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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soundoff (659 Responses)
  1. anon

    You need Iowa... no.. wait.. it's Ohio and Texas.. no wait... er... Indiana.... sorry no.. West Virginia.....

    May 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Kathy

    To be achieve in Nov Hillary should continuous her campaign. She will win the general election. She has the experience, knowledge, and hard worker.

    May 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Republican in Idaho for Obama

    What about the other millions of people who voted? You can not choose a nominee based on one state alone.

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

    You go Hillary...

    We don't want that hypocrite in the Whitehouse....

    You Rock West Virginia... even if Obama doesn't care about you! He didn't care about Florida or Michigan either... well.. until now! Hypocrite!

    May 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. park more

    That's right, Hillary is the strongest and will win November general election. If she is not the nominee, she will win as independent

    May 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Mark

    You Ma'am, are no JFK.

    May 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Mike in Calgary

    Why is it that Clinton's pandering wins votes from the less-educated, the illiterate, the ill-informed and the clueless, whereas people who are productive, educated and well read making an informed decision vote for Obama.

    Is that why Hillary is doing so well in West Virginia? No wonder West Virginia ranks 48th in the nation!


    May 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Oh! The Irony

    Oh I get it. So if you are losing, as long as you win West Virginia then you should be the party's nominee. Makes sense to me.

    Wow, she is delusional.

    May 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. haha

    go away!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. shirley ann

    Is she REAL? She is playing the game but keep changing the rules. She is wanting to win at ANY cost. She is concerned about anyone except herself!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. CJ

    OMG. She sings the same song in every state that she is "destined" to have the biggest lead in via the polls in regards to winning the presidency. She said the same about Ohio "So goes Ohio, so goes the nation.."-the crappiest and corniest thing I've ever heard a grown person say. Have to give it to her, she knows how to spin everything. Poor thing is stil campaigning for the VP position.

    May 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Lee WV

    She continues to push the racial issue in Wv and people are buying into it.remember 1980 Ronald Reagan won all but 3 states .WV is one.Everyone that goes to the poll in November when Obama and McCain are on the ballot stop to think if you would be willing to send your child to a war that she voted for and McCain wants to extend.

    May 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. spencer

    Hillary is more like a Kennedy than the other guy....Obama is a lot of empty talk...I people would just listen....And Obama has no experience....Drive that one home CNN....

    May 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Uncle Sam

    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?

    May 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. NickNas

    The NERVE!!!! JFK is spinning in his GRAVE!! John F. Kennedy N-E-V-E-R showed the lack of integrity Hillary has over and over. He N-E-V-E-R implied in any way that his Race should be a plus. In fact he took the less popular views that supported civil rights at the time.

    Hillary should be ashamed of herself. But we all know she won't be.

    May 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. B / NY

    Can anyone PLEASE just tell us five things that Senator Obama has done for either his state or our country?

    Two things?

    Thought so... Big mistake people...

    May 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. smartie

    Another really smart Obama supporter says:
    Johnny Be Good May 12th, 2008 11:05 am ET

    So from what Ihave been reading this morning, America has not moved forward like some people are saying. Those poll numbers speak volumes to me. This is still about race when it sould not be. Obama takes a dump just like you and me. He is not different or a lower form of life as the HILLBOTS would have you beleive.

    Notice if you can, the real haters of this country….HILLERY's SUPPORTERS. Very mean people and sore losers if I might add!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. 60 year old white female, Mo

    You are Ridiculous Hillary... Now each States mattter..!! I thought you count only on Big States...and W.Virginia is a small State...Obama won more StaTes this is what matters....

    May 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Stacy Clarks

    iv lost count of all the rule changing

    either way, she has the right to stay in as long as she wants

    OBAMA 08

    DEMOCRATS 08!!!

    (can we TRY to stop being mean and spiteful on this blog -> FROM BOTH SIDES!!)

    May 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Patty, Portland OR

    Eloquently put Hillary! You're on the way to winning the popular vote which is the real will of the American people. These delegates and super delegates do nothing but make backroom deals to benefit their own agenda and well being.

    May 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Relevant

    Just how heavy are those goalposts, anyway??

    May 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Rom,NY

    OK, let me try to get it !!, because it sounds fuzzy to me ...
    According to your argument, every state you win in the democratic primary Obama will lose it to McBush. Therefore, the same way you will lose all states that Obama carries including MN, WI, IL, CT, DC, WA, OR (most likely) ... Now, give me the name of a democratic president who has won the white House without those blue states !!
    You can't have it both ways
    If you were the nominee I would wholeheartedly have voted for u but it's not the case so get over it and let's get united to defeat McSame.

    May 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. JT

    Once again, she makes an issue of anything that is in her benefit no matter how false, delusional, our outright disgusting it is.

    May 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    Why did we have the entire election process then? Why didn't we just go to West Virginia, vote there, and then be done with it? Think of all the money we could have saved!

    May 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Go Hill

    Hillary is the best candidate and the country really needs to go with the absolute best candidate available right now.

    The stakes are too high.

    May 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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