June 2nd, 2008
12:41 PM ET
12 years ago

Vilsack says it's over

Vilsack is a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton.

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. Suzie M. in Las Vegas

    Instead of committing political suicide, Senator Clinton should be focusing on the next phase of her career. If she continues on this self-destructive path, her legacy will be one of division, obstinance, and an inability to look forward. You ran a good race but it's over. Don't destroy your reputation. It is time to back our next President and work with him to repair our economy and provide the reasonably priced healthcare you so fervently espouse.

    June 2, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Brnmar

    Former Gov Vilsack is a true Democrat. He supports what the Democratic Party stands for. His allegiance is not towards a candidate, but what is best for America.

    May our Lord-Creator bless us with thoughtful, truthful and sincere leaders for our country.

    June 2, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Kelly

    It is so close to someone really winning, why quit before it is offically over? Hillary is not a quiter ! She has done extremly well in a lot of states and she IS ABLE TO RALLY SUPPORT WHERE IT MATTERS !

    SUPERDELEGATES - WAKE UP ! If you support Hillary she CAN WIN the nomination AND WIN in November. You do NOT have to go along with Obama just because it is the current trend.

    The Democratic nominee is going to debate McCain. Hillary is an extremly intelligent, witty, eligant speaker who presents very powerful arguements. She will Blow Away – McCain.

    NOT Like Mr. Ugh...Ugh...Ugh...Obama. McCain may be old but he is still quick with his answers and he will do better than Obama.

    As quoted from one of CNN's articles, "with Obama's education and credentials, he does very poorly without teleprompters."

    I have never seen a prominent attorney that was not quick and forcefull with his responses. It makes me wonder How Obama supposedly did so well at Law School.

    June 2, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Moses

    The performance of the Governor in delivering his State to Hillary has proved to be the reason why Hillary is behind in the Pledged Delegates. Is he attempting to silence Hillary like Senators Dodd and Edwards (among many) tried to do?

    June 2, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Pro Obama

    Hillary, please, PLEASE just hang it up. Your past supporters are leaving you, and how are you going to pay for the general elections with over 20 million dollars of debt?

    June 2, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. John, London

    Please TELL HER.
    She and Ickes seems to be the only two people that doesn't get it OR perhaps they got it but just refusing to accept it at the expence of thr party.

    June 2, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. EGabelli

    I was appalled by Harold Ickes outrageous grandstanding! He was playing to the crowd for Hillary Clinton's ambitions at the expense of the Democratic Party's success in taking back this Presidency and repairing the damage done to this country by the Republicans.

    AND now Hillary Clinton is lying about the popular vote, which has no bearing whatsoever on who our party nominates!

    The Clinton campaign and supporters seem determined to sabotage the Democrats' chances in the general election if she is not the nominee. What does that tell you and the other Super Delegates?!

    First, the Clinton's said they wanted the FL and MI delegates seated; and when the Committee gave them what they wanted by seating the delegates (even though these states broke the rules), AND the Committee gave Clinton a proportional share in FL, AND the Obama campaign graciously did not squabble over the 50/50 split in MI and gave Clinton the most delegates there (despite the fact that Obama was not even on the ballot!), Ickes had the gall and the nerve to make it sound as if Clinton was cheated and somehow Obama was responsible for hijacking the nomination!??!

    Hillary Clinton has gone too far and has succeeded in giving the Women's Movement a bad name!

    I am outraged at the recent behavior of the Clinton's and their campaign! And every Democrat who genuinely loves this country should be outraged too.

    A White Female over 60!

    June 2, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Peg

    Thank you for your "reality check," Mr. Vilsack. Let's hope Hillary does not continue her self serving, narcistic power hunt. I am hopeful she will quickly get behind Obama and bring her supporters along with her. I'm fearful she might not. This would not only hurt the party but it would hurt her political future and the Clinton legacy.

    While I think and hope she will do "what is right," her past actions and her lack of realism in her math and her unwillingness to understand she is not going to win the nomination......worries me.

    We need to elect a Democrat in the fall, she has fought valantly, but she needs to do what is best for the party and the country at this point.

    June 2, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Dems Unite!!!

    What do the clinton supporters say now to this from "one of Hillary Clinton's most ardent supporters". The people have spoken, let's unite and take back the white house!!!

    Obama '08 + '12

    June 2, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Richard

    Why in the world would she care if YET ANOTHER person tells her that she needs to quit. She cares nothing about the good of the democratic party. That was evident in the quote last week by one of her staffers – We are all about Hillary first and the party second. At the start of this race I was not against Hillary, I was just for Obama. However, the way this race has been conducted, especially once the ending became inevitable, has made me see thinigs in a new light. Really the electorate needs to think about if they want to elect a president (again) that thinks about themselves first any anyone and anything else second.

    Go ANYONE but Hillary in '08, '12, '16,...

    June 2, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Dan (TX)

    So why did we bother to vote this year, when the "almighty" SUPERDELEGATES are going to determine the nominee? Anyone really think the Democrats care about counting "every" vote? Perhaps only the superdelegate votes.....

    June 2, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. semp

    It's all been said ... over ... and over .... and over ... ya'll need a new process ... maybe like run the primarys until the field narrows to two ... then have two or three head on prime time debates followed by a nation wide internet primary vote ... game, set, match! No convention, no BS, just move on to The General Election. All the current stuff is just entertainment ... expensive and bad entertainment.

    June 2, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Bill

    The supers need to step up and throw Clinton out of this race before it splits this party beyond repair. Obviously Clinton cares only about herself. She lost the race a long time ago. Thankfully!

    June 2, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. patrick b

    It's time to unify the party. I hope Hillary sees that and does the right thing to help bring the party together. I also hope her supporters do the right thing for this country and vote democrat.

    June 2, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Denver! Denver!

    Ah, the man who failed miserably to help Senator Clinton win in the Iowa caucus now deems it necessary to give his unwanted two cents worth. A useless bit of advice that will not be heeded by the candidate who has won the most support of any Democratic nominee in the history of this country and who will carry on to Denver where she will win the support of the Super Delegates after the Republicans have a field day of a summer dismantling Senator Obama. But now CNN will be able to keep up its daily trashing of HRC, thanks Tom Vilsack - boy, you obviously know so much about campaigning in Presidential politics. When did you say your own campaign was over? Oh yeah, before it even started. I hope CNN gets as many close ups of Anderson Cooper's furrowed brow when Obama fails in Denver as you do his giddy giggle that's so heavily featured whenever Obama does win a state or when another pointless non-supporter like Vilsack feels the need to get some press time.

    June 2, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. E CT

    Anyone who think Clinton still have a chance have no brain. We all kow it politic, but it over. Now we can call her a disgrace candidate.

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

    so sorry

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. kingsley

    this actions of hilary needs to be taken seriously. she is ready to go out of her way to destroy Obama by any means.

    reality is kicking in and she refuse to accept the fack once in a lifetime democracy has overcome elections corruption. too bad rheir media machines and rick friends cant buy the super delegates needed.

    no way anyone including hillary can say "she cares deeply for this country". n0 she cares for herself. she is not the only qualified candidate to turn the country around.

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Eric

    Thanks governer. Clinton lost this campaign not because of female but just she is any other politician. I just don't see her appeal of Tax free summer bill is not running in the congress. just cheating peoples vote.

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Jessica in IL

    OMG, please, please, PLEASE let this be over soon... *crosses fingers* **praying** I so tired of hearing her talk.

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Independant now

    So when some one is running in a marathon and the leader is about an inch ahead, the runner up should just get off the track.

    If anyone is calling for Hillary to quit now, your either sexist, racist, or both. If Hillary was to drop out before the end of this race, there would be even more devision in the Democrat party. When Hillary's supporters go independant or crossover in the general election, we can thank the Obama supporters that talk trash, and people like Vilsack for causing the division and having another republican president.

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Bill Adams

    To help the party in the fall Hillary she should give up her bid.

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Dave in VA

    Yet another Hill supporter who's written an obit. It's over.

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Miche

    Wise man...
    She lost because of a single vote authorizing Iraq war...
    That will be the same reason McSame will loose in November in addition to his lack of economic understanding and no plan

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Star

    Why do people keep on claiming that the race is over and decided *before* all votes have been tallied? People asking for HRC to drop out are being thoughtless and disrespectful of voters, telling them their votes are meaningless.

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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