May 7, 2008
George McGovern Tells Clinton to Drop Out
Team Clinton experienced another defection to Barack Obama today. Former Sen. George McGovern, an early supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, urged her to drop out of the Democratic presidential race and endorsed her rival. [SOURCE]
After watching the returns from the North Carolina and Indiana primaries Tuesday night, McGovern said Wednesday it's virtually impossible for Clinton to win the nomination. The 1972 Democratic presidential nominee said he had a call in to former President Clinton to tell him of the decision, adding that he remains close friends with the Clintons.
McGovern's announcement comes a day before Clinton was scheduled to travel to South Dakota to campaign. The state holds its primary June 3 with 15 pledged delegates at stake.
He had kind words to say about Hillary Clinton, however, McGovern acknowledged that Obama has won the nomination "by any practical test".
It's time to unite the Democratic Party, he said.
McGovern concluded, "Hillary, of course, will make the decision as to if and when she ends her campaign. But I hope that she reaches that decision soon so that we can concentrate on a unified party capable of winning the White House next November."