Clinton sees Feb. 5 as ‘the end of the process’

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) indicated Monday that she believes the race for the Democratic nomination will be decided by Feb. 5, the date on which nearly two dozen states hold their primaries.

With Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) taking over the frontrunner mantle from Clinton after winning the Iowa caucus last week, the so-called “Super Duper Tuesday,” when voters in states such as California, New York and New Jersey go to the polls, could be the former first lady’s last best chance to jump back into the driver’s seat for the Democratic nomination.

In an interview that aired on CBS’s Early Show Monday, Clinton said that her campaign will keep going “until the end of the process on February 5th,” no matter what happens in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

Clinton, who was criticized leading up to the Iowa caucuses for not speaking enough with the media, toured the morning talk shows to put a good face on the situation.

“I feel very calm, very confident, about the outcome of this as we go forward, because I really believe that, you know, voters are going to be asking themselves the tough questions that all of us have to ask about who is best prepared to deal with these problems and who has, not just the hopes for America, but how to make hope happen, how we can deliver on the results that are so important,” the former first lady said on NBC’s Today Show.