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. Dems Unite

    Hillary, please listen to your friends and supporters. We don't need to fight any longer, we need to unite. You will continue to serve our country well and we will continue to be proud of you but it is time to acknowledge and move on. We've grown very weary of the fight. Please?

    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. It's Over Hillary

    Finally. Obama has been polite and positive in his campaigning and she really needs to let bygones be bygones. If she continues campaigning after Tuesday this is without a doubt about her and not the constituents. Well done Obama. Do you think her next big announcement will be her divorce?

    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Manuel TX

    I support Hillary too.

    And I agree. The nomination process is over.

    Now it's time for the centrist in the Democratic party to take the party back from the left. I'll do my part by not voting for Obama and demonstrating to the DNC and the MSM that the voters are the ones to decide...not them.

    The MSM media already forced 8 years of Bush on us...no more.


    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Bye bye, Hillary, bye bye. Thank you for being SUCH a spoiler. Are there no limits to your ego?

    June 2, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Monte Brown

    I watched the CNN coverage of the Puerto Rico Primary, yesterday, and I must say that Gloria Borger and Jeofrey Toobin are a bunch of mealy-mouthed, whack, haters. We already know that Jack Cafferty is a hater, but come on, CNN. You've got to get some better people on your panel. Gloria Borger acts like she is just jealous of Hillary Clinton and Toobin is just an egghead woman-hating Mr. Know-it-all.

    The Democrats will not unite behind Obama. Many people will not join the choir of sexist haters. You people are pathetic. CNN and MSNBC will be to thank for Obama's loss in the general election.

    The stupid Democrats, who can't see that Hillary Clinton is a sure fire thing in the general, will hand the election to McCain. Egghead Democrats are not listening to the people. The Democratic Party is not the party of the people. It is the party of the elitists. These stupid so-called Democrats think they know everthing. That is how Kerry lost. People are just not going to fall in line because the egghead Democrats and black people say so. God, the Democrats are stupid. All of the people on MSNBC are woman haters. Chick Todd, Chris "the Obama loving closet homosexual" Matthews. Andrea "a house fell on my sister's head, wicked witch" Mitchell. That short haired lady who lookie like a man. All of them are woman-hating jerks. CNN is a big joke and is not the most trusted name in news. Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Lou Dobbs and John King are the only fair minded people. The rest of them make me want to puke.

    June 2, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Christopher

    Vilsack gave up his own presidential vision and when the going get's tough he gives up on Hillary. She's the new Rocky Balboa in the race. It's not only possible it's inspiring she can still knock out not only Obama, but McCain too. She's the only one that has conviction, no matter what. Vilsack is a flipflop.

    June 2, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Seam, Florida

    Everyone but Clinton and Wolfson thinks its over. Two divisive figures on the Democratic side.

    June 2, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. TC Orlando, FL

    Somebody needs to shake her, slap her around a little bit so she comes to her senses. She is just shellshocked and in denial. The "inevitable" has lost. She's like a little kid pouting in the corner.
    The longer she goes on the more it hurts the democrats. But she is such a sore loser it would not surprise me if she has the "if it won't be me, it won't be anyone" attitude. She'd rather go down dragging the democratic party with her. In 2000 the Dems were Nadered and Supreme Courted, in 04 swiftboated and we'll see if we're Clintoned in 08...

    Hillary...it's over.....it's over....it's over...

    June 2, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Arkansas for Hillary

    It ain't over till Hillary says it's over.

    June 2, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. USA Voter

    Obama outspent Clinton 3 to 1 and still just barely managed a majority. How does that reflect on his electability against McCain when the Republicans get out their big guns?
    Go Hillary!! Michigan was ROBBED!!! It ain't over til it's over!!

    June 2, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Obalegerwright

    She may not be the choice of the powers that be. She is still my candidate in November. We, in California can write in candidates and I will write Hillary Clinton on my ballot in November as well as at least 100 people I know of. Will it make a difference? I know if all her supporters do it, it will make a difference.

    June 2, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. What do YOU know


    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. john

    Hillary you fought a long hard fight but unfortunately with all the advantages you still came in second, your electability, popular vote, big state talking points do not add up to a row of beans as neither is factually correct.

    Impressions do not count only cold hard facts.

    Mr Obama is the nominee

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Georgia Voter

    Everyone can see the writing on the wall except for Hillary. Her thirst for power is blinding her from reality.

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. David

    So Hillary... this again shows that you think that you're more important than the Democrats winning in November. If you don't drop out after the primaries tomorrow, the possibility of a loss by the Democrats in November will increase... and it will be your fault. Are you sure you're not in cahoots with the Republicans?

    Democrats '08

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Anthony

    This just in. Clinton states that the Mars Lander has not received a vote and she will continue until this glaring oversight has been corrected!

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. OBAMA 08

    Sen. Clinton knows it is over. She is like the family member that comes to visit and overstay their welcome.

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Fee, Philadelphia

    Indeed it is over. It is time for Gore, Pelosi, Reid, Dean, and the others to announce their support so we can begin to not only campaign in the general election, but to also heal the party wounds. They are significant as I was surprised to see how supporters conducted their selves on Saturday. I am sure that many of them had to know that the RBC wasn't going to make any decisions that would alter Obama winning the nomination. It was about party unity more than it was about either candidate and compromises were made. Some people think compromising is unjust and unfair, but both sides had to give up something. Obama had more to lose and Clinton had more to gain in the process. Either way, I am glad this chapter is almost over because if this country places another Republican into office, I don't know what will be in store for us. God help us all!

    To women who support Hillary Clinton and vow to support McCain over Obama, I really, really, really hope and pray that you will reconsider. You have no idea of the amount of risk you are waging upon us women across this country. Women like my grandmother who fought for civil rights and who helped to protect a woman's right to choose what she wanted to do with her body. I am not for abortions, but I don't think a Supreme Court has the right to tell me or another woman what to do. A vote for McCain is essentially a vote to promote wars, certain death and destruction. It is a vote that will have rippled effects to last long beyond his 4 years of Presidency as a result of the judges he plans to appoint. It is a vote that will continue to allow the rich to indulge in tax breaks while the majority of Americans continue to struggle. Please look at the similarities between Obama and Clinton policies.

    Democrats '08

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Independent Minded

    Clinton is not the first candidate losing the primary to believe they are the best candidate. Others have just had the integrity to put party interest first and move out of the way. Hillary is too self-centered and short-sighted to see this and do the honorable thing. It's unfortunate that she is resorting to tactics that are not part of the party race rules to gain support – popular vote, swing states, etc. If these should be the basis for gaining the nomination, the party should implement those measures. Until now, all prior party nominees gained that nomination through the existing rules. Claiming to garner the popular vote by winning elections that were not contests is ridiculous – the nominee will face competition in every state in the general election. Hillary – it's time to move on and try to save a little bit of any dignity you have left.

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Pope

    its like the world series went like this

    game 1 HC 10 BO 0
    game 2 HC 2 BO 3
    game 3 HC 10 BO 0
    game 4 HC 2 BO 3
    game 5 H C 2 BO 3
    Game 6 HC 10 BO 0
    game 7 HC 2 BO 3

    Barack Obama wins series 4 games to 3

    however Hillary declares herself the winner based on most runs scored

    truly ridicolous…. Hillary loves to changes the rules when they dont favor her…. she was 100% for the DNC sanctions of MI and FLA… when it wasnt in her favor …she is the champion for those states voting rights….. where was HILLARY month and months after the DNC sanction? she had nothing to say about it.. TILL SHE FELL BEHIND…

    Obama 08 or Mccain 08…. no Billary

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. R.O.B.

    Reality Strikes!!! And it's going to strike harder tomorrow. Obama will be the nominee. I feel Democrats will unite though. Especially with the price of gas continuing to rise and food going up, the majority of Americans struggling to make ends meet. I don't think people will let their feelings toward the primary override what's really important. True enough it may be a few people that possess that level of ignorance, but not enough to tilt the election in the Republicans favor.

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. val

    Yes. She needs to realize this or risk ruining the party she says she loves and allowing the republicans back into the white house. If that happens (because she dragged this race on and on and vehemently divided the democrats)....there will be no one else to blame but her. No one.
    If she REALLY cared about American citizens.....she would get over herself and concentrate on us. Conceding the race, backing Obama and getting her supporters behind him is the only thing she can do.....or she will go down in history as a the first woman to bring an already hurting nation to its demise....instead of being part of lifting it up.
    Who is more important....Hillary Clinton or the children of America and their future?
    It's in her hands.

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. J Cud

    She will never quit. Even if the sun went nova, she will still be out there hacking away. What would her life be without being a big shot ? Happy evenings with Bill maybe ? Too bad we are stuck with her in the peoples' republic of NY. She is like a bad summer cold ...... she just hangs on to torture all of us until we are dead of mind from the mind dulling presentations that she gives us all so that we can be better people and all that stuff. Give me a break from her ......... please !

    June 2, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Tim

    It was over for her weeks ago. She has that Clinton ego that says push on at all costs. Even if it costs the Dems the General Election. This has been all about her, not the Country.It is time for the undecided Super Delegates to get off the high horses, back Obama and get this Party back together again. And for the Clinton supporters to say that they will back McSane, go for it. You people are just like the GOP, digusting. You people deserve 4 more years of the same.

    June 2, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. fernando

    Give it up Hillary! Florida and Michigan are the last bit of hope for you and unfortunatley those states broke the rules and somehow expect to not have to pay the consequences for doing so. So typical of the mentality of the many people of this country.

    June 2, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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