Leahy Be Damned, Hillary Soldiers On

Clinton has no thoughts of dropping campaign, as Dems wonder about the health of the party
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2008 5:14 AM CDT
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean gestures during an interview with The Associated press, Thursday, March 27, 2008, at DNC Headquarters in Washington.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Citing the rights of voters to speak their piece and the “many differing opinions and strong-minded individuals” of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton yesterday reaffirmed her candidacy in the face of senator Patrick Leahy’s call for her end a campaign with “no very good reason” to continue and make way for Barack Obama, the New York Times reports.

Many Democratic higher-ups worry that the continued infighting between Clinton and Obama might weaken the nominee’s chance in November, but Clinton disagreed: “a spirited contest is good for the Democratic Party and will strengthen our eventual nominee,” she said. To Obama’s view of the race as a good but too-long movie, Clinton retorted, “I like long movies.”