Panetta: Time for Clinton to Concede

May 9, 2008 6:53am

Mark Matthews at San Francisco’s KGO TV  caught up with former Clinton White House chief of staff Leon Panetta to chat about what his former boss’s wife — Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY — should do now.

"It’s pretty clear unless there’s a bolt of lightning, Barack Obama is likely to win the Democratic  nomination," Panetta says. "She’s put up a good fight and put up a good race, but I think there’s a time now where she needs to concede and unify the party."

Panetta says "come early June, if things continue and superdelegates continue to move towards Barack Obama, then I think she needs to be a gracious loser and be able to concede this race with honor."

If she remains in the race until the final primary on June 3, Panetta says, "I guess what I would do if she is going to do that is warn them they should remain on issues, they shouldn’t engage in personal attacks….Whether the winner wins will depend an awful lot on how the loser loses."

The decision is ultimately Clinton’s, Panetta says, "because this race is hers and she’s been deeply involved and put up a hell of a fight."

Indeed.

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