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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soundoff (741 Responses)
  1. Rob

    Hey Support MMCCAIN, go to fox news for your fill of conservative slop.

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Yolanda

    To Support MCCAIN:

    You want some Republican spin? GO OVER TO FOX!!

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. mdg

    She won't listen to him, of all people – the former Gov. of Iowa because, according to her math, that state (and several others) did not "vote" .

    She only wants the machine or paper votes to count, not the people in the caucus states who voted with their bodies by showing up at caucus.

    Furthermore, she wanted Obama to have zero delegates from Michigan. Now who, in control of all their mental faculties, believes absolutely no one in Detroit, Michigan voted for Obama?

    Enough is Enough!

    June 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Leon

    Thank you, I am so sick of Hillary. I wish she will go away. If she cares about the democratic party, she will step aside. Does she think that if she steals the nomination by claiming that she won the popular vote, that people will vote for her. Dream on. Get a reality check and let's band together to defeat the Republicans in November.

    June 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Jacky

    This is the true clinton in action!She has clearly lost,but she wouldn't give in to unite the party,which is really sad.She is clearly all about her self,not about the American people,or the democratic party,she feels it's all about her.It's time for her supporters to start uniting around Obama,and let her whin and cry!

    June 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. mel

    Hillary plans was to stack the popular in areas that Obama could not
    win because of the racial tension geographic areas such as
    west virginia,kentucky and puerto rico. Latino men's do not really care
    about a black at all,so they convince there voter to vote who they want to. Hillary is trying overturn superdelegate by stacking popular voter.
    This a plans of her and Bill.

    June 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. karlo3

    Let us wait and see until when she will be able to acknowledge that she will not get the nomination. But, anything can happen during the process, you never know.

    June 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Candy West Virginia

    Do we really want someone who can't run their campaig or it's finances, acts like a spoiled brat when they don't get their way and could care less about the country as our president? I don't think so.

    June 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Jim

    At least her supporters are acknowledging the facts. Someone tell Hillary that will ya? GET OUT! IT"S OVER... get over your ego and realize the Clinton dynasty is almost over!!!!! Time to let someone else run things for a change.

    June 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Deb of RI

    She didn't "lose" the nomination, it is being stolen by Superdelegates (especially creeps like Bill Richardson) pressured to endorse Obama by the DNC. The people WILL have the final say in November.

    McCain 08'

    June 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. FreedomFromFear-Florida

    So right LINDA NAVARE.

    June 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Jason Carter

    I have a feeling we will start to see more and more prominant Hillary supporters encouraging her to end her 2008 presidential bid and support Obama. Now that the Rules and Bylaws Committee has ruled on Michigan and Florida, and the delegations from both those states have unanimously supported the ruling, Hillary's last hope of securing the nomination has evaporated. It's time for all Democrats to come together and support our presumptive nominee against McCain and his pro-Bush policies.

    June 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Last Honest Man

    OBAMISTS your 15 minutes are near.......don't blink

    June 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Ex-Democrat in Iowa

    June 2nd, 2008 11:06 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    It amazes me that Hillary is being accused of dividing the party. Typical comment from an Obamabot.

    Here's the real deal: Hillary was a shoo-in for the presidency. It's the Obamabots that abandoned her and divided the party. Half of the democratic base has been with her the entire time.

    Again I ask, who's divided the party? You people are a real piece of work.

    Go team.

    June 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Deb

    It is over but will Hillary and her supporters listen? Even if Michigan went the way they wanted, would not be fair, she will still be behind. Obama has won more delegates to date and the superdelegates will follow suit. Her supporters are devisive and she is the reason. She and Bill have used thier own math and strung people along with thier lies and pandering.

    June 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. karuna bertam

    Hillary's arguments belies belief! The Clintons have shown that they will never accept responsibility for their actions, even when overwhelming evidence is right in front of them. From the impeachment days, it has always been "them" against us! They are willing to destroy anyone and anything in their bid for power, and it has always been about them. So what do they care that they are destroying everything in their wake? Open you eyes and use your brains, all you blind followers, before it is too late.

    June 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Over the Hill(ary)

    The only people that think McAncient can win the Presidency are Hillary supporters!

    June 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. George

    Hillary has shown great leadership and loyalty to her party, the Republican Party. She is doing EVERYTHING SHE CAN to put her fellow Republican John McCain in power, even if it means a kamikaze end to her own career.

    She doesn't mind destroying herself as long as she can bring the Democratic nomine Obama down with her and clear the road for fellow Republican John McCain.

    June 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. James

    She can't win, that's the fact, Primary and the General election. She only can win by her arguement, not by the will of the American People.

    June 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. CC PENNES

    SHE WILL NOT GIVE UP, SHE IS TEARING THE PARTY APART SHE WANTS TO WIN AT ANY COST , THERE HAS GOT TO BE SOMEBODY OUT THERE WHO CAN STOP HER?????

    June 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Dr. J

    I think this man is correct. She has done enough damage to the party. After the 3rd, she should be graceful and help united the party.

    June 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Timothy

    Cnn, Fox both suck. personally, I like Keith Oberman.

    June 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. b

    Why should Hillary stop? There is too much at stake. Specifically my future. Obama will lose to McCain. I can not afford four more years of Bush's failed policies! Hillary is the electable Democrat. Super-delegates please do your job and ensure that Hillary is the nominee.

    June 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. tedious898

    Bob S....I love the Clintons ...always have. But there's some pretty bad news about "bubba" in Vanity Fair. Is this the type of information you're expecting for Barack?

    June 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Earl the Independent

    Imagine this. The Celtics and Lakers are set to start game 1 later this week at let's say 8:30. This is the understood time that the game will start and both teams agree to that. Well, let's say the Celtics decide they are going to start playing at 7:30. Now even though the Celtics started the game, but the Lakers are following the rules, the Lakers are supposed to be penalized?????????????? Are the Celtics supposed to be able to count all the points they have accumulated even though the Lakers were not even on the court???????? Obama was NOT on the court!!!!!! The agreement that FL and MI WOULD NOT count!!!!!!!! Common sense should prevail here. You so called "Dems" are silly. Also, speaking as an Independent, if you are going to vote for McCain and become an Independent because HRC has fairly lost the election; DON'T!!!!!!!! We Independents DO NOT want you sullying our movement. Do not dirty the Independent movement. Stay right where you are!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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