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. Mike

    She shouldn't quit. She's winning in national polls, and is more likely to beat McCain. Electabliity, people.

    She deserves to be President because she obviously cares. Look at her tax returns. She donated 10 million, over 10% of her income to charities. Obama released less than 1%. One Percent! And of that one percent, about all were Afro-centric. The Congressional Black Caucus is a charity? A club for black members of congress is a charity? Worse yet, he criticizes Walmart, yet donated to organizations that deal with them. We've pretty much sussed out the Clinton closet. There's nothing left there. There are bound to be more skeletons in the Obama family closet.

    Hypocrisy at its worst, folk. That's not change we can believe in, and that's not a new kind of politics.

    April 5, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Black Republican, New York, New York

    EXTRACTED QUOTE: "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.”"

    COMMENT: This woman will say anything to get elected. Wasn't she the one who months ago concluded that the same votes won't matter anyway because the DNC will not recognize them?

    Now she is trailing Obama, she reverses herself to come out a winner. The woman also wants to lure pledged delegates from Obama, claiming 'pledged delegates' is a misnomer!

    April 5, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Allison R.

    I'll admit it. Everytime I hear her name on the news I secretely hope it is followed with "has decided to withdraw from the race".
    But I know this is more about her than the democratic party or the country–so we'll likely never hear those words...
    And how dare she insinuate that some suggest that some people say the democrats of Michigan and Florida should be ignored. Had her name not been on the Michigan ballot but Obama's was, this would be an entirely different story... Spin spin spin.

    April 5, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |


    April 5, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Rob

    Don't ever quit! If you quit and Obama becomes the nominee we will have another republican president! Only you can beat the republicans! You stand for the people, you want to make America better for everyone. You want taxes higher for the rich and not the poor. And even though you are rich you want to raise taxes on yourself. Now this is a president who truly cares. Donating 10 million to charities! Go Hillary! We need you, without you we are nothing and the republicans will win! Lead us to victory! You have the experience, trust and dedication we all need in our president! Good luck Hillary and never stop fighting for us because we love you!

    April 5, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Let me see if I understand. According to Clinton, if the votes in Michigan and Florida are not counted, then she believes the Democrats should just concede those two states in the general election. Sure she does. And she was definitely concerned about those votes counting several months ago when Dean first said they would not count. Sure she was. Where I come from we refer to that as hypocracy.

    April 5, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Lifelong Democrat

    YAY, Go HILLARY !!!

    stick out to the end...

    April 5, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Ian


    April 5, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Ross in MD

    We know you don't quit. The impossibility of winning, the math, the will of the voters – no, nothing stops you.

    Please don't remind us.

    April 5, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. jrldev

    This woman is sick. Time after time her mis-statements – the latest about the Ohio woman who died duteto lack of medical attention-
    is giving the Democrats a preview of what is the character of the person that wants to occupy the WH. Thankfully her "sickness" is being displayed prior to the national convention. Sorry for the many early backers that pour their $$$ into her campaign.

    April 5, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Matt Canoga Park

    I love a statement of finality that just can't be lived up to. She will have to quit eventually. Unless she is sure she can change the rules to allow her to continue. Does this "I don't Quit" come as a warning or a statement of fact? Will she hold on no matter what like a tick. You can even remove the body and the head will still be clawed in.

    April 5, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. voter

    Now that we know the truth, let's have a re-vote in Ohio and Texas.

    April 5, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Joe American

    well hillary. It's easy to win an election when you're the only one on the ballot

    Besides. I'm sure you'll be singing a different tune when you try and convince the superdelegates to overthrow many many more voters including the popular vote and the majority of states.

    besides, Florida went bush twice, and Michigan barely went democratic.

    April 5, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Suzie

    Give it up sister! You might not quit us...but we quit you!

    April 5, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Patricia

    In 15 years the only democrat that has been able to beat the republicans has been a Clinton. We would be a foolish party to stop Hillary Clinton from being in the race.

    April 5, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Tex

    We don't want you to quit, Hillary. We want you to get beat fair and square. If you quit, you always have excuses about what has happened. If you get beat, you can have no excuses.

    We know that you will lose and you know that you will lose. The only ones who still think that you "might" win are you poor supporters. You know that the math is impossible. You know that your finances are beginning to dwindle. You know that the super delegates are beginning to jump off your sinking ship campaign.

    You could have left a great legacy for both yourself and maybe for even Bill, but now everyone and the world will know you both as losers...poor losers at that.

    So please don't quit, we all want to watch you lose.

    April 5, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Corky Schulman

    I have been wanting to make this comment for some time m(and I am not necessarily for any one of the candidates at this time). Is it more fair for Obama to STEAL the nomination from Hilary by trying to have his co-horts try to force her out of the race so he can steal her votes?
    She has a right to continue running and all the states have a right to vote (regardless of who wins the nomination).

    April 5, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Scott Emily

    were with you girl, if they cheat you out of this nomination for the inexperince of a nobody, we will put a stop to it in Nov.
    so the dnc and the ones who don't vote with their states may send you back to the senate but we will do the same to the rookie.
    then Mrs obama can be disappointed in America again.
    and remember Mrs o, we don't want him back, you go ahead and go back to your church with the reverend hate the white man wright.

    nuff said Ronald Reagan democrat missouri

    April 5, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Travis, Spokane, WA

    You didnt seem to mind their votes not counting last year when this decision was made did. Why dont you say "you know" a couple more time each sentence when you speak and maybe people will listen

    April 5, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. ellianna

    I wonder if they are going to have to "hog-tie" her and carry her out of the Denver Convention????

    April 5, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    I know you are a fighter, so you have my vote on November.

    April 5, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Grif

    This is why you can't Quit!! Hillary..

    An adaptation, from Dickens.. IT is the best of times, it is the worst of times, it is the age of wisdom, it is the season of Light,
    it is the season of Darkness, it is the spring of hope, it is the
    winter of despair. We have everything before us,

    All the Women who belive in you, are still with you.. And the Menfolk also... Keep doing what you've been doing, in the past...

    April 5, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. gregory


    April 5, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. ross

    Hillary, we're not giving up on Michigan and Florida. Their delegates will be seated. It just won't be seated the way you want them. They'll be seated fairly. 50-50 split. And by the way, I'm a Michigan citizen.

    April 5, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. jp/michigan

    As much as the DNC tries to pretend otherwise, it had choices. In fact, it later showed understandable leniency to three other states who changed their primary dates- New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina- seating all their delegates. The TOUGH LOVE treatment was reserved for Michigan and Florida. I know Hillary , you will not quit . All Americans should vote their choice for President. This is a democracy society, isn't it.

    April 5, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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