June 2nd, 2008
08:07 AM ET
7 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. USELESS MEDIA

    WHY IS THE MEDIA NOT DOING THEIR JOB? CNN, MSNBC, FOX AND THE REST. INSTEAD OF ENCOURAGING THIS FARCE, THEY SHOULD BE VOCIFEROUSLY DENOUNCING HILLARY'S MATH, DUBIOUS CLAIMS, AND HER RULE BENDING.THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO BE SAVED FROM SUCH DISHONEST AND DANGEROUS POLITICIANS LIKE HILLARY CLINTON.

    June 2, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. A CANUCK

    Clinton's popular vote argument is the same as claiming a hockey winning game is based on shots on goal.....not the scoreboard....but it's all that she has left. And being Canadian...I should know, eh ?

    June 2, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Rose

    What an Idiot....

    June 2, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. mich

    Even if she is ahead in the popular vote, that doesn't cut it in the general election as we all unfortunately saw in 2000. If that is going to be her strategy in the general, we definitely have a problem and it will lead to a 3rd Bush term. Sorry Hillary, wrong answer, try again...

    June 2, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. jonny

    YOU LOST! GET OUT WEDNESDAY MORNING. If you continue past Wednesday morning, then your political career will be over. If you bow out quietly, then maybe there is hope for you and most people can give you the benefit of the doubt. But if you have not removed yourself from the race by noon on wednesday, everyone will know for a fact that you are greedy and selfish and only care about yourself and are willing to damage the election and the country just so you can get what you want.

    June 2, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Ron Pab,San Francisco

    Hilliary forget Denver,forget DNC and its time to forget Democratic Party,its time to quit Democratic Party.And instead join another party
    so that you can continue your campaign to white House
    I believe Obama is great mistake to be elected .We need a strong
    leader,a fighter and with EXPERIENCE like Hilliary .

    Hilliary quit Democratic Party now its time for 3 party System.So that all voices will be heard.
    Hilliary should be the next president of the United States not the
    rookie,inexperience obama or mcaine-bush team.

    June 2, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. jonny

    I really would not be surprised if Hillary ran as an independent.

    June 2, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Norb

    Maybe Hillary can leave the Democratic party and run as a independent with Joe Lieberman?

    June 2, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Hillary Supporter

    Stay in there Hillary.....Don't fall prey to Obama's cheap tactics !

    If the Democratic ticket doesn't get you there....then go in as independent.
    Otherwise- my vote, along with millions of others will go to McCain or not even be cast!

    Stay strong and GO HILLARY!

    June 2, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Weak

    Hillary is NOT the stronger candidate! PERIOD!

    She's in DEBT!

    She voted for the Iraq War.

    She voted for the Kyl bill – saber rattling Iran.

    AND no one will rally the Republicans like SHE will!

    Praying the Supers grow a spine THIS week!

    June 2, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. Voice of Reason

    For all you people claiming that votes need to be counted fairly and fully: Count them all. Win the popular vote. Win the big states. You are STILL losing and will not secure the number of delegates needed to be nominated.

    Gore won the popular vote, and look where that argument took him. You have to play by the rules, and in any of the rules set out, you will not win.

    It's time to cut your losses.

    June 2, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. hakeemsdad, Florida

    You got my vote Billary.

    I forgot it doesn't count!

    June 2, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Chuck

    Hillary and Bill = Democratic party demise. Get her out of this so we have a chance against McCain. She has to be dilusional. Bill has obviously lost it. Ride off into the sunset and reflect on the past. Where did they get Harold Ickes? There seems to be a bunch of nuts around the Clinton tree!

    June 2, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Bitter

    How much you want to bet that Hillary would pick Bill as her runnung mate?

    June 2, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Scott Glenn in Wa

    She has to keep going, she needs more fodder for her next book.........

    June 2, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. JennyM

    She is going to split this party in two ... she acts like a spoiled 2 year old . It's MINE MINE MINE .. you can't have it ... geeeeeeez she is more pathetic everyday .

    June 2, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Lisa in GA.

    No comment .. I am a democrat and will vote that way!

    June 2, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. "Sometimes a soldier just doesn't know the war is over!

    Please, give her a drink, sit her down and break it to her gently!

    June 2, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Pat

    Hillary Clinton is in la la land.

    June 2, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. aaron from minneapolis

    If Clinton some how wins voting for her will be the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I hate the person she is, good thing I hate McCain more.

    June 2, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. ANGIE

    ATTENTION HILLARY CLINTON AND I HOPE YOU READING THIS IF YOU CARE ABOUT AMERICA AND THE PEOPLE QUIT THE NONSENSE ACCEPT YOUR LOSS STAND BEHIND OBAMA UNITE THE PARTY AND KEEP JOHN MCCAIN OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE YOU DOING THIS IS ONLY DIVIDING THE PARTY AND GIVING MCCAIN A WIN IN NOV IS THAT REALLY WHAT YOU WANT HILLARY IF THAT IS THE CASE I HAVE LOST ALL RESPECT FOR YOU AND THAT JUST PROVES TO EVERYONE YOU NEVER CARED ABOUT THEM OR THE DEM PARTY YOU HAVE BEEN IN THIS FOR YOUR OWN SELFISH REASONS NOW HILLARY DO THE RIGHT UNITE THE PARTY ITS UP TO YOU NOW!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. MD Democrat

    If Hillary isn't the nominee I will vote:

    HILLARY CLINTON – WRITE-IN

    HILLARY CLINTON – INDEPENDENT

    UNCOMITTED OR NO VOTE AT ALL!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Hillary for evil dictator '08.

    Will someone please give her a sedative and put her to bed.

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. R. Cooper

    Don't worry folks we will all be put out of this misery Wednesday morning, June 4.

    June 2, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Not sleeping at the switch

    WOW I thought it woud take at least 24 hours for the Racist , ignorant posters to hit this Blog. I see I was wrong!!!!

    Your fear of Obama make people of ALL Races very happy.

    June 2, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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