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. Paul

    She doesn't even know when she's lying, it comes out without thinking. You do NOT have more votes, Obama has more by everyone else's count.

    May 17, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. Michigan

    I support Hillary Clinton,

    Good message she made in Kentucky ( others may not agree but I hope Hillary Clinton pulls off enough wins to get the nomination )

    Woot Hillary

    May 17, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. MA

    I am sick and tired of hearing HELLary Clinton supporters saying they will vote for McNasty if HC does not get the nomination, who cares if you do. You sound like a bunch of crying babies. Sore loosers.

    May 17, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. All American--->

    Is she still here?

    Why?

    I'm ready to take on that Old Man Staring at the Clouds. McSame is a twisted face liar with a plan to attack Iran with the same kind of lies Bush told us. In fact, McSame is WORSE than Bush, and that is all too scary.

    May 17, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. Dee

    It's her story and her Clinon calulator- leave her alone. Do not aid in
    her possibly having PTSD.

    May 17, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. CWill

    Let's see,

    She is behind in pledged delegates
    She is behind in Superdelegates
    She is behind in the popular vote

    So, according to all her supporters, the remaining Superdelegates should ignore all the people who voted for Obama and say, thanks but we think she deserves the nomination and you don't????

    Yeah right, get real

    May 17, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. Democrats '08! YES WE CAN!

    Is she still here?

    Why?

    I'm ready to take on that Old Man Staring at the Clouds. McSame is a twisted face liar with a plan to attack Iran with the same kind of lies Bush told us. In fact, McSame is WORSE than Bush, and that is all too scary.

    May 17, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. NEVER obama

    Hey NOT Bitter...............I hate obama supporters too and will gladly vote for John McCain. All they want to do is run off their dirty mouth.

    May 17, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. Jason K

    Oh, so Hillary can down a shot of Canadian whiskey but not good old American whiskey? And Obama refuses to wear a flag pin? Oh my gosh the Democrats must HATE America! Those are the biggest signs yet! Call up Rush and Bill O'Reilly!

    Tongue planted firmly in cheek.

    May 17, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  10. Mari

    Wow, it's amazing to me how many people seem to be willing to pick up their toys and go home just because their candidate isn't going to win.

    My candidate was out by Super Tuesday. Yeah, I could be really mad and revenge vote for McCain, but that would be incredibly stupid. It would mean four more years of Bush policies and absolutely no help for the people in this country who need it. Wake up and realize what's at stake here. It's bigger than either of these two candidates.

    May 17, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. mozartt

    This is to Not Bitter. It is moronic to vote for John McCain instead of Barack Obama if Hillary Clinton doesn't win the nomination. Even she agrees with that. When you vote, you should be voting for an ideology – you can look that up if you don't understand what it means. Both Obama and Clinton have the same principles and ideals. MCain has completely different principles and ideals. Voting for John McCain is actually like voting for Bush – remember what he did to your country. So grow up and vote for the democratic candidate that wins the nomination.

    May 17, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  12. Jason, San Diego

    She's a cheater, and I guess now I have to stop drinking Makers.

    May 17, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. son

    For all of you asking HRC to stay in the race: How many are sending money to support her? Remember her net growth is almost gone and she's been using Bill's money ;yet she has made it tough for people to benefit from bancruptcy law with her vote in the senate. Give her money or dissuade her for her own sake.

    May 17, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. singh

    americans can not elect a female to be president e.g india elect the first women prime minister they succeeded .
    hillary you have my VOTE in november but if you not then my vote goes to GOP.

    May 17, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. A.M.

    Let her say whatever she says, she is under an illusion, self denial, and terrible complex. It is indeed too bad.

    A.M.
    Houston, Texas

    May 17, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  16. JamesAAMale

    If No HILLARY we will ALL Write her in the ballot in November.

    We will never vote for Osama, he is not even on America's side. He wants to distroy this country. Black people, be careful of what we are asking for. The Chicago ghetto is not the only life he has instore for us. Just look around and see what he has done for us in the past. What do you think he is going to do to the black american? First let's see if he can clean up Chicago before we let him and his Rezco control all of us.

    HILLARY/MCCAIN 2008 !!!

    KENYAN PRESIDENT OBAMA 2008 to 3000 !!!

    May 17, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  17. Sheri

    Hilliary seems to be all for herself, NOT the American people. If she were really concerned about being unified she would get out of the race. This shows something in her character. She cannot stand to loose. It is just not her time. Maybe later? Maybe she'll be too old?

    May 17, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  18. FloridaVoter

    Two things, either this woman is senile, or like Barack Obama would say, "she's trying to fool you". She's fighting for her $20 million back and all the suckers out there, who THINK she is still in this, could send it to her.

    May 17, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  19. DB

    ONE QUESTION? WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA?

    May 17, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  20. Nancy from Oregon

    Hillary-goobye already-we'll see you in 2012 if Obama blows it-

    Meanwhile we have bigger problems-with Huckabee talking about someone pointing a gun at Obama, the door is now open for all the wackos to walk through--and this in a country that has shot four of its Presidents including McKinley, Lincoln, Kennedy and Regan--not to mention Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy-–

    We live in a terribly violent country where for example 400 people have been gunned down just in Chicago the past four months-we need to get Obama more protection--

    May 17, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  21. Ilona Proud Canadian

    New Math,

    You are right on! Hillary deliberately left her name on the ballots for Michigan with the intention of doing exactly what she is trying to do today! Count the Michigan and Florida votes as is. She could not care less that this vote was illegal. She was the only candidate on the Michigan ballots and she still could not win 100%

    This woman is not really delusional, she is playing the poor and uneducated Americans for all they are worth, Hillary has no respect for these voters, she is playing on the fact that they are uneducated, because this helps her to manipulate them, It is shameful how she is taking advantage of these voters.

    May 17, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. Kentucky

    The Clinton slogan " If you can't beat em, cheat em".

    May 17, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  23. Susan

    California I'm with YOU

    May 17, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  24. Eric

    No wonder she is 20 million dollars in debt, her math calculator is ALL WRONG. Maybe she thought she had the money to cover her bills.

    May 17, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. David

    Wow, what spoil sports there are on here. If you can't have Hillary, then you will vote for McCain.

    If I cannot have my cookie, then I will nuke the world in spite of you.

    Grow up. If you want a better world, vote for whichever Democrat wins the nomination.

    If you are willing to vote McCain, then you ain't no Democrat!!!!

    May 17, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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