May 19th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton cites Karl Rove as reason to stay in

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/19/art.clinton.5.19.jpg caption="Hillary Clinton campaigns in Kentucky Monday ahead of the states primary."]
PRESTONSBURG, Kentucky (CNN) – Hillary Clinton defended her reasoning for staying in the presidential race Monday afternoon by pointing out that Karl Rove's analysis shows her to be the strongest candidate against John McCain in November.

“There has been a lot of analysis about which of us is stronger to win against Sen. McCain, and I believe I am the stronger candidate,” said Clinton, repeating a line from her stump speech.

Then she veered from her usual argument.

“Just today I found some curious support for that position when one of the TV networks released an analysis done by – of all people – Karl Rove, saying that I was the stronger candidate,” said Clinton. “Somebody go a hold of his analysis and there it is.”

Clinton was referring to electoral maps drawn up by Karl Rove’s consulting firm that were obtained by ABC and forecast her currently leading McCain in the electoral college by 53 votes (259-206), while Obama trails McCain by 17 (238-221)

270 electoral votes are needed to win November’s election.

Clinton continued to push for Florida and Michigan’s delegates to be seated but said that even if that happens, the race won’t be over.

“Once we include Florida and Michigan, neither Sen. Obama nor I will have enough delegates to get the nomination so there is no way that this is going to end any time soon because we’re going to keep fighting for the nomination.”


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Connielp

    She must be desperate to cite Rove as her reason to stay in....poor nut case!

    May 19, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. 35 Southbound

    Republican Clinton once again, she's playing on Rove's words???

    May 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. carmen

    I think they have been working together throughout this campaign

    May 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Zoey

    You gotta be kidding me Hiliary. Come "sweetie"...put the royal crown dowwwwwwnnnnnn

    May 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Jeanne

    That's so sad, having to rely on Karl Rove for anything. I would think any self respecting Democrat or Republican would want to get as far a way from that guy as they possibly can. Next she'll be quoting Bush, oh my!

    May 19, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. TREY

    LMAO..Rove is her reasoning????....

    May 19, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. voter in AR

    WOW! Now all we need is an endorsment from Bush and HRC should be in...

    NOT!

    The GOP still think that a small amount of rich white folks run the nation, like in the past.

    But it's time for them to wake up... IT'S ALL ABOUT WE THE PEOPLE!

    May 19, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. ida

    She keeps moving the goalpost. The only thing left at the end of the day will be a coup d'etat, which if she can, she'll attempt

    May 19, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Karl Rove is a tool

    She's using an excuse she can find to stay in. First it was her pledged delegate "lead" excluding all caucus votes and including FL and MI, which didn't even have Obama on the ballot. Now she is using Rove's analysis, which is based on WHAT?? Rove wants Hillary to be the nominee because she is easiest to beat. It's all political maneuvering on his end.

    May 19, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Shoshiru Honda

    Relying on the lunatic views of Karl Rove to stay in the race is really scraping the bottom of the barrel for reasons to stay in, Hillary !!!!

    Admit it. You've had your run. You've nearly wrecked the Democratic Party. Now it's time to bow out gracefully!

    May 19, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Danielle, TX

    Rove? She can't be serious....nah....she's not serious.

    May 19, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. April

    Pathetic, desperate and extremely sad.

    May 19, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Edwin, Fayetteville, NC

    She really needs a second opinion.

    May 19, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. The Truth

    Apparently the polls didn't include FL, MI, Ohio, PA, NY, MA NJ, KY and CA. Probably polled the bitter old farmers in Iowa and Nebraska. Won't it be something if Hillary wins Kentucky when the polls say she is behind by eleven or so points. Amazing how inaccurate the polls can be when they are run by the opposition.

    Give us a break and go Hillary

    May 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. kvsmith in FL

    Now, this is the clearest sign of desperation!

    May 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. GP from VA

    Oh boy... really – Karl Rove... desperate much Hillary?

    Thankfully – there are only a few weeks left of this lunacy from the HRC camp.

    May 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Phong Nguyen

    It is unfortunate for S. Clinton that many people are not ready for a strong woman to be the US President for now!!! But the DNC has played right into the hand of the RNC and will pay for it in November if S. Obama is nominated!!!

    May 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Shane

    YOUR WRONG CONNIELP. KARL ROVE IS RIGHT. THE PRESIDENT GETS ELECTED BY ELECTORAL COLLEGE. SHE DOES HAVE MORE ELECTORAL POINTS THAN OBAMA AND MC CAIN

    May 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Oh Come ON!

    Hillary!!! Pay attention!!!! Karl Rove has been a slimeball, and done NOTHING except make the political environment miserable for Democrats!!! Don't you think he might have a hidden agenda?!?!?!
    If he can continue to create chaos in the Democratic nomination process, he can cause the nominee to be less prepared to go after McCain when the time comes! He's NOT endorsing you, he's making trouble for your party!

    I am DUMBFOUNDED you would listen to Rove after all he has done!

    May 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Tye

    No she didn't....Com'on Hillary girlfriend you know better. Don't sleep or eat with your enemies, they will feed you poison.

    Obama 2008!

    May 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Dan (Kirkland, WA)

    Oh no... She DIDN'T!!! Did she? Oh man...

    Rush Limbaugh things you're a better candidate too. Why don't you cite him in your speeches?

    May 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Accountant Guy

    Wow, this is absolutely ridiculous.

    May 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. Nic

    Please say she was at least half joking.

    May 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. steven

    That's so sad, having to rely on Karl Rove for anything.

    May 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Ilene MI

    I keep telling you the Clinton's are in bed with the Republicans. People!! Big money is Republican. Just like CNN keeps pushing for Hillary. They do not want a true Democrat like Obama. CNN is owned and RUN by Republicans. Dare you to print this one CNN. You always delete the ones that tell the truth to the minions.

    May 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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