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. gina simpson

    No SD have left Obama.....even during Rev. Wright and "bittergate". He did have a flip flopper that left Hillary....came over to Obama and then went back but.....give it a day or two....he will probably come back.

    Hillary has lost the Primary......and this instability that she is showing as far as accepting it........is making her lose credibility, face and has us all questioning the mindset of a woman that will lie/spin/deceive......basically say or do anything....because she feels "Entitled" to the Presidency.

    The hate that she has caused and the deviding of the Party does not make her a Uniter.

    The SD see this.....see through her lies and attacks.....and know our great Country is in dire need of change and THAT is why they are lining up behind Obama.

    June 2, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Carol, WI

    Again, more mis-statements from Hillary that are going to cause her supporters to become even more angry if she does not get the nomination. Her statement, "People have been trying to get me out of this race since Iowa," is a complete lie. Obama gained some momentum after Iowa, but that quickly dissipated after her win in NH. She then did very well on Super Tuesday as planned, but due to her campaign's lack of planning for after Feb 5th she lost 11 in a row. No one started talkinig about her possibly leaving the race until after the Feb. 19th primary in WI.

    Clintons, please stop this victim-stancing!!! I work in a prison doing treatment groups for anti-social criminals who play the same victim card – it is not presidential! I would have much more respect for you if you simply acknowledged Obama ran a better campaign than you instead of claiming media bias, sexism, racism, etc.

    June 2, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Doug, SD

    Is this lady on Medications or WHAT?

    Hillay the fat lady sang last night. PR dd not support you to the degree you wanted. You predict 2 million would vote only 250,000 voted. You lose.

    BO won the popular vote, most states and most delegates

    It's time to get in line and help kick the BUMS out of the White House

    DEM 08

    June 2, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Scott Glenn in Wa

    She sure is a fighter.
    Campaining , what was it 6 days on the island to get her 68% win? Yep she fought real hard and less than 30% of the voters turned out.........
    ......good thing she got those votes to add to her popular vote arguement
    ......to bad Puerto Rico does not count in the general
    ......fighting on all the same.........
    ......Money well spent I'm sure


    June 2, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. JIM

    Still more BS from Hillary suggesting Supers can switch positions. Sure they can...just as she has on everything since Super Tuesday when she tanked.

    June 2, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Jo Ann

    Hillary what happen to all the other contests that you have lost? Do
    you just discount them as if they don't matter. Get a clue please hang it up and take a much needed vacation.

    June 2, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. icon

    this lady is a loser. she is too desperate to be President, I maintain. America should be cautious of desperados- the Clintons are. To them, it's all about them and not the party.

    June 2, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Th3rdpwr

    I guess if you continue saying it long enough, buoyed by news organizations refusing to flatly dispell the illusion(as they should), some are bound to believe lie. In any case, lie or not the primary is about delegates .Hillary supporters, whether or not one believes Obama is "electable" in the GE, he has earned the right, per our system, to give it his best shot. Voters, and pundits, can speculate, but should have no power to preempt a candidate's opportunity especially when dictated by fear and cynicism.

    June 2, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Bill Barber

    The woman's lost her mind...completely delusional. Looks like to me Pflueger in Chicago called it correctly when he cited her sense of entitlement, although he offended many by doing it in a mocking manner. If a college professor said it during a lecture, I doubt we see the firestorm. She has lost to the better "man". Time to get ready to drop-kick McDrain.

    June 2, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Jerry

    That a shame Hillary trying to still this election from Obama she is a evil witch......No way Hillary you can win.

    June 2, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. Deezy


    June 2, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |

    Hillary, here are your options:

    1. Admit Defeat
    2. Admit Defeat

    June 2, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. TESAP

    I am not sure why, and i do not understand how so many women think this is sexism... I mean come on, HC and the states broke the rules, she said she would abide by the decision made by the rules committee, and now she is back peddling..... WHAT MORE DOES HC SUPPORTERS WANT SHE LOST FAIR AND SQUARE............


    June 2, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Debbie

    It is time for Hillary to make a graceful exit. The reason she won big in PuertoRico was because of their love of Bill. She has been counting on this threw out this entire process. Why is it she went after the Florida and Michigan votes when she herself said THEY DO NO COUNT. You cannot just change your mind when the situation suits you. Why did she leave her name on the ballot, when the other four removed their names?? Ickys said Obama made a stratigic move by removing his name!!! I beg to differ. Clinton was the one with the motive, not Obama. I would have more respect for this woman if she would accept what the outcome is gracefully , instead of acting like a spoiled brat.

    June 2, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. s.b.

    Over 800 votes are up for grabs unitl they are in the ballot booth in Denver! Obama is the weakest Presidential Candidate in history. She needs to stay on the ballot and demand that supers do their duty and choose the strongest candidate. That candidate is clearly Hillary Clinton.

    June 2, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Nancy

    Wow, CNN, 10 "lovely" articles about clinton and one for Obama. That is very generous of you. Like Puerto Rico is the lifeline to the nomination. NOT!!! I guess all you clinton supporters like the way the government is run, because if you vote for her, you're dreams will come true. Politics as usual. Line the pockets of the oil companies and the clintons. It's no wonder the more educated voters are voting for Obama. Duh!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Jeff

    Hillary has won – the people's vote – and not a single person can take that away from her, no matter what happens.

    June 2, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Yes we can!

    To date Obama has not lost ONE pledge delegate despite all the controvery and drama he has faced.....NOT ONE has shifted....he has gained 153 since supertuesday.....why in the world would they start shifting back to hillary.....she has not made her case that strong for them to do that.....IT'S OVER and she declared yesterday in PR that she intends to go to the convention.....THAT'S A DIVIDER NOT A UNITER.....IF WE LOOSE THE YEAR THAT THE DEMOCRATCS HAD A SURE WIN, IT WOULD THE CLINTONS, THEIR SUPPORTERS, SURROGATES AND ENDORSERS FAULT.....clearly shows division....this is just sad....

    June 2, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. bill for barack

    It's obvious from the phot you're running – Hillary STILL doesn't have her head on straight.

    June 2, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. Matt CO

    Picture sums it up great LA LA LA I am the president, God has proclaimed it. LA LA LA

    June 2, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. Sharon

    The only way superdelegates are going to change their minds, if something happens to Obama, Let it go, the show is over. Get behind obama and let the people know the democratic party will help us take back Washington. You are a great lady, you have done a lot of good things, but you just don't have a clear vision. It is over

    June 2, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. tidho

    obviously she's taking this to the convention then...how long will it take her own supporters to reallize that she's staring you in the face and saying FU?

    ...at least if you happen ot be a Democrat, or actually care about her policy beliefs (which mirror Obama's). If you're just with her because she's a woman then I guess this can be viewed as a positive.

    June 2, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. Independent white woman for Obama

    Hillary, It's time to stop playing the victim. It's over.
    You've exposed yourselves as the connivers you and Bill are.
    It's time for the party to heal.

    June 2, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. Loletha

    Hillary it's time to call it quits, but thanks for opening doors for other females. Just for sake of argument DO NOT be-little the vision that women are sore loosers and become so desparte until they will do almost anything to plead a case just to be given something in return. Women are stonger THAN that most of all WISER than that. We can amit to defeat and pull up our boot straps with our apple bottom jeans say what??????????????????????????/// SEE FOR WHAT IT IS, ITS NOT YOUR TURN YET.

    June 2, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Ryan, New York, NY

    Since when does the end of her presidential bid signify that it's time for her political obituary? Isn't she supposed to be my Senator here in New York?

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