May 20th, 2008
09:13 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton: 'I've never given up on you'


Watch a clip from Sen. Clinton's Kentucky victory speech. (Photo credit: AP)

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (CNN) - After winning Tuesday's Kentucky primary by an overwhelming margin, Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton told a cheering crowd that "we've achieved an important victory" and that she had no plans to drop out of the race against Barack Obama.

"It's not just the Kentucky bluegrass that music to my ears - it's the sound of your overwhelming vote of confidence even in the face of tough odds," she said.

"You've never given up on me, because you know I've never given up on you."

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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Sebastian

    It’s my personal opinion that Hillary shouldn’t be on the ticket as Vice President, nor should she want to be. She has as much of an ego as any man and won’t be happy. The VP job is not one of great power … it doesn’t suit her skills or ambition.

    The benefit Hillary & Bill would bring to Mr.Obama can be brought in alternate ways, including the Clinton family getting on a bus and crisscrossing the rural portions of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Western Virginia AND West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia and Florida for 4 months “Stumping” for the ticket.

    This avoids any negatives she has (even her most ardent supporters, if they are honest with themselves, will have to admit that she would bring additional baggage.

    We should root for Mrs. Clinton to be the new Poverty Czar where she can have a real impact.

    To guarantee the Democratic alternative is a winner, Mr. Obama needs to pick someone of his even keeled temperament, with more gray hair than he has (he does have some) … that puts a geographic stronghold in the Democratic column. A more recent veteran would be nice to contrast the POW phase of McCain’s life of 35 years ago.

    I like General Wesley Clark. A General trumps McCain. He also helps pull Southern men away from McCain. Another option is former Navy Secretary Webb currently a senator from VA

    May 20, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. mya, Obama

    Let's all be nice to Hillary, now. She won big in KY.

    May 20, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. one nation under god!!!!

    way to go Kentucky.Way to reject the divisive liberal establishment.You definitly told the elites where they can go.

    May 20, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. Larry

    Go home Obama and take your cult with you. You will never be president of anything!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. Adam

    Hillary is so selfish !!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. Tom

    That was funny Eric.......... but not as funny as the Convention giving it to Hillary because of what we will find out about Baarck by August......

    May 20, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. Illinois

    Continue to win, Hillary!!! I know you will. Don't let the haters get to you. You've got them running scared.

    May 20, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. Scott

    With Hillary winning Kentucky by almost 250,000 votes tonight,the overall popular vote must be close now...If you include Michigan and florida,Hillary might be even ahead.That decision at end of this month might end up being important, If they make decison on Michigan and florida and seat them,and Hillary win popular vote overall and obama wins overall delagates..your gonna have some bitter democracts in November.

    Obama needs to win Oregan by a wide margin later tonight(15+ points) or your gonna have some serious questions about his electibility in November.

    May 20, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. Tracey St Louis MO

    IF my state and 47 other states get punished I will vote MCCAIN

    I will only vote for hillary in general if she wins to the rules she agreed to before the iwoa primaries

    The Insanity will haunt DNC in every election every 4 years if they Do not keep law and order. The DNC will lose general election every time with this insanity.

    Congrats to OBAMA he is now the Elected Pledged Leader of the DEMOCRAT PARTY 🙂


    May 20, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. FreedomFromFear-Florida

    Nancy, got a life. Better yet, get ears and eyes. Even Billary would not want you to be so foolish. People like you are the ones that put Bush into power.

    May 20, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. Independent99999

    What a power monger with highest possible delusion.

    Pretty much everything she utters is a LIE, DECEPTION and I am sorry to see so many people falling for this

    May 20, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. Doug, Kentucky

    Two Words Hillary. – You lose

    May 20, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. Toot

    The kind of ugly remarks that you Obama supporters make is the reason that we Clinton supporters keep her in the race.
    For you to insult another person calling them out of their name just shows the kind of candidate you support and one day you will see.
    Congrats to Hillary and stay in the race as long as you want to!!.

    May 20, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  14. Ray

    Honestly, there is not much benefit to Clinton to leave the race now. It's so close to the end, and I suppose she could hope against hope that something big and negative comes up about Obama.

    Patience. We are almost done. Once we are, let's rally around the Democratic candidate, focus on healing our nation, and smack the crazed Neocons back to the pit of evil from which they came.

    Hillary and Obama supporters unite behind the winner, and let's go get 'em!

    Democrats '08

    May 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Chris

    Great. Split those states. Uh, you do know, pundits on both sides, that with all this infighting, McCain will kinda sneak away with the presidency, right?

    Granted, he is the most moderate Republican in 20 years to run for the thing, but do we really want him?

    Quit browbeating each other. Go DEMOCRAT in '08! Let's see some unity!

    May 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  16. JFK

    Logically, if this were looked at as a hiring decision instead of a popularity contest, Obama does not deserve the job based on experience. The only way I can vote for Obama is if Hillary is on the ticket. As an educated and non-racist voter, I can not vote in my good conscious for someone who is not yet ready to be President. Sadly, that may fall to McCain then if Obama wins the nomination. He is far more qualified to run our country than Obama. I can't believe its come to this!!!

    May 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. mmartin arkansaw

    hillary needs money,cnn!!thank you for the the way ,your channel is off the air ,in my area ,tonite.did clintonas do that?

    May 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  18. richard

    Hey ONN is Donna Brazille going to leave the democratic party? She did say that if the superdelegates went against the will of the people she would. Oh wait that was only for Obama my bad.

    May 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  19. I'll Stand for you if you stand with me

    Hillary we won't give up on you. Please stand with us. We are the educated ones in Ohio, PA, KY, West Virginia, NY, California. We know you have won the electoral votes over 300 while that upstart from IL hasn't the experience to be a Senator let alone President.

    May 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  20. Helena

    CNN projects Obama has now won the majority of pledged delegates!
    I'm breaking out the Dom Perignon tonight!

    May 20, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  21. Carrie Pa

    white woman for Obama:

    I am so tired of you and others putting blue-collar workers down. I voted for Obama. Hillary doesn't fool me. Speak for your uneducated self!

    May 20, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. Bridget

    You are my champion of women's rights. You make us proud. This nation is making a mistake if they donot choose you as the nominee. Keep up the good fight. We are with you all the way.

    May 20, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. No Hillary

    Celebrate Hillary.. until u get the 3AM call: OBAMA WON OREGON and the number of delegates he won makes more than up for ur lead in Kenntucky..... 3AM CALL – MAKE SURE U PICK UP THE CALL....

    May 20, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. independant chris

    The emptiest, most pandering rhetoric I've ever heard, even from the GOP. It is truly nauseating.

    May 20, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  25. Cry For Our Country

    Gosh, I sure wish really cared about us. Don't you?

    But instead of putting the good of the country first, she has her ego front and center. Yep, we sure can't turn our backs on democracy and we must hear what the people have to say – especially all of those in Michigan and Florida that she originally agreed should not be allowed to cast their votes because of they way they timed their primaries.

    But now, those votes are important to Hillary and she has gone back on her word. Her math is bad too – she counts the votes from Michigan and Florida to be able to say that she leads in the popular vote. Too bad Obama actually stuck to his word and didn't have his name on the ballot, huh, Hill?

    Will this woman ever shut up and go away?

    May 20, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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