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. Abena

    Whatever you say, Hillary!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. hillary supporter!!

    Omg Hillary is the best if no Hillary im voting for Mcain and i hope hillary will be his vp wooo go Hillary.

    Mcain/Hillary 08

    June 2, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe NM


    June 2, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Allan

    You are correct, Senator Clinton. Superdelegates are free to change their mind. And to date, virtually every superdelegate who has changed his/her mind has left you and joined Senator Obama.

    After Tuesday, expect many more of these superdelegates to change their minds as well.

    How overwhelming must Senator Obama's lead in delegates be before you will acknowledge that you have lost?

    June 2, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Scott, Charlotte

    Pathetic sore loser.

    June 2, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Sam

    As a republican I think this stuff is awesome. Keep it up Democrats! I hope it fractures your party into a million little pieces.

    Not that it matters cause you wont win anyway. The good old silent majority will always defeat you.

    June 2, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |


    June 2, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Dave

    What a Nut! That lady needs to have her head examined by a team of professional shrinks!!!

    With her being this insane now, just imagine what would happen IF she were allowed to be the next Democratic nominee.... the Republicans would eat her alive in the general election!

    Go home HilLIARy.... IT...... IS............................... OVER!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Dave in VA

    Actually, Hillary, your obituary was written weeks ago. You're just the only person left in the country who hasn't come to terms with your campaign's death.

    June 2, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Susan

    This must be the new word of this week: Political Obituary.

    It's always something, isn't it?

    Hillary can say what she wants, but even her staff and hard-core supporters can smell the coffee. This contest will end this week, whether or not she chooses to acknowledge the fact.

    Now we will see exactly what the Clintons are made of. Are they going to 'campaign their hearts out' for Obama and the Democratic party, or will there be more sour grapes and pointy barbs along the way? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

    June 2, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Nancy

    And the beat goes on.............. Has anyone wondered who videotaped both Pastors in Obama's church? One guess. The media is putting Clinton on a pedestal and re-hashing every possible negative ad they can on Obama. Nothing is beyond her doing to get this nomination. Nothing!!!! Super delegates, please let this be over soon. And Obama, please do not put this woman on the ticket with you.


    June 2, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |

    your political obituary is already carved in a stone at the politician's graveyard in capitol hill.

    June 2, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |

    If any superdelegates shift and go for Hillary Clinton they are as sick as she is and should be mentally evaluated.

    June 2, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Jim

    You're the best Hillary, and we wouldn't have any other! Keep it up and we are going to take you all the way! Never stop!

    Hillary 2008, 2012.

    June 2, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Bryan

    WOW….I just read a story on three credible web sites that says the RNC has a tape of Michelle Obama ranting about whites at Trinity Church. They have scoured hours and hours of tape and are going to hold onto it until September. If Hillary can get this now, she will have to be the nominee….come on CNN research!!! Find out at least let us find out, lord knows you will report the Clinton women issue in vanity fair which is all hearsay too.

    June 2, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. Think - FL

    Puh-lease. The cascade of superdels is just about to begin... and it ain't towards you.

    June 2, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Joyce in Florida

    Come on all you super delegates out there, let's stand behind Hillary Clinton so she can become our nominee for President. You know that she is the stronger candidate to beat John McCain. Please please, just look at the will of the voters so far. It is apparent that we all WANT Senator Clinton as our nominee for the next President. Do no be bullied by the Obama campaign and their staff. This bullying has gone on long enough and our delegates and super delegates should make their decision from their own hearts and also should follow the will of the people. We still love and support you Senator Clinton 100%. Keep fighting all the way to the convention. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Shaq314

    How is it that Hillary thinks that she is ahead in popular votes when her running mate's name was not on the ballot in Michigan? I understand she is fighting the fight of her life, but fairness is key. She is showing how manipulative she can be when it comes to getting what she wants. Rules are rules for a reason Hillary!

    June 2, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Kelby

    It is difficult to believe that she thinks that she is winning the popular vote because she is counting a contest where Obama's name was not on the ballot. IS SHE SERIOUS? OH MY GOD! She IS serious!
    That is not fair by any measures

    June 2, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. Mike

    Hillary's win yesterday is important because no one knows how many superdelegates are going to back her but the Puerto Rico win certainly won't *decrease* that number.

    Folks, don't fool yourselves into thinking Obama has this thing locked up. Do you think the superdelegates are interested in dragging this thing out (possibly weakening our position for November) for no apparent reason? If there weren't superdelegates considering putting their support behind Hillary, the announcements would have been made long ago and this would be over.

    The hysteria surrounding this thing is getting ridiculous. And it's getting hard to find anyone whose head is screwed on tight enough to be able to discuss the topic without displaying blatant bias one way or the other.

    Remember: What's important is which is the stronger candidate vs. John McCain. Just because he or she is your favorite, that doesn't make him or her the stronger candidate!

    June 2, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. After further review,Texas.

    Well Hillary,your way ahead on the lie count.

    June 2, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. Lillie

    Billary, concede is the only option!

    June 2, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. peakarach,des moines

    Hillally,please take this thing all the way to convention.

    Go Hillary!

    June 2, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. Carieann

    Desperation, thy name is Hillary

    June 2, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. RJ,CA

    This still needs to go to the convention. And it's ONLY at the convention that the superdelegates should finally have their "votes" (?) counted. She has proven that she is more "electable," regardless of the manipulations of the DNC. Her recent wins certainly underscore that. And, let's get real - if the Trinity fiasco had aired earlier, Obama would not have gotten anywhere near the number of states he did. Nevertheless, the Trinity fiasco will continue to haunt Obama throughout the general election, if he is the nominee. And that will seriously flaw the Democratic Party's chances to win. But go ahead, DNC, dig your own grave!

    June 2, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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