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Obama Shrugs Off Prospect of Continued Clinton Run

By Shailagh Murray
Sen. Barack Obama told reporters on his press plane last night that soon after Tuesday, the Democrats will have their nominee.

Three hurdles remain in Obama's path. On Saturday, Democratic Party officials are expected to resolve the delegate flap in Florida and Michigan, likely narrowing Obama's lead over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, but not in any meaningful way. On Sunday, Puerto Rico holds its primary. And on Tuesday, voters from the final two states, Montana and South Dakota, go to the polls.

"At that point, all the information will be in," said Obama, according to a transcript provided by the campaign. "There will be no more questions answered. I suspect that you know whatever remaining superdelegates will make their decisions pretty quickly after that."

He said he was prepared to declare victory "when I have enough delegates to claim the nomination," a milestone that could be crossed as early as Wednesday, depending on how quickly uncommitted superdelegates declare. "Once we have that number, then we'll focus on the general election," Obama said.

He shrugged off the prospect that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton could take her fight all the way to the convention, comparing his rival to previous also-rans who stuck it out until the end.

"This is true of every convention. I mean when Dukakis won the nomination you know Jesse was still running until the convention. When Bill Clinton was running, Jerry Brown was still technically in it. As far as I can tell this is fairly standard fare," Obama said.

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Clinton has now taken Kentucky ... Nevertheless, Montana, South Dakota and Puerto Rico are still to come.

The Democratic race for nomination is still very much alive and most likely to be decided by superdelegates If you haven't done so yet, please write a message to each of your state's superdelegates at http://www.lobbydelegates.com

If you're tired of waiting around for those super delegates to make a decision already, go to LobbyDelegates.com and push them to support either Clinton or Obama

Posted by: Jack | May 30, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

"comparing his rival to previous also-rans who stuck it out until the end"
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That's Shailagh talking there. Why is she trying to anger the Clinton supporters?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 30, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Clinton has taken Kentucky and Obama is right there in Oregon.
The Democratic race for nomination is still very much alive - and most likely to be decided by superdelegates - as CNN points out clearly

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/05/20/primary.wrap/index.html

If you're tired of waiting around for those super delegates to make a decision already, go to LobbyDelegates.com and push them to support Clinton or Obama

If you haven't done so yet, please write a message to each of your state's superdelegates at http://www.lobbydelegates.com

Obama Supporters:

Sending a note to current Obama supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Clinton supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Obama, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Obama. It's that easy...

Clinton Supporters too .... !

It takes a moment, but what's a few minutes now worth to get Clinton in office?! Those are really worth !

Sending a note to current Clinton supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Obama supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Clinton, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Clinton. It's that easy...

Posted by: feeba | May 30, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

It's still very evident that the war monger's who follow the 'befuddled' and 'bamboozled'egos of Bush(a certified idiot)and McCain(a confirmed fool)..still play into the hands of 'THE BIGGEST THEFT OF LIVES AND MONEY) the 21ST century. When will these followers of 'Chicken Little' wake-up, and stop the bleeding of U.S. families who have lost TOO MUCH-TOO LONG? Probably not soon enough...They're afraid of Obama..they're afraid of the Taliban...they're afraid of losing face..they're afraid of the 'easter bunny'. They need another 'misguided' shepherd.

Posted by: Bravo Encore | May 30, 2008 4:01 AM | Report abuse

Hillary supporters,please join us in November and vote Hillary or McCain.There are 17+ million of us that voted for Hillary,we can stop this empty suit from bringing his UCC brand of unity and patriotism to the white house.Vote Hillary or McCain.Pass it on.

Posted by: obamamama | May 30, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Obama, Obama, you are the best. You will be our next President. We need you to get this country out of the mess that the Bush has put us in for the last 8 years. May God bless you.

Posted by: lclon | May 29, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Someone ask why Obama has received the support he has.

Much of Obama's support is due to ~90% of the black population, college kids who think he's "cool" and an idol, and other younger voters who are less knowledgeable and inexperienced. Also he won the early primaries before the baggage of his good friend the racist reverend Wright hit the news. Also the man has "charisma", somewhat like Bill Clinton and John Kennedy, and believe it or not this sways a lot of people. Now note that Abraham Lincoln said to get lots of votes, impress the ignorant, and you have it

Posted by: Billw | May 29, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Just as with his San Francisco remarks, Obama has again shown the arrogant and condescending person he is by assuming and acting as if he will be the nominee. It shows disrespect for Clinton and those who support her. Sort of like pouring gator aid on the coach in the middle of the fourth quarter. The man really is not mature enough to be president.

Posted by: Billw | May 29, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

To:JakeD:

I'd swallow the disappointment I would feel if Hillary stole the nomination and support her 110%. There is no way I will switch over to vote McShame. I have enough of BUSH and I want no one who wants to follow in Bush's footsteps. No more Bush, no more unneccessary wars!!!!!!!!
No McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

misshoney:

I'm glad you've had a revelation -- still, I am curious about your comment re: "real Democrats" -- can you HONESTLY say that, if she manages to steal the nomination from your candidate, you would vote for her in November?

Posted by: JakeD | May 29, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Okay I am making a radical statement now- I love Hillary! She is very ambitious, beautiful and has brought 'women' all over the world to another level. I take back all of the negative postings and remarks that I have ever said about her. I have come to the revelation that if I tear her down, then I am in fact assisting in tearing down those of us that 'TRULY' represent the Democratic Party.

With all that has been said and done, I have looked back over the last year or so and decided that I still want to cast my vote for OBAMA. He really does represent CHANGE, at least for me and those around me. Never before have I been so politically involved in a race to the White House. This is truly exciting and I now look to the future where we as Democrats (I am talking real Democrats-those that do no flip over to the other side because their candidate is not or will not be chosen) but those who stand with and behind the Democratic Candidate that will be chosen.

So from this point on, I'd like to urge others to no longer put down Hillary (even if it doesn't look like or feel at times that she is out to destroy the Party).

Now is the time to rally behind Barack 100% regardless if he's your pick for the Democratic Presidential candidate or not!!!

Posted by: misshoney | May 29, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

LW:

See thread (above) entitled Obama Shrugs Off Prospect of Continued Clinton Run, specifically the part where Barack HUSSEIN Obama said: "This is true of every convention. I mean when Dukakis won the nomination you know Jesse [Jackson] was still running until the convention ... As far as I can tell this is fairly standard fare ..."

Posted by: JakeD | May 29, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

COUNT ALL OF THE FLORIDA VOTES.
SEAT ALL THE DELEGATES THE WAY AMERICANS VOTED.

"AMERICANS", THE MICHICAN AND FLORIDA VOTERS SHOULD BE COUNTED AND NOT PUNISHED FOR RULES THEY HAD NO SAY IN MAKING UP.

PUNISH US, AND WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT IN THE GENERAL ELECTION. WE ARE ANGRY AND INSULTED. BY VOTING, WE TOLD YOU, WHO WE WANT ELECTED: LOUD AND CLEAR.

DON'T LISTEN TO BLACK MINISTERS WHO ARE OBVIOUSLY BIAS AND WHO ARE NOW TRYING TO CHANGE, THE OUTCOME OF THE PRIMARY ELECTION.

100 PERCENT OF VOTES AND DELEGATES MUST COUNT, OR DEMOCRATS WILL BE TURNING REPUBLICAN OR STAYING HOME COME THE GENERAL ELECTION.

IF YOUR NOT BLACK, THIS IS THE GENERAL SEDIMENT OF FLORIDA VOTERS.

IT'S SAD THAT A WOMAN WHO HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR ONE RACE, SHOULD SUDDENLY BE TREATED SO BADLY, BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF HER OPPONENTS SKIN. I ASK OF ALL BLACKS,
"WHAT HAS OBAMA DONE FOR YOU"?
YOU'RE SMATER THAN THAT.
THE COLOR OF A PERSONS SKIN, SHOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH, PICKING THE RIGHT CANDIDATE.

COUNT ALL THE VOTES, 100% SEAT ALL THE DELGATES OR LOOSE THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.

YATI YATA

Posted by: YATIYATA | May 29, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Hillary will only create further rifts between her and the party if she tries to campaign until the convention. Now that Obama's skeletons of Rev. Wright are out in plain view, Hillary's claim that she has been fully vetted becomes more moot by the day. She needs to tell her ardent supporters that the solution for their frustration is not voting for John McCain to protest the misogyny their percieved in the media. Look at the policies! Isn't that what Clinton supporters are all about?

Posted by: Jim Mc. | May 29, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Just In! Obama doctor gives him a clean bill of health.

And now its Hillary's turn...Oh wait, forget it. Never mind. Hillary is done. No need to know about her health or Bill Clinton's Presidential Library donor list.

It's time to rally behind Obama !

Posted by: AJ | May 29, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Billw...had Obama's former pastor kept quiet till June, Obama would have be the nominee by May 6th!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

It's so sad to watch Hillary's main stump speech focus on what certain polls say what about her being stronger and the "poor and broken" Democratic nomination process, while Obama and McCain go at each other on real issues such as Iraq and Iran, the mortgage crisis, and lobbyist influence.

Once June 3rd, comes Hillary's campaign financial picture will look even worse. She will be $25 million in debt to vendors and herself!

Posted by: AJ | May 29, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"Hillary acts as if Obama stole delegates from her "

Well, that's close. He won the first 11 primarys before his close relations with his friend and racist Reverend Wright hit the news. Had that been known by voters at the outset, Clinton would now be the nominee.

Posted by: Billw | May 29, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama!

It's over for Hillary, even one of Hillary's prominent surrogrates, Pennslyvania Gov. Rendell, said this.

Obama played by the rules, never whined or complained, out-messaged and out-campaigned Hillary, and therefore should be the nominee by June 5th! Even McCain and the RNC know that Obama is the presumptive Democratic nominee because of all the attention they are directing at him.

Obama only needs 44 pledged delegates to clinch the nomination. If Obama can get 8 more superdelegates to endorse him between now and June 3rd, he will get to the 2026 total delegate finish line after winning the June 3rd primaries.

Posted by: AJ | May 29, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, JakeD...I must have missed that comment by Obama. When & where did he make it? I know you are a stickler for accuracy.

Posted by: LW | May 29, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

BTW: it is O.K. when Obama dismisses Clinton as just another "Jesse Jackson" but horrible in reverse?

Posted by: JakeD | May 29, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

By the way, notice the number of posts on this story, or should I say lack of. No one cares about her anymore, she is no longer new.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Stories like these are the only way she will even be mentioned in the press anymore. She has become yesterdays news and needs to be thrown out with the garbage before the oder gets any worse.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The behavior of Shrillary and Slick Willie throughout this long, arduous Demo primary has been disgusting, divisive, selfish, and racial in a hopeless effort to resurrect her failed campaign. It is time for them to step aside, gracefully, assuming they have the grace to do so.

The Clintons have no one but themselves to blame for adopting a "inevitability" campaign as the central theme of Shrillary's campaign. They and their so-called political gurus missed the political movement ignited by Obama that has brushed her aside as a viable candidate.

If they love the Demo party as much as they profess, it is time to act like real Demos and throw their support behind Obama. If they choose otherwise, they shall be held accountable for McCain's election and a second-term of Bush's destructive social, economic and political policies.

Posted by: Forrest Gerard | May 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | May 29, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Watch how fast they are kicked to the gutter if they try anything at the convention. Trivializing her is the best thing he can do. She is no longer reverent

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Obama 08
If he gets to the number he needs to win the nomination, It would be a shame if Hillary doesn't get out of the race. If she continues to fight It will have an impact on her career in politics. Hillary act as if Obama stole delegates from her. Her behavior is really disgusting.

Posted by: Janice | May 29, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

hmmm...I believe that Senator Obama knows something we don't know: that the preponderance of SuperD's WILL come out for him next week, and thank goodness...we democrats need to get down to business and defeat "I'll NEVER surrender in Iraq McCain." Hopefully Hillary Clinton will be able to tether her gigantic ego down and "work her heart out" as promised for Obama.

Posted by: Hold_That_Tiger | May 29, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

That should tell the Democratic Party something about the Clintons that I have felt for a long time. They are poison for the Democratic Party.

Posted by: majorteddy | May 29, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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