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

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

Hillary Clinton compared her Campaign to JFK's Monday.'

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. Douglas -- SE Minnesota

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm - let's take close look at this:

    Richard Nixon - Old school with lots of experience; known liar; very shady character; lots of bombastc bluster

    John Kennedy - young, new-comer; very inspirational; offers hope; tells you the honest truth.

    Yep, this looks alot like the 1960 election!!

    May 12, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. I Promise

    The Hillary bashing will stop when the Obama bashing stops or when Hillary drops out of the race.

    May 12, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. FactCheck

    She must have been thinking of Jamie Kennedy.

    May 12, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Voter

    Hillary Clinton is a racist and she is showing that most White Americans shares the same views. This is sad!!!

    What was Hillary's connection with former Senator Barry Goldwater?

    If you Clinton supporters think Clinton will be the next President you are not paying attention. The Repub. really want to run against Hillary because they know they can win.

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

    Again and again, all I hear is, "You gotta nominate the candidate who can beat McCain in November." It's like a mantra ... all chant and no thought.

    Not only is that very premise highly debatable, my question is: "why?"

    Why do we have to have to vote for her if we don't believe in her leadership style, her beliefs, her support of the Iraq war, her backing of election-year gimmicks like the gas tax holiday, her foreign policy, her attitudes toward trade and other key issues?

    So if she wins we still get a different leader we really don't want? Great reasoning, but no thanks, I'll lose with Obama before I'll win with Hillary because a win with Hillary isn't one. (Yes, it's possible to think that and not hate her.)

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

    did she study any Math?
    No one told it might be 70, maybe 28, more likely One time relief on 1 tank. Mine is 15, so it would be $2.7.\Again we can see usual Phony picture from clintons.
    Guess what – let her run in this nuts mood and demonstrate all ugly features do they have.
    Overand over and over.
    maybe then blind will see.

    The more she runds the more she will l;ose for her future, anywhere,
    I have some doubts that their phony books would attrackt much interest afterwards.

    clintons are out of time and out of our future.

    May 12, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. JVB

    I continue to hear the arguement that Senator Obama has no experience. However, Bill Clinton was a governor of Arkansas when he was elected and never had been in our national government.

    We need a new way of addressing our problems and it's sure not you, Hillary

    Take that Hillary girl.

    Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. Sandy

    If Obama ends up winning this all, as it appears he may, it will be a sad day for this country. We'll probably survive 4 years of Barack's underqualified slickness, but we would have been so much better off with Ms. Clinton–a REAL candidate.


    May 12, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. Donald from SC

    Well there goes that bar again. It is a good thing that it doesn't matter where she puts the bar, it will still remain on the loosing side. So go ahead Giants' team member number 1, Goldie Locks, Rocky, gun tooting, JFK, sniper dodging pro-democrat and prove that you were born in West Virgina also.

    By the way, what happened to your Gas Tax Holiday? Or was that only meant for the white, hard working white folks in Indiana?

    I guess the Gas Tax Holiday wasn't meant for the white, hard working white folks in West Virgina either.

    May 12, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Go Hillary

    Be careful people these really do matter and whether you like it or not we need them in November. A

    May 12, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Dawn

    Oh my.... Please don't tell me that Hillary Clinton is putting herself on the same level with JFK – he's rolling in his grave. She is no JFK, and the only thing they have in common is the Democratic Party. She' must be shell shocked from all the sniper fire. Hillary Clinton changes the rules so much I can't keep up with her. This woman will say anything to win, came over.

    May 12, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. mkg for hrc in NYC

    somebody puh-leeeeze stop OBAMA!
    this is american idol politics at their worst.
    stop being so uniformed, people of the united states and specifically the democratic party. didn't you learn from the john kerry debacle?
    i swear i will write her in on the ballot-
    if the DNC had their act together
    obama would be on clinton's ticket so he can get 8 years of
    EXPERIENCE. fall back obama.
    then and maybe then i'd vote for him.

    May 12, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Barbara Querrie

    "No one has ever won the presential election without votes from West Virginia,PA,IN,FL ,MI without big states,swing states,etc for God's sake Hillary which is which.It is the same message you take from one to another.Next week you will begin on KY and Oregon.
    Now thats where you went wrong -choosing states forgetting that evry states counts and thats where Obama picked his delegates that you will never bit.I would have advsed you to change strategy but too late, all i can say is that "we will miss you-lady in pant suits".

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

    Hillary or McCain

    We need someone with experience in the White House

    Hillary we are with you all the way!'

    FLA and Michigan must be counted. They are still part of the Union

    May 12, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. bill pike

    i saw JFK, witnessed his debates, was in the army and served JFK, you billary are no JFK. maybe KFC but not JFK.

    May 12, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. Sherri

    Hillary Clinton will will West Virginia. She will not win the nomination. She is not JFK. Some of us are old enough to remember him and she dishonors his memory. Her lies are hurtful to the Democratic party.

    Small town values are truth, justice, hard work and sacrifce. Senator Barack Obama is a beacon of those values. He has been handed nothing. He has defied odds to become the great American he is. When he was born in 1961 to a white mother and black father and his very existence was illegal in 50% of American states.

    Senator Clinton has lied repeatedly about Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Kosova, and NAFTA. She has slugged back whiskey and rode around in a pickup truck, making fun of small town people.

    Yes, she will win West Virginia by the politics of fear and a reluctance for change among the voters there. She will not win the nomination.

    May 12, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Hillary Clinton for President

    I saw Hillary today and was incredibly impressed with her. She is what this country needs. She fights for what she believes in and is not scared to say what she believes in. God knows we need someone like her.
    We need a Democratic President again. I do not see Obama winning in the fall. I see Clinton defeating McCain.
    As for the people who are criticizing West Virginia and Kentucky calling us racists, they are just immature little people. I do not support anyone who looks down on others. Perhaps Obama is an elitist, his supporters sure seem to be.

    May 12, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. Sean

    Dukakis won WV

    Missouri goes back the furthest in picking a president. Who won MIssouri again?

    May 12, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. Alex

    What do Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee have in common? They both are poor in maths and logic. They both also start their political career as republican. That is why they are delusional when they relate themselves to certain prominent figures like she is trying to do. She is grabbing to anything she can in last ditch effort. I used to have great respect for her and she lost all my respect when she started using racial divide. It is diminishing Kennedy’s legacy for her to try to link herself with him. He never used racial line argument even when it was obvious than it is today. So leave the man alone…do not try tarnishing his image.

    May 12, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. anti-superdelegates

    Let all us women who voted for Hillary get together and never vote for another male candidate again. Woman also, who are so jealous of her strength and intellegence. I myself will never EVER vote for another superdelegate who jumped ship and played the gender card. It goes to show how dedicated you really were. You all are nothing but traitors, and your word means crap. To John Edwards–WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE-YOU 2 TIME LOSER!!!!. Keep your stinken superduper and put it where the sun doesn't shine-up obamas vazoo. Oh, michael, dont quit your day job, your no looker. You should talk. Yes im mader then hell and dont care what anyone thinks. The gender card and race card has been played throughout this whole campaign, and if you cant see it, too bad. Wait till you all fall, and this country sinks in the next 4 yrs..i'll be watching.!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. Go hillary

    lets get real people you call yourself democrats but cant even count FLORIDA AND MCHIGAN(WHICH ACTUALLY STILL matter so think about it tommorow and i am so sorry CNN is so bisaed to the Obama campaign always insulting Hillary so think about GO HILLARY 08

    May 12, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. John Smith

    Some one, please encourage Hillary to run as an Independent candidate. This will be a blessing for the Democrats. It will be great for the Clintons to be removed far away from the democratic party, given the damage they have and continue to do.

    Why is it that the Clintons always destrpy whatever "good work" that they do?

    To date, Edwards is highy respected because he knows when to quit in the interest of his party. Hillary should have quit a long time before now. The Republicans quit a long time ago!!!

    May 12, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. Mel

    All those who think a great deal know that integrity counts, truth counts,
    standing up for those who helped you when you were down, counts; seeking to lift us up to achieve the best, counts. A great leader should be able to count more than votes and polls. My heart bleeds for Senator Clinton's fall from the very high and lofty view we had of her. I am so sorry.

    May 12, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Tim Reichelt

    I am an Australian. Here's a thought. How come you guys have a system for choosing nominees all worked out but when it actually comes into play you vilify the person who is trying to use it. The Democrats thrashed out a system for choosing a nominee. The system outlines an entire process that ends at the end of the Convention. So... let it work.

    The reasoning appears to be that the process is damaging the party. I don't think so. I think it is US democracy at its finest. Clinton and Obama are thrashing out the issues and ironing out the wrinkles in their arguments. This will stand them in good stead when they face McCain. The weak points are fairly well known; what this process does is train both of them in how they will deal with them in debate.

    From where I sit, both candidates appear to be learning a lot. I think it is a good thing that the process continue. The more they learn now the better.

    May 12, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Thomas

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

    Pardone me, but Caroline is no authority to judge that. She was how old, 6? when JFK was shot. Explains the kind of logic Obama hippies will have Obama run the country with.

    May 12, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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