Hillary Clinton told the Washington Post, while on a stop in New Albany, Indiana, yesterday, that she would stay in until the convention if she has to. Here’s a transcript of the interview:
I know there are some people who want to shut this down and I think they are wrong. I have no intention of stopping until we finish what we started and until we see what happens in the next 10 contests and until we resolve Florida and Michigan. And if we don’t resolve it, we’ll resolve it at the convention — that’s what credentials committees are for.
We cannot go forward until Florida and Michigan are taken care of, otherwise the eventual nominee will not have the legitimacy that I think will haunt us. I can imagine the ads the Republican Party and John McCain will run if we don’t figure out how we can count the votes in Michigan and Florida.
I am committed to competing everywhere that there is an election.
Senator Obama also issued a statement on the issue available here: https://inkslwc.wordpress.com/2008/03/29/obama-clinton-can-run-as-long-as-she-wants-up-until-june/.
Clinton also brought up (and I’m not sure if this was in the same interview) the subject of the Michigan revote, saying that Obama “block[ed] a proposed Michigan revote. Party officials earlier this month cited problems with conducting another primary there, but Obama aides had previously detailed their concerns in a memo, which she called a ‘smoke screen.'” (Wasington Post).
Right Michigan has also cited the Obama campaign as the source of the problems for the re-vote plans: http://www.rightmichigan.com/story/2008/3/18/13950/1825 and http://www.rightmichigan.com/story/2008/3/27/115843/548
Clinton said on the subject, “His campaign rejected the plan that was put forward. For the life of me, what Barack was afraid of in Michigan I will never understand.”
Bill Burton, Obama’s spokesman said in an e-mail, “Senator Obama is actually interested in and working towards a solution, unlike Clinton, who is trying to change the rules she agreed to and is more interested in potshots than solving this problem.”
Finally, Clinton was asked how she could win, and she responded by bringing up the Superdelegates, saying that they “have a role and very important responsibility. We have to nominate someone who can go toe to toe with John McCain on national security and beat him on the economy. This will all be for naught if we don’t win in November.”
So, Clinton’s in until convention (since I KNOW that it won’t be decided before then), and she said it. Great for us (or rather McCain), bad for them (or rather Obama)!
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