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.”


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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Ron R

    Seriously...this is the worst comment she has made since this process started... BTW Obama by 15% in November...mark my words

    May 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Ron, LV

    For the person signed the Truth, What pole are you looking at that has Hillary down by 11 points in Kentucky? All th polls I have seen have her 20 or more points ahead. I guess you are like Hillary, you make up your own facts to try and look good.

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

    I will be writing Hillary's name down in november if Obama is the nominee.
    The democratic party has failed over 15,000,000 people, this country will hear our voice.
    Hillary Clinton will be the first person to win a state with a write in.

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

    When its over, its over. Please think about the party and not yourself Hillary.

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

    Remember Obama saying that he didn't think Bush could say anything new that would surprise him......
    This is how I feel about Hillary after reading that she is now listening and heeding the words of Karl Rove.
    Hillary,you poor dear.Of course he would say you have the better chance against McCain.They know at heart that Obama has a better chance against McCain.Man what a trip this election cycle has been.

    May 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Benjamin Columbus, OH

    *BREAKING NEWS*
    SEN. HILLARY CLINTON ARGUES BEFORE THE NCAA THAT THE RESULTS FROM THE BCS NAT'L CHAMPIONSHIP SHOULD BE REVERSED AND OHIO STATE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED THE CHAMPS. SHE ARGUED THAT EVEN THOUGH LSU SCORED MORE POINTS, OHIO STATE IS ACTUALLY THE WINNER BECAUSE THEY HAD MORE TOTAL YARDS. A RULING FROM THE NCAA IS EXPECTED NEXT MONTH.

    May 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    THERE YOU HAVE IT OUT OF HER OWN MOUTH.

    CITING CARL ROVE AS HER REASON FOR STAYING IN

    THE RACE, NOT ONLY PROVES HILLARY THE REPUBLICAN

    WE THOUGHT SHE IS, BUT SUBSTANTIATES HER STANCE

    ON THE WAR AND HER LACK OF COMMITMENT TO THE PARTY.

    May 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. 1911

    Please pay close attention Hillary supporters!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Mikey

    She's turning herself into a joke. Why, Hillary, why?

    May 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Liam

    A Roving a Roving a Roving I will go!!

    May 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Heidi

    How many of you here voted for Bush?? Both times??? Well, you can thank Karl Rove for that! He was behind getting W into office, and most of you fell for his tactics then. Now look at the mess we are in.

    Hey everyone vote for Obama, he hasn't run a state, a county, a city, let alone a business. But, oh yeah, he can take this poor economy and turn it around. Yeah, that is right, change, yeah, that is it, he will just change it. How? Who cares, he will just change it.

    Hillary is the ONLY choice people, like her or not, she and Bill could make this country respectable again, but no one is going to give her a chance.

    We all just want CHANGE!

    May 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    People read up, 'cause you'll never hear this from the Clinton News Network:

    Peter Paul vs. Clinton; the largest election fraud case in US history. In the courts in CA, being clamped down by the Clinton Machine.

    People, get educated about Hillary!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    She used his tactics......might as well rely on his analysis too.

    May 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Dr. J

    This is sad. I hope she sees the light soon. Wow.

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

    Honestly, how can ANY Hillary supporter, who considers
    him or herself a true Democrat, sand beside her after
    this remark?

    May 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Steve

    ENOUGH

    May 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. The Other Campaign Strategist From 115th St & Amsterdam Ave

    Mrs. Clinton –

    Karl Rove has been counted on by the Republican Party as their master strategist for the past 8 years.

    I can see you dimissing the meddlings of Rush Limbaugh's Operation Caos effort to have red meat republicans cross over in Indiana and other states to support you.

    But surely if Karl Rove is touting you publicaly as the "stronger candidate" you realize that he's attempting to play you and everyone else (Democrat, Independent, Republican) that is considering voting the GOP out of the White House. You are savvy enough to know that Rove would do his best to spread mis-information to help them run against the weaker candidate.

    Hang in through the primaries to keep your supporters engaged but continue to bring this thing to an orderly, civil conclusion so that you and Bill can say with conviction that you are backing Mr. Obama

    May 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Dixie Dem

    All of us dissatisfied Democrats are gonna
    derail the Obama train
    and vote for McCain.

    Obama is a lost HOPE. We'll see to it that he's not nominated. Then he and Michelle can go back to Chicago and continue having dinners with Ayers and Farrakahn.

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

    Karl Rove is playing Clinton like a patsy. Of course he would like her to be the nominee because she would be the one easiest to beat. Maybe she should as Ms. Phlame what she thinks of Karl Rove? I heard Joe Lieberman has some good pointers she could use.

    May 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. Caryn, Washington DC

    The little respect that I had left for Hillary has just gone out the window. Please tell me that a Democratic candidate for President did not just site Karl Rove (enemy to every Democrat) as a reason to stay in the race.

    You fool...Karl Rove would have the Democrats tearing each other up from within just to hand the Presidency to the Republicans.

    Someone please put her back on her meds.

    May 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. AJ, IL

    The longer this Democratic nominating season goes the more Hillary sounds like a Republican, all joking aside. Hopefully someone has Hillary on video citing Karl Rove's analysis!

    May 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Berat, Park Ridge, IL

    Oh. My. God. She's lost her frakking mind!

    May 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Mark Fullerton, CA

    Wait a minute? Clinton is citing Karl Rove's opinion now? Jeez. I feel sorry for her now. I support Obama but I always liked the Clintons. This is just erasing their legacy. What a shame.

    May 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. xaiver

    Um...Shane, what difference does it make whether she has more electoral points? She has to win the nomination before electoral points even matter, and she is not going to win the nomination. I hope you have a better point than that. Otherwise staying in bed should have been a better option for you.

    May 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Crazy

    Why is a democratic candidate putting credence into what Karl Rove says? Who does HRC listen to, anyone who gives her some support. Sad state of affairs when the opposition party is providing the basis for staying in the race.

    May 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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