June 2nd, 2008
08:07 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton reviewing 'options' - but says superdelegates could shift

 Clinton says she’s pressing on – but reviewing “available options.”
Clinton says she’s pressing on – but reviewing “available options.”

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) – Before leaving Puerto Rico, Hillary Clinton told reporters she is taking the presidential race “a day at a time” and is reviewing the “options available” as she moves ahead with her campaign.

“People have been trying to get me out of this race since Iowa and my political obituary has yet to be written and we’re going forward,” she said. (Related: Clinton says she's not ready for 'political obituary')

After Tuesday’s final two primaries, superdelegates will ultimately push either candidate up to the 2,118 delegates needed to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination. Barack Obama leads among this group, but Clinton pointed out superdelegates are always free to “change their minds” and she hopes they will evaluate her wins since February and the coalition of voters she’s pulled together.

“This has been such an intense process, I don’t think there has been a lot of time for reflection of the sort that I’m advocating which is okay we’ve had an extraordinary series of contests, I’m ahead in the popular vote, Senator Obama is ahead in the delegates … they’ve never been separated before,” she said.

“I think it’s only now that we’re finishing these contests that people are going to actually reflect. Who’s our stronger candidate? And I believe I am and I’m going to make that case and at some point it will either be accepted or it won’t be, but I feel strongly about making it.”

In its popular vote tally, the Clinton campaign includes the Michigan contest but does not award any uncommitted votes to Barack Obama whose name was not on the ballot.

Clinton reiterated she “reserves the right” to challenge the DNC Rules and Bylaws committee’s allocation of Michigan delegates – a decision she said was made in “violation of the rules.” She called the half vote penalty leveled against Florida’s delegation “unwarranted under the circumstances.”

When asked if she was concerned Obama could reach the 2,118 delegate mark within days, Clinton said, “it’s not over until the votes are cast. It’s not over until there’s actually a tally that gets somebody the nomination.”

Clinton said she was “thrilled” by her win in Puerto Rico. Her campaign plane stopped in Jacksonville late Sunday evening after leaving the island to refuel en route to South Dakota where she will campaign all day Monday.


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soundoff (443 Responses)
  1. Pepou

    Sure, and the sky could fall and chicken could grow teeth. Anything is possible, particularly in Clinton's deranged mind.

    June 2, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  2. Les

    they cold switch and by the way the earth is flat!!!

    June 2, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. Milo

    There are many options available, including trying to strangle your opponent. The only sane one though, is dropping out and endorsing him.

    June 2, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  4. Jack Walden

    Imagine, a woman as this one as President of USA: divisive, arrogant, distanced from reality, venemous, delusional, congenital liar and the list goes on...

    June 2, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  5. dlp

    thank god for cnn where we can make a comment on the injustice done to hillary by the media that purports to give us the real news

    June 2, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  6. jevans odhuno

    what nonsense ,my respect for hillary just went to the toilet

    June 2, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  7. Democrats in 2009

    Please don't do this, Hillary. Please please don't hand this to McCain.

    June 2, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  8. Joseph, NY, NY

    Clinton should run as an independent to make it a three way race, and really make it interesting and historic. Then we will ready see which of the two democratic candidates can get the frustrated republican voters to back them and which ones got their votes just to cause chaos.

    June 2, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  9. QG

    After all the nasty things have been said from supporters of both sides, it is clear that Obama will win the nomination. Good run Hillary, its over for the presidential bid. Nothing negative to say at this point, my guy won... So why don't we all work to unify the party!

    June 2, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  10. brad

    enjoy the ride...at the expense of others. Don't worry, even if you somehow win the nomination, I will still vote for Clinton despite her selfishness. Only because the alternative is just not acceptable and those who vote in spite need to rethink not out of bitterness but for the sake of this country.

    June 2, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  11. Belle

    For the Obama supporters that "claim" Clinton ran unopposed, that is simply NOT true.

    Senator Obama had the endorsement of the Govenor of PR and outspent Clinton in ads, 3 to one. He went there, but figures PR doesn't matter....a charge he USED against Clinton in the smaller states.

    June 2, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  12. changed mind

    Yesterday Obama in his speech he said he will make mistakes as president. That is not what I want to hear right now . What mistakes?
    Economy, Foreign Affairs ?

    June 2, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  13. Christine

    Have you ever had that feeling that you just don't know what to say to a guest that won't leave when you're tired? You want to be friendly but at the same time you are so exhausted and want to go to bed. This would epitomize Hillary Clinton. She is like the old Saturday Night Live episode of "THE THING THAT WOULDN'T LEAVE" with John Belushi and Bill Murray. John Belushi stayed after the party and continued to eat the potato chips and then wanted to know if he could make a long-distance phone call. BIll Murray tried to be the nice guy, but it just wouldn't work.

    I hate to say it but if she continues, "The Thing That Wouldn't Leave" will be McCain in the White House.

    June 2, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  14. CHARLES HAYNES

    I THINK THAT SHE IS DESPRIT FOR ANYTHING TO HAPPEN. EVEN THOUGH THAT PRIEST WAS MOKING HILLERY THOUGH IT WAS WRONG , BUT HTE MAN WAS 100% ON THE MONEY. SHE IS ACTING LIKE A 60 YR. OLD CHILD.

    June 2, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  15. Concern

    The ONLY Democratic solution is:
    ALL THE WAY TO DENVER FOR DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION!!!!!
    DNC had stolen votes from Sen. Clonton and have given to Sen. Onama it's shame and undemocratic decision.With such move they have divided party more than ever.
    Mr. Harold Ickes had given them GOOD LECTURE on democracy.

    June 2, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  16. Brian Knoxville, TN

    This contest is way too close, by any metric that matters.

    To anyone who calls for a candidate who is winning contest after contest to get out of the race, all we can say is:

    “Sorry, but you don't understand what motivates someone like Hillary Clinton to run for President of the United States in the first place. She believes that she can do real good for our country, and millions of Americans believe that she should never stop fighting for the opportunity to get elected so she can go to work.”

    And to anyone who calls Hillary Clinton “evil” and who obviously has no idea how hard she has worked and continues to work for better programs and better policies for all Americans, all we can ask is:

    “Have you been in a coma for the last 20 years?”

    Hillary, you're doing a great job and we are proud of you!

    HILLARY CLINTON '08

    COUNT EVERY VOTE AND REFLECT THEM FULLY AND FAIRLY

    June 2, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  17. Doug

    Hillary – wakeup!!!!! Stop the "SPIN" – it is over. Let's focus on bringing the party back on track and November!!

    June 2, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  18. brian near toronto

    She's graceless, as ever.

    June 2, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  19. Independent Hillary for President

    If the party insiders hijack the nomination from Hillary with their superdelegate votes, then I urge Senator Clinton to simply do what Senator Joe Liberman did – run as an Independent candidate. Hillary would handily beat McCain and Obama in an electoral general election. Heck, she already TROUNCED Obama in aN electoral style election by winning all the Big electoral states and all the swing states, and she could easily beat McCain.

    INDEPENDENT HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT :) :) :)

    iF WHE WON AS AN INDEPENDENT, SHE WOULD BE COURTED BY BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND WOULD BE THE MOST POWERFUL AND MOST EFFECTIVE PRESIDENT IN HISTORY AS A RESULT

    June 2, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  20. Hillary for President

    Obama has lost more recent contests than he has won. When he has they have not been commanding wins, when he loses he is spanked.

    He is having trouble in Michigan and Wisconsin now. Florida and Ohio are tough for him. The South is lost.

    In other words he looks like a general election loser.

    He even quit his church!

    June 2, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  21. Tony

    THE SUPREME COURT selected Bush in 2000

    now

    THE DNC is selecting Obama in 2008.

    THE Democrats deserve what they get in November. A loss to McBush. They just never learn!

    June 2, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  22. Candi SC

    Hillary if you tell the American People the truth and stop promising them something you have no control over then you will be a great leader. You are still tell lies to the American People for votes, The supers should look at the fact that Hillary didn't really win Puerto RIco Bill Clinton won Puerto Rico, so how do this give you the right to say you are the one to lead this country. Everything you have done lately was handed to you because of Bill. Take Bill off your coat tail and see how far you will go alone.

    What I am trying to say Hillary is that the SUperdelegates should look at the fact that for you to say you are strong and can get these votes is not correct. Bill Clinton got these votes not Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama got his votes because he did it himself with the help of others but the polls showed hands down Bill Clinton was the winner and that is who they voted for not Hillary in slight terms.

    Now can anyone challenge that Bill Clinton was not the winner of Puerto RIco? The polls prove that and the superdelegates should look at how the polls veiwed Hillary when voting instead of the fact that Hillary is the better candidate.

    June 2, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  23. SLIMSISTA

    HRC....ALL DO RESPECT...IT'S OVER...YOU FOUGHT A GOOD CAMPAIGN, BUT OBAMA DID MUCH BETTER...

    PLEASE UNDERSTAND THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.....

    OBAMA '08

    June 2, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  24. phil

    Truth is she is a fighter but at the end of Rocky I – both contenders looked like hell. Interestingly, Barack has turned his attention away – and on to McCain while Hillary keeps trying to stay in the game.

    She is hurting the Democratic party – poeple like Harold Ickes is not helping. When is it that you can sit on a committee – give it your best show and lose... then have a temper tantrum. Is this what we expect to see in a Clinton White House.

    You learn a lot about a person during difficult times and frankly – what I am seeing from the Hillary camp is disgusting and a warning of what politics as usual will be.

    By the way – just so you know, I have not made a decision on who will be president... am independent.

    June 2, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  25. Anonymous

    The longer she drags this out, the more she will hurt the democrats in November and give McCain the win he doesn't deserve. Go Hillary, you are so selfish.

    June 2, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
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