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. Henry

    Hey DY you are a waste of life.

    May 17, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. CHUCK

    If you took all the states that Hillary has already won not counting Florida or Michigan and convert them to electoral votes she would be the President. She is absolutely the best candidate. It is amazing that women have deserted her because her opponent is a good looking man. Obama is all talk. He has no solid plans. McCain is a potential nightmare. More of George Bush in an old man. Hillary should have won but black women deserted her. Shirley Chisholm the late African American Congresswoman from Brooklyn,NY stated that she received more bias and bigotry because she was a woman than because she was black. Obama is the black JFK. Kennedy accomplished little as a President and almost got us all killed. He was also the one who started to pump American troops into Vietnam and LBJ continued his program. Let's hope there is a miracle out there and somehow the best person for the Presidency is nominated and then elected. God Bless the U.S. and Hillary Clinton.

    CB

    May 17, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. Give me a break

    Dee Davis May 17th, 2008 7:57 pm ET

    Keep campaigning Hillary! I think it is a sin that Obama is trying to make you invisible by only dealing with McCain and by holding his delegates until it is convenient to acknowledge them such as John Edwards. He accomplished what he wanted by hogging the media over your win but he has a lot of things against him. His pastor, his flag pin, his "eliteness", his so called friends who hate America
    ____________________________________________________

    There are so many things wrong with that paragraph, I don't know wher to begin.
    Double D, it's time to accept your nominee got beat. Be a "man" and take it. Stop the lying and the whining. And once in a while do some research, because as you obvioulsy are still ignorant of the fact that HRC has a tendancy to "misspeak" and you can't take her work as gospel.

    May 17, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Bayou Joe

    TO Carol. So you think Obama came from poverty and has known the hardships of working people. You are a fool. Why don't you check out his background and where he went to college and Law School. He is not one of us working stiffs that paid their own way through college and in my case Law School The G.I. Bill paid for my education.

    Hillary unfortunately touches a sore spot with you Obama Socialists.
    The Government (Me) doesn't owe you anything. No medical care,
    no job, no housing.......The Consitution says this is what you have.
    Life, Liberty and the PURSUIT of happiness. Not the guarantee of happiness. So go push your Socialist Agenda somewhere else.
    I am happy with Capitalism and the Freedoms that we enjoy everyday.
    I want the government out of my life. Let me decide where my earnings go and not some bureacrat in Washinton.

    May 17, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. Karen G

    Mr. Independent ,the caucas votes shouldn't count they do not represent all of the people. When Nov. comes you will see this to be true.

    May 17, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. EmeTim

    I am very surprise that sen. Clinton H., and her cohorts still believe she can still win the nomination. I strongly believe the game is over for her and her camp. The best thing to do is to throw their supports for the most likely nominee – sen. Obama, who I think has great stuff for America.

    May 17, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. sam texas

    allison marrie what is that you are smoking or puuting up your nose she will never be the nomoniee
    OBAMA ALL THE WAY

    May 17, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. Goody

    It's nice to see that she doesn't just lie outright all the time, sometimes she tells half the truth.

    May 17, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. bob in LA

    clever front page headline, too bad it does say anything. That's a lot like those askign Hillary to dropout again.
    Who is she hurting? Obama has already frogotten the people in the last primaries and moved on tot the general election, so if Hilarry and her supporters want to continue through the end of the primary season, or until the frontrunner actually has enough votes to claim victory, then let her.
    Or are they worried she may actually be around when the next Obama gaff happens that may end his race? He's averaging one every couple weeks right now so there are a few left in him!

    May 17, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. I agree

    I agree, she should stay & continue all the way through. Obama is not fighter, he would not fight for us. Hillary is the real fighter, she is the one who fight for us & take us out of the mess we are in. All you people, WHO THINKS OBAMA IS BETER CANDIDATE, THE THOUGHT SUCH INEXPERIENCED PERSON WOULD SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS SHOULD FREAK YOU OUT. YOU PEOPLE THINK SAME PERSON LIKE OBAMA WOULD FIX OUR ISSUES, WE THOUGHT SAME THING ABOUT GEORGE BUSH, SEE WHERE WE ARE NOW. NOADAYS, EVEN FOR SMALL JOB PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCE, CAUSE EXPERIENCED PEOPLE WHOULD HAVE MORE KNOWLEDGE TO BRING TO THE TABLE THAN INEXPERIENCED PEOPLE, AND YOU PEOPLE THINK FOR HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD PERSON DOES NOT NEED EXPERIENCE, PEOPLE WHOO THINK OBAMA WILL BE BETTER PRESIDENT ARE SUCH FOOL, DON;T LET THE FOOLISHNESS MAKES ANOTHER MISTAKE TO CHOSE PRESIDENT ESPECIALLY IN SITUATION WHERE WE ARE ALOMOST LIVING WITH HUNGER.

    I WAS OBAMA SUPPORTERS, BUT HILLARY;S CONTINUING FIGHT IMPRESSES ME & AT THE SAME TTIME OBAMA INEXPERIENCE FRIGHTEN ME BECAUSE IF HE IS PRESIDENT WITH HIS INEXPERIENCE HE WILL MAKE EXISTING ECONOMIC & SOCIAL SITUATION WORSE.

    May 17, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. JB

    Well at least she's fighting and doing it with her voter support and not the "delegates who were backing her and decided to go for Obama". Lets look at this....she wins by a landslide in WV-a state whoses voter segment Obama has to have in order to win and what happens??
    John Edwards decides he's going to endorse Obama because he didn't like the message Hillary's win in WV sent and his endorsment would help Obama with that voter segment. Thats the way to do it...ignore the real problem that he's not reaching them!!!
    Keep fighting Hillary-Obama won't win because it obvious-especially to the women that Hillary's being railroaded and if those women ban together like they claim they are....you won't have a democrat in the White House!!! Why support the democrats-they don't even have loyalty in their own party!!!!

    May 17, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. Peter Jones

    Have you seen her can lately? Girlfriend is eating good! She's a shameless liar and needs to go away.

    May 17, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. Marie in California

    Hillary needs to keep on going! She currently has the job of saving us from Obama. If she fails, then the job will go to McCain.

    A possible Obama presidency is a scary thing indeed! In fact, it's one of my worst nightmares.

    Hillary or McCain – 2008

    May 17, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Tim

    A majority of Hillary supporters who claim they will cast their vote for McCain in the general election if Obama is the democratic nominee (which he will be) are, in fact, women. Don't get me wrong – I believe a woman can and should lead this country in the future. They possess a sensitivity and judgement men lack. However, Hillary is not that woman.

    May 17, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    SUGAR CANE ETHANOL..!!

    Good bye Saudi Arabia..:)

    May 17, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  16. Peachy Keen

    I just get soooo tired of the people who keep saying 'if Hillary doesn't win, I'll take my ball and run home'. Soooo silly. Go ahead, vote for McCain and then suffer the same kind of bs the Republicans have been throwing at us the last 7 years. So immature.

    May 17, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. Hillary trying to disenfranchise

    When every vote is counted, INCLUDING FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN, SHE IS STILL LOSING THE POPULAR VOTE! The only way to figure that she is in the lead is to NOT COUNT states that have a caucus nomination system. Since Hillary is so concerned that every vote be counted, it is surprising that she is willing to dismiss Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nevada, Nebraska, Washington, Maine, and Wyoming. As a Washingtonian I do not appreciate her saying my vote does not count. It is so sad that she is willing to count illegitmate votes and dismiss those that were done correctly under party rules. Why punish caucus states? Just because we overwhelmingly voted for Obama? Stop lying, disenfranchising, and cheating Hillary, it is over.

    May 17, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. David

    Everyone knows she did does'nt have more popular votes. What about all the states that held caucauses? What a desperate and dishonest last gasp. She needs a reality check.

    Hopefully her supporters don't lose their minds and vote for 4 more years of Bush.

    May 17, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  19. Greg S.

    I don't know, I was raised with the kind of values in which I treat the competition with respect, state my qualifications and experience without tearing down the other guy, have respect for other people, don't fabricate stories that aren't true, play the game by the rules that are in place at the beginning of the game, appreciate the support that people have provided to me and my family over time, and know when I've given my all but it is time to congratulate my opponent for a well deserved win and look forward to tomorrow with optimism and hope.

    Obama for President!.

    May 17, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. Obama Supporter

    We all must unite behind the Obama supporters and learn to Hate Hate Hate like them. Hate the Clinton's Hate McCain Hate anyone that ask Obama any question...Yes We Can have change. We all must ask Clinton to drop out so we all can Hate.

    Obama 08

    May 17, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. Bill Michael

    It's going to be Hillary this fall. Obama is running on his popularity from six months ago, not on what the public thinks of him as of right now. His failure to deal decisively with Reverend Jeremiah Wright has mortally wounded his campaign. If the primaries were run all over again, Hillary would be in the lead. Hillary is the only real choice against John McCain.

    May 17, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. Danny in Pittsburgh

    Elections aren't personal. Elections are about doing what's best for the United States.

    If any of you can't legitimately see that EITHER Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton MUST be elected to stop this downward spiral of corruption, greed, fear-mongering, war, economic distress and constitutional larceny...then we are all lost.

    Hillary folks–is losing the nomination WORTH losing the country to further criminals like McCain?

    Are you really that enamored of George Bush? Because this whiny "weeeee'll vote McCain" threat demonstrates that you're not IN THIS for the country at all...but rather, to see "your person" win at any cost.

    It's as unpatriotic a stance as any of us can take–not acting in the best interest of the country because our nominee got beat, fair and square.

    Hillary signed a pledge and stated in October on Meet the Press that "Florida and Michigan" will not count toward the Democratic nomination. That's not a pundit, that's not a rival supporter...that's YOUR candidate, signing her name to an agreement and admitting this truth on national television. You cannot argue a point your own candidate has long ago ceded.

    Now please, stop this McCain whining, think about what you are saying...and PLEASE get with the Democratic program and platform. You're not just risking your own children...you are risking MINE.

    May 17, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  23. Tejano

    The Hispanics that voted for Hillary will now switch to McCain if Obama is the candidate. It appears that this will be the case unless
    the delegates revolt and decide that it is better to win with Hillary than to lose with Obama. He will never get my vote and that of my family in Texas.

    Obama is Toast come November. McCain can stay home the rest of the summer and he will still win in November. Take a vacation John and we will win it for you. Our Countries future is at Stake. Save our Country now, Vote Republican in November.

    May 17, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. umi from kauai

    What is sad is that she is banking on Americans getting cold feet, and racism getting the better of their senses. That they will all of a sudden realize how close they are to electing a black man, change their minds and vote for the white lady. Only in America.

    May 17, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. Sheri

    Jefferson County – Louisville, KY

    for OBAMA

    May 17, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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