February 18th, 2008
01:54 PM ET

Clinton allies question reliance on superdelegates?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Hillary Clinton probably doesn't like the message coming from some of her supporters, who are now questioning her reliance on superdelegates in order to beat Barack Obama.

New York Congressman Charlie Rangel, who is one of Clinton's top African-American allies, insists it's the people, and not the superdelegates, who will select the Democratic nominee for president. Rangel adds, "The people's will is what's going to prevail at the convention and not people who decide what the people's will is."

Then there's New York Senator Chuck Schumer, another big Clinton supporter, who doesn't seem pleased with Clinton's willingness to fight it out with Obama on the floor of the convention in August. New York's senior senator is calling on both Clinton and Obama to agree on a winner after the last caucus in June. He says, "I don't think either candidate wants, or can even get away with, forcing their will down the throat of the other."

Meanwhile, Clinton shows no signs of letting up. She's been calling on superdelegates to make their own decisions about whether to support her or Obama. She says they should "exercise independent judgment" and should not just anoint the candidate who is leading after the primaries. Sure, why give the nomination to the candidate who has the most support from the people?

Obama has won the last eight Democratic contests in a row and leads Clinton among pledged and total delegates. However, he still trails her among superdelegates.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean if some of Hillary Clinton’s allies are now questioning her reliance on superdelegates to win?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Super Delegates
February 13th, 2008
06:02 PM ET

In unresolved Dems race, what will superdelegates do?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barack Obama has won 23 of the 35 Democratic contests so far and is leading Hillary Clinton among "pledged" delegates. But, it's Clinton who leads the race when it comes to the ever-important superdelegates.

There are 796 of them in total – many are members of Congress or other party officials – and if the race remains as tight as it's been, they could be the deciding factor.

Right now, Clinton leads Obama in superdelegates 234-to-157. Part of the reason why is because of her husband, the former president, who's calling in all the favors he's done for the Democratic Party over the last 16 years. But consider this: Obama has won the last eight contests in a row. You can bet he'll use these victories to try to change the minds of the Clinton superdelegates. Some superdelegates are already saying that party insiders should be careful of overturning the collective decision of Democratic voters across the

The Obama camp insists that whichever candidate has the most pledged delegates will be the nominee, which suggests they're going to put a lot of pressure on the superdelegates to fall in line. Superdelegates already backing Obama say their peers should support whoever wins the most pledged delegates.

But, Clinton's advisers say the superdelegates should back whomever they think would make the best nominee and the best president. In other words, never mind what the voters say, we'll decide who the nominee is.

Here’s my question to you: If the Clinton-Obama race remains unresolved, what will the superdelegates do?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Super Delegates