Clinton: Get Some Popcorn and Settle In
By Perry Bacon Jr.
HAMMOND, Ind.--Asked about Sen. Barack Obama's remark today that the Democratic primary contest was like a good movie that had gone on too long, Sen. Hillary Clinton quipped, "I like long movies."
In the midst of a day where she traveled to four Indiana towns to talk about the economy, she held a news conference that quickly turned into repeated questions of her viability in the race, after one of her Senate colleagues, Vermont's Patrick Leahy, had said it was time for Clinton to quit running and back Obama.
She defended her staying in the race on a number of grounds: Millions of voters in places like Indiana had not had a chance to cast ballots, the primary process was drawing many new voters into the process in places such as Pennsylvania, and a poll showed the majority of the Democratic voters wanted the contest go on.
"I believe that a spirited contest is good for the Democratic Party and will strengthen our eventual nominee and that we will have a united party behind whoever that nominee is," Clinton said. "... I just think that this spirited, exciting contest is actually a real plus for us, and I just don't have the worries that some people either are talking about or feeling."
Clinton answered several questions that referenced both Leahy and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has suggested whichever candidate leads among pledged delegates after the primaries should be declared the winner. Clinton did not criticize them, saying people could say whatever they wanted about the process, but she stood firm by her reasons for staying in.
"Neither one of us will have the delegates needed to be nominated," Clinton said. "I think that's a very important fact. Neither one of us can be nominated without superdelegates."
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