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. Jermaine

    TO ALL Hillary Supporters, imaginary or real, I too "loved" her, yet she has proven that she cannot run a campaign, the leader should lead. Hillary campaign proved she wasn't ready from day one. A war isn't just won on the big fight, she got out flanked and out manuevered by OBAMA, she WAS NOT prepared. OBAMA showed, clarity, conviction, strength, toughness and resiliance and SOUND JUDGEMENT. Hillary is a fighter, but she is fighting a loosing battle. She voted for a loose-loose IRAQ resolution and stick to it in as stubornly as G.W. What people failed to realized it was her husband, BILL how changed the created the law that Bush used to launch the IRAQ WAR. It was Hillary-Bill who engineered the Bush WAR and supported it. It was McCain who to this day agree with it. McCain never fight a WAR in his life, he drop BOMBS on Vietnam until they shoot him down, he was locked away as a suposedly POW, yet his injuries are from the crash of his plane that from being totured. McCain was never totured, he does not know what it is like to fight a WAR because he was eating Lunch, and Dinner with Vietcommunist Leaders and selling out America-McCain is a Manchurian candidate! He is yes I said it, a FAKE WAR HERO and I AM AN ARMY OFFICER AGAINST McCAIN. OBAMA-HAGEL will cripple the McCAIN-LIBERMAN, GRAHAM, ROMNEY, HUCKKABEE campaign before September, McCAIN will be in the Hospital at the time he is suppose to be having his Convention. McCAIN like Hillary is so Washingtonian, if it takes 26 years for McCAIN to tell us he is going to CHANGE AMERICA and the WORLD, we should soundly REJECT HIM, because he is "CHANGE WE DON'T DESERVE"! If it takes that long to make a difference then ofcouse they have no credibility. McCAIN has always stand on the sidelines of the Big Issues, he don't know what he believes only that he believes it whether right or wrongly. He never support the military until he believes it benefits his politics, I am a Republican and I am repulsed at McCain ability to flip-flop so often on issues and there is such a huge archive of his BS!

    Follow the OBAMA lead build a campaign with NO NEGATIVES for your oponents to attack, McCain like Hillary has a huge archieve of negatives to use against them. Hillary was done in by her vote for the WAR and been a washington insider, McCain is so toast, his age, his VP and the current lobbyist issue's proved he wasn't vetted and NOW THE MEDIA is no longer giving him a free ride, welcome TO THE GENERAL McBUSH!

    OBAMA-HAGEL....CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN FOR ALL AMERICANS!

    May 18, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. hard working and white

    Poor girl. She is sick. Her ego is biger than her mind.
    I supported her but I am sick and tired of her lies.
    I`ll give my voice to B. Obama.

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!

    May 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Dem Voter

    Dear Sen. Clinton,

    After carefully considering your qualifications, we decided to hire someone else.

    The Voters

    P.S. Please leave now.

    May 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. William Courtland North43ºWest93º

    The President is a bureaucratic post not a public representative posting. The public should have little imput.

    Is there a clause in party nomination process which eliminates those possible candidates who have read and understood the Constitution?

    May 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. josh

    i just don't understand the rationale of counting michigan and florida. while i detest the fact that their delegates will not count, EVERY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE signed a piece of paper that said the votes WOULD NOT COUNT. this includes hillary clinton.

    let me repeat, hillary clinton agreed, and signed her name, that the votes would not count.

    now, that it could help her politically, she decides they should?

    who's the better candidate here, the one who sticks to their word, or the one who does anything for political gains?

    May 18, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Dazed And Confused

    IT SHOULD BE LOOKED AT IN THAT WAY THE CITIZENS ARE HIRING THEIR PREZ.

    OBAMA HAS VERY LITTLE EXPERIANCE.
    HE'S A PANSEY.NO GUTS.
    YOU CAN SEE IT IN HIS VOTING RECORD ANY VOTE THAT TOOK GUTS, HE VOTED PRESENT LIKE A LITTLE MOUSE.
    JUST LIKE HE HASN'T GOT THE GUTS TO QUIT HIS CHURCH BECAUSE IF HE DOES'NT GET THE JOB OF PREZ, HE WANTS TO BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO CHICAGO.
    BUT HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE THE THE REPUBLICANS ON A MISSION. THEY WILL NAIL HIM ON THIS CHURCH THING.

    FOX SPENT ALMOST HALF AN HOUR TALKING ABOUT WHAT OBAMA'S NEW PASTOR IS PREACHING AND HE SOUNDS WORSE THEN REV WRIGHT, THEY HAVE A CLIP WHERE REV MOSS IS QUOTING A RAP SONG SAYING F- AMERICA.

    THEY ALSO HAVE A REPORTER THAT HAS BEEN DOING RESEARCH EVER SINCE THE STORY BROKE ON REV WRIGHT ABOUT BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY AND HOW OBAMAS CHURCH IS B.L.O AND SO IS OBAMA AND THAT IS WHY HE ONLY DENOUNCED REV WRIGHT BUT NOT THE CHURCH. THEN THEY SHOW THIS CLIP ON OBAMA SAYING HOW GREAT REV MOSS IS THEN THEY START SHOWING THE THE REV MOSS CLIPS.

    OH YEAH THE STORM IS BREWING FOR THE FALL AND YOU WILL ALL BE REGRETTING YOU DIDN'T GO WITH HILLARY!!

    May 18, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Elizabeth, NC

    Well I'm glad Hillary sees this as a hiring process because in many cases the most qualified for the position does not get. It is the most innovative and dynamic candidate who gets the position. And in this case it is none other than Barack. so shut up and go put up your pants suits for garage sales. I'm interested in the one you wore for the Texas debate. How much will it cost since it is now a consignment good.

    May 18, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    YOU NOT QUALIFIED FOR THE JOB, NOT BY CHARACTER OR SKILL.

    YOUR SUPPORT OF THE BUSH POLICY FOR THE 100,

    DISQUALIFIES YOU BY POOR JUDGMENT.

    YOUR EXPERIENCE AMOUNTS TO THE SAME AS BARBARA BUSH.

    AND WE WOULD NOT VOTE FOR HER EITHER.

    PRETENDER TO THE THRONE, DOES NOT A KING MAKE.

    May 18, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. David Goldman for OBAMA

    WE CONSIDERED YOU & MADE THE DECISION NOT TO HIRE YOU.

    May 18, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Typical White Male from Michigan

    Not so fast RB with your OFF THE WALL COMMENTS - Not all Hillary Supporters are Blue Collar Workers. I happen to be a VERY TYPICAL WHITE MALE from MICHIGAN with a B.A. plus 2 Masters Degrees. I am Very Well Educated from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. I have an excellent job making very good money, and I am not worried about gas prices, food prices etc. for myself, but am deeply worried about these things for the average American which includes many of my friends. As a Hillary Supporter I feel she will do a much better job as President than Obama. Hillary relates to the Blue Collar Worker and will FIGHT her HEART OUT for them. Obama will give great speeches to all of his ELITIST SUPPORTERS. I, myself will under no circumstances vote for Obama in the fall - I would rather see 4 years of McCain............OBAMA JUST DOES NOT GET IT AT ALL............

    May 18, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. Jesse

    If an established candidate can't stop a rookie from overtaking her in the race for the presidency, that shows to alot about her electability and how she runs her campaign.

    May 18, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. David Goldman for OBAMA

    FORGOT TO ASK YOU HILLARY IF YOU GOT THE SILVER

    CROSS YET FOR YOUR MILITARY SERVICE IN BOSNIA.

    YOU CAMPAIGNED UGLY. YOU INTEND TO LOSE UGLY.

    May 18, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. lol

    you are the most qualified hillary, you are running against the crooked dnc as well. you owe the democrats nada, for the treatment they have given you. run independent, you will win!

    May 18, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. gary

    . OBAMA IS THE WORST HYPOCRIT, ARROGANT, AND RACIST CANIDATE TO EVER RUN FOR OFFICE.BUSH HAS MADE SOME SCREW UPS, BUT YOU DONT SEE ANY MORE ATTACKS SINCE 911. IF OBAMA GETS ELECTED ,YOU MIGHT JUST AS WELL BE READY FOR SOMETHING WORST. YOU CANT CHANGE WASHINTON OR CONGRESS. HE SURE HASN'T GOT ANY ROAD EXPERIENCE IN THE WHITEHOUSE TO ATTEMPT ANY CHANGES. HRC HAS THE ONLY INSIDE EXPERIENCE FOR THE CHANGES WE NEED. WHY DO YOU THNK THEIR FIXING THIS RACE FOR OBAMA WITH THE SUPER DELIGATES? REPUBLICANS ARE AFRAID OF WHAT HRC CAN DO IN NOV. AND WIN. OBAMA THEY WILL SMEAR ALL OVER LIKE A BIG BLACK BUG. HRC IS OUR ONLY PRAYER. AMERICA WANTS TO BE BIAS AGAINST HER ,MEDIA WANTS TO TRASH HER ALONG WITH THE O.B SUPPORTERS. OBAMA HAS BROUGHT A BIG CHANGE. HATE, RACIST AND DIVISION. HE HAS TOOK US BACK 100 YRS OR MORE. IF HISTORY IS GOING TO REPEAT ITS SELF, LETS HAVE ANOTHER CLINTON IN OFFICE. THINGS WERE GREAT BACK IN THE 90S. AMERICA WILL DESERVE EVERYTHING THEY GET AND ASK FOR.

    May 18, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Noemi in Los Angeles, CA

    Dearest Hillary,

    "You're FIRED!!"

    Regards,
    Donald Trump

    May 18, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Lynn in NM

    You wouldn't have made it past the phone interview, Hillary!

    May 18, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Ogirl

    Hmm. Worrying about the pledged delegates – how is that different from 2000 when Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the Electoral votes? My, what flexible principles we Democrats have. We've agreed to lots of rules, then cry to the Supreme Court when we don't like what the majority of legislators (or voters) have to say. I guess that is what Hillary wants to do. This year, we Democrats are really seeing the results of our lack of true guiding principles, and we see how our party has split almost 50-50.
    And by the way, what has our Democratic majority in Congress accomplished in the last 18 months – absolutely nothing. Maybe it's time we really had a hard dose of reality. We'll win in November, but it will be ugly.

    May 18, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. Le Troubadour

    Michigan Voter, get over it already. The fact of the matter is that Obama has won this primary fair and square. Now if these two are able and find it necessary to work together, that could only be could for the party. But the idle threats some of Hillary fans making are old and tired. With or without you this movement goes on.Time to unite.

    Obama/whomever 08

    May 18, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. Jermaine

    Let's stop the BS. Hillary does not have the majority of votes as she claims and her supporters do. FL & MI did not count because it was the Clinton majority supporters on the Democratic Rules and Bylawas committe who rules that they should not. After it became aparant on Super Tuesday that OBAMA caused a HUGE upset, she began to talk about this Big STATE, white voters BS. Hillary Clinton will never be President because she has so damaged her credibility among BLACK Voters, OBAMA has proved that it is black voters who allow the Dems to pick up three Republican seats this year. OBAMA will secure the majority of Democratic voters, Independents, 15-20 % Republicans and a ground swell of Black voter turn out unheard of in American Politics. The "Blue Color" voters code name "racist democrats" that Hillary talk about belittles people intelligence that they are the voters who voted to continue Segregation etc, let the truth be told. The Democratic Party was not the choice of Black American's if it were not for JFK, they would still be voting Republican. Hillary campaign has shown for all the Racist within our Party, that is good for the world to see, that NOT MUCH have change in states like WV, KY and TN.
    Flag pin is a code for racist who don't even stand during the playing of the Nation Anthem, who refused to put their hands over their heart etc. Wearing a Flag pin is a false sense of Patriotism, it is BS. Why did it take 9-11 to force the President to wear one, get my point, it is BS! I am a SOLDIER and wearing the flag pin is BS. A patriot is one who believes in the dieals of the constitution, the right for all citizens to live as one regardless of race, sex, religion etc. Those who infuse fear, hate and bigotry and use the 2nd and 1st Amendment are in effect distroying the union. It will do more Americans a bit of justice to read the Constitution. OBAMA will have a Town Hall meeting to educate Americans on the Founding Principle of our Nation and the Constitution, it would help if all Americans would get a pocket copy of the constitution and see what is required of their Governments. Tell McCain, Bush and Hillary to read it once and read it often. The will and voice of the people will not be silenced, this is the CHANGE REVOLUTION, RED, WHITE AND BLUE, HOPING FOR A MORE PERFECT UNION, NOVEMBER 2008 OBAMA- HAGEL

    May 18, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Debby

    I am listening to Obama in Oregon and he is going to end the war in 2009?????? This guy is delusional. Listening to him is like listening to Sen. Clinton on the issues, so how he claims to be the candidate for Hope and Change is beyond me. Its more like the candidate of Copycat.

    May 18, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. FreshAir

    hiring decision... as in who is best to cook the books? I think Hillary has the math for that.

    May 18, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. James

    When a company hires someone, it can also fire that person at will. I would NEVER hire Hillary for a job where she cannot be fired. She's very competent and a hard workers, but I would be very very worried about what she might do with the power of the job.

    May 18, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. Cruz, Ohio

    Yes...cause the presidency is like applying for a job at the Ruby Tuesday's for bar manager.

    May 18, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  24. jane in CA

    Can Hillary compare her experiences with McSameBush's? The experiences that we are experiencing now, do we need Hillary's experience or any experience to vote for Iraq war or inefficient NAFTA?

    May 18, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. Ricardo Williams

    Thinking about it, Still thinking. "Hillary you're fired Barak gets the job."

    May 18, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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