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Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) addresses her supporters from Indianapolis after Tuesday's primary election results filter in. (Video by AP)

Posted at 12:03 AM ET on May 7, 2008  | Category:  Video Report
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What happened to the democratic process? The country rallies around a golden boy hand picked for speech making and platitudes. With the help of pundints, talking heads, various newspapers, bloggers, network news, and mostly mean spirited, often ugly comments about Senator Clinton who will not quit until we have a nominee. Senator Obama is no match for the Republican machine.

This is probably the first time in history that we might have a Presidential nominee sponsored by newscasters looking for ratings who clearly have lost their soul, their objectivity. People must have a chance to vote, otherwise we are not a democracy but a country run by media sources and herd mentatlities.

Florida and Michigan must be seated at the convention. This is a country of 50 states and it should be a convention of 50 state delegations. Every state should be represented. Hillary won significant victories in both Florida and Michigan and the delegations from those states must to be seated, commensurate with the results from those primaries, should be the final word.

Posted by: IndyIndia | May 8, 2008 2:35 PM

The America I grew up to love is coming home. The America I use to visit so easily and had enjoyed the greatest hospitality is back. The America and Canada which most always shared our souls.. and tears together is coming back. So just maybe once again I can travel across our borders knowing full well, I'm still at home, sweet home. Good luck, and choice to our family South of us.
And do not forget, we to have great decisions to make in the future, and you are always included.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 8, 2008 9:24 AM

177 to 2025 Obama
332 to 2025 Clinton
488 total delegates remain
264 supers 214 elected 10 elected IN NCnot awarded


Posted by: Delegate Math | May 7, 2008 4:32 PM

Asian Americans have made vast contributions to American society. There are many Asian Americans doctors, lawyers, and engineers who are living the American Dream and in doing so are making America a better country.

I can only wonder about their children. It seems that America likes to ignore Asian American's for their success. We should make all Americans feel welcome regardless of the color of their skin. Making people feel like visitors weakens America. Frankly, most white Americans are not majoring in engineering, and the hard sciences anymore. This is why when companies like Boeing and IBM are doing their recruiting, they have to recruit foreign nationals. China and India are rising in the East and a good part of the reason is their children are willing to major in math and the hard sciences. We should make every opportunity to welcome their children so we can keep America a strong power in the future.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 7, 2008 3:12 PM

so hillary-richard mellon-scaife-rupert murdoch-rush limbaugh-rodham-von clinton voted for THE WAR.


Posted by: jeff | May 7, 2008 2:43 PM

how can OBAMA represent the party when you can not even agree to paid respect to florida and michigan, he get it now but in the fall he will learned not to disrespect those state, he will lose florida, ohio, indiana, even california. get ready for John MAC. going to eat obama alive. and OBAMA tell you wife that the bar still in the same place.

Posted by: hector | May 7, 2008 9:44 AM

91-92% of Black votes!! What are the odds, either the Jesus has come back or the snake charmer is Racist. This is a race based campaign.

Last night he said he is proud of America, he should tell that to his angry wife first.

I am a Democrat but I would NOT vote for this Racist who on one side played his race with his kind, and on the other young voters while their parents crying to keep them focused on studies. The whole one year is wasted of their lives running behind an idiot.



Posted by: Najam, NJ | May 7, 2008 8:19 AM

If Obama is such a weak candidate, why did he come out of nowhere and knock Queen Hillary over the throne? This entire campaign was supposed be over on February 5th, and instead, she's left getting faint praise for her pluck long after it's obvious that she cannot win the nomination.

Obama has won 32 contests to date, needs 30 delegates to win a majority of elected delegates, and her lead among party elites has dwindled to the teens. He needs less than 200 delegates to lock this thing up for good, and she has lost more super delegates to him than she has signed on in the past few weeks.

Posted by: AxelDC | May 7, 2008 6:17 AM

We need our leaders to be more representative of our population..

We need to elect more Latinos to Congress, and we need a Mexican American in the White House.

This is our country too.

Posted by: Mexican President | May 7, 2008 3:32 AM

What about we need the president to represent all Americans. That would mean that they only need to be "American".

Posted by: Concernedaboutdc | May 7, 2008 5:53 AM

Obama supporters are among the racist people out there. They refuse to acknowledge that there are minorities besides blacks, and they matter.

You cannot unify the country if you continue to marginalize Americans based on the color of their skin.

Posted by: | May 7, 2008 3:33 AM

Obama supporters are multi racial, multi-gender and multi-national. I don't understand what you mean. Obama himself is multi-racial. Your point is factually unclear. It is almost as if you are suggesting that his supporters are only African American, again, this is factually false.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 7, 2008 5:51 AM

Great Speech from Barrack Obama.

I am so glad to finally start hearing one of these candidates start talking about party unification. It is that kind of unification that will be required for the Democrats to win in November.

I think we have gotten too wrapped up with the primaries. But remember, the prize is in November. The prize is not for the candidates it is for Americans.

The Republicans cannot bring relief to hardworking Americans and their interests. They will not bring relief to the economy. They will not bring this illegal war to a sensible end. They will not force the Iraqis to step up to the plate.

Democrats, this is OUR party. No less than it being OUR primary. Let it be OUR victory in November.


Asian culture is just not that confrontational.. Asians are unlike blacks who got to where they are in politics by being militant.

Posted by: FrankfromPA | May 7, 2008 4:12 AM


So uninformed. It wasn't blacks that dropped a bomb on Asian's, it was Harry S. Truman. So if you got the courage to talk tough, talk tough to the one that set your island back decades. Asian's did, in fact, take advantage of "affirmative action" benefits even more so than African Americans. You see, truth be told, it is not "race" specific. The positive fruits of affirmative action were predominately given to minority nationalities and women.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 7, 2008 5:47 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 7, 2008 4:19 AM

Asian culture is just not that confrontational.. Asians are unlike blacks who got to where they are in politics by being militant.

Posted by: FrankfromPA | May 7, 2008 4:12 AM

Mexicans should riot.

That would probably get people to pay attention.

Posted by: Mexican President | May 7, 2008 3:37 AM

Obama supporters are among the racist people out there. They refuse to acknowledge that there are minorities besides blacks, and they matter.

You cannot unify the country if you continue to marginalize Americans based on the color of their skin.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 7, 2008 3:33 AM

We need our leaders to be more representative of our population..

We need to elect more Latinos to Congress, and we need a Mexican American in the White House.

This is our country too.

Posted by: Mexican President | May 7, 2008 3:32 AM

It's absolutely ridiculous how the racism toward Asian Americans is ignored in this country.

That's why I believe that, as repugnant as it may seem, some good old fashioned lack of perspective may do Asians good.

After all, we've spent the entire post-WW2 period being a model minority, and what has it gotten us? Ridicule in popular culture, quotas in school admissions, and blatant indifference from the two major political parties.

Meanwhile, more activist minorities rule popular culture, benefit (sort of--long discussion possible here) from affirmative action and government contracts, and are courted heavily by Democrats and Republicans alike.

We're supposed to be smart, but it sure seems like we're being dumb.

Posted by: RACISM EXISTS | May 7, 2008 3:28 AM

It's done. Time to regroup and get ready to take out the trash - you know that I mean the Republican scum that has been bleeding our country dry.

Posted by: Chuck | May 7, 2008 2:09 AM

lake county please stand up and let your voice be heard,what happen to your vote its after cnn please call it, somebody announce barack obama as winner.

Posted by: fusia | May 7, 2008 1:27 AM

Hillary got what she deserves. I salute NC people who did not fall prey to monster Hillary. Shame on Hillary for showing woman in a bad light. She is too arrogant, liar and fighter who should be in Iraq. We need someone bold like this to serve a country that needs her service. Her 35 years of experience should come handy to handle lawlessness in Iraq.

Posted by: Alrufa | May 7, 2008 1:18 AM

I don't know if Obama's going to win Indiana or not -- I'd guess at this point that she'll clear it by a few thousand votes -- but, after tonight, I just don't think there's a plausible way for her to get the nomination. Not that there was much of a plausible path to the nomination before, but this really is the nail in the coffin. Tonight was her last chance to pull a major upset, fresh off a week where Jeremiah Wright was in the news 24/7, and she ended up actually falling behind by a couple hundred thousand votes.

There simply aren't enough voters left for her to make up more than a tiny fraction of Obama's pledged delegate lead. Without the pledged delegates, she's relying on superdelegates not only somehow deciding to vote for her, but actually deciding to do so en masse. After having been clearly defeated in the popular vote, facing an opponent who hasn't wilted in the face of pressure, and with the increasing lack of love between her and the party elders, I simply can't imagine she'd be able to even claim close to a majority of the remaining superdelegates, let alone close the delegate gap.

So congratulations to Barack Obama, who will be the Democratic nominee.

Posted by: davestickler | May 7, 2008 1:13 AM

President Barack H. Obama.

Get ready America. Things are changing.

Time to raise your head high.

Posted by: Harry, Los Angeles, CA | May 7, 2008 1:07 AM

Thank you, Lake County and the rest of the Indy folks who said YES to CHANGE and HOPE. Thank you for saying NO to Hillary and her Republican, Bush/Cheney/Rove campaign!

Posted by: Black and Bitter like Coffee | May 7, 2008 1:04 AM

The suspense means Obama wins Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | May 7, 2008 12:59 AM

Expect an Obama shocker in Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | May 7, 2008 12:58 AM

I thought Hillary was the one who wants all the votes to count. Hold your horses, girl! It ain't over 'till Lake County finishes. It's the second largest county, running 3 to 1 Obama and only a third of the votes are counted. 20K votes ain't that much.

I hope someone's writing a good concession speech, you may need it.

Posted by: thebob.bob | May 7, 2008 12:41 AM

She better stand up to this being a "tie-breaker" when it doesn't go her way.

Posted by: Eric | May 7, 2008 12:38 AM

Gotta love the Hillbots here crying in their spilt milk about how Obama can't win in November.

You clowns do not get it, it is YOUR JUDGEMENT THAT IS FLAWED. You backed a LOSER. Your opinion and judge of future events shows you do not know what you are talking about.

Hillbots = So impotent, so wrong. so long.

Posted by: Your Conscience | May 7, 2008 12:37 AM

Spoke too soon!!

Posted by: lol | May 7, 2008 12:37 AM

Too close to call (except for CBS jumping the gun), and a 51-49 victory doesn't really prove much of anything either way. Who does she think she's kidding, at this point?

Posted by: john | May 7, 2008 12:31 AM

She might have counted those Chickens-before they came home to roost! LOL! :-D

Billary, exit Stage RIGHT.

Billary Moderates, welcome;

To the Big Tent! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 7, 2008 12:16 AM

Obama is not ready for the Repuglican attack machine. Beside, have you noticed he looks like J Fred Muggs? HRC will be ready to hit the ground running on Day One. You Go Girl.

Posted by: Geraldine | May 7, 2008 12:16 AM

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