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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  1. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    He's right, except that it was over months ago, after she lost to Obama in Texas.

    She used to be someone my colleagues and friends looked up to. Now she is simply the butt of watercooler jokes. Not because she is a woman, but because she ran a terrible campaign, lost to a freshman senator with no experience, and now is the irritating friend-of-a-friend who can't figure out when it is time to leave the party.

    June 2, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Diana New York




    June 2, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Brian


    If someone can tell me how Obama wins, I'm all for him.

    Until then, it looks like McGovern all over again.

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

    bend the rules, only when it suites hillary. sighhhhhhhhh.. she ought to be ashamed of herself.

    June 2, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    Thanks Vilsack........

    June 2, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Lynn

    Please Hillary. We're ready for your commitment to campaign your heart out for Barack. This is so timely. If you do this now, you will achieve, I believe, a tangible level of respect from the majority of the American people. You've a fought hard, a tenacious fight as a formidable candidate. The moment is now to support this man who has captured the heart and minds of so many Americans. As you go on to do great things, and I believe you can, let part of your legacy, be this: to encourage those who have supported you to join you in bringing America back to the people by helping to elect Barack Obama. Graciousness at this point is the key to your future blessings.

    June 2, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Jim

    It's been over, HRC has been running unopposed for the last 2-4 weeks now. Remember it is all about the delegates and she has been out since NC voted.

    June 2, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Liar, Liar pants on fire

    Why doesn't he tell her that? He's not man enough. Most men who support her aren't.

    June 2, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Tell me something that I don't already know. This race has been over since Texas. Clinton just doesn’t want to accept that she has lost.

    But it's good to hear that some of Clinton's strongest supporters realize the reality of this race. Now, maybe he can speak some sense into this psychotic woman's head.

    June 2, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Frank

    I wonder... is it really over. I think Hillary will make her last stand at the convention.

    June 2, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Dale

    Why is it that EVERYONE around this lady understand REALITY...that the DELEGATES are what counts NOT THE VOTE COUNT...Well HRC your RUN is OVER...take a hint from your supports and stop thinking you and BIll are ENTITLED to the WHITE HOUSE....SORE LOSER!!!!


    June 2, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. pakuna

    Clinton has every right to go on to the convention. obama has not won anything in his life. he did not even win his senate seat fairly. Clinton can get behind, in front of, above or below obama but I will never vote for him. he is the most deceitful sly person to ever run for the office. Yes this election will go down in history. As the election that destroyed the constitution of the united states.

    June 2, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    In a more balanced world, McCain would have won the election in 2000 and the world would be a different place. He would have focused on Afghanistan and not invading Iraq to be better than Daddy was.

    In a more just world, Senator Obama would have waited 8 years, polished his knowledge and built a base but he didn't. Senators Clinton and McCain are going to have to reconcile themselves to long and distinguished careers as Senators.

    June 2, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. martin

    of course its over.its been over since super tuesday.some people are just too stubborn,and are willing to risk anything and everything for power and greed.even our own country.i will be mad at the clintons for some time to come,and i will never vote for them ever,for any office unless they are running against mccain or bush.

    June 2, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Johnny

    There are some sane people still left in the Clinton campaign. I guess all is not lost at this point.

    June 2, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Cindy

    Hillary Clinton should bow out and get behind Obama. She alone can change the ugly climate in the United states becasue it was she who started it by using ugly words and playing on these people weakness. If she leave now it would send a signal that this campaign democratic party is united, and its not about her being ruthless and selfish personal agenda.

    If she want to point fingers it should be the way that they ran this campaign. They never had a plan after Super Tuesday, and she AGAIN could not control Bill. Which one has to ask "If she cant control him, how can she control the country..

    Clinton still can have a career in politics- and the choice is hers. Blacks and whites are suffering under the Bush administration and the Clinton NAFTA deal which is having a ripple effect. All our citizens are out of jobs, no health care, rising gas cost. These are the items that are affecting all of us so to play that race card is just horrible. We must bring our young troops homes NOW> many of them are committing suicide, not to mentione we are dying like flies. Yes, Hillary can help by moving on to help Obama move this country in the right direction.

    June 2, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. nc for obama

    duh! also, who is that same black buy who sits at hillary's left shoulder after every primary? i noticed the same black buy at the penn rally wearing boxing gloves, he was in WV wearing the same boxing gloves, and then yesterday he was in PR. call it shipping in votes. i used to like hillary and bill, but what they have done in this primary is unforgivable. hillary supporters, if you vote for mcsame then you will have to explain to your children's children why they will still be in iraq in 100 years. i am a pro-life democrat, but women will have to tell their daughters that they have not choice rights and back to the "old days" of back alley abortions. i am pro-life, but i am also for quality medical care, especially if abortions are necessary to save the mother's life. finally, you will then have to explain to your grandchildren why grandma is homeless due to the foreclosures, high gas prices, high food prices, and all the while big business such as oil continues to thrive and send jobs overseas while enjoying tax cuts. explain why you don't have to play by the rules and you can simply change them at the end of the game. obama has played by the rules and has won. he even allowed and agreed to change the rules to allow Michigan and FL to make hillary feel better, but she still is crying foul. wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up!!! we can not afford a 3rd bush term–my debt is rising and health care is out of control. my 48 year old father from the reserves was just shipped out last month to iraq for his 2nd tour of duty! wake up, wake up, wake up!!! since we are succeeding ans mcsame, just like bush, have been saying for 5 years then why can't we leave? wake up folks!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. ruby

    This Presidential primary election was never going to be fair. As they say in Chicago, "the fix is in". Now the Democratic nominee must be determined behind closed doors. This is the change we can believe in: Barack Obama = Politics, Chicago Style.

    June 2, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. sumner

    Please, Hillary....give it up! You made a good run, but you lost. For once, think of the country instead of yourself.

    June 2, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Char


    June 2, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. madison

    It has been over for some time. Hillary cannot face the fact that she will not be the nominee.

    I think we have seen enough venom from her supporters, and that she has done the damage intentionally.

    It is more than time for her to leave, for the billionth time, and allow the campaign to continue for the Democratic nominee, Barack Obama.

    Hillary, please take the obvious hint, and do the right thing – withdraw.

    June 2, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. KROSS

    Republicans...what a wonderful job you have done! Again, you have cramed Barack Obama down our throats through news media and have done whatever it takes to get Obama on the ticket. You have discounted Hillary over and over...Congratulations! Yes, again you have proven that Domocrats are dumb! The Democratic Voter is screaming loud and clear who they want for President but are being ignored. To all of the Republican News People(90%)...Good Job! McCain will be the next President of the United States. Hillary was the only one who could beat him and you knew it! Good Job! I don't know how you can tolerate us "dumb Democrats"! As soon as Hillary leaves, in your calculating, minipulative way you will start ripping up Obama...piece by piece.

    June 2, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Mike

    Why is it that everytime Hillary has a win someone from her side, Obama's side or republican tells her it is time to quit. Are they afraid she is going to split the party?

    The reality is Obama has already split the party. Hillary is the only democratic candidate now that represents the general views of the party.

    Obama is so left that many democrats cannot support him at all.

    McCain is more a real democrat than Obama.

    Obama should have ran as an independent.

    However the reality is that I cannot vote for Obama in any way or measure no matter what support Hillary throws toward him if he is the nominee.

    Matter of fact I have kept track of my local politicians that endorsed Obama and will make sure to vote against them their next terms.

    It is Hillary 08 or McCain 08.

    June 2, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Chukwuma Nnani

    At this stage of the democratic primaries, it is evident to all and sundry that Senator Hillary Clinton acknowledges her defeat in the primaries. Her definace in staying on might be a strategy geared towards her future political career or an effort to deepen the divide of an already divided democratic party or both.

    June 2, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. MANDY, California

    What part of "NO" (as in no nomination) doesn't Clinton get?

    June 2, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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