Clinton is encouraged to drop out

May 8, 2008 12:22:31 AM PDT
On Wednesday the calls for Hillary Clinton to abandon her presidential campaign are getting louder. Even California Senator Diane Feinstein, a long-time Clinton supporter, is worried about the impact on the party.

After her disappointing performance in Indiana and North Carolina, Clinton's reasons for staying in the race are dwindling. Even so, Clinton says she's not going anywhere.

Hillary Clinton emerged Wednesday night from a meeting with superdelegates. She made it clear she's still in it to win.

Despite Tuesday's primaries that padded Sen. Barack Obama's lead in the delegate count and popular vote.

"I think everybody realizes we've got to resolve what's going to happen with the delegates from Florida and Michigan. I continue to emphasize and stress that we cannot disenfranchise those voters and I hope we'll have a resolution," said Clinton.

Seating those disputed delegations is one of Clinton's few remaining hopes of keeping her White House bid alive, but despite her resolve, more democrats are speaking out, including Former Sen. George McGovern. The 1972 Democratic nominee announced he's now endorsing Obama, and urged Clinton to quit.

"I don't want to see us Democrats forfeit a chance to change the direction of the country by wounding the candidate who is eventually going to be our nominee, that's what happened to me in 1972," said McGovern.

Even Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of Clinton's earliest endorsers, expressed concern with the Democratic race continuing.

"I think the race is reaching the point now where there are negative dividends from it, in terms of strife within the party. I think we need to prevent that as much as we can," said Sen. Feinstein.

"I would read that as a subtle gesture that the Clinton's need to starting rethinking their position, in other words it's a gentle nudge saying the primaries are winding down and it's really time to start thinking about an exit strategy," said Bill Whalen from the Hoover Institution.

Another problem for Clinton is lack of money. She revealed Wednesday she lent her campaign an additional $6 million.

Palo Alto resident Amy Rao is one of Clinton's finance chairs in Northern California. She says it is getting tougher to get donations, but she's hoping a Mother's Day theme will help bring in a new round of money.

"We're asking people, do it for their mothers who always promised you, you can do anything and you can be anything. Give money, go to www.HillaryClinton.com and give," said Rao, a Clinton volunteer.

Next up is West Virgina which is scheduled for Tuesday. After that, there are five democratic contests left.


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