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. Harry C

    Great for you Gov. Now if some of the overzealous will wake up and get on with the business of Electing a Democrat to the WhiteHouse.

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

    Obalegerwright is not to be trusted. He does whatever a politician needs to do, as Rev. Wright said, he must do whatever it takes to win.
    Just when you thought that it was getting crowded under that bus, Obalegerwright, has just thrown his whole church under the bus. He will do anything to win the Presidency, and I mean anything. Wonder how that will set with all those black people who were jumping up and down and cheering when Wright and Pfleger were putting down white people, this country and especially Hillary Clinton? He might lose the black vote when they realize he was using them to get to point A. He knows they (a mere 12%) cannot carry him to the White House. Wonder how Oprah feels, now that her popularity is waning? Loyality is not his forte! Anything to win is now evident, is it not? If this act is not political, I don't know what is. Why now?

    June 2, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Penny

    Well, at least SOME of her supporters can do the math without cheating. How refreshing. Now if Hilary can just get real we can move on.

    June 2, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Ed From Milwaukee WI- Swing State

    I've have been saying this since February, that Clinton wasn’t going to get the nomination. Why did it take this long for her supporters to come to a logical conclusion? Here is some real news, World Series of Poker kicked off this weekend, and cash game player Nenad Medic won his first bracelet in event 1- 10,000 pot limit tournament taking home over $ 800,000. His career winnings total $3,654,183. Not bad for a cash game player.

    June 2, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. steve in chicago

    the dominoes are FINALLY starting to fall . . .

    June 2, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Chris


    June 2, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Diane

    Thank you thank you!! Finally someone in Hillary's camp speaking with some wisdom. She may be popular by the vote(she says) but her Party has the confidence in Obama. Give it up Hillary leave with some dignity, please because every vote for McCain means another year of war.

    June 2, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Bill Brown

    If Tom Vilsack thinks Hillary Clinton is going to give up her dream of taking over the world just because of a little thing like an election, he really needs to see a psychiatrist – so he can get in touch with reality.

    Folks, she is going to destroy Obama for the GOP for the fall. She's going to do what Reagan did in 1976 – possibly more overtly.

    June 2, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Easter

    Please Please Mrs. Clinton

    Don't destroy the Party you claim to admire. Support our nominee

    June 2, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. zonay52

    OBAMA will win this nomination. I hope HRC throws her support behind the Democratic nominee so that her supporters will follow suit and we will win against McCain. It saddens me every day to read her supporters claim they will "vote McCain" if she is not the nominee. She alone can unite her supporters into joining Obama's supporters which will for sure seal the election of the next President of the United States of America. Hillary is a tenacious fighter and once she concedes the nomination, she will be a shining star in helping to win the White House back.

    June 2, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Nancy, TX

    Right......."if you don't count the caucus states or anyone who voted on a Tuesday or any state where Obama was on the ballot, then I win! I will vote for myself and so will my crazy hubby, so I win!!!! Yea, me!"

    Will someone please tell her what a fool she looks like? I pity her, really.

    Congrats, Hillary. You have made your mark on history, now step aside.

    June 2, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. La Raza

    Hillary, I know it hurts but the train has left the station. Now, put down that kitchen sink and face the reality of PRESIDENT OBAMA!

    June 2, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. ltd1974

    About time. The question is, will Hillary pride keep her going???

    June 2, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Steve (Independent)

    Please listen to Tom Vilsack, Sen. Clinton...

    June 2, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Candi SC

    Hillary please do what Vilsack has said to you. Don't try to fight no more please.

    June 2, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Mark

    I am an independent who will be voting democratically in November because the current state of affairs. I don't care who wins the nomination, but it seems that everybody knows it's over besides Hillary. How can she continue to say she is the only candidate to beat John McCain and then have her advisors state she will campaign for Barack if he wins? Why would simply be a hypocrite at that point? Why would anyone believe her?

    Democrats 08/12

    June 2, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Linda

    And Vilsack's comments about wanting Hillary to give up just shows how weak he is. He doesn't know what is means to fight for what you believe in, as Hillary does, or he wouldn't have dropped out of the race in just a few months. If he was a true, ardent supporter of Hillary's, he would NEVER say give up. All of us Hillary supporters love how she has not caved in under all the pressure around her the last five months – this point shows that she will also be as tough as a fighter for our country when president. She is the best candidate for America, and nothing that MSNBC, Drudge report, or HuffingtonPost has tried in their propaganda against Hillary will ever brainwash me into believing anything but the truth. And that truth is Hillary is the strongest candidate for the next four years!! The MSM and the above anti-Hillary outlets that have done all they could to win Obama this nominee have to live with themselves for the wrong they've done. I know my conscience is clear – how about theirs? Keep fighting Hillary!!

    June 2, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Lisa

    Does she know it's over. Everyone else seems to get it. I hope this celebration she is having is going to be worth talking about.

    June 2, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Change Express , Kissimmee, FL


    OBAMA 08'/12'

    June 2, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Diane her campaign debt

    By the way..how much is Clinton in the hole financially? The media hasn't reported on that lately??

    June 2, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Democrats - Please Come Together

    Big development. I can understand the frustration amongst the Clinton supporters. I think the majority of them are no different than the Obama supporters – they want a candidate they believe in to win the nomination and represent the Democratic party this fall.

    I just hope that the Clinton supporters can see the difference between Obama and McCain, and do what's right not only for our party, but for the country. Voting for McCain out of spite is the wrong way to express dissatisfaction with how the primaries are conducted by the DNC. There will be a time to effect change in that process.

    Please, Clinton supporters: if Obama is declared the nominee, please support the Democratic Party and keep George Bush v2.0 from getting into the White House.

    Please, Obama supporters: no more childish taunts. You hurt our cause by insulting Clinton and her supporters.

    Let's all unite for the common good of putting a Democrat back in office so we can begin repairing all that has been destroyed or damaged over the last 7 years.

    June 2, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Jim

    Anyother smart supporter of Clinton says it's over, hope that Mrs. Clinton acknowledges this and concede already so we can get ready for the GE.

    Obama 08 & 12

    June 2, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. Rob

    if it's time then shouldn't he switch his support for Obama?

    June 2, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. Locke

    I think this is going to be a pretty common story soon. Many of the party's members saved themselves the trouble of debate by backing the inevitable nominee early in the campaign, but are ready to change their minds now that it really matters who they support.

    Why vote against the sure-thing and have that on file when she's going to be the most powerful person in the country? The superdelegates were, until Obama's surprise wins, in a position from which it looked as though their votes wouldn't matter, so they did what was politically expedient.

    Political expediency has been shattered, and their hastily declared alliances will falter.

    June 2, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Scott Farcus

    I'm must admit that at the start of this contest, I really didn't care for Hillary. But as the process has unfolded I've become impressed with her determination - but not her methods. You can't question her tenacity, but you can question her judgement. I wish her well in the future, but Obama has won.

    June 2, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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