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

Clinton cites Karl Rove as reason to stay in

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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. Team Obama

    Ok, I have tried to be quiet and give Hillary her respect, but how can she actually accept what KARL ROVE has to say. She is trying anything now. I am getting upset......

    May 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. J E

    If Rove wants to say that Hillary is stronger...it means he thinks the opposite.

    75,000 in oregon?

    GOP is scared out of their wits about Obama.

    She just loves talking about herself doesn't she?

    Maybe she should turn her focus towards us, our needs?

    Instead of playing up how great she is?

    May 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Kate in NC

    Wow – how low will she go? Desperation is not pretty. Once a Goldwater Girl, always a Republican. How can any reasonable Democrat support her now?

    May 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Richard

    This proves that Hillary and Rove are best friends.

    May 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Willy

    I liked the way Karl is handling both democrats for McCain

    May 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Dennis

    I'm not sure I'd be touting that as a reason amongst Democrats. Seems kind of like a turn off.

    May 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Pete

    Pathetic

    May 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. A WA member of the electorate

    LOL! People with addictions use lame reasons to continue doing what is not healthy.

    May 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. JJ in NY

    How desperate has hillary become? What is wrong with this lady ?

    I believe she is mentally ill, and should be considered a danger to this country .

    May 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. stacy

    it would appear the man is correct in this, he is no idiot in his math.

    May 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. JohnLee

    That's kind of like asking the Pope to talk bad about God or Bush to talk about his mistake of going to war or McCain's wife to talk about being a poor woman. Come on – Rove's analysis.... Next – Hillary will be a guest speaker for Rush lImbaugh.

    May 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Debby

    She is just quoting give it a rest we all know Obama is King of the Jungle now.

    May 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Donovan

    Maybe Clinton would be better suited as a running mate for
    McCain...

    May 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Sophia Chicago

    Oh, Hillary you poor thing...

    You have stooped so low that you are looking for Karl Rove to bail you out? You poor thing!!!! THAT is desperation!!!

    May 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Staci, LA

    This is laughable...ROVE...of all people. I guess we should go with this...NOT!

    May 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. LB

    We all know that if Karl Rove said it, it must be true.

    May 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Dean - Colton, CA

    So, now Democrats should follow the advice of Rove?

    Yeah, Rove would *never* try to influence people to support the weaker candidate by saying he/she is the stronger, right? Just like Rush would never do that... oh, wait – he already has said he's done it several times.

    Sheesh. This is getting ridiculous...

    May 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. HiFi

    Has she been mainlining Maker's Mark??? When you start quoting Karl Rove's analysis after railing against his and Bush's policies, you know you are desparate. Especially after Rove's bringing back all the Wright B.S.

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

    Everytime I think Hillary has become as pathetic as humanly possible, she puts her shoulder into it and surprises me again!

    Go Hillary!
    Racing towards irrelevancy!

    May 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Robert

    A little strange. I think it is pretty clear what Rove's motivation is – continued democratic carnage. I'm sure he would say the same thing about Obama being stronger if Clinton was ahead but it was still this close.

    May 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Darrell - WI

    Karl Rove looks like that guy from the FeedThePig.org commercials. Aside from that, I wouldn't trust anything the GOP says. The GOP would much rather run against you that Obama and that is a fact.

    The longer you stay in this the more crap comes out. Like a major Clinton supporter trying to buy off the YDA for $1 million dollars.

    May 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. Griff

    No! No! No! You're the reason.....

    May 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Florence Indiana

    At least she found one. Maybe she should look to the Hearings coming up in Novemeber with Judge Munoz.

    May 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Daryl from Seattle

    Yeah and didn't Karl Rove say Bush was the stronger candidate as well??

    May 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. Jack

    Bloomgerg, and Buffett don't have enough mony to buy this election, and CNN is about worthless for their treament of Sen. Clinton.

    May 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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