May 12th, 2008
03:14 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton draws parallel between her campaign, JFK's 1960 run

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Hillary Clinton compared her Campaign to JFK's Monday.'"]
(CNN) - Hillary Clinton said again Monday that no Democratic presidential candidate can win without a victory in West Virginia - and drew a parallel between her own campaign and John Kennedy’s 1960 White House run.

“It was West Virginia that made it possible for John Kennedy to become president,” Clinton said at a Clear Fork, West Virginia campaign stop. “Now, John Kennedy didn’t have the number of delegates he needed when he went to the convention in 1960. He had something equally as important - he had West Virginia behind him, because it’s a fact that Democrats don’t get elected president unless West Virginia votes for you…”

Barack Obama may be the party’s pledged and superdelegate leader – but that status does not appear to have helped him in West Virginia, where Clinton leads by 30-40 points in recent state polls.

“So I’m here today because I know what’s really going to matter tomorrow,” said Clinton. “It’s the votes of the people of West Virginia and if you will come out and honor me with your vote I will work my heart out for you.

Clinton criticized the Democratic front-runner on his health care proposal, and his rejection of her proposed “gas tax holiday.”

“My opponent Sen. Obama says, “Oh no, that’s just a gimmick, that’s not going to help people,” said Clinton before again arguing that it will save families $70 on average and more for those with longer commutes as well as truckers.

Clinton added that West Virginia proportionately has more veterans, “more people who have served in the conflicts and in the armed forces of the United States….

“It is the hard-working, dedicated people of West Virginia who have really made America what it has been, and what it will be again.”

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soundoff (659 Responses)
  1. Cammi317

    Translation....I didn't give a flip about you when I thought I had the nomination on lock, but now I do.

    May 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. N.

    This woman is delusional if she's comparing her tired antics to JFK.

    May 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Hillary's Fantastic Adventures

    I want to hear from James Carnival. I love his clownish ways. Maybe we should put James face on a milk carton with the caption: "Where in the world is James the Clown?"

    Haven't heard from him since last Monday...... I wonder why......


    Hillary Clinton, The Gimmick candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything "08

    May 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Mike Kaplan

    What an idiotic comparison.

    May 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Dal CA Republican

    HRC is delusional. Now she thinks is is as good as JFK. Sorry HRC JFK's family is supporting OBAMA. Does that give you an inkling? Get real and don't waste your money unless someone else is going to backfill your coffers.

    May 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Bij- New York

    Can't anyone see through this woman?

    May 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. More Clinton nonsense

    Why is Hillary getting coverage for spouting this garbage? Oh yeah, this is the clinton news network.

    Take a look at the delegate map in the New York Times from Sunday – West Virginia has only five delegates in the general election. There are many other five-delegate states in play for Obama that aren't in play for Hillary. West Virginia will go Republican in the fall. It is totally irrelevant.

    May 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Sa from MI

    Relentless Clinton Coverage. CNN still hopes for the best. Sure, Sure what ever Clinton News Network.

    May 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Bill

    You are no John Kennedy

    May 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    Wait a minute. I thought she was running a 50-state race? It all depends on WV now?? The strategy changes so much I can't keep up....

    May 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Here we go.....

    As soon as Hilliary wins tomorrow, she will start making her argument of why she should be the nominee over Obama. "This is not over until the lady in the pant suits says it is."

    Sigh! 🙁

    May 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. West Virginia is Important but...

    ... HRC is really in denial. It is really sad to see her pretend that the past 15 mths did not happen. Where is her dignity. She should represent STRONG women better. Just my opinion...

    May 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Paul

    "’s a fact that Democrats don’t get elected president unless West Virginia votes for you…”

    Oh great. Apparently we could have saved ourselves the trouble of the entire primary season up to now. Note to the DNC: Next time we'll just ask WV who should be president.

    May 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    The question after the West Virginia and Kentucky primaries is "what is wrong with these two states?" No candidate, especially a nationally second place candidate, wins by that kind of margin unless something has "poisoned the well."

    May 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Jeff, Hampshire, IL

    Here she comes wearing a pantsuit with matching mining helmet, coal markings on her face and a southern twang telling everyone she spent summers in WV as a girl. Blah blah blah pander pander.

    May 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Veterans For Obama

    Hmmm? She's entitled to her opinion, but I always felt that way about Obama's campaign.

    May 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Caras

    Keep dreaming!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA 08.. Hillary you are so selfish and greedy!!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Susan MO


    All the losers from Hillary team will now join up with McLame team.

    Losers attracted to Losers.

    You backed a losing Team in the Primaries and you will back a losing team in the General Election.

    And the pain continues....Cry now.....Cry in November

    OBAMA 08

    May 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. M Philllips

    It's too bad that the Kennedy family doesn't agree. She might have more success with a Nixon analogy.

    May 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. For Hillary even if she contests as an INDEPENDENT

    Never ever give up.
    You have our wishes and we trust you every bit...

    May 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. sharon

    I for one will NEVER vote for Obama, he is arrogant and his supporters say the most incredibly vile things about Clinton, why would anyone want this man to represent this country? I am absolutely disgusted with the disrespect shown to a Clinton, for heavens sakes let the process run the course.....Obama may take a giant fall if he continues to be over confident....My respect for him has fallen beyond anything I could have imagined, I will switch parties or write in Clinton as of today.

    May 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. proud army and navy mom

    she's still holding on. pleeeeease

    May 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Marshall

    People should treat each other like they want to be treated. I am guilty, Hiilary is guilty, Barak is guilty, everyone reading this is guilty.

    You only have yourself to blame if you vote for McCain and things stay the same or get worse. At what time do you you change jobs because it costs more to get to work then you make? That is what we have to look forward if we keep the status quo.

    May 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Elisabeth

    Obama is for "change" all right. After he is done with all his changes, hard-working American families are left with only "change" in your pocket. Vote for HILLARY Clinton.

    May 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Rhionda

    I just love what the Dems are doing to their party! Hillary backers come on over to McCain's side!

    May 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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