April 21st, 2008
07:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Bill Clinton: Hillary would be winning with GOP rules

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Joining wife Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally on the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, former President Bill Clinton argued that if Democratic candidates were awarded delegates the same way as Republicans, his wife would be beating Barack Obama in the race for the 2,025 delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination.

“If we were under the Republican system, which is more like the Electoral College, she'd have a 300 delegate lead here,” Clinton told the Washington Post. “I mean, Senator McCain is already the nominee because they chose a system to produce that result, and we don't have a nominee here, because the Democrats chose a system that prevents that result.”

Overall, Obama leads Hillary Clinton by 144 delegates - 1,648 to 1,504 - according to CNN's delegate count. However, Clinton still has 24 more superdelegates than Obama, leading 254 to 230.

Many states in the Republican primary race award delegates on a winner-take-all basis, whereas every state on the Democratic side uses a proportional system.

The former president has been shuttling back and forth between eastern and western Pennsylvania over the past few days, shoring up votes for his wife in this crucial primary contest.

He takes Obama to task for several of his recent television ads in Pennsylvania, calling a recent one – in which he says Sen. Clinton’s health care plan would force people to pay for health care plans they can't afford – “truly hilarious” and "bull.”

Hillary Clinton has maintained a consistent lead over Obama in Pennsylvania polls and needs to win Tuesday night to silence calls for her to drop out of the race.

At the end of each speech, the former president addresses those calls, introducing supporters to “Clinton’s rules of politics:" "If somebody tells you you ought to quit, it’s because they’re afraid you won’t, and there’s no quit in her ... and I’ll tell you something else, if somebody tells you you can’t win, it’s because you know you can.”


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  1. Yankee Dog

    Rules is rules ... what a jerk. Please oh please, can't these people just go away? They have all but ruined the Democrat party. He is responsible for what we have now with the neocons and Bush - think about it... The Clinton Presidency and its psychodrama is the reason this county is at this completely screwup point 8 years later. Hello PEOPLE - stop and think. The last thing we need is these two back in the white house. And I vote for this guy - twice!!! What a jerk. Please just go away! AAAUUUGGGHHH!!!!

    April 21, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. College Professor

    Bill – I USED TO like you; but you have become a pathetic joke – Ex-Presidents are supposed to go off into the sunset with dignity – But you have become a laughing stock to many – very sad.

    Hey Billiary – some words of advice – "if you tell the truth you never have to remember what you said."

    But I know, the word "truth" is NOT in your vocabulary; very sad for an EX-president!

    April 21, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  3. Brian

    So go join the Republican party whiner. LOL

    April 21, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  4. indo45

    Who is Barack Obama? We don't know him? his 3 A is from his church. Remember when Obama answered John McCain about AlQaida, his answer just like his pastor comment about AlQaida.
    I love Hillary Clinton, just first time I saw her. Why did she not run as a president.
    Make Obama as a president just make more a problem for Americans poeple. We will not concern about the real issue but this country will talk about who is real Obama. It will never ending. Anerica will pay high price pay for choosing Obama

    April 21, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  5. mimi de la cruz

    HILLARY THEN SHOULD HAVE RUN AS A REPUBLICAN.

    SHE VOTES AS ONE & THEY ARE WELCOME TO HER.

    April 21, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  6. Laurence, N.N.,VA

    It's good to know that ole' Bill and Hill will soon be gone.

    April 21, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. AWESOME DEBATE HILLARY!!

    Hillary It Is A Honor Voting For You !!!! , Thank You , For Supporting My Family , My Values And This Great Country . God Bless .

    HILLARY 08"

    April 21, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  8. bob

    I AM A DEMOCRAT

    I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND WHY WE DONT USE THE SAME

    FORMULA AS THE ELECTORAL MAP AND RNC IN SELECTING

    OUR NOMINEE...

    THE SILENT MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS ARE UPSET WITH

    FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN AND HOW OBAMA KEPT QUIET...

    HE IS NOT OUR LEGIT NOMINEE AND HE CANT WIN IN NOV

    BECUZ HIS VICTORIES ARE IN REPUBLICAN STATES EXCEPT

    HIS HOME STATE OF ILLINOIS...

    I WILL VOTE IN NOV FOR EITHER HILLARY OR MCCAIN

    April 21, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  9. lil

    But this is not a gop contest. maybe hillary should join the gop.

    April 21, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  10. Tyrone

    Hillary wins "big states", but not by "big margins", and most of those states will vote Democratic anyway regardless of whose name is on the ticket, if Barack does get the nomination over her, when the General Election comes around and Hillary's name isn't there, most of them will vote for him. I myself will vote democratic this election no matter if Hillary or Barack is on the ballot. I think everybody just needs to chill out, this has turned into a popularity contest or sporting event, we should be having arguments about the candidates' issues, which in reality, aren't really that different.

    April 21, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  11. lynette

    moving those goal posts again?

    April 21, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  12. captaindollar

    RIGHT ON BILL-–YOU TELL IT LIKE IT IS -–WE NEED THE CLINTONS BACK IN THE WHITE HOUSE TO PUT OUR COUNTRY BACK WHERE IT BELONGS---OBAMA WOULD BE A STEP BACKWARDS--WE DON'T NEED A PRESIDENT STILL USING HIS TRAINING WHEELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 21, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  13. Nick

    I guess Hillary should run for the Republican nomination. She'd fit in fine right Bill?

    April 21, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  14. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Yeah...and if Hillary Clinton was winning, he would accuse the republican system as un-democratic.

    The truth is, Bill prefers a less democratic system that favors his wife.

    Bill Clinton is an idiot. And so his his wife. And it seems they are teaching their daughter the Clinton playbook as well.

    The Clintons = Pathetic

    April 21, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. Antoinette

    Sad

    Thats why its the democratic party

    He is trying to make up an exucse and a reason so the Super's can endorse her

    April 21, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  16. Ratgurl

    They're just trying to break us all down so that we (Obama supporters) will go away. Guess what, Bill, we're not going away. In fact we're going to follow all of this with great scrutiny so you & your wife can't get back ito the white house unless it's done fairly.

    You thought being the president aged you? Just wait til you've gotten through this summer!

    April 21, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  17. Seth

    I thought Hillary was a Republican.

    April 21, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  18. wayne

    Obama played by the rules that were set. Now the Clintons are complaining about the rules because they are LOSING. Werent they just talking about who can take the heat? Look, its like this. Before Iowa Hillary had everything on her side. Democratic money, former President, house hold name, the list goes on and on. A skinny black guy with a funny name was able to inspire millions to the cause. Now, the Dem party is inploding. They are using their former pres and first lady to bash their only hope for the nomination. Now how smart is that?

    April 21, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  19. At this point.....

    Who the heck cares? We all can do what if situations! If her last name wasn't CLINTON, Obama would already be the nominee! See how easy it is to manipulate the what if or if it was scenario!

    April 21, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  20. NObama

    Hillary Clinton
    is a FIGHTER

    Even with these distrous Howard Dean-DNC rules, she will still pull it off.

    INDIANA
    4
    HILLARY

    April 21, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  21. Danny Beaulieu

    If the way we elected our delegates was different, then the campaigns would have been run differently. Don't insult my intelligence, Mr. Clinton.

    April 21, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  22. Glenn

    And Bill, if we were in England, Hillary would be crowned Queen. The thing is we are the Democratic Party and these are our rules, the same rules that you won by. Hillary maybe should run as McCain's Republican Veep since both she and you prefer their ways. She seems to abide better to the dirty campaign tactics of the Republicans.

    April 21, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  23. Independent

    Has anybody wondered about Hillary's electability? She is considered not trustworthy by 58% of Americans – is that right? I love the argument that Obama is closing the gap in PA due to money. If I were a superdelegate and currently an elected figure, I would love to be on Obama's team and benefit from the same fundraising. Raising money is part of the game and Obama is winning that game – you don't think the superdelegates know come November that Obama will dominate McCain in spending? The Clintons already claim money is important in getting support so come November better vote Obama. Note I am an independent and undecided however listening to the Clinton logic is painful – no wonder Obama wins the intelligent vote.

    April 21, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  24. Gerard from Az

    I am voting for Abama. McCane scares me. He has the presence of all the thing my parents warn me to stay clear of. They say he has a temper. They wont release his medical records, he will most likely not make thru a full term. Hillary does play it any way she can do win, that’s also frightening to me. Abama seams to have been on the defensive, telling me if you need to attack, then there's something they are affaid of. i personally like Abama, I really think he for the people. From what I have herd, alot of the money for his campaign comes from a lot of supports. That says something. Here I have written the view of a simple carpenter.

    April 21, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  25. JN

    Bill,
    Do you even know what you say sometimes...any way you can spin this to make it look like your pathetic liar of a wife would win??? Wake up!!! this is the democratic party race...not the republican race that your wife has entered in to..how many votes does she need to become John McShame's VP???

    I really hope shes loses tomorrow..what am I saying, she has already lost!!!

    April 21, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
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