New ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that a majority of Democrats want Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., to stay in the 2008 nomination race if she loses Ohio or Texas

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that a majority of Democrats want Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., to stay in the 2008 nomination race if she loses Ohio or Texas. This is ironic since people such as conservative talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh want Hillary to stay in the race to continue fighting with Obama. The poll respondents voted 2 to 1 for Hillary to stay in the race. 

One response to “New ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that a majority of Democrats want Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., to stay in the 2008 nomination race if she loses Ohio or Texas

  1. With last night’s victories in Ohio and Texas, one thing is clear: the
    momentum has swung back to Hillary Clinton. Voters in both states
    agreed that Hillary Clinton would be the best Commander-in-Chief and
    the strongest steward of our economy. In fact, according to last
    night’s polls, those who decided who to vote for in the last three
    days overwhelmingly favored Hillary [CNN exit polls, 3/4/08]. It’s
    time for a second look.
    Ohio is the barometer: Hillary was successful in Ohio, the state that
    for the last quarter century has picked our president. As everyone
    knows: As Ohio goes, so goes our country. Historically, it’s one of
    the bellwether states and it decided the last election. And the
    demographics of the upcoming contests in Pennsylvania, West Virginia,
    Indiana and Kentucky closely mirror those in Ohio. Hillary looks
    strong in all four states.
    In recent years, every President has won two of the three following
    states: Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. Hillary has already won two of
    those and, according to all polls, is leading in the third –
    This race is extremely close and more than 5 million Democrats are
    likely to vote. After 28 million votes have been counted, the popular
    vote contest in the Democratic primary is within one-tenth of one
    percent. Applying the same level of turnout to the remaining contests,
    there are still more than 5 million Democratic voters – 17 percent of
    the total – who are likely to participate in this contested primary
    race. After 41 primaries and caucuses, the delegate count is within
    roughly 2 percent.
    In the primaries, Hillary has demonstrated that she is the best
    positioned candidate to carry the core battleground states essential
    to a general election victory — particularly the large industrial
    states of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and the critical swing contests
    in Florida, New Mexico, Nevada, and New Jersey.
    The vetting of Obama has just begun. The press has only begun to
    scrutinize Senator Obama and his record. The corruption trial of Tony
    Rezko is getting underway this week, yet many questions about Obama’s
    relationship with him remain unanswered. Hillary, on the other hand,
    has withstood fifteen years of substantial media and Republican
    scrutiny, including many months of sharper scrutiny as the front-
    runner. If the primary contest ends prematurely and Obama is the
    nominee, Democrats may have a nominee who will be a lightening rod of
    Several of Hillary’s base constituencies (women, Hispanic, labor,
    elderly and under $75,000) are key to a Democratic victory in
    November. Senator Obama has not brought these voters out in the same
    The two groups that fueled President Bush’s victory in ’04 were women
    and Hispanics, and they are among Hillary Clinton’s strongest
    supporters. From 2000 to 2004, Bush’s support among Hispanics rose
    from 35% to 44%. And Bush’s support among women rose from 43% to 48%.
    That five point gain among women and nine point gain among Latinos
    gave Bush his victory in 2004.
    Women reached an all-time presidential election high of 54% of voters
    in ’04. As a factual matter, an outpouring of women for the first
    woman president alone can win the election. Hillary leads all
    candidates among women.
    These political and demographic trends project positively into the
    general election and strongly favor Hillary.
    The Red States: The central strategic argument of the Obama campaign
    is flawed. Senator Obama argues that his success in Democratic primary
    contests held in long-time Red States means he will carry those states
    in a general election. In reality, there are no “Red States” in a
    Democratic primary – there are only Democratic voters who live in
    Republican states and represent a small percentage of the general
    election population.
    Of the eleven core Republican states that have gone to the polls, Sen.
    Obama has won ten: Utah, Idaho, Nebraska, North Dakota, Alabama,
    Alaska, Kansas, South Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana. John Kerry
    lost each of these states by fifteen points or more.
    The last time a Democratic nominee won Utah, Idaho, Nebraska, North
    Dakota, Kansas, and Alaska in the general election was 1964.
    Even if Obama is “transcendent,” as his campaign has argued, the
    historic electoral trends and the current political environment
    suggest that translating those primary wins into November success will
    be close to impossible.
    In short: Hillary is better positioned to carry the battle ground
    states that Democrats need to win in November and Obama’s victories in
    deep red states do not .
    Hillary is the only Democrat with the strength, leadership, and
    experience to defeat John McCain. Senator Clinton is seen as the best
    prepared to be Commander-in-Chief.
    Nationally, 57% say Hillary Clinton is best prepared to be president,
    39% Obama [CBS/ NYT, February 24]
    Hillary Clinton is seen as best able to take on the Republicans on
    their own turf – national security and terrorism. She is seen as a
    strong and decisive leader (a seven point advantage over Obama
    Hillary is seen as the one who can get the job done – leading Obama
    nationally by 13 points [USA Today/ Gallup, 2/24].
    Hillary is seen as the candidate to solve the country’s problems,
    leading Obama by 10 points [USA Today/ Gallup, 2/24].
    John McCain will diminish any perceived advantage Obama has with
    independents. As has been widely discussed, one of John McCain’s key
    constituents is independents. And against McCain, Obama will be framed
    by the Republicans as too liberal (he was ranked by the National
    Journal as the most liberal Senator); untested on national security;
    and vulnerable on issues that would make him unelectable in November.
    These issues may be surmountable in a Democratic primary but will be
    an Achilles heel with independents in a general election.
    The McCain Roadmap: McCain has already foreshadowed his campaign’s
    construct against Obama: His vulnerability is experience and judgment
    on national security.
    McCain: Obama’s ‘meet, talk and hope approach’ is ‘dangerously naïve
    in international diplomacy.’ “Meet, talk, and hope may be a sound
    approach in a state legislature, but it is dangerously naive in
    international diplomacy where the oppressed look to America for hope
    and adversaries wish us ill.” [McCain, NYT’s The Caucus, 2/22/08]
    McCain: Obama is an ‘inexperienced candidate who once suggested
    bombing our ally, Pakistan, and suggested sitting down without
    preconditions or clear purpose with enemies who support terrorists.’
    “Each event poses a challenge and an opportunity. Will the next
    president have the experience — the judgment, experience informs and
    the strength of purpose to respond to each of these developments in
    ways that strengthen our security and advance the global progress of
    our ideals? Or will we risk the confused leadership of an
    inexperienced candidate who once suggested bombing our ally, Pakistan,
    and suggested sitting down without preconditions or clear purpose with
    enemies who support terrorists and are intent on destabilizing the
    world by acquiring nuclear weapons? I think you know the answer to
    that question.” [Post-Wisconsin Primary Victory Speech, 2/19/08]
    Steward of the economy. Hillary Clinton leads both John McCain and
    Barack Obama on the economy and health care. In the latest LA Times/
    Bloomberg poll (1/22), Hillary leads McCain 52/28 on health care and
    43/34 on the economy.
    Hillary leads Barack Obama on health care by 21 points nationally [USA
    Today/Gallup, 2/24].
    Florida. There is an additional reality that must be considered – the
    1.75 million voters in Florida whose votes will not be represented at
    the Democratic convention. How we handle this swing state will affect
    our Party’s potential of carrying it in November (Democrats lost
    Florida in 2004). This is a state where the playing field was level –
    all of the candidates had their names on the ballot and none
    campaigned in the state.
    Michigan. Nearly 600,000 Democrats voted in Michigan, but right now
    their votes are not being counted. Democrats barely carried Michigan
    in 2004 (by only 3% — 51 to 48). If our party refuses to let them
    participate in the convention, we will provide a political opportunity
    for the Republicans to win both Florida and Michigan. Recognizing
    their importance to Democratic success in November, Hillary has called
    for the delegates of both states to be seated at the convention.
    Hillary has the money to compete. In February, the Clinton campaign
    raised approximately $35 million – averaging more than a million
    dollars a day. This deep level of support gives Hillary the resources
    she needs to compete between now and the Convention.

    From BlogHillary:by Harold Ickes, Senior Advisor & Mark Penn, Chief
    Posted here by Randy…Rcalypso

    M Waheed Jadoon


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