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. Yvonne

    What's more important , is can we go the distance with Billhary? No thanks.

    February 16, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    It's bad enough that voters are effectively disenfranchised by an archaic Electoral College in the general, but if the Democrats' arcane delegate rules allow nomination of a candidate who is clearly not the people's choice, there will be revolution in the streets, and I'll be there with my pitchfork and torch. Go ahead, Hillary, make my day!

    February 16, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. greg

    wonder how long this will be open when they see my name??? hillary for president..... change that will work.. not , yes we can? , hope to hillary,,,, 2008 ,2012

    February 16, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. Love Hill

    Thanks Hillary. Keep plugging away.
    All the rules were established long ago.
    SuperDelegates are free to vote for whoever they want. Obama cannot change the rules in the middle of the game.

    February 16, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  5. Marsha, Oregon

    Excellent. If the American public is going to be led by a pied piper like Obama then hopefully the super delegates are smarter.

    February 16, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. Jay

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

    LOL, anything to win, eh Hillary?

    February 16, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |

    obama is the most naive illegitimate presidential candidare ever. if america votes for this guy, america deserves to go down as a country as it reflects that this country is clueless in picking the right leader to handle its affairs.

    February 16, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  8. manny albite

    Mrs Clinton I am from florida you and all the candidates agree not to go to florida you broke the rules lye to your party your peoples and me and now you want to count the votes were mr Obama dint participate because he was honest and stuck to the rules shame on you if you win legaly I will support you but if you dont you will break the party and you will never see the white house because we want change with honesty towards us the american people I will vote republican and me and over 100 democracts that even some who want you in the white house but not that way we will bombard the internet and tell every decend and honest democract to vote republican and we are willing to wait 4 more years.hope you do the right thing because i respect you.

    February 16, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  9. Glenn

    Clinton The Divider.... Obama The Leader.......regardless of what the people want.....Clinton will not do what the voters want........thats the reason her husband never won by a majority & lost the congress to the republicans........

    February 16, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  10. Jerry Tsai

    Finally, Clinton has begun to consider fairness when it comes to Michigan and Florida. I commend her.

    However, she is wrong to go the distance. We all wish she would drop out today.

    February 16, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. Phyllis, Dallas, TX

    If anyone had any doubts about Hillary Clinton, this article should relieve them. She will do anything to get the Dem nomination.

    Believe me if the shoe was on the other foot, she would fight heaven and hell to not allow the seating of the FL and MI delegates.

    How disingenuous. In principle she is wrong and showing her true colors of the type of person she really is. More and more reason why she would never get my vote. I'd vote republican first.

    February 16, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  12. kelly wildermuth

    i know this man being from illinois. He would say everything to please the people in front of him but will ultimately renege on promises he made. Case in point, I have a sick relative he said he would get medical attention, but after 1 year i have never heard from him . Dont be fooled on the rhetoric.

    February 16, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  13. bob

    i am a Florida voter that voted for Cllinton and resent being disenfranchised. I thought such things were over after the 2000
    election. Does the national dem. party know that our date was set by a republican legislature and governor. If thaat isn,t unfair I dont know what is.

    February 16, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. Dr Uvo

    With all due respect madam, I think the competion between you and Barrack should stop at this point. To give you guys enough bullets to battle the repblican who will be no match.

    February 16, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. Jeff

    Why is it that all of a sudden the majority of the stories today are all about Clinton? In this ticker alone there are four straight stories about Hillary. Does the media feel guilty for covering Obama and not Hillary?

    February 16, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. bill

    she is big girl now. I think she can handle it.

    February 16, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  17. LatinoinAZ

    Keep going Senator Clinton. You have our support!!!!

    February 16, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. SandyS

    Go Hillary!

    February 16, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. Democrat

    Hillary Clinton says she will carry my voice to the White House. My voice says of the people, for the people and BY THE PEOPLE. WASHINGTON WANT GET TO OVER TURN OUR WILL. Be it Clinton or Obama, the people should put them there. Any other way is un-democratic and un-American.

    February 16, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. S.W.A

    To divide the party and country and win using dirty political tactics. Yep, shes ready for that.

    February 16, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  21. Molly Ivans

    Beware America:

    Hillary plans to steal the election.

    Clintons will do and say anything to win - even if it destroys the DNC!

    February 16, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  22. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Why has the media not questioned Black support of Obama because he's Black, as they have questioned Women supporting Hillary because she's a Woman?
    Everyone knows the role of the superdelegates but now the media and Obama want to change their role.
    Let's see if Obama will adhere to his pledge that if the Republican candidate for President accepts public financing he will also.
    If he is truly an agent of change he will, if not, he's the just same old same old.

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

    Go Hillary!

    February 16, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  24. bill

    i think she cant handle it. She is a big girl now. i think 28 is a nice number to start talking to the media.

    February 16, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  25. mark

    Little difference between Hillary and Bush. If she cannot win the nomination in normal way, she'll discover all the twists to rob it. Greeday Hillary!

    February 16, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
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