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. cheeky of PA

    She is living in such a fantasy world.

    May 17, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. James - Indiana

    I am now convinced that Hillary wants to be president simply for her own personal benefit. She is saying and doing whatever she thinks it takes to win, with no intention whatsoever of actually implementing anything that would help anybody.

    May 17, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Mike in Calgary

    Hillary DID NOT DO HER HOMEWORK before voting to authorize the war in Iraq ( Squandering lives and monies that could have been focused on medicare, pharmacare, highways and bridges (remember I-35 Minnesota bridge collapse in August). Hillary did not do her homework on the gas tax holiday (that only related to a 3 month period when only George Bush was President) when she wouldn't read the ecnonmists' reports) and she didn't do her homework when she decide to campaign in the primaries .,,FOR DELEGATES.

    She lied about Bosnia, about her WHite House "experience" and now, the Loser is reneging on her Agreement that Florida's and Michigan's controverted illegal primaries would not count.

    Her only experience is skipping homework, taking short cuts, lying, reneging on her word and having records go missing when Court's order her to produce files (Rose Law firm papers with Vince Foster).
    If she had health care experience and expertise, why did she fail to effect reform back in 1992 or in the last 16 years!

    Clinton may be a LOSER but heh ..., that's a good match for West Virginia!



    May 17, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Obama Supporter

    Let us all unite around the party to hope for the new beginning of the new Democrat party the great Obama supporters of Hate Hate Hate, Yes we Can Hate the McCaian and Clinton Supporters Yes we can Hate anyone that questions Obama yes we can Hate President Clinton and family yes we can Hate Wolf cause he See's things both ways Yes we can be blind to the truth

    May 17, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Independent


    May 17, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Craig from CT

    How can you lead in popular votes when the votes from the FL, and MI do not count. Who's making a living now/

    May 17, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Ok....Hillary supporters – research this for yourself....this is not true....Michigan and Florida – the other candidates names were not on the ballot – and she doesn't count caucus' at all – please see through this....please – I'm begging you (sad that I have to "beg" for common sense....) its like when she was trying to pander for votes with suspending the federal gas a senator – she knew she missed the deadline already – and all economists thought the idea was poor (for so many reasons) – again....this is NOT what the country needs....ever....a say anything...and lie with a straight face candidate...what a mess

    May 17, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. Lucas, Nashville TN


    First, she does NOT have more votes unless you don't count the Caucuses – and THEN who's ignoring votes, eh? Second, I have the same opinion of her campaign, and I am not as well-to-do as the people she's attempting to vilify.

    May 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Kris from AZ

    Bottoms up Hillary 🙂 After a long campain. You deserve a good drink. No Hillary bashing for now.

    May 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Tim MN.

    AGAIN! Try and win the general election with out Florida and Michigan Democrats! Talk about hypocrisy! Or at the convention they gonna hand all the delegates from these 2 states to Obama and say" oops! I guess we do need them to try and win the election" Which we all know won't happen. Keep fighting Hilllary!

    May 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Independent

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back tinto the water....her she goes again, blaming everbody but herself. It was her campaing to lose, and she did by alienating people, using dirty politics, and it still did not get her anywhere. Face it Hillary, you blew it. Stop blaming every body else for your failures. Be a real person, and face it. We nedd to get to get to the business of beating McCain. Stop being a divider, and for onces try being a uniter. Don't point the finger at anyone but yourself and your shoddy campaign managers,Mark Penn, Howard Wolfson, Terry McAuliffe,and your husband Bill!

    May 17, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |


    May 17, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. Darryl Thompson

    Clinton cannot claimed to be a Democrat and represent Democrats while ignoring Democratic rules, rules that she AGREED with until she fell behind in the race to be the democratic nominee, and now needs to break in order to secure a win. We have had enough of politicians saying "screw the rules, screw the constitution (George Bush)" just because it is an inconvenience and impediment blocking them from getting their way. What if EVERY American started blatantly breaking the rules when we disagreed with them? Chaos and the end of our society would quickly follow.

    We have learned with this current president that if a politician won't follow the rules then you cannot really expect them to look out for anyone but themselves (again G. Bush).

    May 17, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. Martin

    "Oh it's over' even though I've won more votes – those are all people who have a job" – No, Hillary, those are all people who exist only in your head. On the other hand they may have illusionary jobs, it all depends on your imagination.

    May 17, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. Marie


    May 17, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. Justin- RI

    Keep up the awesome Job Hillary!!!!

    May 17, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. mj

    Like many of you, I have a dog in this race . . . I would be angry if my candidate were not nominated, all of us would. I have read some valid (and some outrageous) arguments on each side about counting votes and delegates. The craziest thing I have read is that democrats are vowing to either not vote, or vote for McCain if their candidate is not the nominee. Just the idea of another republican controlling our fate for the next four years should be enough to motivate a democrat to swallow their pride and do the right thing.

    Two wrongs will not get this country out of the mess Bush has put placed us. Please remember who you are really angry at . . . it isn’t these two candidates who (both) want to bring us universal health care, get us out of Iraq, and give us back our civil liberties!!!!!!! The GOP put us into this predicament; it is our duty to make sure they do not keep us here.

    May 17, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. PD from CA

    What's with Hillary and booze? She's either tossing one back at a bar in Pennsylvania or hanging out at distilleries in Kentucky. What's next? She'll have a poignant tale of when her grandfather taught her how to make moonshine?

    May 17, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. Mike

    Dear Hillary,

    As usual you keep on bringing up Florida and Michigan. If you were winning and Obama had brought up that they should count. You would be stating that last year you all agreed that they would not count. Maybe there should be a revoote in both states so that the 1.2MM in Florida and 700M in Michigan that did not vote can now be counted. I hope for your sake that these are not Obama supporters.

    May 17, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. Kim

    I believe that Hillary Clinton when this race is over, should actively support Barack Obama and help him to win those 300 eletoral votes, versus his 217 thai\t she claims that he has.
    This party needs to be unified and I mean soon, so that the Democrats can have victory in November.
    Victory 2008 Democrats !

    May 17, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. KenOutWest

    This woman has no shame.

    May 17, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Taka

    That is one helluva woman right there. I'd love for her to the president of my country.

    May 17, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. blackwoman

    I agree with you Saba,

    Most racist people are low-life, ignorants and stupid.

    May 17, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. MDW

    She's stying within her self....time for the end of the fake gameplay. She should get behind the selected candidate for the Presidency now– real!

    Go Bama 08.

    May 17, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. APS in Hawaii

    Go Hillary!!!! Obama is all talk and no substance. YES WE CAN CHANGE AND WIN. NO MORE DRAMA, DROP OUT OBAMA.

    May 17, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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