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.”

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Terrence (Winston Salem,NC)

    Bad move, Hilldog..

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

    I think I've had enough. What's next? Is she going to quote Dubyah on how her gas tax holiday is a good idea too?

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

    Listen to what you are saying. Your ego's are engaged. This is bigger than each of us. You are saying that it is more important to make an anti obama statement and vote for McCain. How about your daughters. You are making a decision that the courts can be overturned for more than 4 years. that your children will fight an unjust war.
    All of this because you feel slighted. It is about the future for our children not our hurt feelings

    May 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Lisa

    Go Hillary!!!! We need you to beat Mccain!!! Barack cannot beat Mccain in November. He's already telling the republicans to lay off his wife and they haven't even started Yet.

    May 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. JJM, Oakland

    LOL Hillary...we all know Rove never lies.

    May 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. PCM 01

    Mr. and Mrs. Clinton ,your lack of political judment, moral fiber, your difficult relation with the truth, are obscuring your mind.
    It is sad to see you imploding this way....with no dignity, or vision for the future of this country.
    Political narcissism is a bad thing , not just for you, not just for the Democratic Party, but for the U.S.A.

    You two are becoming the Juan Domingo and Evita Peron of North America

    May 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. TRACY

    Oh goodness. She looks more desperate by the minute. Has she no shame? No pride? How will she hold her head up after this if she continues to behave like a blathering idiot? The sheer desperation she is displaying makes me believe she is mentally unbalanced. Bill, take your wife in your arms, give her a kiss and tell her, "Honey, it's time to go home." This is a really sad caricature of what I once thought was a great woman. She has ruined her reputation here at home and abroad. Hill, you gotta know when to fold, honey.

    May 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Victor, NJ

    Major sign of desperation, she now using Karl Rove the devil as a source of inspiration. I guess desperate times calls for desperate act.

    For Christ sake Hillary keep your dignity in tact.

    May 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Alan Boyer

    Karl Rove has other reasons for supporting Hillary. He needs a job and knows that his tactics are more Clintoness.

    May 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. UniteAmerica

    Why Primary Processs, Lets just ask Karl Rove....

    May 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Of course he wants you to stay in! The longer it drags out the better for McCain.

    May 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Elizabeth, NC

    I knew it, I knew it, I knew it. You have been using Karl Rove's play book all the time and finally you can't hide it anymore. Go on quote him all you want. Like the saying goes 'He in this case she that is down needs fear no fall'. 'Man/Woman in hot water does not fear heat'. What else do you have to lose.

    May 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Dyan

    If Hillary thinks that any Democrat should believe one word that falls from Rove's lips, then she is horridly naive and not ready to lead our party as the nominee.

    May 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. TREY

    next she be saying Rush Limbaugh told me to stay in

    May 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. mike

    Mcsame is the other reason , she is on the race.
    Be more honest with us--please.

    May 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Linda from Prescott

    Hillary you are grasping at straws. Please end with dignity. You are right, we don't have a nominee yet, but the handwriting is on the wall. Don't be remembered not only as a say anything for a vote candidate but a spoiler as well.
    There are other fish you can fry.

    May 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Debbie

    When Rove says Hillary would be the toughest candidate, that means she is the one Republicans want to face.

    May 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Are You Serious?

    For all those Hillary supporters questioning Obama's judgment–what does it say about Hillary's judgment that she accepts and touts analysis by Karl Rove at face value?...Like he'd never have a reason or be smart enough to throw a wrench in Democratic nomination. One can just imagine what "wisdon" Hillary would believe from foreign leaders if she were president...

    Save us Obama!!!

    May 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. USAF Sr. Airman

    Um. What? Come on Hillary. Seriously? ROVE?!?!

    May 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. Hillary support

    Just drop out Hillary. I do support you before but now the math is over. I will support OBAMA because I will not support MCcain. MCcain will be running bush/MCcain
    Please if you care about your party you should drop out.

    May 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Lea

    CNN is really overrun by obamabots. It's pretty sad that they actually think Obama will win against Mccain....soon I will say "I told you so". Grow some brains, people.

    May 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Jessica, GA

    Dear Hillary: West Virginia and Kentucky are only in your column till the primaries are over.

    May 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. Lisa

    Obama said America has 57 states and you wants us to elect him as The President Of the United States!!!

    May 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. Glyde Miller

    Go Hillary go! We know you can win, now you have to convince the voters, who shouldn't be making up their mind just because the Kennedys say so.

    May 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |

    OMG!....Now she's going to bring Karl Rove in as a reason she should continue her campaign...

    Well I guess that just goes to show that she was using Karl's playbook during her presidential run anyway.

    Obama 08,12 (need I say more)

    May 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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