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. Michelle

    I live in Michigan and I will be extremely upset if they DO count the delegates from my state!!!! I purposely did not vote because Obama was NOT on our ballot. Hilary was the only big name on the ballot. How do you know that Obama wouldn't have won if his name was actually on the ballot. I decided not to vote in this primary for the sole reason that Obama was not on the ballot. How can you count the votes for Hilary when we couldn't vote for Obama. I am so tired of Hilary and her politics. My opinion was about equal for these two canditates. But the more and more I watch Hilary's tactics, there is no way I will vote for her no matter who she is running up against.

    February 16, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. Josh

    CNN, there are other candidates on this race too!!! Look at the last 10 or so posting....Hillary this, Clinton that, Chelsea there....jeez! What happend to true CNN? It has changed to Clintons Network News!!! Be fair and bring the people fair and balanced news. The people deserve that~~~

    February 16, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. Phong Nguyen

    Just follow the rule on the superdelegates' role. Isn't the concept of superdelegate designed as a check and balance measure to prevent a phony, hypocritical, or demogogic candidate to win an election? Let them exercise their independent judgement as originally designed.

    February 16, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. Kenny

    I find it strange how seating the Fl and MI delegates becomes so important and controversial recently when the decision was made a long time ago. Hillary seems to want to do whatever it takes to win the nomination. Even having the DNC override the popular vote in June

    February 16, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. Cindy

    Hillary will WIN the nomination... and you can take that to the bank. I am a Dem living in Philly, PA, and EVERYONE I know and work with is voting for Hillary. She is up 10-20 points in the OH and TX polls, and holds slight leads in VT and RI polls (which means she will may sweep the primaries (not caucases) of March 4th). She may even win in the WI primary next week, where she is only slightly behind in the polls. Coming out of Mar. 4th with major momentum, she will win BIG TIME in PA, as PA is Hillary Country. Any superdelegates caught up in all of this Obama hype need to just wait a few more weeks before making and judgments, as Hill will be back on top. Keep fighting girl, you have my support.

    February 16, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  6. Alex

    that's what they all said, and the next thing you hear is they've suspended or quit. she is already fighting a loosing battle same like the one she joined with Bush to illegally start in Iraq.

    February 16, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  7. Ben

    It's all about Clinton. Clinton this, Clinton that. CNN, please be fair.

    February 16, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. maria of tex

    we are with you hillary. it is not over until its over. You will be a better President than Obama. He is an empty shell. didnt they said dud?

    I seem Obama as just rhetorics. He will sell Brookllyn bridge and some will buy it. but I think most americans will know when a person is just phoney.

    go hillary.

    February 16, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  9. Seth

    Thank God! I was really beginning to worry that because of blatantly biased reporting like that of CNN and others, she would bow out. But Hillary is a fighter, someone who really cares about the people. Obama on the other hand is the biggest fake we have seen in generations. Preying on the hopes and dreams of not only everyday Americans, but big business and numerous special interests groups. I suspect that by June we will have learned more about Obama's ties to special interests and his willingness to be bought by the highest bidder. I challenge CNN to start posting comments other than those of Obama fanatics!

    February 16, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. Tom,des moines

    Hillary, we need u and the rest of the world need u to make this country great again. Go Hillary 08!

    February 16, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. NYC Democrat

    Clinton has put herself before the party repeatedly. The 'party elders' that end up deciding the outcome of this would be foolish to pick her to represent the party. They'll certainly lose my vote.

    February 16, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. So. Carolina

    Those Fla and Michigan delegates are U.S.citizens and have a right to
    have their votes counted in this election. It is ridiculous to "punish" them!
    This going to be another "hanging chad" squabble.

    February 16, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  13. Johonnson

    The Clintons will shatter the Democratic party. The Dems will be lucky to win a a local dog catcher race this fall.

    February 16, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  14. Mary

    Wisconsin, if you are listening to the world news you know that experience does count. Hillary Clinton is ready for the White House and we need here there. Hillary can beat McCain for President in the November election because she has solutions and the mind set to solve problems here and around the world. Be sure to vote for Hillary.

    February 16, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  15. JJ

    Seat the delegates from Florida and Michigan. We don't want to be part of an America that leaves people out based on technicalities and bureaucratic jargan. All votes should count. When people take the time to go vote, it should be respected, regardless of party laws and by-laws. That's for the hierarchy to debate, we are talking about hard working people who took the time out to go to the polls and vote.
    R-E-S-P-E-C-T is what we are looking for.

    February 16, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  16. Hawkeye

    Good for her, with all her experience it should be easy. Bad news is she will be well beaten before the convention. Clinton needs to understand that this is for the presidency. It is all about the American people and they are not stupid enough to nominate her.

    February 16, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  17. chris

    If superdelegates decide to elect hilliary i will not vote democrat when election day comes

    February 16, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  18. debbie

    change the rules near the end of the battle because she is losing?? if hillary wasnt clear on what dnc meant when the rule was made about no campaigning and no dem delegates count in fl and mi, how can we posibly expect her to understand policies instituted under a new billary presidency?? how does this speak for having the ability to hit the ground running from the first day? to me it means she will continue to attempt to re-define any rule or law according to the potential opportunities it provides her..no regard for reasoning! to the billary people its always all about them, and always will be! VOTE OBAMA!!

    February 16, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  19. Evan

    The problem is that the majority of the country doesn't want her to go the distance! Give it up before you ruin the party!

    February 16, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  20. Be Fair

    Clinton is so calculating it's scary. Her adviser makes an orchestrated statement, then she makes a statement.

    But since she knows she going to have fewer delegates she's to steal the nomination with super delegates.

    This is truly desperate.

    Obama did a good job, but if she had not made crucial mistakes in judgement, she would already be the nominee.

    Now she is going to make the dems look like fools.

    February 16, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  21. Kevin,FL

    Keep On Keepin' On Hillary! I'm with you 110% all the way to the White House.. Just like Millions more

    February 16, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. HUH?

    Oh brother.......how stubborn can you get...and bring down the Democratic party with you.....jeesh

    February 16, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  23. Chic

    I think the Florida and Michigan delegates and also so the super delegates should divide there votes in half. Giving Billery half and Barrack gets the other half then at the end of the day how ever have the most delegate votes wins the nominee fair and square.

    February 16, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  24. Kris K.

    The Clintons keep improving their ability to snow the public and bully their way over people. I ask you, Would you like to work for the Clinton's? I can only imagine. What do the White House staff feel about the Clinton's returning?-that would be a great interview.

    February 16, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  25. rachel

    Thank you CNN for some coverage of Hillary finally!

    You might actually earn back my respect. And if you actually have some unbiased reporters and pundits working for you, you might achieve that title that you have given yourself -"The Best Political Team on Television".

    I'm not asking for you to fall in love with Hillary. Or even go against Obama. Just fairness in reporting. And keeping it honest.

    Stick to facts. That's what you do best. Let the voters form their opinion. That's what we do best.

    February 16, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
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