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. eric barthel


    April 5, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Lies, lies, lies

    "I don't quit"
    Even when your odds of winning are miniscule? Even when one of your chief strategists confirms your disturbing pattern of double-speak by negotiating for a free trade deal with Colombia "behind your back". Even when you make a fool of yourself when blatantly lying about sniper fire in Bosnia? You're right, you don't quit. Anyone else with a shred of self respect would have thrown up the white flag by now

    April 5, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. s.positive

    She should continue to LIE and cry a bit more to get the women vote. Carry on Hill, America is watching you.

    April 5, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Tanya K

    I hope she fights to the very end and wins. Hillary 2008!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 5, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Lynda from Texas

    It is funny – when Hillary thought she was a shoe in and going to have a cake walk to the nomination she supported the DNC position and when it was obvious she was the underdog and did not have what she thought was her right – the presidential nomination – she changed her "stripes".

    I agree that it is sad that Florida and Michigan voters will not be counted because THEIR STATES did not follow the rules – but to count the votes in Michigan is a travesty of honesty and justice since she was the only one on the ballot.

    I firmly believe that the only reason she is upset is because she is behind and her chances are looking bleak not of any sense of fairness to the voters.

    As far as a compromise – she will only agree to a compromise where she comes out ahead – and Obama would not and rightfully so – agree to that.

    How about 50- 50 – half for Clinton and half for Obama – oh – that would preclude Clinton from winning, I forgot.

    Obama for President!

    April 5, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. JD

    She won't quit. She won't quit when Sen. Obama locks up the nomination. She may, for all we know, run as a third party candidate. After all, she's shown no concern for the Democratic Party.

    And if she does run as a third party candidate and loses, she won't quit then. She will begin a series of legal battles to have every one of her votes counted, and every other candidates' votes dismissed. If that doesn't work, I don't know what her next step will be, other than an attempted coup.

    She won't quit.

    April 5, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. Obama Richardson

    Does she ever have anything fresh to say? No...just the SOS.

    Yes, we know you don't quit. You couldn't even quit your marriage, and you should have. You can't quit this race, even though you're damaging your party, the other candidate, and our country.

    You really should, but we know you won't.

    Sad...what IS your problem anyway?

    April 5, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Suziku

    Too bad!

    April 5, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |

    Hillary, PLease shut up!!! As a resident of the State of Florida, Why didn't you speak up for me in the summer and fall of 2007, um? The answer, is that you thought you didn't need us.. Now that your toast, it's a different story. GO AWAY!!!! With your lies, you have lost my support now and forever.

    OBAMA 08

    April 5, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Kirk From Michigan

    Hillary Does Not Quit !!!!!!! , She's the "Great Champion Of The American People" . I Will Never will Vote for obama ....

    Hillary 2008 , or McCain 2008

    April 5, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. v.ananthan

    Go Hillary,,,

    YOU can WIN and you can unite the country...

    _hillary 08

    April 5, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. Grant McLachlan

    I can understand why the Democrats in Florida and Michigan would be upset, but I think the only reason why she's really pushing this is because she won those primaries. And she's desperate to win any delegates to catch up to Obama.

    April 5, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. Jeff

    Florida and Michigan should be counted

    April 5, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. judyb

    Of the 2.2 million voters in Florida and Michigan, nearly 375,000 people voted for Edwards and others. You can't count those votes towards either candidate in Florida, and especially not Michigan where the leading candidates, Edwards and Obama, were not even on the ballot. And, besides, both states said NO to a revote...so for Hillary to keep pressing the issues is disengenious and Dean needs to put a stop to it.

    April 5, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. Inspiron

    We cant leave this country to Obama, he should not get the nomination. Hillary is the best candidate for President! Go Hillary I will again donate $200 on your campaign.

    April 5, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. James, Seattle

    Ok Hill don't quit, change your support to a winner.

    April 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Shannon McMurphy

    Glad you're not quitting, Hillary.

    Unfortunately, the last thing Obama wants to see is the Florida or Michigan votes count, since you kicked his butt in both states.

    I think you would have been able to beat Obama fairly, but you can't beat both him and the media.

    Good luck anyway.

    April 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Monica, Texas

    Maybe you should ..Hillary you are in for a rough week....Mark Penn dealings with Columbia and your own "mis-speak" on the pregnant woman with no health insurance whom you said was refused service and baby was still born. When in fact she did get medical attention at the hospital.

    April 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. paul

    Wasn't she just insisting that there was no such thing as "pledged" delegates, so that in effect, the votes of millions of primary and caucus voters didn't really count? Instead every delegate was free to vote their conscience... because "those are the rules" established by the party in 1983. A narrow, legalistic interpretation.

    Now she is "fighting for the rights" of voters in two states whose primaries she had agreed would not count if they went ahead as planned.

    Some skilled interviewer should compare her positions on these two issues – and not let her get away with her usual dance, but really pepper her with 10-12 followup questions. Exactly who is she fighting for?

    April 5, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. Amy

    One other thing, in the comparison of Clinton/Obama tax returns during an Anderson Cooper piece I did not hear you make a comparison of charitable deductions or percentage of taxes. While the Clintons averaged around 10 % of income the Obamas did considerably less as a % of income (1%). When you back out the Trinity Church and the Black Caucas , it's less than that. A comparison should have been made. You need to hold yourselves up to higher journalistic standards

    April 5, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Allison Marie

    Yeah! Go Hillary Go

    That's why for many reasons I'm voting for you.

    Clinton 08/12

    April 5, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. m. stanford in SC

    'Way to go, Hillary! Make them all keep on keepin' on. This race isn't over until it is REALLY over. I rootin' for you.

    April 5, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. Pepou62

    With $107 million in the bank she can retire comfortably ...

    April 5, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. No Hillary

    Hey Hillary, we know you don't quit because you feel entitled to be the next president. But we voters will be happy to proof that you are wrong. We will force you our... we will force u to quit.

    April 5, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. William

    She ought to.

    April 5, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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