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. Independent White Guy

    Clintons represent the past while Obama represents the future. In my opinion gender or race doesn't have as much to do with Democratic Party being polarized between the two candidates as the pundits say unless you live in the rural areas of the country.

    May 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. sewong

    Accepting the rules first then turning against the rules because you are behind tells alot about a persons character.It has nothing to do with Floride other Michigan.I just have a question that i honestly think nobody has taken the time to ask Hillary Clinton,what will she be saying if she was the frontrunner?

    May 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. P.Markham

    Keep on keepin on. We need you in the White House.
    You've had to deal with the crooks and creeps before
    and have the experience on how to get things done in
    spite of them.

    Just another one of those old uneducated battleaxe

    May 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Anthony

    There she goes again! As if Obama can't win any of the big states...that's absurd, of course he can, even in Pennsylvania right now he's ahead of McCain. Anyway, I don't know what we can say anymore to her. She's living in her own altered reality.

    When is this thing going to be over anyway? June 3rd I hope, unless she has another devious plan on hand. Time to move on to the real contest, the general election.

    In '68 and '72 and '80, the Dems thought hard in the primary but lost the general election because they went in divided and in the words of George McGovern "forgot" about the general election. I fear this will happen if it doesn't end on June 4th with Hillary's departure and the remaining supers finally having guts and take sides.

    May 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Paul

    What Planet is she on?

    MORE VOTES???? yes, when count michigan and florida and when
    every caucus state is excluded.. so much for her argument "every single vote counts!!" At a caucus people make a decision, ie people vote!!

    Barack Obama has hundreds of thousands more votes when EVERY SINGLE VOTE IS INCLUDED!

    she is a total hypocrite, changing her stance constantly!! How can something who does this be trusted as the president of the United States?

    May 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. gerald strother

    CNN's official count — including all primaries and caucuses but neither Florida nor Michigan — has Obama ahead by close to 700,000 votes DO THE MATH OVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Nilda Orraca



    May 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. semp

    Ehhh, already she's failing to belly up with the common man and wishing for the good ol days in NewYorks' poofter wine bars.

    May 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. Bobby tray

    I am having difficulty understanding how she was raised like many people. She was priviledge. Her marriage gave her priviledge. But, she keep going around like she is just like us. If people really look at the lives of the three candidate running, Obama is the closest to the American make-up. Don't be fooled America. Or people of Kentucky because you are voting soon.

    May 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. Kyle

    I have to tell you that Hillary Clinton is amazing. I am not a supporter and have been for Obama since the beginning. However, she really doesn't quit like she says here. She can take any situation and turn it into a positive. She should quit politics because I think she would change more lives as a motivational speaker. Obama should add an appendix to his book, "The Audacity of Hope" simply entitled, "Hillary Clinton." She sure has some serious audacity.....with her hopes.

    May 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. Eric, Chicago, IL

    Just because you repeat something over and over again in the media doesn't make it so. I saw the right-wing at work this way fir the past 20 years. It's sad that the 'face of the democratic party' would stoop this low. Honey, you're not ahead in the popular vote.

    May 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. Terry

    So Hillary will drink Canadian whiskey but not Kentucky bourbon. Guess the race is indeed over if she won't pander to the Kentucky electorate.

    May 17, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |


    May 17, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. DannyCali

    Hillary do not stop until DNC stop you. After that can you run for other party we will support you again because you the one have most experience going to turn American back. I think Democratic party and majority of AA's are blinded that's why their let you down. Keep doing your job until DNC kick donkey butt.

    May 17, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Hillary needs to be Honest

    Hillary needs to set the record straight. Every time she claims FL and MI, she shows she is not genuinely in it for the Party, only herself. These are the facts:

    Florida Primary – voters came out primarily for initiatives on the ballot. The Democratic primary was already condemned as invalid. Hillary and Terry McCauliff already said the same. Therefore, there are no 'real' conditions to consider that vote as 'valid'.

    Michigan Primary – an 'open' primary, where voters of any party may request a party ballot and vote as they wish. This was the beginning of the Limbaugh 'chaos' symbolic Hillary push, to take away apparent Obama momentum. Party leaders acknowledge the vote was not to be counted and only Clinton and Kusinich appeared on the ballot (breaking Party rules). Hillary 'won' 55% of the vote with 45% undecided – many pundits considered her inability to gain a greater % as the only leading candidate on the ballot as an actual 'failure.'

    However, let's seat them 50/50 so they participate and get invigorated by the Convention.

    May 17, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. Cohiba

    Clinton math:

    2 + 2 = whatever I want, as long as I am ahead.

    This woman is both delusional and laughable. Maybe she SHOULD have that shot of bourbon.

    May 17, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. Gordon Brooks

    So, you and every other news outlet prefers Obama over Clinton and it shows even in this story. So, you couldn't print 10 more lines to complete the story but you cut it off with "...Obama ahead by close to 700,000 votes."? Well, you know what, if Obama becomes the nominee and Clinton is not on the ticket, then McCain wins. Go to the bank on it. Is that what the press is hoping for?

    May 17, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. paul

    Her staff must've warned her in advance about the obvious joke if she reached for a bourbon:

    "Senator... I think you've had enough."

    May 17, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Derek

    It's still unbeleivable that Hillary tries to count the popular vote from Florida and Michigan to her count, even though both of these states broke the rules and Obama's name wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

    May 17, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. Rich

    Democrats Unite!!!!

    May 17, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. rob

    Hillary you are awesome! Keep going!!! You had my vote in NY and will have it in November.

    May 17, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. tammy

    Distillery for Hillary! Win big in Kentucky and show 'em who is the true winner.

    May 17, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Florida Voter

    I see that Hillary is up to her old tricks again in Kentucky. Now I guess she drinks Makers Marks every evening after a hard day of work to unwind.


    May 17, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Linda of Atlanta

    Hillary's conduct today is exactly why Obama can't pick her as his VP candidate. She is still trying to dissuade people from voting for Obama by claiming she has won more popular votes. She knows this is not true, but she continues to try to stir enmity against Obama by suggesting that this nomination is being taken from her. I guess Bill and Chelsea will have to just drag her off the stage. I don't think anyone else can.

    May 17, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  25. mitchell from arkansaw

    oh puh-leaseeeee!whatever.have your time in the sun.but,we could really use your help,in uniting this party,when your finished.maybe ,some of you hillary supporters could set an example for her,and show your unity , would really help against mccain.

    May 17, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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