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. Obama supporter

    In your dreams Hill!

    June 2, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. John in Ohio

    Quit it.

    June 2, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  3. Karl

    This is the closest Democratic nomination we have had in some time. I have been enjoying the process this year and have been sickened by all the people calling for a quick end.

    I find it especially sickening that that old hag Nancy Pelosi is whining for uncommitted delegates to announce their endorsement. Last I checked, she was an uncommitted superdelegate who had not announced her endorsement-what is she waiting for if she is so impatient for the other uncommitted superdelegates to announce. Give me a break and try and get some work done in the Senate for a change.

    I hope the superdelegates recognize that the popular vote is the will of the people. maybe after this election we can re-look at the Democratic nomination process and actually come up with a fair system that does count each vote. Caucuses make no sense to me-just have people go to the polls, count the votes, and let it be done-do we really need all these crazy ways to award delegates? One vote=one person......

    June 2, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. Phishmelt

    Go Hillary Go. Don't let the other candidate win by throwing out votes and delegates for the you. florida voted and they took 19 delegates away from you. michigan voted and obama was afraid to campaign there. he is shrewd. he knew he was finding loop-holes in the system. and they took your delegates away and just gave them to him. gave them. i think i should get some delegates there myself since i wasn't on the ticket.

    June 2, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. teresa from Canada

    Democrats don't need the Republicans to even fight to lose this election – Obama will NOT beat McCain – Hillary will!
    Shame on you America – you are struck with this rock star and ignoring the simple facts – Obama will lose the general election and you will end up with at least 4 more years of Republican war mongering government and ballooning deficits AND YOU KNOW WHAT – you deserve it!
    You had the chance to win with Hillary and win big and you have blown it!
    Democrats will not win the blue collar, catholic, female, or hispanic or swing state vote with Obama – you have done it to yourselves
    SHAME ON YOU AMERICA – you want flash – well this is going to be a flash in the pan and then over – YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE!

    June 2, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. Deb

    Take it to floor if you have to Hillary!

    We the people have spoken!

    And if the Super Delegates are smart and want to win in November with their Lifelong base in place, they will listen to the Will of the people!

    If the will of the people is ignored….

    I will be registering as a Republican and working the phone banks and donating all my disposable income to see that a qualified candidate is elected to our Highest Office!

    Hillary 08

    June 2, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |




    June 2, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. mazola

    Its over Hillary ..acccept it and lets start campaigning for the General election.

    OBAMA 08

    June 2, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. John in PA

    Could BHO stumble any worse towards the finish line? Obamabots, if you do not court the Hillary backers, you will lose big in November. Keep that in mind as you are commenting.

    June 2, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Rod In Houston

    The following comments were the talking points constantly repeated by the media pundits, Democrat party leaders, and so-called uncommitted super delegates (closeted Obama supporters), and The Obama Campaign.

    " If 795 of my colleagues decide this election, I will quit the Democratic Party. I feel very strongly about this," Donna Brazile told CNN.

    "If the superdelegates were to tip the balance against the popular vote, the turmoil would last long beyond the convention," longtime Democratic Party strategist Tad Devine said.

    "I do think that they have a respect - it's not just following the returns, it's also having a respect for what has been said by the people," Nancy Pelosi said. "It would be a problem for the party if the
    verdict would be something different than the public has decided."

    When those statements were uttered, the Obama supporters believed Obama would lead with the popular vote at the end of the contests. If the will of the people is the most important thing, then the will of the people should be respected. How do we determine the will of the people??? We count the votes.

    June 2, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. shegenisl

    It's a shame what someone will do if things don't go their way. If she's insinuating the shift of superdelegates, that means she has something up her sleeve. I'm a democratic supporter and was please with both candidates. They both had the same amount of resources , time, and preparedness to run their campaign and the person who didn't take anything for granted prevailed. This should be a lesson learned. Experienced doesn' t run a country , common sense does.

    June 2, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    She's about to get blown out by Montana & South Dakota tomorrow. Then, the supers will officially end it. If she chooses to go on from there still whining, her credibility will be shot. The majority of Americans will turn their back on her. As for her supporters, they will be all she has left, and folks, they are not enough for her to steal this thing.

    June 2, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. Caryn, Washington DC

    I wonder if she will have that idiotic grin plastered to her face when she finally has to concede to Obama.

    June 2, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  14. Spirit of America

    Persistence and perseverance are presidential qualities. Ditching a church which gave you political life and throwing out a pastor who gave you spiritual guidance are not. Hillary is a public servant; Obama just another politician who will do anything usurp power.

    June 2, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  15. walt ohio

    How can she count PR as a landslide victory? She beat Obama by 2 to 1, but how come only around four hundred thousand voted? One would think that if she were so GREAT, everyone would have ran out to vote for the Queen!!!!! Did you see Terry McCauliffe on Morning Joe today? Running his mouth, and holding up a bottle of RUM. Looked like he was drunk, no wonder his math sucks. The guy reminds you of a carnival salesman. Bye, Bye Hillary! GOOD RIDDANCE

    June 2, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. Mac

    Do you think she'll even admit its over AFTER the votes are tallied if she doesnt get the nomination? Im thinking 'Recount' (as in the movie, aka 2000 Gen Elec) all over again.

    The democrats are just handing McCain the elec if they dont get their acts together.

    Pretty amazing since this election 11 months ago was considered to be a guaranteed dem. win.

    The democrat party, Snatching Defeat from the claws of victory.

    June 2, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  17. Christina from Chicago

    Why us she getting away with such a huge lie?? The only way she is winning the popular vote is to "disenfranchise" (that's right I said it Hillary) the 200 some odd thousand voters in MI that went for Obama. It's true that we don't know exactly how many went for him, but it's safe to say he had a substantial number of them. And he certainly had at least one. Claiming the popular vote is a downright lie! Why hasn't anyone called her on this? I've seen people saying it's not "entirely true" or "somewhat faulty" but no one has come out and asked her about it yet. Still waiting on the truth to set us free. OBAMA '08!!!

    June 2, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  18. Diane Moore


    June 2, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. Dan (TX)

    Hey fellow democrats! It's time to do away with the elitist SUPERDELEGATE system. After all of us voted, we still don't have a nominee. The fat-cat party superdelegates are going to pick our nominee and they answer to no one. So much for "count every vote." Some votes count way more than others – reminds me of the USSR.

    Time to change the delegate system in the Democratic party to eliminate SUPERDELEGATES. Strip them of their power and give it back to the ordinary voter (or are we too stupid?).

    June 2, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  20. B - NYC

    There is no stronger person running in this race that Senator Clinton... She clearly can take a beating and makes level-headed decisions. This is a leader and the one person who can Govern our Nation.

    Unlike Barrack Hussein Obama, who to date has made most decisions based on the media pressuring him into it (ex; Rev. Wright) Senator Clinton has pressed on, kept her head high and has the experience needed to get us out of debt and end this needless war.

    If she does not get the nomination... I personally will not vote as no other is worthy and I find them equally bad...

    June 2, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  21. ellen

    Give it up Hillary! You are beginning to look pathetic and grabbing at anything to hold on. Think about that song in Dreamgirl where Hudson song " I an't going no where" in a sense – she was pitful begging to hold on when they told her it was all over.

    You are a strong beautiful woman. But look how you are going out. You got my sympathy now – a desperate woman that will do anything to win. You don't abid by the rules. Now that you are losing – you want everyone to the change the rules for you. The DNC was more than accommodating to you. Which you really deserve nothing!

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

    She sounds like a whiny baby, and the scary part about it is that i actually believe she will not be dropping out, even if he does get the 2118 votes to win. She is killing the democratic party!!!!!!! KILLING!!! HELP US!!!!

    June 2, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  23. A Shot Of Realism

    Relentless. And not in a good way.

    I hope Obama offers her a cabinet position that is all title, little/no excitement working in the West Wing.

    She can still enjoy the White House that way, but she still has to go home at the end of the day.

    Poor Hillary… I bet that will be considered ‘sexist’ too.

    June 2, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  24. Mario

    We all know Obama will be claiming victory later this week, but he really has no business doing so. Super delegates are not like pledged delegates; they can change their mind at any time. In fact, quite a few have already, so there is no reason why they couldn't change them again. If the Democratic party really wanted Obama, Hillary would not be doing so well. The fact is that the party is afraid to nominate Obama, for whatever reason, and quite a few are looking to jump ship. She's right to stay in the race; this nomination is still very much up in the air.

    June 2, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  25. Jamaal Kansas

    Yes we Can Obama 08 at out this Whole Primary Clinton has tried to spin her Arguments but they are not working since Feb.5 Barack Obama has gotton almost 200 super delegates to Hillary's 60 that means he argument is falling on deaf ears.

    June 2, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
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