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. william

    Obama has no experience as President of the U.S., Hilliary has no experience as president of the u.s. and neither does McCain. Being married to a president doesnt equal experience. If thats the case, Robin Givens should be qualified to be the heavy weight champion of the world because Mike Tyson was at one time.

    Best Candidate 08'
    Obama, Hilliary or McCain?

    May 12, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Maxine

    The last time I looked on the map WV was a small state, and I believe, someone correct me if I am wrong, small states don't count/matter. I have heard that since super Tuesday.

    So now these states count for Hillary? I also thought it was Ohio and Penn that decided who was going to be pres. HMMMM interesting which states she decides count and which don't......frankly I thought I was part of United States of America and every state counts.

    May 12, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. lopez

    She can say whatever she wants because talk is cheap....she's in debt big time and that's going to be on the backs of us all if she's elected. And we won't even be asked to ask what we can do for our country because she's going to take it from us without asking.

    May 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. HSNP


    May 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Spirit of America

    West Virginia: full of wonders, just like America and Hillary.
    Kentucky: home of thoroughbreds, just like Hillary.
    Go Seabiscuit! You can, and will, do it again.

    May 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Joyce

    Yes, West Virginia is important, just as all the state are but Clinton cannot win baiting one state against the next. Obama has won more states than she has, more votes, more delegates. Run to the end Hillary but the truth is clear, Obama will be president. He does not try to appeal to one group, all Americans are important to him.


    May 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. v.ananthan




    May 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Ernest

    B/NY....I can think of one. He stood by his judgement, and represented all of us Democrats that did not want to go to war. He was our voice, Obama and only a few others. Thanks

    May 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    This lady needs a psychological evaluation. She refuses to believe that the mighty Clinton Political War Machine has been defeat by a no name African American with a funny name. Lady get over it! This race is over.

    May 12, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. william

    Oh yea, u clinton supporters need to grow up too...saying "l'll vote for McCain before Obama." Thanks Now maybe another one of my children can die in a war that McCain wants to extend.

    May 12, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    .......Finally Billary has learned how to deliver a good joke with a punch line!! Whew, between this one liner, and the expected pre-ballyhooing from the Clintonite simpletons about her upcoming W. Virginia win (is that a territory or province? or who cares?), I have been laughing all week. You know you poor, deluded, sad, simple little Clinton demagogues....De-Nile isn't just a river in Egypt you know. But by all "hard working, uneducated, simple folk"....please keep voting for are only proving the point of those who have some sense. Wake up mindless ones.

    May 12, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Adam C

    It is okay, republican will pay Hillary's debt. They Love her for what she does.

    May 12, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Ardnuas

    This women is a NUT....... She is more like George Bush..... They both will NOT make choices based on REALITY.... it is so sad what has happened to the Clintons ( BOTH OF THEM)
    Obama/Hagel08 ( I want Chuck Hagel for Vice)

    May 12, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Dan

    He's da'man for the job! The one who will change America and it's global view. Obama will patch the America's wounds. If the USA is planning to be the World's butt of the joke; stick to McCain or the Hilbot Version 2K8. Then again, if you truly care about America, Obama is your man. As a Canadian, I could care less... in the end, you're currently living the "Choose your own adventure" lifestyle. Will you (as an American) choose the right one? Only time will tell.... Oh and one more thing. It'd be nice if the superdelegates stepped up wouldn't it? This has gone on too long! Stop the damaging your party! Especially you HILBOT!

    May 12, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Connie from Ohio

    Hillary did you hear the song "Back to life Back to Realty"? You are in a dream world if you compare yourself to JFK, if anybody is like him it's OBAMA! You need to wake up and smell the are wasting your money continuing on this fuitless campaigning. Obama has won and if you are so smart with politics then you should know this.

    May 12, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. rd

    To all the Hillary backers who plan on voting for McCain: Do not worry about the vile Obama backers who accuse you of not being a real Democrat. After all, one should put their country ahead of their own party, and McCain is clearly the better candidate for this country. Obama is a man of words, and his backers are are people of hatred words, because they are supporting a candidate short of tangible ideas. If hateful words are all they have to offer in the way of change, I think most Americans will opt for for a man of true character and ideas, traits which only get better with age.

    McCain is not only the better candidate, but will actually bring about change in Washington for the better, while Obama will be eaten alive and be a certain one-termer. Anyone old enough to remember Jimmy Carter and what a real bad economy and recession were like? If you did, you would never accuse W of being the worst president ever.

    Obama = Carter 2nd Term

    May 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. Bring Unity not Divide and Conquer

    i find it Hillarious that when everyone else was comparing Obama to JFK
    Hillary compares herself to Rocky. Now she says she's like Obama. I thought she said he was unelectable. I thought identity theft was illegal.

    May 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Koilor Kimba

    I think Senator Clinton should not be allowed to make statements that will drive racial sentiment among various ethnic groups. Her remark which imply that that other ethnic group are not as hardworking as the white ethnic group is totally irresponsible. Such an inexperienced statement from a lady who is aspiring to be president for all AMERICAN is regretable.

    This is an insult to other ethnic groups and the media cannot give death ears to this. This is no exercising of demoncratic rights. She is now behaving like a Junior High School girl. What a naive behaviour. Such behaviour makes her not even competent for Vice Presidency.

    Koilor Kimba

    May 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. teach hope

    The Clinton supporters are teaching the Obama people what hope really is.

    Fighting for what is right, standing true under attack.

    It is easy to go along with the adoring crowds. But to fight, alone, against all the haters... that is courage. That is the audacity of hope.

    Clinton supporters WILL write Hillary Clinton in in Nov. Then hope is actualized into taking a stand for freedom, for democracy, for the RIGHT to vote, against name-calling, against race-baiting.


    May 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. fred

    RICARDO PHILLIPS OF DC, LMAO that would be better than an Obama in the White House....too all are the ones that voted for the loser....either way...Obama is a loser!!

    May 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. Hypocracy 08

    "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy"

    Spoken by American Democratic vice-presidential candidate Senator Lloyd Bentsen to Republican vice-presidential candidate Senator Dan Quayle during the 1988 vice-presidential debate.

    Geezzzz.... Obama supporters can't even get a quote right.

    May 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Rolanda From Memphis

    At some point you have to call a spade a spade. Hillary it is over. I have and always will be Obama supporter. But if you would have won the nomination I would have supported you as well. However I am so disappointed in the negative way your campaign went. You will do and say ANYTHING to keep your campaign going. If Barack would have lost primaries the way you have there is no way he would have stayed in the race. He would have done what was good for the party. Now I ask you if it was anyone else other than a black man running would we have really had the opportunity to see the "real you"?

    Bitter Black 29 year old woman from Memphis clinging to my guns and religion because I'm tired of Wubya!

    May 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Registered Independent

    Hillary is going to win West Virginia just like JFK????

    It has always been rumored (but never proven) that Joseph Kennedy somehow bought the WV primary victory for John in 1960. So Hillary wants to compare her forthcoming WV win to JFK's? How interesting.

    May 12, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. People Are Getting Smart

    There's nothing wrong with West Virginia or Kentucky – it's just that those are the last states to vote and they have, finally, heard more than enough to see Obama for who he really is. I agree, if the other states could redo their primaries, Hillary would be leading.

    May 12, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |

    Yesterday.. ANNIE OAKLEY,.. today JFK,... tomorrow WINSTON CHURCHILL? She needs a long couch session with DR. MELFI.

    May 12, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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