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. Kristina

    B / NY
    Concerning predatory loaning, in the Illinois State Senate, Obama called attention to predatory lending issues. Obama sponsored legislation to combat predatory payday loans, and he also was credited with lobbying the state to more closely regulate some of the most egregious predatory lending practices.

    May 12, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. gloria pitman

    shiper fire who cares if hillary misspoke . look at oboma and jeramiah wright he new hin and his wife for twenty years what more does mr wright know there may be more surprizes ahead on that end. bill clinton had a affair kennedy did also . nobody better then the other. stop bashing hillary. always accusing hillary of something . the media talks about race all the time since the primaries. but when hillary mentioned all hared working white people she accused of useing the race card. what about the news media? it been nothing but race in the news reports every body equal . thank you gloria

    May 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. Dale



    SHAME ON YOU CNN!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. netop

    Michael in MO –

    I don't get it. You bring up the spectre of a McCain presidency in your first paragraph and then declare you will help ensure that will happen in the next paragraph. You want a candidate that beat McCain, but if that candidate is not Clinton you will help McCain win. And, because you declared you are a Dem and not indie at this time I find your stance even harder to understand. Please help me out here.
    I can't stand Clinton. I find her repugnant. I would prefer her over four more years of Bush (aka McCain). Think about the Supreme Court .

    May 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. leoslovechild

    God bless America. Where else could the terminally delusional be given such a powerful forum? Saying that Hillary Clinton is qualified to be president because of her experience as first lady is like saying my uncle Max is qualified to be governor of Wisconsin because he eats a lot of cheese. Throughout the campaign, Barack Obama has proven to be a far better team builder and strategist than Mrs. Clinton - essential qualities for any leader smart enough to know they can't go it alone. Hillary's arrogance would doom her from day one. Can you imagine her following the advice of someone whose lips weren't permanently welded to her backside? Neither can I.

    May 12, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. Keith in CA

    Did she mention she once stopped at a West Virginia McDonalds which–in her mind–makes West Virginia her latest "home state"?

    Attention all Hillary supporters: Hillary started this campaign as the presumtive nominee. Why is she losing super delegates and why is her campaign $20 million in debt? Is this a reflection of her leadership, judgement and "35 years of experience"?

    Face it folks, she wants your contributions to recoup her losses. Would you give money to a gambler losing at the tables? Hide your checkbooks!

    May 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. Sophia

    Hey don't bother to post this either CNN. I'm tired of spending time writing posts to never see them posted on this forum.

    May 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. Mary, WV Tech

    What now she a Democrat again!

    May 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. CJAM457

    For BILLARY to make a comparison between the great JFK and herself is totally and completely IGNORANT! She has none of JFK's awesome and humble qualities! What a joke! BILLARY if there's anyone you should compare yourself to, it should be bobo the clown!

    May 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |

    Enough of this, I was a Hillary supporter.

    But I do Have common sense and I know numbers.
    I also know that I do not want a republican in office.
    Because I'm thinking of America.
    We got to come together now !!!!!
    If we are true democrats, we got to vote for Obama.
    Now, that's what we have to do. I WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK!
    Are we going to go through this because one of our canidates lost.
    Both of them have insurance,homes, jobs and gas money.
    they will have it if the democrated party loses.
    but what will we have.......the same old same old......NOTHING!!!!!
    WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. Todd

    IF you donate to her campaign...I hope you don't need the money.

    You could get better odds in Vegas.

    May 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. Brenda R Styers

    My comment
    DE the supposedly First Syate did not allow me to cast my vote in the primary, however it is my intention to vote as a Democrat and it will be
    for Mrs Hillary Clinton.Win or loose she is by far the most capable one
    aand has the most experience of the three contenders.Go Hillary Good luck and God speed.Oh yes if all you voters cannot say any thing
    good of others you should be quite

    May 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. Believe it

    This has to be the dumbest comment I've read all year. Clinton and her supporters are stupid. These dummies are voting for Clinton based on gender or a notion that Mr. Clinton years will come back. Name anything that this woman has accomplished? Nothing – I thought not. Then they claim they are voting on the issues but of course you know they are lying. If Clinton supporters were voting on issues and Obama and Clinton have basically the same policies then there would be no talk of voting for McCain. How stupid! I would love to see you pathetic people suffer for 8 more years. Then I hear these dumb people say they are not voting for him because of his supporters. Yes it is as dumb as it sounds. I'm sure nobody on this blog has ever personally met either candidate. I'm sure no one on this blog can call either candidate on the phone at this present time, so who cares about letting someone else dictate how you feel about someone who you both don't know. How stupid can you be? Then I hear the experience comment and that is stupid as well. Obama has been in an elected official longer then Clinton.

    I laugh at all you dumb Democrats – you guys are going to lose an election that you were suppose to win. Again youhave been outsmart by the Republicans. Hahaha – dummies. Dumb Bush outsmart Hillary and you want her for President.

    Go ahead and continue buying high gas dummies, you are only making me richer...

    May 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. TE

    I thought Hillary loved Black people. Instead she is acting with jealousy and devisive remarks.
    I believe this is a test for the Clintons to see if they are going to let the first African American candidate win the White house. Let Senator Barack run against McCain and see what happens.
    Please Hillary do not destroy this party.

    May 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. R-J

    What a crock, she talks about change but goes back to the same old events,her judgement is like Bushes,she hangs on in a race which is over, he hangs on to a war which is deteriorating. I will not vote for a Washington dependent republican dressed in democratic clothing.

    May 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Mary K

    She's a racist loony toon, a whole lot closer to David Duke than JFK. What a crazy person!!

    May 12, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. MarkieBee

    That's all right Sharon at 4:31 p.m....I registered 13 people to vote this Saturday as part of Obama's Vote For Change registration drive – all filled in the DEMOCRATIC PARTY bubble on the voter reg card. So the first person I signed up, a very nice caucasian woman around 50 years old, will cancel your write-in or treasonous vote for McBush and the other 12 will help carry Obama onto victory. We don't need the bitter Hillary sock puppets who want to whine about media bias or the rules. The party is bigger and stronger than you Sharon so take your threats over to Taylor Marsh's site where there's someone who will listen to you. I would have voted for Hillary has she been the nominee because, while Obama is a better candidate than her, she is light years better than McBush. I don't see why Hillary's supporters can't see it the same way.

    May 12, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Peter

    Obama might be the nominee thanks to DNC and the establishment
    that decided long time ago to go against HILLARY and president Clinton ( American did not do so badly in His eight years term ),
    but we all know who is the most qualifed candidate.
    HILLARY 08

    May 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. Matt

    HRC you are a Big Loser!:)

    May 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. shannonL

    Obama doesn't care about WV.

    There must be too many white people in that state...not his cup of starbucks double latte with cream.

    May 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. California Girl

    Don't give up Hillary! West Virginia and Kentucky will bring you back on track. Don't let the old gard bring you down. They are nothing but male chauvenists, such as Kennedy, Kerry, Daschle, and Richardson, the back stabber. Richardson forgot who gave him a name, which is Bill Clinton. Richardson WILL NOT bring the Hispanic vote to Obama. The name Richardson is NOT hispanic. Does Richardson even know how to speak Spanish? I bet not!

    Stand with your head up high! We love you, Hillary!

    May 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. Matt


    May 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. NO-BAMA



    WE DON'T GIVE UP....

    obama ignoring states now; kissing up to congress.



    May 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Another example of Hillary exaggerating the truth. While is has been a long time since a democrat won without West Virginia, it has been done. The last time this occurred was in 1916 with Woodrow Wilson. I'd also like to note that West Virginia has been won by many years that democrats have lost. Most recently.. 1988 with Miachael Dukakis and we all know how terrible that loss was.

    May 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. fred

    she no jfk i seen him trust she no jfk , shes not even close to jfks wife,these people were greast people you ever seen. thats a slap in the face thinking she is jfk

    May 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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