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. Greg

    Funny...

    May 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. susan

    Poor sad Hillary. Even if you win big you cannot catch up and they cannot deny Obama the nomination with the most pledged delegates because people in the states he won will not vote for you come november either. and quess what He has won twice as much states as you have.

    May 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Aces full of Kings

    Hillary, are you from West Virginia too? I can't remember. When you're in the Appalachians don't forget to duck the sniper fire from Uncle Jed shootin' at some food. Might want to wear an orange pant suit.

    May 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Jessica @ work

    1.) There is no way- mathmatically, not imaginary- that she can catch up on the delegates unless Obama drops out.
    2.) Most of the negativity here is from Clinton supporters who know deep down there's no way for her to get the nomination.
    3.) Obama supporters seem to understand that voting for McCain out of spite is a bad decision.

    Why is this so hard to understand?? And now she wants us to compare her to JFK?? Uh, NO! If anyone has given millions hope for a better America, it's Obama.

    May 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Smrt man

    Well then.

    Sounds good.

    She is just like JFK...

    Does this mean that she admits her campaign is dead?

    May 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. AB

    The only state that matters to hillary is the one that she wins!! Like Bill said "This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Give me a break"

    May 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Hillary's Fantastic Adventures

    Bill was campaigning in WV today and he said: “They say Hillary’s a racist but look at us today, we got black, white, young, old of every color so don’t pay them any mind” then the cameras panned the room and not one black person, not one young person in the room. :D

    Looks like another Gimmick has gone bad :o

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

    May 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. supers

    Scott posted this. I think the Obama people claimed and are still claiming THEY won't vote for Clinton. So, please explain how you think that is any different. That is why the superdelegates are giving the nomination to Obama. Not to lose the AA and youth vote. Remember?

    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 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Bridget

    Hillary supporters, be prepared to stand by your candidate when she pulls the lever for Obama this November. That includes you, WV.

    May 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. PA_Hill-fan

    Hillary is better and smarter than JFK. The rules for winning the General Election is November is based on the electoral votes from each State which is similar to the Republican nomination process. The winner takes all the delegates from each State where she or he has more votes. According this method, Hillary already has over 290 electoral votes to Obamas 217. The winner is Hillary Clinton but the DNC came up with the undemocratic process this time to placer a loser in front based on their own undemocratic rules. Well if the DNC decides to go along with Obama, democrats will lose the House, the Senate and the Presidency!!!

    May 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. don from canada

    Hillary go home and give it a rest would you – IT'S OVER !!!

    May 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. tidho

    cue Lloyd Benson!

    Its like she's saying stuff just to get laughed at. I mean that one is just too easy for the media to ignore.

    May 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Intelligent Hillary Supporter....

    I'm a Hillary supporter but I cannot believe those who say that they will vote for McCain "if" she doesn't get the nomination... ok let's start there...she's not going to get the nomination...and secondly how dumb would it be to vote for the extreme opposite and someone who will continue the last eight years in McCain. Obama and Hillary agree on much more than the sum of their differences. I WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA IN NOVEMBER!!!

    I would want Hillary (but Obama is just as good!!!)

    May 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Victor, NJ

    who does she think she is fooling????? is she running for the title of the worlds greatest panderer??? stick a fork in this bird, she is finished.

    May 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. JF

    We have all seen for ourselves that when we are losing in a game, we always try to change the rules of the game that we actually participated in creating. Well right now, the game is over. Please hillary and your flocks, kindly do us (the American people) a favor by quitting the game. Peace

    May 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Jason Horse

    talk about a wannabe.......rocky........now jfk.............gimme a break
    grasping at straws arent we.............
    get out while you still can..........

    May 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Hurm...

    Hillary... why do you still pretend you can win? The rest of the nation (besides Hillary supporters) understand that it is going to take a miracle to win... and want to have a chance to unite the Democratic party – to have a chance in November.

    Obama would have dropped out long ago if Hillary were in the spot he was. He understands that the party needs to unite and continuing to 'fight' would not solve anything; however, this isn't the case.

    I like Hillary, but the more and more I see her tear the party apart, continuing to 'fight' and 'argue' – I just want to throw up.

    I vote for a united party, and I would do that whether Hillary or Obama has the nomination. Voting against your beliefs does not make sense to me. If Hillary supporters support Hillary and her believes so strongly, (which by the way, aren't that much different than Obamas) why would they vote for a Republican who's belief system is distinctly different from their beliefs?

    I'm surprised Hillary supporters aren't chanting "REPUBLICANS 08" yet... they mine as well be, because it is unrealistic to believe that Hillary will win the nomination.

    If strong for Hillary = strong for McCain...

    Then... strong for a Democrat = Strong for a Republican?

    Um... what?

    May 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. think stupid

    Scott posted the post bellow. I think the Obama people claimed and are still claiming THEY won't vote for Clinton. So, please explain how you think that is any different. That is why the superdelegates are giving the nomination to Obama. Not to lose the AA and youth vote. Remember? And, Scott... it is actually harder to envision the Obama people voting for McCain, then the Hillary demographic voting for McCain.

    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 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Gwen

    some of you people are so stupid, like the one who thinks winning the most states is important. Get some brains people, it's which states that are important and I have no hope for the dems in Nov. Obama and his supporters are so bad, cruel, mean and divisive, they and he are the ones who have divided this election and this country. By the way what's going on with his work and Al Sharpton and the others on the reparations convention coming up in South Carolina this summer. Is he going to attend or stay quiet until November. Bet ya'll didn't know about that, huh!!

    May 12, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. tidho

    Shouldn't she be working her heart out for them even if they don't vote for her? She's still a Senator after all.

    May 12, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Jeff Radun

    Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen was especially bluntsaying that Hillary Clinton is like Glenn Close in fatal attraction.
    His office sent out an appology.
    This is why Hillary's supportewrs will never back the divider and unelectable Obama.
    His supporters are as hate filled as their and his mentor Mr Wright and Farrecan

    May 12, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. Patrick

    Because Hillary is the candidate that people compare to JFK....right.....

    And too Pearl who says Obama has too little experience, know this, Obama has been a elected official longer then Hillary, teas and fundraisers at the white house doesn't count as political experience!!!

    May 12, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. Clinton is using the people of W VA and Kentucky

    It is not 1960, 1992, or 1996. Times have changed. Kentucky and W. Va will vote for MCCain in november and for Clinton to suggest other wise is just a lot of smoke and mirrors.
    Do you know what Clinton means when she says "hard working whites"?
    She means "rednecks". Don't you people know that? She is suggesting that you are uneducated fools who will not vote for someone because he is black. Get a grip!

    May 12, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. mitchell from arkansaw

    you're a habitual liar.jfk was a great man.so is obama.hillary is irrelevant.

    May 12, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. Stephina

    Hillary is not JFK but neither is Obama. Lest we forget those crazy comparisons back in early March.

    Also, has everyone forgotten that Ted Kennedy refused to concede the Democratic Party nomination to Carter, when Carter had 1900 plus votes to Kennedy's 1200 votes.

    Remember Ted Kennedy would not give-up on the nomination and pushed it all the way to the convention that year!!!

    Talk about his speech for Hillary to quit...I guess it okay for him to not concede but for Hillary who is only a 100-200 votes behind it is a crime.

    If Clinton can pull the rug out then I'll vote for her – she is a fighter. If not, my vote is going to McCain in 2008.

    May 12, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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