June 2nd, 2008
12:41 PM ET
12 years ago

Vilsack says it's over

Vilsack is a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton.

Vilsack is a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton.

(CNN) - Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, one of Hillary Clinton's most ardent supporters, said Sunday it's time for Hillary Clinton to acknowledge she has lost her bid for the Democratic nomination.

Vilsack, who was briefly a presidential candidate himself last year, told the Associated Press it's "pretty clear that Senator Obama is going to be the nominee."

"After Tuesday's contests, she needs to acknowledge that he's going to be the nominee and quickly get behind him," Vilsack also said.

Vilsack first announced he was running for president in November, 2006, but dropped his bid three months later after the Democrat failed to drum up a significant level of support or raise the necessary campaign funds needed to compete. He endorsed Clinton shortly after and played a key role in the New York senator's unsuccessful Iowa campaign effort.

His comments came the same day the Clinton showed signs she plans to press on after Tuesday's contests - continuing argue she has won the popular vote and that the party's superdelegates are able to switch their allegiances before the convention in August.

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soundoff (741 Responses)
  1. Yes we can!

    When your strongest supporters say it's time, but yet you still shout NO, then you're a divider and not a uniter!

    June 2, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Bryan

    WOW….I just read a story on three credible web sites that says the RNC has a tape of Michelle Obama ranting about whites at Trinity Church. They have scoured hours and hours of tape and are going to hold onto it until September. If Hillary can get this now, she will have to be the nominee….come on CNN research!!! Find out at least let us find out, lord knows you will report the Clinton women issue in vanity fair which is all hearsay too.

    June 2, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Mar

    And she should listen to this LOSER why??? Give me a break!

    June 2, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Susan

    It's not over yet.

    Millions want Hillary for President!

    June 2, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Colie Brice

    THANK GOD, thank you Gov. for speaking the truth..

    June 2, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Hillary for President

    The Democratic Party will lose in November if Obama is the nominee.

    He is a Michael Dukakis in waiting.

    June 2, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. bridgette

    Either Obama or McCain will be getting sworn in next November and she will still be campaigning. I do believe she is in the process of having some sort of break down. I am not trying to be cruel nor mean too her. I am deeply concerned about her mental status right now. Because she knows there is no way she can win and I understand being a fighter but at some point and time reality has too set in and she has too realize that it is just not happening. I am deeply concern for her mental status. She does not look mentally well too me.

    June 2, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Jo Ann

    It's time for Hilliary to give it up she can't win and she can still be in the
    limelight on trail for Obama and Democrate party.

    June 2, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Dmitriy

    This is a guy who quits before he starts. Plus, how much of "a key role" can he play if she didn't win. Sounds like this guy has "wrong decisions" written all around him.

    Go Hillary. All the way to Denver. DNC showed party unity when frontrunner who will no doubt clinch the nomination (or so he says) took away four of your delegates. Now that's party unity.

    Hillary or McCain

    June 2, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Sandy from Ohio

    It seams that some of Clinton supporters have a lot more since tan she does or they care more about the Democratic party than she does She has one person she cares about and that is herself TIME TO GO BILLARY GET OUT OF THIS RACE FOR THE GOOD OF ARE COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    June 2, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. carl from Houston

    it's ove, what part of this thing is over do the clintons not understand?

    June 2, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Independent white woman for Obama

    Take your friend's advise and be happy for any friends you have left!

    June 2, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. Relle Boston

    beating a dead horse. She needs to get behind him and stop the shinanagans.

    June 2, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Scott Glenn in Wa

    She sure is a fighter.
    Campaining , what was it 6 days on the island to get her 68% win? Yep she fought real hard and less than 30% of the voters turned out.........
    ......good thing she got those votes to add to her popular vote arguement
    ......to bad Puerto Rico does not count in the general
    ......fighting on all the same.........
    ......Money well spent I'm sure


    June 2, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Deb

    Thank you Governor Vilsack for seeing the light.

    June 2, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. JIM

    Too bad Vilsack couldn't talk some sense into Hillary an stop this nonsense..She's single handedly divided the party an gave McSame an edge in November. Too those die hard supporters of her's that want an Independant run or will vote Republican in November I say go for it.......she looses no matter.

    June 2, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. berksdan

    Thank you. A rational response to the current situation.

    I wish Sen Clinton had surrounded herself with more supporters and surrogates who spoke as well.

    June 2, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. Timothy

    He said that because... It is over. You tried hard Hillary, but you lost. So did Edwards, Biden, Richardson, etc... They all lost with dignity. Will you? I think a big part of your carreer depends of whether or not you do. Understand that you did not lose because you are a woman or because Obama is black. You lost because you were up against a force that was greater than you. This is not an insult, but a simple fact. It is time for us to focus on beating McCain and take our focus off you. You can really help with that.

    June 2, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. Joyce in Florida

    Why are Clinton supporters constantly asking her to throw in the towel? What is the matter with these people? Oh, he is from Iowa so maybe that explains it. Possibly more bullying go on from the Obama camp? Why don't you all just keep your mouths shut and let her fight for her nomination. She is not a quitter!!! We still stand behind you Senator Clinton because WE WANT YOU TO BE OUR NOMINEE. Shame on you former governor Vilsack. Why don't you just keep supporting her in any of her decisions regarding her candidacy for President. Enough of the mental bashing against Hillary Clinton. She should become our nominee because the people have spoken. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Hay

    Hang it up Hillary. You are losing- can you believe that? Well believe it! And the popular vote thing, she is ahead only if she counts what she wants to count, and leaves out what she wants to leave out. . How honest is that? Hillary cannot be trusted as far as one can see her.

    June 2, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Stephen

    I hope she listens.

    June 2, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |

    Good now Vilsack needs to hitch Hillary to the rear of the Obama bandwagon, kick the back of the horse and git to ridin!

    June 2, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. Dave in TX

    Is this guy a superdelegate? If so... can he officially support Obama?

    June 2, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Stacy Clarks

    A UNITED DEWMOCRATIC PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Very nice to see a high profile Clinton supporter see beyond the candidate and look at the party.

    I hope ALL of Senator Clinton's supporters, and there have been more than 17 million in this election cycle, can see beyond this nomination fight and see the bigger prize is to be won in November. And the Dem nominee needs ALL Dems to get behind Senator Obama. If that happens, Obama will win.

    After the last 8 yrs, 6 of which was under total Rep rule, we need a change.

    June 2, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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