May 17th, 2008
05:15 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton takes on TV pundits at distillery stop in Kentucky

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Clinton at Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky, Saturday."]
LORETTO, Kentucky (CNN) - Wrapping up a rally at the Maker's Mark bourbon distillery on Saturday, Hillary Clinton again argued that she leads Barack Obama in the popular vote and attacked the television "punditry" that has suggested the race is over.

"All those people on TV who are telling you and everybody else that this race is over and I should just be graceful and say, 'Oh it's over' even though I've won more votes – those are all people who have a job," Clinton told supporters picnicking in the gardens of the distillery.

"Those are all people who have health care. Those are all people who can afford to send their kids to college. Those are all people who can pay whatever is charged at the gas pump. They're not the people I'm running to be a champion for."

"They keep telling me to quit," said Clinton. "I don't know, maybe I was just raised with the kind of values you were raised [with]. You don't quit on people and you don't quit until you finish what you started and you don't quit on America."

Clinton has recently been claiming a lead over Obama in the popular vote, a debatable claim, especially because the Democratic National Committee doesn't count the votes of Florida and Michigan, which Clinton does.

Both states were disqualified by the DNC for bringing forward their primaries.

CNN's official count - including all primaries and caucuses but neither Florida nor Michigan - has Obama ahead by close to 700,000 votes.

Clinton also argues that looking at the electoral map for the general election, she has won states with more electoral votes than Obama has.

"If you look at the states [Democrats] have to win, if you look at the big states, and you look at the swing states, I am the stronger candidate," she said.

Before her rally, Clinton toured the distillery and tried her hand at sealing a bottle of Maker's Mark, donning protective gear and dipping the bottle into a vat of the famous red wax. She remarked that she didn't realize every bottle is sealed by hand.

This wasn't Clinton's first brush with whiskey on the campaign trail.

She famously took a shot of Crown Royal during a bar stop in Indiana but despite her surroundings on Saturday, she didn't indulge.

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soundoff (591 Responses)
  1. Christine V from Dallas TX




    May 17, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Kenneth Woodard

    I currently have healfth from my employer (very expensive), I am able to pay for at least one gallon of fuel at the pump (living check to check), and here is what Senator Clinton said ME!

    "Those are all people who have health care. Those are all people who can afford to send their kids to college. Those are all people who can pay whatever is charged at the gas pump. They're not the people I'm running to be a champion for."

    If she is not going to champion for me, then why should I vote for her?

    Progressive Liberals 08

    May 17, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  3. Rick J

    If Hillary doesn't win we will vote for McCain!

    Hillary 08 or MaCain 08

    May 17, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. Ed, FL

    Those women who said if Clinton were to lose the nomination they wouldn't vote for Obama are as selfish as HRC. What if the blacks were to say the same thing for Clinton. what about the future of the democratic party. That means they would rather have twelve years Bush-Mccain to the peril of this country because their selfish ambitions were not fuffiled to the fullest. I strongly advise them to think again. Think about our brothers and sisters who are dying or are already dead in a aimless war, our economy, the healthcare of our kids.
    Get this through your biased brain, in any contest there are always a looser and a winner. And when looser doesn't want to accept the fact that they just lost. They are called sour looser.
    Unite for the common cause. No more Bush-Mccain policy.

    May 17, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. Rouncame DYKO

    Hillary, tu devais avoir un peu de courage pour dire ce que tu sais plus que n'importe qui : LES CAROTTES SONT CUITES, C'EST FINI POUR TOI.

    Laval, Quebec, Canada

    May 17, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. Jason Thompson

    What I find most fascinating is the number of people who promise to vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't win. To me, this is like someone ordering a regular Pepsi because they don't have Diet Coke. Or it would be like gospel music fan who goes to a death metal concert because their favorite gospel music singer wasn't the invited guest singer at church this Sunday. Maybe I could buy it four years ago when McCain was a moderate. But now he's trying real hard to be like Bush. So the impression that I'm getting is that Hillary is more like Bush than Obama since they would rather vote for someone like Bush than Obama.

    May 17, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  7. Hubby

    I'm a Hillary supporter, but I refuse to support Obama in November. Go Hillary! If not Hillary then McCain. I refuse to support someone like Obama after all the racist remarks his Pastor has made. He has not in my eyes addressed that issue. Also, I feel that the way his wife has made comments about race, I don't see how he can't have the same views. Please Hillary stick this out ....I hate being a Democrat voting Republican come November but I have to do what is right and you should also by staying in the race.

    May 17, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  8. Jessy in Texas

    From the beginning until now, Hillary has been always consistent and strong. She for sure will be the first female president of America!

    What Obama's changes will be? Change from having hated Americans for the last 20 years suddenly to loving us? Can you believe if his change can happen? I don't, and I never.

    May 17, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. kelly WI

    Hillary has 300 electoral college votes. It takes 270 to win. The Supers better give that a thought.
    the liberal stream media stuck their necks out to early and can't back off the Ob bias now. So, they are pushing another loser on the dems.
    No Hillary, then McCain.
    Period. the end.

    May 17, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. ALIEN

    BTW: besides McCain, there is also Bob Barr, the Libertarian. You, Obama haters, if you don't want to vote for Obama, vote for Bob Barr, the Libertarian !!!

    May 17, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  11. James

    I am LOL at all the trolls on this comment board.. NO DEM is going to vote for McBush in November so please stop that crap. We all know you are an agent of the GOP and sent on these forms to try and undermine our movment. We know your tricks and THEY ARE NOT WORKING ON US ANYMORE! It is time the American people all stand up and show these lying, control freak, war mongering Neo-Conservaties that FEAR will no longer work. Go ahead keep talking about 9/11, go ahead try to promote another homeland event to push your PNAC plans. WE KNOW the TRUTH.

    THE PEOPLE WILL WIN THIS FALL or it is truly time for a reveloution! Obama is the ticket to true change and the Washington power base is fighting back with all it has. Obama will take the presidency in 08.. YES WE CAN!

    May 17, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. Jake

    This continued infighting within the Democratic party is becoming a problem... The General Election is only a very few months away, and if the candidates keep this up, they're only hurting the party, as evidenced by comments like DY's.

    Rush Limbaugh told Republicans to switch allegiances as a strategy to creat chaos within the Democratic party... sadly, he didn't even need to do that... we're creating the chaos ourselves, and if something doesn't change soon, we're going to lose the election to a fear -mongering, decorated ex-military man, who will continue the grudge war we're fighting in Iraq, and possibly expand it elsewhere. I have a lot of respect for McCain as a person, as he's obviously had a very colorful career in Politics, and the rest of the world... but if this infighting continues, he'll walk into the White House, and we'll have nobody to blame but ourselves. I just don't think he's the right choice for what our country needs to focus on right now.

    One of the Candidates needs to eat a slice of humble pie... concede, and hopefully become the other's top candidate for the Vice Presidency. Either way... Obama/Clinton, or Clinton/Obama can't lose. Unite the party, and take the election in November... THAT is what's important at this point.

    May 17, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  13. Phili

    These Clinton supporters who threaten to vote for McCain even if his policy prescriptions diametrically contadicts Clinton's are either unelightened or emotinally unstable. No rational person would switch his vote from an anti to pro iraq war. No wonder then most of these supporters are uneducated.

    May 17, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  14. Eve

    Amen Will: I liked Hillary too, but if everybody be honest with themselves, you all know that Hillary took some of those earlier states for granted. How can anybody say, vote fo McCain if Hillary is not the nominee. This makes me so sad. All democrats need to be united. We truly welcome independents and republicans to our cause. America can't stay the course with McCain and the Republicans.

    And for Hillary & Obama supporters, I believe that there are some rove republicans that is keeping a lot of this confusion going. Because a real democrat in no way would for McCain. Think about it.

    May 17, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  15. Nava-Canada

    The days of 'cow boy' diplomacy practised by our past presidents are over. US can win over the people of the universe by hi tech diplomacy
    and not by threats of destruction. Force is always met by force these days whether it is Alqaida, Hamas or North Koreans.It is time for Senators McCain & Clinton to take a break and let the yougsters handle the day to day affairs of the state. It is only by schrewd diplomacy,US leaders can bring back the lost fame & glory of USA.
    by applying shrewd diplomacy to win the hearts & minds of the opponents of US. Why is McCain & co. looking for 'wet walls' like Iran, Iraq & alqaida to attack.
    Why is he trying to lower the status of the mighty military of engaging in fights with stupid insurgency groups .Senator Obama is saying 'I will talk to even a devil if the devil is for world peace'. Let Mr.McCain know that this what peace loving people, outside America want. We all want peace and not destruction.

    May 17, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  16. Used2bedemocrat

    The Dean led DNC along with his cronies from the socialist left of the party have hijacked this nomination, but in the end they shall see that the "uneducated whites" as they are called are a lot smarter than to fall for this fiasco. They have already altered the election process by negating the momentum that Clinton would have gained months ago by dominating Obama in Florida and Michigan. They will REGRET this decision, they will find that this will be the end of the Democrat party as it was known. The Socialist Left with Obama as its nominee will never win the GE!

    May 18, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
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