May 17th, 2008
05:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton takes on TV pundits at distillery stop in Kentucky

Sen. Clinton at Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky, Saturday.
Sen. Clinton at Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky, Saturday.

LORETTO, Kentucky (CNN) - Wrapping up a rally at the Maker's Mark bourbon distillery on Saturday, Hillary Clinton again argued that she leads Barack Obama in the popular vote and attacked the television "punditry" that has suggested the race is over.

"All those people on TV who are telling you and everybody else that this race is over and I should just be graceful and say, 'Oh it's over' even though I've won more votes – those are all people who have a job," Clinton told supporters picnicking in the gardens of the distillery.

"Those are all people who have health care. Those are all people who can afford to send their kids to college. Those are all people who can pay whatever is charged at the gas pump. They're not the people I'm running to be a champion for."

"They keep telling me to quit," said Clinton. "I don't know, maybe I was just raised with the kind of values you were raised [with]. You don't quit on people and you don't quit until you finish what you started and you don't quit on America."

Clinton has recently been claiming a lead over Obama in the popular vote, a debatable claim, especially because the Democratic National Committee doesn't count the votes of Florida and Michigan, which Clinton does.

Both states were disqualified by the DNC for bringing forward their primaries.

CNN's official count - including all primaries and caucuses but neither Florida nor Michigan - has Obama ahead by close to 700,000 votes.

Clinton also argues that looking at the electoral map for the general election, she has won states with more electoral votes than Obama has.

"If you look at the states [Democrats] have to win, if you look at the big states, and you look at the swing states, I am the stronger candidate," she said.

Before her rally, Clinton toured the distillery and tried her hand at sealing a bottle of Maker's Mark, donning protective gear and dipping the bottle into a vat of the famous red wax. She remarked that she didn't realize every bottle is sealed by hand.

This wasn't Clinton's first brush with whiskey on the campaign trail.

She famously took a shot of Crown Royal during a bar stop in Indiana but despite her surroundings on Saturday, she didn't indulge.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Kentucky
soundoff (591 Responses)
  1. Lisa

    I was raised with the values that you pay your bills when due.

    May 17, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Jeanne

    She might as well finish the race. I just hope, at that point, when all the states have voted, that she will concede the election.

    May 17, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. DY

    If Hillary doesn't get the nomination, the Democratic party WILL NOT get my vote in November.

    I will give my vote to McCain. If the superdelegates want to ignore the swing state votes along with Michigan, and Florida, they will lose more than just my vote. They will lose HALF of all Hillary supporters to the GOP.

    This is a FACT!!!

    May 17, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Allison Marie

    Go Hillary Go,

    I guess it's over Obama's heading home.

    Go Hillary Go!

    May 17, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Joe

    Only 110 more delegates to go for Obama until that lying flip-flopper's time of day is over.

    May 17, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Liz

    The popular vote doesn't count, remember?? Especially in the GOP run Florida. Just ask Al Gore. It would be interesting to see how the Democrats would be finding some way to count the votes if the tables were turned and it was Obama looking for some fair way to end this. It is also worth noting that an offer was made for a revote which Obama turned down, of course. The Democrats will be wishing they had done it all differently come November.

    May 17, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. NO-BAMA

    KEEP FIGHTING FOR US HILLARY !

    WE WON'T LET YOU DOWN :)

    WE ARE AT FULL FORCE, SENATOR!

    OREGON
    4
    HILLARY

    May 17, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Linda

    Since you always manage to leave me in moderation, I might as well say what I think! My mother always taught me that if you couldn't say something good about someone, say nothing at all. Why is CNN constantly picking on Hillary Clinton? When President Bush made another of his blunders this week, CNN and MSNBC jumped on him for attacking Obama. I never heard him even mention Obama's name. I thought he was referring to Pres. Jimmy Carter. Whatever happened to the CNN I looked so forward to watching every morning before going off to work???? My husband lost count of the times Obama's name was mentioned yesterday in a 5 minute period. Fair and Balanced!! Whatever happened to reporting the news and leaving the people to draw their own conclusions. Now place me in moderation as you do every day that I leave a comment.
    Linda in Southern Indiana!

    May 17, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. John, Miami, FL

    Tv Pundits have done the greatest diservice to America, they way they stack the odds give people jobs to confuse people is shamful and sad. I'v seen more lies reported on cnn, mrsnbc then you would find in a fairy tale. It's absolutly disrespectful, inconsiderate and disgusting.

    May 17, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. LT for Obama

    Okay, she is going to keep saying she is ahead in the popular vote.

    This is called disenfranchisement for four states that held caucuses, honey. You are not ahead in the popular vote so stop grasping at straws that are not there.

    May 17, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Brad IL.

    Maybe the DNC needs to think of the 17 mil. wotes she does have. Just think what this race is going to look like with John McCain and Borock Obamie. If ( and I pray ) only half of her supporters vote Republican , he will ( Borock ) lose. Hopefully John can get a larger share of these votes. No posting from CNN.

    May 17, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. gary

    THATS ALRIGHT . NOV. WONT SAVE OBAMA EITHER. WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND. ALL THE HATE FROM THE O.B. SUPPORTERS WILL LET US CLINTON SUPPORTERS HAVE THE LAST LAUGH. MC CAIN LOOKS BETTER FOR US EVERYDAY. WE CANT AFFORD A GREENHORN WITH NO TRACK RECORD OF HELPING ANYONE IN OUR COUTRY. THE O.B. SUPPORTERS , CLINTON HATERS AND MEDIA RUINED OUR ONLY CHANCE FOR REAL CHANGES. HRC LOOSES WE ALL LOOSE. TIME FOR US CLINTON SUPPORTERS TO SETTLE THE RACE. OBAMA HAD A FREE RIDE FROM THE SUPER DELIGATES AND MEDIA THROUGH THIS WHOLE RACE. HRC WINS A STATE ,O.B. GETS ENDORSE WITH SUPER DELIGATES. HOW FIXED CAN A RACE BE. WE WILL PREVAIL IN NOV. NO OBAMA

    May 17, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Obama 08

    Poor girl! I understand her agony. Nobody wishes to lose, nobody wishes to fall, nobody wishes to die.
    But It is necessary to make it beautifully.
    H. Clinton knows it and undersand it, she`s not stupid but her ego is biger than her mind.
    I supported her and now I am going to vote for B. Obama

    May 17, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. today

    Doesn't matter what comes out of this this,the people voted and they should be counted, it's not the peoples fault that voted,When they disqualify there votes they are disqualifying the people,totally unfair.It will never be a fair election. if they disregard their votes.

    May 17, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. fredi

    I'm getting tired of the "I have the most votes" lie!
    Even if we count all the votes in Florida and Michigan which Hillary herself said we shouldnt. Over 700,000 more votes were cast against Hillary than for Hillary. And what aout the popular vote in the caucus states Obama won? Hillary may be the most experienced and "capable" candidate but she has NO INTEGRITY.

    May 17, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Ben

    What is going on? One day she is gracefully slwing down, the next day she is pushing Barack's *percieved* weak spots. She does one just lone enough to calm down the pundants and then the other just long enough to grab headlines. She needs to quit this down spiral.

    May 17, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Michael Kirksville MO

    Sorry fellow dems, but as it appears the media and their created Obamabots have picked Barry to be the nominee, this life-long dem will be voting McCain in Nov. At least he is, at some level, qualified to lead. It is indeed ashame. Senator Clinton – the most qualified American in generations to lead this country in its moment of need -yet we bow to the media syndicate and allow its pundits to text message their vote in for the next "American Idol" winner. Alas, Obama is an empty suit and an absolute disgrace. He has proven himself time and again to be racist, sexist, and a pathological liar.

    Millions and millions of fellow dems will be voting as independents this Nov. to make certain Obama does not win the presidency. If you think this a bogus claim, think again. And mark my words, we will see to it that he does not make it to the presidency. This is not about party loyalty, this is about doing the right thing for our country, our future. No one is more qualified on the political stage right now than Senator Clinton. WRITE HER IN OR VOTE FOR MCCAIN!!! Either way, NO AMERICAN IDOL WINNER – NOBAMA!!!!

    May 17, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Nick

    Isn't it the ultimate act of condescension to continue feeding your supporters illogical arguments (e.g. popular vote lead) and expect them to believe it? It's like Hillary does not find her supporters capable of basic reasoning.

    May 17, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Sam

    Hillary,

    We love you. You have done a lot for the American people.

    Barack will be the nominee though.

    We can not allow a 3rd Bush term to commence;
    failed foreign policies, failed economy policies,
    submission to the special interests,
    cow-boy diplomacy, kids being killed by guns, whether its on the war-front or on the home-front.

    Democrats UNITE

    DO NOT let the right-wing media such as Faux news, poison you against Barack Obama.

    How many more soliders must perish in Iraq.

    4061 US dead and counting, not to mention countless innocents.

    MOST OF THEM died AFTER Baghdad was captured... most died after "Mission Accomplished"

    Keeping troops in there till even 2013 will result in many more dead.

    UNITE behind Obama.

    Oh and by the way.... If Hama endorsed Obama... doesnt that mean National security will be better?? lol... If they like him? that means terrorists are less likely to attack?

    May 17, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. joe m.

    clinton may want to stock up while at that distillery. she may need that stiff drink when reality finally catches up with her.

    May 17, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Observer

    HRC can handly cope with the blunt facts. I feel sorry for her, though. But on the other hand, the presidency is not a monarchy. Lossing is loosing and she cannot keep changing the rules and moving the goal post. She needs to practice good ecomomic sense and start settling all her debts.
    How can we trust her with arguably the biggest ecomony on earth, when she cannot even manage the finances of her campaign! I just don't get! Balance your check book first – HRC.

    May 17, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Otto

    With due respect Senator Clinton; you ran a good race, you kept the faith but your totals are off the mark.

    I am happy you have toned down your attacks but you have also help to harden Senator Obama's resolve.

    You are a fighter, no bones about that and your supporters respect you for that. There are different calculators but yours seem not able to do math.

    May 17, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Ryan

    Man does it bother any of the clinton supporters that she continues to be blatently misleading with this whole, "I've won more votes" thing? She clearly has not. She's lying. What other word is there for it?

    May 17, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. glhf

    Hillary...he's leading by 80,000 even with Michigan and Florida and excluding the uncommitted votes from Michigan...so please stop damaging the democratic party and just...drop out.

    May 17, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. gp

    It is sick how she always makes those spins- presenting to be loyal to values of finishing what started as her virtue but actualy is totaly based on poor judgement and she should BE RESPONSIBLE for misleading all those poor peple that still listen what she has to say.Her morality is soooooooooooo problematic .She knows that she is out but stil manipulates voters and even ask them to pay her for that . It is so sick that she is even speaking of hard working people sacrifising $$$ so she can keep her milions....fuj

    May 17, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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