June 2nd, 2008
08:07 AM ET
10 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. Tom, Flagstaff AZ

    Mrs. Clinton puts herself first, over country, over party, over truth. She has, in this process, become one of the most unqualified people in America to be president.

    June 2, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Mike

    The Monster already let slip out what she is really waiting to see happen. When she referred to Bobby Kennedy's tragic death. This is the most despicable person that has ever run for President in our history.

    June 2, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Cats

    Hello – Clinton wake up from your fantasy world and come to reality! Super Delegates aren't going to jump the Obama ship for you. It is eally to later for you!

    June 2, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Sree


    June 2, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. fafa

    my thoughts and prayer are on Sen Kennedy. I hope Obama wins the nomination and eventually the GE. That'sthe best he can do for the man who sanctioned and politically drived his campaign. May God be with you Senator Kennedy. You will live to see history unfold.

    June 2, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Mary Murray

    Does the Democratic Party have an official result for the Popular Vote, including all 50 states? Hillary will be still claiming victory after Obama is nominated and also at the Convention if this is not resolved. She is obviously not interested in uniting the party, and is still challenging the rules, which state that the candidate with most delegates with be the nominee. Nobody seems to have the power to stop her destroying the Democratic Party!

    June 2, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Darryl, Arlington TX

    She is a good wife and need to be with Bill Clinton, maybe this will stop him from playing around with other ladies....

    She is not counting all the votes, she is misleading America still.

    She do not have the popular vote...

    June 2, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. RJ-Ga

    Hillary you scare me ! After almost going to Jail behind the White Water event, Bill's Hyjinks in office as President, losing 2 to 1 in state nominations, being behind in delegate count, numerous attempts to hijack the election.... You have not dislpayed sound judgement throughout this contest, yet you would rather destroy the democrats chances of winning the White House, so sad !!!

    June 2, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Ross

    Hillary and her supporters fought well. Now it is time for everyone to support Obama so that we can defeat McCain. Let's focus on that goal.

    June 2, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. American Defender

    The words "It's not Fair" keep comming from both sides of the fence. What isn't fair is the fact that Government officials are able to tell us when our votes will and won't count.

    June 2, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Emma

    My only comment..........shut up Clinton and concede! Put yourself out of your misery, your self-induced misery!

    June 2, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Patty Don't

    Shift to you? 3 words Hill: Not. Bloody. Likely.

    June 2, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Susan MO

    Yes, the delegates could, and hopefully will switch.

    Go Hillary

    June 2, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. and the winner is.

    Thank god, this will be over tomorrow night. Sick of Clinton's antics. And the winner is Obama!

    June 2, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Proud1of 26% in WV

    She has no options left.If they split the delegates for Montana and SD which probably won't happen since he is favored in both states,he will only need about 33 superdelegates out of 203,that is 16%`,she would need188 which is 93%.I don't think that her case is that strong.Latest poll of polls has her and Obama both leading McCain 3 points nationally.So much for more electable.

    June 2, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Sure, they *COULD* shift... but seeing as even your OWN upper-level supporters are calling it "over" ... they *WON'T* ...

    Give it up, you lost. You are now officially a loser.

    No one is just GIVEN a seat in the oval office, it must be earned, and you failed to earn it, Queen Clinton.

    Even with Republicans coming out to Limbaugh-vote for you.
    Even with your First Lady legacy.

    ... against a rookie Senator.

    You lost in every metric that matters.

    ... and now? Now, America sees all the more glaringly your integrity faults... and once you're out of the nomination race and the courts can once again prosecute you... we'll see it even further.

    Hillary Clinton, the Yoko Ono of the Democratic Party...

    June 2, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. Sam

    Honestly, I think it is about time for Clinton to believe in Obama's "change". She has done enough damage to what is left of a once-unified democratic party. It is disgraceful to see her resilience in pushing forward at the expense of pushing everything else backward believing in achieving what she cannot fairly have; "the popular vote".

    June 2, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Mike

    This isn't frustrating anymore, it's just sad.

    June 2, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. Lynn

    It looks like this is Hillary Clinton's latest tactic to try to get herself nominated. She has used the Clinton political clout to get the rules changed to benefit herself. Now she wants to pursuade superdelegates. What is she promising them? Hillary's tactics are exactly what this country needs to get away from. She is using her husband's influence and her millions to try to get herself elected. She doesn't care that she is hurting the Democratic party. She is discrediting our country. She doesn't care about the country only that she wants to be President. Please Hillary, bow out now.

    June 2, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Kenneth M

    Connecticut State Chair Nancy DiNardo has endorsed Obama. Virginia DNC member Jerome Wiley Segovia has endorsed Obama.

    They could but wont.

    June 2, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Dave G

    Political obituary? Just because you lose one race doesn't mean you're politically dead. Most major politicians have lost a race.

    We haven't seen the last of Hillary.

    June 2, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Patricia Weller, Westminster, Maryland

    Yes, Hillary, people have been trying to get you out of this race - because you're hurting the party, you're hurting the feminists' cause, and you're doing enormous damage to your likeability factor. What good is it going to do to your future political aspirations if people can't stand you any more? If you stay, you get bloodied. If you walk away, at least your character and integrity will remain relatively intact.

    As far as the popular vote pitch is concerned, Hillary has been using creative math all along and the popular vote is not how our presidents are chosen anyway. Is she going to try to change those rules, too, at the 11th hour?

    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Dennis

    I'm tired of the TIRED argument that the Clinton camp continues to make about Hillary being the most electable candidate. Will a Hillary supporter please answer the following:

    1) If Super Delegates were to elect Hillary based on the popular vote in leiu of the delegate count, which is how nominees are elected, how would she hold on to those 17 milliion Obama voters who would be alienated by such a vote?

    The Republicans are disenchanted with John McCain. There are concerns that many Repubs may stay home during the general election and that a good number may even vote for Obama. If she were to be the candidate, she would not get any votes from Repubs and it is believed that Repubs would come out on droves, not to vote for McCain, but cast there vote in opposition of Hillary.

    2) Can Hillary really be considered the strongest candidate if she damages her own base by stealing the democratic election and galvanizes the Republican base at the same time?

    The MSM is in this more to get ratings than to do real reporting. As a lay person who has watched this election closely, to me it's obvious that the super d's cannot vote to elect Clinton for the two reason mentioned above.

    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Creative Woody


    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. what a shame !


    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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