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. Canonsburg, PA

    What she meant was "I don't quit....lying".

    April 5, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Ian

    It is quite amazing how Hillary has positioned the Florida and Michigan issue as something she cares deeply about. Back in November she positioned placing her name on the Michigan ballot as strategic move for facing the Republicans. She won Michigan at 53% while effectively running against herself. This at a time when she, and most of us, presumed that she would sew up the nomination effortlessly without needing votes from either of Michigan or Florida. Her caring is self-serving, insults the intelligence of the American voter, and amounts to no more than yet another desperate Hillary move.

    The stone that Hillary refused has become her cornerstone.

    April 5, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Cris-Austin, TX

    I hope CNN actually posts my thoughts this time...

    I truly believe that after the last lie Clinton was called on she should quit. She lied about her story where she talks about the poor young lady who died after giving birth to a stillborn child. She claims the poor woman didn't have health insurance and was refused care if she didn't cough up $100, which is an arbiturary figure to begin with. It turns out the hospital has refuted the claim and has told the actual story. The poor woman was never refused treatment and she indeed did have insurance. She did die, unfortunatly, from complications.

    I am fed up with this woman using stories of personal pain that she exagerates to epic proportions for her personal gain.

    I am also tired of her claims that FL and MI need to be sat. She, along with the rest of the candidates, signed a pledge to not campaign in those states and Obama and Edwards went as far as pulling their names off the ballot in MI. She also said in January before either state voted that it was clear that the elections they were holding weren't going to count towards anything. Now that she is trying to hold on by the hair on her chin, she is shrilly crying for the seating of those delegations. Senator Obama has always said that he would like the delegations of those two states sat at the conventions as well, but that they should not have an impact of the final outcome of the primaries. They broke the rules and they should now pay the consequences. If anyone disenfranchised the voters of those states, it was their own representatives and party leaders. Maybe they'll think about that next time those people are up for election...The people of FL and MI need to remember that their are 48 other states in the union that did not break the rules!

    The madness needs to end...

    April 5, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. sheanne

    (a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt)

    And I tell you that Clinton is one strong woman!! Don't give up on us; we need you to fix the mess that Bush made. Obama will only divide us and lead us down a path of chaos.

    CLINTON '08

    April 5, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Latina Here

    Good for Hillary...I will donate more today!

    April 5, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. For Obama

    nope she just goes down burning crashing and BOOM! I think its a waste of money to keep on trying t o win when you are destined to lose. Its really a wasted when the economy is doing so terrible, this rich woman who wants to be president is spending money needlessly. She really is for blue collar workers eh? Must be nice she could spend her millions left for the campaign to save a few families instead that she says she cares so deeply for who lost their homes or jobs etc. I know that is what I would do.

    April 5, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Alice

    You should.

    April 5, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. NickNas

    I don't quit...





    Yea yea Hillary WE KNOW, WE KNOW!!

    April 5, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Hillary should concede gracefully and be a lady for once. Her loud and obnoxious rants are irritating especially when you know she's a liar and can't be trusted. She's wasting valuable time and delaying the proper preparation for the convention. Sen Obama is the best candidate who's not politically contaminated and has the peoples interest at heart. The Clintons want to get back in the white house to thumb their noses at the world and continue their shady practices. What REALLY happened to Mr Foster and the other 4 people who lost their lives around the Clintons? How much of their millions is blood money? Why would she rally to pardon drug dealers for family members and will she continue to sell her position if in the white house? Will Bill continue to use the white house as a brothel and make the U.S. the joke of the world? The Americans shouldn't have to worry about these things any longer-once is enough! We need to move forward with Sen Obama for positive change in the lives of Americans and to regain worldly respect.

    April 5, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. cmb

    Hillary Hillary Hillary just stop you are a pathetic lair every thing you say and do is a big fat LIE.

    April 5, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. brainless Clinton supporter

    Oh those Clintons and their crazy pranks and antics! I just love them!
    They are so funny and such good hearted people. Bill is so funny when and such a good speaker. Everything he says is so accurate and those bad reporters ask him questions and then he points in their faces and he gets mad and acts like a red faced pit bull dog. Chelsea is so intelligent and such a beautiful girl. Hillary has championed so many causes to help the American people. I don't know why people don't understand that it is her turn to be president. And that mean old Barrack Obama is a bad man! Doesn't he know he can't win? I am poor and uneducated but I am still going to send them more of my money. They need it because they said so! Duh...

    April 5, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. NickSanDiego

    And I won't QUIT trying to create a bigger GASH in the party till it works for me. I Will not QUIT telling the same lie until EVERYBODY believes it and gives me my way!!! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAa

    April 5, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Stephen

    She is a fighter... a fighter for the American people

    April 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. victor

    i'm Hilary's supporter but i think she should quit at this stage; i think if she quit now she can still emerge as the most powerfull woman in the U S but if she waits till the end she may lose all.

    April 5, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. 44th**45th

    I sure am glad the Clintons are on our side go Dems,
    Go Clinton 08!

    April 5, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Joseph, Menlo Park CA

    There's a difference between being a quitter and recognizing when the country is more important than yourself. Clinton cannot possibly win the popular vote in the primary, whether or not Florida and Michigan are included. So what exactly is she not "quitting"? The hope that the super-delegates will overrule the popular sentiment of the country's democrats?

    April 5, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Leon

    Go Hillary! Good leaders like her and Bush remind us why persistence is important.

    April 5, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. Lisa (Beaverton, OR)

    I was there to hear her speech this morning. There was a sense in the crowd that the tide is turning for Hillary. The crowd was overflowing and over 1000 people were put in an overflow area. The support for Hillary here seems to be growing rapidly.
    She also focused heavily on energy independence and the creation of green jobs. We're for you here in Oregon, Hillary!

    April 5, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. Tim in Canada

    There is a difference between want and need. For example, some days we don't want to go to work but we need to, we have to. Sometimes we just don't have a choice. What is, is.

    April 5, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. I used to be a Democrat

    Hillary is right once again. Stay in the race all the way to the convention, Hillary. Never give in.

    April 5, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Tom

    Conveniently overlooks the fact Florida and Michigan ignored directions from the DNC, isn't Clinton a member of the Democratic party? Or don't rules and standards count with the Clintons?

    April 5, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. cmb

    Why is Hillary saying that North Dakota delegates shouldn't be seated at the convention because she says that state vote republican, so what every vote count and North Dakota should be seated at the convention.

    April 5, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. Paul

    The rules are the rules Both Clinton and Obama knew that the vote would not be counted. So way now !!!!! Becouse HRC is behind. If the tides were the other way and Obama was yelling about setting them. She would be yelling sham on you obama for tring to brake the rules. why will she not take a 50/50 split and sit both states. thats becouse if they do that and then spilt all the rest of the races Obama goes over the 2025. We all know she lies alot but she not stupid

    April 5, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. tonybama

    This is the Clintonian 2012 stategy. Weaken Obama so he loses in November, this way Hillary only has to wait four years to run again.

    This is right in line with all the Clinton's have done since Bill's second term expired – "move" to New York, lend only token luke warm support to Kerry in 04, vote in favor of the Iraq War.

    As to having a different view for Mich and Fla, funny how this view has evolved due to circumstances.

    Wake up Democrats in Pennsylvania. Lets get behind our eventual nominee so we can start fighting the real fight in November.

    April 5, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. Bryan

    """"""""" Hillary stay strong and Fight the Fight !!! """""""""""
    You have more supporters behind you then you think!

    The side that wins is not the one with the larger Army or most money !!!
    The side that wins is the one with the """BETTER INFORMATION""""
    and know how to use it.

    April 5, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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