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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  1. John in Missouri

    Please Senator Clinton, do not divide the party over such triviality. It is time to realize that the race is over, and Obama is the Nominee. You still have time to regain the support you once had in the eyes of all that support the Democratic Party. Do not destroy what credibility you now have and make it difficult for a woman to once again run for President. It sounds to me as if your ambition trumps your commitment to the Democratic Party. Support what I feel is an obvious conclusion, that Senator Obama has won the nomination and get behind his candidacy and lets win back the White House and Congress of this, the Greatest Nation in the World. Thanks and God bless you for your efforts.

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

    In spite of the media bias for Obama, Sen. Clinton has proven over and over that she is the best person to lead this country. I truly hope that all of you Clinton haters will at least give her the courtesy she is due. Millions of people voted for her even knowing that the "chosen one" had been annointed 15 months ago.
    Because of the way Sen.Clinton has been treated by the media and Obama camp, thousands and thousands of Sen. Clinton's supporters will either vote for John McCain or just stay home.
    Are you now going to start bashing John McCain, who just a few short months ago, he was the media star? Bet you do, since Obama has conned you into thinking he is riding in on a white horse to save the world. You should stop and think about the radical friends he surrounds himself with...do you want friends like that in the White House?
    All this talk about Sen. Clinton needs to tell her people to unite around Obama, IT ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN.

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Debbie

    I can't believe I ever supported this woman. If she were a man I would have dumped her long ago in disgust. Every day that goes by, as I listen to her dissembling and blatant lies, all I can think about is George W. Bush. Back in the 90's I was horrified at the way the Clintons were pilloried...I can't believe that I am now starting to understand possible reasons why, and even to agree with them.

    Hillary, if you REALLY care for America the way you say you do, stop what you're doing right now. You're cheapening the system, and yourself. If you ever want the option again to be the Democratic candidate, you're not doing yourself any favors. Keep it up and you'll end up outside the Senate. The people of New York are starting to wonder why you're so tenacious in pursuit of what YOU want, as opposed to what they NEED.

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Pope

    its like the world series went like this

    game 1 HC 10 BO 0
    game 2 HC 2 BO 3
    game 3 HC 10 BO 0
    game 4 HC 2 BO 3
    game 5 H C 2 BO 3
    Game 6 HC 10 BO 0
    game 7 HC 2 BO 3

    Barack Obama wins series 4 games to 3

    however Hillary declares herself the winner based on most runs scored

    truly ridicolous…. Hillary loves to changes the rules when they dont favor her…. she was 100% for the DNC sanctions of MI and FLA… when it wasnt in her favor …she is the champion for those states voting rights….. where was HILLARY month and months after the DNC sanction? she had nothing to say about it.. TILL SHE FELL BEHIND…

    Obama 08 or Mccain 08…. no Billary

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Chris

    I have to give her credit for sticking with it this far, though her stubborness I think actually helps to divide her own party. She should spend her time working on her obviously unhappy marriage instead of flushing the family fortune down the drain.

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |

    I am sooo tired of Hillary claiming that people were telling her to get out the race as early as January! At that time she was the sure nominee. Only when she lost 11 straight contests did people really start to do the math. She needs to get over herself and come to terms with these results.

    June 2, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. LA-Ann Arbor

    Hang in there, Hillary. As you said earlier, you don't walk off the court before the game is over. Thank you for inspiring us and for working so hard.

    June 2, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Stephen Rydell

    Fight on Hillary,you're the best canidate.

    June 2, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Rob

    Let's see how we can get the supers to switch...
    None of the caucus states count.
    Michigan will not count–unless I change my mind
    West Virginia is the most important state in the country; Virginia, although much larger doesn't count
    Rules only count when I want them to

    Sure Hill, I see your point

    June 2, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. rdbtwthlins

    Superdeleges cast their votes in August. What could possibly happen before August!?

    June 2, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. martin

    here's an option.go home!

    June 2, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. doofus

    Hillary,' I love and admire you but PLEASE leave with dignity

    June 2, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Joe

    I am afraid that "it is not over" till she makes sure that Obama will not win and that she will have another shot at driving us all NUTS in 2012. This person is clearly out of control. I think we should all "reserve the right" to question if she has lost her mind or if she is just trying to make sure that we all nuts from listening to her complaining. Make her go away and live happily ever after with hubby Bill. They sure deserve each other.

    June 2, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga


    June 2, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. The Lady

    In all honesty Hillary knows it is over but how can you make the statment after she has been claiming that she is a fighter.

    June 2, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Florida voter

    I am amazed that anyone is buying the argument that Sentor Clinton is making. Everyone should just call her out on her attempt to steal the nomination. I'm pretty sure if you would go back and ask a lot of the people who voted for her in the primary if they would vote for her again a lot of them would say no. Her true character has come out since she has fallen behind and I tell you it aint pretty. Talk about buyers remorse!

    June 2, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Soupy

    Maybe it is time for CNN to stop repeating Clinton's claim that she is ahead in the popular vote. It's just not true.

    June 2, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. Deb

    Hillary it is time to exit gracefully. You are a strong political candidate with much to offer but your conduct during this primary season left a lot to be desired.

    Obama '08

    June 2, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Randy M

    Yes Hillary, when the SD's get a chance to reflect they'll wonder why they didn't help eliminate you weeks ago. Not only has the fat lady sung but the band is packing up their instruments.

    June 2, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. curtis

    Hillary cant understand that the super delegates will not overturn this election. The future of the democratic party lies in Obama and the millions of new voters he brings to the table.Even if he dosent win in the general election the democractic party will have solidified its base and created a huge new pool of voters for a generation to come.This is the reason the democrats have a great looking future. Students are reaching the voting age daily and the majorty of them are Obama supporters. GO DEMOCRATCS.

    June 2, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. M. Delano


    What an incredible power of example–strength, grace, tenacity and commitment!

    Without a doubt, she is the best candidate, both in terms of electability and credentials.

    June 2, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Becca

    Every time Hillary is asked, she changes the rules to suit her purposes.

    First, MI and FL won't count. She and her campaign signed the document last year that said they don't count. The honest candidates pulled their names off the ballots. She stayed on.

    Now she's in trouble and she's all but denied she signed these documents and insists, nay DEMANDS, that they all be counted.

    Further hypocrisy ensues when she insists that the caucus votes not be counted. Let's be clear – this isn't Howard Dean's system – this is the Democratic party's system that's been in place for many years, not just the last four. She knew what the process was when she started to run.

    Way to go – let's discount the ones you didn't win and only count the ones that broke the rules you signed.

    If anything, she's setting women in politics back by decades by continuing to cry and whine and accuse sexism of her opposition. Mostly, she's driving many potential voters away from the whole process, by insisting the rules only benefit her candidacy to the exclusion of other candidates and all the voters (not just the ones who voted for her).

    June 2, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Tiffany

    What Hillary is now doing is a sign that she is not in this to win for America but for self. She had the nerce to compare the debalce with FL and MI to the voting issues in Zimbabwe. Not only is that and insult to the many people fighting for Democracy and their lives in Zimbabwe it shows that even if she by some miracel "won" the nomination, she could no more bring the party together as she could bring funds together to support her failed candidacy.
    She is trying to use the sexisim ploy to gain support for an already failed campaign. Yes sexisim certainly exists and has been displayed in this campaing race, however her people did not advise her well and she did not run the race well! Admit to it and move on – the country is hurting and we have yet to feel the real economic crunch. Stop fighting a losing battle Senator Clinton – let's focus on winning the battle for White House with Senator Obama. You've discounted the millions that have voted for him and that is wrong!! MOVE ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. jr

    She has a point. The super delegates may in fact think she is the stronger candidate. But they will not change their support of Obama and go with her. The party wants to rid itself once and for all of the political influence the Clinton's have held over thier heads since Bill's presidency. The only problem with this approach is she wil be back in 2012 to run against McCain and they will really be beholding to her then.

    June 2, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. What do YOU know

    She is the most dispicable political figure since GWB. Think about that one.

    June 2, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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