May 12th, 2008
03:14 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton draws parallel between her campaign, JFK's 1960 run

Hillary Clinton compared her Campaign to JFK's Monday.'
Hillary Clinton compared her Campaign to JFK's Monday.'

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton said again Monday that no Democratic presidential candidate can win without a victory in West Virginia - and drew a parallel between her own campaign and John Kennedy’s 1960 White House run.

“It was West Virginia that made it possible for John Kennedy to become president,” Clinton said at a Clear Fork, West Virginia campaign stop. “Now, John Kennedy didn’t have the number of delegates he needed when he went to the convention in 1960. He had something equally as important - he had West Virginia behind him, because it’s a fact that Democrats don’t get elected president unless West Virginia votes for you…”

Barack Obama may be the party’s pledged and superdelegate leader – but that status does not appear to have helped him in West Virginia, where Clinton leads by 30-40 points in recent state polls.

“So I’m here today because I know what’s really going to matter tomorrow,” said Clinton. “It’s the votes of the people of West Virginia and if you will come out and honor me with your vote I will work my heart out for you.

Clinton criticized the Democratic front-runner on his health care proposal, and his rejection of her proposed “gas tax holiday.”

“My opponent Sen. Obama says, “Oh no, that’s just a gimmick, that’s not going to help people,” said Clinton before again arguing that it will save families $70 on average and more for those with longer commutes as well as truckers.

Clinton added that West Virginia proportionately has more veterans, “more people who have served in the conflicts and in the armed forces of the United States….

“It is the hard-working, dedicated people of West Virginia who have really made America what it has been, and what it will be again.”


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  1. mitchell from arkansaw

    you've been moderating my posts for three hours,now.post them or i'll stop blogging here.

    May 12, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. Xenon

    probably Hillary will win the popular vote..
    I am curious what the Obama's supporters will say when he will loose the popular vote?? They will still consider him the winner?
    Especially that none of the candidates will reach the number of delegates needed to win...
    Plus I'm prety convinced that some of the election Obama has won, if they would do them now he would loose by a prety good margin...Curios nobody makes some polls in the states he won to see the situation now...after Obama was scrutinized a little more...lol.... but if anybody would have the courage to do that would be for sure labeled racist....so why to bother...eh?!! :))lol

    May 12, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. A Canadian who's SICK of all this!!

    This has gone on too long. I'm not going to sound PC here but if this person ( Hillary ) was a man, he'd be jeered and booed off the primary by MSM, public, etc. She's being allowed these delusional thoughts and she's exploiting it to the max. What a sick woman. Are you Americans scared of her???? Do something, we Canadians are letting out a huge collective puke.

    May 12, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    JFK was not being sued for $1.2 MILLION ...
    JFK was not guilty of Campaign Fund FRAUD...
    But wouldn't have to appear in California Superior Court until after November.

    Lets get CNN to cover the Peter Paul vs Clinton Legal Case..

    May 12, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. NOOOOBAMA 4 PRES

    THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW SEXIST THIS COUNTRY STILL IS. HILLARY DID IT ALL THE RIGHT WAY PREPARING FOR THIS SINCE BEFORE BILL LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE. SHE RAN FOR SENATOR AND WON HAS BEEN SENATOR FOR EIGHT YEARS. SHE HAS HAD A GREAT POLITICAL CAREER. NOW A CHARISMATIC SMOOTH TALKER OUTTA NOWHERE COMES ALONG AND almost HAS THE NOMINATION. ITS LIKE SOME UNQUALIFIED S.O.B. TAKING YOUR WELL DESERVED PROMOTION. HOPE SHE RUNS AS AN INDEPENDENT IF SHE DOESN'T GET THE DEM NOMINATION. SHE WILL KICK BOTH THEIR BUTTS IN NOV.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NEVER GIVE UP HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. Rose

    Can we please for once get over ourselves and how we personally feel about her. During these times of economic instability she should be the answer to our problems, its not that i dont like Obama, I do, I just know for a fact that Hilary is the best choice. During Bill Clinton's presidency the United States has seen no greater peace and prosperity , that's a fact, his main advisor was Hilary. I understand why you dont like her but thats just politics and campaign.

    May 12, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. poyoray

    TO SUPERDELEGATES: VOTE HILLARY

    Obama's backers are the most divisive and cannot unite anything.

    Obama's pledged delegates represent

    10630 voters

    Clinton's delegates represent
    11700

    EACH CLINTON PLEDGED DELEGATE REPRESENTS 1000 more Voters than Hillary Clinton,

    IS THIS DEMOCRATIC?

    No

    May 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  8. BERLIE

    IF THE DEMOCRATS LEAVE JOHN MCCAIN TO BE PRESIDENT I WILL SO SORRY FOR AMERICA AND FOR ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE CAUSE IT WILL BE WORST SO WHAT I WANT TO SAY IT'S 'UNION' EVEN IF OBAMA GOT THE NOMINATION WE MUST GO TO VOTE FOR HIM OR IF HILLARY CLINTON GOT THE NOMINATION WE MUST GO TO VOTE FOR HER SO DON'T LEAVE THE REPUBLICAN TAKE 4 MORE YEARS THAT WILL BE WORST I'M FOR OBAMA EVEN HIM OR HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT I WILL BE SO HAPPY CAUSE I DON'T WANT TO STAY 4 MORE YEARS ANYMORE TO SEE THE SAME KING POLITICS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT WE LOVE SO PLEASE. VOTE FOR DEMOCRATIC AND WE WILL FIND A SOLUTION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING……………

    May 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. Rhionda

    DCL -I don't like to be mean but most Obama supporters seem to follow him as if he were a religious profit.

    He can't beat McCain, period.

    May 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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