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

Clinton cites Karl Rove as reason to stay in

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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.”

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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. T

    Karl Rove says she should stay in? She may get a second opinion... from Rush Limbaugh. He wants her to stay in also. She's the easier one to beat. Pretty soon Bush will be chiming in and telling her the same thing.

    May 19, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Robin

    Hillary and Bill cannot let go of their Whitehouse dreams. Its sad to see her put herself before the people.

    She should bow out gracefully after her win in Kentucky.. where both she and Bill throw their support to Obama, as well it would be a 'victory' speech of sorts for her. Let's be done with these primaries and on to the general election with an overwelming majority for Barack Obama as President and a new politics for the 23rd millenium...

    May 19, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Black Veteran For Obama

    The Republicans love what they have helped do to the Democrats Party............and that is totally "D I V I D E" it. You know unless we screw our heads back on instead of all the bickering and fighting the Republicans will rule the White House for decades to come. With Hillary's supporters not voting for Obama and Obama's supporters not voting for Hillary we will never see the White House; and the division will just grow deeper. I do believe that the division that is being created will be lasting; PRIDE can be so stubborn; but in staying PRIDEFUL we all lose. To both sides I say enjoy watching the Republicans regain power!!!!!! The sad part is that they will get it even with a weak candidate. We all should be celebrating and we are not. And to those that don't think this will go on to the next election think again. Time to switch to an Independant, this party is doomed.

    May 19, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Unshrub

    It takes on to know one.

    May 19, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Viet Nam Vet

    Oh, by the way, she'll be on Rush Limplips show tomorrow cuz he say
    shes the best to beat McCain- -oh wait a minute the chaos mode on
    Obama now? I get these flip floppers mixed up.Sort of like McShame

    May 19, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Sandra

    New Analysis from George W. Bush sees Clinto Beating McCain by 76 Votes and McCain beats Obama by 16 votes!

    How about that?

    May 19, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Bond

    This is too funny! She is now getting numbers from Karl Rove! My goodness KARL ROVE? This is unbelievable. Talk about losing miserably. She should lose with some pride. Just acknowledge the loss and leave the ring with some dignity.

    Obama now leads national polls @ 55 to 39. What math is she looking at?

    Did you all see the crazy crowd and supporters that came out for this man yesterday. Portland is one of the most educated states. Smart people can not be easily brainwashed by rush limbaugh and the other idiot that was shut down my Chris Matthews. Get real Hillary.

    May 19, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. sheryl

    Oh lord Hillary Carl Rove!!!!! Lets unite, they want us to continue fighting against each other!!!

    May 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. F C Sanders Sr

    Wow, that's all I can say is...Wow!!!

    May 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Mary - PA

    Gee Hillary, do you think maybe Rove might want to influence voters into THINKING you are the stronger candidate because you are the one the Republicans WANT to run against? Because they feel they have a better chance against you then they do Obama! Come on Hillary, surely you are smarter then that!

    May 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. MillionMan, Washington, DC

    Wow. She's nuts!

    And, I am stgill confused by Hillary supporters who indicate they will vote for McCain if Obama gets the Dem. nomination! Are you folks not Democrats!!?? Would you really prefer to cut off your nose just to spite your face?

    McCain is not an independent! He is a Bush Republican! He has sold out any "maverick inclinations" in him to pander to the right-wing conservative base of the Republicans. His reversal on the tax cuts, his speech on appointing conservative judges, his denial of not having voted for Bush, etc. all speak to this pandering.

    Obama is a black man running for president. He has received Secret Service protection earlier than any other candidate in history. His life, his wife's life and the lives of their two daughters are being threatened every day. Would not only a patriot go through this!?

    Don’t Obama and Hillary agree on most major issues!?
    Thus, the questions become: Are you more racist than Democrat!?

    Are you more racist than pro choice!? Are you more racist than anti-tax cuts for the rich!?

    May 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Chi4Obama

    Huh?? She is actually citing Karl Rove's research as her source. You have got to be kidding me.

    If all of this information is truly relevant, then the democrats should just abandon their current nomination process (i.e. securing a set number of pleged delegates). And replace it with the Electoral college. That is of course only if it benefits Hillary Clinton.

    May 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Brian

    Hillary wake up! You are citing Rove's analysis as why your staying in the race?????

    May 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Enrique, Chicago

    It's laughable that Hillary would fall for Karl Rove's tricks. Though I don't believe for a second that she believes Rove's analysis. Nice try Hillary.

    May 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. R. Squibbs

    I think that Clinton citing Rove as support is the most honest thing she's done during this entire campaign. She's played slimeball politics right out of the Rove handbook over the past few months, so why not invokve the man himself to help her (admittedly futile) cause? It's certainly more honest than when she tries to play the anti-elitist blue collar mama.

    May 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. Margaret

    I can't believe she went there!

    Is she trying to make points with the GOP? Maybe she wants to be McCain's running mate!

    May 19, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. CB

    It's OVER OVER OVER. I guess Clinton will let it go when Obama gets Bill Clinton endorsement. LOL!

    May 19, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. GiroGeezer from Calif

    Hoooo Boy...!!

    May 19, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Kim

    And everything Karl Rove does or says has some hidden meaning behind it. Do we really want his analysis of anything anymore, with all of the corruption he has been infuential in with this administration? I hardly think that Rove should have any say in the Democratic Party; which he clearly would like to see upset by McCain. If history shows us anything, Karl Rove can get even George W Bush nominated. What does that say to anyone!!

    May 19, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. AK

    How low can she sink? It's sad to watch her. Karl Rove?? I guess she has no dignity left.

    May 19, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Alayna in Seattle, WA

    Jeanne said, "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!"
    I agree 100% Jeanne. However, Hillary already quoted (or channeled) Bush, when she said to the Democratic Congress (regarding her gas tax holiday proposal), "You're either with us or against us."

    How pathetic is that? Sounds like her Republican upbringing is rearing it's ugly head after so many years of playing Democrat to try and pursue her agenda.

    May 19, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Enough

    Hillary has blow-out numbers in the state of Denial.

    Good lord woman – enough already!!!

    May 19, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Lynnette

    This man gave advise on the Fox Network on how Obama could defeat her.
    Hillary, find another reason to stay in the race.

    May 19, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Jose

    The problem with Karl Rove is the enormous size of his head.

    May 19, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. noemi in los angeles

    That's because Rove wants McSame to WIN! Rove is only causing chaos to our party. Clinton makes crazy people look sane. This candidate should just stop using Republican tactics!!

    May 19, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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