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. Will - OKC

    LOL.

    That's all I've got in response to this little tidbit, really.

    May 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. same thing

    Scott wrote the following. But I wondered the same thing when all the Obama people swore they would vote for McCain rather than Hillary.

    Sorry, Scott but it IS actually easier for the older, more conservative folks, past child-bearing and draft age to switch to McCain, then it is to envision the young leftist anti-war people refusing to vote for Hillary.
    Should have thought it through and voted for Hillary when you all had a chance. I DID try to blog the logic of it then.

    Scott in NC May 12th, 2008 10:48 am ET

    Can someone please explain to me how you can be for Hillary and McCain at the same time? They have completely polar opposite viewpoints as to where this country should be headed in terms of the economy, the war and healthcare. There is almost nothing similar between them, but almost all of the basic ideals of Clinton are shared by Obama.

    I can think of no other reason than racism to run from Hillary straight into the arms of McCain.

    May 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Pam

    Suddenly it's not only big states that count, huh Hillary?

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

    Men and women of faith can say "yes, it can be done" when all others say "it can't be done". American people should understand that. It's written in the DNA. Faith was something more than just belong to church buildings.

    Let Hillary administration bring the troops back from Iraq.
    Let Hillary administration work hard to fix healthcare system.
    Let Hillary administration restore American pride again.

    Patriotism in America is important. Do not let anti-American and non-American critics criticize America in the way they demonize and downgrade America and America's capability. People do need to be reminded especially new-Americans who are living American dreams why American democracy works.

    American democracy enabled people of all walks of life to come together and unite as one nation. America always has been a champion for free world.

    American military has one of the most trained and capable and willing soldiers in the world along many other brave soldiers in the military around the world for peacekeeping efforts. They are not only ready to fight but they are champion in humanitarian work as well.

    Hillary 2008!

    May 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Jo

    What states does the Obama campaign think it has a reasonable chance of winning in November to get to 270 electoral votes?

    May 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Anna

    It is a logical fallacy to say that because other democratic nominees won WV she will be the nominee because she won WV.

    1. It is not defined criteria for becoming the nominee.
    2, Other democratic nominees may have lost states in common with her too. If she lost those same states other nominees lost would that grant her the nomination?
    3. If candidates shared lost states with other candidates that lost the nomination would that candidate also lose the nomination?
    3. If Obama won states that all other nominees have also won would that make him the nominee?

    Like I said it is illogical.

    May 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Ernest

    Get out, you lair and spoiler!

    May 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Sally

    Why is hillary racist when she talks abouts whites voting for her but Obama is never called a racist when he talks about blacks voting for him...Do we rally think all the african-american, across this country got together and actually know this man...NO, they are voting for him because he is black...Sorry, people, but that's the way it is...The double standard you all keep screaming about is coming to haunt you!

    May 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. Venus

    Thanks for winning WV Hillary!

    That makes it so Obama can shift to the GE and win WV in Nov/08!

    You are a great gal! Way to go! Nice way to help our party!

    Go Obama! Let Hillary will the next 3-states and you win 3-states!

    May 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    JFK's family may be supporting Obama but RFK's is supporting Hillary! See the comparison? JFK = good speeches, very inspirational. RFK = got things done!

    As a lifelong Democrat – I am voting McCain in November if Obama is the nominee. I'm not turning the country over to a first term Senator that has so little experience with anything. He's a great politician but, claims he's not. Sorry guy but, no way.

    May 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Bud Curtis

    Folks can criticize Clinton for not ending her campaign, if they like. But political observers, like me, know that she is right on the issues and right about being the electable candidate in the "Big" and "Swing" states.
    Time will tell, but Democrats, especially the super-delegates, need to pay attention before it becomes too late.
    If Democrats choose Obama, then they need to learn to spell PRESIDENT MCCAIN.
    Bud Curtis
    Miami, OK

    May 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Lee From Treasure Island Florida

    People
    Barrack is not saying anything negative about Hillary. Every statement is positive, on every stump speech, to every reporter, and when ever asked by a voter. Hillary does push the line...OFTEN...She is JFK one day, the ONLY ONE TO BEAT McCain another day, the ONLY ONE to GET THE WHITE VOTE another day, and things one would not say even in a general election "HARD WORKING WHITE AMERICANS, who DONT HAVE A COLLEGE EDUCATION". Like anyone NOT white, or Educated...is NOT hard working...crazy. And this is just to win a vote, for a primary that is all but over. But Obama has not called her on it. He lets her press on, even compliments her.
    Yes his supporters, and people who voted for him, and people who want to WIN the general....get upset....at what she is doing... YES they do. It is not right.

    May 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. cpljoeb from NC

    I guess Hillary has the testicular fortitude that JFK had?

    May 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. indy dem

    I scroll down the comment page after any of these so called news articles and all I see ObaMA supporters who would never vote vote for hillary and hillary supporters who would rather have 4 more years of republivcan corruption and cronyism than vote for obama.

    If you're a registered democrat, and you believe in universal health care, a sane fiscal policy, a sane foreign policy, and investing war $$ in the USA instead of Iraq, you can feel good about voting for either democrat.

    Obama has not called for Hillary to quit. He says over and over that he expects her to stay in it to the end. Don't refuse to give Obama a chance in November because you're personally offended by overzealous nit wits who post here. They do not speak for Obama.

    On the other hand, if you plan on selling out your party's nominee beacause you don't think a black man can't be president... get back in your time machine: 1950 wants you. We don't.

    May 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Party of Haters

    Go Dems!

    We are the party of hate! Yeah!

    You hate my candidate and I hate yours. I'll vote Republican if yours wins, and you'll cross the aisle if mine wins.

    Let's all shoot ourselves in the foot to show how much we hate!

    (Some of you people really make me sick.)

    May 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. quercus in a quandry

    JFK and FDR are rolling in pain in their graves over the modern Democratic party. All their inspirational work has been a waste.

    May 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. john halverson

    funny how every week it is something new.

    May 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Deb

    Silenced in Michigan...get your facts straight...Hillary agreed to not seating the delegates from Michigan and Florida in a memo. Once she needed the votes she is now claiming to care whether these two states get seated. Please this is not Barack's doing.

    May 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Tim

    The true comback kid is Senator Obama. According to NCB’s Domenico Montanaro, “That Obama has been able to accomplish what he has is an incredible thing when one steps back to think about it.” The New York senator had many of the advantages, including:

    (a) Name recognition: At the start of this race, the Clinton name was the most famous name in Democratic politics. Hillary and Bill Clinton had sky-high approval ratings among Democrats. Obama, himself, called Clinton the “default” choice for many Democrats.
    (b) Money: Clinton transferred in $10 million from her Senate campaign and had seemingly every major Democratic fundraiser behind her. No one thought Clinton would be the one outraised and in debt.
    (c) The Democratic Establishment: From the DNC calendar to superdelegates to even Bill Clinton, Clinton had them all. Again, no one though Clinton would be the one behind in superdelegates.

    May 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Susan, TX

    To all supporters, we must UNITE! Otherwise if you vote McCain you are sending more sons and daughters of people you may or may not know to continue the Iraq war. Quit being selfish! Think about them insead of your own self interest. I am sad that you people call yourselves AMERICAN. Guess what you do not represent AMERICA! Shame on you...before you switch sides for your refusal to support the nominee remember this you deserve all the bad luck if McCain ends up being the nominee. I hope you can forgive yourself or are you going to just crawl into a hole and complain, whine when nothing goes your way. If people ask you who did you vote for, are you willing to admit that you voted McCain because your nominee wasn't the one? I didn't think so....

    May 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. the reverse is true

    Scott postes:

    Scott in NC May 12th, 2008 10:48 am ET

    Can someone please explain to me how you can be for Hillary and McCain at the same time? They have completely polar opposite viewpoints as to where this country should be headed in terms of the economy, the war and healthcare. There is almost nothing similar between them, but almost all of the basic ideals of Clinton are shared by Obama.

    I can think of no other reason than racism to run from Hillary straight into the arms of McCain.

    You are wrong, Scott. The more conservative, older voters can and will easily switch to McCain. The left wing radicals are destroying the democratic party. Hillary is a centrist and offered the best compromise to people at the extremes. The Obama people threatened never to vote for her. Still sayiing that and that is why the superdelegates are going with Obama. You should have had the intelligence to vote for Hillary, who could actually unite more people.

    May 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Hillary or Bust!!!

    It's all up to you West Virginia. We're counting on you to keep this woman in the race.

    She is a far stronger candidate and a guarantee to whoop McCain's butt in November.

    We all know the truth and that is that Barack Obama can't win.

    Go West Virginia!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Dr. Cocteau

    To all of you Hillary Clinton supporters....ITS OVER, you tried your best and you LOST. It doesn't mean she is a loser, it just means she lost the nomination.

    Eventually you will find a worthy candidate who will be the first female President, Hillary Clinton simply isn't that person.

    It is time for you to forget about the childish knee jerk "I'm going to vote for McCain" reaction and stand behind the nominee.

    This country cannot survive with another 4 years of Bush type policies. We MUST elect a Democrat in November and if you love this country you will put your personal opinions aside and vote for the country's best interest, which is NOT a continuation of the current downward spiral.

    May 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. MD

    Hillary is hinting that she is going all the way to the convention.

    Is thare anyone who can reign her in? She is bent on destroying the Democratic Party. Will someone please stop this mad woman?

    May 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Independents for Clinton & MCCain

    Our little group of Independents for Clinton & McCain is growing anw totals 474,000 in every state. We are dedicated to the pricipal of putting the mopst experienced person in the White House. Many of us are McCain Supporters and many of us are Clinton supporters. But we all agree tha one of these two MUST be our next President, Accordingly, the Clinto supporters (70% of our little group right now) are committed to getting Clinton the nomination through volunteer work, contributions, and networking. BUT, should Clinton not be on the Dem ticket, we are all dedicated to working to get Senator McCain elected. It is not about policy differences. It is about experience. with a Democratic controller Congress and Senate we are not worried about Senator McCain hammering ho,e a Republican agenda. But we are concerned with an inexperienced person like Obama getting us into deeper economic troube, or worse, into stupid conflicts. So, it is Clinton-McCain. Interestingly, many in our group hope for a McCain-Clinton ticket should Obama get the nomination.

    May 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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