Yesterday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT-Obama) had an interview with Bob Kinzel from Vermont Public Radio (VPR), where he said that Clinton should “withdraw” and “be backing Obama.” Here’s a transcript of that interview:
(Kinzel) … And the results of a new poll highlight the danger for the Democrats if their presidential primary contest gets any nastier.
According to a new Gallup poll, 28% of Hillary Clinton’s supporters say they’d vote for GOP candidate John McCain if Barack Obama wins the Democratic nomination and 19% of Obama’s supporters say they’d vote for McCain if Clinton is the Party’s nominee.
Senator Patrick Leahy, who’s a super delegate supporting Obama, is clearly worried about this situation:
(Leahy) “I am very concerned. John McCain, who has been making one gaffe after another, is getting a free ride on it because Senator Obama and Senator Clinton have to fight with each other. I think that her criticism is hurting him more than anything John McCain has said. I think that’s unfortunate. … There is no way that Senator Clinton is going to win enough delegates to get the nomination. She ought to withdraw and she ought to be backing Senator Obama. Now, obviously that’s a decision that only she can make. Frankly I feel that she would have a tremendous career in the Senate.”
(Kinzel) Former Governor Madeleine Kunin is the co-chair of the Clinton campaign in Vermont. She thinks Leahy is dead wrong on this issue:
(Kunin) “It is premature, to tell her to drop out now is just unfair because it isn’t over. Admittedly, it’s tough for Senator Clinton to get a majority of the delegates but it’s not over till it’s over. It seems a bit patronizing to tell her ‘Honey, you know you’ve got to drop out for the good of the Party.’ Sure it’s not easy, but I think the process has to go forward as it was designed to go. … I think both Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton know that what everybody wants in the Democratic party is a winner and some of this is just inevitable. But I think they will unite and I’m confident that judging by the turnout at every democratic primary which has been unprecedented that Democrats will do very well in November.” …
Today, Leahy issued the following statement: “Senator Clinton has every right, but not a very good reason, to remain a candidate for as long as she wants to. As far as the delegate count and the interests of a Democratic victory in November go, there is not a very good reason for drawing this out. But as I have said before, that is a decision that only she can make.”
I’m going to agree with Leahy on this one – Clinton SHOULD drop out for the good of the Democratic Party, but I am incredibly happy that she keeps dragging it out. Again, this goes back to her using the Tonya Harding Option – she’s going to destroy the party and hand the victory over to John McCain.
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