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. La Raza

    Michael in MO

    Just a question, why would you "be forced" to vote for McCain? Just wonderin'.

    May 12, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Go Hillary 2008!

    Yes We Will!

    We need a fighter, someone who will make great change for our country, verus great speeches.....

    Hillary Supporters Unite!

    Obama is a cotton candy politican...sweetly spun, but when you take a bite....Nothing is there but hot air!


    May 12, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |

    hmm so by HIllary's reasoning we are wasting alot of time and money with all these silly primaries we are all doing, Why don't we just do one primary in W Virginia , I mean after all if you can't win that state then you are doomed right, and if you win you are a shoe in.

    And if by some wicked chance they decide at the convention to let the Florida vote go through, it will send a loud message that if you whine loud enough rules don't matter, I mean we have Party rules and Florida stated before the primary got here that they were going to do it the way they wanted to do it anyway reguardless if it would count ,they just said "we will appeal it and our delagates will be seated" BEFORE THE PRIMARY WAS EVEN HELD..What are rules for if they can abuse them and still get their way?

    If what she is saying is by any stretch a possibility , that she will be the candidate even though she does not win the popular vote nor the deligate vote, what a mockery it will make of the democratic party.

    May 12, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Roy Arellano (San Antonio)

    How funny that every state she is in she claims as a must win for the general election. Well she has a point; so it is intelligent to say that since Obama has twice as many states won, the decision and importance to uphold the choice made is done, especially since there are not enough states/territories to catch back up for HRC.

    And what she refuses to except is that just because she is not the one on the ticket that doesn't mean that all the DEMS who voted for her are really going to vote for REPS. Regardless of what the polls say. Then they wouldn't be true DEMS. And if that's the case well good to see they have no shame in showing their true colors. Now if she were to tell us that the polls say that of all the Republicans and Indpendents that she's won the majority won't (JUST WON'T) vote for Obama, then maybe I may believe her logic. But being that more REPS and INDP have been attracted by Obama it kind of puts a hole in her claim, no?

    I'm a INDP, but if I were a DEM I'd be ashamed to hear that other felllow DEMS would be unwilling to come together as a party and push for the DEM candidate no matter who he/she may be.

    Because if you boil down to it the candidates are proposing a lot of similiar sound solutions then your desire not to or refusal to support Obama is based on race, experience, or personality, then you're a sad individual.

    May 12, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. bigben

    Tonight is the eve of destruction. huge blowout in WV. Then next day he unleashes something on Obama.

    May 12, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. Victor in NC

    I feel so sorry for those hard working people that are donating to her campaign~ Its a shame.. She made that same statement when she was running in TX, PA, OH, IN and now WV.. She really needs to get a new speech writer.. Because the one she has sucks~

    May 12, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. WV is as backwards as one might think...

    Does she also draw parellel between reality and delusions of granduer?

    OBAMA '08

    May 12, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Chicago for HILLARY !!!

    Not Obama (Rezko link, naive, not experienced, poor work attitude!!! )
    Not McCain (Poor judgement and poor responsibility -exidently killed over 120 comrades as a young soldier under Father's division)
    Only Hillary is clear, experienced and the true person to lead the Country, as her husband have done and They poved their good judgement and good work attitude !!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. stay as long as you want

    If staying in the race helps destroy any chance for Obama to win in Nov, then the world should pray that Hillary never drops out.

    If she can destroy his chances, she should stay in as long as she possibly can. It is the least she can do to repay the DNC and the party Elites who gutted her after her years of dedication and service to this country.

    No one held back in their efforts to destroy Clinton's chances for the nomination. Why the double standard?

    May 12, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. d

    I never imagined that Hillary supporters would be such sore losers.

    May 12, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Yeah, and Hillary like Lindon, will force the VP spot after a contentious nomination battle. And Obama, like Kennedy, will be done in three years later and Hillary like Lindon will become president. So Hillary will become President, one way or another. Hire a food taster Barack, for their be a nife in your back if you take on Hillary as your VP.

    May 12, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    HUH? The woman is totally delusional.... we've had enough of delusional idiots with Bush.... GO HOME, HILLARY.... You have about as much in common with JFK as my mother's dog has.

    Desperate Hillary tried channeling Lincoln for her worthless debates; now the hag thinks she can siphon off some of JFK's magic?

    GUESS WHAT, HILLARY... if anyone today has anything akin to JFK's magic, it's OBAMA!


    May 12, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. David D Kollie

    Since Hillary has been down, she makes such excuses to justify her qualification. Poor Hillary. She needs help.
    Hey! why can't James Carville and Paul BeGala help her. I used to admire these guys when they were on CNN Cross Fire. But I'm very disappointed in them recently. They seem to think that only the Clintons can make the different in this country in time of crisis.
    James Carville for one called Bill Richardson "Judah". I wonder how does Carville consider those HRC supporters especially superdelegates who have shifted to Obama? Can Carville call them Pharisees. Judah betrayed Jesus Christ with a kiss but the Pharisees killed Jesus. I will like to know what James Carville call man like McGovern who has known the Clintons for 28 years and shifted to Obama.

    May 12, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. EC

    This is soooo typical of The Clintons, she just keeps spinning and spinning the "PAST" as if Americans are too stupid to know better. Are we living in the 1960s? Will the 1960s come back? I don't think so.

    We are NOT living in the PAST. JFKs time was THEN it is NOT NOW and we as Americans know that times is GONE and is already written in history and in the history books.

    JFK made HISTORY, not Sen. Hillary Clinton, for her to speak about the PAST is exactly part of her problem. We are "NOT" living in the PAST, Americans have moved forward. What part of this fact does Sen. Clinton not get?

    JFT ran an honorable race, will be remembered as being a GREAT President, that's a given. Sen. Clinton has NOT earned that right and will NOT be the next President of the United States.

    Sen. Clinton WAS predicted to WIN WVA, that is NO surprise here. The question is, will she WIN 100% of the votes? I don't think so. So either way it goes, Sen. Obama will still walk away with a couple of more delegates. So guess what? Even when he loses in WVA he still moves up in delegates. Wow.... what a revelation!!!

    May 12, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. deborah

    If Sen Clinton isn't on the ticket, I'm writing in Mickey least that way the line at the unemployment office will keep moving....because either McCain or Obama is going to increase that line big time.

    May 12, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. mike

    Is she or the comp. is compaigning for 2012 or 2015, a unique lying style again?

    May 12, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. Jay

    Haha Sick x3 is funny. Seems like Hillary is rubbing off on you, buddy, because now you are making delusional statements of your own. Obama!

    May 12, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Nateru

    ...can the exit sign be any brighter for her?!?!?

    May 12, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. keep standing

    To all those who gleefully stuck it to Senator Clinton- all the lies, the twisting, the racist labels, the pounding, the hatred, the vulgarities, the heckling, the betrayals, the cheating her out of votes...

    PAY BACK time. Did you think we didn't notice while you eviscerated our candidate?

    No way we will vote Obama.


    May 12, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. nina

    I listened to hillary's speech today....some of her lines came right from obama's speech.
    Listen, all you who say you're going to vote for mccain in the fall, or not vote at all, better think again.
    Both of these candidates (hillary and obama) have very similar plans to run the country.
    So it comes down to character.
    Also, if you vote for mccain out of spite, expect increasing gas prices, no funding for education, no help with your mortgages, possible a loss of women's rights as mccain plans to reverse roe vs wade, and a war that goes on til ???
    And remember, if hillary is not the nominee she said herself she would swing her full support behind the nominee. So if she does what she promised, are all of you hil supporters going to do the same? or are you going to go against hillary even when she supports obama, if he's the nominee?

    May 12, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Math Wiz

    She would compare herself to him. I'm sure she was really thinking about comparing herself to Jesus because she is so self righteous.

    May 12, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Ro

    I'm to the point where I don't want to read, hear, see....ANYTHING about the elections until the first week of June. Going over and over the same old "shet" isn't getting us anywhere. The numbers are what they are.....Obama is leading in every unless Clinton comes out and says she's finally seen the light, why bother?

    May 12, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Hey Sharon... calm down. It's over. Turn your back on your philosophy and values and the party that got your issues as far as they are and go vote for McCain or write in for Hillary.

    Geez, we heard you the first 100 times. I am glad you've taken off your caps lock. Now THAT was annoying.


    May 12, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Beth in PA

    I thought Obama supporters liked changing the political culture and "nice guy" politics.

    Why the cries for Hillary to leave the race?

    Don't Democrats in late voting states have the right to make their voices heard? Especially since it matters for once!

    Demanding that they end the race now for the good of the party is like asking them to give up their votes.

    Historically staggering amounts of money have been raised and spent by Obama in these primaries. Hillary has also raised and spent a staggering amount of money compared to previous primaries and to John McCain.

    Over 16,500,000 people have voted for Obama in the primaries. Over 16, 085, 000 people have voted for Hillary. McCain's popular vote totals pale in comparison to either.

    In a normal election, no one would be scoffing at Hillary's accomplishments. Right now, the Republicans would love it if their man had her fund raising numbers!

    I'm tired of Obama supporters wishing her dead. She's worked hard for her party all her life. It's like kicking a loyal pet in the ribs. Have some decency!

    I'll vote for Obama, but it sickens me to think of the pleasure that will give to the foul group of people on these blogs.

    May 12, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. Sharon

    I'd like to call for a little respect here. Enough with the name calling the pantsuit references and the anger. If we call ourself Americans we have to all be in this together- and act like adults.

    I think there has been a total lack of respect by a lot of people and really a lot of misrepresentations and bias on both sides.

    I have a lot of respect for both candidates but what really influenced my decision was the campaign Obama has run. Hillary's argument that she is the better candidate and is more electable would be true if and only if she was winning. She's not at this point and it doesn't look like she will. The other thing I think people have to consider is that the Obama campaign has taken the high road- they could have destroyed Clinton by going negative and focusing on all the scandals- Whitewater, Peter Paul, Bosnia Snipers, Lewinsky, Campaign funding and lobbyists, Mark Penn, Clinton's Impeachment (I mean he did lie under oath) and others that are out there. But he didn't he's focused on the issues. Just because Obama wouldn't use these against her doesn't mean the Republicans won't. Conversely, she's used everything she can against him and hasn't be entire honest about it. Credibility is important.

    May 12, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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