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. Scott

    West Virginia made it possible for John Kennedy to become president NOT Hillary Clinton. Were does it say that if you don’t get West Virginia behind you wont elected president. IS this something NEW. what a JOKE...“It’s the votes of the people Right not just West Virginia. She say that is ever state....

    May 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Incredible

    What CAN you ignoramuses be thinking when you say you will vote for McCain before you will vote for Obama? Don't you get it? McCain is a Republican, and Republicans only care about themselves. Don't buy his "My friends ..." bull. Voting for McCain is voting for 4 MORE YEARS (at least) of continued, failed horrible policies that have set our country back decades. Better to not vote at all than to vote for McCain.

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

    People, do you realize that HRC completely dismissed Obama's claim on the Popular/pledged delegate vote when he was (is) in the lead? NOW it is important to have the popular vote?

    Not to mention she is completely ignoring all caucus states, apparently those are irrelevant.

    She amazes me more and more every day.

    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Sheryl

    Hillary, this is the same stale line you gave when you won Ohio. It turned out you were wrong about Ohio, JFK didn't win Ohio Mrs. Desperado.......

    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Jim

    John Kennedy’s 1960 White House run. Was the first President i voted for, and Hillary reminds me of him. Like him she is very strong, and truly cares about America. That is why Hillary is the only one I will vote for.

    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. J. McKinney

    I hope to heaven that there is some way Hillary can be the candidate. If she can't, I can never vote for Obama–It will be McCain, or maybe just stay at home.
    We are still with you, Hillary. Good Luck!!

    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. David

    The Clinton Campaign is so "OUT OF TOUCH".

    May 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Stylz - Ca

    stay tuned for next weeks episode, "you can't be the president without winning Kentucky"

    May 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. mike

    For Hillary even if she contests as an INDEPENDENT

    scary stuff.
    Do you love your country or are you just mad your candidate is losing?

    hopefully you can get over it and vote as a democrat.

    May 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. Donovan

    On The Gas Tax....

    My take is "Do Something"! but dont stand there like some side walk actuary and tell me we have to get off our dependency or some
    other excuse. Hillary is trying to take action...

    Lead, Follow or Get out of The Way Obama....

    May 12, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. Len in Washington

    How did it go?

    "I knew President Kennedy and you are no John Kennedy."

    True then and true now.

    May 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. DCL

    I don't like to be mean but most Clinton supporters seem to follow her as if she were a religious profit. Blind faith in this woman is going to eventually lead you to feeling betrayed and used. Open your eyes and you will be free! Not likely, the kool-aid has long lasting effects.

    May 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. Observer

    "While the Clintons represented the Bridge to the 21st Century, Obama is the 21st century. His own, multi-cultural story is the future of America".....Get Real!!!

    May 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. Sandy - PA

    Clinton and her supporters have lost all contact with reality.

    May 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. No Hillary for VP

    You are no John Kennedy Hillary and come to think of it
    you are no President or vice president of the USA either just a wannabeeee

    May 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Bubba, WV

    Why do we even still cover the clinton campaign.

    May 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Arizonan for Obama!

    Bless her heart . . .

    May 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |

    It's funny to think that the comments that I have read are coming from american voters saying the stupiest thing about Hillary Clinton like if she was the neighbor you truly hate for no reason, but you make excuses to hate. Your idiotic comments are not going to change anything for the better.........GO Hillary!!!!

    May 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. Gerry In Toronto

    Has Hillary announced she was born in West Virginia yet?

    May 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. Yes we can!

    Whatever......I'm shocked she didn't drum up a story about how she was raised in some party of west virginia......Obama had not forgotten about the primaries, but John Mccain has gotten a free ride for the past three months because of this circus....

    May 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. OregonVoter

    She does realize that West Virginia only gets 5 electoral votes...right? She's not confusing it with California is she?

    May 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  22. Common Sense

    Hillary is no JFK

    May 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. Sad Democrat

    We are all holding on, hoping some of you realize an Obama nominee will equal a McCain presidency.

    Hillary 2008!

    May 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. Sean, Detroit MI

    Would it be safe to say that WV and Kentucky are populated by Hillaries main base: a whole bunch of undereducated, underachieving whites? Being overwhelmingly popular among the hillbillies? Thats not really anything to brag about. Thank god the rest of our country is a bit more evolved.

    May 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. Bridgette, Kansas

    Really??? I don't see it.

    May 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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