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. Deb

    Take it to floor if you have to Hillary!

    We the people have spoken!

    And if the Super Delegates are smart and want to win in November with their Lifelong base in place, they will listen to the Will of the people!

    If the will of the people is ignored….

    I will be registering as a Republican and working the phone banks and donating all my disposable income to see that a qualified candidate is elected to our Highest Office!

    Hillary 08

    June 2, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Phillis B

    Take the mans advice Hillary, to drag this thing out any further is just plain selfish. And to all of you women out there whinning because you just want to see a woman president, give it a rest, will you?. There are some real important issues that need to be taken care of.

    June 2, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Sue

    Sen Clinton should leave the New Black Liberation Party and run as an independent.

    June 2, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. NickNas

    Hundreds of MILLIONS of American know this. HILLARY DOESN'T CARE!!!!

    Why aren't her supporters from CAUCAS States FURIOUS with this Woman!?

    She has said to ALL of her supporters in Smaller states AND Caucas States that they are meaningless and she values ( AND COUNTS) The Votes from NON state NON Citizen and NON Tax Paying PR MORE than them!!

    Are her supporters not smart enough to see this OR do they care that they back a person who dumps them in the trash after they vote???

    June 2, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Kuilor2k

    I don't find it too surprising that there is a website called democratsagainstobama that brings up more than a few questions about Obama that the press and the public in general turned a blind eye to. When you put them all together, you get a picture that's more than a little disturbing. And the Iowa governor wants to overlook this stuff as well? hmmm

    June 2, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. BJ

    Maybe if Hillary had followed thru with the gas tax repeal...

    June 2, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Lorna, NY

    Hillary needs an intervention.

    June 2, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. allie

    Good sense prevails! Let us hope Hillary gets some. Time to fight the republicans!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. 2008/2012 No Pres.No V P 4 Mc Clinton

    She must not be able to read the writing on the wall that has been there for a long long time .
    Tired of lies and nasty slams Bosnia nonsence .

    You are a McCain Republican and that is no joke when are you coming out of the closet ?

    Go Away McHil -liar just leave but be sure and take Hothead Bill with you.

    June 2, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. mjc

    Vilsack, how much did Obama's people pay you to say this?

    June 2, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    When other people weren't on the ballot, you can't claim you "won" the popular vote in those states, but nice spin...

    June 2, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. JB

    Here comes the vitriol for Vilsack.

    Hey Hill supporters, I do not care how many times she or you say it. She is not winning the popular vote. Period.

    HILLARY IS NOT WINNING THE POPULAR VOTE. IT IS A LIE. SHE IS MANIPULATING THE RULES OF A GAME EVERYONE COMMITTED TO IN THE BEGINNING. THE MI AND FL DECISION, JUST PROVES THAT IF A WOMAN WHINES ENOUGH, MEN WILL GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT. SHE COMMITTED TO THE RULES, AND THEN SAID, I DON'T LIKE THESE RULES, WAHHHHHH!!!!!! YOU ARE BEING MEAN TO ME BECAUSE I AM A WOMAN.

    She is setting back the womans movement decades.

    June 2, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Don

    Why is she making this more difficult for herself and everybody else?

    June 2, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Phil Newton, Murphy OR

    No. She has not won the popular vote.

    No. She will never get the delegates she needs.

    Yes. It's over.

    June 2, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Brian, NJ

    Finally someone on her side stopped drinking the Kool-Aid she's been supplying.

    June 2, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. ReMiWa

    Dear Hillary-

    For the sake of this Country...GIVE IT UP! You have lost.

    Better luck next time!

    June 2, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Tammy - KCMO

    I doubt she will listen to anything you have to say if it isn't an answer she wants to hear. This is all about Hillary and not the Democratic party.

    She's pretty much destroyed her political career in her quest to be first. I would have voted for her as VP to Obama but after everything she's done I won't ever vote for her in any capacity.

    Any woman trying to be President again is going to have a difficult time because of how she ran her campaign.

    June 2, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Terry

    As an 'Obama Republican' I have mixed feelings about Hillary continuing on to the convention. On the one hand it worries me that she may damage Obama's bid for the white house. On the other hand I'll enjoy watching her destroy her position in the Democratic party.

    June 2, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Sick of the clintons

    It's never over. Not when we're talking about Hillary. The woman thinks that the presidency is her birthright and won't stop until she gets her grubby hands on it. Mark my words, she's going to torpedo Obama's chances in November so she can run in 2012 under the mantra of "I told you so"

    June 2, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Bak from Virgina

    She is still working with the Clintonian Maths. By the time she realise that the math has errors, Obama will be in the White House receiving her as guest.
    She better go for a grade 5 pupil to help her with simple arithmetic, not even mathematics.

    June 2, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Kevin

    She ain't gonna listen! She's obsessed with being president. Don't you get it Tommy boy?

    June 2, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. Gringo

    Hillary......don't give those left wing radical weasels a dang thing. Make them earn every vote and delegate. The Democratic party has treated you like crap for the last year, and you don't owe them or "Mr. Empty Suit" anything.

    P.S.... You and Lieberman would make a nice alternative to the party candidates. I think you could run the board as an independent.

    June 2, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. SOPHIA,23, FLORIDA VOTER

    HE SHOULD JOIN THE OBAMA TEAM!!!

    MORE SUPERS BEHIND OBAMA!!!

    OBAMA '8

    June 2, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Tonya in Florida

    It seems that everyone else aside from Mrs. Clinton understands that the race is indeed over and any push to continue to "win" the nomination is only going to be percieved as bad for the democratic party. You cannot win a contest that has rules when the only way to win is to cheat and change already existing rules and guidelines that that the other party has adhered to. Superdeligates, I implore you....please put poor Hillary out of her misery.

    June 2, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Darren M.

    WHAT!?? There it is. Slowly people in Clinton's circle are grasping reality. Clinton supporters think there's going to be a fight on the convention floor, but it simply will not happen.

    June 2, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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