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April 22nd, 2008
04:13 PM ET

Should Clinton quit if she doesn’t win Pa. by at least 10 points?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The winner of today's contest may not necessarily be the candidate who gets the most votes. In other words, all eyes will be on the margin of Hillary Clinton's victory, provided that she wins as expected.

The Los Angeles Times suggests Clinton could win but still lose. If Obama keeps the results closer than expected, he could be considered the winner. Some uncommitted superdelegates say Clinton needs to win by at least 10 points to show she hasn't lost her touch among working-class voters in a state like Pennsylvania.

If Clinton can pull that off in a state where she was outspent by more than 2-to-1, she can then try to persuade uncommitted superdelegates to support her. But if Obama keeps it close or delivers an unexpected win, the pressure will mount on Hillary Clinton to give it up.

Hillary Clinton is in trouble. A recent poll shows Democrats, by 2-to-1, think Obama is the best candidate. Some Democratic elders are starting to call for the nomination process to end sooner rather than later. She is behind in number of pledged delegates, the popular vote and the number of states won – and her once commanding lead among superdelegates is down to fewer than 30 ahead.

Insiders tell the New York Daily News the only way Clinton will drop out soon is if she loses today in Pennsylvania and runs out of money. Speaking of which, it's reported that Clinton's campaign is in debt to the tune of several million dollars.

Here’s my question to you: If Hillary Clinton doesn't win Pennsylvania by at least 10 points, should she quit the race?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Allan from Cameron Park, California writes:
No, she should wait until all the primaries are over at least. I hope Clinton wins. She is the only one who can turn things around. Obama is an "empty suit". He has no record of accomplishment, and will be eaten alive by the RNC.

Carol from Knoxville, Tennessee writes:
Hi Jack, Everyone who has followed this campaign knows if the positions were reversed, this would have been over 6 weeks ago. The Clinton machine would have seen to it. If she had 28 states, more of popular vote, more delegates and he had won the big states, they would have screamed foul! She will be taken out in a straight-jacket kicking and screaming with Bill right behind her! And they wonder why young people get disillusioned with politics!

Robert from Forest, Virginia writes:
Jack, Neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama can drop out of the Democratic primary at this point. Given their positions in history as the first woman and first African-American to have a chance to win the Democratic presidential nomination, I think they will have to take this all the way to the convention.

Harry from Kentucky writes:
C'mon, Jack, why should she drop out? This is a woman who is behind in every statistical category except number of pantsuits, yet insists that she is more electable. Besides, given her and Bill's recent track record, would we really believe her if she did say she was dropping out?

Lori from Iowa writes:
No, Jack, she should not quit if she does not win by more then 10 points. She wins, but she loses....sounds like some great logic there. The point is she would win another large electoral college state, Jack. She can win the big states....the die-hard Democrats want a Democrat in office. Why would anyone want her to quit just because she is winning?

Carrie from Detroit writes:
Jack, The sensible thing would be to check into an old folks home, along with Bill and take James Carville for company.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • PA Primary
soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. jeff of Arizona

    If she wins, she should stay.....Look at the Pittsburgh Steelers of 2005. If they hadn't taken your advice that wouldn't have one the Super Bowl. They had a losing streak but came back to win 4 straight at the end of the season, which carried them on to the Super Bowl. Strange things have happened and can happen again.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  2. Dan, Chantilly Va

    As a firm supporter of Clinton's right to continue campaigning and as someone who doesn't support either candidate, I'm torn on this issue. If she wins by more than 10 points then by all means she should continue. However, a slimmer margin of victory is still a victory and continues to support her "I win the important states" argument. If Obama can't beat Clinton in Pennsylvania, then it's unlikely he'll be able to beat McCain. The same could be said about states such as Texas, Ohio, Michigan, and Florida, although we may never know if he could have won those last two. The only major swing state Obama has won so far is Virginia. No matter what Clinton decides, I still say the DNC screwed up by talking about how this is tearing the party apart instead of turning the negative into a positive by hyping this race as a titanic clash between two great candidates.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  3. Michelle Zeman

    Jack,
    I think that she should quit. But the upside to having her continue would be that her negatives would continue to go up because of her dirty politics and then we would be LESS likely to be stuck with her as Senator from New York again.

    Michelle Zeman
    Medford, New York

    April 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  4. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    Even if Clinton wins PA by 20 points she should go home. Pennsylvania might be a large state but it in no way represents the majority of the country and the majority has already picked Obama to be there nominee. I agree that we should let this process play out but if it's going to continue with a negative tone, instigated by the Clinton camp, then it will only serve to embolden the republican. It's almost impossible for Clinton to even tie Obama, much less win. How can she claim to be for the people and then disregard the peoples choice and rely on Washington insiders to give her the nomination? Win or lose it's time to accept reality.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  5. DAD in Hollis, NH

    I certainly hope she comes back to reality and quits. Anything less than 10 points should force her, Bill and the kid to ride off into the sunset and leave America alone for a change. Enough damage has been done by this race and by the machine that puts power above all else. I’ll bet she could be P.O.I. (President of Iraq) without as much fighting.

    BTW, I am just finishing your book and hate to see it end. It’s a five star eye opener. I’m left with the question of what I (one person with one vote) can do to change Washington besides getting pissed off! Any suggestions?

    April 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  6. Harry

    C'mon Jack, why should she drop out. This is a woman that is behind in every statistical category except number of pantsuits, yet insists that she is more electable.
    Besides, given her and Bill's recent track record, would we really believe her, if she did say she was dropping out?

    Harry
    Ky.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  7. Judie, St Augustine, Fl

    Jack,
    Shoulda, woulda, coulda....... Yes she should. Would she, no. Could she, yes, kicking, screaming and crying because it is not fair. Hillary should try to live life on life's terms. The terms seem to be that she is losing and can only get the nomination in the back room. { wink, wink}This country has had enough of the Clinton's and their nonsense. It is time for a changeThis is not her time and she is not experienced enough to understand the word NO, NO, NO.

    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    April 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  8. Howard

    NO

    April 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  9. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    She should quit the race no matter what her winning percentage is in Pennsylvania because she can't make up the ground she needs to in order to make a case for the nomination. The longer she fights against the inevitable, the harder it will be for the Democratic Party in November.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Hillary is going to win Pennsylvania by at least 15 delegates.

    But then Obama is going to win North Carolina by about 10 delegates. In other words, after N.C., Hillary will have a net gain of about 5 delegates.

    And in the meantime, Obama is outspending her 2 to 1, thereby forcing her to spend money she doesn't have.

    Now, which one of these candidates is smarter? Why does an inexperienced nobody like Obama raise twice as much as a well-known candidate like Hillary – who happens to be married to a very popular ex-president?

    Something's wrong with this picture.

    Why is Hillary doing so poorly? The answer is, nobody likes her, not even Democrats. More Democrats like Condoleeza Rice than Hillary Clinton. It's not race. It's not gender. It's the fact that Hillary Clinton has, for over a decade, shown herself to be a slimy character. And these latest negative ads just make it worse. That's why she has to blow the bank just to win PA, which she should have won by a landslide.

    If Hillary Clinton becomes the nominee, I will gladly vote for her. If Obama becomes the nominee, I'd gladly vote for him. But whoever you vote for, just keep in mind that, one good way of judging a candidate is the way they run their campaign. The campaign is a microcosm of the Presidency itself, so it is a good barometer.

    Both candidates have attack ads, and talk trash about each other during their rallies. Therefore, we can't judge based on that. Both candidates have almost identical policies. We can't judge on that, either. The only thing left is character. And so far, Obama has the edge. That's why I'm voting for him.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  11. Tracy Indianapolis, IN

    Yes, JACK, Yes,

    Hillary should have quit along time ago.

    Obama "08

    April 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  12. Allan,Cameron Park, Ca.

    No, she should wait until all the primaries are over at least. I hope she wins, she is the only one who can turn things around. Obama is an "empty Suit" ,he has no record of accomplishment, and will be eaten alive by the RNC and the lying swift boaters "for truth".
    Hillary and Edwards in 08

    April 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  13. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    I don't feel Hillary should quit if she wins Penn, even if it only by a few
    points. I feel as a lot of people that something is going to come out
    about Obama that will cause the super deligates to determine he
    cannot win the election. The republicans are going to really start
    digging into Obama's past and friends.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  14. Barbara From Hazleton, Pa

    Jack, No - Hillary should not quit. Hillary is not a quitter–she's determined to win at any cost. Hillary will win today by more than 13 points in PA, but will not do well in North Carolina or Indiana. So the decision for the nominee will still be undetermined. Hang in there Hillary, the end is nearer than you think.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  15. Angela

    Sen. Obama has won more contests? Red states that democrats won't carry in November. Sen Clinton has won the most big blue states.

    He has won the popular vote? Not if you count Michigan and Florida.

    He is ahead in pledged delegates? He doesn't have enough to clinch the nomination.

    So, the truth is, NEITHER can win with pledged delegates. Why shouldn't HE drop out? He has outspent her 4 to 1 in PA and still can't beat her. Why SHOULD she drop out?

    Without Sen Clinton around, how will you fill your day? You might have to go from three questions a day to one.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  16. tami from ontario, Canada

    Hillary shouldn't quit if she wins PA by less than 10 points. Hillary should quit because she is behind in the delegate count, popular vote, and number of states won (Obama has won more than twice the number of states than Hillary). Even if MI and FL were counted, Hillary still can't pass Obama's lead. THAT is why Hillary should drop out, Jack. Hillary already KNOWS she can't win the nomination. But Hillary doesn't have her sights on repairing the Democratic party....she has her sights set on 2012.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  17. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    Doesn't matter. They've already done enough damage to the state that come time for general elections, Pennsylvania will swing to McCain just because they're tired of these two infesting their state for a month.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  18. Norm

    It's a race. It's not over until the finish line is reached..Here we go again

    April 22, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  19. Mark - Asheville, NC

    I am sure there are those who think she should quit, even if she won by 25 points. Obama supporters should understand that her staying in is the only thing that keeps the republican attack machine at bay: once Obama is the cartain nominee the smears will begin in earnest. Would you rather he fight them for six months, or two?

    No, of course she should stay in for as long as she can – she is our only viable candidate left.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  20. Keith, Irving Texas

    Moot question, Jack. She WON'T win by 10, and she WON'T drop out.

    Privately, Hillary thinks Senator Obama can't win in the general, and publicly, Hillary thinks the White House belongs to her and Bill.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  21. Nan in Tucson

    Yes, Hilary should bow out gracefully. Ha, we all know that she has too much ego to do that! The superdelagates should persuade her that her plea for the white house is over. Superdelagates should encourage her to go home tomorrow.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  22. peter canada

    yes ,yes and yes

    April 22, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  23. Anne/Seattle

    She would do her party a favor but that's not what Hillary's about. She'll keep going with a blind eye to the larger picture. It's all about Hillary and Bill.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  24. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    She should, but she won't. The negative ads and bare knuckled campaigning indicates this woman feels as though she can bully her way into the nomination, regardless of the popular vote or delegate count. It is getting sad to watch.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  25. Nuwan Sam

    No. Does God sets the number 10 Jack ? This is just a floating idea that bought up by the media. They create these numbers and then run with it like it is a fact. What I can tell you is that, she will win today and she will continue. You can criticise her all you want, but she is a tough fighter. That is why I like her.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    April 22, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  26. Eric Platt

    Neither of them can get enough delegates.

    If Obama doesn't win Pennsylvania shouldn't he quit he race?

    April 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  27. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    No! Obama's people have been trying to buy the election by demonizing Hillary and throwing money around like the republicans. I want the process to play out to the end and have a convention that actually means something instead of being a coronation.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  28. Ed Reed

    Mountaineers possess a drive to keep going, to reach the summit; however, sometimes that same drive keeps them going beyond the point they should have turned back. When that happens, they get killed. Hillary Clinton should quit before she kills her party.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    April 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  29. Pamela-NC (40ywf)

    I feel she should have quit after she openly and knowingly lied about Bosnia. During the last debate she said and I quote "in the past few weeks I have said some things that were not in keeping with what I knew to be the case".
    I will not be able to trust her no matter how much she may win by in PA. However, with that said, I'll trust her over a Republican any day of the year.
    Obama Mama voted Yesterday in NC
    Purdue for Gov; Hagan for Senate!

    April 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  30. Harold from Anchorage

    If she doesn't. she'll snatch defeat from the jaws of victory for her party. She ought to support Barack and build her political capital for the 2012 primaries. Right now she is becoming her party's detractor-in-chief.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  31. Redfoot, NJ

    I think so. But it looks like she'll do ANYTHING to win and that's NOT GOOD for the Country, as I see it.
    I thought Bill did a good job, but she's no Bill. When I look back to his addministration there were some VERY BAD CHOICES made.
    I just DON'T TRUST thier reasons for wanting her to be elected. It looks to me like they want to make a dynasty,and be the first couple to be Presidents of the U.S. I don't think that's a good reason.
    I 'm sure Obama will ask for her opinion on certain subjects.

    Redfoot, Hazlet, NJ

    April 22, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  32. Erin in Michigan

    Don't you know, Jack? According to Clinton, it's not about her or Pennsylvania. It's about staying in the race until the worthy citizens of Michigan and Florida have their voices count.

    But as a Michigan resident, I shudder to think our highly skewed primary results are being added to her arsenal and worse that she claims to be doing this for our own good.

    Thanks Hillary, but no thanks.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  33. Pete from Boston

    Jack,

    The heroine of Bosnia is a tenacious fighter and will not give up until she has no chance at all and/or no money at all - nor should she. It is ironic that at the current time her campaign exemplifies the hope that Mr. Obama extols. She still has a chance as long as his campaign could stumble and crash. This is her time in the sun - let her shine as a political heroine doing battle against long odds. The party has plenty of time to heal and the wounds will be worse if she isn't given a full measure of opportunity.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  34. Joel

    As an independent, I am curious about the media double standard on this issue: to prove he is "worthy" of being the DEM nominee, he is expected to overcome expectations in Hillary-friendly states, and yet no one in the media says a word about her being continually blown out in Barack-friendly states. To level the playing field, shouldn't we expect her to be competivite in NC to prove that this issue goes both ways?

    April 22, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  35. Randy Stone

    My God yes! She has harmed the Democrates to no end as it is!

    April 22, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  36. Ryan, Champaign IL

    She should quit the race and be put on "time-out" for 3 elections, to think about what she's done.

    April 22, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  37. Michael from MD

    I think she should drop if she wins by 7 points.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  38. Carolyn

    Yes, Yes, Yes.

    Carolyn, Northbrook, IL

    April 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  39. Pam from Macon, IL

    Yes!

    April 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  40. Mike

    Yes strange things can happen. However, the math shows Clinton has a very steep hill to climb. Using the data in CNN's delegate counter, see this website, there are 566 pledged delegates still available, including PA. The current difference in pledged delegates between them is 144. Just to catch up, Clinton needs to beat Obama by 25.4 percentage points on average in all of the remaining primaries. For Clinton the door is closing, midnight is near, and the end is in sight!

    April 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  41. Owen Hill

    Jack, with no money to pay for her campaign, what do you expect? If she can't run a proper campaign, why should we trust her with a whole country?

    April 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  42. Sharon Minnesota

    I am so sick and tired of this type of question. Hillary should NEVER QUIT RUNNING even if the mountains and hills should shout it out.

    I think Obama should quit if he doesn't win PA. We will have a better chance in November to win the General Election without him.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  43. tim from Ravenna, OH

    She should continue in the campaign until either she or Obama has the required 2025 delegates to clinch the nomination, period.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  44. Richard, Tulsa

    Jack,
    I say NO. Neither candidate can win over 50% of the pledged delegates it takes to nominate a Democrat candidate. In my eyes, that means that both candidates have failed to win their party nomination. The Mile High city is the goal line where it will determined one way or another. I hope both are still standing at that moment.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  45. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    Why should she? Who the candidate will be should be decided at the convention. This will give us the opportunity to know more about Obama. We already know about Hillary.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  46. Scott University of Missouri-Columbia

    Clinton will barely win tonight. Tomorrow we begin to see the party's backlash against the nasty last 5 weeks we have seen. If she doesn't blowout tonight, she will run out of money by NC/IN.
    Scott University of Missouri

    April 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  47. JR

    Jack,

    What she should do, and what she will do, are at opposite ends of the spectrum. She has already stated that she is going to go onto the convention and I for one do not see anything happening to change that. Even if it means tearing apart the party.

    It's my opinion that the democrats are so divided now that they may have to drag her kicking and screaming from the convention floor to end this once and for all. But beware, She'll Be Back!!!!

    April 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  48. peter from new york

    This is another example of the media bias against Clinton.
    First, if Obama was behind by 130 delegates after thousands had voted and hundreds were left to vote, would the press be
    calling for him to drop out? Of course not. It would be a great story of the exciting young underdog closing in on the frontrunner. Now, in PA, even if Hillary wins they're saying SHE LOSES! Up until now I always thought a win is a win – especially for the person in a close second place.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  49. Reddy

    Clinton's pernacious attitude can be commended, but at the same time it really is destructive beyond this pre-election campaign. Getting out now can not only preserve some of her own dignity, but enable the Democratic Party to have some sense of putting the pieces back together before the general election. This is too personal and about her, when it truly should be about the Americans who deserve the best presidency, which she ...in many forms...has demonstrated she can't deliver.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  50. Dr. Peter F.

    Jack,

    I look forward to tonights results and "got hope" a surprise win by the Illinois senator answers this question beyond doubt.

    Both have worked Pensylvania hard and the democratic process is currently making me both proud and anxious.

    The TV remote will be busy tonight!

    Dr. Peter F.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  51. Julie, Tucson

    I do not think Clinton's the type to quit. Look at her comment "I have to win, I believe it's my task". Who assigned her that ask? The United States needs a leader who is just that, someone who will take us down a better path. I think she has lost all perspective about her role. It is one thing to be chosen to accept a daunting task, it is another to go after something so zealously the task itself takes a backseat to winning at any cost.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  52. Billy G in Las Vegas

    yes Hillary (and Bill) Clinton SHOULD give it up IF she doesn't win enough votes to get within striking distance of Obama BUT they will stay "until the last Democrate dies" because their battle plan now is to try and dirty up Obama SO BADLY that he becomes unelectable.

    that way, she and Bill can then run against McCain in 2012 after he becomes the modern version of Herbert Hoover.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  53. Greg Pottstown Pa

    No. If pa is split or if she wins by less than 5% then she should get out. This contest is no longer about pledged delegates. For Hillary this is all about superdelegates and swaying which way they vote. Considering she was way out spent in pa, and the number of black votes Obama will most certainly get from philly, winning at all is saying something. 5% will show that Obama, wile popular, is not really an electable candidate and will have problems uniting the party come November.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  54. John

    Oh and one more thing, he is outspending Clinton at least 2 to 1, which goes to show that given Clinton's close second, Obama still can't seal the deal. HINT HINT!

    April 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  55. Brenan

    I was playing with the delegate calculator on the cnn.com/politics website, which is more fun than you might think, and I found it surprising how nearly insurmountable Barack Obama's lead is. Should Hillary win Pennsylvania by a 55%-45% margin and carry all the rest of the primaries by that margin, she still needs to bring in at least two-thirds of the remaining superdelegates in order to reach the delegate threshold. Even if she wins all of the remaining races by 60-40 splits, she still needs to get the rest of the superdelegates to split 60-40. Even if Barack Obama loses all the races left by 60-40 splits, he can win the nomination by getting a 50-50 split among superdelegates. Now, none of these scenarios are likely to play out. But it is interesting to see how large of a margin 144 delegates really is at this point.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  56. michaelestanford The Netherlands

    p.s. Jack i think your the coolest news caster in a long time keep up the good work.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  57. Clay S. Robinson

    Pretty simple, Jack. Until Obama reaches the needed 2,025 delegates, Clinton should stay in the race. And vice versa, by the way. There is no point in having a process, if everyone is rushing to short circuit that process, and no one wants to let it run its course. Georgetown, KY.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  58. Joe Iraq War Vet

    Jack,

    Let me get this straight, Hillary was up by like 16 points back on March 20, she has most of the support of the established Democratic party machine ( UNION SUPPORT) vise vie Ed Rendell, the state is demographically for the most part made up of her base of supporters, and Obama is getting heat every night and day not only from Hillary but McCain, and his buddies at Faux noise. Jack the real question should be how many times does Barack Obama have to win to put away this establishment candidate.

    OBAMA 08

    April 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  59. Kincaid Blackwood

    I think that she should drop out if she doesn't have a resounding win.

    Without a landslide victory, there's really no grounds for her argument that she's the stronger candidate who should be given the benefit of the doubt by superdelegates. She hasn't climbed out of the hole in which she's found herself, her campaign is in the red, people within the party are becoming more agitated... these things add up.

    Right or wrong, people will view her campaign as an ego-centric endeavor if she continues from this point. My personal feelings are that she should step down regardless of the outcome, but should she win by a ridiculous margin, should could justify continuing.

    Interestingly, her statement has been "I must win tonight." Polling all along has shown that she'll likely win but she's already painting it as if she doesn't have a chance. Because of that, she'll spin any sort of win as more than it is, despite the fact that at this point it's something of a mathematical impossibility for her to overcome Obama's lead.

    -Cade Blackwood
    Atlanta, GA

    April 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  60. Miacol

    It bothers me that after the Clinton's have done good for this country we simply turn our backs on them, but what is to be expected of a country that simply cares about what have you done for me lately.

    Hillary I would say if you have the money stay in the race until Michigan and Florida are counted (if the Democratic Party does not count them, then I can defintely see both states voting Republicans).

    Also if Obama wins the nomination I will definitely support Democrats for McCain. At least with Hillary and McCain I know what I get, with Obama a man who says one thing and does the other, votes present over 150 times in under 2 years, says I did not vote for the war (of course he didn't vote he was not a senator then), etc, etc, etc.

    He is a man who says he supports both my communities and then when we don't vote for him says we don't matter. As a Gay man I rather vote for McCain who will leave us alone. As a Laitno man I rather vote for McCain because I know where he stance with Latinos, not close down major manufacturing plants in this country because they are made mainly of Latinos (Michelle, feel free to speak on this issue) and I will not allow the race card to be called to make me vote for him. I will encourage everyone I know to vote for McCain.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  61. Terri in Eastern Canada

    She has no money to continue, and not enough of anything else to win - delegates, popular votes, states or chances. She has only time to kill the Democratic Party and it appears she is selfish enough to go for that. She is all about "I" and that is scary.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  62. Tawana -IL

    The short answer is YES. The correct question should be WILL she drop out if she doesn't win BIG!

    April 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  63. Jonathan, Chapel Hill, NC

    She should have dropped out after Wisconsin.

    April 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  64. David

    Jack,
    Sen. Clinton should just quit period. She undersestimated Sen. Obama and his campaign, she "assumed" the nomination, she can't run her campaign in a fiscally viable manner, she can't hold on to her long-time friends and supporters (John Lewis, Bill Richardson, Robert Reich to name a few). She and Bill are filled with deciept. Do I need to continue?

    April 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  65. kocho

    Hell no! Hillary needs to go all the way. She is the best canidate among the three. The media hype has been the one who had nominated Obama a long time ago but, Hillary wins the big states thats what matters in November.

    April 22, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  66. Michael Mims

    Yes, of course she should. Mathematically she can not win if she can only hope to break even with Barack Obama for the remaining primaries.

    I think the race has been won by Obama some time ago. If you equate this to being a basketball game, Barack Obama got ahead early in the game and simply needed to trade baskets with Hillary Clinton the remainder of the contest to maintain his lead. Game over.

    April 22, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  67. Rachelrae49

    Jack,

    We all know the answer to this question. Whether she wins by a large margin or small she's simply staying in this race. I think she's a smart, intelligent lady but then again she's also a little mean-spirited. She will say and do anything to get votes. She has three home states she hails from. IL, NY, and now all of a sudden PA. We need to look and see who will be able to work with both parties. Nobody seems to care about that. And clearly, it's not her. She is despised by both parties. At least, Obama is willing to work across the board to get things done. You have to it's clearly not about Dems and Republicans it's all about the American people and our issues.

    April 22, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  68. Albert Haim

    She should quit. For quite some time, Hillary Clinton and her surrogates have made the argument that since she is winning the big states in the primaries, she has a better chance than Barak Obama of winning the election in November when running against John McCain.

    This claim defies logic. In the primary, the contest is between two candidates of the democratic party. The election in November pits a democrat against a republican. The results of votes within the democrat party in the primaries has little, if anything, to do with the votes across parties.

    It is time for Hillary Clinton to accept the reality of numbers instead of coming up with specious arguments.

    Setauket, NY

    April 22, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  69. Craig

    Better idea. BOTH these BOZO'S should QUIT and allow a far better candidate to be nominated. That candidate should be Bill Richardson. Won't happen though. The MSM and the Democrats are to moronic to see it. For those who vote blindly for a party no matter who is nominated I have but two words which are "Mindless Sheep." Keep it coming Jack. I'm one of your biggest fans. You, Wolf, and Lou Dobbs are OK by me.

    April 22, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  70. Chuck San Francisco

    Ten days ago I would have said she should step aside, but after his remarks here about small town America I have started to have doubts about Sen. Obama's readiness to be president.

    April 22, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  71. JACK NYC,NY

    Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
    Catch a Clinton by the toe
    If she hollers let her go,
    Eeny, meeny, miny, moe

    My mother said
    To pick the very best one
    And you are not it.

    April 22, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  72. MIke

    Jack, she should have quit weeks ago. The math just does not add up. Using CNN's Delegate Counter Calculator and giving her 8 points in PA and marginal wins in remaining states, she still needs over 70% of the unpledged delegates to get the nomination. Ain't gonna happen.

    April 22, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  73. Sierra Day Foglia

    If Hillary wins she should stay in. The fact of the matter is that the November election will hinge on big states and caucusing will not be a part of the general election. Obama needs to demonstrate that he can win states important to the general election and that he can win without the advantage of caucusing which play to his personal and organizational strengths.

    April 22, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  74. Chris Schaeffer

    Yes. If she doesn't win by double digits she should drop out because mathematically she wont catch Obama in delegates and the super delegates probably wont elect the candidate who doesn't have the lead in delegates. It would be harmful to the party if she drags out the inevitable. She will not take the lead in delegates, the super delegates will swing Obama's way, and she will be hurting Obama in November if she stays. I know the Clinton's aren't used to losing but they need to accept a defeat like a decent human being but more importantly, they need bring cohesion to the Democratic party if they really care about change.

    April 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  75. Pissed off Democrat

    Ponder this fellow democrats: The last two democratic presidents were Clinton and Carter. Both SOUTHERN democrat governers who ran on MODERATE platforms. After 8 disaterous years of Bush, only the DNC could have lost this race and of course they have done it. We have nominated two of the most liberal junior senators from the northeast who are currently fighting each other regarding who is the most liberal. I would gladly vote for either over McCain but I sense that we have already lost this one. See you in 2012.

    JF

    April 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  76. Fred Ray

    No Way. As Yogi use to say. "It ain't over till it's over" Since this is at best a tie race. It seems only natural that some of us should be calling for Obama to step down. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

    April 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  77. Betty Howell

    She should not drop out!! If Obama wins, I and my family will be a part of the Democrats for McCain!!

    April 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  78. william howard

    No, I do not believe she should quit, but the chance of her winning a lot of supers are very slim. I don't think she can win the rest of them by the large margin she would need to sway the mo her way. She is entitled to finish, but I do not think she can win it. As for the arguement about winning the big states, what true Dem would not vote for Obama over that other guy?

    April 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  79. Ben

    I have mixed feelings on whether Clinton should get out of the race if she doesn't win PA big. On the one hand I would love to see Obama rap this thing up already, and I believe had he attacked Clinton earlier in the process he would have had wrapped it up by now. On the other hand I would like nothing better than for Obama to pull an upset win in PA, add wins in Indiana and North Carolina, and really run up the score on her.
    I would like nothing better than to see her and Bill humiliated!!1

    April 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  80. Pete

    Her argument that she has won the big states doesn't hold water in my mind. She won NY, no surprise, and FL, a state with a large numbers of NY transplants. Clinton was able to squeeze a win out a win in TX and respectable win in CA. We must remember that the general election is quite a bit different. CA and NY are gonna go blue and TX red no matter who the nominee is. While polls show that large numbers of Obama and Clinton supports say they will not support the other candidate in the general election I think this is inaccurate. Those folks will wake up and realize that even though they dislike the other candidate, they are still the lesser of two evils when facing McCain. One major plus for Obama is his crossover appeal. If it weren't for the fact that he was catching heat from a memeber of his own party, Obama would still be a leading heavily amoung independents. This will factor in in those battleground states of OH, MI, and FL. It is clear that the path to the Whitehouse for the Democrats is not as easy as it seemed 6 months ago but I believe that Obama will be a stronger opponent for McCain than Hillary.

    April 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  81. Yves Larochelle

    Hillary and her husband should retire. Period. They are preventing the nation to debate the real issues.

    April 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  82. Paul K.

    No, because as Hillary said she is like Rocky, she won't give up and quit because it will be up to the super delegates, and Clinton has more.

    April 22, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  83. Mary Obenauf

    I think so... especially if she will be the stateswoman that she portends to be. She could do a lot of good bringing the party together rather than perpetuating the divisiveness that she has recently been guilty of creating.

    April 22, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  84. Carson

    Given that an even more lopsided Obama in North Carolina will offset any gains Hillary may make in Pennsylvania, she should drop out of the race regardless of the margin of victory in Pennsylvania. Moreover, she has already conceded that she cannot catch Obama in pledged delegates, arguing that because she has won the large blue states, the superdelegates should vote for her because she is the more electable candidate; however, this argument is absurd. Every political analyst worth his/her salt knows that elections are won by carrying independents; therefore, it is the candidate that performs better in independent leaning states (Obama) that is more electable and not the candidate that only has appeal with a party's base (Hillary).

    April 22, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  85. Kyle from New York

    Jack,
    If Hillary Clinton looses or wins by less than 10, I truly feel it is time for her to drop out. Senior delegates are now talking it is time to come to a conclusion on who the nominee will be. I have been an Obama supporter since day 1 and I am hopeful that Obama will do as good as people are now predicting in Pennsylvania. You know I'll be tuned in and watching how it plays out.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  86. Mason Wayne from NJ

    Absolutely not. There is no reason for her to unless she wins by under 5% Most Obama supporters suggest Hillary should quit only because they fear she might actually win the nomination.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  87. laurie michigan

    Yes, I think she should drop out if she doesn't win by at least 15 points. Senator Clinton is a very well spoken and educated woman, however her ability to lead is hampered by her own personality. She would try to lead this country by hammering those who oppose her ideas. Nothing would ever get done.......just like the last eight years.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  88. Eric Malone

    By the way, when push comes to shove, Clinton has simply won more Democratic votes than Obama because of open primaries. Independents and Republicans seem to like him for some reason.

    Why are we letting Independents and Republicans decide the Democratic Primary?

    April 22, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  89. Carrie

    I think Hillary should drop out before she completely destroys the democratic party. She will stop at nothing to win. And if she doesn't win the nomination (which she won't), then she will do what she can to make sure Obama loses to McCain so she can have what she feels is her God-given right to be President in 2012. Shame on her and her supporters.
    And to all those people saying Obama should drop out if he loses tonight, I want to point out that Pennsylvania is one state. The majority of the people and states have voted for Obama. To suggest that the Pennsylvania results should overturn the rest of the country's votes is ridiculous. I thought we lived in a democracy!

    April 22, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  90. Mark from Albq. New Mexico

    I just don't get Clinton's "I win the big states" argument, i.e., the ones the Dems need to win in November in the general election.

    So what?

    If Obama gets the nomination then all the dems that voted for him and (hopefully) all that voted for Clinton in the "big states" will vote for him in the general election. In November, it will be ALL the dems going against ALL the republicans (McCain).

    So what does it matter that she won Ohio, or Texas (by a hair) and probably PA?

    The truth is -even if Obama ends up the Dem. nominee – it doesn't matter.

    It is another EMPTY, disingenuous Clinton spin play.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  91. Cheryl

    The more time we have to watch Obama, the more convinced I am that Clinton is the right choice. She promotes and he agrees that she has the experience. But he states he has better judgement. It didn't look like it in the last debate and his choice of pastore really scares me. I feel that she should fight to the finish. If it ends up that Obama wins the nomination, with his idea about increasing the capitol gains tax to up to 28% alone, I'll have to vote republican for the first time in my life.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  92. Tom

    Clinton should have left this race long ago. And if she was going to stay in, she should have done it in an upright way, like Huckabee did on the Republican side. Instead, she has wallowed in the gutter for weeks on end now. The Democratic Party leaders should show some spine and get her off the stage before she takes the whole show down the tubes with her.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  93. Louis

    Yes, she should quit. America has had enough of the Clintons, and for that manner the Bush family as well. Think about it, for the past 38 years there has either been a Bush (president or vice president) or a Clinton. It is time for a change thank god.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  94. Nobert

    I am a Clinton supporter but I think it is time for her to move on to better things. She and her campaign is just too negative..win at all costs..which goes to the issue of integrity.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  95. Inka Koroscha from Korbach/Germany

    Hello Jack -another exciting sleepless night here in Germany for me watching CNN.

    To your question: YES YES YES - she should finally include the words "I give up" to her vocabulary and make way to an united democratic fight to win the November election against the Reps...... who needs another GWB-season???

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  96. Beth

    She should, but she won't. She's too stubborn to quit when there is the slightest glimmer of a chance that she could sway enough Super-Delegates to win. I fear that this will harm the Democratic Party if she denies the inevitable. Tenacious, yes. Practical, no.

    Beth, Alameda

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  97. Edward Bernays

    Of course she must leave. Even 15 points is the minimum she needs in order to have kind of a momentum to negotiate the final endorsement process with the superdelegates. She must regain a lot of credibility to be eligible again.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  98. Pat in NC

    Hillary will stay in the race whether she wins Pennsylvania 10 points or not. She has tenacity! She has a right to stay the course!!

    She isn't my choice candidate, but...I will not ask her to QUIT!

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  99. Nancy Lawler

    10 points? 9 points? 11 points? This is politics; this is a political process; get out of the way with these silly questions and let the candidates work it out with the voters. I expect both candidates to stay in the race all the way to the convention; the outcome is too important to be decided by premature capitulation.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  100. Evelyn G. Harris

    No, I don't think she should quit. If she wins the state, she should keep on going. She is a fighter and not a quitter and that is what I like about her.

    EGH
    Pine Bluff, AR

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  101. John A.

    What I'm wondering now is why Hillary is still in the race at all. She lost this campaign for the nomination weeks ago. Her formidable talents should be turned toward ensuring a massive Democratic victory for President, Senate, and House in the fall. Instead her formidable talents are turned toward helping load the Republican attack machine's own ammunition pouches – and Hillary is going to cause the political suicide of the entire Clinton family. Who pays at the end? the party, the nation, the world. What a tragedy for everyone.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  102. Mary

    My answer is Clinton should stay in regardless of whether she wins PA or not. When will the media be fair?

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  103. John in Miami

    Hillary should bow out and stop all the non sence. I was at supporter in the beginning after Edwards dropped out and am so tired of her games that I could not support her even if she stole the nomination, as that is the only way she is the winner.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  104. Keith

    She needs to drop out and ask Obama to be Vice President. Better yet just drop out. It time for a change. Yes, we know every politician is "Dirty" but Hilary has been in the "mud" longer.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  105. Grant in IL

    I think she should stay in the race if she wins...whether it's one point or twenty. She is barely behind, no matter how the media or anyone else wants to spin it. Like any other qualified American citizen, she can continue to run for President as long as she wants to. I for one, think she will still pull it off and when the nomination.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  106. Victoria Helton

    Hell no! Let the people vote! As long as Senator Clinton has the fortitude to stand up to the opposition she should stay in. It's bad enough that millions of citizens in Michigan and Florida are being deprived of their votes, the remainder of the primary states should not be.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  107. Carlos Rodriguez

    Senator Clinton wouldn't care if she lost be 20 percent. It's not about the country, the states, or her party. Simply put, it's about her. She doesn't care about the poor or underrepresented. It's about her ego.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  108. Leslie

    Hillary should not drop out. She's the most qualified candidate and she should be president. The media should start focusing on the negative aspects of Barack Obama instead of sugarcoating his gaffes. If Obama is the candidate and loses to McCain, the media will blame Hillary.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  109. Dach

    Hillary should definitely stay. I still don't know what experience Obama has.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  110. Shea

    she SHOULD, she should have after Texas.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  111. zeebeedee reese

    If Hillary does not win by at least by 10 points, she should QUIT.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  112. Oraine Godfrey

    She has worked really hard but she should understand that Obama will be the democratic nominee- whether or not he wins P.a. What she need to do is stop wasting all that money – espeially since she is in debt already. If anything she should save the money to help the party on a whole, they might need it.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  113. Tim of Arkport NY

    if she wins or loses, she should not drop out under any circumstances...And she will win the general election.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  114. Savannah

    Yes, Jack, I think Senator Clinton should withdraw because she seems to be fighting a losing battle at the expense of the Democratic party. If she persists she could ruin any chance of a Democrat winning in November. Her presence is already unseemly and her tactics have become disgraceful. Whether she likes it or not, she met her match in Senator Obama and he bested her.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  115. Simon

    The pledged delegate math is overwhelmingly against Clinton. She should do the best thing for her party and the country and drop out of the race. Only the staunchest Clintonites and the delusional will argue that she is in a position to win the nomination. All she is doing is providing the Republicans with ammunition through her negative campaigning and undermining what should be a simple deomcratic victory in the general election. More than anything her continuing presence is the race is a testament to the size of the Clinton ego.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  116. Brian

    Yes. She should drop out now. She is just hurting the Democrates chances in the fall.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  117. Hope in PA

    Yes! Before she totally ruins our chance to have a Democrat in the White House.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  118. Kirsten R.

    Yes, Hillary should quit if she doesn't get a significant win tonight. A few months ago, I would have said there wasn't a snowball's chance in hell that the Democrats would lose this year, but the longer this goes on, the more worried I get. If we don't have a nominee soon, my fear is that the Democratic party will be too divided to beat McCain. Hillary needs to think about what's best for this country, not just what she wants for herself.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  119. Kim

    Yes Clinton should drop out... she should have dropped out a long time ago instead of trying to bring the Democratic party down.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  120. eric

    Mrs. Clinton should have left the race long ago. I was once hopeful about either candidates chances of winning in November. Hillary has killed the party with her conduct. Now, I've lost the hope I had not long ago for our party. Thank you, Clintons

    April 22, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  121. Jessica C

    Hillary Clinton is upholding the age old tradition of the democratic party destroying itself before the general election can begin. Even if she manages to pull ahead and win the nomination, what cost does it come at? It’s about time she cut her losses and dropped out of the race, so we as Democrats can stand a fighting chance.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  122. Arlean Guerrero

    I do believe she should quit soon, no matter the count in PA. There is no mathematical way she can beat Obama's lead and her continued nasty politicking weakens the democratic party.

    As a woman, I'm glad that she has broken the ice by running for the top spot; but as citizen looking for a big change in direction for our country, I support Obama.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  123. Penna. citz.

    Obama should drop out. More Obama supporters would vote Hillary than Hillary supporters vote Obama.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  124. jamesie morgan

    when are the people going to get a fair election,no hillary should go to the end.everyone has not cast their vote.let her run until the election process is over,then declare the winner.this country is really getting bad with our elections.the media and men don't want a woman for president,even though they have run the country in the ground.also people are rolling the dice with obama,they did the same thing with
    mayor kilpatrick in detroit.wanting the younger,good speaker over the
    more experienced person and now look at our mess.and i'm a african
    american who thinks hillary will be better for our country and economy.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  125. Mark Pitman

    I think that she should have gotten out of the race when her credibility was compromised. Twice she has been caught in a lie, and not just telling the same like once, but multiple times.

    I personally don't see how she could even win Pennsylvania with the lies she's gotten caught telling. Who knows what else she's said is the truth or not.

    If she does win Pennsylvania, it will definitely be by less than 10 points, in which she should get out of the race.

    But I'm betting on people in Pennsylvania aren't about to vote for someone that is going to feed them lies like the Bush administration has done over the last seven years.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  126. brandi

    Jack lets face it, most states won by individual candidates are not guaranteed wins during the general election. I'm a diehard democrat and have changed my vote from Clinton to Obama because of her "win at any cost attitude". At the rate she is going, if she happens to be gifted the nomination by her longtime friends, no democrat would probably even vote for her so it is still a lost.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  127. Betty

    A definitive YES. I think she should quit. That will be enough proof that her stories about landing in Bosnia under sniper attacks probalby did not go down so well.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  128. Jerome in Jonesboro, Georgia

    Until the Michigan and Florida delegates are seated, NO candidate should quit. If the Michigan and Florida delegates are not seated by the DNC, the Democratic party can never speak of "election stealing" again. Ever. Period. This process is the most democratic – every single state and vote counts – and the most revealing: Clinton looks stronger and unbruised by the unrelenting hits and Obama looks angrily frustrated, negative, and as a whiner.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  129. Beth Roemer

    She can't win the nomination unless it is a large margin of victory in PA and in all the other remaining states. She should quit so the party can begin the uphill battle against McCain. We need to unify and do it soon or it will be more tax cuts for the wealthy, less aid for the poor, and a deficit that will be impossible to pay off. She should sacrifice for the good of the country if she doesn't win big. I still very much respect her but won't if she doesn't do the right thing here.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  130. David

    Clinton should drop out. I have lost total respect for the Clintons for running such a nasty runs. It's not about who wins but it's about USA and the citizens of this country. I am truly tired of government officials who are self serving, while we the people suffer.

    Obama seems to be the answer but I am not 100% sure; as we all know power corrupts.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  131. Wanda Holmes

    Jack,

    This is going to be a very difficult election. I will not vote for a Republican, because they are ruining this country, in every way possible, and McCain is already pulling the "unpatriotic" card if you don't agree with them. However, the Democrats are turning their backs on legal citizens of this country, in favor of illegal immigrants. No, Hillary should not be forced to quit the race. She has had to bite her tongue, about the double standards, between her and Obama, and I wonder what kind of President, Obama would make, when he doesn't even recognize the kind of bias that millions of woman go though in the workforce everyday.

    Wanda
    MA

    April 22, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  132. Nancy, MA

    Isn't this the United States of America? If she has the LEGAL right to take it all the way to the convention then she should. It certainly has been done before. Why should she tell all those other states waiting to vote.... forget me? No way. She is in it to win it and hopefully she will. Why do you commentators always talk about the reasons why she should get out? Try asking why she should stay in. She is the best person for the job and especially to be McCain.

    As for the men not voting for Hillary, could it be because so many men are still of the old school and want their women barefoot and pregnant. Get a life – we are Strong and smarter than most men.I .

    Ask yourselves overall who has been the most honest. I think you would have to come up with Hillary.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  133. Israel

    The real question here is: how much pressure would the Clintons put on Obama to bow out of the race if the situation was reversed...Yes, she should bow out of the race gracefully...will she_ ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! The Clintons will continue to be Clintons- whatever is good for them is good for everyone!

    April 22, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  134. Dwight

    Yes she should drop out, but she will not. She is selfish and will do anything to will the nomination. One more reason for every Dem to vote for Obama.

    Dwight
    Jacksonville, Fl

    April 22, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  135. Taylor, Japan

    To answer the question, I do believe Hillary Clinton should quit if she doesn't win by 10%. I am sick and tired of the amount of spin that the Clinton campaign has put into this election season, every time she is in danger of being sent home packing.

    People who are voting should really take note of that amount of debt she is raising in her own campaign. I understand that the wealth that the Clintons have can cover the bill, but I find it ridiculously humorous that someone who is claiming they can manage the US's abysmal financial status cannot even take care of her own campaign's. Unless, of course, this is going to be spun into some sort of ignorant ploy to be able to connect with American people who are in debt.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  136. Justin in Philly, PA

    It's all fun and games until the Democrats lose the White House! Listen, there is no question this race has been monumental in its ability to excite democrats and pull in new support from young people, moderates, and former republicans. But the honest truth is that those new voters are Obama supporters and if he loses the primary they are OUTTA here.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  137. Annette Ingle

    My husband and I voted today in NC's early voting process. We voted for Barack Obama. However, we said that if Hilary got the nomination in August, we'd vote for her. What the Democratic Party can't stand is two heads of the party. In this case, it is not true that "two heads are better than one." If she's down by 10 points or more in PA, she should withdraw. Otherwise, she will detract from and diminish Obama's campaign. We need one clear candidate to vote for in November. Hilary will end up dividing the party if she hangs on to a doomed campaign.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  138. Ron from Honolulu

    Jack,
    No, she should not drop out, but let the process take its course as long as she has the funds to do it. I have been a die hard Republican for many years as a member of the Military. As I get older and my kids grow up, my political views are changing. I don't like any of the 3 candidates that we are forced to pick the "lesser of 3 evils". Now is the time for a strong Independent candidate to make themselves known who can show they will be the leader this country so desperatly needs right now....McCain, Obama and Clinton are not that leader.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  139. Darlene Matthews

    Yes, enough is enough, she can help the Democrats instead f hindering them, culd she live with herself if she was te cause of a McCain Prsidency?
    Darlene Matthews, New Smyrna Florida

    April 22, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  140. Mickie

    No Hillary shouldn't drop out anymore than Obama should if he loses Pa. What a doulble standard..No one ever suggests that Obama should quit if he soesn't win the states necessary for The Democrats to win in the general election. Every comment re Hillary is prefaced by a negarive remark. Will the media going to determine who our next president will ne?

    April 22, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  141. Sharon Ohio

    Hillary should go the whole way, she has the democrats behind her.

    The majority of the party supports Hillary.

    She needs to continue for the People, The voters, for America.

    She is the only one who can beat McCain.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  142. Sandy in Indianapolis

    Give it up Hillary! If you run the country like you are running your campaign – we are in trouble. You are out of money – and yet running up the bills..And you are doing nothing for the party except for dragging into the mud.
    George has already tried this – and it does not work.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  143. Aaron from canada

    The ongoing battle of words between both Obama and Clinton is a complete joke. Instead of unifying the Democratic Party, it seems torn in torment. If Clinton does not win with a substantial amount of support in tonight’s primary, I believe that it would be in the best interest to put ones self pride aside and stop this madness.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  144. Nate

    Jack,

    Hillary should just end this already. The Clinton mindsight of "I can't lose" is getting dispicable. She should realize more that "She can't win." You can win all the Big states in the U.S. but it doesn't translate into a victory. There are more states in the U.S. than just New York, California, Ohio, and Pennslyvania. Last time I checked thats only 4. Obama has more and has won more votes. He is ahead and that is good portent of things to come. Its time Jack. Stick a fork in Hillary, she is done.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  145. Harold Dickerson

    yes, she should drop out, I had a lot of respect for her before I seen the other side of her, I would not vote for her if she won the democratic nominee.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  146. Joe P

    She should have conceded weeks ago. Her egocentric need to win at any cost will only hurt the Democratic party if her campaing continues beyond today.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  147. cc in NORTH CAROLINA

    Yes should drop out. I don’t trust her. When you speak of Senator Clinton, it always implies the Clintons as if Bill will be her Vice President. I have had enough of the Clintons. They hope to be there another 8 years. I think 16 years of the Clinton’s is far too much

    April 22, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  148. heather halstead

    I think Hillary Clinton should quit the primary no matter what. Barack Obama is ahead in the popular vote and pledged delegates, and there is little chance that she can catch up. If it goes on this way, it will destroy the Dem party's chances in November. Also, her campaign is in debt as all news reports show, and she has also proved herself to be untrustworthy. So yes, she should drop out.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  149. franck

    she shouldnt quit for what reason ? but lets flip the page if Obama was the one behind would he still in the race at this point ? so everybody need to chill and stop crying we are tired and bitter about the bushes and the clintons i wonder if we r in a real democratie here it si time we all wake up a smell what is cooking just too family gonna keep running this country if we dont make a change now and to me OBAMA is that man the world is watching ya jack i love your comment and you have a great book keep up the good work

    April 22, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  150. kwsj1@yahoo.com

    ok, Hillary Clinton is virtually running against the same image her husband Bill Clinton won on in the 90's. She knows she is not going to win but still seems to want to sabotage Barack Obama's campaign. We as democrats need to win the white house, at first i was a Hillary Clinton supporter but changed before super tuesday because she is sooo negative. If she continues on she will single handedly ruin the democratic party. The republicans want her to win, so they can beat her in the general election. If she does not get at least a 15 point win in Pennsylvania she needs to get out, now and persuade her voters to vote for him A.S.A.P. so we can win this. Her ego is getting in front of what is needed for the American people.

    Now let say she happens to steal the nomination from Obama, she will be seen as the next Bush, but just within the democratic party and there will be polarization everywhere. And as a black man she will have alienated the African – American vote and i will not vote for her. Please for the stake of the country get out

    April 22, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  151. sergio duque

    I think she need to put the democratic race in perspective. She cannot overtake the popular vote unless the supers think so. I am so disappointed with all this clinton 'clinton negative campaigning. shes always contridicting herself. her supporters think its okay that shes lying to them already. Obama represents hope and I'd rather cling to the candidate whos offering hope insead of lies. I am a bitter man that tries o hold on to god especially when my country has forgotten about there own citizens. sergio cibolo,texas

    April 22, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  152. Gregory S. Hayes

    Jack,

    If Hillary doesn't have enough delegates to win, and has no hope of obtaining them - then clearly she should exit the race for the good of the Party. I believe people are confused on this issue because of the "super-delegate" factor. Without a huge margin in every state, she cannot reach the number of delegates to claim the nomination even with _all_ the super-delegates backing her. So if she loses tonight, or wins by a small margin, then she needs to throw in the towel.

    Besides, "bitter" doesn't even begin to describe the animosity the public will have if she claims the nomination without the majority of the popular vote, pledged delegates, or number of states.

    Gregory

    April 22, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  153. TC

    What do you think would happen if the situation was reversed and Clinton had the lead Barack does? Would Barack concede the nomination for the benefit of the party? I think he is a big enough person to do just that. Hillary is just showing her ego and stubbornness at this point. Game is, and has been over since she lost Texas.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  154. Norma Braidigan

    Absolutely not!! If she wins the primary in Pa., she has every right to continue with the remaining primaries. Since when do we measure wins by the spread as a means to determine whether the race should continue. Perhaps Senator Obama should consider dropping out since he, like Hillary, probably won't have enough delegates throughout the process to win the nomination without the "super delegates". Hillary is not a quitter and neither are her true supporters. Why don't you media folks quit trying to create more dissention within the democratic party and stick to reporting the real news. A good example of that would be to wait to see what the vote is in Pa. and then report the results. The two candidates and their constituents can decide what to do from that point.

    Norma Braidigan
    West Milton, Pa. 17886

    April 22, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  155. Martin Stadler, Winnipeg

    While (as a Canadian) I can't vote in the US elections, I watch them very carefully, because (indirectly) US politics effect me perhaps more than Canadian politics do.

    I have been a life long admirer of the Clintons, but the time has come for Hillary to concede and to help the democratic party, rather than further split it.

    The numbers are such that she CANNOT win in pledge delegates !!!

    Even if the super-delegates were to overturn the popular vote, the damage to the democratic party would be so extreme, that she could NOT win the presidency.

    Sen. McCain would be laughing all the way to the Oval Office.

    While I have deep respect for Senator Clinton's abilities and intellect,
    she has made it abundantly clear by her negative advertising, that she places more emphasis on winning than the good of the country.

    Sen Obama is now the better candidate to beat John McCain. A McCain victory would be catastrophic for America. All of America.

    Continued fighting by Senator Clinton against Sen Obama makes this catastrophe a frightening prospect.

    Another 4 years of George Bush? God have Mercy !!!

    April 22, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  156. S. NC

    Hillary Clinton should have "BEEN" out of this race. Senator Obama was the clear choice months ago. What kind of person do we want to run this country? There is NO Change in Hillary Clinton, and there is NO TRUTH in Hillary Clinton. All who would support her, areJUST LIKE HER. We as a country are morally deteroated, and by accepting and supporting someone like Hillary Clinton, is proof of it.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  157. Destiny Brown, WV

    Im only 14 but I am very smart when it comes to politics. Hillary Clinton should deffinatly quit after PA. I mean she obviously dosnt stand a chance. Not because she's a girl but because she hasnt got a clue about what she's doing. Many people from old to young, white and black want Obama. He might not have as much experience as Clinton but he makes up for that with personality and a realness that put him ahead of the rest.

    ❤ Go Obama!

    April 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  158. orville

    no. Clinton should not drop out. if it was up to you and some of the news
    media you would had her out long ago.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  159. Margaret Cybulski

    Absolutely not. She has fought very hard to get where she is, and PA will show you how they feel, once the votes have been counted. She is more an electable candidate. If the Superdelegates do not support her, and decide to go with Obama, the Democratic Party will lose, due to many Democrats switching over to the Republican Party and vote for McCain, and I will be one of them, as many of my friends in North Carolina will. The Superdelegates need to remember, that those who support Hillary Clinton will not support Obama.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  160. Robert Hare

    Jack,
    For better or worse, in this election season, we have seen a fundamental change in how candidates campaign and in whom people in any party or race feel are 'electable'. Democratic voters feel that our two best choices are a woman and a black man. I agree with them. We have two exciting and inspiring candidates this time around. I believe that either will do an admirable job in cleaning up the truly awesome mess left by the squatter sitting behind President Gore's desk. For myself, being a resident of Michigan, I feel disenfranchised as I was not allowed to vote for my candidate (Obama) at all, but cast a vote for Hillary instead, as either can and will be up to the task. Should she drop out of the race if she doesn't win by 10% (sooner rather than later)? Yes, in fact, she should drop out if she gets 100% of the Pennsylvania vote. This election is going to come down to the Superdelegates as well as Florida and Michigan and will get very ugly if it has to go that far. If Senator Clinton accepts the inevitable beforehand, with grace and dignity, we can go into the convention energized and united with greatly swollen Democratic voter roles and avoid what could and likely would tear deep wounds in this party that may never heal.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  161. Stewart- Queens, NY

    Do we really want Billary for another 4-8 years?

    I thought they were great for America in the 90s but honestly, once was enough!

    April 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  162. Harry Huffman

    No, and NO, AND NO. Let the process play out, let the remaining states have their say. And even let the superdelegates make their choices based on their best judgment of the candidates, not based on the comfort level of party hacks. As an independent, I have to say, the Democrats who keep trying to cut the primary process short are an insult to the voters, and would make of their party a joke. Have the guts to let your process play out, for crying out loud!
    Gallatin TN

    April 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  163. TYPICAL WHITE MALE from Michigan

    A HUGE BIG FAT NO-NO she should not drop out as you have about 35% of us Hillary supporters that will immid. switch over to McCain. The Big Boys in the Democratic Party thinks we will become united – what a joke that is - those big Boys in the Democratic Party better stop drinking the KOOL-AID as we Hillary Supporters are not kidding at all. Also Michigan and Florida will go to McCain because of what Obama did about our votes. Obama should be the one to drop out and take his KOOL-AID Generation with him..........

    April 22, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  164. I. Phila PA

    Should she drop out? No. Would I like her to? Absolutely. I started out this campaign, respecting Hillary but disagreeing with her. Now, I dare say, I've gotten...bitter. She's given the Republicans ammunition a plenty and yesterday she even snidely criticized one of the most active parts of the Democratic voter base, MoveOn members. I just wonder how she'll explain herself out of that one. "If I had known at the time, what I know now, I would've never criticized MoveOn..." At some point this needs to stop. Unfortunately, it won't.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  165. Floyd Clark

    I was for Clinton until she started getting caught in lies. The more I watch Hillary Clinton the more fearful I become. She literally scares me. Her healthcare plan is a good one (for a communist country) and while I feel that a woman is perfectly capable to be Commander and Chief, I don't believe that she is that woman. I beleive she is more concerned with obtaining the office than making a real difference. Professional politicians like the Clintons just play the game it's not about the country at all to them.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  166. Noah from united kingdom

    Jack this is a very interesting question who do you think should get out of the democratic primary race? i think hillary should drop out for the grace of the democratic party she is highly hurting the democratic party not senator obama. senator mc'cain's out there appeling to independents and building a ground base and the interesting thing is if she goes on with a campaign like that of the dracula household it would be disastrous in november.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  167. tarheel97

    No. If Hillary wins Pennsylvania, regardless of the margins, she will have won virtually all of the key battleground states. With the race as close as it is I see no valid reason for her to drop out with a win of any kind.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  168. Celeste

    YES! YES! YES! It's time for her to conceed graciously. I'm 33 and I haven't seen a non-Bush or non-Clinton in the White House. It's another family's turn.

    Celeste
    GA

    April 22, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  169. Eileen C. Rathbun

    Absolutely not! I think Obama should quit if he doesn't win PA. The Republicans will have a hay day if Obama gets the nomination as there will be a lot of democrates voting republican & all those republican votes he is supposed to be getting will definitely be going back to the republicans.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  170. Exavier

    Even though I am a huge Barack Obama supporter, I don't think Hillary should drop out. I would prefer if she quit, because she will say and do anything to get votes and is as sincere as using a wet hankerchief to dry your face. But on the other hand, if Barack were in Hillary's situation I would not want him to quit. With two very historic candidates, they campaigns mean too much to too many people to just "quit". I know it has been a hard fought campaign, but until the it's over, it's not over.

    I think that Hillary will bow out after the Indiana and North Carolina primaries, even if Hillary gets a well placed endorsement from John Edwards before the NC election (I think this is going to happen, bet on it, but it will be too late, Edwards took to long playing the "who looks like the winner so they can make me Veep card).

    People have also talked alot, including Hillary about all of the trash the Republicans will through at Obama. If everybody know that the things they will say are unfounded and are only used to conduct dirty politics, why is this considered a viable tactic to sway the American public? Why is this considered a way to "test" a person? It's baloney, and it is the reason we have lost respect in the world and Washington is stalled. We have to change the culture in this country to expect a better fabric of people in this country and not depend on division, mean spiritness, and deceit. Obama represents that. Hillary in this election, as well as Fox News and the Republicans were afraid that the American people would get inspired and challenge this country to face its worst parts, challenge itself, its laws, and its citizens, and become a better nation. But according to the Hillarys and Republicans of the world, it's all "talk". That's a shame, because you see by the increased voting in the primaries, action has already taken place. Barack's election has shaken the US out of its comfort zone, and the young people in this country are involved not because they are naive, but because want to see a different world.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:37 pm |