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.

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soundoff (591 Responses)
  1. Lyle

    Bravo Mrs. Clinton!

    With the main stream media tagging along like puppies at his heals, Mr. Obama has already named himself the Democratic nominee. In his mind, he does not need or want anyone else to vote for him…he is done. Meanwhile, in the real world, Mrs. Clinton still has a chance and is not taking anything for granted. Unlike Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton wants ALL voters to have a say, and believes that ALL votes should count, including those cast by voters in Michigan and Florida.

    Voters in Kentucky are important to Mrs. Clinton and that is why she is campaigning there.

    May 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. PhilT



    May 17, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. B

    Hillary Clinton is a dilusional and a disgrace to democrats. Even cavemen could read the writing on the wall. The race IS over. She has no shot, and is damaging the democratic party on the daily. I respect her, and her candidacy, but logic...rational logic...needs to take over. PLEASE bow out so that we can win in November.

    May 17, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. brad

    Put a fork in her...she is done.

    In fact she has been done since before Ohio/Pennsylvania. The fiction she continues to spin is both entertaining and divisive. She cannot catch Obama in delagates, she is not ahead in the popular vote, she only wantes to count all votes (MI/FL) if it favors her.

    Obama is correct in moving forward to the general election. Let Hillary continue to play her silly games by herself...she has become irrelivant like the fictional tales she has told all along.

    May 17, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. tedd

    Why must Obama lose?

    His gaff, the USA is made up of 57 states; has got to be the worst of the worst (beating G. W. Bush on all of his gaffs combined).

    Note how often Obama struggles for words and compare with his 57 states gaff. If you make the connection, Obama very often does not have a clue what he is talking about. (note how often he struggles for words, ideas and a train of thought. He is to young for the job and far to inexperienced)

    Why hasn't the media picked up on the?

    May 17, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. mr. reality

    i guess she has to stay next to a bottle of somthen these days.

    May 17, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. pat

    correction: the dnc (and the media/obama campaign, same thing) isn't counting the delegates from michigan and florida. the votes from both states have been counted and certified.

    May 17, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. The O

    I am sorry but she is not running for anyone but her self and her legacy nothing more then that. We have big challenges ahead of us and now staying in is not helping us dems in november. she had a good run but. it is over. and it's time to unite the party!!!!

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!!

    May 17, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. tim

    While Mr. Obama tries to run up to the line and hike the ball before
    the refs figure the missed the call, Mrs. Clinton digs in and gets the ball
    It's the 4th quarter and Mr. Obama is fading as the voters have
    begun to see the mistake they made early on.

    May 17, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. mom4times


    Obama '08

    May 17, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. scorpi2000


    Hillary Clintons behavior reminds me of the kid at school who is jealous of another kid because, he or she is more popular and liked by everyone . so she starts a fight, or speaks badly of the the popular kid. Why is it in the olympics, you get disqualified for trying to win by interfering with the other competiters. Why is it so important that it be a fair race to be valid.

    The media likes the mud slinging and negative back and forth , actualy instagating the fight to keep it going like children on the play ground at school excited to see a fight, taunting the ones involved. hey man you gonna let him talk about you like that and get away with it. You must be scarred. Your a punk. dont let him say that about your mama, kick his but .

    If any parent saw their child( Hillary ) acting this way, they would break up the fight and tell their child about their bad behavior. Wouldnt they say grow up, what youre doing is a sign of imaturity. Would they say your just as wrong( to the media ) for instagating the fight . there's a more mature way of settling your differences.

    Is this a sreet brawl, gang fight, or a debate between two inteligent adults, mature enough to lead our country.

    We dont need any more of this type of politics in the White House its already done enough damage.


    Be like the Parent who is pointing out how childish and imature this behavior is.



    May 17, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. Tim Knight

    Hillary Clinton's claim of "leading in the popular vote" is silly and foolish. Why is she so willing to count FL and MI but not the caucas states? Don't those votes count? Sen. Obama's name wasn't even on the MI ballot for heaven's sake. Hillary give America more credit than to fall for your mangled math!

    May 17, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. Dan

    "they're not the people I'm running to be a champion for..."

    So you only want to be President of the Unemployed and Penniless? Hmm... I thought the title of President of the United States somehow included a responsibility to ALL the people in this country? Getting desperate now.

    May 17, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Uh, Hillary Clinton has always thought highly of herself.

    May 17, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. John in KY

    A woman that really knows whats going on in the US!!
    GO HILLARY 08!!

    May 17, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. Brian Alger II, Fostoria, Ohio

    Did anyone notice the shot of bourbon she took, she sipped on like it was wine. The elistist also re-enfranchises 2 states Obama was demanded not to campaign in by the DNC, and discounts (as if she wants to disenfranchise states that followed the rules) all of the caucus states. As for me Hillary, I want a president who can do math and when publically displaying her ability to be one of the guys by taking a shot, to take the darn shot. Thats what us hard working blue collar americans do. This blue collar will support Obama and never trust Clintons as president again.

    May 17, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. Sean, Detroit

    Yep, Hillary, if you give yourself 55% of MI's popular vote, and Obama 0%, I'm sure you do lead the popular vote.

    but does that really mean anything?

    May 17, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Ed, FL

    HRC is a selfish and a malicious woman. Why cann't she realise that it is time to get over her ambitions and work for the good of the democratic party. Those unscripulous GOP are already starting to ganging up on obama. It's time for us to Unite behind our nominee.

    May 17, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Joyce in Florida

    Yes, Senator Clinton is the stronger candidate and she should stay in to win the nomination. I still support her 100% and will continue donating to her campaign until the convention if need be. You keep fighting Hillary and can't wait to see you in the White House. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!

    May 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. JB from NH

    Direct from Hillarys website!

    Clinton Campaign Statement on the Four State Pledge

    The following is a statement by Clinton Campaign Manager Patti Solis Doyle.
    "We believe Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina play a unique and special role in the nominating process.
    And we believe the DNC’s rules and its calendar provide the necessary structure to respect and honor that role.
    Thus, we will be signing the pledge to adhere to the DNC approved nominating calendar."


    May 17, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. Noel

    Hillary its time..Honestly

    May 17, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Chipster

    The fact that the DNC has, so far, refused to count the votes in FL & MI doesn't change the fact that the voters did actually go to the polls as they were asked to do and voted as is their duty. They did vote and, if the DNC expects those voters to go to the polls in November, I suggest they respect the voters and count them.

    Of course, if the Howard Dean doesn't think we need MI & FL voters, they can choose to punish them for a problem they did not create and usher John McCain into the White House. Dean's support for Sen. Obama has already cost Democrats a great deal. Will it cost our country even more?

    May 17, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. Observer

    Ummmmm, Hillary, hate to tell you, but you don't have the lead in popular vote. You're counting votes you said wouldn't matter, and in one state where you were the only candidate on the ballot. And I'm not even convinced you'd have it then. Oh, oops, I forgot that the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny votes count for a lot more than anyone else's. That's the only way you're going to make your "magic math" add up. This from the lady who, a few months ago, said the Super Delegates would determine the winner. Then it was the Electoral College advantage. Then it was a "bowl-off". Then it was "big states". Then it was "swing states". Last week it was "West Virginia". How about a winner-take-all Monoploy game next?
    Go Obama!

    May 17, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. linda murphy pa

    keep going hillary we are with you all the way please keep going we need you . thank you and God Bless you and your family for your hard work ,my childen who you did meet in pa love you. so for my 5 yearold SHAWNA and my 12 yearold JAMIE thank you for keep going you have left such a inpact on my girls lifes so thank you linda murphy pa.

    May 17, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. Jeanne

    Of course she should not quit! She is ahead of her opponent in the popular vote, and will crush McCain in the General Election. The ONLY reason she is in the position she's in is due to the cockamaimie process the DNC has chosen for its primaries. He achievements are in line with how the General Election is conducted. She is the only hope for the Democrats to win in November and the only hope for Americans to set things right. Her husband had to clean up after Bush I and she is the one most capable to clean up after Bush II, and set this country and the world on the right course. And, she will do an amazing job because she has the experience, the know-how and the stamina. Just think, she is outrunning Obama who has more money, is younger and has convinced nearly half the voting Democrats in the country that he is the Emperor, even though he is wearing no clothes.

    May 17, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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