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

Vilsack says it's over

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/02/art.vilsack.ap.jpg caption="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. Montana is Obama Country

    Senator Clinton you need to heed the words of people in the real world... Do what is best for the country you claim to love so much..


    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Marc in Canada

    One more down! Maybe Hillary will finally get over herself and see the light....

    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. George from Minneapolis

    Gov. Tom Vilsack tell those obnoxious female Hillary supporters that its over please.

    Those clowns who were interupting the procedings saturday act like someone owes Hillary the nomination. You are not entitled so, stop acting like little spoiled kids. YOU LOST. GET OVER IT.

    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. KMAN

    Sorry Tom ... she only listens to the little voices in her head!

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Travis Orion Knight

    I've been as neutral as I could for as long as I could, but lately it's been obvious that Mrs. Clinton's bid has come to an end.

    She needs to 'man up' (pun intended?) and get behind Mr. Obama before they burn themselves–and the Democratic Party as a whole–out. This was an excellent, strong race, but it's over now.

    It's never easy between two strong leaders like them.

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. P, CA

    Hillary will be holding her election night "celebration" this tuesday in NYC. But frankly, it won't matter if she's conceding or declaring victory... her supporters will only be hearing one thing, no matter what comes out of her mouth: the Kool-Aid speech.

    "Let's keep drinking! Let's keep drinking! Let's keep drinking! Let's keep drinking!"

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Terry from VA

    Thank You someone must stand up and show her the door. The only thing that has changed in this race since Feb. 19, 2008 is Barack Obama has increased his delegate lead and overtaken her with super delegates. This race has been over for a long time except for the media's insistence that what was happening was important and could somehow change in her favor. All the personal attacks, character attacks, lies and rumors were and remain unnecessary. Hillary ran a disgraceful campaign for months and did not get any closer to the nomination in fact she got further away and further into debt.

    All of the above speaks volumes about the process. It works to sort out the wheat from the chafe.

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Molly

    What is with CNN and it's inability to tell the Clinton campaign that their math is flawed in this popular vote theory. You cannot excuse all the caucus states and Michigan and Florida were two states where BOTH candidates agreed not to campaign. What give Hillary Clinton OR her supporters the right to think the rules of the process don't apply to her.

    For one moment, I'd like her and her campaign to consider if the situation was reversed and she as in the lead and Obama, Edwards or anyone was hanging on and making a case like this. We'd be calling them delusional. Is it sexist to suggest Hillary has now reached that point? I am a white woman and I am saying it's over. Back Obama or risk the democrats truly failing this November. Or is this Hillary's true intent?

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Scott C

    The Clinton supporters may think they are in a unique position in that they insist they will either not vote, or vote McCain if Obama is the nominee.

    The fact of the matter is, polling shows the same is true if the nomination is stolen from Obama.

    Do you really think, that the 17,000,000+ voters who voted for Obama to make him the leader by FAR, will vote for Clinton if they decide to give her the nomination even though she didn't really win?

    You just don't hear from them because we wont have to deal with that scenario because Obama is going to be the nominee.

    Don't threaten the party to give in to your "demands" to give the nomination to the runner up or else you will vote for someone else.

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. robin

    If Hillary does not win the bid than as a woman I will not be voting for Obama. I am tired of men running this country. They have done nothing but distroy it. I believe this is how a lot of women are feeling. I can only speak for myself.

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Jon Rogers

    Hilary continues to argue that she won the popular vote? Does she and her supports not remember a man by the name of Al Gore and the election he lost while winning the popular vote?

    The system in place is not, and has never been, a win my popular vote system. Does the Democratic Party really need to have that lesson rammed down our throats again? In the primaries you win by delegate count and in the election you will by electoral vote. It is that simple.

    Some people might want to call Obama a rules shark for winning that way, but those ARE the rules. If they need to be changed then work within the system to change them, but don't cry foul or asked that they be changed on the fly to change the outcome in your favor.

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. John Karsten, Virginia Beach, VA

    I am glad I went camping this weekend. We all knew how this was going to turn out. Sorry HRC, POTUS was not in your cards and we will see how you act come June 4th. Now we must move on and battle the GOP. We will unite if you are a TRUE democrat. The defectors will regert their Mcbush vote, because Obama will be the POTUS with or with out you people. Saturday was a discrace, you did not see Obama's supporters screaming at the DNC rules commitie becuase she got more delegates than he did even though the primary voting was a farse, and it was people. Why is the queen allowed to "move the goal posts?" I am glad that she will be done. This is getting silly and we need to move on to beating the GOP in the fall. Just the thought of another re-pug in office makes me scared and it should to you too. Let's "get er done" democrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. truthurts

    everyone knows it but her...

    read my name....

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Biographer

    We may not know when her obituary will be wriiten – but I think it's pretty easy to predict what the epitaph on her tombstone is going to say:

    "Hey! Not so fast! The superdelegates can still change their minds!"

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. susan sosh

    Hillary is right. She knows why the delegates aresupporting Obahma They know McCaine can winObama, but Mccaine cannot win Hillary. What can we do??? I will not vote for Obama.People forget what Bill Clinton did for us. He was for the poeple. You GO Go GO Hillary!!!! We love you!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Venus

    YES! This race is almost over and Obama has won!

    What will she do after the last primary?

    I am waiting to see how much debt her campaign is in!

    June 2, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Denial

    Ah, tomorrow she will accept reality .... i hope ........

    June 2, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. B - NYC

    If it is over for Senator Clinton, it is also over for the Democratic Party... I for one have officially changed my party to Independent and Mr. Obama will NEVER get my vote.

    June 2, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    Thanks dude. But she's still in the circle of denial. Unfortunately, this is like a bad break-up and she wants to make him "pay" a little longer.

    June 2, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Scott

    It ain't over til it's over.

    And if it's as over as the Obama fans think it is then why press her to get out of the race? It makes no sense, the only reason you tell someone to give up before the end is if you think you have something to lose.

    Maybe there's another skeleton or two in the Obama closet that we're not supposed to find out until after the election.

    June 2, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Hillary 08, the electable candidate

    If Obama is such an electable candidate, why do the Dems keep trying to push Hillary out of the race?

    Screw the democratic party and the left wing biased media.

    Hillary wins the swing votes. Polls are showing that Hillary can win NC, KY, WV, AR, OH, FL.

    Obama is unelectable, but I guess if the left wing media keeps saying that high gas prices will force us moderate dems to vote for him in the general.

    Don't bet on it.

    Moderates don't want a racist in the White House.

    Why don't we discuss how Obama funnelled federal money to Rev. Pflueger's church.

    Why don't we discuss Trinity losing it's tax exempt status for preaching politics in the pulpit?

    I will never vote Obama for President.

    June 2, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. HyperD

    Mrs Clinton has achieved a lot so far; she has definitely done a terrific job. Having said that... the FACTS are the FACTS and Obama is out of her reach and she is either on denial or trying to fool America. Nothing more pathetic than a bad loser and adult tantrums (in either males or females). What is more important for her at this important: the country, the democratic party or herself? Is this a typical case of greed-for-power-itis? Let go Hillary... the party needs unity, do not make McCain and the republicans look nice.

    June 2, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Karen Calhoun, Tennessee

    More importantly, the voters say it's over, Hillary!

    June 2, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. joann

    Nice Guy – great supporter – again a big set up – Hillary was framed.

    June 2, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. curtis

    Great news, it is about time common sense prevails.

    June 2, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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