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Clinton Campaign Denies Report She Will Concede Tonight

The AP reports Clinton will concede tonight:

Clinton_2"Obama is 40 delegates shy of clinching the nomination, but he is widely expected to make up the difference Tuesday with superdelegate support and votes in South Dakota and Montana. Once he reaches the magic number of 2,118, Clinton will acknowledge that he has secured the necessary delegates to be the nominee. The former first lady will stop short of formally suspending or ending her race in her speech in New York City. She will pledge to continue to speak out on issues like health care. But for all intents and purposes, the two senior officials said, the campaign is over...The advisers said Clinton has made a strategic decision to not formally end her campaign, giving her leverage to negotiate with Obama on various matters including a possible vice presidential nomination for her. She also wants to press him on issues he should focus on in the fall, such as health care."

The Clinton campaign says that report is wrong: "The AP story is incorrect. Senator Clinton will not concede the nomination this evening."

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  1. Oh God damnit.

    Posted by: Al | Jun 3, 2008 1:02:19 PM

  2. Out of this world. I wanted Hillary to be president years ago (in 2000, actually) but I'm glad to see how things are shaping up.

    I hope Obama wins in November - he's got my vote.

    Posted by: David | Jun 3, 2008 1:02:24 PM

  3. I was a strong supporter of Hillary a year ago at this same time. I donated to her campaign, and even attended one of her speaking engagements. My how things have changed over the last year, she's disappointed me tremendously particularly within the last six months.

    What is more shocking then Hillary's turnabout over the last year is fellow Democrats and Independents stating they will not vote for Obama and would rather see McCain in office then him. It's beyond disheartening and moreover childish.

    There's a real chance for something new here. Let's come together and bring change into the White House and begin rebuilding our relationships with the rest of the world, relationships that have crumbled over the last 8 years.

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 3, 2008 1:14:30 PM

  4. How is it "childish" for an Independent (or a Democrat for that matter) to decide not to support a Democrat for President?

    There's no such thing as a one-size fits all candidate. Moderate or Conservative (and yes - they exist) Democrats and Independents may not prefer a "liberal" candidate.

    I know Obama supporters may find this shocking, but these kinds of voters may prefer a "moderate" Republican, or a third party candidate based on legitimate principles. There's nothing childish about voting your idealogy.

    This peevishness over people voting their preference and not towing the party line is extraordinarily insulting.

    Obama supporters need to seriously alter their tone. Any new BHO supporters are not going to be of the "he's the messiah" kind - they're going to be people who need to be convinced he's the better candidate.

    Any sort of "how can you not vote for him!?" attitude simply isn't going to cut it. Maybe thats tough for current BHO zealots to fathom, but they better wake up to this quick.

    Posted by: AERES | Jun 3, 2008 1:31:31 PM

  5. well, JIM, i guess you'll just have to get over your shock and disappointment. poor little you. sniff.

    Posted by: nic | Jun 3, 2008 1:31:42 PM

  6. A close friend of mine is a Clinton strategist and close friend of the Clintons told me his contract has just been extended through August 31st.

    Posted by: Anon | Jun 3, 2008 1:33:04 PM

  7. The AP report seemed rather specific. They of course, don't want to concede before the voting ends, so the denial is pro forma.

    Posted by: | Jun 3, 2008 1:49:25 PM

  8. Oh God, just make it stop!!!

    Hillary Clinton has become everything I hate about the Republican party. How did she manage to go from being the favored candidate of the Democratic Party to this? I dunno, but she had a lot of help from Terry, Harold, Mark and Bill.

    If the job of POTUS involves having the good sense to surround yourself with people who make you better than you are, Hillary would be the second worst president ever.

    Posted by: Joe Bua | Jun 3, 2008 1:53:18 PM

  9. Jim,

    I applaud your optimism, and I'm all for rebuilding our relationships with the rest of the world, but there's nothing new with Obama. It's the same old show from Axelrod & Associates, courtesy of that dirty old Chicago political machine.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 3, 2008 1:54:43 PM

  10. JIM, your comment was sincere, articulate and respectful. "childish" is hardly an insulting description for the attitude of people who would accept more of the last eight years of EXPERIENCED INEPTITUDE and a lack of "new world vision"-- rather than try someone new.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 3, 2008 2:00:28 PM

  11. Jim is absolutely correct. Aeres, no diehard Obama supporters WANT his new supporters to be "he's the messiah"-types. That is an absurd interpretation of his supporters that was 100% created by the media. I've been an Obama supporter since day one, and I've never thought he was perfect. But he is the best we've had in a long, long time.

    Moreover, you may think you're voting a "moderate protest vote" for McCain against the super-lib Obama, and normally that may be true, but not this year.

    This year, you'll be voting to keep our children in harms way.

    This year, if you vote for McCain, you will have the blood of 4000+ US soldiers, and 600,000+ Iraqi civilians on your hands.

    This year is too important. So get over it. We need a united Democratic party NOW.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Jun 3, 2008 2:00:57 PM

  12. I love how Aeres refers to Barack Obama by BHO. An obvious reference to his middle name of Hussein--what a sad person you are.

    Referring to Barack supporters as zealots? It's a bit much. Are Clinton supporters called the same? McCain supporters? No.

    Instead Aeres uses terms like "zealots" along with "BHO"to really drive home the point that Barack is a "scary outsider" or perhaps even suggesting he's, gasp, muslim which would really be just plain awful. Give me a break Aeres.

    Posted by: Bryce | Jun 3, 2008 2:01:02 PM

  13. Bryce, Referring to Obama as BHO is no different than referring to Hillary as HRC.
    Is that some sort of statement about her stance on gay rights? Not quite.
    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, though WJC might not agree.

    Posted by: john | Jun 3, 2008 2:16:09 PM

  14. If she does concede (and I pray to God she does not) we can kiss the White House goodbye.

    I have never seen such a disgraceful attempt by the media to knock this woman down with EVERY SINGLE step she took.

    As an optimist, I never wanted to believe how SEXIST this country can STILL be when push came to shove. True colors really came out these past few months.

    What a TERRIBLE time to be a WOMAN in a country where a man with no track record, no experience can beat out a woman of her grace, experience, intelligence and love for her country. It's very sad.

    Posted by: daveynyc | Jun 3, 2008 2:24:27 PM

  15. I agree with John. His middle name starts with an "H". Own it and stop whining. Everyone knows he isn't a terrorist, and if they don't know, they weren't going to vote for him anyway.

    Posted by: David | Jun 3, 2008 2:25:37 PM

  16. DaveNYC, while that's all fine and good, you and I view a very different Hillary. "Grace" is not the first word that pops to my mind.

    On a somewhat related note, when will people stop equating simple longevity with experience?

    Posted by: really? | Jun 3, 2008 2:43:36 PM

  17. Bryce - are you kidding me? We can't even refer to a man's legitimate middle name now with out being accused of being a closet bigot/xenophobe?

    But then again I guess thats the easy way to try to discredit anyone who disagrees.

    Posted by: AERES | Jun 3, 2008 3:02:39 PM

  18. Watching this campaign from afar (Dublin, Ireland), I have been greatly impressed how the political process has come alive. But the way Hillary has been treated in this campaign is a disgrace, while Obama has been given a free ride... some of you are critical that she's fought like a streetfighter, but that IS what you need for someone to be President [not like the current one and his sidekick who don't give a crap about Americans or anyone else!]

    I'm so sorry she won't be the Presidential nominee (this time) but I'm proud to see how she is such a fighter and never gives an inch.

    Andy: this is momentous point in American history, should we not reflect, or even engage in some "guestimates"? What do you *Andy* think, and who would you support?

    Did you enjoy the primaries? Should HRC be VP to Obama? Or should she sit it out to 2012? Will Obama win again McCindy? Can we briefly (and nicely) share some thoughts here?

    Posted by: SeanR | Jun 3, 2008 3:09:22 PM


    Jimmy Carter to Endorse Obama tonight

    Diana Feistein a HUGE Hillary supporter has come out and said it is time to end it tonight and unite the party with dream ticket of Obama POTUS/ Clinton VP 08

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 3, 2008 3:11:12 PM

  20. PS

    Latest Gallup poll/ USA today poll has Obama beating mccain nationaly by 5% amongst likely voters

    DaveNYC You have nothing to worry about Obama loosing us the white house. I would recomend that you put your passion behind Feinstein's push for ending this now with Hillary as Obama's VP and lets go after the old guy together as a united family

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 3, 2008 3:47:09 PM

  21. Well, I hope you all don't mind another Repub in the White House because that's exactly what's going to happen now.

    :( I'll miss Hillary.

    Posted by: Shane | Jun 3, 2008 3:52:08 PM

  22. So now Obama will have endorsements from Hamas, Jimmy Carter and for all intents and purposes Fidel Castro. This is the leftist equivalent of a Republican being endorsed by Phyllis Schlafly, Operation Rescue and David Duke.

    The AP leaking the supposed HRC concession amounts to little more than voter suppression. More change we can believe in.

    Posted by: paul | Jun 3, 2008 3:52:49 PM

  23. Paul

    It measn that Clinton has lost control of her incompetent staff. No united message from a group who lost her the election and are trying to save something for themselves and not doing things in the best intrest of Hillary.

    McCain is on record a few years ago about how we must sit down and talk with Hamas.

    True dems will want a united succesful ticket. I question the validity of dem credentials of those who are rooting for mccain.

    Like senator feinstein a huge Hillary supporter said

    END it NOW and unite Obama/ Clinton 08
    Bye Bye mccain

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 3, 2008 3:57:29 PM

  24. Ah, yes. Obama was depending on media-aided vote suppression to deliver tonight's blowouts in SD and MT. That's right.

    Posted by: 24play | Jun 3, 2008 3:59:58 PM

  25. Jimmyb - I know you're smart enough to know that national head to head polls don't matter one bit - particularly this far out.

    You need to look state by state and see who has the easier to road to 270 electoral votes. And on that issue, HRC (based on past elections) appears to have an easier path to 270 than BHO.

    Posted by: AERES | Jun 3, 2008 4:57:50 PM

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