May 12th, 2008
03:14 PM ET
6 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. Independent99999

    Kennedy and Hillary – Opposite ends of the spectrum. Now, she is going to the commonality to WV?.

    WV should reject her as she is no Kennedy. She is one INSANE WITCH roaming around like a LAME DUCK

    My advise to you, Hilary – Get out gracefully before you're completely thrown OUT by the reality!

    May 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. ay

    HI, WV DO NOT USE YOUR VOTE FOR USELESS CANDITATE.

    May 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. MICHAEL, PORTSMOUTH NH

    First it was Texas; then Ohio; no no Pensylvania; no wait Indiana; no maybe West Virginia; no no has to be Kentucky; no wait the popular vote including Puerto Rico (who can't vote in the general election); no wait because my last name is Clinton; yea yea that's the ticket.

    May 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Sol

    Go Hillary!
    We trust in you... you have demonstrate the courage and strongness enough to win because you are the best!

    May 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. CYNTHIA

    Where is James Carnival, he should be willing to put up the $20 Mil that Senator Clinton ows herself and the campaign. He told Senator Obama and his campaign that he would put up x amount of Millions to Michigan and Florida so now he should since he Loves the Clintons sooooooo much give them the $20 Million to recoup and pay off everyone in her campaign including Penn.

    Cynt
    New York

    May 12, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. DAVID

    SHAME ON THE MEDIA AND JOHN KING AND ROVE AND MATHEWS AND OBERMANN WHO KEEPS SAYING HILLARY IS DONE AND SHE SHOULD GET OUT OF THE RCAE.
    THE LAST TIME CHECKED THIS IS A DEMOCRACY AND THE MEDIA DOES NOT CALL THE ELECTION (WAIT.... YES HE MEDIA DID CALL THE ELECTION FOR BUSH IN FLORIDA IN 2000)

    ANY WAY THIS IS AMERICA NOT SADDAM HUSSEIN'S IRAQ.
    LET ALL THE VOTERS VOTE FIRST AND THEN DECIDE.
    STOP THE WITCH HUNT AND THE DOUBLE STANDARD.
    LET BRING REAL CHANGE TO THIS COUNTRY BY ELECTING THE 1ST WOMAN PRESIDENT IN AMERICA

    May 12, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Bring Unity not Divide and Conquer

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    “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.

    not once have i heard her mention the 300,000 construction workers that she would be putting out of a job.

    Obama's plan is much more sympathetic to people who can't afford to lose their jobs.

    May 12, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Joe

    I told my daughter yesterday to never fight when in a state of denial no matter what she will be fighting for.
    That is what Hillary is doing which is a bad example to our daughters!

    May 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Mike

    Obama/Hamas 08

    May 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Bob Thompson

    Are we really willing to hand over the reins to someone with Obama's background? Isn't he the one who refuses to salute our flag? That questionable religous background in his formative years,and now being kicked out of his own church in the middle of a presidential campaign? Sounds pretty scary to me. I'm with Hillary!

    May 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. Pat in Cali

    Michael in MO...no one is forcing you to vote for McCain.

    All you Democrats who vote for McCain, please, do not use HRC's failure as an excuse.

    Vote for McCain because you want a third Bush term...stop hiding behind a woman's skirt.

    May 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Lilly

    How many times has Hillary been caught lying to the American People?? She can't manage her campaign let alone a whole country ! I just don't get you Hillary supporters at all ! Someone who stays with their cheating husband only for her own political gains is not someone with that kind of morals I want in the White House !

    May 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. J. Benito Pastora

    At this point, the only delegates that count are pleged delegates. Superdelagate endorsements will count only at the convention, where superdelagates get to vote. If neither candidate gets the required 2025 ( or 2200, whichever is right ) majority from pledged delegates, then NOBODY HAS WON, and the contest should go all the way to the convention in Denver, where superdelegates can vote as they please, regardless of any endorsements they might have made to this point.

    May 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Bring Unity not Divide and Conquer

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    i find it Hillarious that when everyone else was comparing Obama to JFK
    Hillary compares herself to Rocky. Now she says she's like Obama. I thought she said he was unelectable. I thought identity theft was illegal.

    May 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. gerard morei

    Hillary is better than JFK, much better.

    May 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Karen

    Having heard Cohen's comments that comapre Clinton to Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction," I like Aderson Cooper's comments even better:

    She campaigns like there is NO TOMORROW.

    May 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Caroll

    Sock it to them Hillary. Bring in the votes. Bring in the Superdelegates. And, move on to the General Election. It is not
    over until someone wins. No one has won yet. Despite the Obama-mania, Obama and he cult like following has only been able to say he has won. He has not won the nomination. In the next few days, Hillary will wing delegates, popular vote, and superdelegates.
    Yes. Hillary for President.

    May 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Diana New York

    Please you are no JFK Hillary. Stop destroying democratic party and your reputation.

    But you have already done that for selfish reasons. I wonder how do you find delusional peaople just like you to vote for you. Face the reality LOOK AT THE NUMBERS THEY DON'T LIE LIKE YOU DO, YOU ARE LOOSING!!!!!

    OBAMA ONCE IN A LIFETIME LEADER!!!!

    May 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. David, Paducah, Kentucky

    Jack Kennedy is turning over in his grave being compared to the pantsuit panderer, Hillary Clinton. She has revealed her true intentions, that is to do everything she can to damage Obama so he will lose in November and open the way for her to run again in 2012. Once she has done all the damage she can, she will suspend her campaign and then say, Oh, I'll work hard for Obama and the Democratic Party, then put on a bogus act till November. Then she will start saying, "I told you so" and get party commitments for her to run in 2012. This woman is pure evil!

    May 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Karen

    What about drawing this parallel:
    No New Hampshare primary winner has become US president in recent history.

    May 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. bigben

    Obama is the emperor with no clothes. weak

    May 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. anon

    CNN keeps harping on "why can't Obama win the white, poor vote?" Why is the Clinton News Network not asking Hillary why the black vote has deserted the Clinton's?

    May 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. John Smith

    Uncle Sam:

    The Urgency of now include the followiing:

    1. The past scandals of the Clintons have and continue to cost the democrats.

    2. Hillary has not stopped lying to the American people

    3. Hillary, with all her experience, voted for the war. Now see the results.

    4. Hillary is hated, personally, by the Republicans and over 50% of people in this nation. She is not a "role model" for our daughters and women in this nation.

    Now, I could go on. I do not hate Hillary; I love my country and party more than a single person!

    May 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. ruth

    Will someone please tell her she is NO JFK, and furthermore, Bill is NO Jackie. My goodness, her campaign strategist should have told her a long time ago to stick the sock in it.

    May 12, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Brenda Perry

    Are the West Virginians that stupid! Wanting a president that calls them stupid! Brenda Perry in Powder Springs, GA

    May 12, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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