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. G

    God, woman, go home already! We don't want you or your
    husband back in the White House.

    June 2, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  2. Mary

    Will do anything to stop a black man. Her husband said Obama was living in a fairy-tale and she is trying to prove him right. If she was a true democrat she would do what is best for the Democratic Party.

    June 2, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. Roz Jones

    Give it up Hillary. It's over.

    June 2, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  4. RW

    She is 100% correct, they should shift from her over to Obama. I am sick of hearing her nonsense, the game is over, she need to pack up her gear and enjoy Puerto Rico's beaches, and reflect on the bad campaign she camp ran.

    June 2, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  5. uma

    the waman prepare her selfish intrest than her party,her country and was consumed with love of power.she prepare mac cain to win so that if she block obama chance she argue that he was not electable.the sd has to decide and verry quick to select a norminee

    June 2, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  6. Tony, Miami

    Does Clinton really believe that all the 200 superdelegates left will side with her meaning not even 30 of them will move to Obama? What a dreamer.
    I do hope she concede and endorse Obama and start campaigning for him. She has nothing to prove anymore, everybody knows now what a big fighter she is and her supporters can be proud of her. It's time now to move on and unite the democratic party.

    June 2, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  7. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Hillary, Hillary, Hillary ....

    The lyrics of an old American standard seem very appropriate right now:

    The party's over
    It's time to call it a day
    They've burst your pretty balloon
    And taken the moon away

    It's time to wind up
    The masquerade
    Just make your mind up
    The piper must be paid

    The party's over
    The candles flicker and dim
    You danced and dreamed through the night
    It seemed to be right
    Just being with him

    Now you must wake up
    All dreams must end
    Take off your makeup
    The party's over
    It's all over
    My friend

    You danced and dreamed through the night
    It seemed to be right
    Just being with him

    Now you must wake up
    All dreams must end
    Take off your makeup
    The party's over
    It's all over
    My friend

    June 2, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  8. JFK

    The press has been trying to call this race for Obama for months. It seems very odd how the media has gone to lengths to nominate him even before the race was over. Personally, he is not the right person for the job now. While likeable and a great speech giver, I will not vote for him. This has been what seems to be a forced decision by the DNC party leaders and the media in general. While Obama supporters often like to throw around the "racist" word for anyone who does not support him. That is a serious charge that gets thrown around way too often. However that does not make me a racist. It is not that simple, educated people sometimes look for the candidate with the best overall attributes for the job. And he does not fit that mold, at least not yet. Unfortunately, I can not find much that he has done in his short career. That is not worth risking our country by electing an unqualified person to the job.

    June 2, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  9. dave

    Option 1: Get out
    Option 2: Leave Race
    Option 3: Concede

    Please pick one Hill

    June 2, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  10. Ashton

    You have done well Hillary. Thanks. Now let us all Join and throw our sopport around the nominee, as we take this Democratic party to the presidency.

    June 2, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  11. Ted

    It's such a shame that Hillary Clinton's swan song should be wrapped up in yet another misrepresentation - that she won the popular vote. Any objective measure shows Obama to have a slight edge, and you have to do things like award HRC all Michigan votes, and Obama none, to get to her convoluted conclusion. It's just so consistent, however, with a candidate who constantly warps reality to conform with her view of what things should be like. Pitiful, really.

    June 2, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  12. b22000

    Is Senator Clinton ahead in the popular vote, or is she counting and uncounting states as she wishes? How did she overcome the 0.7million votes by which Obama was ahead after NC?

    June 2, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  13. F. Lynn

    I have seen the vote tally on CNN and MSNBC, Obama is ahead in the popular vote. (PR doesn't matter) But the real question is how did I get to where I am? I'm an Obama supporter. I use to be a Clinton supporter, but as the election pushed through I saw a side of the Clintons I didn't think was acceptable for change. If Clinton was the nominee, I would have held my nose and voted for her. WHY? To say I'll support McCain is to say I support all the failed policies of bush and his cronies. I can't imagine anyone against these policies voting to continue them because their candidate lost! I don't see that from Edwards followers, Biddens people etc. WHY? We need a different direction not a Jr. High School Tantrum after loosing. Its time to face reallity and get behind our candidate. After all – Obama's policies are nearly identical to Clintons. That's way she resorted to the tactics used, which pushed us away from her in the first place! Her denial is dangerous for our party though not for her if she's already running for 2012. That would be sad. Bitterness will hurt us. We need to rise above this right now!

    June 2, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  14. Jo Hammond

    I don't know anyone who thought that Obama could win after Iowa; by and large we all still believed that Clinton had it in the bag. Since then Obama has executed his strategy with great flair and will win.

    I have seen few really generous people in my time; Hilary Clinton is NOT one of them. Her focused desire to do anything to win, including change the rules has frankly been beyond the pale at times. Hilary is absolutely selfish.

    It is time to move to the next phase with the team player, so Superdelegates cast your votes for Obama on Wednesday morning to bring this fascinating contest to a close.

    June 2, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  15. George

    How can she say, she's winning in the popular vote if Obama get's no vote out of Michigan.

    Wakeup "People" please..... Is this the type of president we want to govern our country..someone who never admits she is wrong...move the goal post and lie, lie,lie and send out ads to say she is winning the popular vote when she is not...

    This is what we want as a president.....WOW

    June 2, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  16. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Go Hillary!

    HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES '08

    June 2, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  17. tiuliama

    Still in the state of denial.... go home ! get a life ! ptui !

    June 2, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  18. Craig

    This cracks me up. The popular vote and delegates are split?

    Only in her head, if you don't count the caucus states and you disenfranchise the Obama supporters in Michigan.

    "Every vote counts." Yeah, right .*PUKE*.

    June 2, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  19. manie

    Watch it, After tuesday her speach will reflect that 'super delegates' are responsable for the fact that they didn't care about the popular votes,, meaning that she will still put gas on fire, for her own purpose, no matter what,,

    June 2, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  20. Bob/NH

    As she said, she'll do anything to win and she's certainly proven that fact. Running out of options though. Reserving the right to challenge the DNC rules seems to be the favorite right now. I wonder just how far they will let her go. To the nomination, perhaps?

    June 2, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  21. Pistoff

    "Hillary pressing on" = President McCain

    June 2, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  22. MJV Tampa

    HRC get a calculator the fat lady is tuning up for a song!

    Senator McCain the next President!

    Thanks HRC & Obama you did a great job for McCain!

    June 2, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  23. wilfred

    Looks like HRC is using the fuzzy math calculator again

    June 2, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  24. precious

    Let Sen. Hillary Clinton cross the finish line with some dignity and pride. Sometimes life is not about winning, it is about being the "strongest" to overcome what life throws at you, and so far she has done that. No one is perfect, but in life, only the "strongest" survives. She may not win the primary, but in my heart she will and always be a "winner". She stood strong and tall even when things were thrown at her, even when they did not relate to her. Some of the people she worked with and called her friend(s), brought out one of the worst circumstances anyone wanted to be reminded of, and started switching when things were going in her favor. I hope Sen. Obama goes through what Sen. Clinton went through as he campaign in the General Election. I say let's hold nothing back. Let us all get "fired" up, because in reality, it is and never will be about the people, but about who comes out the "winner".

    June 2, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  25. james from brooklyn

    By what count is she ahead in the popular vote. she must really think that people are not paying attention. she want to count florida and Michigan but don't want to count the caucus.......Please hillary, save it to someone who cares. You are waiting for a miracle which would never happen and even if the superdelegates would be stupid enough to shift towards you, you will still loose cause you have destroy what people once thought of you as a great woman who cares for every american, every ethinic group. Now we know where you stand. IF the RACIST democroats won't vote Obama i doubt black People would vote clinton. We've overcome some tough time so we are prepare if Mcsane is elected.

    June 2, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
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