May 18th, 2008
04:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton: 'Think about this as a hiring decision'

Sen. Hillary Clinton has vowed to stay in the race until all states have a say.
Sen. Hillary Clinton has vowed to stay in the race until all states have a say.

(CNN) - Despite Sen. Barack Obama's commanding lead in the delegate count, Sen. Hillary Clinton campaigned hard Sunday, telling voters she's "running for the toughest job in the world."

Clinton spent her weekend in Kentucky, which, along with Oregon, holds its Democratic contest Tuesday.

Clinton is favored in Kentucky, while polls show Obama with a comfortable lead in Oregon.

Speaking in Bowling Green, the senator from New York said it was a "treat" to have the whole state to herself since Obama would not be returning there.

Clinton has faced calls to drop out of the race since she trails Obama across all fronts - pledged delegates, superdelegates and the popular vote.

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.

Florida and Michigan were stripped of their delegates for scheduling their primaries too early, and Clinton was the only top-tier candidate whose name was on the ballot in Michigan.

Clinton's campaign also excludes the caucus states in their popular vote count.

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  1. Debra

    Hillary is barely cut out for the Senator job she has and many in the state of NY don't want her back in.

    To say that the US Presidency is the toughest job in the world is so incredibly etnocentric that she proved why we don't need her. It's not about Hillary or the US.The US is NOT the center of the world. Bush tried to run the world that way and encouraged more separatism not only throughout the US but throughout the world.

    Let's hire someone more oriented with the world system, more geared toward global solutions. After all, every problem is globally constructed in some manner.

    May 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. 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. ALL THE HAS TO DO IS TAKE MATH 1O1 !!! WILL BE OVER SOON OBAMA WILL HAVE THE 2026 #

    May 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Typical White Male from Michigan

    Well, did Obama open his big mouth again out in Oregon. Telling people at his Elitist Rally that the Democratic Party has to come together and that Obama Supporters have to be NICE to Clinton Supporters. Well, F-- you Obama we do not need your Supporters being NICE to the Hillary Supporters because the Democratic Party will not come together because of the way the Democratic BIG BOYS forced Hillary out of the election and the way they treated her. Don't think for a minute that the Edwards endorsement was not a set up after Hillary beat Obama by 41 pts. in West Virginia and made Obama look extremely unelectable - very funny the Edwards thing came within 20 hours after Hillary's big win and that is all the Media talked about completely overshadowing Hillary's HUGE win. I really Hope Kentucky show Obama also that we do not want him as the Nominee - Hopefully he will lose by 40 pts again. Maybe that will send a real message to the BIG FAT BOYS in the Democratic Party.

    May 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Atlian

    Obama got 90,000 votes in WV. Do you think any of them were hard working white Americans?

    May 18, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Wisconsin

    Look Hillary IT'S OVER! You Would need to win EACH STATE and the Super delegates by around 70%!

    Pop vote? Ya ok your currently ahead by 5,000 TOTAL VOTES! IF you count MI and FL.

    What she isnt saying is how many Obama voters didnt vote in MI or FL... More then 5,000

    Look its over and its time to beat McWar / McCane

    May 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. IHH

    I hired one of your relatives. He was not a good employee. I hear a company in NY needs a govenor in a couple of years. A position to which you might be better suited. Queen of Coal Miners is available too. Don't call us, we won't call you.

    May 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. jujub

    We are not hiring a president. We are voting for a president that will be honest and straight with the American people. Hillary has shown, time and time again, that she is not that person.

    May 18, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. DannyCali

    Let run for other party if DNC kick you out because we still need you to be
    our next President. I think you the most qualify for this job than anybody else. Go Hillary beat Obama and McCain in general election. (PPP) party
    please.

    May 18, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Seth

    I don't accept any claims the Clinton has more experience, but even if she did – I would much prefer someone who is honest. She has lied so many times, and this is just another instance. You can call it "fuzzy math" if you want, but it is an attempt to make believe something other than the truth, and that is a lie in my book.

    She can't count the states that help her, and not count the states that hurt her, and then plainly say "I have the lead in the popular vote".

    Why would anyone want a President that is so dishonest?

    May 18, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Chris

    Ah the popular vote. Unfortunately the DNC decided before the race began that delegates are the measure to judge and determine who will win the nomination. The popular vote is a very misleading number and could be high for one party or low for another depending on the ebb and flow. While, ultimately this may be a very true measure in a future election, it cannot be accurate here. For example, the caucus states did not even certify the popular vote nor count it. It wouldn't be fair to use it as is. Here's another problem. The delegates are representative of the popular vote in each county. While unfortunate, this is the way the DNC designed the rules BEFORE the contest began. Think about it this way, would it be fair for Obama to declare that the 26 delegates that switched to him from John Edwards should be apportioned based on the popular vote tallies as well? Absolutely not, it's a false argument. So while, Hillary may tout the popular vote right now, she's not quite being totally honest with her supporters.

    Please keep coming with the rationales, Again, I'm not trying to be condescending, but I promise to switch my support if Hillary supporters show me a logical reason for the switch.

    Thanks,

    Chris

    May 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Concerned

    Some people are saying that Obama will not win in the General Election what make you think that Hillary will win in the General Election Mccain will win if Hillary gets the Nom.

    May 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. ellianna

    Dear Ms. Hillary (Senator) Clinton. Thank you for your interest in applying for the President of the United States position which will become effective on January 20, 2009. After reviewing your resume I must inform you that you have not met the requirements for the first round of interviews!! In order for me to consider your application, I would need to see your certificate of completion of at least THREE COURSES IN HONESTY – #1, #2, #3. Along with these certificates I further require an internship with A PERSON OF HONESTY, who will teach you the qualities of becoming honest and staying honest for the long-term. Your letter of application and resume will be timely SHREDDED!! Sincerely, A Democratic Voter and American Citizen.

    May 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. old conservative

    Think about this Hillary ;You done got many rejection letters! Quit bothering the employers!

    May 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Pam

    Ok, I'll think of it as a hiring decision. Hillary, you do not get the job.

    May 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. fatladyinthepantsuit

    May 18th, 2008 5:47 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    HRC continues to say she has the lead in popular vote with Mi and Fl in the mix . According to a report in cnn.com she arrived at this total by excluding cacus states. Ironically isn't she the one that says all states and vote must be counted and but her popular vote count lead is excluding some voter?

    A drowning man will catch at a straw to try and save his life.

    May 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Darryl

    We must move past racial seperation and move to racial unity all racies and all american let elect a new kind of leader senator Barack Obama.

    Let not build on racial separation....

    Darryl Arlington TX

    May 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Montana is Obama Country

    ..............I would not hire a person who lies on their application.......

    ............................so Hillary you are out..!!..............

    Barack Obama is the person I am hiring for the most important job in the world......

    May 18, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. Typical White Male from Michigan

    I really do not think the reason that the average white person does not want Obama has anything to do with the color of his skin. It has to do with things like Reverend Wright, William Ayers, Razko, and Sinclair to name a few, and now his new Reverend at that Church. Obama need a lot more experience in the Senate before overtaking the problems of our country. We need a real fighter - not an ELITIST from Illinois. Hillary knows the ins and outs and the problems and what to do about them. Being President is not an INTERNSHIP. Obama will not win in Nov. because the Hillary Supporters will Rally and put McCain in Office, or write in Hillary's name instead of voting for Obama. Obama has really stepped on the Hillary supporters with all of his OFF THE WALL COMMENTS. He can run for Mayor of San Francisco and be with all of his ELITIST friends.

    May 18, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. The Bu

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!! Let's stop listening to this foolishness about popular vote. As an Obama supporter, yes, I do agree that, IF YOU COUNT Michigan and Florida (which unfortunately, we are not right now, and EVERYONE agreed to before the race started, now it's changed) Hillary will lead, but not by much. Whether we like it or not, the Democratic primary race is based off of a certain number of delegates, which Hillary will not have. Without the help of superdelegates, Barack wouldn't get there either. He has won more states, including caucus states, and it has given him more delegates. That's how this process works...right now anyway. Let's get it together and bring this thing home for the Dems in November. We can argue about the process later. Hopefully, it will be revamped, but the American people are and have spoken loudly and clearly. It's time to focus on the liar who is running from the other party.

    May 18, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Montana is Obama Country

    ......Hillary would create a "Hostile Work Environment"...

    May 18, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. Mikey

    This is NOT a hiring decision!

    We are not hiring a policy wonk. If that were the case, Hillary would do.

    We are selecting a leader. The qualities of leadership, vision, ability to inspire, and the ability to forge alliances, to work cooperatively with others, and to compromise are important, not the ability to espouse details.

    Go back and look at our effective Presidents: Washington, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Kennedy, Reagan, and yes, even Bill Clinton. Listen to their speaches – they were not dry policy dissertations, peppered with little factoids, like Hillary's speaches. They presented soaring visions and were designed to inspire the public.

    Barack Obama looks, sounds, thinks, and acts like a great leader. Hillary does not.

    May 18, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. james

    Hillary 08, experience, if not john McCain, '08, experience.........then Hillary 2012. nuff said.

    May 18, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. B - NYC

    She is in the lead.

    And, she did it with the media hating her, one fourth the money that B.H.Obama has and still, she keeps her chin high and does not quit...

    THIS IS A LEADER...

    We can not afford to take a chance on letting someone get "warmed up" for four years... Senator Obama has NO experience... Please, someone just name two things that he has done for our country or even his state...

    Nothing people...

    May 18, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. Redbone

    Why not focus on who's REALLY leading this country, the Democratic MAJORITY in the House and Senate. Now, if I was hiring someone who is the decision maker, the MAJORITY, is it going to be the same Democrats that are currently making decisions or am I going to change? Why couldn't the Democrats push forth change within the last year quickly, because they line their pockets with the same special interest money as everyone else.

    May 18, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. Obama 08: 60, white female

    Ogirl: Your girl agreed to those rules!! including not counting the Michigan and Florida votes and that the winner would be determined by pledged delegates!

    May 18, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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