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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  1. Joe

    Here's my question for Hillary supporters:
    She had an "insurmountable lead" at the beginning of the primaries. She is now behind in delegates and approx $20 million in debt.
    Never mind that Hillary chose these people and leads these people:
    Is this the campaign organization you want running a campaign in November?

    June 2, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  2. Hillaryous

    Yeah, they're shifting alright... towards Obama!!!

    June 2, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. Travis

    Wishful thinking, anyone?

    You have to feel a little bad for HRC...the nomination was hers to lose, and she lost it, even having a strong name brand, money, the lead...after a year+ of campaigning that has to suck. At least she did make history by running for the nomination.

    That being said, the Democratic party needs to recognize that the 2008 race is theirs to lose...Hillary should (gracefully) bow out after June 3rd and when Obama gets the delegates to hit the magic number. The party needs to get behind a single nominee, especially since they have a better then average shot of getting the White House this year.

    Of course, HRC will probably take it all the way to the convention...so so much for unity. More like sour grapes if she loses...

    June 2, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. sue calgary

    Desperately Seeking The Nomination!!!

    June 2, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. Fran Mailhot

    Hillary, Don't quit now! You are the best person for the Presidency and we all know you are not a quitter. Good luck! And if by the longest stretch of the imagination you lose to Obama I for one will either vote for McCain or not vote at all.

    June 2, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  6. An American in Canada for David

    Hillary R. Clinton you are a true phoenix (A legendary Arabian bird said to periodically burn itself to death and emerge from the ashes as a new phoenix) that is why no one can write your obituary, until you do, and that will never happen.

    Clinton, you are entitled to have the presidential nomination and so say over 18 million of your supporters.

    Clinton, you are entitled to have the presidential nomination because you won all of your delegates legitimately.

    Clinton, you are entitled to have the presidential nomination because you are the most worthy candidate, even McCain would preferably lose to you.

    As oppose to Barack H. Obama, you are an upstart (a presumptuous person) from South Side Chicago.

    Obama presumes entitlement to have the presidential nomination because he is the first black presidential candidate.

    Obama presumes entitlement to have the presidential nomination because he currently has the most delegates (GIVEN and earned)

    Obama presumes entitlement to the presidential nomination because he can read pretty speeches from a Teleprompter.

    So, super delegates chose wisely because both candidates have baggage.

    However, we know all about H.R. Clinton’s baggage, which comes more from “attached baggage”; while Obama’s baggage is still under lock and key, only his overnight bag has been opened and look what spilled out!!

    June 2, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Clinton, who Obama should offer the Health Ministry Portfolio to, is not ahead in the Popular Vote, if Fair Reflection is used as a criteria. It is totally DIShonest and INaccurate on her to claim a 1/2 million lead.
    When is she going to stop drinking the soup that Wolfson and Ickes feed her? Check out the charts at the 'real clear politics' web site!
    Even if you use the FALSE measuring stick the Clinton Camp foists on you, 0% for Obama in MI and dropping, disenfranchising, the 4 States that Obama won, the biggest bad reflection lead she could claim is 300,000, not 1/2 million.
    When you *add a fair allocation for Obama in MI, *add the estimates of the 4 states that don't reveal PV, *add the support for Obama in the 'missing' 17% out of Fla (Clinton 49.8% Obama 33%, ?17%, and *add the share of the voters that stayed home in FLA and MI, Obama's PV lead is about 100,000, to which SD and MO will be *added.
    When Ickes can spend all day Saturday, without challenge pulling the wool over eyes about a mythical 73 delegate count in MI, it only encourages him to make false claims of a 1/2 million.
    (73 divided by 128 is 57%. Clinton did not get 57% in Mi! Her 55% time 128 is 70! What calculator did Ickes use to get 73? By the way, Obama had to pay a filing fee to remove his name, Clinton avoided that cost!)

    June 2, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  8. Helen

    Hillary's campaign strategies remind me so much of what I found distasteful in her husbands campaign and presidency. I don't think either Clinton realizes that the general population is not as stupid as they'd like to believe we are. If they find it convenient to exaggerate or make up a story, then they do so without blinking. I don't say this with malice, it's just the truth. Then when confronted, they just accuse the press of badmouthing them or try to laugh it off that they "misspoke".
    That is why it frightens me to have Hillary as our president. How fair is it for Michigan and Florida to break the rules and hold their primary early? How can Hillary justify them doing so? The other candidates removed their names from the ballots, Hillary kept hers on. Well she knew they were breaking the rules and now she wants to justify their actions for her own purpose. Sure you won in those states Hillary, the other main candidates weren't on the ballot! Please don't try to lead us to believe you won those states because you were the candidate of choice.
    My main concern is this.... if you'll be so blatantly behind states breaking the rules because it benefits you, what sort of leader would you be for our country? You can't have it both ways, you're either for people doing what's right or you aren't. It can't be for your own personal benefit that it's ok for them to be bent now and then. What rules will you bend as president that could be harmful for our country because it will advance your cause?
    I don't care if our next president is a democrat or republican, just once it would be nice to have a president who was honest. It's time for us, the American citizens to quit being so complacent and demand that our presidents not only be honest with us but also to have OUR best interest in mind, not their own.

    June 2, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. Dave

    Senator Clinton has spent twice as much time in Puerto Rico, Montana, and South Dakota campaigning in the past two weeks as Senator Obama, who was spending time in other states campaigning for the general election. It wouldn't surprise me for Senator Clinton to be very competitive in both Montana and South Dakota tomorrow as a result of Obama's strategy of looking past Senator Clinton by trading punches with McCain. Terry McAuliffe, Senator Clinton's campaign manager, would like the public and the undecided and decided super delegates to believe their has been a change of sentiment or buyers remorse concerning Barrack Obama's appeal amongst the majority of registered democrats, although they have a problem with providing evidence to support their theory since the have taken contrasting positions in reference to polling and their accuracy. They continue to spin and twist information making any argument put forth by their campaign hard to take seriously.

    June 2, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  10. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    They've won approximately the same number of votes in primaries.

    He has won all but one or two of the caucuses.

    He has won more states.

    He has more pledged delegates.

    He has more superdelegates.


    Think, people.

    She lies even when documentation disproves her lies–

    “We need a president who will put us back on the path to fiscal responsibility,” she said. “I am the only candidate running who has told you specifically how I will pay for everything I propose because I want you to hold me accountable.”

    There are a couple of problems with this claim, though. First, her campaign is approximately $20 million in debt, even after she loaned over $11 million of her own money to the cause. Several vendors and suppliers have come forward to say they are owed money by the campaign, and her former chief strategist, Mark Penn, is owed $5 million for his services before he parted ways with Clinton.

    Second, Clinton received more than five times the number of earmarks than any other senator, according Taxpayers for Common Sense. Their report also found that Clinton is responsible for receiving over $2 billion in earmarks from 2002 to 2006, which is more than either Barack Obama or John McCain.

    June 2, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. mozartt

    Hillary Clinton is disgusting. She will do everything and ANYTHING to gain power. Even if it means destroying the democractic party.

    God help us all!!

    June 2, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. Lolz

    Check out that guy to her right!

    June 2, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. Marshall

    Welcome to "Planet Loss of Reality" Population...Clinton and supporters.

    June 2, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. Steve, New York, New York

    Time to haul Hillary off to a mental hospital. It's over – only imbeciles like Geraldine Ferraro would not understand that.

    June 2, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  15. John

    Time to join the winning team HRC, Obama will be President.

    June 2, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  16. Miss M

    Ms. Clinton, You have been a strong voice for us, we will continue to support you. Our country needs you as President. I am afraid Mr. Obama has not the experience or strength to lead this country let ,alone beat McCain.

    With hearfilled admiration, and respect..God Bless you !

    M/ from Nevada

    June 2, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  17. Bob Texas

    Ms. Clinton does not understand what it means to bow out gracefully. She continues to throw doubt in the democratic party so she can gain her own interest. Her supporters are not facing reality and neither is she! It does not at this point matter who said what! ITS OVER!!!

    June 2, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. Nick - Arlington, VA

    shes gonna just suspend her campaign in the hopes something happens until the convention and or receiving some peace offering from Obama and if not she'll unify at the convention....hopefully.

    June 2, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  19. Norb

    Wow! Puerto Rico primary turned out what? 20% of the voters? Plus, they can't even vote in the general election. I hear she's the favorite in Jamaica.

    June 2, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  20. Eddie G

    They should shift because she says so...right?

    Her claim that she has the most popular vote would be strong, if that is how the nominating process works, but it doesn't. You can't change the rules during the game. In baseball, if you have more base runners, but not as many runs, you lose. In football, if you have more yards, but not more points, you lose. In Hockey, if you have more shots on goal, but less goals, you lose. In this primary election, if you have more popular votes (accoding to Clinton math of course), but less delegates, YOU LOSE. So, Hillary, please take your ball and go home, you have LOST!

    June 2, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  21. Ross in MD

    She is as delusional as Bush and McBush.

    Bush: We can win in Iraq. Stay the course!
    Clinton: We can win the nomination! Stay the course!

    June 2, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  22. Ted, Washington DC

    She should stay in and the super delegates should hold their horses. In fact even the committed ones should put their decision in abeyance not because of popular vote or other but rather because Obama has not gone trough the procees of vetting. If he stumbles but the dices had been cast then the whole dream of taking the Whire House would collapse. Obama is an opportunist and one day he may have pay the price. If so then let it be him that pays the price and the rest of the electoral. So hold on your horses. At present we only have images of Obama but not the substance that we would need to have before we make a choice.

    June 2, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  23. Patrick

    I had some respect for her a long time ago. the constant lies, double sided nature, and stupid commments through her race has made me lose every ounce of respect.

    After the RULE BREAKING STATES got seated, she still wasnt happy. Why? They still BROKE THE RULES, and never should have been seated. Those votes should have been thrown out the window. She even agreed with that in the start but now doesnt.


    Just give me a break people. Open you eyes, seek help or whatever, but just see this woman for who she really is.

    June 2, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |

    Don't quit Hillary. Take it to the floor of the convention. All you Super Delegates you need to vote as your State did. If Hillary won that state then cast your vote that way. Even the delegates that endorsed Obama you need to back up if your state's popular vote for Hillary. I'm tired of traitor's attitude. Hillary you have nothing to lose. THERE ARE MULTITUDES OF US DEMOCRATS THAT WILL NOT VOTE FOR A TICKET WITH OBAMA'S NAME ON IT SO DON'T PUT YOUR NAME BESIDE HIS. WE WILL AND GET THIS DUMMY DNC VOTE FOR JOHN McCAIN.

    June 2, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  25. Denise P Quinton

    Obama can speak about clinching the nomination, however, when push comes to shove, the bottom line is Hillary won the majority of the votes, even with some of her votes being given away to OBAMA by the DNC. Press on Hillary, you have supporters throughout the country who care about the illusion created by Obama and his supporters, he is now at all what he appears to be and will never win the White House, just read the blogs and listen to Hillary supporters, we will never elect Obama in 08. We love you Hillary and know you will never let them get you down

    June 2, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
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