May 7th, 2008
02:14 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton vows to continue, presses new math

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Clinton said Wednesday her campaign goes on. (AP Photo)

SHEPHERDSTOWN, West Virginia (CNN) - There may be new pressure on her to concede defeat in her quest for the White House, but Hillary Clinton had a familiar message Wednesday for Democrats calling on her to end her presidential bid: “I’m staying in this race until we have a nominee.”

Clinton told reporters she was not swayed by new exit polls that suggest the bitter primary battle may be dividing the party. “I just don’t believe that. I think we’ve had a historic record turnout by both of us bringing people into the Democratic Party,” said Clinton.

She stressed her continuing quest to make sure full delegations from Florida and Michigan were represented at the Democratic convention this summer. The party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee is meeting later this month to try to resolve the dilemma – but Clinton made it clear Wednesday that she didn’t think any ruling from that panel was necessarily the last word.

“Under the rules of the Democratic Party, the Rules and Bylaws Committee makes the first determination,” she said. “And if people are not satisfied with that, then people go to the credentials committee, so we’ll see what the outcome is.”

Asked if she would drop out once Obama reaches the 2,210-delegate mark, Clinton responded: “Well, I’m glad you used the figure 2,210, because I think that’s the right figure because that includes the seating of delegates from Michigan and Florida, something that I have said consistently… for months now, has to be resolved.

“….So 2,209 or 10 is the number, and at some point one of us will get there.”

soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Connie from Ohio

    We have a NOMINEE his name is Obama! Stop dragging out this race and let the democrats get on fighting against McCain and the Repubs. You don't have the money so why go on? If it was reverse you would be saying Obama should step down. So come on you know it over! Obama in "08!

    May 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Ronald

    It's time to drink the Kool aid Hillary, time to drink the Kool aid.

    May 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Brian

    At this point it appears clear that Hillary is simply staying in the race to try to get back some of the money she has lost in "loans" to her campaign. After her last ditch gutter politics and pandering have not worked she just has to hang in long enough to make her money back.

    May 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Dan (TX)

    New Clinton campaign slogan: "Weebles wobble but they don't fall down!' :)

    New math from the village: 2 + 2 = 5 Only her "uneducated" supporters believe it's true!

    May 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. yhoff76

    Wow........all the hate and ignorance, so much hostility–Go Obama, hillary unify the party luv

    May 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. IKE

    A vote for Obama is a vote for John McCain. How is it that the Obama supporters will not face the fact that the flawed nomination process is going to nominate a candidate that can not win the states necessary to win the oval office. He gives great speaches...I get it, he is going to bring about change...I get it, He is going to loose why can't all of you get it.

    May 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. paulie_nj

    Did you know that IA, NH and SC all moved there primaries ahead of the dates they were supposed to, as governed by DNC Rule 11? So if they were able to move up there scheduled vote days without being penalized then why the fuss over MI and FL?

    May 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. H Martin

    All you will do is move the goal post again. The Fl and MI delegates should not be counted or all of us that voted for you in the other states will realize that we are the ones with buyers remorse as you do not follow the rules and change them as you go.

    May 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Connie from Ohio

    McGovern thinks you should step down. How many friends do you have on the committee that will decide the Michigan, Florida rules. Obama's name wasn't even on the ticket so of course you think you could win....nobody else had there name on the ticket!

    May 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Angus McDugan

    New math... Who ever thought that she would not come up with something new. This is all about the Clinton ego not America.

    May 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. H Martin

    All you will do is move the goal post again. The Fl and MI delegates should not be counted or all of us that voted for you in the other states will realize that we are the ones with buyers remorse as you do not follow the rules and change them as you go. As I have small children I do not want them to think that when they are losing they have to change the rules and bend them to get to the prize. That my friend is not being a good role model.

    May 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. An Agnostic Democrat

    Hillary Huckabee-Romney has to lend her own campaign money and now her fuzzy math is equivalent to George Bush's. How much more Republican does it get than that?

    May 7, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Rob

    her number is 0 as in 0 chance 0 dividends

    May 7, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Doug

    Go Hillary! Scratch claw cheat chisel and lie ...anything to get your foot in the White House again. Lie lie lie lie lie lie lie (make up a new goal for you supporters that's utterly impossible according to the remaining delegates) and then tell them more lies.

    May 7, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Pam

    Her absurdity never ends. You can't change the required number of delegates now, you coniving witch.

    May 7, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Frank

    HILLARY you stay in the Primaries until Michigan and Florida are counted.

    If they are not counted then there will absolutely be a split in the Democratic Party.
    I want all votes counted to make certain that my candidate Hillary Clinton gets her right for full consideration by all citizens in America that wish to be included in the nomination process.

    If after all votes (Superdelegates and Primary and Caucus voters) are counted and Hillary loses because the count goes in favor of Obama then so be it. But America cannot have another election 2000 where some of its citizens are disenfranchised from their rights to vote. PERIOD!!!

    May 7, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. Actor playing a Delusioned Clinton supporter

    with Obama winning NC, he netted 13 delegates and 220K in popular vote. Even though he is up by 170 pledged delegates and 700K in pop vote, we Hillary supporters need to band together so that she can win out the remaining contests. We also need 68% of the remaining superdelegates to pick Hillary. Don't believe the media when they say this is unlikely and impossible. We Hill Raisers can achieve anything! Just remember, we have the best candidate on our side. Sign the petition and call your local congressman. WE NEED HILLARY for American!!

    Yeahhhh!!

    I hope Clinton supporters see how dumb they sound when they actual look at Hillary's real chance at winning.

    go obama 2008

    May 7, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. elmerg

    She has the all math skills of Donald Rumsfeld...

    May 7, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Say Good Bye!!!!!

    This lady will be still running the day Obama is sworn in, in January.. She will be wondering where all the people are?????

    May 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. CJ

    I think all that Hilliary is doing is fighting to get the Vice President position. She knows that based upon all the "fuzzy" logic new math (that she and her campaign keeps coming up with) that there is no way she will be president. She does understand that she can pull in the joe-lunchbucket, older vote so she'll do whatever it takes to get her right up to the bar and then plead for her being the VP. Not sure as a Obama supporter that I'm happy with that, but it would secure that Democrats would take over Washington.

    May 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. paulie_nj

    Iowa moved up to 01/03 but was not supposed to go before 01/14, New Hamp. moved up to 01/08 from 01/22 and So Car. moved up to 01/26 from 01/29. So why is the DNS not refusing to strip their delegates too? And FL and MI both had valid primaries so the votes are valid and should count. The DNC rules say nothing about excluding the popular vote, only stripping of the delegates. Hmmmm

    May 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Marshall in Nebraska

    GO HOME! Will you continue to burn everything? She will not be happy until there is nothing left of the party. Remeber it is her way or the hiway.

    May 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. karen

    I am a supporter of Hillary, if she is not the nominee, I will vote for McCain. I do not understand why people are not more concerned about Obama.

    when I watch the news it is apparent that the media does not like Hillary. I wish the canidates were able to convince the people who they should vote for, rater then the media bias.

    May 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. bigben

    Dnc robed Hillary of MI and FL. Clinton and her supporters leave this corrupt democratic party

    May 7, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. USAF Sr. Airman

    Of COURSE she wants to change the rules. Both states knew their votes wouldn't count if they pushed up the primaries. Clinton herself said they wouldn't be counted. Now she wants to.

    Admit your defeat. Bow out gracefully. Help unite the party you are tearing apart.

    And, get rid of those pantsuits.

    May 7, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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