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. Bill

    She did win the popular vote. Of course not playing by the rules helped. She is more republican every day.

    June 2, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. MI Women 4 Obama!

    ...thank you Tom Vilsack! Hopefully Hillary will listen, however, I am doubtful. Hillary does indeed need to get quickly behind Barack once the final primaries are over on Tuesday. I appreciate Hillary's wanting everyone to be able to place a vote...but it's over and Barack is clearly the nominee.

    OBAMA 08/12 !!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. You're time is up

    Please Senator Clinton. Heed his advice, drop out and put your support (and supporters) behind Senator Obama.

    Democrats '08

    June 2, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. SwilliamP

    Hillary is the right person at the wrong time. I respect her courage and persistence but if she continues she can only harm. It may be damaging if her supporters bolt from Obama but if the delegates were tossed aside to somehomw get her the nomination by the back door, it would lose the under-25 vote and African Americans for many years.

    I hope Hillary will decide to do something out of character and fold her hand for the greater good. Otherwise we will have President McCain and that would not just be bad for the country, it would be devastating. Like Hillary, he could wear the title right person (he was better in '00), wrong time.

    June 2, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Erica (in NC)

    She's only won the popular vote by doing Clinton math - omitting certain states, weighting others, leaving out particular caucuses, etc. This is a person we don't want as a leader of the country. Everything is about spin. No wonder she's with "Slick Willie". Very disappointing. I used to really value the Clintons and now I see who they both are and it's pretty grim.

    June 2, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. AJ

    Time for Vilsack to start brown nosing Obama I guess. It’s amazing how spineless and slimy all of these politicians are. They say they are supporting Senator Clinton, yet they push for her to get out of the race every chance they get. Well, I hope that they are happy in November. Obama can’t win. Many of us Clinton supporters will not support Obama in the fall and this will help put McCaini over the top. I don’t like McCain, but better him than Obama. It is no longer about Democrat v. Republican. It's about what will be best for our nation. Anything to defeat Obama, he would be a disaster. Senator Clinton needs to leave the Democratic Party and become an independent. The democratic leadership has made it quite obvious that they despise her. Senator Clinton needs to stop raising money for the Democratic Party. The party has treated her horribly. I guess our consolation prize will be watching Obama get ripped to shreds by the Republicans.

    June 2, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Democrate

    Hillary I respect you for staying on the race until the end, I know that you will support Obama 100% I'm looking fwd to a great campaign to defeat the Republicans....

    Is time to UNITE Democrats!!!

    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Dem from NC

    Okay, I am not bashing Clinton (really, I am not), but with Michigan and Florida being final (They are not going to get the credentials committee to do anything, not when even her supporters at the DNC meeting thought the delegate split was fair), and with Obama being likely to pull in more superdelegates in the next few days, plus the victories he is expected to have in the last few primaries, PLUS her 20 MILLION DOLLAR DEBT, she is not looking like a strong candidate and it is becoming more and more evident when when even her own supporters are beginning to jump ship.

    I like her, I do. She is a strong tough campaigner, but she has lost this one on all measurable factors. I hope she goes for VP, but if not, I hope she is willing to be a good campaigner for Barack Obama. If she is behind him, he cannot lose. She needs to stop being a liability and start being a boon to the Democrats.

    Obama/Hillary '08

    June 2, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Michael Lewis

    Hillary, it is over.

    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Christi-CA

    The lady in the pantsuit needs to tell her supporters she lost and it was no ones fault but her own. The onus is on Clinton to fix the mess she made of our party.

    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Winner

    Boston will beat LA!!

    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Gadissa

    Thank you sir. She should go now.

    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga


    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. People are you listening

    FL delegates were seated based on a unofficial primary. A compromise was reached on the MI delegates (Some may argue about 4 delegates) based on a primary where Obama took his name off the ballot.

    Some may say this should have been done earlier then Hillary would have had the momentum. Some may say the media should have spoke about Rev Wright before Iowa caususes and hillary could have won. Some may say Hillary is still the stronger candidate even though Obama ran a better campaign. Some will simply say he should have waited his turn.

    I say thank you Hillary for running a hard fought campaign. i say everybody else should do the same.

    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. JA Cook

    It's time for Hillary to demonstrate whether she cares more about herself and her personal ambitions than she does about the Democratic party, and even more important, about the country itself.

    This isn't about her as much as it is the need to get past George Bush and even John McCain. Hillary can prevent us from moving on, or she can join us in pursuit of the greater cause.

    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Tim

    The Democratic party will come together. Both fought hard and it is only fitting that when one acheives the 2118 goal that the other candidate should back him or her. I believe that Senator Obama has earned the nominee and the party must rally around him.

    Dem 08/12

    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. wbowen

    Its time for Hillary to give it up.
    If the popular vote won elections then Gore would have been President.
    Too long has the White House been controlled by two families.
    I hope she will be a supportive force behind Obama.

    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. JR, Plymouth

    Clinton should follow the path of Al Gore in 2000, whose concern for the good of our country overcame any personal ambitions.

    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Tim

    It's getting quite pathetic, watching her flounder like a fish out of water. Like trying to explain to a child that they didn't win.

    "But I wanted to win, mommy!"

    "I'm sorry honey...but you did very well. And you can try harder next time."

    Only in this case, there should NEVER be a next time. The DNC should not allow Hillary to ever run as a Democrat again. She spit in the face of the party consistently throughout the primaries...even as they offered a compromise on Florida and Michigan (that should have never been offered to begin with. They cheated. They were told their delegates wouldn't count. The DNC stripped itself of any authority by breaking their own rules.) And she's still complaining.

    Dump the wretched woman. And don't allow her to run as a Democrat ever again.

    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Mischelle from Illinois

    Pundants and other "party" officials obviously do not understand the concept that the AMERICAN VOTERS are encouraged to see someone fight to the end! THAT is what Americans want as a leader, not a pacifist appeaser (Obama). WE want someone who WILL NEVER GIVE UP UNTIL IT IS REALLY OVER.

    There are still those who believed that the Dems gave up too early in the fight in 2000 (recount). WE don't need, nor do we want any more WIMPS! Hillary has shown that she is a fighter and a true fighter does not give up jsut when she is REALLY WINNING.

    The Party officials (DEAN, Pelosi, Reid, etc..) want this to be smooth and painless. Well to quote Howard Dean (and he would know) "SOMETIMES IT IS UGLY, BUT IT IS DEMOCRACY!" THE FIGHT MUST CONTINUE BECAUSE IT IS WHAT IT RIGHT!

    What happened on Sat. with the "fuzzy math" of allocation (reallocation) of the delegates from Michgan is a severe abhoration to democracy. If the 'officials' push to quiet the 'little lady' they will see a landslide of Clinton supporters jump ship to vote for the next best reliable candidate – John McCain! This is a FACT! Wake up DNC!

    June 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. Eddie G

    Another NON-delusional democratic leader. Thank you for standing up and supporting a united party in the fall.

    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. sheisone

    Clinton is like a lingering bad cold that just keeps holding on. Why the heck don't she disappear? She just cannot accept the fact that it is over for her. She really thinks she is owed the nomination just because she is Hillary Clinton. No honey, it ain't happening! Get over yourself & move on.............Please you are so pathetic! To think that I was for you at first, but your dirty politics has been such a turn off, and oh the lies, you are not to be trusted.

    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga


    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Nora

    hillary – run as an indepdent.

    i am angry at the democratic party who has forced this guy on us and i will not vote for him.

    i will leave the party the day hillary concedes, become a republican and support john mccain.

    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. newsflash to Obama supporters

    You will have to win over Reagan Democrats to win this election. Plain and simple.

    But, just for once, I hope many of you would stop the bigoted, hateful remarks that spew from your fingers.

    It would make these places much more interesting to read than Jerry Springer type filth...

    Sorry Jerry... referring to the guests on your show... not you.

    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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