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.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (741 Responses)
  1. Angelika

    Thank you for finally telling her bluntly what many have subtly said. She has NOT won the popular vote–she counts FL and MI without awarding ANY to Obama, and does NOT count caucus States.

    June 2, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Steve Ford

    Finally...REALITY. 😉

    The bloodletting can finally come to an end and the Democrats can turn their focus toward beating John McCain.


    June 2, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Becky

    Thank you, I dont think she gets it though, Until the party is broken up, she is in it, to make sure Obama looses in fall

    June 2, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Peace&Unity

    The party need to come together and everyone need to work to resolve this issue. If not, this will turn out to be the beat down of the century for the Democrats if Mccain win this election. It's time to unite and get to work. Forget about the "race factor" or " the sexism factor", the next generation is watching so do great things and not just selfishness.

    June 2, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Rachel

    As a Clinton supporter I think she really really needs to put the party first and throw her weight behind Obama. We MUST get the Republicans out of the White House, that's the priority. Come on Hillary, be a good sport and do what's right for our country.

    June 2, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. obama supporter

    Hillary ! It's really time to go baby. WE ARE TALKING POLITICS.
    Somebody has to loose, AND YOU LOST.
    Come on over to the Obama wagon

    June 2, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Rob

    Hillary is to selfish, she doesn't care about anyone but herself, she will not step down until she destroys the party.

    June 2, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. carl, Atlanta

    ARE YOU LISTENING HILLARY!!!!! Everone, everyone, EVERYONE is telling you it's over. GET OUT NOW!

    June 2, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Anonymous

    It's about the people or the DNC and not about Hillary Clinton or the Clinton's.....

    She has always demontrated that the race was about her and not the DNC and that is why she has lost the opportunity...... She's outdated and still represents the old Washington that is no longer acceptable.

    She was better off not running on the Gender Theme.....that is where she went totally off the chart....

    June 2, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Abe Schenck

    So sad for Tom. He could have competed in his home state of Iowa, but I surmise the Clinton campaign came offering him half the glory with none of the work. Imagine if he had won Iowa? Could have derailed Obama in the beginning.

    June 2, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Timothy B. Robinson

    I've never been so ashamed to be an Iowan as I am after being represented by our idiot governor and Obamite Chet Culver, and now former governor and traitor Tom Vilsack.

    As Iowans, we don't do what's right democratically, like going by total votes cast. Instead, we support whomever the media dubs as our "winner".

    It feels good to have dignity and be a Clinton supporter. At least I'll always know I backed the candidate that could've made a difference, and I went against our country's pathetic media, rich yet uneducated white supporters, and uneducated black voters.

    June 2, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. R. Squibbs

    You mean it's news that Clinton's bid is effectively over? Anyone with a grip on reality has known it's been over for going on two months now.

    Just think: after this week, with any luck, we'll never have to see or hear from McAuliffe, Wolfson, and Ickes ever again! Now THAT's cause for celebration!

    June 2, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. TLD


    June 2, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Buddy

    If the primaries started today. Clinton would win by a big margin. Obama has to much known about his past now. He's a corrupt Chicago Politician.

    June 2, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Texan for Obama

    It's over people...it really is over. Hillary needs to stop lying to her supporters and stop asking them for money to now just pay off her debt.

    June 2, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Mani

    Thank you for pointing out the obvious. Most people knew this moths ago.

    June 2, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. deroy

    vilsack is a loser. he would say that.
    the people vote against obama.
    but he gets delegates from RED states and the party says nominate him.

    somebody is out of touch.

    June 2, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. Michelle in Philly

    Sick of these darn people, I hope she stays in until the convention. There is going to be no party unity, because we aren't going to vote for Obama. We will not fall in line and this election has been rigged from the start. The DNC gave Obama Hillary's delegates she won, how is that not rigged? I'm not even sure why we even had a primary, the peoples voices are not being heard, the votes aren't being counted this is a joke.

    My vote goes to McCain

    June 2, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. Kim

    In the article "Clinton says she's not ready for 'political obituary'". Hillary sites that she is winning the popular vote... If the Supers can change their vote SO CAN YOU!

    Given what we know about the canidates and if you honestly counted the popular vote, ALL of Florida, In MIchigan Hillary gets all of her vote but you have to give Obama not the "commiteds" but some arbitrary number(Given most of detroit would go for Obama being a close neighbor to Illinois) and then add in something for the caucusses

    We are so close in numbers it's insignificant, however now lets ask if you voted early not knowing Obama would You Change Your Vote?
    In addition to that Obama hasn't been so strong lately does that ride on your mind?

    I think the half that voted for Barack got it right in that these last twelve contests have been more of Hillarys base (the "white" hard working " and yet Obama has still done well and is gaining delegates.

    Obama has a solid message can he get it done

    June 2, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. carolinas

    All her superdelegate supporters has to comeout openly and pledge their vote openly ..which makes a clear way to choose the nominee after tuesday. Because, Mccain's policies has to be debated rigourously before the Nov 4 th election. Hillary should give her honest support ( not anymore lipservice or backhand tactics) to the party as they were benefitted many decades from the party...this is the time to give back to the party...not thinking race, gender, or elite status of a person.

    OBAMA 2008...!!

    June 2, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Sandy

    All I can say is, "She's melting, melting, melting......."

    June 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. tina

    Well its about time. Now lets all get together and make sure that John McSame is NOT allowed to bring this country down any further. We must elect a democrat. Its time for Hillary to shake hands and congratulate Barack in this historic nomination.

    Barack 08/12
    Hillary 16/20

    June 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Jody

    Hmmmm. He didn't help her in Iowa, and now he is telling her to get out after a huge win in Puerto Rico.

    With friends like these, who needs enemies?

    June 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Geo from Toronto

    She should and has every right to take it to the convention. superdelegates, and delegates can change their vote at the convention. hopefully by then they will realize that she is the stronger, and better candidate for the job, and that obama is just a fairytale.

    June 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. TyWebb

    It must be all the sniper fire she dodged that has affected her.

    June 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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