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. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of the voters in West V. are actually republicans, being little clones for Rush, Satan reincarnated, Limbaugh

    May 12, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Shahin

    I am very glad to hear this non-sense of Americans. America stands for democracy or Ignorants? America wanted play as world leader and is this Americans charecter? WOW! Very Sexxy. I have learned a lot from this election and it will help me wake my people up.

    May 12, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. Janice

    If you are all stupid enough to think fast talking arrogant Obama can beat McCain, go ahead and follow the white hating chicago rackateer.
    However, if you really want to beat McCain then vote for Sen. Clinton. She's smart, acticulate and experienced. yes, she's made a few mistakes, but admitted them and moved on. Who hasn't mis-spoke , or made a mistake. Are you perfect......not, only God is perfect.

    May 12, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Roger

    Is she still talking?!? I think everyone should move on and ignore her nonsense just like Rasmussen did with their polling.

    West Virginia is hardly an indication of the US voter. West Virginians are far from a general American electability barometer. They like everyone else are just Americans trying to make their way in the world, nothing more and nothing less.

    May 12, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Jim, American in Paris

    She is right and not only Democrats but all Americans should wake up and put this thing right once and for all!

    Dilusional, is what the Obama supporters are and certain people on the DNC. Your future will not be bright if Obama becomes the candidate and your downfall in November will be much deserved.

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

    What is this woman's problem...she knows she cant and will not win but she still campaigns like she's the front runner. Can we say anti-depressants...because she sure needs some about now.


    May 12, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. Peter, DC transplant

    Rather than yell at one group of supporters or another, I'd just like to remind everyone that McCain beats both democratic candidates by 12+ points in recent polls in those states. So according to Hillary, McCain will be president because he'll carry WV. Its also interesting to note that this is not the first time she's said McCain will be president if she's not. So much for her dedication to democratic unity. More important, however, is to notice how the news organizations thrive on controversy. Obama has a stronger lead than ever before, and now its WV that could bring Clinton back from the dead? Are you kidding? I'm getting a little annoyed at how many 'comeback' moments their giving Clinton, because they're feeding this drawnout primary season more than anyone else. Unless Clinton wins by 90-10, WV is not going to matter in the big picture. Obama is probably less than 50 superdelegates from clinching the 2025 needed to win anyway, and Clinton herself has said she'll be out by mid june. Make up your own mind, but this seems pretty much over to me.

    May 12, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Sharon

    We have only 4 democratic presidents [out of 10] in last 60 years. Their process selects the loser most of the time. It is so sad that Obama cannot win in November for the amount of hatred he tolerated for last 20 years. The process failed again.. This is a sad day for America, a sad day for the world..

    May 12, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. sacto joe


    A lot of neo-cons posing as Democrats are posting hate mail. They're trying to drive a wedge between us!


    May 12, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. Edwin Joyner

    There is no comparison between Sen. Clinton and President Kennedy, he cared for his party and the American people, and Sen. Clinton seems only to care for herself.

    Fayetteville, NC

    May 12, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Mark Anthony - Lake Elsinore, CA

    Ok, ok, I get it now, all the other states, delegates won, popular vote etc. doesn't matter. It's only West Virginia that has picked our President. My question is why the Hell did she spend all that money in other states if only West Virginia matters.

    Before this it was Indiana, now Indiana doesn't matter. I swear everytime this race gets to an end the Clinton camp wants to move the goal line.

    PS. remember those kids that played like this when you were younger? And remember how they ALWAYS lost.

    May 12, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. mike

    Obama needs his credibility for his wins. Each time I turn on the television is about Hillary. Here on the ticker is about Hillary.
    Just how the media is out of touch with ordinary Americans and tax payers who owns this country. Thanks God the people of this country are increasingly becoming educated to vote for Obama!

    May 12, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Republican for Obama

    This from the same candidate who said so goes Missouri so goes the country, oops that didn't go my way, need a new goal post, then when that doesn't score, make a new one.

    May 12, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. Michael

    And once more Hillary grasps at straws.

    However I am insulted she would compare herself to JFK..He was a good man and she's a monster.

    May 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. Al

    A famous quote from the late Senator Lloyd Bentson from someone else who tried to pose as JFK, "Senator, you are no JFK". Hillary, give it up already. All you are doing is prolonging this battle and in the long run giving this election to McCain in the fall because of your "refusal to quit". Isn't it time to put you're self interests aside and think about what is best for the country?

    May 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. Bess Cannon

    If all the political maneuvering steals the nomination for Obama, lets all of us Clinton supporters do a writ-in for her in November. Let's keep both Obama and McCain out. If we can get the movement going, there is enough time to get it to spread across the country by election day. Or, Hillary could run as an Indeprndent and we could elect her that way. Whatever, we have GOT to show these political hacks that they don'yt run the show. So, come on, people, spread the word around. Keep blogging and spreading comments so enough read it, okay? Good Luck, everybody. Let's take back control of our election process.

    May 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. Cherokee Nation --Freedmen

    If obama is so great, why can't he win, and put her out in W V ?

    May 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. Jack from West Virginia

    I will not vote for Hillary Clinton tomorrow for several reasons, but mostly she just doesn’t have the real experience necessary to run this country, and for that fact neither does Obama or McCain, but you have to vote for someone. 2 Junior senators and one over the hill what a choice this nation really has. If this is all the dems and repbs. can muster up they are really hurting for mature, experienced people!

    May 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. new voter

    Hillary is good; its just that she is running against a better candidate, period.

    May 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Kristina

    B / NY

    For one, he voted AGAINST the war in Iraq, and outright spoke out against it from the very beginning

    May 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. Marlene from Kentucky

    What a mess our election and campaign process is in and the media does not seem to be helping for the most part. We are allowing one candidate in the democratic process to get by with little scrutiny and pats on the back for reading a teleprompter and stirring emotions in voters. We are missing an opportunity to have a strong candidate lead our country back to the strength and beliefs that it was built on. Hillary Clinton and her family have been scrutinized for every word, every smile and every type of clothing that we have hear and seen. Barack Obama sits back, smiles and talks about hope but who is that hope for? It does not appear that we have looked deeply into the current church affiliation and its new minister, his full policies and how he will get done what he says, his wife's attitude in her words and actions in her speeches or the fact that they have changed their dress style to "pander" to people. Why did we not hear about the salary increase for Michelle and the big $1million earmark that Obama got for the new pavilion at her place of employment? Hmm. Why should the Obama's complain about paying off college loans-they chose those universities. Wow, did they really get so wealthy just because he wrote 2 books or was some of that money based on their positions? I hope that at least some of this information is not true if your prediction that Obama is our nominee are accurate. Is he ready to lead this country or will it be Michelle since some of you think she will help decide who the v.p. will be. I believe it was stated Michelle did not like Hillary so she could not be the vp choice for Barack.
    God bless Hillary and her family for trying and God bless those people in states like Kentucky that just don't seem to count in this process. No wonder two states tried to vote early-they wanted to be heard.
    Well it looks like this democratic party member will not be voting for a democrate this year

    May 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. Kristina

    B / NY
    Furthermore, concerning housing in the U.S. Senate, Obama introduced the STOP FRAUD Act to increase penalties for mortgage fraud and provide more protections for low-income homebuyers, well before the current subprime crisis began.

    May 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Sophia Beck

    Lets see,
    She is "Rocky", "Elenor Roosevelt", "Goldilocks" and now JFK! Are you kidding me? It takes a lot of EGO and narcissism to run this level. I have never trusted anyone who places themselves in a position of a hero- This woman has no grace, integrity or dignity whatsoever!


    May 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. Jack from West Virginia

    Hey Michael in MO you are not repeat, NOT a real true Decocrate. You sound spoiled, well if my candidate doesn't win I'll vote the other party wow you are really grown up aren't you.

    May 12, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. Kristina

    B / NY
    Concerning American Jobs, Barack Obama introduced the Patriot Employer Act of 2007 to provide a tax credit to companies that maintain or increase the number of full-time workers in America relative to those outside the US; maintain their corporate headquarters in America; pay decent wages; prepare workers for retirement; provide health insurance; and support employees who serve in the military.

    May 12, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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