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. Michael

    Smart Man

    June 2, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Ralph

    Go Hillary....all the way to Denver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama will NEVER

    June 2, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. One America

    THIS IS UNBELEIVABLE.... SOME PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHEN TO "HOLD'EM" AND WHEN TO "FOLD'EM" MRS. CLINTON HAS LOST THIS RACE ON HER OWN FLAWS IN HER STRATEGY. NOW SHE WANTS TO CHEAT.... GUESS SHE IS TAKING A PAGE FROM THE PARTY SHE WAS RAISED IN.... REPUBLICAN

    OBAMA 08.....

    June 2, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Chris from NY

    We all knew this two months ago. Concluded it after North Carolina and Indiana. Yet some people are now figuring it out for the first time while others haven't quit figure it out yet. Thanks to all who have and please say a prayer to those who haven't yet figured it out.

    June 2, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Ralph

    win in November!!

    June 2, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Hill -- A Mountain Wannabe

    If Hillary Clinton is so well-liked in Puerto Rico, I suggest she move there, help PR gain its independence from the US, and then establish herself as their queen.

    I believe that'll make everyone happy. That is, at least, for the first 24 hours. After that, Puerto Ricans will discover they got the bad end of the deal.

    June 2, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Alberto in Michigan

    The only chance the Democrats have to win the Election in November is for Obama to lead the charge. She will tear, if not already has, torn the party apart. I was never a Hillary supporter and now will never be one. She has even turned my wife against her. Sit down before it's to late Hillary. I pray it's not to late.

    June 2, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. peakarach,des moines

    HILLARY ALL THE WAY TO CONVENTION!

    VOTE HILLARY OR MCCAIN ONLY FOLK! NO OBAMA PERIOD!

    June 2, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Independant

    Now that I know McCain will annoy you liberal idiots

    MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN MCCAIN

    Because the left wing doesn't deserve a country if they can't even remember how to vote correctly.

    June 2, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Disgruntled

    How in the world were Michigan & Florida even allowed to "break the rules" of the Primary season? How does this happen?
    How are we, as a Democratic country not out-raged that votes are not being counted and entire states being cast-aside! This 'agreement' – good or bad is a travesty of what our country was built on. It is a enormous case of a few bad apples (those in charge in MI & FL) spoiling democracy for the rest of us. The Democratic Party handled this in the worst possible way. Whether like her or not HRC has a legitimate beef with the process. It's not complete.

    June 2, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    It is very sad that the party is so divided, you would think that a candidate who cares about this country would have the honor to take the high road........but that is not the clintons

    her supporters are so full of hate and they rather elect mcbush and or a liar, and keep saying "wait for october surprises,blah b lah)

    while i get it that they are angry, and all, even angry people can think of their children future, it seems that she has fueled this beyond anger, with race, age, sexism, etc.. very sad to say the least...

    June 2, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. FW

    If she is the stronger candidate how come she didn't win the pledge delegate contest or the most states or the real popular vote???

    June 2, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. RYK - St. Paul, MN

    HRC has the only real chance for the Dems...if not for the media, Obama hussein would never have gotten this far

    June 2, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. BANJO

    I second your motion about every Obama supporter having the right to be first on the blog.

    Some people's Internet connections are faster so that puts others at a disadvantage. I propose that people with fast connections should only refresh their page once every hour to give other deserving supporters a chance, too!

    If this motion doesn't carry, all Obama supporters with slow Internet connections should hack into the system in order to jump ahead of everyone else and be first. If the Obama Website Rules and Bylaws Committee rules to remove the hackers' accounts, they should later reinstate those accounts with limited privileges like being able to view the community blogs but not able to write a comment on any blog. :)

    June 2, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Mark

    Thanks, Vilsack, for speaking up the truth.

    June 2, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Nadia

    I am McCain supporter and I am so happy that Hillary is working for us... Keep going, hon! We love you! We will help you in 2012 if you eliminate BO now.. Thanks..

    June 2, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. brenda

    Personally I love her determation. I want a president who will work, and who doesn't give up. Why would anyone want to elect an individual who simply gives up at the first hardship. Her determination is a plus in my book. Give up the emotional name calling and look at the situation in a reasonable manner.

    June 2, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. What choice do we have?

    The question is who we are going to be for 4 next years: “Folks” or “My friends” – in both cases are codenames for “Idiots”

    June 2, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. manie

    CNN you must fix the score card. Delegates count for Obama is 2074.
    Up date please. Thank you

    June 2, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Ludovic

    "He endorsed Clinton shortly after and played a key role in the New York senator's unsuccessful Iowa campaign effort."

    Very funny. Id he played a such key role in the iowa fail, then maybe he was already supporting obama at this time

    June 2, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. NEVER HILARY

    Hilary supporters,

    Rules are rules, hipe you abide to rules. Teach your kids the right thing to do, even if you don't agree. Good Luck to those of you that will vote for MCBUSH. You are nbot punishing OBAMA, you are obviously not thinking of your future and those of your own kids.

    You watch Hilary and Bill endorse Obama, they are politicians and they are not stupid.

    June 2, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. peakarach,des moines

    I THINK HUSSEIN OBAMA NEED TO GO BACK TO HIS PASTOR WRIGHT.

    VOTE HILLARY OR MCCAIN ONLY FOLK! NO OBAMA PERIOD.

    June 2, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. mia

    She really wants more deaths in Iraq, unaffordable health care, increasing poverty and deteriorating schools, doesn't she? Because this is what we're getting if she tears down the Democrats' chances to win in November. And all just for that creepy ego trip of hers.

    June 2, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Truth comes out

    She has Vilsack on her campaign he said some pretty bad things before. No wonder he is in her campaign. All these crazy politicans are part of her campaign.

    And I just want to thank Hillary for trying to ruin Obama's reputation and his supporters reputation and dividing the democratic party. Good job! You have added this to your list of successes.

    Please post this
    thanks

    June 2, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    It's been over for Hillary for several months. She's just too out of touch to realize it. Definitely NOT the type of person I would want to lead this country.

    June 2, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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