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.”


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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Ardnuas

    She "thinks" like Bush, and Karl Rove..... Voters.... Look at HOW she has run her campaign ..... 20 million dollars in debt.... she threw the kitchen sink.... she lies with TOTALLY ease.
    Obama/Hagel (I want Chuck Hagel to be VP)

    May 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. shirleydh ohio

    I guess all liars like to stick together. She should never have used Karl Rove since he is a liar himself. Pretty desperate to use a man who won't answer for his wrongs.

    May 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Elaine

    Of all the voices to listen to, she zeros in on Karl Rove's. What a nut job...both of them!

    May 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Bebble

    What are these people going to do when Obama loses the general election... run to McCain???

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

    poor hillary.. trying to save her face

    May 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Tim

    Hillary, you are an Idiot!
    You believed Karl Rove and Bush, and followed them into Iraq.
    Now you are listening to them again, and following them by splitting the Democrat Party!!!

    May 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    With issues on the economy, gas, housing, Iraq, and eavesdropping on citizens; anybody going against the Republicans will likely win. I think the recent election in Mississippi demonstrated that. It's good that Hillary is campaigning as long as she can. It keeps more eyes and ears on Democratic issues. Our pocketbooks and war casualties remind us of the quality of life the Republicans have brought us.

    May 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Jeff

    Well, if Karl Rove says its true...Now all you need is to capture 80% of all of the Super Delegates and you'll get the nomination!!

    Basing your decision on the "analysis" of one of the most anti-American blowhards the world has ever seen...

    I worry about what kind of acid flashbacks you'd have at 3 AM. You're clearly delusional and psychotic, and now you're a borderline Fascist, Neocon Psycophant.

    May 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. David Goldman for OBAMA

    WE KNOW ROVE WOULD RATHER HILLARY WIN.

    SHE IS AS MICH A REPUBLICAN AS HE IS, & NOT A GOOD

    ONE AT THAT. THAT IS NOT A SURPRISE.

    THE SURPRISE IS THAT SHE IS STUPID ENOUGH TO SITE IT.

    May 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Bobby tray

    I guess she should have run as a republican. ..

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

    hey why not have the Green Bay Packers play the super bowl since they had a better record than the Giants and a better shot at beating the patriots. Give me a break, you played the game and you lost!!!!!!

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

    Now it's not "working, hardworking white voters" who are making Clinton to remain in this race: It's Karl Rove. It's not her experience and being ready on day one. She is very desperate. I don't know what would have happened if she had control of instruments that would have made it possible for rigging to take place. And you tell me African or Asia are the only places where are power-hungry politicians.

    Hillary is becoming hysterical. We are not interested in her political antics. Go home please.

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

    SAD & PATHETIC .........................

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

    What does she not get? Of course Rove wants her to be the nominee. The Republicans would actually have a chance against her. Why does she think the Republicans had all these voters cross over for her in the primaries? God, for such a so-called smart woman, she is some kind of dummy – or is she just grasping at any straw offered. Karl Rove!

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

    If Hillary is following Karl Rove's advice......she is more delusional than I thought~!!!

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

    T. Kennedy was the one who decided to wreck the democratic party. Putting all that money against HRC to support a relatively unknown senator. Mysogeny was definately at work here. Sad to see all the rest of you go along with it. There is still time to put it right. I am praying for her.

    May 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. Lean on a leader

    Come on lady, you can do better than this...If ever you have to lean, lean on a leader...

    May 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Fly Boy

    HilLiar gets desperate and cites Lucifer for reasons to go down in flames

    May 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. HillarySkank on myspace

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Thanks Hillary, you just made my day.

    Obama 08/12

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

    Hillary would get her butt superkicked in an intelligence war. Obama sure used this weakness against her. It should be evident that as President this intelligence weakness of hers would become a national weakness.

    You never take enemy intelligence at face value. It is meant to steer you on the incorrect path, Clinton camp.

    May 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Watching in NM

    With issues on the economy, gas, housing, Iraq, and eavesdropping on citizens; anybody going against the Republicans will likely win. I think the recent election in Mississippi demonstrated that. It's good that Hillary is campaigning as long as she can. It keeps more eyes and ears on Democratic issues. Our pocketbooks and war casualties remind us of the quality of life the Republicans have brought us.

    May 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Linned

    We know now that there is a real problem in the Clinton camp if she is quoting Karl Rove. Rove is a Republican and wants the Democrats to send forward their weakest candidate. Senator Obama has been kind in not bringing up things about the Clintons that the Republicans would not think twice about bringing up – they would have a field day with the Clintons.

    Karl Rove – don't forget to go testify before they put you in the honeycone (jail).

    May 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. Nevada!

    Wow... I don't think I would have told people that I am basing my actions on a Republican who wants McCain to win the election.

    May 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Love

    Hillary is a desperately sinking ship clutching a straw!

    May 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. Sarah

    WOW...There are no words.

    May 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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