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. Reality


    June 2, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Mark W

    Only the Democratic party could manage to blow this after having the perfect political storm to regain the White House.

    And when the Republicans win in November, there's only one group to blame:

    Hillary and her egomaniacal self-aggrandizing selfish drive for power.

    June 2, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Isabelle

    For those of you that say "every vote counts," what about the people in Michigan who wanted to vote for Obama, but could not? What about people in Florida who only voted for Hillary because she has a recognizable last name and had not had the chance to see Obama speak there?

    Michigan and Florida violated the rules of the Democratic party. The truely fair course of action would be a revote, but that will not happen because it costs more than the DNC or the states, or the people for that matter, are willing to spend.

    The candidates agreed to remove their names from the Michigan ballot, but your hero Hillary did not. What does that say about her? Will she likewise make promises to foreign governments, then back out of them? Or, perhaps make promises to the American people that she does not honor.

    June 2, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Dr. J

    I never knew racism was so rampant. I can not understand how people can rail against Obama, who is not too far off from the views of Clinton, say they will vote for McCain or not vote, and then swear that Obama stole the election. Obama out smarted Hillary by using new techniques in fundraising and he surrounded himself with smart people. When you fight in an ugly manner, it comes back to haunt you. Most of the people who are against Obama are against him because of his race. I am just going to call it like I see it. If Obama was a white man, you would not hear half of these comments. This election reminds me of the movie " Birth of a Nation." DeClerk, used the same fear tactics to scare whites when blacks were running for public office. You if don't know your history, you are bound to repeat it.

    June 2, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Iowan - Caucus States Matter

    Hillary Supporters

    tell me why she should be the nominee

    Obama leads in pledged delegates

    Obama leads in superdelegates (one category she's lead in forever)

    and Obama leads in the popular vote

    (with every state counted obviously including caucus states because we have a say in the general election – puerto rico doesn't)

    sounds like the will of the people want an end to a dynasty in politics

    June 2, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. TERI

    It is about time Hilary Clinton step back, accept that Obama has made the candidate for the Democratic Party. Clinton is starting to make a mockery of herself and the party. HILARY CLINTON >>>>>Don't disrespect the Party and yourself, it is time to stand behind Obama in grace.

    June 2, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. CMitch, FW TX

    Why would anyone want her to be president after her behavior through the primary? She is not who I want as commander in chief.

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. wwf

    To those who will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee. You know where you can go. There are seven gates, so you should not have any trouble getting in.

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. she looks resigned

    The picture looks like she is resigned to the fact that she is not going to win the nomination.

    Whether you think the outcome is fair or not, our political system is what it is. It always seems to not be fair for the loser. The success of the democratic party against McCain depends on the graciousness and selfless actions of the loser. If Obama goes on the win the nomination and the presidential election, Hillary can count that as a huge success for her. Afterall, it's about what is right for the country and the party, right? The Hillary supporters who are so angry and personally offended with a Hillary loss, voting for McCain out of spite is even worse than the perceived injustice of a Hiilary loss.

    If Obama loses and Hillary goes on to the GE, Obama will graciously conced to her and help her win in whatever way he can. Note that fewer of Obama supporters calin to not want to support Hillary than the other way around. That says something very clearly to me about who is more concerned with unity.

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Oregon

    Go away! We don't want you! Words that define you include "narcissistic" . . . "untruthful" . . . "unprincipled" . . . "egotistical" . . . "annoying" . . . "disloyal." These qualities disqualify even more as vice president. Just go away.

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. peakarach,des moines


    1. OSAMA.
    3. KIM JUNG-IL.
    6. REV.WRIGHT.
    8. BILL AYER.
    10. TONY RESKO.

    June 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Benjamin T.

    Wow. I've never seen anything like this in my life. Totally out of touch with reality.

    June 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. the other jd

    put on our big boy and big girl pants. i mean really, people.

    June 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. indy dem

    She's not winning the popular vote. That is a lie.

    Reminds me of the run-up to war when bogus facts were stated over and over again ("saddam has an operational link with al queda for over a decade") .... until a majority of americans believed it.

    It's a cynnical and immoral way to influence public opinion.

    Is she the only person left not totally hungover from 8 years of being lied to?

    June 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. FreedomFromFear-Florida

    DNC did best they could within the RULES that Hillary agreed to and confirmed when she said Michigan would not matter.

    SHE IS NOT A FIGHTER – SHE HAD ALL INTENTIONS TO RUN BACK IN THE 90s and thought that she was a SHOE IN. Even with Bill's misdoings and her misspeakings. What makes some of us SO BLIND??? Wonder how MONICA LEWINSKY is voting???

    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?
    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. Hillary herself caused what the Catholic preacher said. Pfleger TOLD THE TRUTH! Not nicely, but the truth. I have seen white and black leaders who dare to talk the way Americans talk at home, say the things Pfleger said in the pulpit.

    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. BILL won PR., not Hillary.


    June 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Observer

    The thing that most worries me about Hillary Clinton is her dishonesty. She seems to by very hungry for power, that she does anything to become persident, even lying and deceiving people. I'm so much worried, that she would lie to the American people and try to deceive them, if she becomes a president. And that is just what America had the last 7 years.

    June 2, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Karin

    just like your name Hillary......Hill...a hill is up on top and you had it going for yeah ...... ary.......release and let it go...... Hillary

    June 2, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Jerry - Europe

    USA, THINK! This is a more important election for the rest of the world than it is for you! Would Obama really beat McCain? How ever much some Democrats seem to hate Hilary, it's Hilary or four more years. PLEASE, think about the rest of the world!

    June 2, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. obama =supporter==ARKANSAS


    1. she will look back at what went wrong
    2 divorce bill
    most of all she will
    3.drop out of politics and take a course in math (she really needs it)

    June 2, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    She's totally out of touch with reality. Why would anyone vote for such a desperate whacko?

    June 2, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Godwin

    I'm not sure 95% of the remaining superdeligates will just flood to her camp that easily. That's how much she will need to stay in contention.

    June 2, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Kirk

    @ JFK:

    Sen. Obama is much more than "likeable" and a great speech giver. To relegate him to no more than that is to really demean a man who, I believe, has the ability to lead our country into a truly NEW direction... one that we have need to go in for some time (more than just the last eight years, in fact).

    Sen. Clinton actually represents all that is wrong with American politics today. She is the old guard; fighting with divisive-style tactics. Her theatrics may provide good entertainment for Rocky-style movies, but these are the types of "fights" that have led us into the pit we are now in.

    Your comments about Obama detractors being labeled racist are well-taken. By the same token, I do not feel it is accurate to label me as a sexist, just because I do not support Hillary. Like you, I have my own reasons for making my choice, and those reasons have nothing to do with either race or gender. So I would appreciate it if the Hillary-ites would lay off their charges of sexism, as well. I am ready for a female President, but I want it to be one who is honest, one who I trust; one who plays by the rules and doesn't try to change them in the fourth quarter; and most of all, one who makes me feel that she wants to be POTUS for the country's sake, not for her own legacy's sake.

    June 2, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Biographer

    We may not know when Hillary's obituary will be printed – but I think it's pretty easy to predict what the epitaph on her tombstone is going to say:

    "Hey! Not so fast! The superdelegates can still change their minds!"

    June 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. leon

    HIllary Supporters

    Let's start a strong movememt to campaign against Obama. He nothing more than a good student of the corrupted school of politics from Chicago like his senior strategist D Axerold is. Researched what Obama did to Alice when he destroyed her in Chicago so that he will be then only candidate in the ballot. This is the "new kind of politicia" he claims to be. BS Obma is a vulgar politician who does not deserve to be our president

    June 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. David from Canada

    Come on Hillary Supers do your job and leave her for Obama now, this is just ridiculous

    June 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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