June 2nd, 2008
12:41 PM ET
6 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. Donna, in Georgia

    Hillary has fought a good fight but it is time that she concede so that the Democrats can get their nominee together and fight against McCain. I heard him this morning on CCN in Washington and he was slandering Obama. He still thinks it's okay to keep our troops in Iraq. I was in the same service he served in during the Persian Gulf war and I'll tell you this much: I prayed hard for God to bring me back to the states and vowed never to leave again. When you're in someone else's country, they could care less about you or there's for that matter. We need to get our troops from over there and let those people take care of their own country. We are going through our own wars here and the President of the United States should be here protecting our homeless VETS, homeless children, and our economy instead of worrying about other countries. They got themselves into it and should get themselves out of it. Go Obama 08' and keep up the fight.

    June 2, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Doc Sinn

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

    Nuff Said

    June 2, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Elizabeth

    Hillary is a very selfish woman. All she cares about is Hillary. She is running on desperation and hysteria. The thought of the Clintons back in the White House makes me sick. With her hysterical eyes and her bobbing head, we would have a lunatic in the White House. PLEASE GET RID OF HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. John Philadelphia,PA

    A new day , a change in power. Go Democrats 08

    June 2, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Axel

    What a sad sight Hillary has become, so convinced that she is the nominee by default that she can't come to the terms with the fact that she does not have the votes.

    Counting Michigan where Obama wasn't even on the ticket was a major concession to appease her illogical small camp of devout favoritists.

    Continuing this sad exercise in futile self-destruction is only going to lead to 4 more years of Bush style economics and foreign policy. It is that important. What a shame, what a disgrace.

    June 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. KiloWhiskey

    Hey...now she's a "presidential candidate" and national figure. Once she drops out she's a nobody wannabee. What do you think she'll do?

    June 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Zoe

    Can this woman not be representative of what it means to be a loser with some degree of grace and good intention for her party?

    June 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. jo

    THIS WOMAN WOULD NOT GIVE IN....I CAN SEE WHY BILL CHEATED ON HER....BECAUSE IS EITHER HER WAY OR NO WAY AT ALL...I USED TO LIKE HER, NOW I CAN'T STAND HER.

    SHE IS DESTROYING THE PARTY AND SHE COULD CARE LESS ABOUT IT...THE SUPERDELEGATES SHOULD JUST VOTE IN RIGHT NOW AND END THIS....OBAMA IS OBVIOUSLY THE WINNER...BUT IF THE SUPERFOOLS WANT HER THEN GET IT OVER WITH...STEAL IT FROM OBAMA..IT HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE. THAT'S WHAT HILLARY WANTS...FOR THE SUPERFOOLS TO SWITCH OVER.

    IF SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS..I WILL NEVER VOTE AGAIN IN MY LIFE.

    June 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Dan

    Hillary is becoming the stalker ex-girlfriend of the campaign, with all of her best friends (in this case advisors) telling her to let it go. "He still loves me, he'll come back to me once he realizes what he's losing, all of you are wrong!" I think its time to move on, concentrate on helping NY as our Senator, but let Obama take the nomination so he can concentrate on McCain and taking over the Oval Office.

    June 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Beltway Insider

    Clinton knows it's over, and has known it for weeks and weeks. She's simply using the rest of the nomination process to try to get her supporters to pay off her $20 million debt.

    Pathetic thing is that they seem happy to comply.

    Poor, naive fools.

    June 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Anthony - Morgantown

    At least someone with some common sense still exists in that camp...

    June 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. J. Sully, New York

    Amen and GET OUT!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Orisseau

    Now that the primary season is over, it is time for every democrat , Clinton supporters and Obama supporters alike, to get together so that we can win the general elections in november. We can't afford a third term of George W. Bush. Democrats, independents, we can do it together!

    June 2, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Mark

    Well what did you expect there jumping ship one by one soon it will be by the droves. Come on Hillary pull your ship into port and dock the mess you have caused and get behind the party

    June 2, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Neal

    She isn't going to quit.
    Ask yourself this: Would Eric Cartman quit? Of course he wouldn't. And other than age, wealth, and gender I do not see much of a difference between Hillary and Eric.

    June 2, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. elva vansant

    Men stop telling us woment what to do!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. summer

    I kind of feel sorry for her, she reminds me of a woman fighting for the life of your dying child! It's pretty depressing!

    The only thing that I can attribute her hard fight to, is that she thinks this is her final chance to be president, so she's going to do anything since it's the last battle.

    She gets more pathetic as her fight with her inner turmoil goes on and on. Let it go, be gracious and move on.............

    June 2, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. Shannon in Galesburg, IL

    A voice of reason from the Clinton campaign???

    June 2, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Herman in LA

    Just another smart person that realizes that the end is near and it time to move on. Even Gov Randell said the same thing.

    June 2, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Eric

    Yes, it time for Clinton to step down after 06/03/2008 and join Obama win in november. DREAM TICKET!

    June 2, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Anna

    Hillary and supporters world is watching you and already started hating you. They think you guys are no different from unpopular President GWB.

    Obama 08 and 12

    June 2, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Derrick

    Denver Denver Denver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama 08/12

    Denver Denver Denver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. John Doe

    Hillary, I am one of your strong supporter but I think it is time for us all to support Obama for unity in the party.

    June 2, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Linda from Prescott

    Gov. Vilsack, Please relay your most important message to Senator Clinton, she has got to get the message.

    June 2, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. Brandy, NJ

    What I find utterly amazing, almost as amazing as saying that if you voted UNDECIDED that must have meant you voted for Obama, is that he can't win the nomination without super delegates.

    It wasn't but a few months ago that the media and Obama supporters were giving themselves hearburn over the fear that Clinton would 'steal' this election from Obama by super delegates.

    Yet now neither of them can win without the super delegates. Now people are saying, super delegates need to just vote for Obama and get this done with. Clinton just needs to concede. It's really funny, if NEITHER of them can win without the super delegates then why are we not just as easily saying that super delegates need to just vote for Clinton and get this done with. Obama just needs to concede?

    More ironically, during the previous election screw up democrats were up in arms over the fact that the popular vote didn't win them the white house. Now, we are saying that the popular vote doesn't matter.

    The democratic party really has itself all turned around. Popular vote was important before, but not now. Counting EVERY vote equally was important before, but not now. Letting every state and every individual have a say in the election was important before, but now we say let's end it after Iowa.

    I believe Obama will be a fine president. However, I am disenchanted as a woman with this party and how hipocritical it is being – or maybe it is just sexist. But then again, we riot and scream and hollar when there is even a slightly, 10,000 mile away hint at racism ...

    June 2, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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