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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  1. Marie

    I am a Obama supporter. I do not think she should not quit. I think to the last primary vote should be counted. I also think that people should be caring more about the delegate from Florida and Michigan.

    April 5, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. ALBO

    Now I understand the reluctance of HILLARY to release her joint (with Bill) tax returns.

    Even so, they seems not complete regarding BILL's source of income
    and of course, the all important data regarding donations to the Library and the Senat campaign of Hillary, as well as their overlapping
    with last moment Presidential donors, are missing without any date
    promised for their release !


    April 5, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. ivor


    April 5, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Ted

    Here is another Clinton contradiction! If she doesn't want MI and FL and the remaining states votes to be ignored, why is she wooing pledged delegates to ignore the voters they represent? Her tactics reinforce why people distrust government. Her campaign is not just offending Americans, but the citizens of our ally countries with all her mis-speaks. How can she be ready to be President when she was not ready to run for President.

    The general election should be between Obama and McCain. We need some honor and ethics in the White House, not more of the same distortions and misdirection.

    April 5, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Debra2

    Obama has publicly several times opposed Democratic re-votes in Florida and Michigan. If he had a true believe that equal citizenship is important than he should agree to the fact that his personal interest matters less than the risk to lose in a re-vote.
    – Is is not time for the United States of America to vote a women for president.

    April 5, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. RickytheGriff

    It's over Hillary. Much like Rocky.... you're going to lose.

    You've lied about Bosnia, you've now lied about that woman and her baby dying due to their lack of health insurance. Everyone is jumping from your sinking ship. You've burned so many bridges, you're now posion.

    Just leave gracefully now. It's be best thing for yourself, your party and the country.

    April 5, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Alston

    IMO Hillary has a very distorted view of she deems to be fair.

    Inspite of knowing that the current Michigan / Florida result is not correct she wants them to be seated. WHY??

    ..because that is her only hope. Talk about clutching at straws.

    April 5, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Lawrence

    As opposed to your efforts to get the superdelegates to ignore the popular vote?

    April 5, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    if hillary clinton did everything she sid she did while in the white house then she has already been president for her two terms so she should get out of the race

    April 5, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Shirley

    Hillary must be delusional. I'm beginning to think she really has forgotton she signed the DNC agreement vetoing Florida and Michigan and also said 'those states don't count' . Or, maybe she is very clever and thinks the voting public has a very short memory and will believe her revised version of the facts.

    April 5, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Jazz

    Hillary is TOO LEGIT to QUIT !!

    " a government of the people, by the people, for the people...."
    Get the picture Howard Dean? Punish Dean not FL and MI voters!

    April 5, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Stewart from North Carolina

    She don't quit, but she sure likes to tell fibs...here she goes again:

    "Also Saturday, Clinton campaign officials acknowledged that an anecdote Clinton has made a staple of her stump speech in recent weeks may not have been true and wasn't thoroughly checked for accuracy before she began repeating it on the campaign trail.

    Since competing in Ohio's March 4 primary, Clinton has shared the story of an Ohio woman who worked in a pizza parlor and died after giving birth to a stillborn child. The woman was uninsured, Clinton said, and twice denied medical care at a local hospital because she couldn't pay a $100 fee.

    Clinton said she learned of the story from a deputy sheriff whose home she visited while campaigning in Ohio. She told the story as recently as late Friday, at a rally in Grand Forks, N.D.

    Officials with O'Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, Ohio, have disputed the story, saying the woman, Trina Bachtel, was insured and did receive care through an obstetric practice affiliated with the hospital, The New York Times reported Saturday."

    April 5, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. The Mispeak Corrector

    . . . .There are some politicians who don't quit. We have to stop them.

    Clinton, Bush , Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush . . . .Change . . .Obama.

    Yes We Can.
    Change for We the People.

    April 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Jose

    Senator Clinton should not quit! She should continue to fight on as she is the best qualified to serve as our next president.

    I for one, being a life long democrat, will not be voting in November if she is not the democratic nominee. I would rather sit the election out or vote for the other party (regarless of how I feel about another Republican in office).

    April 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Pat Va

    Hillary..YOU, MI and FL did not stick by the rules that you all agreed upon more than a year ago and now that things are on a downward spriral for you, you want to to change them in order for you to have an advantage.

    Tables turned....if this was Senator Obama's campaign attempting something like this, you, Bill and all of your minions...uh, supporters, would be up in arms. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if there wouldn't be a little "sniper fire" aimed at Senator Obama from your camp.

    Grow up and get a life...this is what it is!!! Learn to play by the rules from the onset!!!

    April 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Mike J

    Hillary says count ALL the votes but she never agrees to abide by the will of the voters or accept the results of the votes!!!
    Hillary wants to count all the votes and then disenfranchise 30 million democractic votes by having supers overturn the election for her.
    We have had eight years of this kind of "experience" its time for a CHANGE!

    April 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. KLS79

    Go Hillary! I listened to her speak in NC, and she was brilliant. She actually took questions from the audience and didn't shield herself behind teleprompters and pre-written speeches. She knows the answers and the solutions.

    April 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. CHERYL






    April 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. George Jones

    I've decided to switch parties and become a Republican. The fact that there are super "super delegates", that actually have sway over more than a couple of delegates is ridiculous. Why does some guy that runs the Democratic party in California control 5 other Super Delegates? I'm tired of hearing how Clinton and Obama are now courting these "Super" people......

    April 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. GAM

    I think Hillary has been coming the Mike Huckebee of the Democratic Party.

    April 5, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Dadedi

    Quit now, you are not going anywhere and stop claiming that Barack Obama cannot win the general election. We now know that you would not vote for a black man but bear in mind that there are white voters like me who are willing to vote for Barack. Go home Clinton! Go make millions!
    Obama 08!

    April 5, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Talya in PA

    I think we get the picture Hillary. At this point I don't think anybody thinks you will or should quit. However, you should stop the dirty attacks at the frontrunner in your party and work towards a solution for MI and FL rather than bringing up the fact that you won there every 5 seconds. I could have won there too if I was the only one on the ballot.

    April 5, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. AC

    Why should she quit? She is more qualified and the race is a dead heat. Obama campaign would love to see this happen. Everything else was so easy. The media's bias against Hillary: CNN, MSNBC, Keith Oberman (whose show I used to tape but will never watch again, Anderson Cooper and the worst of them all: Knock Um Back Jack Cafferty. Every viewer opinion question is geared to produce an anti Clinton response. Welcome PA and the rest of the remaining states where Hillary will close the door on BO's fantasy. A vote for Obama is MCCain in thew White House in 2008. MCCain will only be a one term President and is a very moderate Republican, not a Bush Republican. It will be so very easy to pull the lever for MCain in November. Hope all the Hillary supporters do the same if she is cheated out of the nomination by male chavinists and the medai who thinks it is more of a story for them to have an African American nominee than a Woman.

    April 5, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Concerned Canadian

    Too bad Barack Obama doesn't feel Florida and Michigan will be important if he's the Democratic nominee...that will be his downfall...oh well so much for his 'judgment'.

    April 5, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Noans

    Who cares? Let Bill keep wagging that finger of his and yelling at people with his red face while attempting to intimidate anyone supporting Obama. It won't do Bill or Hillary any good. Even some of their own supporters are tired of their strong arm tactics. What's amazing is that Bill and Hillary actually think they are the heirs apparent to the Presidency and deserve it no matter what. Keep smearing Obama, Senator Clinton and keep turning to Fox Noise, as Senator Clinton is now doing. It still won"t change her second rate standing in votes and delegates. I'll be glad when Senator Clinton stops obsessing about her ambition to become president and gets behind the party so that Obama can win the White House. But of course, it's obvious by Senator Clinton's actions an statements, that she would rather see McCain in the White House for one term so she can run again in 2012. Not going to happen Hillary.


    Obama/Richardson 08, Obama/Bloomberg- 08, Obama/ Elizabeth Edwards 08..... Hey Elizabeth Edwards would make a great VP on the ticket with Obama!!!! Yeah, Elizabeth Edwards as VP!!!!

    April 5, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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