Sunday, March 30, 2008

Clinton Vows To Stay in Race To Convention

This week we have heard that there are forces in the Democratic Party who wishes for Sen. Hillary Clinton (our former First Lady) to leave the Democratic race for the Presidential nomination. I can see why if many are concerned that her continuing the race could result in a "civil war" of sorts withing the Democratic party. Especially if you believe that Clinton really wants to be president and is will to do whatever it takes to win this nomination, remember her nomination was supposed to be inevitable. Also note that some pundits believe that she might be going for something of a "scorched earth" policy. That is she wants to leave Obama bloodied if she doesn't get the nomination and it sets the stage for him to lose big in November. Good lord, politics is a dirty business! Here's more from the Washington Post...
n her most definitive comments to date on the subject, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton sought Saturday to put to rest any notion that she will drop out of the presidential race, pledging in an interview to not only compete in all the remaining primaries but also continue until there is a resolution of the disqualified results in Florida and Michigan.

A day after Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean urged the candidates to end the race by July 1, Clinton defied that call by declaring that she will take her campaign all the way to the Aug. 25-28 convention if necessary, potentially setting up the prolonged and divisive contest that party leaders are increasingly anxious to avoid.

"I know there are some people who want to shut this down and I think they are wrong," Clinton said in an interview during a campaign stop here Saturday. "I have no intention of stopping until we finish what we started and until we see what happens in the next 10 contests and until we resolve Florida and Michigan. And if we don't resolve it, we'll resolve it at the convention -- that's what credentials committees are for.

"We cannot go forward until Florida and Michigan are taken care of, otherwise the eventual nominee will not have the legitimacy that I think will haunt us," said the senator from New York. "I can imagine the ads the Republican Party and John McCain will run if we don't figure out how we can count the votes in Michigan and Florida."

Asked if there was a scenario in which she would drop out before the last primaries on June 3, Clinton said no. "I am committed to competing everywhere that there is an election," she said.

The Clinton campaign requested the interview Saturday to talk about how she could win and to emphasize her focus on Michigan and Florida.

Her remarks come as Clinton faces a mounting drumbeat, driven by the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and his backers, for her to bow out and avert a party crisis. Obama's supporters argue that he is too far ahead in pledged delegates for Clinton to catch up; Clinton counters by saying that neither of them has secured the 2,024 delegates needed for the nomination.

At a news conference Saturday in Johnstown, Pa., Obama welcomed Clinton to continue campaigning. "My attitude is that Senator Clinton can run as long as she wants," he said. "She is a fierce and formidable opponent, and she obviously believes she would make the best nominee and the best president."
It's also being said in a column by the Sun-Times' Michael Sneed that Sen. Clinton is almost broke. So on the financial front can the Senator continue to compete. It's also being said in a post on InstaPundit that she's neglecting her bills so that they can pay for ads. And I'm not so sure this helps Sen. Clinton but the NY's chapter of the National Organization for Women in what I would call an extreme press release announcing their support of Hillary Clinton.

Wow, it almost assumes women will just vote for Sen. Clinton in lockstep. Something that I would have a problem with, however, there are women who will vote exactly that way.

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