Clinton has said to her camp she will stay in the race until June because she believes she can still be the nominee. Click the Play Button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP PHOTO)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Barack Obama took another big step toward becoming the Democratic presidential nominee last night. He now has a majority of the pledged delegates – which means it is now impossible for Hillary Clinton to catch him. He also reminded those superdelegates who remain uncommitted that if they endorse Clinton now, they will be going against the will of the voters.
None of this matters to Hillary Clinton. She's staying in, telling supporters she's determined to see every vote counted. She's $19.5 million in debt, hopelessly behind and probably further damaging the party's chances in November, but no big deal. This is all about Hillary.
The New York Times reports she has told her inner circle she thinks she can still be the nominee. And, if she isn't, she can still accomplish some final goals. For one thing, Clinton is now saying that sexism – not racism – has played a key role in her loss. Advisers say by fighting on she's showing young women she's not a quitter.
Clinton clings to the hope that Michigan and Florida will magically be awarded to her despite both states primaries being invalid. She'll press that case when the DNC rules committee meets at the end of the month.
Oh, and about those who say Clinton is dividing the Democratic Party, or causing more of a racial divide among some white voters, by staying in the race, she disagrees. She believes that if and when she quits, her supporters will quickly support Obama.
Here’s my question to you: Why does Hillary Clinton continue on when Barack Obama now has a majority of pledged delegates and her campaign is almost $20 million in debt?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Butch from Pensacola, Florida writes:
I can’t believe this woman. Didn’t she agree to the rules before the race started that Florida and Michigan would not count? And now she speaks as if she cares so much about our votes counting. What about people like me who didn’t vote because we were told it wouldn’t count anyway? As a black independent for Obama, I wouldn’t vote for her if she were running against David Duke, and I won’t vote for Obama if she is on the ticket.
Gigi from Alabama writes:
She is still in the race until all votes are counted. Contrary to what you would have your viewers believe, she has every right to do this. Obama cannot reach the total of delegates by the convention and you know it. Florida and Michigan have not been counted. I don't give a flying fig about Dr. Dean's rules. They are American citizens and their votes will have to be counted to give the Democratic Party half a chance to win the presidency in November.
To destroy Obama with the pretense she is doing it for the women of the world. I am one of your former women supporters, Hillary. Get out!
Jack, It is quite obvious that Senator Clinton is vying for the 2012 election by dragging the primary process into August. The amount of time needed to heal the party and mount a campaign against McCain will be greatly hampered. By having a one term president in 2008, John McCain, she can then have the candidacy and election to herself in 2012.
Lucille from New Jersey writes:
By her tremendous wins in Kentucky and West Virginia, it is obvious that her supporters do not want her out of the race. She is the candidate who can win the general election and I am sure that the superdelegates are beginning to realize that. I would not vote for Obama.
Lesa from Tennessee writes:
Jack, Hillary is like the American Idol contestants who really think they can sing and then get angry at Simon Cowell for telling the truth. She knows the truth, but refuses to let go and admit it herself. In her mind she’s saying, "I'm Hillary Clinton and nobody will get in my way and I'll win by any means necessary."
Julie from New York writes:
To aggravate you, Jack.