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. Christine Blantz

    Go Hillary!!! When Florida and Michigan are seated it's going to be all in your favor!!

    May 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. 60 year old white female, Mo

    To be the strongest Hillary should won More States, More pledges and super delegates... but unfortunatly you did not... So Hillary and all the Clintoniats tell me what makes her the strongest candidate? The Lies? the dirty tricks?

    May 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Nikole

    No self-respecting HRC supporter would vote for John McCain. Obama and Clinton's positions are identical, yet you would put a man in office that would continue war, bad economic policies and get rid of a woman's right to choose? How childish!

    May 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    I thought you needed Florida to win the election? Or Pennsylvania? Or wait........maybe you just need the states that HILLARY wins, because that is all that matters!

    She sure isn't saying anything about Oregon.....oh wait.....too many educated people in that state......

    Let's focus our attention to the hicks............

    May 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Olivia

    Hillary is a candidate for the people, a candidate of substance, a proven worker for the people. I am in awe of her energy, grit and dedication to help those of us that are falling through the cracks.
    If the people of West Va is backing her overwhelmingly, then that just show they are a pretty smart bunch. They are looking past the hype, the razzmataz, the bias,the dissing of Hillary, the deliberate stacking of the odds against her. She is still standing tall.

    May 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. NC voter

    i love you hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (i will NEVER vote B.O.)

    May 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Proven herself

    Hillary has proven herself beyond any shadow of a doubt.

    Obama is just a shadow compared to this iconic champion of the people.

    Race card? Who cares.

    This woman has shown us the real thing.

    May 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. alex from florida

    Hillary has a good chance of winning. its not over! any ways this whole thing about her debt is so stupid! i guess nobody knew that she saved like fourteen million for the general election! the same thing is going to happen like the other two general elections they give it to a person that thinks that his above everyone and intellectual, theres nothing wrong with being an intellectual, but if you look on how we lost in the others two elections then you can see my point. the first elections lost because al gore couldn't get the Latino vote. the second lost was because of Ohio and john Kerry couldn't get the blue collar vote. its crazy for them to do the same thing. theres is alot more time. Hillary is very smart and doesn't come across like she above it all. shes won the big states that you have to win in the general election. you cant look at the states obama won because those states are republican, like Utah, Arkansas, Kansas, Idaho and Iowa. then after Hillary should win west Virginia and Kentucky she will be ahead in the poplar vote. its stupid if obama win for hillary supporter to vote for john mccain did any body think about voting for ralph Nader or an independent ! plus obama took his name off the michigan ballot. florida is probably the biggest state need to win in the general election. hillary 08

    May 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Eddie

    Why not allow comments that are not negative,and tell the truth appear on this blog Clinton News Network(cnn).

    May 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Paul

    Ummm... WV will go for BO over McCain. News flash indeed.

    May 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |






    May 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Marcelo

    Oh my God! I am a white man blue color worker, so im voting for hillary.

    HILLARY 08, 12
    CHELSEA 16, 20

    May 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Ed

    What she says is true. And Bill won in 1992 partly due to winning WV. Why do you Obama Kool Aid drinkers refuse to acknowledge facts and history? Do you think if you just wish for it enough, that St. Obama will sweep in and carry WV in November? You are responsible for the Dems losing in November. I'm sure the boys and girls getting their arms and legs blown off in Iraq next year will be thankful that you chose the one who lost against McCain. Those "Change" buttons will look different when they are covered with blood.

    May 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. fred

    Go Hill, you go that right!! I doubt Obama would carry any states in November. He is a total loser and his supporters are just as bad!!

    GO Hillary!!

    May 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Megan

    Thats hysterical. Last I checked, the Kennedy's were supporting Obama. She needs to look for a different underdog President to try and equate herself to. The woman seems to be increasingly desperate. No you are NOT like Kennedy. Get a grip. Leave gracefully instead of looking like a fool.

    May 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Sidney McCain

    How many people will she give false hope?

    May 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. TKJ

    Actually, Sen. Clinton reminds me more of the female Terminator in the third Terminator film. Hehehehehehe. Just kidding...

    DEMOCRATS: Beware the divisive comments GOP supporters are posting to stir up feelings of resentment. It's obvious.

    McCain is NOT a third Bush term. That's baloney. They don't even like each other. The only thing they have in common is their party. McCain would make a very different President indeed. He is a bit old, but not a bad guy.

    Either way, Obama or McCain, Americans win. Things are going to change in D.C.!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Old enough

    Unlike Caroline Kennedy... I AM old enough to remember JFK- and I agree.

    Hillary is more like JFK than Obama, although he tried to ride that slim comparison to the white house.

    May 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Joseph W. Mathews

    Hey Ted, want to comment on this piece of garbage. Mary, you're correct. Racist it is!

    May 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. New Yorker

    The JFK nomination and election where fraught with irregularities, and made many suspicious of the Kennedy tactics and some underhanded activities by the Democratic party.

    Yeah, I see the comparison if she wins the nomnation.

    May 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Janey

    Have Americans sunk to a new low? Oh, how the mighty have fallen!! Comparing your most valuable woman and a candidate for the US presidency to a movie character? As Lou Dobbs would say, what in the world are you thinking of? By the way, he and Wolf are the only 2 people on your show that I and many others will even listen to–professional, sensible and objective.

    May 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Joseph Adewole

    What a fantacy? Someone is a fool's paradise. I hope OB has moved to the next stage> Ride on, for The Lord is with you Barack.

    May 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Lindsay

    This woman has a lot of nerve....

    May 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. James Nelson

    Hillary, in the words of Lloyd Bentsen– You are no John F. Kennedy!

    May 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. nathan

    He we go again .. re-writing the rules, moving the goal posts

    May 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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