From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli
CARY, N.C. – Hillary Clinton suggested today that she intends to contest primaries beyond Tuesday, but stopped short of saying she'd take her bid for the nomination to the convention.
Clinton was mainly asked questions about family issues during a staged roundtable for the Web site MomLogic.com. When asked about the heated Democratic contest, Clinton said there has been a lot of passion on both sides, with supporters taking "everything almost personally. But she said that for the most part, it has been "civil."
"I think that we'll have a unified Democratic Party once we have a nominee," she said. "No matter how passionately either my supporters or Senator Obama's supporters feel about us, they have much more in common in terms of what we want in the country than we do with Senator McCain and the Republicans"
Asked specifically if she'd fight all the way to the convention, Clinton demurred.
"Well I plan on going all the way through the next contests, West Virginia, Kentucky and others," she said. "I would not be doing this if I did not believe I'd be the best president."
In the forum Clinton shared few personal stories, including one about her and her husband trying to break open a coconut. She was also asked about how she endured "through really difficult times" in her marriage.
"I obviously was fortunate to be able to rely on and be grounded in my faith, which has been an anchor for me throughout my entire life," she said. "I also really believe in family and believe in the importance of family, and believe that family is the core of your relations. … When you are in a difficult situation, oftentimes you feel like you just want to withdraw into yourself, and you want to just shut the world out. Now if you have to do it in front of the world, that's a little hard to do."