February 16th, 2008
08:58 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: 'I am prepared to go the distance'

Clinton said Saturday she will leave Wisconsin a day earlier than previously planned.

Clinton said Saturday she will leave Wisconsin a day earlier than previously planned.

KENOSHA, Wisconsin (CNN) - Hillary Clinton is preparing to take her nomination fight all the way through June and to the Democratic convention in Denver, she told reporters in Wisconsin Saturday.

"I campaigned with my husband until he wrapped up this nomination in June [of 1992]," she said at a press conference here. "I thought it was fun. I had a good time. I am prepared to go the distance."

Her comments echoed those of campaign adviser Harold Ickes, who said on a conference call earlier in the day that neither candidate will earn the 2,025 pledged delegates needed to win the nomination, and that the 796 party insiders known as superdegates should be able to discern on their own which candidate can best "carry the ticket" in November.

Clinton argued that the superdelegates are "supposed to exercise independent judgement" and "make their decisions based on anything they choose to base it on."

"That is their role," she said.

This year's protracted nomination fight, Clinton said, is good for party excitement and is hardly out of the ordinary in American political history.

"I know some of you have only covered the '04 and 2000 campaign, which were really kind of anomalies," she said. "The nominees were determined early. But that's not the usual pattern. My husband didn't wrap up the nomination in '92 until June. And usually it takes a while to sort all this out."

The New York senator said she will urge her delegates at the convention to seat the delegations from Michigan and Florida, who voted for Sen. Clinton but had been previously stripped of their convention votes by the Democratic National Committee for holding early primaries.

"If there are contested delegations, the convention votes on them. Those are the rules," she said.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Wisconsin
soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Frank

    'My husband this', 'My husband that' ... who is running there ?

    February 16, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. grant

    Those are the rules...until they no longer serve my interests

    February 16, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. Marcell

    The Cinton's are very smart! They have majority of the superdelegates in hands due benefits Who Bill Clinton gave during his government . If Obama have majority of the delegates and popular votes by states and this happen, superdelegates to decide for Hillary in the convention, Would be a big miss respect for all voters american and states who Obama won. Therefore voters must to say NO for Bill and NO for Hillary too. Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton are same old politics from USA.

    Go Obama!

    February 16, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  4. barry

    Keep trying to ride your husband's coattails Hillary...

    How many times do you need to mention Bill's presidency? You're not Bill, you're just going to be his puppet.

    February 16, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  5. Brad

    I'm really starting to think that CNN stands for Clinton News Network. Everything on this ticker the past few days has been about Hillary Clinton. Why don't you stop being so biased and report equally about both candidates.

    February 16, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. John, NC

    You go, girl!

    We are standing with you ALL THE WAY. Nobody should be allowed to short-circuit this nomination.

    Your wisdom, your vision, your fighting spirit, your DEPTH... that is what sets you apart from the field. Democrats should not allow themselves to be rushed into nominating a totally inexperienced candidate running on a wave of emotion to victory.

    That would be tragic, not just for our party, but for our country should he become President, so ill-prepared and needing excessive hand-holding.

    Go HILLARY '08!

    February 16, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. Mike K

    Because of the good for Country , the American ,the security,the economy of The United State .Please keep fighting for It.You did the right thing to vote for Iraq war.As American I think we should put American safety,American interested at first place.Nobody perfect.Go Hillary!

    February 16, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. Fem4Hillary

    Madame President....we are right behind you!! Fight on, Fight hard...
    because "it ain't over till' we say its' over"

    Hillary ~~ "Superwoman of 2008"

    February 16, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  9. Cindy in Boston

    You 're a great loser, say anything, do it anything to win- there is no statement you made without mentioning your cheater husband. You agree to the rules not to compaign nor seat Michigan and Florida delegates, now you 're for it. Hillary! Americans 're sick with this old politics games, the more they read about your inconsistent comment s the more your hatred grow intense.
    I will vote Obama no matter what.................

    February 16, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  10. George - Texan

    Keep it up, Hillary. We're so glad you're "going the distance." We're behind you.

    February 16, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Sylvia

    Hillary.....I BELIEVE IN YOU!!!!!!
    Obama is all words and those words actually belong to his speech writer, that is why he does not want to debate.....then HE has to come up with the words and he really is not that great at it!!!!

    February 16, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  12. TonyV

    "those are the rules......"

    scary scary stuff


    February 16, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. Molly Ivans

    I grow to loathe Hillary more and more each day.

    Cheat to win = Hillary Clinton

    February 16, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. Ron

    To all of you:
    Clinton campaigned in Lordstown, Ohio with GM & UAW workers and with The Governor present, evidently the governor hadn't done a web search For "Clinton Scams", So he didn't know the clintons were crooks but you can read the articles if you want, It's time to get informed.

    Just type "Clinton Scams" into your web search bar, Pick the scam you want;

    They will make your blood boil.


    February 16, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. Joe in nyc

    It looks like she's preparing to loose Texas and Ohio, and now plans to play up the superdelegates, Florida and Michigan.. I can now foresee the party getting split up and weakened.. McCain should be happy.. Well, I will keep hoping Barack is the nominee. McCain is my second choice.. Sorry Hillary, I just can't see myself and many of my friends supporting you.. you're just too selfish and a master at deception..

    February 16, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. Patricia

    Hillary ... The people will decide this, not you and your cronies. Please get over yourself..... America doesn't like you, really, we don't.

    February 16, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. Dee

    why is she saying "my husband my husband" all the time? Who is running? She or her husband?????

    February 16, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Hal

    Everybody, the woman is desparate. So now it's no longer March 4th with Texas and Ohio ... (sigh) here we go again, she probably realized that she wont win texas and/or Ohio anymore.

    February 16, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. remy white

    hillary will go all the way to the white house,she stands on her record,a proven record of solutions,change and progress,obama just talks fluff and rhetoric,no substance no experience, wisconsin,vote for a proven record,do gamble with obama

    February 16, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. Gavin M

    HILLARY WILL GO THE DISTANCE , with her supporters time, money, and dedication...

    OBAMA CAN FORGET ABOUT CALLING THIS RACE ALREADY – His campaign and supporters forget two things:

    1. The race is 'virtually' tied.
    2. No one in the media talked about him dropping out when he was behind, so why should we.
    3. Senator Clinton has millions and millions of supporters from waiters, to mill workers, to nurses, to senators; and all in between.
    4. Barry Obama WISHES this race was over.


    February 16, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  21. democrat_2008

    GO HILLARY We're waiting for you!!!

    February 16, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  22. Willnevervote4HRC

    Of course she would feel this way. She would put many of us on the McCain express train! If we make that mistake, please don't expect that she will pull the party together. As you can see she has already lost the african american vote. We will not all of a sudden return to her.

    February 16, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  23. There it is

    "The New York senator said she will urge her delegates at the convention to seat the delegations from Michigan and Florida"

    Because she can't win honestly.

    February 16, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. ryan

    now that obama has the lead, it seems that CNN is now focusing on HRC...why is it that the underdog always gets more attention? perhaps it is better for ratings to see this thing dragged out

    February 16, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  25. Jack from WV

    The Clinton’s have been in Washington for a long time and there are plenty of people who owe them something (super delegates). Hillary is saying that those super delegates should exercise independent judgment. Another words, when Bill calls in his marks these super delegates owe them much and that equals votes from those super delegates for Hillary. Seems that she is saying that the American public doesn’t know what we want and those super delegates do. That just doesn’t sit well with me.

    February 16, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
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