February 16th, 2008
08:58 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton: 'I am prepared to go the distance'

Clinton said Saturday she will leave Wisconsin a day earlier than previously planned.

Clinton said Saturday she will leave Wisconsin a day earlier than previously planned.

KENOSHA, Wisconsin (CNN) - Hillary Clinton is preparing to take her nomination fight all the way through June and to the Democratic convention in Denver, she told reporters in Wisconsin Saturday.

"I campaigned with my husband until he wrapped up this nomination in June [of 1992]," she said at a press conference here. "I thought it was fun. I had a good time. I am prepared to go the distance."

Her comments echoed those of campaign adviser Harold Ickes, who said on a conference call earlier in the day that neither candidate will earn the 2,025 pledged delegates needed to win the nomination, and that the 796 party insiders known as superdegates should be able to discern on their own which candidate can best "carry the ticket" in November.

Clinton argued that the superdelegates are "supposed to exercise independent judgement" and "make their decisions based on anything they choose to base it on."

"That is their role," she said.

This year's protracted nomination fight, Clinton said, is good for party excitement and is hardly out of the ordinary in American political history.

"I know some of you have only covered the '04 and 2000 campaign, which were really kind of anomalies," she said. "The nominees were determined early. But that's not the usual pattern. My husband didn't wrap up the nomination in '92 until June. And usually it takes a while to sort all this out."

The New York senator said she will urge her delegates at the convention to seat the delegations from Michigan and Florida, who voted for Sen. Clinton but had been previously stripped of their convention votes by the Democratic National Committee for holding early primaries.

"If there are contested delegations, the convention votes on them. Those are the rules," she said.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Wisconsin
soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. HGM

    As a Democrat I can't for the life of me understand who the heck is supporting Hillary????? For those of you who do, can't you understand that THERE IS NO WAY SHE CAN BEAT JOHN MCCAIN??????? Man, why is that so hard to understand??? A vote for hillary is a vote for President Mccain!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 17, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  2. Jim, Carbondale, IL

    Nope, we're ready for new leadership.

    February 17, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  3. mari

    it just shows, hillar clinton will do anything to win.
    latina for obama

    OBAMA 2008

    February 17, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  4. jkbowman

    Prepared to go the distance? That's an odd thing to say in a state that you're cutting out on early.

    February 17, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  5. Jayson

    Well unless she wants to see the Democratic party implode she better hope that the Super delegates choose to respect the wishes of the voters instead of randomly choosing to do as they please due to pressure and other factors

    February 17, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  6. Nan

    As if she has a choice?

    February 17, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  7. GObama!

    Banana-Gate! Let's have the Banana-Delegates decide to overrule the loyal constituents of the Democrat Party and turn this into a Banana Republic! Didn't Hillary support disenfranchising Florida and Michigan in November when she agreed to strip the delegates from those states? Didn't her attack dog, Harold Ickes, vote as a BananaDelegate to enforce this rule in Summer? The Clintons are shameless power-grabbers and the country will be better off with them falling off of the political map. Shame on you, Billary!

    February 17, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
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