Obama or Hillary at the DNC?

@clrumfelt (5428)
United States
August 14, 2008 9:29am CST
The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to be held August 25-28 in Denver. Presumably, at the convention they will induct Obama as its nominee and the party will unite behind him. Hypothetically, though, Hillary is still in the running until that happens. She has kept her delegates and still has a great following of supporters. Additionally, some of Obama's superdelegates have changed their mind since the primary. Hillary's supporters are calling for a roll call vote at the convention rather than a general induction of Obama. Do you think there is a possibility Hillary could still be chosen as the nominee? If that happens, and the democratic candidate won the presidency, do you think you'd feel any better about a Hillary Clinton presidency than a Barack Obama presidency?
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@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
14 Aug 08
Hillary knows much better than to disrupt the Democratic party with any conventions shenanigans. It is more important for her to unite the party than anything else that would permit a McCain win. She doesn't want a McCain win any more than I do. She won't divide the party. This question is a journalist's delight. But it has no reality. That's what I think.
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@clrumfelt (5428)
• United States
14 Aug 08
You are probably right about this. She will have to make nice with the democratic party now and help with Obama's campaign if the expects to make a run in 2012, which is what I think she is planning.
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@Taskr36 (13924)
• United States
14 Aug 08
Actually I think she does want a McCain win. That will give her the ability to say "I told you so" when she said she would have a better chance of beating McCain. The only reason she's supporting Obama is that she doesn't want her party to turn on her the way they did Joe Lieberman. Much like Obama she's an opportunist that will say and do whatever it takes to promote her political career.
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@RevSkull (271)
• Tokelau
14 Aug 08
Only someone who supported Hilary from the beginning could even half believe this fantasy could happen. None of Barack's Superdelegates have switched to Hilary since the end of the primaries...not one. Almost all of hers, including most of her biggest name supporters (Rendell and Bayh), have switched to him. She hasn't released her delegates yet but is expected to in her speech. She knows that any future she has in politics will be based in large part on how well she does in supporting Barack and helping him to get elected. Any stunt at the convention would backfire on her and make her current term as Senator her last.
@clrumfelt (5428)
• United States
14 Aug 08
I don't support either Hillary or Obama, and at this point the scenario I described is fantacy. However, I am looking at possibilities, not WILL it happen, but COULD it happen? I have heard on the news that some of the superdelegates changed their minds, but maybe they changed them again and went back to Obama. I haven't heard anything to confirm it.
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• United States
14 Aug 08
Not a chance. Her "supporters" will not vote for her, because unity is needed now. Another switch would destroy the democratic party.
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@evanslf (485)
14 Aug 08
Agreed. There is no chance that the Democratic delgates will switch sides now - the only remote possibility is if Obama was well behind in the polls and they might then panic and believe they made the wrong choice. Though the election is tight, Obama is still just about ahead, so I don't think they will panic. Fact is even if the Florida and Michigan votes were counted in full, Obama would still have more elected delegates than her. She lost the delegate race and that is why she is not the nominee. Let's accept that people.
@clrumfelt (5428)
• United States
14 Aug 08
What you say may be true, but the news media are still making a big deal over Hillary's supporters who feel the nomination was ripped away from her. They are hoping they'll come around and support Obama, but nothing is guaranteed.
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@N4life (851)
• United States
14 Aug 08
With the amount of new voters and excitement Obama has generated he may not even need a substantial portion of Hillary supporters. Many McCain supporters are not all that enthusiastic about him. Republican turn out will probably be low as a result. I just find it extremely unlikey McCain has any kind of chance. Obama is even running very tight with McCain here in Indiana where we ALWAYS vote Republican for President.
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• United States
14 Aug 08
I say the democrats would choose Obama over Hillary because he is very popular with the public and the Democrats wouldn't want to pass up an opportunity to have a chance to win the November election. Plus Hillary suspended her campaign after Obama won the most democratic delegates. There is a possibility that Hillary could be chosen as a nominee but it is very unlikely not as unlikely as John Edwards but still unlikely. If Hillary were to become president I will not hold any grudges I would hope she would do a good job as president same for Obama.
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@clrumfelt (5428)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Hillary suspended her campaign. She didn't surrender it and she was allowed to keep her delegates so she is still in the running. It would be unlikely they will choose her, but it could happen.
@rockkk (71)
15 Aug 08
surely obama has more of the mass support so he must be at the convention than hillary as his mass support ll strenghten the democrats.
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@clrumfelt (5428)
• United States
15 Aug 08
It is likely a remote possibility that an Obama overturn would happen. Things seem to be going Obama's way at this point.
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@missybal (4492)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I wish it was Hillary and not Obama but I don't think that it will happen. It is a very slim chance but let's be realistic. I wouldn't vote for Hillary either but I would feel so much better than if Obama became president. Funny though because this time last year I was saying 'anyone but Hillary', but Obama is way worse. However I feel it's a good thing in a sense because Hillary would have had a better chance at beating out McCain. Honestly I give Hillary more credit, I really don't think she likes Obama and I think she thinks a lot of the same things the rest of us do. She's just looking out for herself and for her political future. If she did not back Obama the Democratic party would end her career.
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@clrumfelt (5428)
• United States
15 Aug 08
That seems sensible. At least if Hillary did win the election, I think she'd be stronger on terrorism and international relations than Obama. Hillary has more experience in government. But I am voting for McCain. His resume is more impressive than either of theirs.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
14 Aug 08
I would feel a little better with Hillary Clinton. Now you have to know that although many Canadians of the vocal variety want a Democratic president, I do not. You have to start drilling for oil on American soil, and off shore, and I doubt Obama would allow it. He would want the price of gas to go over twenty dollars a gallon and have America become a third rate nation if he could. Hillary, being a woman would be more sympathetic to the plight of families. But to be honest I hope neither of them becomes president. I would rather have McClain in the White house. So I would not want either as president.
@xfahctor (14130)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
14 Aug 08
McCain would probably have a slightly better repor with Harper anyways. I realize the Canadian conservative is not really too closely resembling the american definition of conservative, but there is probably still more in common with his administration in terms of forign policy.
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