David Kirkpatrick

June 7, 2008

Clinton is officially out

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:59 pm

She held her concession speech today and formally put her full support behind Obama.

From the link:

Hillary Rodham Clinton ended her historic campaign for the presidency on Saturday and told supporters to unite behind rival Barack Obama, closing out a race that was as grueling as it was groundbreaking.

The former first lady, who as recently as Tuesday declared herself the strongest candidate, gave Obama an unqualified endorsement and pivoted from her role as determined foe to absolute ally.

“The way to continue our fight now to accomplish the goals for which we stand is to take our energy, our passion, our strength and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama, the next president of the United States,” she said in a speech before cheering supporters packed into the ornate National Building Museum, not far from the White House she longed to govern from.

“Today as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him and throw my full support behind him and I ask of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me,” the New York senator said in her 28-minute address.

Some may quibble at her use of the word “suspend” instead of saying she’s dropping out of the race. Marc Ambinder blogging at the Atlantic is way ahead of you.

Here’s the linked post from two days ago:

A note on terminology: some news outlets will report that Clinton will “suspend” her campaign; others may report that she will “concede” to Obama; other will report that she is “dropping out.”

It’s ok to use “dropping out.”

She doesn’t officially lose her delegates until they vote for someone else at the convention, so she could always jump back in. There’s no paper you sign that magically waives away your delegates, and there will be plenty of them, I’d bet, who, if you ask them next week, insist they’ll vote for Hillary.

But there’s no need to parse … aides and advisers say that she’s conceding the race and endorsing Obama.

After Friday, virtually all of the staff will be gone. Not furloughed, but gone. Clinton will have conceded the race by Saturday, will have endorsed Obama, and will stop campaigning. For her, the race is over.

If Clinton does for some reason use the word “suspend,” instead of some more final word, it will be a rhetoric feint, one that is sure to further anger the Obama campaign.

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