because his whole campaign has been focused on “change” and from parting ways with the “politics of the past”, which are represented by Clinton and John McCain . If he chooses Hillary* as VP Republicans will have a party about this and will slowly make him lose his credibility as an agent of change. Therefore, I believe, Mr. Obama should not choose her as VP. But I’m open to other arguments, i admit this case needs to be carefully studied

    June 4, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  29. Scott Leins

    If Mccaine and Obama really cared about the american cituation and about the future of our country they would run together drop the causes and be there for the people and get this country fixed.
    It seems its all about power in the government today what happened to the the government for the people by the people.

    SAL

    June 4, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  30. TS

    Carl Bernstein like many others come across as 'Hillary Haters'. Obama has won the nomintion. She is going to concede – big deal if she does it in a few days. Why keep talking about her 'ambition' to be in power and not talk the same way about any men? Does Carl think that Obama does not crave power? Or is it that power obsession of males is actually a virtue? Obama has a good probability to lose not because he may be relatively inexperienced but because of disrepectful reporters and journalists in the so called main stream media. Anderson Cooper – you come across as more fair & balanced ! Let us reduce the Hillary hating columns in the name of political analysis, please...

    June 4, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  31. Dorothy Fade

    You call yourselves the best political team on TV? Come on. You’re as naive as a high-school student in the fifties. If you think Hillary is going to back Obama, think again. She’s going to string him along, and all the time she is going to convince the super-delegates to change their minds. (Remember it's up to them now, the back room guys.) Then, at the convention, she is going to spring it on everyone and yank the nomination away from him. It's long been common knowledge that if a Clinton can’t defeat you, they will DESTROY you.
    Oh well, it’ll be a valuable lesson on the way politics are really run (and won). Maybe it will toughen up the black Jimmy Stewart so he won’t pull a Charlie Brown again for the next time. Mark my words, the Clintons want this, and they’re going to get it if they have to incapacitate the guy.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  32. Cathy

    I was stunned by her speech last evening. The speech was so inappropriate and lacking in dignity. I think it said a lot about Hillary Clinton. I wondered if she would have a change of tone if party leaders didn't take to her speech and demeanor last night. After all, she has to consider her future aspirations and the Clinton legacy. Good piece Carl.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  33. Pramis Nicolas Montero

    Finally Mrs. Clinton has acknowleged Mr. Obama's victory!!! Of course it was under pressure...but at LEAST she did. Anyways....I think for Mr. Obama deciding to choose her or not for Vice-President is an extremely hard decision.

    I believe so because his whole campaign has been focused on "change" and from parting ways with the "politics of the past", which are represented by Clinton and John McCain . Republicans will have a party about this and will slowly make him lose his credibility as an agent of change. Therefore, I believe, Mr. Obama should not choose her as VP. But I'm open to other arguments, i admit this case needs to be carefully studied.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  34. Vincent Anconas

    One thing everyone keeps forgetting is that it has only been a day since this long, hard fought struggle has ended. Emotions are still flying around and I don't think either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama will make any decisions in the immediate future...nor should they.

    It is obvious to me, however, that having Clinton as VP is the best possible decision Obama could make. Not just so Democrats can experience a victory against McCain in November but also so that he can have the best possible running mate. I can not think of a single other person that will give Obama's campaign the same level of dedication, persistence, support and leadership. These two people have made history during this long campaign, there can be no doubt about that.

    Like Buckminster Fuller said..."Don't fight forces...use them."

    June 4, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  35. Luis

    How About We Just Wait Until Saturday To Find Out What She Is Going To Do. It Seems Like Now, You Guys Are Interested In Her, But Though Out The Campaign, You Guys Were Unfair To Her. Tell Her She Should Drop Out, She's Ruining The Chances Of Obama Going To The White House. I Applaud Hillary For Staying To The End. Shows She Not A Quitter Like Many Others In The Democratic Party. One More Thing, Please Stop With Hypothetical Questions. I Want News, Not Speculations. You Guys Are As Bad As The Oil Trades (Bunch Of Specualtors).

    June 4, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  36. JEANNE SCHNEIDER

    The nomination was stolen by the Dnc Rules Committee along with the votes she earned. Never in America has this happened. This is not about Hillary anymore. This is about saving democracy in America. I truly believe Obama will lose all 50 states because the American people, not the pundits and party leaders will pick the next President, and it won't
    e the dictator.

    Jeffrey Toobin should be fired for what he said about Hillary last night. Pretend Hillary's black , and do what you would do then. White women are not going to stand for this abuse. The blacklash will be a tsunami that will wash all of you away.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  37. Melchedsik

    You guys keep saying that Hillary came on strong at the end and Obama got weaker. But let look at the truth, the states where Hillary beginned this winning trend: PA, WV, KY, SD. All these state have very high racial tension and these states are majority white anyone of the white DEM candidates could have won these votes over Obama because these whites where not going to vote for a black man. In KY where there the most blacks (Louisville) Obama got a high amount of voters (which was black voters). Think about this Iran and these other hater countries dislike the Europeans of America not the Blacks, and Obama: I truly believe could bring more peace to the US then a White candidate can do. Iran would sit down and listen to a black man and trust him more because he know he been thru hardship with the White Americans also. Who better can bring healing to the world then America and who better can be believed on healing then someone who was hurt and now forgives (Blacks). Think about this with a open mind.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  38. Connie Jenkins

    I want to start by saying this is my first submission to a blog. I would also like to express my disappointment with your guest Faye Wattleton, President, For the Advancement of Women. Her comments not only did not support Hillary Clinton but as a representative for the advancement of women she at the very least should be use pronouns that are not discriminatory. When speaking about the role of vice president in Democratic Party race she indicated it would be “him/he”. While I realize this is petty to point out it is not too much to ask of the leaders of this organization and others like it to get this right. This type of error/oversight indicates to me, and most likely others, that their role is just a job and not a part of their core belief. However, on the matter of race she seemed to be very articulate.

    Salinas, California

    June 4, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  39. Professor Von Pie

    Anybody who doesn't know the Clintons and the Obamas hate each other must still think Bush was really looking for Saddam's WMDs.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  40. shirley

    This is a first: The loser dictating to the nominee what he needs to do to win her support. Hillary and her supporter's have no shame, this is old politics at its worst. Hillary should be censored by the DNC.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  41. Mike Kays

    Some of this reporting strikes me as borderline ridiculous. "It's crazy..." "said one of her supporters" "is said by her closest supporters to be"...is this seriously supposed to be proper journalism? What's crazy is that anyone could disacknowledge that Clinton knows she has half the Democrats behind her and that she needs to proceed carefully and delicately. And please let's not forget the disdain of Barack Obama which will continue to be felt by a great many people. Enough with the whispers from no names, let's let Senator Clinton speak and do for herself. She continues to show herself to be an immensely intelligent and capable leader.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:13 pm |
  42. Colie Brice

    No deal Hillary. You lie outrageously, you break rules, you're horrible at math, etc.

    Be grateful you're still a senator and get the hell out of the way.

    No deal, no way. Let the Hillary supporters defect to Mc Cain. There's plenty of great republicans looking for honest change and fundamental decency.

    Go away..

    Oh and tough luck about your huge campaign debt. Vanity is expensive.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:13 pm |
  43. Gary Ford

    The more I listen to these pundits, the more I move to Hillary's side on this. I really feel that there is a valid point a strategy which allows her supporters as well as her ease into support of Obama as opposed to an abrupt end.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:12 pm |
  44. Sharon Krall

    If the vote was taken today, I would vote for Obama. I am a 72 year old white woman which has nothing to do with my decision. I think he is sincere, will search for solutions on both sides of the aisle and encourage new ideas and motivate innovation.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:11 pm |
  45. mm

    its a very hard choice to be sure, but i believe in the long run her addition to the ticket and Bill in the background will come back to haunt him..in a very big way..he should choose elsewhere

    June 4, 2008 at 11:08 pm |
  46. Karen in Ohio

    Why do not Clinton turn to her husband, Hollywood rich friends or old, white women supporters for $10 mil? Why should Obama and his supporters help her out while this debt was used aginst their will needlessly??

    Yet, she is such a witness of her husband's sexual demeanors that she would believe every rumor about Obama. If she does not believe Obama can win, what on the earth makes her think she can win? She does not have a problem with women, catholic or white, she has a problem with geeneral American voters, period.

    Her madness and narrow-mindedness is inexplanable. It makes me wonder how could anyone has ever supported her.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:06 pm |
  47. Micahel Guinn Ventura,CA

    It's amazing to me how this person who loves America, has so many followers who simply hate Americans. They yell that they've been robbed, they say the election was rigged, they say that the media was anti-Hillary from "day one", and they think anyone who is for Obama is a republican troll. They hate Pelosi, Dean, Brazile, Kennedy, and anyone else who doesn't promote their candidate to Sainthood.
    One said to me yesterday "If she isn't treated with ANGELIC AFFECTION and RESPECT we will vote McCain in the Fall".
    She has inspired these haters by saying she has won the popular vote and that she was the receiver of sexism and gender bias.
    Senator Clinton has lost all the respect and admiration I once had for her.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:06 pm |
  48. John J

    "However, Senator Obama is said by some of these same senior advisors not to be nearly so disdainful of Senator Clinton as some on his staff, but he has been deeply angered at the conduct of aspects of her campaign and the words of both Bill and Hillary Clinton."

    Give me a break. Just look at the comment from any of the news posted by his supporters. Those comments make me sick of his compaign. I think the news and Obama's repeatedly declared in the earlier time that Clinton was not electable was worse than anything Clinton said. He distorted whatever she said.

    Regardless of Clinton's support of Obama, I do not think he will win either the general election. I voted for Clinton for her work and experience. I think if she is not running, the one who has more experience and leadership is McCain. I am a Republican and the only dem that I ever voted for Bill Clinton.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:05 pm |
  49. bob

    A genuine player, a person of stature, would not have had to make that speech last night. HRC already had an incredible legacy and an amazing stature in the DNC. The speech she gave last night did nothing to improve this, alienated some of here own key supporters, hurt her chances at being selected as the VP nominee, and most likely personally insulted the presumptive nominee. Now that is some great judgement... good thing she had the political experience from a lifetime of public service to know that speech was a bad idea... oh wait!

    June 4, 2008 at 11:04 pm |
  50. Anthony

    As much as I would enjoy seeing the "dream ticket" of Obama and Clinton, I believe it is imparitive that Obama takes charge of his campaign. Picking Clinton as his running mate may not help (or even hurt) him in the general election.Obama will make the best decision based on what will help him November, regardless of what "The Clintons" want.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:03 pm |
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