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. Daniel

    I call on all Obama supporters, like me, to afford all the Hillary supporters the respect that they DESERVE!!!!! You are all awesome Americans.

    We are one party.

    We are one country.

    May 20, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. Georgia

    Stay in Hillary, We'll support you! The true democrats want you. The swing states want you. Let the Republicans and independants vote for Barack, we need a Democrat in the Whitehouse!

    I'll never vote for Barack or McCain. You win in the states where the women voters are over 50% – coincidence?- I don't think so. Superdelegates take notice – Don't disenfranchise your largest demographic – Women! If you do, we'll be writing in Hillary.

    May 20, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. Independant

    I will not give up on you Hillary! I'll write your name! Just whatever it takes! Don't listen to all of the Obama supporters. They will say anything to try to make you drop out and turn your supporters away from you. But Kentucky and WV are proof that you are the electable president. Obama is going to have to answer to his relations with Sinclair and we are going to need you around when all of that goes down. I don't trust Obama. I trust McCain more than Obama. I don't know why the media is giving him so much credit.

    If I see a lot of super delegates come out for Obama like they did after West Virginia, I know that there is something wrong. I better see a lot coming out for Hillary or I will definately vote for McCain and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

    May 20, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  4. Onan

    Give it up Hillary.....the people have spoken....and it IS over!!

    May 20, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  5. Karen in Cape Cod

    The "PRESS has CRUCIFIED HIllary Clinton. All The lemmings are salivating for OBAK Obama who has NO experience

    May 20, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. mmartin arkansaw

    hillary could never be president.shes white.

    May 20, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  7. Terry in Fl

    Hillary will prevail. Ignore the naysayers fellow Hillary supporters, they are scared! There is still a very real chance Hillary can win this if the people keep telling the superdelegates who we want! The superdelegates won't count in November so they had better make this nomination count! Obama is too scared to let Florida and Michigan count because he's is afraid the tide is turning and he's going to need all the advantages he can get. The PEOPLE have sent him a resounding message.....NO OBAMA!

    May 20, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. Debby

    She made a good speech and although I don't think she will clinch the nomination she did a great job. I do hope though those stupidelagates let her at least finish out the primaries before they make their decision. Listening to David Gergen is cringing, he is almost as bad as Donna Brazile and Roland Martin.

    May 20, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. Sam in Indiana

    Hillary is paying her bills from voters who are donating to her campaign in the hopes that she can actually win. Do they also not understand math? Hillary is a smart woman. Staying in for the money. That is kind of sad for her donors to not know they are being used.

    May 20, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. Florida man

    Obama camp always says 'United We Stand!' "Let's Unite the party(s) under one man (Obama)'

    That's exactly what the President Bush's camp said after 9/11. So much that it makes anyone who goes against him seen as being unpatrotic.

    So much for 'Change'

    May 20, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. Pandering

    Ok the two most RACIST states have finished voting. Now it's back to business for Obama!

    May 20, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. Obama 08

    Jo Peeps: Obama has won because he followed the rules set out by the DNC and agreed to by your favored candidate. That includes the winner being the one winning the most pledged delegates.

    The argument Clinton is using is like changing the rules in the fourth quarter of a football game:

    e.g. I have six field goals and you have 5 touchdowns so I win!!

    Why no comments on the blog about Obama winning half of the elected delegates CNN??

    May 20, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. Cromwell

    I think it's time to Clinton to abandon the race.if she wants
    to have chance to be the VP and not be left alone by her own camp. Mathematically, she has more to lose by staying in the race. Lost of her man legacy's, lost of support from people who still love her. Lost of
    Lost of superdelegates and perhaps bankruptcy.

    She has nothing to add, we all know she has been a great fighter. Please, senator do not knock-out yourself.

    It's now OBAMA turn! Amen!


    May 20, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. James, Redlands, CA

    No one believes that all of these clearly misleading and clearly operation chaos emails represent real Democrats. I'm sure there are some Dems who have genuine dissapointment that Clinton is not going to be the winner, but if you supported her for her policies, then you still agree with Obama more than 90% of the time.

    Operation chaos people go do some more Percocet with Rush and hold your nose and loose with McBush.

    If Clinton doesn't want to include the popular votes from the caucus states to make it seem like she has the popular vote, so be it. There have been enough permutations and analysis by now to verify that the only way she possibly leads in the popular vote is to give her all of the votes from MI and FL and give Obama no votes from the caucus states.

    But do not rip up the party and doom the country to more Justices like Alito and Roberts, continuation of our occupation of Iraq and the needless dying and maiming of our men and women in uniform just because the person you support is not going to win.

    Every millitary person and parent trying to decide who to vote for should look at what Obama wants the GI Bill to represent for our soldiers after they serve.

    Every parent who wants their child to have a better chance to live a better life than they did should look at what he wants to do for youth wanting to go to college.

    Every person who can't afford healthcare or adequate health care should look at what he wants to do to make it better.

    Mainstream media only wants to focus on the sensational crowds and the conflicts. Right wing media (FOX) only wants to focus on the negative because they know they have no chance if people really look at the things he wants for everyday woking people. They want those people to continue to vote against their own self interest so that the rich can keep getting richer.

    Wake up America. A new day is here. But you have to have the courage to step out on faith and then back your faith up with work to make sure our leaders follow through.

    Obama '08

    May 20, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. Independant

    I gave up on Obama. Too much of a politician.

    May 20, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. Jackie

    Go Hillary! As a democrat i'll never vote for Obama. Now or in November.

    May 20, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. Joe,MI

    I predict Obama will end up a last min blow to his campaign by controveral things popping up. I also think Hillary has the best case to prove for the electibility in the general election. I call for people to see Obama for the muslim he is, and lets get someone who will fight for us which is Hillary.

    May 20, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. Georgia

    Greg Pod,
    Excuse me ! I have a MBA in Accounting and am a Hillary backer!

    May 20, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  19. Sandra

    Obama wins majority of delegates according to current DNC rules. Hillary is going to have to move the goal posts fast or she will cause a revolt. Please don't let her take this to the courts!!

    May 20, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Noclinton

    Correction: "You've never given up on [voting for the white person over the black person, and I thank you for it]".

    May 20, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. 08ama

    According to the numbers floating around the campaigns is the admitted $21 million plus her admitted loans of about $11 million making the total $31 million.

    HRC can suspend her campaign anytime permitting her to continue raising money.

    It’s all about her. She is hoping beyond hope that something comes up to damage Barack so the supers flock to her.

    The continuing “sexist card” she and her surrogates are playing continues to deepen the rifts in the Democratic party especially with women reinforcing the fallacy this election is being stolen from her.

    God help us all.

    May 20, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. No Obama! Ohio

    90% of American's want Hillary!, and 10% want Obama!!!

    May 20, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. jo

    Hillary should be proud that the racist democrats are trying to hijack the party. Congrats Kentucky & West Virginia.

    May 20, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. KE

    The Republican Party is equally divided as the Democratic Party this year. We know how the Democratic Party is divided but we don't know about the Republican Pary.

    The Republican vote will be the surprise factor in the General Election (for McCain and Obama). Did 25% republicans and 5% democrats voting for Obama in Kentucky? Go, Oregon.

    The Hillary people pay no attention to the Ogama campaign and their big majic shows and even their big money show this week. We can't be too happy. The game is not over yet. We stay focused on the campaign and the race. We will play the game like men, till the end, till we have a legitimate nominee for the general election.

    May 20, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. Pandering

    Hillary is like a sore that nevere goes away, no matter how you cover it, fix, ...never goes away!

    May 20, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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