Clinton to End Bid and Endorse Obama
By ADAM NAGOURNEY and JEFF ZELENY
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will endorse Senator Barack Obama on Saturday, bringing a close to her 17-month campaign for the White House, aides said. Her decision came after Democrats urged her Wednesday to leave the race and allow the party to coalesce around Mr. Obama.
Howard Wolfson, one of Mrs. Clinton’s chief strategists, and other aides said she would express support for Mr. Obama and party unity at an event in Washington that day. One adviser said Mrs. Clinton would concede defeat, congratulate Mr. Obama and proclaim him the party’s nominee, while pledging to do what was needed to assure his victory in November.
Her decision came after a day of conversations with supporters on Capitol Hill about her future now that Mr. Obama had clinched the nomination. Mrs. Clinton had, in a speech after Tuesday night’s primaries, suggested she wanted to wait before deciding about her future, but in conversations Wednesday, her aides said, she was urged to step aside.
"We pledged to support her to the end," Representative Charles B. Rangel, a New York Democrat who has been a patron of Mrs. Clinton since she first ran for the Senate, said in an interview. "Our problem is not being able to determine when the hell the end is."
My question is, why does she have to be 'urged to leave the race' by members of her party? This is what I mean by selfishness. Have you ever seen anyone lose so ungracefully? And what do you mean, you don't know when the 'end is'? Um. The last I saw, Obama got the required number of pledged delegates. Clinton did not. Isn't that all that's needed to signal the end? I read another report that said Hillary was still asking for campaign contributions to help make up the millions in dollars taken from her personal coffers to fund her race. Jesus.