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. walli

    oh come on you racist americans!!!!!!! You all well know that OBAMA's IQ is higher than both Hillary and McCain added together. But he is not white...his blood is tainted with black ( Kenyan to be specific) so how can he be president? What a pity, and you wonder y the rest of the world laugh at your presidents and your country.

    February 16, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  2. Kevin

    Clinton: Prepared to destroy the Democratic party before admitting defeat.

    February 16, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  3. steve foo

    I think CNN is corupted. They just want Obama to win and lose big time later. Even a blind man can tell.

    February 16, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  4. Cindy Mccain



    February 16, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. vicent wright

    clinton;s are alway changing therule to satisfy there personal and political selfishness. america want a president who believe in what to say or stand for. if hillary have the intergrity she will abide bt the rule and not turn to scobby lubby justice. obama 08 cnn is going a good job in reporting the fact good job to best politcal channel on T.V

    February 16, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  6. MARIA 2325


    February 16, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  7. Callie Kern

    As it should be!


    President Hillary Rodham Clinton!!

    February 16, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  8. Colin

    I hope Sen. Clinton's arrogance isn't lost on the media. Former President Clinton's nomination like many others before it were not solidified until June because of the primary schedules that existed for those races. This is a new primary schedule and the expectations for when a nominee would be known were different. Even Sen. Clinton thought, as the media did, that the nominee would be known by Super Tuesday; as the media has discovered, this was a major factor in why Sen. Clinton's campaign didn't have a ground game or fundraising strategy in place to deal with post-Feb 5th states.

    February 16, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  9. Billary

    I kind of believe it. She wants to win it by hook or by crook. She doesn’t care what the price is. They initially said that TX and OH are must wins for her. Now their pollsters have clearly indicated that TX is slipping away, the Hillary campaign is busy spinning it. They have already lowered her expectations for the up -coming March 4th contests where she was leading by double digits in all the major polls. Somehow the media is buying her crap like its pure gold. The suggestion that if she wins TX and OH she deserves the nomination is simply offensive to all the millions of voters that voted against her. She has lost 23 States and is behind 130 delegates.
    If their big plan to win the nomination is by stealing it through the not so “Super delegates” then they are in big trouble.

    February 16, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  10. Walter

    CNN shows its bias by shutting down, or limiting comments whenever readers may file comments that support the Clintons. Not so with commentary on Obama.

    Clinton's actual speech is replaced with CNN reporters' commentary or interpretation whenever Clinton may score a blow to Obama.

    Granted you say that you are the best political team on T.V. But the best is anything but the fairest!!
    All readers want is a FAIR, unbiased, non-editorializing presentation of the facts.

    February 16, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  11. young


    February 16, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  12. Rich in Seattle

    Can you go the distance, say......another country.

    I am a hard core long time democrate and I will never vote for the woman who would kill hope in this country.

    February 16, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  13. Jason

    I hate how Hillary, and the media keep saying how she "won" Florida and Michigan... there wasn't a real race in either state so if she gets those delegates reinstated it will be under false circumstances, and totally not fair since a legal campaign was not ran in those 2 states. If there was a revote in either state next week I guarantee she would not win either

    February 16, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  14. John, Las Vegas, NV

    Hey, Hillary, you go girl. Go the distance. Then keep on going and get outta here

    February 16, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  15. Rebecca - CA

    Initially, before the start of the primaries, I was excited about the possibility of supporting Hillary Clinton, a woman, for presidency of the US. Now I believe that even though she may be a good canddate, she is not the "best" candidate to represent us in the Nov election. Hillary is already anticipating the use of "Superdelagates" to make our decision for us...she is apparently already anticipating the need to fight for those delegates that she and her campaign advisor, Harold Ickes (former campaign manger for Bill Clinton), agreed would not be counted (Ickes even "voted" within the DNC to punish Michigan & Florida in this way). I do not know about you, but this just smells of the corrupt dealings of the Republican politics of the past 2 elections. I do not care what their rules are, the bottom line is that it is the people's choice that should be utmost in their minds....and it seems to me that Ms Clinton is already fearful that she is not the overwhelming choice of the Dem voters and she is planning for alternative ways to ensure that she lands this nomination that we all know she has coveted for so many years. I am now convinced that she is much more driven by her desire to obtain the office than she is to serve our country. I will be doing what ever I can to support Mr. Obama to be the next President of the US.

    February 16, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  16. Hillaryfan

    Hillary go the distance and grab those state delegates from those other states that you won...even though Obama and edwards name was off the ballet and couldn't campaign. Get those delegates from Florida and America will respect you for that....!

    February 16, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  17. jimhenry

    i will not vote for obama i would give my vote to mccain if she doesnt win.

    February 16, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  18. DJ in Minnesota

    Oh look, another Clinton story. The Obama love affair must be over because the Clinton News Network is back.

    February 16, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  19. ppp

    Desperation, Desperation, Desperation......it's getting louder and louder from the Hillary campaign and all her supporters. It's scary to think what desperate "solutions" they are cooking up. It sure doesn't look like the Clinton campaign has and "solutions" to win this election fair and square. Just like in the past the Clintons have "solutions"..........scandelous "solutions".

    February 16, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  20. AJ, IL

    My, my, my. Hillary's is willing to destroy the Democratic Party chances to win the general election just to be the nominee. She is still riding her husband's coat-tails, going back her pledge regarding the Florida and Michigan Delegates, and thinks having a brokered convention is "fun"?

    Enough is enough!

    YES WE CAN! Obama '08!

    February 16, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  21. TerryD

    Of course you are prepared to go the distance, you were born to be the First Femal President of America.

    No doubt, you have gathered that I am a supporter of your presidency

    Ijust love your new slogan; Yes, We Will! It is futuristic and positive.

    While the Yes, we can! Suggests that we can, but we probably won't.

    Yes, you will win the presidency

    Yes, you will have health care for all Americana

    Yes, you will turn the economy around

    Yes, you will change the educational system, so American young adults will know that there is a county called Hungry.

    Yes, you will end the war in Iraq and bring home the soldiers and solve the problems of Iraq.

    Yes, you will shore up the Mexican border

    Yes, you will succeed with the American citizens supporting these and your others policies.

    A Political Race is never over until each citizens vote is counted and valued... See Hillary run. See Hillary win

    February 16, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  22. chris

    The notion of seating the FL and MI delegates is absurd. Dec. 1 2007, the DNC voted to dismiss these primaries and encouraged the candidates to do the same. It is at best inconsistent for a voting member of the DNC to vote to dismiss the delegates in December only to push to have them seated in three months later. In Michigan, where Sen. Clinton was the only major candidate on the ballot, 40% of participants chose "Uncommitted". Where do these voters delegates go. These are the duplicitous act of a system that has failed America for too long. The seating of these delegates would only help to disenfranchise an electorate that has already suffered through two dubious presidential elections.

    February 16, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  23. Ohio Citizen


    February 16, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. Joe Brown

    GO Hillary! I've never voted for a woman before for anything... but I think it's finally time.

    February 16, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  25. Nonya

    The Rules!???

    That woman doesn't know how to follow rules, they make them up as they go, provided it suits them.

    Even in her statement she clearly is telling the super delegates that no law can tell them how to vote, they can vote based on what ever they want.

    So if someone threatens them with a bullet to the head much like most of those who have been personally involved with the Clinton's, then I guess his legacy goes on.

    Down with Evil (democracy) up with righteousness the great Republic of these united States.

    They should all be in jail!

    February 16, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
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