Clinton expected to concede Saturday

June 5, 2008 10:27:16 AM PDT
Hillary Clinton is expected to concede the race for the Democratic nomination on Saturday. Her camp is divided over the way she handled Barack Obama's victory Tuesday night.

In the past 24 hours, Barack Obama locked up the Democratic nomination and every hour, more superdelegates endorse him, but not Hillary Clinton, which brought criticism from within her own camp.

New York congressman Charles Rangel is a longtime Clinton supporter and says she should've dropped out Tuesday night for the good of the party.

"If she wants a victory, you can't have a victory with out an endorsement, and we will be talking today about why we aren't endorsing and how long will it take to endorse."

Hilary Rosen, another long time supporter, told ABC News that she is disappointed.

"She's said consistently she wants to be a torch bearer for the Democratic Party. She wants to do what's good for the party, what's good for getting a Democrat into the White House. Right now, the best thing to do would be to endorse Barack Obama and let the chips fall where they may."

On Tuesday night, Clinton did not sound like she was ready to concede.

"I want the nearly 18 million Americans who voted for me to be respected to be heard and no longer to be invisible," said Clinton on Tuesday.

Ellen Malcom, the head of Emily's List, one of the biggest political action committees in the country, has been in the Clinton camp from the beginning.

"Right now today you have many supporters of Hillary, certainly a lot of women, who today are very unhappy. They are disappointed, sad, angry."

Malcolm says Clinton was just standing up for those supporters.

A former advisor to President Clinton says Hillary Clinton was showing a little muscle in order to gain some leverage.

"Whenever these campaigns come to closure, you have discussions with the winning campaign about helping with the debt. Obviously the V.P. Issue has been thrown around out there, so I think it's all tied up into all of this," says former advisor Chris Lehane.

On Wednesday, Clinton paid a visit to her Arlington, Virginia headquarters, where staffers had just been told that Friday will be their last day on the job. She thanked them, and a few hours later, ABC reported that Clinton plans to concede this Saturday.

"And I'm not too surprised about this because in the end, I don't think there are many people within her camp who are willing to sabotage the Democrats chances in November for the sake of Hillary's candidacy."

Clinton's campaign says Clinton will officially concede on Saturday, when the longest primary season in history will officially be over.


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