June 2nd, 2008
12:41 PM ET
7 years ago

Vilsack says it's over

Vilsack is a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton.
Vilsack is a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton.

(CNN) – Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, one of Hillary Clinton's most ardent supporters, said Sunday it's time for Hillary Clinton to acknowledge she has lost her bid for the Democratic nomination.

Vilsack, who was briefly a presidential candidate himself last year, told the Associated Press it's "pretty clear that Senator Obama is going to be the nominee."

"After Tuesday's contests, she needs to acknowledge that he's going to be the nominee and quickly get behind him," Vilsack also said.

Vilsack first announced he was running for president in November, 2006, but dropped his bid three months later after the Democrat failed to drum up a significant level of support or raise the necessary campaign funds needed to compete. He endorsed Clinton shortly after and played a key role in the New York senator's unsuccessful Iowa campaign effort.

His comments came the same day the Clinton showed signs she plans to press on after Tuesday's contests - continuing argue she has won the popular vote and that the party's superdelegates are able to switch their allegiances before the convention in August.


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  1. Charles

    She is only staying on because she is still raising money from her elderly white followers. She can still take their money as long as she is a "candidate". This would have been a real race if she hadn't lied and been so negative with her campaign. Glad to see her go away.

    June 2, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Lorna, NY

    She Can't Manage a Campaign, But You Want Her to Be President? Please Explain Why.
    By Big Blue – June 1, 2008, 5:46PM
    A Left Anchor special commentary:

    The media crowned her the victor before the first vote was cast.

    She had the most recognizable name in Democratic politics.

    She had the money, and her pick of the best operatives in Democratic politics.

    And yet, what happened? Her campaign blew through her funds, failed to plan for any contests after Feb. 5th, didn't bother to compete in the caucus states other than Iowa and Nevada, and she personally suggested that the Republican nominee was better suited for the presdiency than her Democratic opponent.

    She chose her staffers based more on loyalty than competence. Her own senior strategist, Mark Penn (no surprise), seemed unfamiliar with the rules of proportional division of the delegates in Democratic primaries, claiming at one point that should Clinton win California, she'd receive all the delegates and effectively put the nomination well within her reach.

    She demonstrated a complete lack of ability to keep her husband from shooting off his mouth - a mouth which usually did more harm to her campaign than good.

    She decided that she'd break the very rules she had previously agreed to in order to help her secure the nomination. This was particularly strange given that even seating the full delegations would still have put her behind in the delegate count.

    She discounted caucus states, states with overwhleming white majorities, and basically any state that didn't vote for her.

    She raged against her opponent, doing her best to undercut the legitimacy of his impending nomination even at the expense of party unity.

    She's proven incapable of dismissing even the most clueless of her advisers - cough, Mark Penn, cough - and has demonstrated that she has little or no control over her surrogates (see Ferrarro, Bill Sheehan).

    At no point in this election has the Clinton campaign demonstrated its ability to run an effective organization. So, please, someone explain to me why I should expect a Clinton adminstration to be any better. Exactly what are her supporters basing their beliefs on?

    June 2, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Toughguy

    It is time Hilary threw in the towel and accept the fact that this race is over for her. To continue pressing forward is only damaging her own career, and showing us exactly what kind of person she is. She can determine how we see her at this point.

    June 2, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. foosayer

    Those of us with growing concern over the last four months, regarding Senator Clinton's ability and in fact apparent need to warp reality to fit her own view of things, are not displeased that she has been defeated. The prospect of her presidency was becoming a little scary.
    But we are also not optimistic that she will exit gracefully, even with the encouragement of those more balanced people who have faithfully supported her. All those sycophants, the worms in the Clinton woodwork, who hope to profit personally from her election, seem dedicated to telling she will win and aiding her in suspending reality. Until Senator Clinton steps out of that infested structure into the light, there seems little prospect of grace in defeat. Perhaps it is time for Chelsea to become the parent and perform an intervention. Bill seems to be in the woodwork. By demonstrating grace, Senator Clinton might still be an excellent candidate for a cabinet position, perhaps Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    June 2, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Veterans for Obama

    Tuesday is a big day. hopefully she will make the right decision and bring this fight to McCain.

    June 2, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. L&I'm out peace

    You got that right and by the way the news network have not been fair to Obama, it's Hillary all the time on the news always concern about her and her feeling's what about Obama it's always negtive and don't tell me it's not because I watch the news everyday. Where is McCain faults they are not being talk about, yes a line here and their, not like Obama and the same for Hillary. All you news reporters are upset that Hillary isn't winning. Of course you will not admit to this but it's true and that is because he's a black man. When he try's to attack McCain on a point it's on for a minute but McCain get all the time he want's on the networks. Again the same with Hillary. She needs fo go away I use to like the Clintons. Now I don't like the Clinton. It's Obama BABY....

    June 2, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Garrett from Annapolis

    It's about time. She is polishing the silver on the Titanic, when everyone else sees that she has already lost and she's only confusing her supporters and further dividing the party she's just being selfish. I'm a republican and I can see that... and I'm also voting for Obama.

    June 2, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. mariann

    Did Obama EVER insinuate that Clinton was a Lesbian, while she insinuated on CBS (a mainstream media outlet) that Obama could possibly be Muslim. Did you see or hear outrage of that CBS insinuation from the Obama Campaign, but yet heard outrage from the Clinton campaign of sexism.... this prolonged election brought out some pretty ugly stuff.

    June 2, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. The Truth

    It's about DAYUM time! Now if only she will let it go and realize that this is BIGGER than her wants or desire. It is NOT about being right, but about DOING right!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. sdn

    Folks, I'm sorry but Hillary doesn't care what anybody says or thinks. She will continue to selfishly stay in this race to cause more damage and chaos. So no matter what her supporters or anyone else says it means nothing. What she seemingly doesn't realize and due to her antics is SHE alone has made it harder for other women who have hopes of ever running for President of the US., but i'm sure she doesn't care about them either.

    June 2, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. ZSB

    It was clear Obama was a nominee when he was handpicked as “Dean Dozen” to go distances when Howard dean lost his bid for President in 2004. DNC and part of the Democratic Party establishment that could not stand Clintons did everything possible to shove Obama everybody’s throat. He will loose GE. And do not invite Hillary’s supporters to “unite behind him.” You did not want to unite behind her.
    Ferraro was right, he would not bee a nominee if he was a white male or female. Do not even mention female politicians supporting Obama (Sibelius, McCaskill, Klobucar). They supported him only to get on his ticket because they could not possible compete with a female candidate of Clinton’s caliber.

    June 2, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Jan

    Another disloyal democrat–Obama seems to attract disloyalty. Is it any wonder that many are leaving the democratic party–Some of us cannot ignore the lies, deceptions and secrets of the Obama campaign. he is new to national politics, but seems to know all of the dirty tricks and how to use them–"change" as usual!

    June 2, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Preston

    For the sake of the party, and the country, we can only hope that she will do precisely what Vilsack is asking her to do. Those ardent supporters of hers who are threatening to sit on their hands, or vote for McCain, need to be convinced how foolish this would be. The best person to do the convincing would be HRC herself. And she needs to sound like she means it. I mean, she does think Obama would be a far better president than McCain, right? Of course she does!

    June 2, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. sophia nyc

    Vilsack can do simple arithmetic. Anyone who can knows she lost.

    Hillary is in this for her own absurd selfish reasoning.

    June 2, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Common Sense

    Please Sit Down HRC! She is like the House-Guest who missed the Exit Cue! This is not going to help your next attempt to run for the Big chair....People will choose to sit you down very quickly next time around! Not to mention that your core supporters ovet the age of 65 will be very much dimished in the next 8 years due to expiratory life expectancy! Sorry but the truth is just as ugly as your campaign!!! Sit Down...

    June 2, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Corey

    Why would she give up? People act like she has no backing whatsoever, but with a small difference in delegates, she'd be silly to give up now. She has won the largest, most influential states in the popular vote, not to mention the states necessary to win in November. And if Obama's mentors keep it up, he definitely won't win the election.

    June 2, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Biro Bah From holland

    I just want to say that, this race was over month's ago, i just wonder if obama was beyond clinton in delegate, this was longtime ago over, but i just want to say that the american's have the chance and the opportunity to be the america that is use to be, to be american in aboard years ago was proudness, now this days you have to fiar for your life, and when you told people that you are american, everybody look at you in the way that like you are crimineel of something. Sho American's you have the chance and opportunity now to lead the world again, sho vote Obama 08
    Thanks and one love
    Biro Bah

    June 2, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Jay in Chicago

    It's finally out there in the open. In Hillary's victory speech yesterday she made the flat-out statement that she's doing better in the polls than is Obama.

    That is a lie, completely untrue.

    One of the most credible and objective poll number crunching web sites, Real Clear Politics, has collected the most reputable polls out there of the critical swing states.

    And here's what they show.

    They agree that both Clinton and Obama beat McCain in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New Jersey, Washington and California.

    They agree that McCain beats either Clinton or Obama in Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Michigan, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia.

    In how many states does Clinton beats McCain but McCain beats Obama? One, Florida, with its 27 electoral votes.

    In how many states does Obama beat McCain but McCain beats Clinton? FOUR!!! Those four states are Colorado, Iowa, Oregon and Wisconsin. And guess what? Those four states carry a total of 33 electoral votes, yes, 33. Six more than Clinton's total from Florida.

    The overall Electoral College count at the moment for the two candidates versus McCain? Clinton has 261 to McCain's 277. Obama has 267 to McCain's 271.

    So it's absolutely untrue that Clinton, in any way, manner, shape or form, is a stronger candidate than Obama. Quite the reverse: Obama is slightly stronger than Clinton.

    I really hope the Obama people stumble across this post, read it, and double-check it for themselves. I really hope that the rest of us note this fact, repeat it endlessly in all the blog threads, and eventually manage to bring it to the attention of the campaign.

    Obama is the strongest Dem candidate at the moment, according to the most objective evidence, unquestionably and indisputably. Clinton's claims to the contrary are simply false; there's no other way of putting it. She's counting on people not checking the facts for themselves. We need to call her on this, particularly with the superdelegates.

    Yes, we can,

    June 2, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Burt

    Traitor ...

    June 2, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. Salaam, Lawrence KS

    Even Hillary's key supporters know that she's already lost any chance to the nomination. She should bow out respectfully for the greater good of the Democratic party. Obama will need the support of all democrats in order to keep McSame outta the White House

    June 2, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Bill

    Clinton has already done far too much damage to the Democratic party. She has filled her remaining supporters heads with lies and doubts, so getting her supporters behind Obama is going to be extremely difficult, if not impossible. For the sake of the country, though, I hope enough of them wake up and vote for Obama in the general election. It would certainly help to have Clinton face the facts and start backing Obama, but it seems like she won't be doing that any time soon.

    Please, don't let McCain become our next President.

    June 2, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    As important as this race is, let's not forget that the same basic electoral processes, including touch screen machines with no paper trail made by Bush family corporate friend Diebold, that allowed the last two presidential elections to be tampered with, are still in place! For the first time ever, the U.S. banned international monitoring of our last election even though we demand OTHER nations submit to them, and it is clear that Florida and Ohio votes were tampered with in 2000 and 2004. Instead of being distracted by lapel pins and wacko ministers and Hillary vs. Obama as the new "bread and circuses", we must as a people demand a paper trail for EACH AND EVERY vote. America simply cannot afford to have democracy sabotaged a third time....too much is at stake. Tampered with elections GOT us into the current tragic mess we struggle with daily.

    June 2, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Soupy

    She really needs to stop after the last contests. Nobody is telling her to leave the party and never return, but all she will do by continuing to try and draw support away from Obama is prove how divisive she is.

    June 2, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. amtFresno,CA

    Now the rest of the Supers need to make it known. Obama is the Nominee. Hillary acts like a NUT CASE. Such a liar, but I believe there's something wrong with her mind. She has lost it!! When she started to lose, she expected the rules to be changed so she could win. Florida, MI, claims the most popular vote, more votes in all of American history, This is suppose to be one of America's Best, even wanted to be Pres?? We wonder what has happened to our country . Go Figure.

    June 2, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. TRUTH

    I THINK SHE IS DEAF AND VINDICTIVE.

    June 2, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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