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. American Defender

    You can't call it until it's done!!! It's like saying "Mission Complete!" remeber those words? Yes it looks like Obama will take it...but it's not over yet!! Let the process dictate the closure.

    June 2, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. fred

    If Democrats want to get the whitehouse this year Hillary should be their candidate against Mccain. If they want another republican in the white house for another four years, let Obama run against Mccain.

    June 2, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. j williamson

    Hillary has won the popular vote! Remember all the warnings and teary eyes from the Obama folks about going against the will of the people? Now what???

    June 2, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. MLH

    It isn't as though only the president can do good things for this country. Senator Clinton, you have done alot and still could do so much. And in the long run, you may find that you do more outside of the Oval Office. I admire you and wish you the best, even though I am from one of those caucus states that don't make the cut to be included in the 'popular vote.'

    June 2, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Brandon

    If their is any switching of Supers, it will be from Clinton to Obama.

    I understand that Sen Clinton is rationalizing continuing her campaign with the thinking that it is strong to fight til the end, and then still keep fighting. Unfortunately, in reality, she has been looking increasingly silly for a couple of weeks.

    June 2, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Kyle in MI

    She's going to see this through until all the states vote, and she's earned that right. I don't understand what all the fuss is about. Let her finish what she started.

    June 2, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. s.b.

    No she needs to stay in it until convention to make sure that democracy is repected by the Democratic Party and the strangest candidate is chosen. There is no reason for her not to go to convention. Obama is unelectable. He always has been. She is the Democrats only hope of regaining the white house.

    June 2, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Cats

    Hillary – get the point everyone else has! Obama will win the nomination by Wednesday. Everyone else gets it why can't you? get over your self serving self and end it like a lady – gracefully!

    June 2, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Citizen

    Be careful Govenor Vilsack. Do not try to introduce logic into this delusional woman's mind. Not only that but you better watch out for a bunch of pissed off feminist, who continually complain about the discrimination against them, but they have no problem discriminating against African Americans. They are nuts.

    June 2, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. Elaine, Joliet, IL

    Really, did someone tell Hillary. I don't think she read that memo.

    June 2, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. Jerry

    Goodbye Hillary your senate desk is still there for you, Hillary get over it Obama won.....Goodbye cry baby

    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. Jeff

    Good Bye and Good Riddance Hillary!

    June 2, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Get On Board The Change Express

    Clinton supporters...Dont harden your heart. Get behind Barack so we can win againts McSame in the fall.

    OBAMA 08'/12'

    June 2, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. Matt in Cleveland

    more and more clinton supporters are saying its ova

    now do the respectful thing Tuesday night and graciously bow out.

    she has been a great candidate and could be a great president

    dems are lucky we have 2 fantastic candidates

    June 2, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. JN

    It is refreshing to see at least one supporter who can read the cards!!! It is time to get OUT Hillary!!! You did not win the popular vote! Maybe in your own delusional mind you did but who cares. You don't get to be President with the popular vote. Can't wait for tomorrow...The champagne is cooling now for tomorrow when Barack Obama will be crowned future President Barack Obama!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. Brandon in MN

    She won't do it – too much Bush, er I mean stubborness in her.

    June 2, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. Helena

    yes, thank you please. Another sane voice of reason from the Clinton camp.

    June 2, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. A. Horner

    Sounds like Obama will be the first AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PRESIDENT!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. Brian

    Hillary it is NOT about you....... it is about America!

    June 2, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. Chamorrita60

    Could you say "wacko" here. I mean what's all this nonsense about the popular vote? This is NOT a beauty pageant and she's not getting a crown.

    All the Super Delegates have clearly stated that they doe NOT recognize the popular vote, it's the TOTAL pledged delegates that a matters. So all this nonsense about her being ahead in the popular vote is just another desperate ploy by Sen. Clinton and her goonies Mr. Ickes and Mr. McCullefe.

    Hllary Clinton knows full WELL she has lost, but she just ignores ALL the facts and advises coming from her OWN supporters. It's ironic that she continues to do this when the writing is clearly on the wall.

    She's NOT going to WIN Montana and South Dakota, the polls shows Sen. Obama holding a BIG lead.

    So the end has been the END for weeks NOW.

    June 2, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. Lorna, NY

    I agree.

    June 2, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. tidho

    This is exactly what needs to happen for the DNC. High profile Hillary supporters need to come out and publically call this for Obama.

    ...not unreasonable given that he did actually win...

    I think that's the only way to defuse the risk that Hillary desides to lose ungracefully, which at this point almost seems likely.

    Hopefully this is among the first of an organized effort to get that message out capped with the really big names like Carter and Gore Tuesday night or Wednesday.

    June 2, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. Sharon

    It's over Hillary, get off the stage and for once do what you said you would do, support obama and the Democratic party.

    June 2, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Tony Z-MD

    She should follow what her backers are saying. Congratulate Obama on Tuesday and acknowledge him as the Democratic nominee.

    June 2, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. AJ

    SHe hasn't won anything!! What about those Caucus States that people didn't get to vote. What about their vote? The delegates run the primaries NOT HILLARY!!

    June 2, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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