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. Honest man for Obama

    Thank man for seeing the future and speaking your mind.

    She has became the most divisive democrats in history and she is the first woman to attempt to divide democrat ever in history of democrats.
    Way to go Hillary, popular votes; when every candidate see that they are not going to get the nominee they simply dropped out way before half the primary and support the front runner.

    so, no one really thinks popular vote is a priority, if they think so many candidate that have left the contest would have stay in the race.

    If John Edward didn' dropped out and the rest didn't dropped out Hillary will not have goetten so many votes she is bragging about.

    Popular votes doesn't give you the nominee, it a shame that Hillary wants to put her name in a negative democratic book in history.

    June 2, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Kevin

    Obama and his cult supporters have hijacked the Democratic party. We had a perfectly good candidate in Hillary Clinton before you lot came on the scene. You don't even care about how he worked his way up the political ladder, never doing the job he's paid to do just grabbing the next one up. He is a total fraud who will ditch friends of 20 years on the pretence that he has only just found them unsavoury.

    June 2, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Ross

    Clinton's Campaign Obituary, to be featured in every newspaper accross the country Wednesday morning: Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign died of exhaustion late Tuesday night. Her campaign was 14 months old.

    After 14 months of continuous struggle, the superdelegates of the Democratic party decided to end her long fought battle with Barack Obama by supporting the candidate they feel and felt all along would best represent the views, thoughts and beliefs of the Democratic party, not just women and uneducated white voters.

    Services will be held in various locations throughout the country in locations where people still feel that Hillary should be the nominee, but must now come to accept the fact that indeed she WILL NOT BE.

    In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Obama Campaign to help ensure that the Democrats take back the White House in November.

    June 2, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Magee-Aguilar

    She's like a house guest that doesn't know when to leave.

    June 2, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. FreedomFromFear-Florida

    DNC did best they could within the RULES that Hillary agreed to and confirmed when she said Michigan would not matter.
    OBAMA DID NOT play dirty – Did not TALK about BILL's adultery and lies to the court and country. HILLARY says that she would have left the CHURCH, she did not LEAVE BILL. Was it due to the plans to RUN now? Phleger TOLD THE TRUTH!
    BILL did not fight the terrorists and Bin Laden while he knew of their existence and intentions.
    HILLARY questions OBAMA's judgment: What kind of judgment is it to act so rabid as she has and not let the party advance to win back AMERICA. Hillary is concerned ONLY for herself.
    HILLARY plays the race card, especially with Kentucky, West Virginia and the "Kennedy " comment. She made the unmistakably intended comment with the intention to "apologize" after the damage and incitement was done... incorrigible.
    EXPERIENCE: OBAMA has not been ingrained with politics as usual , such as being owned by the lobbyist.
    Most Puerto Ricans are afraid of being victimized for their African American heritage and Hillary knows it.

    June 2, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. FloridaHalfVoter

    She's not ahead in the popular vote, if you impose the same penalty of voting on the citizens who voted in Florida and Michigan as the delegates from that state... Those elections weren't fair, but I do love Mrs. Clinton... She is a champion of the people... she should be around forever.
    Vote Obama!

    June 2, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Terry in New York

    She's so wacked out. Does she have to get shaken and told to wake up? hard to believe anyone could be that full of herself.

    June 2, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. BigAce

    Reply to "Changed Mind"

    If Obama did stated that he would make mistakes if he were president, I don't understand what your issue is.

    You don't want to hear the truth? You would rather your candidate lie to you? Can you name any president that hasn't made a mistake while in office? No? Didn't think so. Another pointless statement.

    June 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Don Scollins

    Hillary how can you get up on stage, look in the camera and try to convince people you got screwed by YOUR PARTY? To me your opinion and that of your over zealous supporters who can't stand the fact that they aren't getting ALL OF THEIR WAY and then opt for the no unity card have zero credibility wth me. Hillary and her supporters need to go rinse the bad taste out of their mouths then search their souls and ask this question am I about The Greater Good or am I only concerned about myself and my feelings. One of the biggest problems we face is a vast number of self indulgent poor sports who, when the dust clears, decide on Personalties instead of Principles. I find that Pathetic, frankly it angers me. The Clinton Supporters, of which I was one until she started adding the FL and MI popular vote numbers to her tally as if those two primaries went off as planned, NEWS FLASH ... THEY DIDN'T!! Both candidates knew in advance of the vote and agreed on the sanctions PERIOD OVER AND OUT. Are any of you nieve enough to say Hillary would be just as demanding if they were in Obama's position? If you say yes .. do us a favor and go shoot yourself before you have a chance to get some other idiot to agree with you. Bottom Line Hilliary fans Are you going to be pat of the problem or part of the SOLUTION? Don S.

    June 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Jewish Women For Obama

    Options? What options?
    I just cannot wait to see this woman ruin her reputation and her husband's legacy!

    June 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Isaac

    If she continues on with the contest beyond Tuesday and tries to strong arm the superdelegates into switching their vote, then all she'll accomplish is making a sizable portion of her own superdelegate supporters switch to Obama. NO ONE wants this to drag on any further, and NO ONE likes a bully!

    June 2, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. mac

    We have had eight years of a president who didn't feel bound by rules. We really don't need one who makes up the rules as she goes along.

    June 2, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. amused democrat

    dear fans of mrs clinton, you know a few people also voted obama all those delegates which dont really matter. over a 100 more delegates than clinton has. tell me who you think will be disenfranchised if by some odd magic (um crazy maths) the person leading onvoted delegates loses due to superdelegates choices. for all of you ignoring the caucuses, and the people backing tainted votes of FL and MI without any campaigning. for the good of the country and democrats, hope hilary doesnt get her way.

    June 2, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. No McSame

    She looks more and more like CHUCKIE. Good sparing session for Obama but now it's time to move on to the real thing.

    June 2, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. FreedomFromFear-Florida


    June 2, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Debbie,NJ

    JFK. We live in a democracy. People vote for who they want in office. THe people have voted. Most delegates, most states won and most popular votes (in spite of what Hillary says). This is what it takes to win the nomination. If Hillary had these counts then there would be no argument as to who is winning, but she doesn't.

    June 2, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Ex-Democrat in Iowa

    It amazes me that Hillary is being accused of dividing the party. Typical comment from an Obamabot.

    Here's the real deal: Hillary was a shoo-in for the presidency. It's the Obamabots that abandoned her and divided the party. Half of the democratic base has been with her the entire time.

    Again I ask, who's divided the party? You people are a real piece of work.

    Go team

    June 2, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Hillary all the way!!

    Obama people are rude! So Rude! They want to boss everyone else around.. they want to make the decision for everyone.. Makes me dislike Obama even more...


    The DNC is going to do what they are going to do.. so stop degrading people.. You all are just like the freaky so called pastor and the madd so called Preist.. You have no respect for anyone including yourselves.. Get a grip and shut up! No wonder democrats that support Hillary are threatening to vote for McCain.. GOOD GRIEF!

    June 2, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Wise White Guy

    Brian in Knoxville. We do understand perfectly well what motivates Hillary Clinton to run. She needs to win to stay out of prison. Plain and simple. If she does not win she will not be able to avoid being charged with a felony for Paul V Clinton. Maybe do some homework before you talk like you know anything. She is not who you think she is becasue you do not think.

    June 2, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Jody

    I thought Barack Obama was supposed to represent the "New Politics", but he is getting the nomination based on a bunch of back-door dealings with super delegates, and the DNC is awarding him delegates based on votes he never won!

    Neither Obama nor Hillary will have clinched the nomination after Tuesday. So how will either of them win? Super delegates. But Hillary has an uphill battle there due to the DNC shoving her out the door, and a nice heafty dose of sexism within the party.

    Talk about the shady, cigar-filled back room politics of Chicago. Obama has been a Chicago-style politician all along, and is the biggest hypocrite walking – and he pulls it off with a nice, arrogant flair.

    June 2, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Amy

    Funny how she's trying to take Obama's superdelegates away saying that it's okay when she is the same one who considered Superdelegates who supportered her then changed their mind and backed Obama "Traitors". Funny how the rules and ethics apply to everyone but her.

    June 2, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Bridget

    Good bye Sentor Clinton and I hope the DNC says Good bye too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Lisa

    If this was Obama hanging on and not wanting to leave the race, the Clinton campaign and her supporters would be screaming for him to leave.Calling him a loser and a sore head. No one can say that is not true. Just cause her last name is Clinton does not give her the right to hold the democratic party in limbo.

    June 2, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. rylee


    June 2, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Venette - Boston, MA

    Senator Clinton, please bow out... It is over... You said in New Hampshire that you loved this country so much – if you do/did, accept the defeat; the American people will understand.

    June 2, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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