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. George

    I want to know how anyone would label themselves a Democrat when they are genuinely willing to vote for McCain? Voting out of spite is not only unintelligent, but overwhelmingly immature – feel free to just stay home on November 4th.

    May 17, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. poyoray

    To all obama supporters ridiculing HIllary.

    Do you really think you are really unifying anything by doing this?

    The answer is NO!You were never truly a democrat. Go away!!

    May 17, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. andera

    My god people...please stop sharing you hate and get informed...Hillary is not ahead in the popular vote, even with Florida and Mich. SHE said, Yes to not having FL and Mich count. If she can not run her own camp. and budget her own money from her supporters...how are you all saying that she can manage our money when she gets to the capital. Her camp was poorly run!!! that why she lost!!! I,m surprised some of you are so delusional to think...the Clintons are so wonderful and top notch people...they are and liars and cheaters...they were in the white house and were impeached!!!! My god get it straight!!! We need to win in November like it or not...vote Democrat.....OUR BOYS in Iraq are dying and counting on us!!!!

    May 17, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. Jim Carroll

    With a statement like this, how can anyone suggest a "dream team" of Barack and Hillary? Her "people" do not support him and his "people" do not support her. At least that is what she is implying with this statement.

    May 17, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. Marc Gendron

    I agree...it is NOT over people... Hillary or McCain...it is simple as that.

    NObama needs refining and experience....maybe in 12 years.

    May 17, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!!

    BOY, IT LOOKS LIKE OBAMA IS MAKING EVERYONE WANT TO VOTE FOR McCAIN IF HILLARY DOESN'T GET THE NOMINATION.

    WHY?
    BECAUSE HE IS A FRAUD!!!!!!!
    AT LEAST WE CAN BELIEVE SENATOR McCAIN!

    HE HASN'T BEEN CAUGHT LYING YET!!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY WE ARE WITH YOU GIRL!!!!!!!!!

    May 17, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Angela Hunter

    I thought Hillary was dillusional, McCain imakes me want to ask, anybody I mean anybody is he serious?

    May 17, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. Debbie

    I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR OBAMA. I WILL VOTE MCCAIN. OBAMA IS A LIAR. HE STANDS FOR NOTHING. I agree if the DNC allows Obama to steal and lie his way in to be the nominee, the democratic party will be split and McCain will get the vote. I can't understand why anyone would ever vote for that Obama, just what country is he from, does the country of Kenya pay for his campaign.

    Hillary for President, and no one else

    May 17, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. LT for Obama

    Okay, here is the rub.

    When Senator Clinton was doing well and had momentum, CNN was called "Clinton News Network" and everyone was complaining of Clinton bias. Now that Barack is doing well and has the momentum, the CNN bias is now for him.

    Talk about flip flopping and hypocrisy. Give me a break. If your candidate is not doing well, blame it on her and her lack of leadership over her own campaign as well as all the baggage she has brought to this campaign.

    Yes, I know that Barack has baggage but compared to hers, it is a cake walk. I am not blind to what has gone on in this campaign but so many others are on both sides.

    All of you need to step back, take a deep breath and really look at this situation with renewed loyalty to your party.

    Lastly, if you really feel that comments on a blog is a truly valid reason for voting for the GOP, then I feel sorry for you. I will NEVER vote for more war, higher gas prices, horrible foreign policies, even worse healthcare and too much more to name here.

    May 17, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Holly B.

    Although quitting now would definitely be her wiser choice, it IS her choice to make.

    But before she does, it would be good for her to undo some of the harm she's done to Obama that gave ammunition to the GOP. It isn't likely that she can do it, but she should at least try. She owes it to the Party, if not to Obama himself.

    Where was she, when Obama needed a staunch Democrat to stand up for him when he was accused of being a Muslim? And then a radical black-supremacist Christian? He didn't capitalize on the smears done to her, like Ferarro. But she did. She upped the ante on the Rev. Wright fiasco, trying to turn a tempest in a teapot into a real tempest.

    I used to like her – a lot. I won't badmouth her, to tear down her character, but it's a shame that SHE did it herself. I was so eager for her to pick up the ball, early in the campaign, and follow Obama's example of keeping the race to the issues.

    Part of the reason she didn't, I think, is because she couldn't. She is part of the "old school" in D.C., that Obama seeks fervently to reform. She doesn't know any other kind of politics except the dirty kind, and it was probably too late for her to change gears, even at the outset of the campaign. She may even have wanted to, but was too enmeshed in the "usual" way of doing politics.

    It's a shame, because I want to still be torn between her and Obama.

    I'm not torn any more.

    May 17, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. v.ananthan

    Some Obama supporters are saying that Hillary^s and obama^s policies are same and people should unite behind Obama.....

    Policies are same because obama was/is copying Hillary^s policies......

    If both the policies are same then people better vote for Hillary because Obama has made some very stupid "bitter" comments which are not good and Obama can^t debate.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...

    May 17, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. JR Philly

    To D Y.
    If you cast your vote for Mccain then you're no you are a true racist!

    May 17, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. A GEORGIA MAMA THAT LOVES OBAMA!!!!

    HILLARY, I LIKED YOU BETTER DURING THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS WHEN YOU HAD NOTHING AND LITTLE TO SAY....

    CAN WE PLEASE KEEP IT THAT WAY? YOU'RE MUCH MORE LIKABLE WHEN YOU'RE BEING QUIET!!!!

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!! AND GUESS WHAT?! HE'S THE ONE WITH THE MOST VOTES PERIOD!! STOP LYING HILLARY!

    May 17, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  14. TX FOR HILLARY

    Hillary, never give up, never surrender . . . . BECAUSE WE'RE NOT GIVING UP ON YOU!

    HILLARY '08

    May 17, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. M

    DY, if you really think McCain would be a better president than Obama, you are either an idiot or a racist. Possibly both.

    May 17, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. Sandy

    God love 'ya, Democrats, but it's time you stop crying into your cornflakes when you lose. At least this time you're pointing the finger at each other so I don't have to listen to it at work how it's all my party's fault your favorite candidate isn't winning.

    May 17, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. JJ

    All you idiots who say will vote for McCain cause HRC won't be in the general are idiots. Yeah, lets vote the war monger, Bush clone into office cause Ms. Pantsuit didn't win, that will show everyone! Morons, go ahead and flush this country down the toilet beacuse your girl lost, you all will have to live with it also.

    May 17, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. General Election

    One good thing about the primaries is that America appears to be ready to elect an African-American for President. On the other hand, America is not ready for a female even if she is the most qualified person running for President. When Clinton is out of the race, it will be interesting to see if the Red and caucus states continue to vote for Obama in the general election. In the earlier primaries, the Red states went for Obama because they Hated the Clintons.

    May 17, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. be gone redneck republic

    hillary who??

    May 17, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. Karen P

    HIllary can run all she wants. Same tired phrases. Some truth some not. People who say they'll vote for McCain if either Obama or Hillary (whoever their champion is) have silly putty for brains.

    Republican and Democratic platforms are sooooooo different. If we don't get a Democrat back in office, we're looking at some really bad times ahead (worse than now).

    Congress makes laws, not president, who can only suggest or veto. Many folks need to go back and study the federal constitution and the system of checks and balances.

    What bothers me most about the Clintons are the division they've put this country back in and the racial and educated v uneducated are not presidential at all. A president leads and protects ALL citizens. Hillary has not displayed those qualities and continues to make crazy statements. Hillary makes blanket statements as though ALL people in those brackets vote for her when they do NOT. (and the media instigates this with goofy polls that are a tiny, tiny percentage of voters). All for entertainment.

    I am also totally turned off from this "woman" talk, "women" stand up for her.Well I am and know a lot of women who never supported or voted for Hillary from the start. Brittany Spears is a woman...should she be president?

    It was obvious from the start, when Hillary left her name on the Michigan ballot, even though she agreed the DNC punish FL and MI, that she had something up her sleeve. Sure enough, not she's pulling tricks and using votes that don't and shouldn't count.

    She's not a champion for me. We live close enough to Arkansas to remember all the scandals and corruption.

    May 17, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  21. Mike from Westchester

    All of you who say that Hillary should be the nominee simply because she has more years of experience (read – older) or spouts more nit picky facts would not have voted for:

    Thomas Jefferson
    Abraham Lincoln
    Teddy Roosevelt
    John F. Kennedy

    Throught history, our best Presidents have not been the ones with the longest resumes, but the ones with greater vision, ability to inspire, and charisma. Sounds like Barack Obama to me.

    May 17, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  22. Les-WA

    Once again, it is not the math but the MAP – ELECTORAL VOTES.

    May 17, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. jason

    i think they monitor our posts and tag our ip address to know what 'sidded' we are. In news that is supposed to make people feel good about hillary, they automatically cut off any post from obama supporters, when it comes to leaving your comment on the bottom.

    May 17, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. Lori

    You know what Obama supporters...you are the same people that re elected Bush for a second term....why because you did not look into their policy, you did not look into their character....you made a choice to vote for Bush because some media fool made you think that Kerry was the weaker candidate...you decide based on a TV commercial. This is something that many people study and dig into....my family cannot afford to let a bunch of starry eyed people decide who they think will bring change to our country....Guess what...he has no talent, he has not experience and just like Bush ....when left to answer outside of the box on his own....he trips himself up!! Come on people. We need to have the BEST candidate in office that CAN fix our economy, that can fix healthcare and who can bring independance to each of us when it comes to gasoline. The writing was already on the wall with Bush and believe me it is spelled out clearly regarding Obama....he is not yet ready to be president.

    Please save our country and vote for Hillary.

    Rise Hillary Rise!!!!

    May 17, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  25. Obama Richardson

    When she declares that she is winning the popular vote she includes Florida and Michigan, but does NOT include the staes that held caucuses. somehow 2 banned states counts, but the ones she lost in caucsuses do not???????

    How do you think that makes ME feel, an Iowan? It makes me feel far worse than all those people in Florida and Michigan.

    Actually, I'm feeling pretty good these days, and I don't think Clinton feels well at all! Ha, ha, girlie!

    May 17, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
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