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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  1. Julie Russell

    Keep running Hillary, until all the primaries have been held and every one has had a chance to cast a meaningful vote.

    Please don't give up now; your persistence in pursuing your goal is admirable because it shows that women don't quite just because the media, or a bunch of men, think they should.

    May 12, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. stay free Hillary

    Why is everyone asking Hillary to save the party... after they gleefully allowed Obama to destroy it with the politics of hate and racial division?

    Hypocrits. Yes, Hillary can do great things... but I think she should just let the party lie in the bed they made –

    Everyone though it was great when the media ravaged Clinton and the DNC stomped on her, and party elites betrayed her.

    NOW- She is supposed to save the party?

    Too funny.

    May 12, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. JRC

    What happened to her gas tax holiday? Does she think people in WV and KY don't drive? She can spin anything to make herself sound good and worthy, or should I say entitled?

    I can't wait until she does a photo op drinking moonshine.


    May 12, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Bukky

    Hillary is NO JFK. How can people not see through the MOUNTING pile of BS?

    May 12, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. uchujin

    "You're no Jack Kennedy Senator." Pathetic spin queen. This woman and her BS make me puke. She can't get out of the limelight fast enough.

    A Free and Independent Thinker Reading Between the Lines

    May 12, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Frank

    Only problem- the Kennedys support Obama!

    May 12, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Vitor S. - Florida

    I see some similarity between Hillary and Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, former Iraq information Minister. While being interviewed by CNN Sahhaf said that there were no Americans near Baghdad as US battle thanks rumbled in the background. On the other hand, Hillary also look at the camera and says: ““Let’s keep going, stay with me, this is a great adventure!”

    May 12, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Jeanne

    She can make all of the comparisons she wants but I don't believe it will do her any good. The writing is on the wall, the race is almost done and the fat lady is about to sing. I don't think, and I hope, the Clintons will not be the nominee this time around.

    May 12, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. ObamaRican Hussein

    To West Virginia: You are being dumbed down by Clinton. Do the country a favor and put this to an end. You are being used as a racial wedge. I don't believe that you will fall for this okey doke. Show the rest of the country that you are smarter than she thinks you are.

    Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Patricia G

    SHe is such a bully and a joke...sort of like heartburn..! And to think I once supported her. She is sooooooooooooooo fake. She loves those special interest groups...gas tax day is like putting a bandaid on an amputated limb...does she really think we are that stupid...! She pretends to really care and yet she and her oversized hubby played an 8 year role in this mess we are in...No More of the same Bush 8 Clinton's 8 ...TIme for a change....! And Hillary this is not about color or who can give the biggest insult...this is about AMERICANS! Now 60 days to pull our troops out...give me a break YOU voted for the not isust our intellegence ther is no way we can just pull out in 60 days thanks to GW...Sing Fat lady sing...

    May 12, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Democrats Rule

    Wow – let's do a little comparison here – who do YOU think is more like JFK – the charming, charismatic man who believes that words matter and you can change the world – the young man who inspired an entire generation to join the Peace Corp. and go to the moon – the one with the young family that's whole future is invested in fixing this mess – oh and isn't Senator Obama within a year or so in age of Senator Kennedy at the time he ran? Jeez – let me think hard on this!

    May 12, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Politically Speaking

    Uncle Sam May 12th, 2008 4:36 pm ET

    Although clearly gifted, Sen. Obama is not yet ripened. An example which will illustrate this point is when he joined the US Senate in 2005, and was asked whether he would consider a presidential run in 2008. The freshman senator replied that he would unequivocally not pursue the presidency, adding that he lacked the prerequisite experience. Several months later, upon forming a presidential exploratory committee, he cited his reason for being a candidate as "the urgency of the now".

    What had become so urgent that would have caused Sen. Obama to change his mind and would, moreover, propel him prematurely into a presidential campaign?

    Maybe he witnessed the deficiencies in Washingotn and felt a burden for the American people. Maybe he witnessed the corruption, the back room deals and the special interests and decided that now was the time?

    May 12, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. La Raza

    Again SAY AND DO ANYTHING to get elected.

    May 12, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. NoMcSame

    I didn't know JFK but I do know that "your no JFK" Billary.

    May 12, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. replay it again

    Another Delusional Clinton Supporter May 11th, 2008 4:06 pm ET

    Who was the top money draw for the Democratic Party for the past 6 years? That's right Hillary Clinton. She brought in millions and remember when the talk was that she could have the largest War Chest in the history for a Presidential Run. What happened to all that money? She did what a true believer would have done. The money was released to fund the campaigns of the Democratic candidates in 2004 and 2006. Her fund raising and hard earned money was responsible for the election of a majority of newly elected Democratic Senators and Representatives.
    The Democratic Party Chiefs have run over her just like they would anyone who held party loyalty above their own personal gains. SHE was just the Biggest Celebrity of the Party, the volunteer fund raiser , and became the gal you sent out for coffee when the new CEO came on board. The new guy is charismatic and full of idealist words and you are willing to hire him right out of his internship in CEO land.
    To hell with any sense of gratitude for the work Senator Clinton has done to increase the majority in Congress of Democrats and women. For the first time in more years than most Obama supporters can remember, we have a democratic majority in both Houses.
    For me, that tells me and my family that Party loyalty , adhering to the principles of fair play, and Party recognition of service is no where to be found on the NEW Democratic Party agenda.
    I find the Democratic Party's lack of principle and integrity so abominable that I will vote as Independent or vote for a Republican before I will vote for a Democratic Party shill like Obama.

    May 12, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. DGH

    Hillary has the popular vote, has won the key states in this election and is still being called "unelectable" and dragged through the mud by the media and the nastiest of Obama and McCain supporters.

    The POPULAR vote is what should count, folks! What about Bush and Gore?? Are you telling me that you would prefer these last 8 years of a dunderhead who trashed our image, destroyed our economy and won only through delegates, not through the will of the people? Come on people, put your prejudices aside and rally together for what's best for the country. And that's Hillary Clinton.

    May 12, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Drew, NH

    Ahh, JFK wasn't a gun totin', shot drinkin', truck driven, separatist. He cared for all Americans, not just some.

    She will win West Virginia, but not for honorable reasons.

    May 12, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Timber

    It is really alarming the kind of people Obama has brought out of the woodwork to vote for him. The nastiness of the comments on here are really surprising considering all of us are democrats. Leave Hillary alone! If Obama cannot deal with her then he does not deserve to be president. As a democrat, it is my opinion she would make a better president. I really get disgusted when people call for an "end to the primary"! What about WV, Kentucky, Oregon, SD, and PR?! They are Americans too! Do you think they will think kindly of Obama if he wins and he is asking for their vote in November after he brushes off their right to vote? Hillary should be forced to STAY in until the end.

    May 12, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. Sick Sick Sick

    You Obama supporters make me sick. Every time Hillary appears on these CNN stories. you have to resort to name calling and derogatory remarks about her or her husband President William Jefferson Clinton. Do you hate her so much or is that you want to elevate Obama by degrading her and her campaign?

    I for on don't care for either one of them, but at least I respect Hillary for sticking with her campaign and don't respect Obama because he has misrepresented himself from the beginning.

    McCain is the only honest one in this whole bunch and you are trying to tie him in to Bush. He is not G.W. Bush. nor are his policies and goals those of G.W. Bush. He is a Decorated War Veteran with more experience, knowledge and judgment than anyone else that ran for president.

    He will get my vote and that of my family, my church, my social clubs and everyone else I can personnaly tell my story about Obama.

    May 12, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. Marty

    Never give up Hillary. You are the best presidential candidate.

    May 12, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. km

    Dear lord, did she say no democrat can win without a win in West Virginia? Thats putting a lot of responsibilty on an itty bitty state with a population that doesn't reflect the backgrounds of citizens in the rest of the country.

    May 12, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Ridgeway

    She's got a lot of nerve mentioning the Clinton name along with JFK in a sentence. Neither she nor Obama knows a thing about service to America. They've done nothing in Congress. Neither has any real plan for America they just want to be President. Empty suits, the both of them.

    May 12, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Michael in MO

    This is foolish. Obama cannot win the general in Nov. Do your research – not sound bite surfing. Every legitimate statistic regarding this race shows Senator Clinton the only one to beat McCain and secure the majority of States. If you do not want 4 more yrs. of a Republican presidency, than use your head and vote for Senator Clinton. She is clearly the most qualified individual – black/white/purple – that our party has seen in generations. Senator Obama is not ready – putting him up as the nominee now is throwing away our opportunity in Nov.

    I, like millions of democrats, will be forced to vote for McCain as independents in the Fall if he goes forward. We will without question make sure that he does not make it to the presidency. These are not bitter comments of the moment that will wash away over time. These are very real facts folks.

    May 12, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Phil in KC

    Does she really think that, just because she wins overwhelmingly in WV, the parties superdelegates are suddenly going to swing her way? How naive. I think we will see a lot of molds broken this year, in terms of which states and which segments of the electorate are "must have" – particularly if Obama wins the nomination, as appears certain. States that have never been in play, will be. States that have been 'must win' will become important.

    May 12, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Renee, NY

    I'll let Caroline be the judge of who is most like her father. It isn't a pantsuit panderer.

    Obama vs McCain

    May 12, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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