May 17th, 2008
05:15 PM ET
10 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. karela

    Poor Hillary. She has done to herself what no one else could have done to her. She has made herself into a national joke. People will be alluding to "Poor Hillary" jokes for a generation. Why oh why did she have to sacrifice her dignity? Obama and his campaign weren't trying to tell her to stop. She could have finished all the elections. She could have said what was good about what she had to offer without attacking anyone else. She could have finished the race. But she doesn't seem to realize that most of America isn't willing to give her even a little bit of leeway on all these new Hillary rules for how America should choose it's president. How did she get so arrogant? This is our country! She's one of us, but she doesn't rule us. She seems to think that if she says what she demands long enough and loud enough that everyone will just give in. Hill dear, we have had a belly full of the benevolent dictator attitude. You do yourself such harm with the foolish things you say. We didn't choose you for our president, but we want to like you. Please, don't make it impossible.

    May 17, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. Mike

    Yet she agreed that those votes shouldn't count and that there would be no campaigning in those states. (That's when she thought she would win)

    Funny how things change when you're losing. Cry me a river Hillary, stop being a poor spot.

    May 17, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. cathy

    Enough with the moderation!

    I saw the quote "they keep telling me to quit", and thought maybe it was directed at the senator's drinking—-she certainly seems to spend a lot of time around whiskey

    May 17, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. linda from South Dakota

    most of you are for obama(yeahhhh) although some are still for hillary,, sorry guys,, be faithful to her ,, fine but her days are over,,,, when she says she has more popular votes,, well, shes doesnt,,, the figures show the truth,, so again ,, she lied,,,, she can run as long as she likes, yep,,, but whose payin for it and has to pay it back??? her or the people who vote for her?? obama is the one, yes the next president of the united states,,, i saw him at a rally here in SD and hes awesome,, truthful and will help us get over this hump we are in,, will take time , yes,, but he and americans will do it,, the mess bush has left is so ungrateful,, the worst thats ever been,, but ,, in time,, we will over-come,, with obamas help, many out there are sooooo prejudice, its time to grow up and listen to what he says and trust,, too little of this( trust ) in the world today,, my vote goes to obama!!!! 1000%%%%%%

    May 17, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. Les-WA

    One thing I can say, Obama supporters are a bunch of intellectuals, INTELLECTUAL MIDGETS.

    Their analysis beats Einstein analysis of Quantum Physics, but they're good specimen for Sigmund Freud study of "unconscious mind" and "defense mechanism of repression."

    May 17, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. Darryl

    Do anyone thinks that Hillary been drinking too much?

    May 17, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. ron

    Grasping at straws would be understating her irrationsl behavior. Next she'll be claiming she won because she her name is Clinton and she somehow believes it's her birthright.The pundits will do theit best to make it appear as though there's still a race., Those of us who understand math know that Obama is the zdemocratic Nominee. It's in no one ele's interest to continue this charade except the biased commentators/debate moderators. At this point MCcain and Obama are ignoring her and running their campaigns. It's best for everyone to do the same. Her best bet is 20 16, when she'll be 68 and probably cling to her impeached baggage

    May 17, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  8. Charlotte, what are you talking about?

    The DNC is the one picking Obama as the Democratic nominee? So the fact he's won more states and more pledged delegates has nothing to do with it? The fact that the ONLY WAY Clinton can try to make her ridiculous claim that she's won the popular vote is to include all of her votes from Michigan and Florida while giving Obama none of the "Uncommitted votes from Michigan" AND not giving any popular vote estimates from caucus states, where Obama dominated?

    Those don't cut in his favor at all, huh? He's only the presumptive nominee because of the DNC? Interesting. It's great that you loved Hillary so much, but unfortunately for you she lost. That doesn't mean someone wronged her, it just means that more people supported Obama and he won under the rules of the game....why cry and moan about it? If Hillary wants to stay in and finish the race, that's great – just remain positive and don't try to undercut Obama and no one really has a problem with it....but people who honestly thing she still has a chance are just delusional or, more likely (given her base constituency), just can't add

    May 17, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  9. Peter

    HILLARY 08

    May 17, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  10. Carlos, Florida

    Hillary is living a very expensive 21 million dollars dream...

    She has the right to go on until june 3, even including Florida and Michigan she loses, so I do not know how she claims the popular vote.

    Anyway, it's a debt of 21 millions and counting, who will pay for it?? Those who are supporting her knowing she has no chance, if they want to finance her fantasy... go ahead... enjoy...

    May 17, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. JFK

    Good for you Hillary! Tell the truth! I am college educated but certainly not a racist. I just the know the most qualified candidate when I see her!

    May 17, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. Mike

    If she won't take a shot of whiskey, Senator Kennedy sure as heck would. Too bad he already had a seizure, probably due to his "alleged" alcohol abuse. My guess it's just guilt from Chappaquiddick and the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. Not to wish ill will on anyone (unlike you Bush haters), but our government would be far better off without him there. May he have a speedy and healthy recovery into the private life.

    May 17, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. Not Bitter

    Carol (1st comment)
    She's was talking about all the "Pundits" who have jobs and health care not about you (dummy)! You Obama supporters have no idea how vast the numbers are of Clinton supporters who will vote for McCain not because we like we his policies, but because we HATE you and Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman and Tim Russert so freaking much!!!
    Not Bitter

    May 17, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Old and White for OBAMA

    Oh for Christ's sake lady, you LOST. It's over. Done.

    May 17, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. George

    So we have now divided America into the the less than hardworking, educate, white white -collar workers and the less educated, hardworking ,white blue-collar workers. It is not surprising then that Hillary has targeted the ones that she thinks she can fool.

    May 17, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. Great Job

    So we just delete the states we don't want counted, so is America a 49% Democracy or a 100% Democracy. Politics must be funny business, we count what votes we want to ?? Sort of like CNN, we delete what news we want to ?? Then what is news and what are votes ? Go Hillary. Probably the only Quitters should be those asking her to quit. Right, that is good idea. Lets' have those who are asking Hillary to quit, live up to their own advice. Yea, like Quit asking Hillary to quit.

    May 17, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. Jared

    Personally speaking, I don't think Hillary is staying in this race because she's a "fighter." I think she's staying in to wound Obama and make him unelectable for the fall. It was pretty clear that her campaign has insighted racial tension since South Carolina, and as a Jew, I responded to that USA Today story with horror. Perhaps it is because I am part of a minority, but once you begin playing the "white card" you've gone beyond dirty politics and have entered the Republican field. Having said that, Hillary has fallen off the map since Edwards' endorsement of Obama, not to mention the whole Bush debacle on Thursday. I just hope the remaining superdelegates will intervene and announce their support for Obama on Tuesday. Sorry, but June 3rd is too far away and the general election has already started. And yes, I read CNN's article about the popular vote, and it seems to me that if you exclude the caucases, you're shortchanging over ten states. In which case, you're sending the message that some states are more important than others. So much for being a woman of the people, Hillary.

    May 17, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. sam texas

    MP dosent matter if she drops out or not SHE CANNOT WINN
    her math is stupid any college would flunk her but maybe that is why she does not get the college level or college grad votes she is to dum.
    just a stupid hillbilly, that thinks if you are white you will not vote for obama but guess what i am white 50 year old and i did vote for obama and she and and you are just hillbillies if you think she can win you will never get to vote for her in the gen. election unless she leaves the dem. party and goes independent. and the way she cant accept defeat she probaly will.
    you and the hillbillies need to grow up and accept defeat

    May 17, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. Darryl


    Was Hillary talking about you on SNL when she was talking about her supporters? Hillary really like SNL she often reference it in her campaign speeches......

    May 17, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. Gerald - London, Uk

    Oh dear !!!

    I just recalled that Hillary is still running !!!

    May 17, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. Dr. Joseph Akomodi

    It is about time to bring this campaign to a closure because the math is against you. You have runned a very exciting campaign. It is time for us to focus on the bigger picture with John McCain. We cannot afford to have one week of Bush after January first, meaning McCain is definitely a continuation of a failed Bush policies. He has nothing good to offer this great Country. He should be compelled to retire. I respect his service to our Nation. It is about time the New bleed of Americans take the Country to its greater height.

    May 17, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  22. oscar

    you can not elect a president withour the count of all 50 states , the DNC knows that so M& f have to be seated and votes counted and also delegates have to be counted .

    May 17, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  23. Ramesh

    We have Mr Bush and Clinton legacy in this country for a long time. Don't agree that Mrs Hillary is more experienced. Yes, she is more experienced being in the white house and in the senate. But, did she learn the right things. Spending time in the white house does not equate to experience.

    We need a president who can motivate people, has strong leadership qualities, listens to the view of people and makes the right decision for the people of America.

    Mrs Hillary who alot of Hillary supporters claim that she will be ready Day 1 and more experienced. Think about all the wrong decision she has made while in the white House on War, NFTA, etc. So, if a person is experienced, why is her decision making not in the right direction.

    We need a change in this country and someone who can lead the new generation to the next level.

    OBAMA 08

    May 17, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  24. Rob

    Go Hillary! Tell 'em!

    May 17, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. FloridaVoter

    She is absurd.

    May 17, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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