Bill to Dems on Primaries: Chill!

Let primary process continue, he urges party faithful
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2008 5:00 AM CDT
Former President Bill Clinton speaks in at the California Democratic Convention in San Jose.    (AP Photo/George Nikitin)
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(Newser) – Former President Bill Clinton told California Democrats to "chill out" and let the long, bruising battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination continue. "We are going to win this election if we just chill out and let everybody have their say," Clinton told the state Democratic convention in San Jose yesterday. He said it would strengthen the Democratic Party to allow the rest of the states to vote.

The race isn't over 'til it's over, he pointed out, as demonstrated by his own grueling battle. "I'd been so beat up, worked over and chewed out that I was running third" in national polls behind Ross Perot and former President Bush, he recalled. His wife has vowed to stay in the race despite calls that she step aside now to unify the party.