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. D.W.; Miami, FL

    I wish she did quit. Its not that she is unqualified. Its her two-faced tactics that are a little hard to stomach. Didn't she say their votes wouldn't count FOR ANYTHING? Now she has a DIFFERENT VIEW.

    April 5, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Rachel

    Yes, Sen. Clinton, we all know you will never quit. In fact, if you lose the nomination, you will probably continue attacking Obama until McCain wins the presidency. If you were SO concerned with the people in Michigan and Florida, why didn't you voice these concerns more than a YEAR ago when you agreed to the rules? Don't blame Obama or the DNC for this. It is the fault of the state legislatures for pushing their primaries ahead. If I were a voter in MI or FL I would certainly be voting THOSE people out of office. But that is another issue. You didn't stand up for MI and FL until you thought their votes would help you – and that is something that voters should be able to see clearly.

    April 5, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. John

    Sen. Hillary Clinton is right.Punishing the almost 1.2million voters from the two states FL. and MI. is not fair,regardless of who made the mistake.DNC. chairman,Dr. Howard Dean ought to stick to his agreement with the Florida officials,and exert an effort to keep the promised agreement.I am confident Dr. H. Dean will do that.

    April 5, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. Barbara Roberts

    We need to count these two states if we want to win the general election. I don't care what Obama who wants everything his way says. If we are unlucky enough for him to be elected it won't be all his way so now is the time for him to hear what is going to be and not all his way. Go Hillary

    April 5, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Marina Milicevic

    Mrs. Clinton wants the Florida and Michigan delegates to be seated at the convention because it is her only chance to steal the nomination from Mr. Obama, who has more pledged delegates, and at least half of the super delegates.
    The Democratic Party should allow these States’ delegates to be seated at the convention; however, they should be apportioned to each candidate in accordance with his or her percentage of the total pledged delegates. That way, these delegates will participate in the convention, but will not change the vote of other delegates who were chosen consistently with the Party’s rules.

    April 5, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. Wayne

    GO HILLARY!!!!!

    April 5, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. Matt

    Please drop out Hillary, you have no chance at winning and have lost fair and square,. Even if you seat Michigan and Florida as is (which is completely unfair to Obama) you STILL are behind in every single metric.

    You claim never quitting is a good thing but your refusal to accept reality is harming the countries last best chance to end this war and correct the wrongs of the last 8 years.

    April 5, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. Swannie

    IF the democratic party ignores the voters in florida and michigan , and as a consequence Hillary is not the nominee then in my eyes they have lost the right to use the term democratic , and for the first time in my life I will vote republican this i promise you .. I will not vote for that poser obama

    April 5, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. Joyce in Florida

    You go Senator Clinton. Please don't give up. We are all routing for you to be the nominee.

    GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 5, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. jwilliams

    Don't ever give in to the people asking you to quite .You are the greatest one for the job your resume is the best one of the three. All women should get behind you is a women doesn't vote for you they are putting women back 15 years .There is not another women in near future that has the know to be president I thing that it will be years before another women get the chance to run for the office .

    April 5, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. adefemi

    i doff my hat 4 u. it is not over until it is over. quitters don,t win neither is a winner a quitter. it is tight it means anything can still happen. hilary should go all the way.
    it is a critical time in history for democratic party which makes change from status quo of republican running the country aground much needed. but such change should be informed by an experience tested in past and trusted in the present and for the future.
    if the party elected president makes any mistake because of inexperience at tackling the huge crises bedeviling America it is straight to 2nd fiddle as experienced after Carter, it took twelve years to recover. then the tortuous process of rebuilding and campaign for acceptance will start again.
    it is a road traveled before and pleasant to go on again: once beaten be twice shy.
    it is inexperience of Bush that has led America into quagmire & GOP into 2nd fiddle. his thrust, if remembered,was centered on change to a new republican.
    experience is always a necessary though not a sufficient condition at this critical time.

    April 5, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. Lulu, Texas

    I guess she disagrees with herself. After all, it was she who said back in January, "Everyone knows those votes aren't going to count for anything." Hmmm, how soon she forgets.

    April 5, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. Illinois 2

    The voters of both Florida and Michigan got out and voted for the person of their choice and these votes should be counted and the delegates seated period. After all, we do live in America where our vote are supposed to count. I remember one Super Delegate say that she would leave the democratic party if they would have to decide, so it looks like this may actually happen and if it does maybe there should be more democrats do the same.

    April 5, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. Ron R

    "I don't quit"................you should and you know it. Your staying in this race for 2 reasons. 1. You need to keep some money coming in to pay off your debts. 2. Visions of a re-try in 2012.

    April 5, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  15. John B

    “We cannot afford to give up on Michigan and Florida.”
    That should be changed to "I cannot afford to give up on Michigan and Florida", because when she was in the early lead, she had given up on them, agreeing that their votes wouldn't count.
    As other stories have shown in the news, she is double faced and only does things for her interest.
    I wish that Michigan and Florida were allowed to vote, being from Michigan myself, however, the Democratic party members of Michigan broke the rules.
    I was a Clinton supporter once.

    OBAMA 08!

    April 5, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. Dear Hillary

    Thank you very much. You have lots of support behind you. Please keep pressing forward.

    April 5, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. BL-NYC

    Senator Clinton does not quit and this is exactly why she should represent us all to the rest of the world.
    She has taken a beating from the press as well as Obama's camp and all with her head held high... She has not once backed down. This woman is a leader and we need the strength during these times.
    If she does not win, we are in for four years of speeches diverting us from all the mistakes, really not into that!!!

    April 5, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Susan, Pottstown, PA

    Hillary, Good don't quit. I think it should go on at least until the last primary. This was it can't be said that the nomination was not legit. Then at that point, whoever has the most votes (pledged, states won and popular) should step aside for the sake of the party. But I know that's not what she'll do. She'll do her best to try to take it right done to the wire – the convention. At that, I cannot agree with it. It must not be allowed. But I'm not worried because there is a Dean, Pelosi, and perhaps even Gore factor. They will not allow either candidate to destroy the chances of the Dems taking back the White House to satisfy either ego.

    April 5, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. LW

    Break the rules, break the rules.
    Don't apply to you do they, Hillary?

    April 5, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. CG

    I am not a Clinton supporter, but I believe she should stay in the race until it's decided through the political process.

    The political process is a mess this time around, given Florida and Michigan, but it should still run its course.

    I believe as long as it's a two person race, people will engage and will pay attention to the issues. Moreover, voters will stay enthusiastic as long as its a race.

    I was very concern about how mean and nasty the race was getting after Clinton implemented her kitchen sink strategy; but Clinton now realizes voters will hold her accountable if she tries that again.

    There is nothing wrong with a spirited race with an insult here and there. However, our support of our candidates cannot be driven by overwhelming anger and mean-spiritedness.

    In the end, we all need to remember that we are democrats, so come November, we can unite against the republicans and take back the White House.

    April 5, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Independent

    This is news???

    CNN, we know Clinton will bring the party down with her.

    April 5, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Djools from the Netherlands

    What else can she say at this moment? The spouse of a former two times president. Bill ran for office the first time in 1974. The Clintons, building up their power for over three decades, losing to a rookie. A former community organizer.

    April 5, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. Nowhere Man

    Yes, Hillary, we know, you don't quit, but you lie. Hillary's own words regarding the Michigan primary on 10/10/07 -> "Well, you know, It's clear, this election they're having is not going to count for anything". Yeah, when she thought she'd have the nomination locked up now, why would it mean anything to her .... back then. WHY does anyone want this person in the WH? She is truly delusional and lies ("Yes, snipers were there and we ran for our lives.")

    Her reference to being Rocky who never quit either. Who does that make Obama then, Apollo Creed?

    Obama '08!

    April 5, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. Corey, Maryland

    But you do make a lot of stupid choices....

    Obama Richardson 08!!!

    April 5, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. Jody

    Keep on fighting, Hillary! America needs you!

    April 5, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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