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. Typical bitter white person

    Obamanation is right! Rules are rules! We should stick to them!

    Let's start with New Orleans. All those people who chose not to buy flood insurance and pocketed the savings knew what the consequences were. They should give back every penny of government money they have received. Why should my tax dollars go to people who broke the rules out of greed?

    Let's move on to the mortage foreclosures. All those people signed the papers agreeing to pay the higher interest rates at a future date while pocketing the savings on the initial low rate. They should have to live with the foreclosures that will now haunt them. Why should I be penalized with buying a smaller house and paying a higher interest rate the whole time because I had enough sense to know I couldn't afford the rate increases that came with those "too good to be true" deals? I played by the rules and now the government wants to bail out the idiots that bought houses they couldn't afford. That's not playing by the rules.

    On to churches that involve themselves in politics. The rules are clear and they should lose their tax exempt status by breaking them.

    You see, Obamanation only likes the rules that favor them and even then play fast and loose with them. I mean, pa-leeze! The man did not get a single, varifiable vote in Michigan and he gets delegates based on what the party thinks he would have gotten if he had left his name on the ballot?

    This independent is voting for McCain in November. The way Obama supporters will justify anything the man says and does while completely ignoring facts and good judgment is scarey. This nation is in trouble and Obama will only make it worse by further dividing this nation along racial lines. His campaign (which he should be controlling better if he disagrees) has turned everyone who disagrees with the man into an uneducated bigot instead of recognizing that some of us see the man for what he is – untried, untested, unknown, and unelectable.

    June 2, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. taylor richmond virginia

    they could.............but they will probably do the opposite.

    June 2, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga


    June 2, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. Geoff

    She is NOT ahead in the popular vote!!!!

    June 2, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. Barbara Campbell, Asheville, NC

    Thankfully, the superdelegates are intelligent and savvy enough to see through Hillary's propaganda and deceit. She continues to outright lie about the popular vote, and of course doesn't mention that a substantial percentage of those who voted for her are Limbaugh Republicans. The supers also know HOW she got some of the vote – through dirty tricks and smears and distortions. She ran her campaign into the ground, and never "got" that the American people are sick and tired of negative politics.

    Hillary may continue to run, but she's more likely to unite the Democratic party against her and sabotage her own political future.

    June 2, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |

    Just so you know ho divisive Clinton has become... Didi you know that her supporters are player hating on Obama soo much that Oprah Winfrey's popularity amongst white women has declined since she openly supported Barack!

    This women needs to stop the madness and go home and spend some time with Bill cause he apparently is reverting back to his old ways of womanizing and cheating. CNN REPORT THAT!

    June 2, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Let me draw an anology since this is an Olympic year.

    Winning the Olympic gold medal is not about being the best in the world. It is not about winning world championships leading up to the games. It is not about looking the part, feeling the part, or being the part. It is not about beliefs, or statistics. It is not about hope, dreams or predictions. It is not about fan popularity or media coverage.

    It is about mental and physical preparation to be the best in the world on that day that comes along once every 4 years. What has happened in the past, whatever reputation that you may have, all of that is irrelevant.

    June 2, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Bitter

    The guy behind her in the picture has the same look as the rest of us when she says she's ahead in anything but her own twisted mind.

    June 2, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. Marc, Toronto

    I look for many super delegates to endorse Barack Obama today so that he can make his victory speech in St. Paul tomorrow night.

    This will all be over in 36 hrs.

    June 2, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. Kelly

    I used to have so much respect for Hillary Clinton, for so many reasons.

    But over the course of this campaign, her decisions have made it abundantly clear that she would make a terrible president.

    And her disingenous and increasingly bizarre pronouncements ('I'm ahead in the popular vote"??) only serve to underscore this sad truth.

    June 2, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. ap

    While I support Obama...I commend her will to fight!!

    However, I surely hope she does not take it to the convention and make it bad!!

    June 2, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Grant

    She will lose about 20 of her own by lunch when the rest of the Cali block moves over which is expected today....not sure, she may be waiting by the phone until 3am, but it is not ringing......lol

    June 2, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. fairandstraight

    Maybe some of the superdelegates that are supporting Sen. Clinton will change their minds after they have clearly seen how selfish she is.

    The lead in the popular vote she is claiming is big, but she wants the voters to think that the lead in the delegate count that Sen. Obama holds is slight. I would say 48 delegates away for the end is a great deal compared to 203 delegates away.

    The truth is, she is not leading in any area except ignorance.

    June 2, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. Mikey, Scottsdale AZ

    President Obama,

    Please, please, be careful you choose a VP you can trust ...in my mind that very very short list would include Colin Powell, Joe Biden, or Wesley Clark.

    Healing a political party is not as important as healing a country and a world .

    Making an error here may obliterate all you have accomplished which has been spectacular and amazing.

    You are not only our Candidate for change, but our only hope for restoration !

    From a genuinely concerned 60 year old white male under $40K income with two eyes, two hands, two feet, and a burdened heart for America !

    God Bless & Protect You, Mr. President

    June 2, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  15. gary

    I hope they shift to you HRC. You are the best canidate to beat MCcain.You are the best for our leader.he system has fixed this race to much for O.B. just because they are bias against a woman president. This country should worry about the qualifications ,and the canidate'strack record, not because the vcanidate is a man.

    June 2, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. Steve

    She lost FAIR AND SQUARE. STOP trying to make this out to be some new Bush v Gore type of thing!!!

    If she keeps it up she is going to cause dems to move into the rep side the same as the Bush admin did for the rep. But its good for America in a way. Its pushing people of both sides to the independent isle. Every true patriotic American is an independent and not ruled by "lables" and "teams".

    This is America NOT England we are not AND WILL NOT be ruled by blood or family monarchies!!

    June 2, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. jfs Memhis, Tn

    There is but one option............concede and support Obama. He now is in control of the Democratic Party and by becoming an OBSTICLE to this Parties goals in November will not get her very far , especially if opportunities are extended to her on an Obama Ticket or Cabinet.

    June 2, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Umpire


    June 2, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. shirley

    Clinton will make every effort to lie, cheat and steal her way to the nomination, even taking it to the convention. She has turned this election into a circus for her own ambitions.

    June 2, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. bill clinton jr

    She is A JOKE

    June 2, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. Olivia

    Sen. Clinton should realize that there seem to be forces in place ready to be activated to work against her. She must realize that she is not the one the party chose a long time ago to be the nominee, that she is upsetting the carefully laid plans by being too good a campaigner and being loved by so many of us dastardly women.

    All who have voted for her love her, although if you go by what the media project, you would think she is the worst person ever. Wrong.

    Run in 2012. Show your strength, Hillary. Don't be a back-seat vp to Obama, you are MUCH better than that. With regards to your so-called friends in the senate who are not really for you.....that's ok......freedom of speech and choice and all that......just proceed with caution.

    June 2, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  22. Mike from Westchester

    Like with many of her other statements, it should be pointed out that people have not been trying to get her out of the race "since Iowa". Another oft repeated Clinton claim that leaves reasonable people scratching their heads.

    The calls for her to exit really began after her "fire-wall" that was supposed to bring her candidacy back to life (TX, OH, RI, VT), netted he only 4 delegates vs. Obama. The writing, which was already on the wall, has been in large bold letters since then. Her big winning stretch from those primaries through to Pennsylvania, a state with demographics tailor made for Hillary, netted her only 5 delegates, a margin that was erased three-times over on May 6 (IN, NC).

    Senator Obama is expected eclipse the 2,118 required for the nomination this week. It remains to be seen if she concedes at that point. In any event, her actions will reveal her intent.

    June 2, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. Bob Price

    Hillary is getting desperate. Yes Superdelegates can change their mind, but the question is: should they?

    She agreed to the rules when the DNC disciplined Michigan and Florida and even Barak showed the honor not to have his name on the ballot. What's funny is that conservative radio hosts like Sean Hannity predicted that Hillary would use this current strategy if she was desperate enough. She knew the rules, agreed to them, but now that things aren't going her way she has to change the rules.

    If I were a Democrat (I'm not...I belong to the now defunct Federalist party), there is no way I'd vote for Hillary. She has shown that personal ambition goes beyond anything...the rules, the party, or anything else.

    June 2, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. Patria Amor

    Hillary's actuations do not deserve any decent comment. She has gone nuts...

    June 2, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Sally Mae: Ex-Hillary Supporter


    OBAMA '08 & '12

    June 2, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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