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. j

    HRC actions suggest she's going to divide the party and lose the election for the Democrats. She makes the Republicans very happy because they don't have to do a thing.

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Yasriel

    The more she makes this arguement, the more she loses her own superdelegates.
    Keep talking and keep losing.

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Mel

    Hillary, I will say this much,you have the press on your sided
    and these individuals,Schneider,Wolf,Glenn,carl Brit.Members
    of the press have a lot to do with how Obama is being treated.
    For 2 months just finding reason bring him down by using his church
    and little thing he say. But with Hillary and Mccain,just little said.
    Mccain have not talk about local issues and the economy,only
    the war,why do the press say something about this.Change
    began here the United States,not in Iraq,Iran or anywhere outside
    this country. He needs to address something the american
    peoples.But for Hillary she needs to step down and help us get
    4 more years of Bush out the office.

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Bad Sport

    Hillary please....you are making a fool out of yourself...Why can't you leave gracefully and stop this unneeded continuation of trying to convince everyone you are the best. Obviously if you were you would have won....You continue to attack Obama while he sits back and says how great you are. There is something very wrong here...Even your campaign says you have lost....

    June 2, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. P, CA

    That picture is weird... don't they use that same camera angle in a lot of sci-fi movies? Clinton looks like an android or something.

    "Let's keep drinking! Let's keep drinking! Let's keep drinking! Let's keep drinking! SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!"

    June 2, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Kim

    To all the superdelegates. The people have spoken and you should support Hillary in her bid for the nomination. Obama has no chance of winning come November.

    June 2, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Emily from Fredericksburg

    The Superdelegates won't shift because they are afraid of what African-Amercians will do if they don't nominate this black man. Despite their false countenance, the black bogeyman still lives in their closets, and they are afraid of a Rodney King verdict-like reaction. Shame on this party and it's so-called leaders. When McCain wins in November, the reaction will be the same... but with Hillary as the nominee, at least the Democrats would have the White House. Of course they will blame the Clinton's for the loss... that's easier than acknowledging that racism & sexism are the true causes.

    June 2, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Midge from Ohio

    She is a strong women. I pray that the Obamabots do not have "buyers remorse" but I can see it happening. He is weak and inexperienced.

    June 2, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    Will CNN or any other news network call out this woman on her absolutely false statements regarding her lies about the popular vote count? Do any news networks have a sliver of a backbone to confront the Clinton machine, or are they all scared little school boys, afraid of the big bully's Bill and Hillary???? It's digusting and it is about dang time the news stood up and said once and for all; Hillary and team, you are flat our lying about the popular vote count so we are no longer going to cover your lies and spin. Please, anyone with a spine out there???

    And by the way, Puerto Rico DOES NOT COUNT!!! They DO NOT VOTE!!!!! And, only 20% of the Dems showed up to vote. Pathetic turnout. Why is this newsworthy?????!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Denial

    you mean defect from you to obama .. that's the only logical direction ...

    June 2, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. marin


    The delusional narcissist really believes that committed super delegates will change their minds?!!

    Wow! Welcome to Planet Hillary!!

    June 2, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Rick in Florida

    WHY have folks been trying to get you out of the race since Iowa, Hillary???? DUH !!! It's because they don't like you, don't trust you, and are afraid of what your husband could get up to if he ever gets back into the White House.....just read VANITY FAIR this week and read about how people have tried to do an INTERVENTION on Bill, for his obsession with other "ladies" while on the 2008 campaign trail.

    Do we REALLY want or need this drama for the next 4 years when we have such important issues to resolve?? NO.....and thats why we all wanted (and still want) you OUT and GONE.

    June 2, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Debbie,NJ

    Why would they shift. She has broken DNC rules, come up against them, divided the party, incited a rally in DC against the rules committee, and pretty much have been against party unity.

    June 2, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Except that YOU ARE NOT HEAD IN THE POPULAR VOTE UNLESS YOU THROW OUT ALL OF THE CAUCUS STATES. God I hate your constant web of lies, lies, lies. Even your supporters are bailing on you now (Rendell, Vilsack, Richardson, etc)

    You are no better than that nutcase "Harriet Christian from New York" that made an appearance over the weekend.

    There will be a woman President one day soon. But it will not be you.

    Thank god.

    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Tom in S.A.

    The democratic party is such a joke, I can't believe you all want them in office. How in the world did they come up with the rules(another joke) they use. You can vote all you want but it doesn't matter, the super dels will make the final decision. YOUR VOTE DOESN'T MATTER!

    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |

    I think she should be more humble and realize that many of her votes were from Republicans who were participating in Operation Chaos (Rush Limbaugh). Some call it "strategic voting", I call it outright lying. She can't believe for a minute that we Obama supporters would rally behind her after the dirty campaign she has run. We are tired of the lying and backroom deals.

    Obama '08

    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Winner

    Boston will win in 5.

    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Rena

    It is shameful how Hillary has run her campaign. MI and FL was not a concern when was the front runner and now that she is losing she has made such as a ruckert; I just can't see this party uniting on the end. It would a big surprise if it does. I caught the very ending of DNC review board Saturday and I heard Donna Walters make such a profound statement of how her mother always taught to play by the rules and when you try to change the rules in the middle of game it is considered cheating. I totally agree with her and I don't care who is winning or losing we must learn to comply with rules.

    Though Hillary has drawn this election out thus far; something good came out of this the Clintons have shown us their true heart and spirit and that is divineness, selfishness and yes their racism as well. I am very disappointed in them for many had great respect for them. Hillary has hurt herself more than she knows, because many will remember this for a long time. Whether white or black the Clintons have shown themselves in the most negative and dangerous way ever believed. She must remember when and if she ever runs for office again she will need the very same people she has offended greatly it will take more than hard working white Americans and old people to win.

    Secondly, I believe in fairness no matter who is involved. Obama has not in any way a negative campaign towards Hillary nor has he tried to show racism but however tried to outcast this type of behavior. Yet he has been critically hit with racism and division from very angle. It's pretty sad that we now hold people accountable for the actions of another person. If you notice not one time did Obama attack Hillary negatively while running his campaign but he gets no acknowledgment of that; but we can't say the same for Hillary.

    Lastly, I must now agree with the old saying of many black men when they say, "A black has to work twice or three times as hard to get to the top." Obama played by their rules and has been penalized in every way possible. I know that the political arena is a dirty field to work in and Obama has shown America one thing about itself when it comes to the political arena and that is that America does not truly want change that will cause us to have right judgment and to change the negativeness that surrounds the political field.

    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. AJ

    One of her options is to leave the democratic party and run as an independent. I hope she will consider it. Obama would be a disaster for our country. I will not support him in the fall. Better McCain than that arrogant gasbag.

    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. ???

    The picture proves what we've feared all along: she's possessed.

    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Sam for Hillary

    We I think of fuzzy math, this goes beyond fuzzy math. This is sad day for the Democrats. Hillary needs to move forward, unless she wants to continue to destroy herself and the Democratic party. Sorry sweetie, but it is over. Barack has won fair and square. Suck it up.

    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Darren M.

    Somebody call security to escort "Madam President" to the street.

    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. austbill

    Hillary is a winner in my opinion and should be the democratic nominee for president.

    Go Hillary!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. LB

    Please just bow out with your head held high, for all of our sakes! It's not worth tearing the party apart. It's time to move forward and bring our party together. You said you're concerned about our party, but lately, it seems like you're more concerned about yourself and keeping the Clinton legacy alive. You did not campaign in FL or MI when you found out their votes wouldn't count, so it obviously didn't bother you that much.....until you fell behind. I honestly believe that had you not fallen behind, you would not have fought for these votes the way you have. You want a Democrat in the White House, 37 states said they want Barack. It's time you get behind him so we can move forward and do so and get this country on track to a better way of living.

    June 2, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Bitter in Texas

    Tuesday evening might be a good time to start supporting Sen. Obama. Thanking you in advance for your support!!!! Oh, and could you get Bill to support Sen Obama also??

    June 2, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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