The End of the Road

On January 22, 2007, Hillary Clinton confirmed in a web video what many had speculated about for years – she was throwing her hat in the Democratic presidential race.

"I'm in and I'm in to win," the New York Senator said in a video on her campaign web site. (We don't even need to note the address, she has done that on every voting night.)

At the time, Clinton led her closest opponent, Barack Obama, 41-17 in an ABC News/Washington Post poll. Over the next year political pundits declared her unstoppable, inevitable and the likely nominee. But something funny happened when the calendar flipped to 2008 – Obama won Iowa and crushed Clinton's glow of inevitability. The Obama campaign's strategy of targeting delegates, not battleground states, worked and he built an insurmountable lead in what counted in winning the nomination.

And so tomorrow afternoon in Washington D.C., after more than 50 nominating contests, 35 million votes, hundreds of events, countless handshakes, a fight over delegates and a few days to huddle with senior staffers and supporters, Clinton will suspend her presidential campaign.

Pundits and reporters will be paying close attention to what Clinton says about Obama, the now presumptive nominee. What will she say to urge and promote party unity? Will she echo her speech on Tuesday night and focus on her own journey or look ahead to Obama's journey through the general election? Will "" come up? How about one more shout out to the "pundits and the naysayers?"

The farewell began today at Clinton's home in Washington DC. Campaign staffers gathered for a party of sorts and Clinton thanked them for their work and for putting their lives on hold over the long campaign.

Check out the best of the Clintons on the campaign trail – Hillary and Bill.

As Clinton bids farewell to her presidential run, the general election starts on the airwaves.

John McCain launched a major ad buy in swing states today, sober ads consisting of McCain talking directly to the camera about war and service. The ad will air in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico, Nevada, Michigan, Colorado, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, West Virginia and Minnesota.

ABC News' Ron Claiborne and Bret Hovell report that the ad is "notable for its direct engagement of McCain's war record, something the Arizona Republican and presumptive presidential nominee had been reluctant to use in a political way."

He also uses the ad to reject a notion held by some on the left that McCain is a warmonger. "Only a fool or a fraud talks tough or romantically about war..." McCain says in the ad. "I hate war, and I know how terrible its costs are."

The campaign raised over $20 million in May and a senior McCain advisor tells ABC News that McCain will have enough money to remain on the air consistently in swing states through November.

Barack Obama was scheduled to have three days off but the news of Chicago's selection as one of the four finalists for the 2016 Olympic Games got him out of his house and down to a celebration rally at Daley Plaza. Obama glimpsed into the future saw more than an Olympic celebration in Chicago, ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports.

"In the interest of full disclosure, I have to let you know that in 2016 I'll be wrapping up my second term as president," the hometown Senator said to a cheering crowd. "So I cant think of a better way to be marching into Washington park alongside Mayor Daly, alongside Rahm Emanuel, alongside Dick Durbin, alongside Valerie Jarrett as President of the United States and announcing to the world, 'Let the games begin!'"

Could this weekend's Fox News Sunday give a sneak peek of the vice presidential debate this fall? Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the McCain campaign surrogate opposite Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, on behalf of the Obama campaign. Both Pawlenty and Kaine are mentioned in veepstakes conversations so the dynamic on Sunday could be interesting to watch.

On the campaign front. . .

Saturday, June 7, 2008


-- No public events, Chicago, IL.


-- 12:00 am ET: Attends event with supporters, Washington, DC.

As for the Republicans. . .


-- No public events scheduled.

At the White House. . .


-- No public events scheduled, Camp David.

Sunday, June 8, 2008


-- No public events, Chicago, IL.

As for the Republicans. . .


-- No public events scheduled.

At the White House. . .


-- No public events scheduled, Camp David.

Monday, June 9, 2008


-- 11:00 am ET: Attends event at North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC.

As for the Republicans. . .


-- 5:30 pm ET: Attends fundraiser in Washington, DC.

-- 7:00 pm ET: Attends fundraiser in McLean, VA.


ABC News' Kate Snow: Obama, Clinton Ditch Press for Secret Meeting LINK

ABC News' Ron Claiborne and Bret Hovell: New McCain Ad Targeting Swing States LINK

ABC News' Kate Snow: Clinton Sneaks Out To Meet Obama In Washington LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper: DeLay: Obama's A Marxist LINK

ABC News' Sunlen Miller: Obama Celebrates Chicago's Olympic Bid LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper: Biden's Shadow Campaign LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper: RNC Calls Obama a Former "Street Organizer" LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper: Did Obama Shift On Warrantless Wiretapping? LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper: "3 AM for Feminism" LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper: In Spain, Edwards Says El No Es Interesado In Vice Presidency LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper: Clinton-Backing Congressman Says Clinton Camp Pushed Racist Strategy LINK


Hillary Highlights from '08 Trail Sen. Clinton's best hits on the trail during her historic quest for the W.H. LINK

Bill's Place in '08 Race Former President Bill Clinton's best hits on the 2008 campaign trail. LINK

'The Note' Rewinds the Week's Best Moments ABC's Senior Reporter Rick Klein on the weekly political roundup. LINK

Clinton and Obama Meet Privately A secret rendezvous of the former rivals has the political world abuzz. LINK

A Secret Meeting Sens. Obama and Clinton sneak away from press corps and hold a secret meeting. LINK

Kennedy Family Remembers RFK Family and friends mark the 40th anniversary of the late Robert Kennedy's death. LINK

Feinstein Divulges Secret Meeting Details Sen. Feinstein answers questions about the Obama-Clinton meeting at her home. LINK

Let the General Election Begin Sens. McCain and Obama jockey for early position as Clinton falls back. LINK

McCain: Underdog in '08 Race Ariz. senator sees energizing Independents and "Reagan Democrats" as key to win. LINK

Bush Addresses Economic Concerns Bush considers new measures to strengthen economy, acknowledges slow growth. LINK

Kimmel: Hillary vs. Oprah Will these female heavyweights battle it out for Obama's respect? LINK

Kimmel: Obama's Whitest Moments Jimmy tries to persuade Caucasian voters to support Barack Obama. LINK

Presidential Pop The Jones Soda company introduces labels bearing candidates' likenesses. LINK

Chuck Schumer on Hillary Clinton Senior senator from N.Y. talks about colleague he supported through primaries. LINK

Inspiration Is Barack Obama channeling the spirit of Robert F. Kennedy? LINK