May 7th, 2008
02:14 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton vows to continue, presses new math


Clinton said Wednesday her campaign goes on. (AP Photo)

SHEPHERDSTOWN, West Virginia (CNN) - There may be new pressure on her to concede defeat in her quest for the White House, but Hillary Clinton had a familiar message Wednesday for Democrats calling on her to end her presidential bid: “I’m staying in this race until we have a nominee.”

Clinton told reporters she was not swayed by new exit polls that suggest the bitter primary battle may be dividing the party. “I just don’t believe that. I think we’ve had a historic record turnout by both of us bringing people into the Democratic Party,” said Clinton.

She stressed her continuing quest to make sure full delegations from Florida and Michigan were represented at the Democratic convention this summer. The party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee is meeting later this month to try to resolve the dilemma – but Clinton made it clear Wednesday that she didn’t think any ruling from that panel was necessarily the last word.

“Under the rules of the Democratic Party, the Rules and Bylaws Committee makes the first determination,” she said. “And if people are not satisfied with that, then people go to the credentials committee, so we’ll see what the outcome is.”

Asked if she would drop out once Obama reaches the 2,210-delegate mark, Clinton responded: “Well, I’m glad you used the figure 2,210, because I think that’s the right figure because that includes the seating of delegates from Michigan and Florida, something that I have said consistently… for months now, has to be resolved.

“….So 2,209 or 10 is the number, and at some point one of us will get there.”

soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Brian

    You know what you need in order to maintain a free and strong democracy? Laws. You know what another word for "laws" is? Rules. Guess what Hillary wants to change to suit her own nefarious ends.


    May 7, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. Betty

    Hillary should keep campaigning to allow time for the next Obama shoe to drop.

    May 7, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. Franky

    To be honest, even if Michigan and Florida voted again(allegedly), I think it'll be a pretty good matchup than she probably would have expected. I think if they had a re-vote and ALL rules were applied, I think it'll be a VERY competitive matchup........

    May 7, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Obatala, Yemaya, Oxun, Xango

    She just wont let it go.......... I fear she has some sort of horrible scam going on, when people like her go that way as she is going they turn into dictators, nothing will stop them..

    everyone now is telling her to step out and now she is saying she has some sort of surprise regarding Obama and that it will come out in October..

    I say I hope Senator Obama has all the secret service and security (and independent contractors ) he can get to protect himself and his family from the clinton machine..............specially from a woman who feels she has lost all she is entitled to since birth...............she is mad....... a mad woman...
    sad but true.

    May 7, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. Tim in Arkansas

    Ok, sure forget that Michigan and Florida broke the rules......

    You could count Florida as is, even though Obama did not campaign there as instructed by the Democrat Party.....

    You could count Michigan as is, even though Obama's name was removed from the ballot as instructed by the Democrat Party....

    Count them anyways, and EVEN THEN.... EVEN THEN it would not be enough for Hillary to Win, NOT EVEN ENOUGH for her to have a real tie.

    HIllary is just pandering for the next election. To hurt any Democrat that comes the way of her lifetime goal. Plus as a Candidate she has the Legal Protection against Lawsuits.... Especially the Pending Lawsuit against her for FRAUD!!!!! Paul vs Peterson.... the media should cover it!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Clarissa Rathbone

    I wish Hillary Clinton would stop whining about Florida and Michigan.
    If she wants to be the leader of the free world she could start with honoring her commitments-she agreed to the rules and now that she's losing she wants them changed. If the position were reversed she would pillory Obama for what she is doing. I'm a 59-year-old white Catholic woman and that is why I'm voting for Obama.

    May 7, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. formerly disenfranchised NC Voter

    It may come as news to some of you, but as a resident of NC, which holds a relatively 'late' primary in May (although at one time, that was considered a 'normal' time for primary elections), I have been 'disenfranchised' in the Presidential primaries for all of my adult life. I have never – until this year – been able to cast a meaningful vote in our Presidential primary because it was already decided by Iowa, New Hampshire, and a handful of other states that are hundreds of miles away from NC. So don't tell me about MI and FL being 'disenfranchised'; they did it to themselves (with the help of the stubborn DNC). Sure, we in NC could have tried to move our primary up earlier, too, just like FL and MI did... but we played by the rules. So who's not getting a fair shake, now?

    May 7, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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