April 21st, 2008
07:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Bill Clinton: Hillary would be winning with GOP rules

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Joining wife Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally on the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, former President Bill Clinton argued that if Democratic candidates were awarded delegates the same way as Republicans, his wife would be beating Barack Obama in the race for the 2,025 delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination.

“If we were under the Republican system, which is more like the Electoral College, she'd have a 300 delegate lead here,” Clinton told the Washington Post. “I mean, Senator McCain is already the nominee because they chose a system to produce that result, and we don't have a nominee here, because the Democrats chose a system that prevents that result.”

Overall, Obama leads Hillary Clinton by 144 delegates - 1,648 to 1,504 - according to CNN's delegate count. However, Clinton still has 24 more superdelegates than Obama, leading 254 to 230.

Many states in the Republican primary race award delegates on a winner-take-all basis, whereas every state on the Democratic side uses a proportional system.

The former president has been shuttling back and forth between eastern and western Pennsylvania over the past few days, shoring up votes for his wife in this crucial primary contest.

He takes Obama to task for several of his recent television ads in Pennsylvania, calling a recent one – in which he says Sen. Clinton’s health care plan would force people to pay for health care plans they can't afford – “truly hilarious” and "bull.”

Hillary Clinton has maintained a consistent lead over Obama in Pennsylvania polls and needs to win Tuesday night to silence calls for her to drop out of the race.

At the end of each speech, the former president addresses those calls, introducing supporters to “Clinton’s rules of politics:" "If somebody tells you you ought to quit, it’s because they’re afraid you won’t, and there’s no quit in her ... and I’ll tell you something else, if somebody tells you you can’t win, it’s because you know you can.”

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  1. mimi de la cruz


    April 21, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. andrea, Illinois

    By the way why is she not part of the GOP then anyways? She already talks like them, uses their tactics, helps McCain etc.

    Here's the perfect solution: Hillary switch the party, all the Democrats would be more than happy to get rid of you

    April 21, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  3. Matthew

    Campaigning for his lesbian wife, as she allows him to score the honeys. What a joke, that couples is, Smoke some bongs and well... ya know.

    April 21, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  4. ME

    Perhaps the Clintons have forgotten that they are part of the Democratic party. This might explain the Rovian tactics they have employed.

    April 21, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. johnny


    I know you are a professional politician, but please pick a side... Are you GOP or Democrat.

    As a Democrat, (which I hope Hillary is) we play by Democratic rules, which we all know you have a hard time understanding. All canidates which ran in this years primaries agreed to do, you wife included.

    So please STOP trying to change the rules to suit you needs.

    I hope this is not more or your "say anything, do anything" policies.

    April 21, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  6. Independent, Butler PA

    True, True

    That is what sucks Bill.

    The system during the election will be different.
    In our current system small states have significantly more electoral power than in the GE

    In the future we should adjust our system to look like the GE.

    I still believe...

    Hillary '08

    April 21, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  7. Chipo

    Go Hillary! Here is your momentum. Run to Indiana and Guam! That will propel you to KY and Oregon... Then all we need is MI and FL to count as they should and you have the nomination! They counted you out. As you said, this is just the start! HRC 2008

    April 21, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  8. Brian

    Bill, give it up! I wonder if you really want Hillary to lose! Every time you open your mouth, you cost her votes.

    April 21, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  9. Bill Brown

    He neglects to mention that her failure to plan beyond Super Tuesday is why she's losing in the first place, and that fact alone shows me she is unqualified to be President. If I wanted a President who had no plan B when something went wrong, I'd stick with the current one.

    April 21, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  10. R.I.F.

    And pigs might fly if they had wings...

    April 21, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  11. leon PA

    so get out

    April 21, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  12. Tell the truth

    Please stop Bill. You would have losted under the Rep system. These Clintions are goods. People are going to be tricked again. We are not in a general election, this is the primary. Rules are Rules. Please rember that. I tell the truth. This is simple. Facts

    April 21, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  13. RC

    Wow, I guess Bill an Hillary want to win "by any means necessary." To invoke Republican rules as a way in which to compare her race with Senator Obama and to say that she would be winning using their rules is kind of insane.

    What world do they live in? Oh yeah, I forgot, they live in the world of "Clintonian Rules" and are able to change the rules and move the goal post whenever it suits them.


    April 21, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  14. Jane Doe

    Hmm, so the Clinton machine who was in control of the DNC for at least a decade kept system that prevents results? Odd that it's just become a problem now.

    April 21, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. liyah623

    in that case she should just be a republican.....

    April 21, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. Average Joe

    therefore since hillary said obama can't win, it stands to reason he can

    April 21, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  17. Mike Lorain, OH

    So let's do what Bill wants and let's change the rules just before the game ends just like in MI and FL. After all, we owe it to them and they are entitled to it....Right???

    April 21, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  18. fidelis

    I am black but my choice is Hilary. I feel just comfortable that america will be in secured leader when she becomes the commander in chief.

    April 21, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. Indianamommy

    Come on, if they want to play by Republican rules, then RUN AS A REPUBLICAN!!!!

    April 21, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. Independent4Obama

    There goes Bill again...i love BC but he alway seems to see things in a very unique, selfish and twisted way..talk about moving the goalpost or trying to change the rules..if he's so concerned that his wife should have won by republican party rules, they should both go ahead and join the republicans.

    April 21, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  21. david goldmen for OBAMA





    April 21, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. Undecided

    OK, now I am really confused. Is Bill saying the popular vote (which Obama leads in) does not count. I'm OK if that is his/her position, but I'm really curious to see if that is their position should Hillary overtake Obama in the popular vote. My guess is that they will suddenly have a change of heart should that happen.

    April 21, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  23. Alan Boyer

    Why won't the Clintons play by the rules they agreed to? I give them credit. They are most ruthless campaigners of all time.

    April 21, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  24. Michael G Ventura, CA

    She certainly has been acting like a republican lately-but this isn't the party of bush-–it's the party of the PEOPLE.

    April 21, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  25. Rachel

    Then I guess she should go back to the GOP!

    April 21, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
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