Obama-Backing Senator Calls for Clinton to Drop Out

By Jennifer Parker

Mar 28, 2008 9:46am

Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vermont, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a high-profile supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has called for Obama’s opponent to drop out of the race.

In an interview on Vermont Public Radio, said "There is no way that Senator Clinton is going to win enough delegates to get the nomination. She ought to withdraw and she ought to be backing Senator Obama. Now, obviously that’s a decision that only she can make frankly I feel that she would have a tremendous career in the Senate."

Listen to a clip from the interview HERE.

Leahy said he was fretting about the impact of the protracted Democratic race.

"I am very concerned," he said. "John McCain, who has been making one gaffe after another, is getting a free ride on it because Senator Obama and Senator Clinton have to fight with each other. I think that her criticism is hurting him more than anything John McCain has said. I think that’s unfortunate."

Campaigning in Mishawaka, Indiana Friday, Clinton didn’t specifically address Leahy’s comments, reports ABC News’ Eloise Harper.

But Clinton did say, "There are some people who are saying, you know, we really ought to end this primary, we ought to shut it down."

"No!" the crowd shouted.

"There was a poll the other day that said 22 percent of democrats want me to drop out and 22 percent  want Senator Obama to drop out and 62 percent said let people vote," Clinton said. "One thing you know about me when I tell you I will fight for you I will get up every day and that’s exactly what I will do."

Watch the VIDEO HERE.

Clinton also suggested working for the American people is her calling.

"I believe going to work for you is what I am  called to do," she said.

- jpt

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