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. Eric

    Now she goes public with an ad that only shows her leading by using delusional maths that nobody but her team accepts. Will someone pull the plug on this pathetic campaign.

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

    If people would just step back and look at the larger goal – the Presidency, they would see that Clinton has a superior position to win the key swing states in the Electoral College. Obama can't win Florida, can't win Pennsylvania, can't win Ohio, can't win Michigan....and no Democrat can win the Presidency without those states. Sure he can win Georgia, South Carolina and Nevada in the primary – but McCain trounces him in a head-to-head in those states in the general election. Obama won two kinds of states (mostly in caucuses, but that's another issue) – Republican strong holds, and Democratic "gimmies" that are so liberal they will vote for anyone with a D beside their name.

    Only Hillary won those states that have determined the presidency the last 6 elections – Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. And McCain will win those states from Obama.

    So – do we go with the Obama "caucus" strategy – or the Clinton "Electoral College" strategy.

    Good luck if Obama wins the nomination.. you are gonna need it......I'm one of the many moderate to conservative independentDemocrats who will either stay home, or vote McCain before I'll vote for Obama – he is too liberal, too "stars in his eyes" and simply too naive...(I can live with four years of McCain – but not Obama)....and I haven't voted R in 20 years....in NJ......


    June 2, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. Bob, Oregon

    The Superdelegates did shift -Toward Senator Obama

    Yes We Can.

    June 2, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  4. R.A.

    Get real and turn out the lights........it's over already. Popular vote my eye.....can you say CAUCUS? What about those votes???
    That lady lives in a dream world that's causing America to have nightmares. What a devisive mess she's caused by over staying her welcome

    June 2, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  5. Louis

    Clinton was the 'inevitable' back in 2006. Early in 2008 Obama was the 'unstoppable' bandwagon.

    Well now it seems like things are changing again, what goes around, comes around. Compared to Obama and his American Idol fans, Hillary has stronger supporters who stands by her as much as she stood for them.

    June 2, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  6. Kyle

    I think Hillary should press on, indefinitely. Even after she's clearly lost the Democratic nomination (ooops she already has), press on. Even after Sen. Obama (hopefully) or Sen. McCain is the President of the United States, press on. Even when she reaches 100 million in debt, press on. Hillary and her suppoerters should make an annual run at the White House, PRESS ON!!!

    June 2, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  7. Foreign observer

    Not willing to see the inevitable course of the things is something you don´t like to watch at your president. It´s a weakness of character !

    June 2, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  8. Candi SC

    Hillary stop telling lies. Hillary you and I know that Bill Clinton was on the Poll list for the most votes. Everyone in Puerto Rico voted for you because the well known name of Clinton was on the ballot and they thought Bill was running again. I hope you can make Puerto RIco a state by the time the 2012 election is near.

    Give me a break and stop trying to ruin the democratic party.

    June 2, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  9. KeepGoing

    She's right! The media and some politicians have been trying to push her out of the race. Last week on CNN the commentators were saying Barack Obama would have gotten out of the race by now and one went as far to say "he would have the good sense to get out". The fact is we do not know if he would drop out (he probably would not) and if this were a landslide win for him I could see her getting out but it's not.

    Even with Obama's slight lead there is something that we see in him that is not what we want and the same can be said for her. This race is too close and therefore she should stay in until the end.

    June 2, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  10. Obama Supporter in VA

    Who is calculating this popular vote for her? This woman is incredibly selfish and a very sore loser.

    June 2, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  11. @americans

    a bogus popular vote count will never be accepted!

    HILLARY, GO HOME!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  12. carlo

    I’m ahead in the popular vote, Senator Obama is ahead in the delegates … they’ve never been separated before,” she said

    Didn't she say over and over again that McGovern won the delagate vote and Humphrey won the popular vote in 1972? Isn't this what her argument that Obama can't win based on? She just fails to mention how many candidates since 1972 have won the popular vote since 1972 and have lost miserably in the General Election.

    She needs to make up her mind. She has been screaming about disenfranchising voters, yet she ignores that fact that:

    1. She disenfranchises voters in caucus states by not counting their popular votes, which were not taken. Her excuse? Caucuses are flawed, unlike when Bill won in 1992 and 1996-they were perfectly legitimate then.

    2. Hundreds of thousands of voters in Florida and Michigan didn't vote because those votes, according to her, didn't count. People voted based on name recognition, especially so early in the campaign, and she KNOWS that why she got the margins she did.

    3. How can you disenfranchse voters in states that have already been stripped of their delegates? That's like counting a football exhibition game toward the regular season record at the end of the season. If the results don't count before the season, they don't count after the season. She and her more racous supporters should be happy for the delegates they got.

    4. Obama had the votes at the RBC meeting to get a 50/50 split in Michigan, but compromised and let her get 10 extra delegates from a contest she probably would have lost anyway.

    5. Her math has changed at least 8 times since Super Tuesday, you know, back when she said the contest was a delegate race? E really doesnt equal mc square in her world, does it?

    Anyone willing to challenge any of this, go ahead, but I know I'm right.

    June 2, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  13. Realistic

    Yeah, the SuperDelegates could shift but so far all the shifting (except one confused soul) has been in favor of Barack.

    Just come out and be honest: The only reason that you are staying in the race is so that under the federal election laws you can continue to receive donations to try to repay your campaign's debts to yourself.

    Otherwise, it's back to the Wal-Mart board of directors for you, tootsie.

    Clinton / Lewinsky '16

    June 2, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  14. Gigi

    Nothing has proven more difficult for senator Clinton than to admit that she has been fairly and squarely defeated. Quitting is one thing, and trying to ignore reality is quite another, the latter places her as a delusional, unable-to-give-up candidate. We all knew from the start that there was going to be a winner and a loser, and apparently Hillary set herself up to be the nominee, which we can understand, what we cannot is the fact that she is unable to grasp the reality that is out there for everyone to see but her. Pack your bags, negotiate with whatever strengths you have on your side, and exit gracefully. Next time it'll be better.

    June 2, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  15. Stephanie

    nonsense!!!!! oh my God cant she bow out with some dignity???????????

    oh my God!!! im just not believing what she is doing!

    June 2, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  16. Ralph

    You go girl!! We Hillary supporters will NEVER vote for Obama...17 million votes will go for McCain or a write in for Hillary!!

    Hillary has been railroaded by the DNC and the Democratic Party....they will lose millions of party members to Independent.

    It is their call and so far they aren't doing so well!!

    All the way to the convention Hillary!!!

    June 2, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  17. Buck Burton

    I enjoy watching Hillary struggling and slowly being defeated, I enjoy even more watching her hanging in there and causing turmoil in the party, the longer she lasts and the more damage she does the better.

    June 2, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  18. Sharbob

    It seems as if Senator Clinton is being penalized for staying in the race! The more she wins, the more the supers go towards Obama. Obviously they are pandering to Obama because they know the Democratic establishment wants him to be the nominee. It is clear to me what is going on. The party wants the Clintons out and nothing that she says will make a difference. I am certain of one thing though, if I am in a bind the first person I would call is Hillary. She is a fighter, she is strong, knowledgeable, smart and she doesn't fold. She will keep fighting until the last dog dies! She is who this country needs to command the global respect that has disappeared with W. If the Democratic Party can't recognize this then they deserve whatever happens to them. I really don't relish the thought of saying "I told you so" four years from now!

    June 2, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  19. John in KY

    GO HILLARY 08!!

    Never NOBAMA

    June 2, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  20. Dixon, Des Moines Iowa

    I wonder how much reflecting the 196 Super Delegates who committed to Hillary at the begining did. It was obvious then as now that the political establishment were trying to crown her the Democratic Candidate before a vote was cast.

    June 2, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  21. Chuck

    Stop with the popular vote argurment already Hillary. You are not ahead in any popular vote except that in your unreal world.

    Start your engines everyone. It is Obama versus McCain and Yes We Can when this election.

    June 2, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  22. JonPeter, Hartford, CT

    Clinton should continue the race until Obama has enough delegates to clinch the nomination. Then she needs to help unify the party.

    Hers claim to have the popular vote or how she's done since February have been much too one-sided. Obama has as mnay if not more of the popular vote and has done equally well or better since February. What HRC fails to acknowledge is the equal if not better success of her rival.

    The one thing that has turned many people off to HRC is her belief that if she is qualified, she deserves the nomination, regardless of how rivals have done. Had she treated Obama with better regard and presented her positive strengths, instead of panicing and resorting to negative tactics, attacking Obama supporters, she probably would have won the nomination.

    Unfortunately she didn't, and much of her behavior the past few months counts. She can't go back, and at this point Obama has almost earned the nomination.

    I'll be glad when this is over...

    June 2, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  23. NLC frm New York

    I am sure she will do well in South Dakota and Montana. I will be disgusted if Hillary looses this race. Do not do to her what was done to Al Gore in 2004. If he wins he should put Hillary as his VP because honestly if he does not do that we will have 4 more yrs of Republican issues. Remember Obama has not won the big States that Hillary won. GO HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT or OBAMA/CLINTON 08

    June 2, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  24. Jane, NC

    I also am holding out hope that our country has outgrown the practice of putting a less qualified man into the position for which a more qualified woman has applied. Superdelegates must see that had it not been for the Fla./Mich. debacle as well as the flawed caucus method, which eliminates ballot secrecy not to mention significant numbers of citizens, Sen. Clinton would likely be the nominee. Had the Democratic primaries been conducted as the general election is, she would be the nominee. She will probably have the popular vote, and she is the stronger candidate. We all know that if a woman candidate had no more experience or knowledge than he does, their candidacy would not even be considered.

    The Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire model (in which she not only had to dance as well as he did but also had to do so backwards and in high heels, while he still got top billing) has become tiresome beyond ... whatever.

    So if Sen. Obama is nominated, it is understandable that mllions of votes will be at risk in Nov.

    Sen. Obama cannot heal the party, even if he "reaches out" to women, not after the disgraceful displays of hatred, sexism and disrespect his side has shown to Sen. Clinton and for that matter, President Bill Clinton.

    The news shows and chattering pundits who have all but elevated Sen. Obama to sainthood and villified Sen. Clinton may also suddenly become sweetly magnanimous in their treatment of her, but many women won't fall for that either.

    Even Sen. Clinton may not be able to heal the divide. Her supporters are not "followers" as many of Sen. Obama's crowd may be. We admire her forebearance and her perseverance in this campaign, but we voted for her, not because we are blindly loyal, but because we know that she is by far the most qualified candidate with the strongest work ethic, and we agree with her on the issues. Our support of her campaign, however, goes deeper than our support for the candidate herself. So if she is not the nominee, she may well not be able to influence our vote after that, no matter how hard she works for Obama, as she will.

    Surely Sen. McCain's staff are thinking of what they can offer us.

    June 2, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
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