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. Charles

    Just remember one thing. The next president will probably be picking two maybe three supreme court judges. Do you really want McCain making that choice. As James Carville has said "if you liked the last eight years your gonna love the next four".

    May 12, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Mike from Westchester

    $70 savings on average in 3 months. Huh??? Only if you drive 38,000 miles per year at 25 miles per gallon. Helps explain some of the delegate math.

    I wish WV was not about to give someone more incentive to press on and extend this thing further!

    Look, we all love what the Clintons have meant to our country over the past 16 years, but our party has a new leader from a new generation. Time to rally behind our cause.

    Once again, don't pay any attention to the (probably) Republicans trying to stir up trouble with talk of a third party run or write in campaign. It's the only way to keep Obama out of the White House. It's the only way we all end up having to suffer through four years of McCain after eight years of Bush. Don't get sucked in!

    May 12, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Marc

    You guys are quick to say drop out, give it up, and many more much nastier things about Senator Clinton. But, you can't refute what she says. Here's a thought: let the democratic process run its course. I know you'd be happy stealing this nomination by supressing the vote in several states, but won't it be more satisfying if you win with your candidate actually earning it?

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

    Too bad Hillary wasn't in China last night.

    May 12, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. marie

    What is this woman on? She's either flipped, is on something, or is lighting fireworks for the last chapter of her upcoming book.

    May 12, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Don in Florida

    I'm trying to figure out why anyone candidate would waste time campaigning in the other states and districts if all they had to do was to win WV.

    May 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Pearl

    Hillary has made some campaign mistakes–that's for sure. But she is by far the better candidate. Obama is too arrogant, too green, and sounds more like a minister than a person running for president. He can have his turn in 8 years–after he has learned a few things. Hillary will get the nomination. Obama fans–you need to grow up too.

    May 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Word on the street

    HRC, I knew JFK.. You no JFK.

    May 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Alex in TX

    Democrats Unite!! This has been a vicious race with many voters taking a very personal liking to his/her candidate.

    Cooler heads need to prevail and focus on the 95% of things that Obama and Hillary agree on, not the 5%. If all the Hillary supporters who claim to never be willing to vote for Obama for whatever reason they chose, why would you then choose to vote for someone who shares 50% of the issues you are interested in.

    It's not personal at this point. Obama has been pretty reserved in his responses to Hillary's attacks and now that they've died down, maybe you can listen to his message and realize he is a brilliant man with a vision for change. He is the next best thing for Hillary supporters.

    May 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. MD

    Hillary Clinton is dillusional.

    When will America be rid of this elitist family? When will they believe that their sense of entitlement does not translate into entitlement?

    Take your $89 million (well it was $109 million, but Hillary mismanged her campaign) and go off to a place far, far away from America, and sip Canadian Whiskey.

    May 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Jagdish Chandra, Vancouver,Canada

    shows she is gone nuts .....

    May 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. mariela

    Hillary you are the best. We support all the way to the convention this is not over yet. Why CNN is not paying attention to Obama that he said there is 57 states when there is 50 and also about the talk with Hamas related to his campaing that he has to resign. I think people have to be carefull who they choose. I think Hillary will win the nomination and also the presidency. Hillary 2008 Take all the way to the convention you will end up with the popular vote it has to matter

    HILLARY 2008 for presiden

    May 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Venus

    OK. This was her way slaping Ted Kennedy for his remarks saying Hillary wasn't fit to be Obama's VP!

    Including superdelegates that are supporting Obama – the other way for some of us to count are our days when it's over for Hillary after June 3, 2003!

    Yes Hillary – we need WV – so grab it for Obama while you are there!

    Wait – now is WV a small state or large? What's funny is that it won't help her if she wins all the remaining states!

    Now you know that's bad! Hillary is getting all the free-press time she can get because then... every day to Nov. 4 – the news is going to be about Obama and Mc Cain!!!

    Go Obama! Thanks WV for voting for Hillary – less time for Obama to spend there!

    May 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. Sharon

    Hillary supporters are sure nasty lately !

    But Hillary dear, haven't you said that about every state so far? It's getting really hard to keep up with you flip flopping all over the place. Slow down, take a breather, read the news. It's time for retirement. You have enough money.

    May 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Joseph Adewole

    Someone said to me that Hillary is or was a lawyer; she should be sensible enough to realise what damage she's bringing to the Dems.......by her mis-speaking about race and discrimination.
    I agreed with Sen Edwards that she probably didn't think well before using the words she used and still using in WV

    May 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Deb

    Can somebody please make her go away? If Senator Obama had been in her position I am certain he would have had the good grace to bow out with dignity. This just proves that more than anything the Clinton's invision themselves in the White House almost as if this is due them. What a disappoint Hillary Clinton has proven to be!

    May 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. tupac

    Hey everybody, chill out!
    I just got a memo from the Clinton camp, the word is she will still be campaigning for the party's nomination in the spring of '09. Seriously, I am not kidding, unless of course she gets stimulated by Bush's rebate check to help her pay her overflowing debts. Keep on going Hilly, the democratic primary season begins now in WV, the other previous races were just a dress rehersal.

    May 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. OBAMA 08!

    You are FAR FROM JFK! Sorry honey!

    Obama '08 & '12

    May 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. shirley True

    Hillary–Do not give up or give in. We're with you 100%. Based on the performances of the past white-guy presidents, you're way over-qualified for the job.

    May 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Harris-Coppell, Texas

    No democrat can win without winning________________. How many times have we heard Hillary say that....like at nearly EVERY campaign event in every state.

    May 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. adam

    "...it’s a fact that Democrats don’t get elected president unless West Virginia votes for you…”

    Doesn't Clinton say this in each state? She just changes the name of the state. I know she has been repeating something similiar in the recent primaries.

    And doesn't she keep saying, "Oh, now THIS state is going to be the breaker"...... and yet she can't ever catch up, is digging her camp to the ground in debt and always think the next state primary will save her. She's been saying this since Super Tuesday.

    May 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. fernando

    i just wish that these people who's been degrading hillary will tone down a bit until the process is finish. even some of obama's backers are despicable the way they compare clinton to someone else.

    hillary will have the last laugh if she wins in the convention.

    May 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. austbill

    Hillary is the most qualified Democratic candidate to serve the American people as our commander-in-chief, hope folks wake up and realize Hillary is the one most needed in the White House.

    May 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. mariela

    Hillary you are the best. We support all the way to the convention this is not over yet. Why CNN is not paying attention to Obama that he said there is 57 states when there is 50 and also about the talk with Hamas related to his campaing that he has to resign. I think people have to be carefull who they choose. I think Hillary will win the nomination and also the presidency. Hillary 2008 Take all the way to the convention you will end up with the popular vote it has to matter

    HILLARY 2008 for presiden

    May 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. michael, AZ

    I love all these people that say HRC will win as an independent. HRC is one of the most polarizing figures around. The RNC was salivating that she was going to be the candidate as she mobilizes them as no other can. Independents and Republicans despise her. She can ONLY win votes from her loyalist dem's and no others. As an independent, she gets 3 votes......her's, Bill's, and Chelsea's.

    May 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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