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. POWELL 1 MD, POWELL 2 MD, E.POWELL MD

    YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING. JFK NEVER INTRODUCED RACE INTO HIS BELEIF THAT WE AS A PEOPLE COULD FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION. FURTHERMORE, ONE OF US WAS AROUND WHEN HE WAS TRYING TO SEEK HIS PRESIDENCY AND FOR HER TO EVEN TRY TO MAKE THE COMPARSION ITS ON THE LEVEL OF HER BOSINA STATEMENTS. HRC WILL SAY ANYTHING BUT FAIL TO SEE ANYTHING, IF ALL THE OBAMA AND REPUIBLICANS PEOPLE WERE ADDED TOGETHER HER SUPPORT BOILS DOWN TO ABOUT ,0005% OF OUR COUNTRY'S POPULATION. IF SHE RUNS A INDEPENDENT THEN WE KNOW HER TRUE INTENTIONS FROM THE BEGINNING.

    May 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Karen

    To all of you people that are supporting Obama: Why do you think he will be a good president? Guess what he won't. He has not even completed one term in office!!!!! He lacks the experience to get the job done. Hillary has had lots of experience to get done what needs to be done. Also Obama does not show patriotism for our Country!! His wife has only been proud to be an American once in her life. He sat in the same church and listened to the same minister for 20 years and OPPS didn't realize the man was prejudice!!! Come off of it people!!! Wake up and realize this man is fooling everyone!!!!!!!!! When he talks about change but does not say how is because he does not want the public to know until after he is in office. Yes the man has many things to hide in his closet. Why do you think he would not debate Hillary in NC? The only reason anyone wants her to stop now is because they know she will win by a landslide in the upcoming states. Also if he does get the nomination all the Hillary supporters that I know will not vote for Obama in the Nov. election but will place their vote elsewhere.

    May 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Jennifer

    Work it out, Pander Bear. Say whatever you think will get you elected.

    Then watch as those who voted for you in the primary do what they've been saying they'd do, and vote for McCain in the fall.

    May 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Eddie for CLINTON

    We will waster the talent, energy, experience and intelligence of this woman if we will not elect her as the next president! She won all the big blue states as well as swing states such as PA, OH & FL.

    Obama is a weak candidate, he only won IL & MO (by 1 point), how can he survive without all the votes from the blues states??? He is arrogant, inexperienced, with shady past? How can he lead this nation that is in mess? The future is bleak!!!!!

    Vote HILLARY, the smart choice!

    May 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Holy delusional, Batman!

    I can't believe this circus freak thinks she still has a chance.

    May 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Win Win

    It is win win for Hillary Clinton.

    Her supporters are commited to writing her name in in Nov- so it doesn't matter that the DNC has stomped on this good woman.

    She proved to them that without all of the props and support and advantages given to Obama- she still was able to hold her own.

    Good for her.

    She has my vote.

    May 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. chris

    Elisabeth May 12th, 2008 4:32 pm ET
    Obama is for "change" all right. After he is done with all his changes, hard-working American families are left with only "change" in your pocket. Vote for HILLARY Clinton.
    --------------------------------–

    I don't know where this uninformed comment comes from. Obama's and Clinton's economic polices are very similar. I have never heard Obama say that he is going to raise the taxes on "hard-working" Americans. In fact, he wants to decrease the taxes for those who make under 75k while repealing the Bush tax cuts, which only decrease the taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

    May 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Showme

    I really don't see how Hillary can think that she has a chance even with West Virginia. BTW – no candidate has won the presidency this century without winning in Missouri. Obama won in Missouri.
    I would just like to see this thing end without inflicting any more damage on the Democratic party. Its time to kick the Republicans out of the White House. Bush/Chaney/McCain need to go!

    May 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Geo from Toronto

    I dont understand why you are all hating Hillary.., ofcourse she is going to make a comment like this, she is campaigning in WV and she should say anything and everything that will help her.., her focus is wv today, and good for her for saying these things. Itx not like nobama has never made comments when visiting other states.

    God you people need to get a grip and stop picking on this women for trying to make history.

    May 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. sky

    Can it get any more pathetic than this?????

    May 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Go Hillary

    Hey Bill – oBLAHma is no John Kennedy either!

    Hillary will make a better president JFK was or BO would be!

    May 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. race card

    Obama was willing to destroy the party to fast track himself into the presidency.

    He shamelessly overplayed the race card. He did not care about divisiveness as long as it worked to his advantage.

    Time to pay the piper.

    We will be glad to damage his chances like he destroyed the party.

    Write Hillary in in Nov.

    May 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Janey

    She is better than JFK–she is a female who has been sliced and diced by the media, Obama supporters,and white men of the DNC and, guess what? She is still standing and proud....a better person than any of us–male or female–bar none!

    May 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Rachel

    This lady kills me! She just re-uses the same B.S. line:
    "No democrat has won the general election without (insert state) since (insert year)." Didn't we hear that same line in Ohio?
    It blows my mind that people can't see through her by now... Like that gas tax holiday pander- she is still insulting our intelligence with that one, except now it will save the average American $70 (what a liar!) It's funny how she discounts the views of EVERY SINGLE economist who says this is a bad idea, but she is all too happy to count on their opinions when she's talking about how superior her health care plan is...
    Please, upcoming voters, read between the lines! This woman talks herself into so many circles, I'm surprised she can see straight! Anyone that is paying attention could write a book about her misstatements, contradictions, double standards, and rule-changing. I wouldn't trust that woman to be a school crossing guard, never mind the president of the United States...

    May 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Viola

    Hillary...may have been seen as the heir apparent and even a great candidate until she exposed herself by showing her contempt for those who run against her....she has damaged the Democratic Party with her "if I can't win no one will"....I hope she seriously does not think that if McCain wins that people will forget her behavior come 2012....

    May 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. KCBob

    McCain should of showed some backbone back in 2k when the country needed him and when he was a reaonable age to be president. He missed his chance and blew this one by embracing shrubs policies and is clearly not "all there" mentally.

    May 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Sue Z

    I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on this question:

    What is the motivation behind Clinton's desire to stay in the race?

    1. She truly believes she can obtain the majority of delegates and get the nomination

    2. As the first serious female candidate, she wants to stay in for the sake of all of her women supporters

    3. She believes her campaign can find some serious controversy to destroy Obama's reputation, thus allowing her to take over the candidacy

    4. She is hoping that by staying strong until the end, she will be in a good position to be the VP candidate

    5. She wants to make sure Obama can't win in the fall so she will have a shot again in 2012.

    Thoughts?

    May 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Ms. GA

    Is she still trying to win. We all know she is favored to win West Virginia and Kentucky. But what does that do to her delegate count or popular vote? NOTHING!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. RICARDO PHILLIPS OF DC

    FOR ALL YOU DUMB @SSES TALKING ABOUT HILLARY RUNNING INDEPENDENT IF THIS HAPPENS THE DEMOCRATS WILL LOSE THE WHITEHOUSE. AND HILLARY CLINTON WILL NEVER BE A POLITICAL FIGURE ANYWHERE IN THE U.S. TRUST ME GET THAT OUT OF YOUR HEAD ALL DELEGATED DEMOCRATS WILL TURN ON HER EVEN BILL. TRUST ME ON THAT.

    May 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Really

    She would be a much better candidate. I hate to say this, if she does not get the nomination, I hope Obama loses the election so Hillary will be able to run again in four years.

    May 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Bill from NC

    West Virginia is great but the primary there will not have any effect on the outcome(period)

    A comparison to JFK now?!? Down with the clown!!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Hillary's Fantastic Adventures

    Someone tell the Gimmick Candidate Carl Rove is on the phone, he has something to tell her.

    From what I heard, the GOP dumped Hillary after Tuesday. They thanked her for her hard work and how she followed their every instruction but they declined her membership application to the GOP party, they called her a JUDAS :o

    Hillary Clinton, The Gimmick candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything "08 :D

    May 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Julia

    Dear Sharon,
    Have you not been paying attention to Hillary's campaign which has been saying the most vile things about Obama?!
    Wonderful, vote for someone because of your opinion of their supporters. That's usin the ole' bean...

    May 12, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. RED DOG Orlando Florida

    Is she Sane. Her comments make her seem like she has more than a feww loose connectuions. Comparing herself to J. F. Kennedy. Barakk Is the one who is inspiring people like Kennedy not that dried up prune.

    May 12, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. silenced in MI.

    SEN. OBAMA KNOWS THERE IS NOT A LAREGE NUMBER OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN W. VIRGINIA AND HE KNOWS HE CAN'T WIN , SO WHAT DOES HE DO ? VERY LITTLE CAMPAIGN COMMERCIALS AND ONLY ONE VISIT TO STUMP . HE SHOWS ONCE AGAIN HE ONLY CARES ABOUT THE VOTERS THAT CAN HELP HIM WIN , CAN YOU SAY MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA , AND BY THE WAY HE TOOK HIS NAME OFF THE BALLOT IN MICHIGAN ,SO HE SHOULD GET ZERO DELEGATES BY HIS OWN CHOICE .
    I DON'T THINK I'LL SEE THIS COMMENT POSTED BECAUSE WE CAN'T SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT THE MAGNIFICENT OBAMA

    May 12, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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