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. Ryan

    Denial, destruction, defeat:

    Hillary denies the inevitable, the party destructs, the Democrats are defeated in November. It's a simple math equation, but since when does Hillary understand math? Obviously not delegate math.

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

    Obama will, unfortunately lose the general because he turned off enough Dems and Independents by cheating to win the nomination.

    He refused to stake out his positions early on, promising sunshine and lemonade while Clinton, Edwards and others split the rest of the vote. He played the caucus system perfectly because he couldn't win enough primaries (where everyone gets a chance to vote). Once it was a one-on-one contest and he had to say where he stood on the issues, he won only one more primary after Super Tuesday that did not have a huge Black population.

    He's limping into the convention ONLY because of his early "strategy" and because MI and FL didn't fully vote.

    If you poll the voters of IA, WI and MO today (his three big non-Black "wins"), he'd lose to Hillary.

    Do you really think America's going to elect a kid who had three weeks of Senate experience before he announced he was the most qualified person on earth to the Leader of the Free World?

    I can't believe the Dems are going to hand what should have been a lose-proof general election to the Repbulicans!

    June 2, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Ernest in MD

    Governor, You are the man. I hope Hillary will follow your lead and wisdom...

    June 2, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Mireille, Charlotte

    Not until she says it's over. If she could just get a minute to sleep and talk with herself.

    June 2, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Jeff

    If Clinton takes this to the convention then the Democrats will lose in November, its that simply. Will Clinton destroy the party? Only she knows....

    June 2, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. for Obama

    Hillary, I feel sorry for you. You are a mentally sick woman. You need help. I have some connections... I can give you a phone #....
    Please, calm down, go to Puerto Rico for vacation and forget about our country.
    With best regards,

    June 2, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Richard

    Its NOT over yet. Maybe arrogant Barack Hussain Obama will fall in his face by August. Hang in there Hillary! The more people learn about that snake the more they will change to Hillary.

    Hillary 2008! Go Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. James

    Hillary supporters have to think this through: is this really worth it? If through fuzzy math or jiggering the superdels to give Hillary the nomination, what would that mean for the party, 10, 20 or 50 years from now? African Americans have been the most reliable Democratic voters since the 1930s. Concocting a road for Hillary to get the nomination could shake that loyalty in a year where a moderate like McCain could exploit this. A 20% shift in African- American voting patterns could put several swing states out of reach for decades.

    It simply is not going to happen.

    June 2, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. MIKE from NJ

    One year ago I thought that Hillary had it in the bag. I thought she was smart, fair, and was the best candidate. Then I heard Obama speak and was impressed from day one. I started thinking how she would make a great VP. Over time my opinion has changed. She is ruthless and I am scared of her. Her reasoning that she deserves the Michigan votes even though her opponent was not competing there is not just. Her embracing of Puerto Rico because she needs it is sad and desperate. It is time for her to support her party and her country and exit gracefully. She should hope that Obama would still consider her as VP after all the stuff she has said and let others do to him but I still give her some credit. I know Barack Hussein Obama will make a great president! I also want the world to know that I am wearing my lapel pin as I type this so I am a true American.

    June 2, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. just say no to Obama

    Why yes, let's head into the general election with the least favorable candidate. Good call Democrates!

    June 2, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Dem in CA

    Obviously, she's not listening.

    June 2, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Jay Z

    People wth common sense would never support a candidate that blatantly lies so much

    June 2, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Chantel

    Bye Bye Establishment candidate, do anything to win, manipulative, riding Bill's coattail, only count people who vote for you in big states, lying, cheating, phony, Think your're entitled, "because Im a woman" Take your losing pant suit back to New York, where you never lived anyway. Fake!

    June 2, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Larry~

    Please have the same sense your supporter has..it is over and now is the time to unify the paRTY...MCSAME IS NOW THE OPPONENT we must All work to defeat....not each other!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. james

    I see CNN has no postings about the upcoming article in Vanity Fair about how Bill Clinton has been sleeping around with several women recently. If that had been Barack Obama or even Michelle Obama it would have been the leading story. You people at CNN never cease to amaze me.

    June 2, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Chris, Middletown, CT

    And the only one not to see this is Hillary....because after all the "experience" she doesn't have....and all the "sniper fire" she had to endure (which never happened) – and all the switching of positions she did..(depending on which state she was in defined her position at that moment....NAFTA anyone?) – omg...wake up

    June 2, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. jim

    Of course, now, she'll run as an independent because she is so power hungry and wants to become president so that she can continue make all the secret deals that made her and her husband rich after leaving the white house. Why is no body in the press bothering to mention that the Clintons are business partners with the Bushes?

    June 2, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. Natasha/Supporter of Democrats

    Thank you Vilsack......

    Obama '08

    June 2, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. AJ, IL


    Hillary's campaign announces that Hillary will make her June 3rd, celebration speech from New York!

    June 2, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Ron

    Thanks Governor Vilsack. Finally someone in the Clinton camp with some common sense, not the likes of Harold Ickes bent on destroying the Democratic Party. This idea by some Clinton backers that it is Clinton or nothing is laughable and just goes to reinforce this notion that Hillary Clinton felt she was entitled to the nomination. All those Clinton supporters who say they will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee should make sure they keep their word. That sort of veiled threat does not scare anybody. If a republican is elected president again, it is a loss for all of America . I hardly see how this would help their candidate Clinton who did not get the nomination. She has fought a good fight and lost ,and after tomorrow she must exit the stage gracefully and let the democratic nominee take on John McCain.

    June 2, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. John

    She just won yet another land-slide victory. This contest is FAR from over!

    June 2, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. Carla

    Clinton has not won the popular vote if you include the caucus states and any arguement they don't count is excluding states that followed the rules. She is losing in popular vote, delegates, and states won. She is so far into debt because her own people are not supporting her because they realize she has lost. If she continues on after Obama has the nomination hoping she can bully super delegates into changing their vote would show her willingness to win at all costs even if it means McCain winning in November.
    Her supporters talk about how she has been discriminated against because she is a woman. But they don't realize that just because she is a woman does not make her intitled to the job. I am a female who supports Barack Obama because Washington is broke and won't be changed by Washington insiders. She is a Washington insider and if she is elected we will not have the changes we needed. She is not willing to work with others, it is her way or the highway. That is not working and we need change.

    June 2, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. john


    OBAMA 08/12.

    June 2, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Sally Mae: Ex-Hillary Supporter

    Note to Hillary:

    IT'S OVER!!


    OBAMA '08 & '12

    June 2, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Willie in Vegas

    For all intents and purposes, this has been over since Obama won 11 straight contest by a 33% average margin.

    How can one expect Hillary to what she says she will do if she were to be elected? She lies about the popular vote, by not counting the caucus states, and adding Michigan where Obama's name wasn't even on the ballot. If she lies about things that are obviously not true, how can you trust her in the White House to not lie about policy matters?

    She would lie and cover up policy failures instead of correcting them. She would be a democratic version of Bush when it comes to trustworthiness.

    June 2, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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