Clinton Still Defiant on Trail

She dismisses calls to step down as 'deja vu all over again'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2008 7:20 PM CDT
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., reacts to supporters with Rapid City, S.D., councilman Malcom Chapman at a rally in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Thursday, May 8, 2008.    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton urged her supporters to stick by her today, telling a West Virginia audience that calls for her to step down are simply "deja vu all over again," the AP reports. Clinton also told USA Today that only she can deliver the broad base of voters, including whites, necessary to beat John McCain. Her campaign chief, meanwhile, suggested Clinton would not keep the fight going until the convention in August, notes the New York Times.

“I think the superdelegates are going to move very quickly,” said Terry McAuliffe. “After June 3, this is going to come to a conclusion.” Clinton began a three-state campaign swing today ahead of primaries in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oregon. In her USA Today interview, she said Obama's "support among working, hardworking Americans, white Americans, is weakening again. There a pattern here."