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. Ross in MD

    Oh Vilsack, don't you know Hillary is a fighter?

    She won't let things like obvious facts get in her way.

    June 2, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Bitter Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    Another day, another Judas.

    June 2, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. CT Dems.

    We all respect HRC, and it pains us to ask her to hang up the boots now. We will always love and respect her. It is time for us to heal the wounds and get behind our leader.

    June 2, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Dan - Atlanta

    For the Clintons, this is all about the Clintons. It always has been. That's why we need the superdelegates to come out overwhelmingly for Obama and send Hillary back to New York to resume her senatorial duties. The Clintons have done enough damage to the nation by their selfishness, which essentially gave us eight years of Bush instead of Gore.

    June 2, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Ken Denney

    Why won't Clinton go away? This country has had enough of the clintons and Bushs.
    Not because she is a woman but because she is only out for herself. She should never have made Senator from NY as she didn't even know where we were before that. She didn't dare run in her home state as they had their fill of her when her husband run the state.

    June 2, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Unknown

    NO...Let the woman continue her race! It's ovbious that she is not running for the white house...

    OBAMA 08

    June 2, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. WillNYC

    If Hillary Clinton presses on and tries to hang on till the superdelegates change their mind ... her reputation will be DUST.

    What she does will answer the question if she's willing to destroy the democratic chances of winning the election because she's trying to once again change the rules....

    RULE: delegate majority not weak popular vote analysis wins the nomination. (just how did pull numbers for states with caucus based voting? from a hat??

    June 2, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. 3Stars2Bars

    Drop out, already!

    June 2, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Steve - Minneapolis

    I wish I could believe that this bit of rational thinking could prevail but I anticipate that after Tuesday there will be yet another divisive scheme launched by the Clinton campaign.

    June 2, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Jen

    I agree with Former Gov. Vilsack, Hillary Clinton needs to back Barack Obama. Senator Barack Obama is the winner of the 2008 Democratic Nomination. She should accept reality and support him to be able to win in November. It's out of control. Someone needs to stop her now. It's so apparent he won the nomination already. She is ridiculous. She needs to get behind this years nominee. This nominee is Senator Obama.

    June 2, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. arc

    Hillary Clinton will never give up. She will never give up because she doesn’t care that ‘everyday’ Americans continue to lose their jobs and their homes. She will never give up because she doesn’t care that more young soldiers will die in a brutal war that she voted for and proudly supported hand-in-hand alongside Bush and Cheney. Among so many other important issues, Hillary Clinton will never give up because she simply doesn’t care about anything else than winning the nomination by reversing the rules that Ickes helped establish and she supported before it was clear in Iowa that she would lose.

    June 2, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Joseph

    If Clinton appeals the Florida/Michigan delegate decision at the convention and drags this out longer, she has no regard for the Democratic party and doesn't deserve any Democrat's vote. Not that she had mine to begin with.

    June 2, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Bitter in Texas

    I'll have a bottle on champagne iced down for Tuesday evening...OH, so glad this will be over soon...and the Obama bumper stickers will go on the van and pickup Wednesday morning. Ya'know, I think I might be getting over my bitterness. Thank you, Sen Clinton for your participation...Best Wishes always!

    June 2, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Linda

    PLEASE HILLARY- listen to this man!

    June 2, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. vern

    Good for Ex Gov. Valsack, it's time to move.

    The DNC is to be commended both supporters Hillary' and Obama's worked together to approve the FL & MI proposals, drafted by each state. The Gov. Of Michigan fully backed the plan submitted by their representative.

    Since the FL & MI representatives and their voter as well are satisfied with the outcome, what's the beef?

    We were told this was about ensuring that FL & MI would get their votes counted and they have. The states are quite satisfied because they brought the plans they drafted and each state's plans were approved.

    So if we are to believe Sen. Clinton's argument that she has used for months telling us that she was fighting to get these states votes to count and the DNC has done that with the blessing of each state, why is she and some of her supporters still unhappy?

    If this was not about FL & MI than one can conclude that should this continue this has been about Sen. Clinton's person political agenda from day one and that the FL & MI folk were a By Product of her achieving her ambitions.

    We clearly hope that Icke, Tina and the others as well as Sen. Clinton will follow through on those well crafted speeches we have been hearing for months, it's about Fl & MI now that's resolved

    Actually, FL & MI would have appealed their standing with the DNC with no help from anyone because those are the rules and states who have been in this position have applealed on their state's behalf with no outside help.

    Let's move on in party unity, these are our expectations

    June 2, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Miss Mary Mack

    It's over for her. Can we please stop seeing her on all the media outlets? PRETTY PLEASE? I'm begging and I have chocolate. Good grief!

    June 2, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Jon

    I still don't get how peoples can say it's over when it is clearly not. If the S.D. get their heads out of their a_ _ they'd see what is really going on.

    June 2, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. kilo

    It would be absolutely horrendous if she continued on after Tuesday.

    June 2, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Dave

    DONE and OVER Hillary... WAKE UP... your narcissism is without equal... and, obviously, you and your campaign don't give a s*t about the party or this country. If you did, you would have graciously conceded LONG ago.

    June 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Conservatives win again :)

    how sad she has to end overy speech with "please give money to hillary clinton.com" She is just like a liberal spending machine. I hope she takes Obama down and wins. She'll be so easy to smear in the Fall

    June 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. Kyle

    What else is new ... another Clinton backer acknowledges what the majority of us have known all along. It's over. It's been over for a while. And if she adopts the so-called "scorched earth" policy some think she might, I hope her legacy, and that of Bill's, gets burned in the process. I'll never forgive either of them if they ruin Barack's chances this year.

    June 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Shrimp Barnicles, somewhere in New York.

    The Clinton Empire has come to an end. A new empire– the Obama Empire will run the country in honesty and transparency.

    I would advice Hillary to secure her senate seat before she loses that one as well. Rudy Guliani may be interest.

    June 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Randy M

    OMG!!! someone in Hillary's camp with common sense? It can't be. Well, seeing as she doesn't listen to anyone except crazy Bill and the KIng of Phony Polls, Lanny Watkins, she'll keep saying she is the one.

    Now the rallying cry is the DNC took 4 delegates from her so they're trying to steal the election. I say after Tuesday, give her the 4 and tell her to be quiet, IT'S OVER. Now go back to Arkansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania or wherever you claim to be from. Just don't come back to NY, WE DON'T WANT YOU!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Marie R Ruth

    I live in the Illinois Quad Cities and have always admired Tom Vilsack until now. Why did he have to stomp on Hillary by telling her to get out of the race like "the little woman isn't smart enough to figure it out herself?" What the hell is wrong with these "MEN" in the unDemocratic party? I quit the Democratic party after almost 40 years when they started the race baiting by calling Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Geri Ferraro, and Ed Rendell racists.........this is beyond disgusting. I will never again vote for Dick Durbin either since he decided to demand Hillary get out at least 3 months ago! Now they steal 4 delegates from Hillary in Michigan and give Obama all of the uncommitted votes! What the hell? I used to support Affirmative Action but if this is an example of how Affirmative Action works, screw that! The Democrat(ic) party is about as democratic as any third world banana republic. I probably won't vote for McCain but I will never again vote for Barack Obama as he sucks as an Illinois State Senator and I don't think he should have a promotion.

    June 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. Chyrel Wallace-Jackson, Chicago Illinois

    This baffles and saddens me all at the same time. I wonder if this would be the case if the situations were reversed and Obama was the one losing the nomination and behind in delegates? I somehow doubt it. This has been over since February with Clinton losing 11 straight primaries she just refuses to lose with dignity. This is most sad.

    June 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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