(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.
You can't call it until it's done!!! It's like saying "Mission Complete!" remeber those words? Yes it looks like Obama will take it...but it's not over yet!! Let the process dictate the closure.
If Democrats want to get the whitehouse this year Hillary should be their candidate against Mccain. If they want another republican in the white house for another four years, let Obama run against Mccain.
Hillary has won the popular vote! Remember all the warnings and teary eyes from the Obama folks about going against the will of the people? Now what???
It isn't as though only the president can do good things for this country. Senator Clinton, you have done alot and still could do so much. And in the long run, you may find that you do more outside of the Oval Office. I admire you and wish you the best, even though I am from one of those caucus states that don't make the cut to be included in the 'popular vote.'
If their is any switching of Supers, it will be from Clinton to Obama.
I understand that Sen Clinton is rationalizing continuing her campaign with the thinking that it is strong to fight til the end, and then still keep fighting. Unfortunately, in reality, she has been looking increasingly silly for a couple of weeks.
She's going to see this through until all the states vote, and she's earned that right. I don't understand what all the fuss is about. Let her finish what she started.
No she needs to stay in it until convention to make sure that democracy is repected by the Democratic Party and the strangest candidate is chosen. There is no reason for her not to go to convention. Obama is unelectable. He always has been. She is the Democrats only hope of regaining the white house.
Hillary – get the point everyone else has! Obama will win the nomination by Wednesday. Everyone else gets it why can't you? get over your self serving self and end it like a lady – gracefully!
Be careful Govenor Vilsack. Do not try to introduce logic into this delusional woman's mind. Not only that but you better watch out for a bunch of pissed off feminist, who continually complain about the discrimination against them, but they have no problem discriminating against African Americans. They are nuts.
Really, did someone tell Hillary. I don't think she read that memo.
Goodbye Hillary your senate desk is still there for you, Hillary get over it Obama won.....Goodbye cry baby
Good Bye and Good Riddance Hillary!
Clinton supporters...Dont harden your heart. Get behind Barack so we can win againts McSame in the fall.
more and more clinton supporters are saying its ova
now do the respectful thing Tuesday night and graciously bow out.
she has been a great candidate and could be a great president
dems are lucky we have 2 fantastic candidates
It is refreshing to see at least one supporter who can read the cards!!! It is time to get OUT Hillary!!! You did not win the popular vote! Maybe in your own delusional mind you did but who cares. You don't get to be President with the popular vote. Can't wait for tomorrow...The champagne is cooling now for tomorrow when Barack Obama will be crowned future President Barack Obama!!!!
She won't do it – too much Bush, er I mean stubborness in her.
yes, thank you please. Another sane voice of reason from the Clinton camp.
Sounds like Obama will be the first AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PRESIDENT!!!
Hillary it is NOT about you....... it is about America!
Could you say "wacko" here. I mean what's all this nonsense about the popular vote? This is NOT a beauty pageant and she's not getting a crown.
All the Super Delegates have clearly stated that they doe NOT recognize the popular vote, it's the TOTAL pledged delegates that a matters. So all this nonsense about her being ahead in the popular vote is just another desperate ploy by Sen. Clinton and her goonies Mr. Ickes and Mr. McCullefe.
Hllary Clinton knows full WELL she has lost, but she just ignores ALL the facts and advises coming from her OWN supporters. It's ironic that she continues to do this when the writing is clearly on the wall.
She's NOT going to WIN Montana and South Dakota, the polls shows Sen. Obama holding a BIG lead.
So the end has been the END for weeks NOW.
This is exactly what needs to happen for the DNC. High profile Hillary supporters need to come out and publically call this for Obama.
...not unreasonable given that he did actually win...
I think that's the only way to defuse the risk that Hillary desides to lose ungracefully, which at this point almost seems likely.
Hopefully this is among the first of an organized effort to get that message out capped with the really big names like Carter and Gore Tuesday night or Wednesday.
It's over Hillary, get off the stage and for once do what you said you would do, support obama and the Democratic party.
She should follow what her backers are saying. Congratulate Obama on Tuesday and acknowledge him as the Democratic nominee.
SHe hasn't won anything!! What about those Caucus States that people didn't get to vote. What about their vote? The delegates run the primaries NOT HILLARY!!