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. Sue in CT

    I think Hillary is waiting for the sky to cave in on Barack Obama. It's not going to happen! What a waste of time and energy on her part when she could be accomplishing so much good in her own state of New York. Good judgement and common sense is lacking here..could it be blamed on menopause?

    June 2, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. mk

    Thank God her days are limited that she can take one at a time!

    June 2, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. RufusVonDufus

    Yea, and pigs "Could" fly!

    June 2, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Beverly, NYC

    Hillary, the stronger candidate is the one winning the primary. Must be nice living in that head. Hopefully you will also have time between now and June 4th to reflect on how your action are affecting the party and the country you claim to care about. Thanks for making the next woman's job harder!! You represent every divisive thing men say and think about women in power. I admire tenacity, I am not a fan of entitled delusion.

    June 2, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Susie

    Wow, she is not going to let up is she? She really wants to steal the election from Obama. Very sad state of affairs.

    June 2, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. cindy

    hey old lady, do u think the superdelegates are stupid like u and follow u like that ,that will never happen... i figure out that the way u had run this campaign was just bad, u can not run this country if they give u this nomination... miss clinton u are not entitled for the presidency... it is over

    June 2, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. shirley.roybal,surprise,az.


    June 2, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Thompson

    Sen. Clinton, I understand your position. Remeber, this outcome has nothing to do with your past accomplishments – you still rock. You will still win...as a democrat.

    Obama Supporter

    June 2, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. DJ in TX

    As much as I agree (to some extent) with the popular vote, Democrats have a delegate system. And even Senator Clinton stated earlier that it is the delegates that count.

    The changing of the goalposts to fit her wants is what bothers me about Senator Clinton. Whether we like the rules or not, they are the rules and should be abided by.

    June 2, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Blackalot

    Yah they could shift, just like hillary's mental health has!
    Obama 08!

    June 2, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Randy - Denver

    While it IS true that superdelegates CAN change, and HAVE changed. I suspect that she knows, as do MOST voters, that once Mr. Obama reaches the new "magic number (2118) it would be political suicide for ANY superdelegate to change and take the nomination away from the winner, short of a felony conviction. (Not just a charge Ms. Clinton already has a felony CHARGE against her right now Peter Paul VS Clinton which I am NOT saying is true but AM saying that a CHARGE alone should NOT be sufficient to remove his nomination).

    June 2, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Sean

    Oh, your obituary has been written. We're just waiting for you to realize it's over so we can release it.

    June 2, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Sheila WA

    Her campaign has been very ungracious to the hard work that Obama has done to stay ahead in this contest, not to mention the ugly things Geraldine Ferraro has said about him. Supporters on blogs are one thing, but she herself has not been very gracious. I guess her not attacking him continually on his religion and his speeches is suppose to be a gift. I also find her stance on the Rules committee decision laughable. Florida and Michigan should have been excluded from the convention, they broke the rules, end of story. The DNC is a private entity and is no way beholden to lawyers or the courts. They get to choose the rules, bylaws and make the final decisions. Her campaign was given a gift. The Clintons had no problem with these rules when Pres Clinton won twice..

    June 2, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. mjc

    if superdelegates have a brain in their heads they'll pick the only nominee who can win in november, and that is sen. hillary clinton.

    obama nomination = mccain presidency.

    of course, obama is probably lining the pockets of the SD's, using his chicago style corruption to get the nomination, only to lose in november.

    June 2, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Sue

    Sen Clinton, you are by far the strongest candidate, but you need to recognize that the democrat party has died and has swung so far left that it is all about Black reparations and Obama's father's philosophies. Please leave this hate-filled party and run as an Independent.

    June 2, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Phil Newton, Murphy OR

    No. She is not ahead in the popular vote. Not by any metric but her own...peculiar math.

    The race is decided by the delegate count. She has lost that race.

    That means she does NOT get to be the nominee.

    That means this race is over.


    Move on.

    June 2, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Senator Clinton has fought a long and hard battle but she has lost, fair and square. Openlypandering for Obama's superdelegates is benath her as a Senator and former First Lady. Time to get the party focused on beating McCain instead of fighting each other.

    June 2, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. I have a goldfish-Iowa


    June 2, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Rom, NY

    1- Your popular vote winning argument doesn't cost a thing !
    2- It's not over until it's over, you're right but the writing is already on the wall and it says "IT WILL BE OVER BY WEDNESDAY" so get over it and move on

    June 2, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    If Hillary thinks she'll sway enough superdelegates to steal the nomination, she's on dangerous hallucinogenics-paramedics to the rescue, and quickly!

    June 2, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. RED DOG Orlando Florida

    As usual clinton is delusional

    June 2, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Brad

    Blah, blah, blah, blah.

    June 2, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. NickNas

    I just won $100.00 Thanx Hillary!!! I Knew that you be too self centered, delusional and Nasty to go away quietly when you said you would. Now when Obama gets all the Delegates you plan to sit around and disrupt his Bid for the White house further by standing by and waiting for delegates to " Change their minds" Well Hillary they HAVE changed their minds OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. EVERYTIME FOR OBAMA.

    There has not been ONE that has switched from Obama to you so WHY do you think all of a sudden that will Change??

    Here is California it has been shown that if we revoted today you would LOSE!!! I think amny other would go the same way. Go away and give us back our Country.

    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. BIG WIG

    Both of them need brain surgery. His is ligit , but hers is mental.

    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. John Y Des Plaines IL

    Hopefully they will switch.... away from YOU!

    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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