February 16th, 2008
05:22 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton adviser: The race will be over in June

(CNN) - One of Hillary Clinton’s senior advisers said Saturday on a conference call with reporters that the New York senator would have the nomination “nail(ed) down” after primary season voting ends in June, when Puerto Rico weighs in.

“At or about, certainly shortly after, the seventh of June, Hillary’s going to nail down this nomination. She’s going to have a majority of the delegates,” Harold Ickes said, thanks to a combination of pledged delegates awarded through primary and caucus votes, and superdelegates – Democratic elected officials and party leaders who are free to choose any candidate they wish. Ickes is himself a superdelegate.

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe immediately responded to Ickes, saying in a statement the Clinton campaign was “attempting to have superdelegates overturn the will of the Democratic voters, or change the rules they agreed to at the 11th hour in order to seat non-existent delegates from Florida and Michigan.

“The Clinton campaign should focus on winning pledged delegates as a result of elections, not these say-or-do-anything-to-win tactics that could undermine Democrats’ ability to win the general election,” said Plouffe.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a Bloomberg interviewer Friday that voter preferences and primary results should play a part in how superdelegates made their decision. DNC Chair Howard Dean later sent a memo to Talking Points Memo in which he said that “their role is to exercise their best judgment” of what is best for the party, but did not mention the pledged delegate result as a critical deciding factor.

Ickes – a Democratic National Committee member and Bill Clinton’s former White House deputy chief of staff - told reporters that neither of the Democratic White House hopefuls is close to winning the nomination, and that Obama was trying to prematurely call the primary season to a close.

“I understand Sen. Obama wants to rush to judgment on this deal and cut this thing down. You know, he’d like to be nominated right now. But there are a lot of delegates yet to be selected,” he said, pointing out that 18 states and territories have yet to vote this primary season.

Ickes voted last year to penalize Michigan and Florida - who moved their primary votes up in violation of party instructions - to seat their delegation at the party’s nominating convention this summer. On Saturday, he said both states’ delegations should be seated, and the results of those contests should stand. Hillary Clinton won the primaries in Florida and in Michigan, where she was the only major Democratic candidate to appear on the ballot.

He also said the Clinton campaign should have paid more attention to caucus states, where Obama has done very well this year - an observation that has been made by other Clinton staffers in recent calls.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


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  1. Bill Jay

    We love you Hillary, from Philadelphia.....

    February 16, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Chris Andoe

    The following deserves more attention:

    Ickes voted last year to penalize Michigan and Florida — who moved their primary votes up in violation of party instructions — to seat their delegation at the party’s nominating convention this summer. On Saturday, he said both states’ delegations should be seated, and the results of those contests should stand. Hillary Clinton won the primaries in Florida and in Michigan, where she was the only major Democratic candidate to appear on the ballot.

    Obama's voters didn't come out in Florida since they were told it didn't count, and Obama wasn't even on the Michigan ballot.

    In addition to Ann Coulter it looks like the Clinton team has embraced Karl Rove.

    The media should shine the spotlight on the Clinton's dirty tricks.

    February 16, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Manfred

    Go on Hillary, do what you can with your exp., Do not like others who can only promise without any ideas....

    Change, how? how to believe him?

    GO ON Hillary, US need you....

    GO ON Hillary, US need you....

    GO ON Hillary, US need you....

    February 16, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. David Snider

    Ickes voted last year to penalize Michigan and Florida now wants his decision reversed since Hillary will lose without them.

    Can you say 2 faced?

    Im glad this guy didnt endorse Obama. We wouldnt want a socialist endorsing the Hope foundation!

    February 16, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Typical Democratic ploy. Start the game, and if things don't go your way change the rules. The DNC voted to penalize Michigan and Florida, but with Hillary losing better change the rules and seat these deligates.

    February 16, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. Stein

    If the Supers decide the democrat nominee, we might as well just have republican primaries and make that person president because alot of support will go right out the window

    February 16, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Terri in Texas

    In the end, I don't see the Clinton same old same old song winning. Republicans would love to have her as the presidential nominee. My hope is that if Obama is the nominee, he doesn't choose Clinton as his running mate. He would be stupid to trust her or him.

    February 16, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. AL

    You bet it'll be over by June, and Obama will be the Democratic Nominee!

    Obama 08!

    February 16, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. Jordan

    Second to last paragraph, bad writing or editing...possibly on purpose.

    "Clinton won the primaries in Florida and in Michigan, where she was the only major Democratic candidate to appear on the ballot."

    In FLORIDA EVERY CANDIDATES name was on the ballot. Over a million people showed up (just two or three hundred thousand short of the republicans) for the Democrats and Hillary won by a large margin. In MICHIGAN she was the only one on the ballot. It may still be correct because the statement comes after Michigan is mentioned but that just looks like a deliberate attempt to suggest all the candidates were not on the ballot in Florida. I get so tired of the media influences in our society.

    FACT CHECK CNN!

    February 16, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Neal

    (Y)Ickes!

    TO REPEAT: Ickes voted last year to penalize Michigan and Florida — who moved their primary votes up in violation of party instructions — to seat their delegation at the party’s nominating convention this summer. On Saturday, he said both states’ delegations should be seated, and the results of those contests should stand.

    Harold, Harold, Harold. For Pete's sake – You know better, sir!

    Memo to Clintonians: THEMS THE RULES! You don't change the rules in the middle of the game. Americans won't let you. We know right from wrong, Mr. Ickes. Shame on you, sir!

    February 16, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. Bob

    My grandson informs me that his favorite cartoon show is
    'Bob The Builder", and his motto is "Yes We Can". . .

    February 16, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. d

    GO HILLIARY... next President of the USA...Hilliary R. Clinton

    February 16, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. solidindc

    More dirty politics by the Clintons & crew who will stop at nothing to attain power, which is all they really care about. Michigan & Florida knew That they were going to penalized. Obama's name was not even on the ballot in MI as he abided by the agreement that Hillary did not. Now she is trying to turn it into a matter of voter disenfranchisement o include them after the fact. Such dishonesty and lack of integrity is not presidential at all, unethical as all get out. Hillary, GET OUT, STEP ASIDE , We do not need
    another dynasty President.

    OBAMA "08

    February 16, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. CT voter

    As an Independent planning to vote for a Democrat in the fall, I'm starting to worry that we're headed for another Republican in the White House...Clinton and Obama are two strong candidates, but all of this in-party fighting and bickering can't be good for Democrats next November. At this point, it's hard to imagine either of the candidates (or their spouses) genuinely supporting the other when a nominee is finally selected. They should BOTH be rallying voters for the party instead of dividing them.

    February 16, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. Dave

    I agree! It isn't over until it is over! After all, Obama just went ahead of Hillary for the first time. She will go ahead again and stay there.
    Hillary will win the nomination.

    February 16, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. Rod

    So what is up with your clear bias in favor of the Clinton's ??? Just count the proportion of articles and photos about Hillary, Bill, and/or Chelsea.

    I know that they need some free advertisement, but this is ridiculous. CNN should be ashamed of this, claiming to be an objective news organization.

    I will quit you guys both on the web and TV unless this stops very soon.

    Also, we are organizing email campaigns to your advertisers to express our clear displeasure and intentions.

    February 16, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. warren

    Clinton's inability to know what this compaign would require of her says a lot about the kind of nominee of the Democratic Party.

    February 16, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. CWD Chicago

    Simply, the candidate with the most pledged delegates should get the nod. The Clinton campaign is playing like my four-year-old: He changes the rules whenever it suits him, and thinks no one will notice!

    February 16, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Branden

    This is such crap. Ickes typifies the hypocritical nature of politics as usual. 'We will punish Florida and Michigan until it benefits us, then make a 180 degree turn to cynically try to steal the election.' Hopefully Howard Dean will have enough of a spine to stand up to this bullying. I hope he does.

    February 16, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. JerryZ

    I guess Hillary thinks the majority vote and the delegate count is not pointing to her, so lets change the rules. Hillary approved the delegates not counting in Florida and Michigan for moving their primaries up. Now their losing and they want to change the rule? And say all the states won by Obama are insignificant? How arrogant! I wasn't sure which way to go, now I do. We can't have a flip flopper running our White House and say our voters are insignificant!!!!!!!!

    My vote is to Obama. What a ugly person she is. Dissing the American people.

    February 16, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. Mike

    It seems plenty of people want to crown Obama before this process is done. Hillary is the superior candidate in terms of achieving realistic and specific goals domestically, while her pragmatism will her serve her well in managing international crises. Also, people voting in the remaining states should not have to fall in line with Obama just because those currently on his bandwagon love his speeches and rhetoric.

    February 16, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. Independent

    Yeah right, David Plouffe, you're nothing but a devil's advocate. get lost.

    February 16, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. Janice

    sure, the race will be over but not as Clinton as the winner, we all know that, and so do you who wrote this article.

    February 16, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. Josh

    Ok then Obama, hand over your delegates votes from Kennedy, and all the other States Hillary Has won, which would mean that would give her more delegates and place her in the lead.

    Stop whining and before your fluff blows away.

    February 16, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. KMAN

    It's amazing how the Clinton campaign continues to rationalize away reality by simply moving the goal post further out from the current line of scrimmage! This was supposed to be all “wrapped up” after Super Tuesday as evidenced by their campaigns lack of planning for post February 5th contests! I don’t want to be lead by folks as shortsighted and ego-driven as the Clintons ... I only wish they had let their lovely daughter remain out of the limelight since she is not linked to their failings in any way!!

    February 16, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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