April 5th, 2008
03:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton: 'I don't quit'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/05/art.clintonor.ap.jpg caption="Clinton campaigned in Oregon."] HILLSBORO, Oregon (CNN) - Hillary Clinton repeated her intentions to stay in the presidential race at a campaign event in Oregon Saturday.

“One thing I hope you know about me is that I don’t quit,” Clinton said, adding she will continue to campaign “hard” in the final ten primaries.

Clinton also again pushed seating the delegates from Florida and Michigan - the two states penalized by the Democratic National Committee for moving their primaries ahead of February 5.

“Some say their votes should be ignored, and discounted…well I have a different view.”

Clinton added that ignoring the 2.3 million democrats who voted in those primaries would hurt in November: “We cannot afford to give up on Michigan and Florida.”

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soundoff (280 Responses)
  1. James

    Please stay in the race! Millions of struggling Americans who are worse off financially today than they were eight years ago unlike you and Bill appreciates your phony fight for the plight of the common man!

    April 5, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Independent

    Why didn't Clinton speak initially when the DNC decided to punish FL and MI?? Why didn't she say I will not sign that agreement FL and Mi must count! She seems a little opportunistic now.

    April 5, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Tubby The Tuba

    Clinton had no problem when she signed off to agreement with this situation, but now that she is behind in delegate counts, she cares not whether or not Obama's name even appeared on the ballot...she wants to count the vote suddenly. This speaks volumes about this person's morals. If Obama was behind on the delegate count she would be fighting tooth and nail that a rule is a rule. It is like her opinion that a pledged delegate is not pledged, unless it is to her...then by gosh it is pledged. Look at Gov. Richardson. He should have been able to back whom he wanted, but NO....he was pledged to her. Make up your frazzaled mind Hillary Clinton. Obama will be President of these United States after the vote in November.

    April 5, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. DWC

    A lot of people support Senator Clinton because we actually understand the difference between smokescreens thrown out by the Obama campaign/media and real issues which actually affect working men and women in this country. We resent being cast aside as a thing of the past because we are over 40, don't have Masters or PhDs, and don't believe in the far left doctrines or black liberation theology. In spite of the incredible media bias and lack of professionalism in the journalistic community, double standards, blatant sexism, and unfair and hateful criticism, she is still the most qualified candidate for President. no matter how her critics try to spin her "negatives." I hope she doesn't quit before the convention, as this country needs to know more about Senator Obama who continues to be given a much easier road in the press than Senator Clinton.

    April 5, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. mike to clinton


    April 5, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Zachra

    “Some say their votes should be ignored, and discounted…well I have a different view.”

    So, when you agreed before the primaries that these states' delegates would not be seated you were probably ducking sniper fire, right?

    You had the SAME view when you agreed upon it, Senator.

    And the votes in those states are the furthest thing from fair because voters were told they would not be counted way ahead of time. Many potential voters stayed home because of it. So if you live and/or voted in MI or FL, you knew what you were getting into when you went to the polls. Unhappy? Get in touch with your state legislators that made the primary change, were told that they would not be counted, and went ahead with the primary anyway. This whole mess is no one's fault but theirs.

    April 5, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. phil, ny

    yes...she does have a different opinion...

    votes should only be heard if it benefits her...otherwise the delegates those votes secured should be able to change their minds at the convention......

    April 5, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. vee

    I wonder who is even listening to her anymore?

    McCain 2008

    April 5, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. kings

    Nobody said you do.You may be carried off the stage its begining to hit me.Pennslyvania might not be a double digit lead afterall.Just get it Hill Americans want change,and they have cried out from every part of the union,you and Bill can go buy an island with that Dubai Ports world "payments".this Arabs have been really nice to you and your Husband.so america knows who the masters of misspoke are.

    April 5, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Thomas Jackson

    Thats what makes me admire her we haven't had that kind of dedication in a long long time you go girl

    April 5, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. lee

    You can stay in as long as you like wasting time and money rip each other apart making way for John Mccain to walk in the white house in november.

    April 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Ed from Indiana

    I don't quit.....lying.

    April 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Bill E.

    She should stay in the race as long as she wants but her constant pushing of the Michigan/Florida issue is outrageous.

    CNN, will you please publish a copy of the pledge that she signed? Why can't anyone get a copy of that?

    April 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Key West Sun

    We cannot afford to give up Michigan and Florida. She knows what it will take to win in the fall, Obama doesn't, I even think Howard Dean and the rest of the DNC get it now, They know Hillary can win and Obama cannot come November, next few weeks going to see some fireworks, somebody going to get burned.

    April 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Jake

    Thank you Hillary. I really admire your perseverance.
    You will succeed.

    April 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. An Ohio Voter

    I decided to vote for Senator Hillary Clinton after hearing her speak at the State of the Black Union Conference hosted by Tavis Smiley in New Orleans. It was obvious that the audience favored Senator Obama, however he was unable to attend. Senator Clinton addressed the attendees and had a one on one conversation with Tavis Smiley. I was very impressed with Senator Clinton. She has always spoke out for children, seniors, labor, veterans and families, especially single women. Hillary Clinton is a fighter. She has always been a fighter.

    I proudly cast my vote for Senator Hillary Clinton in the Ohio primary. Hang in there Hillary, it's not worth having if you don't have to fight for it. Thanks for all that you and former President Bill Clinton do, have done and will continue to do for THE PEOPLE.....God bless you and your family.

    April 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Jeanne

    Does that mean she's going to run as a 3rd party candidate if she doesn't get the nomination or that she'll do whatever it takes, no matter how dirty, to take the nomination away from Obama? In either event, I won't vote for her. I don't find the Clintons trustworthy, they're at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to politicians.

    April 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. A CANUCK

    Hillary helped Bill get into the White House........then he messed up royally!!.......now it's Bill's turn to get Hillary into the White House........
    or ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE.!!!!!!!!!!!! His goose will be cooked
    if she doesn't win!

    April 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. bk

    I hope she don't quit. We know we had a balanced budget and the economy was good when the Clintons were in the White House. Obama is all about Obama. Thanks to Obama cheating Michigan is not going to get a revote. Then threatening black superdelegates to move over to him. Chicago style thug politics.

    April 5, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Mike_in_OR

    "Election by election, state by state, precinct by precinct, door by door, vote by vote...we're going to lift our party up and take this country back for the people who built it."

    Governer Howard Dean

    I guess he forgot to say “except Florida and Michigan voters” when he made that statement.


    April 5, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Ed, North Carolina

    Clinton must be like Huckabee–hoping for a miracle.

    April 5, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Sarah, NC

    Someone needs to ask Hillary why is she willing to stand up against the party rules to count FL an MI votes because every vote should count and not take a stand when the party rule allows superdelegates to over rule all Americans votes? She even went further to say it's ok the pledged delegates who represent the voters of each state to make an independent judgement to not represent the voters and choose the president themselves. This show she only want FL and MI votes to count to close the popular vote gap.

    I can no longer trust her. Not only don't want her for president, I don't think she should serve in any capacity within our government.

    April 5, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. NC

    If only this was how she felt about the votes before she needed them so badly.

    April 5, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |


    All my life I've been taught to play fair. Play by the rules. Don't cheat and don't lie. Don't renege on a promise.

    Isn't that what we teach our children?

    April 5, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Marie in California

    Go Hillary! Don't let the waaaay Far Left politicians push you out of the race so they can expediently install "their Obama" in the Democratic candidacy.

    America deserves better than having the candidate chosed by Kerry, Pelosi, Kennedy, Leahy et al shoved down our throats whether we want him or not.

    Let the people speak!

    No Obamination in the Presidency!

    HIllary or McCain – 2008

    April 5, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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