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. Peter Mooney

    Finally someone living in the real world.

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Franky from Cali

    Thank god that the even Hillary reconizes that the super delagates have the last word. They can clearly see who is winning and after Tuesday I think we will see a flood of super delagates support Obama. I look forward to what kind of make believe story the Clintons will come up with. I'm really enjoying all this action.

    To all the Clinton supporters who will vote for war hungry McCain and possibly make him win, that is just great, lol. I hope you're ready and willing to donate your daughters and sons to the draft that McCain will eventually figure out so that he can support wars with every nation that disagrees with him. Now wouldn't that be something !!

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Walter Lloyd Speed

    "Hillary" vice president isnt that bad. LOL

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. rlp-politcal

    white folks please...

    your parents and granparents mistreated an entire race of people and now – you are trying to prevent a black man from becoming president.

    is it in your DNA to be so decietful.... Hillary thought this thing was going to be giving to her – she ran a tierrible campagin and misjudged the power of Obama.

    white people are not the only ones who can show leadership.

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Your own people can see the light, Clinton.

    Give it up, you lost. You are now officially a loser.

    No one is just GIVEN a seat in the oval office, it must be earned, and you failed to earn it, Queen Clinton.

    Even with Republicans coming out to Limbaugh-vote for you.
    Even with your First Lady legacy.

    … against a rookie Senator.

    You lost in every metric that matters.

    … and now? Now, America sees all the more glaringly your integrity faults… and once you're out of the nomination race and the courts can once again prosecute you… we'll see it even further.

    Hillary Clinton, the Yoko Ono of the Democratic Party…

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. nowlin

    I hope that Hillary will not push the fact that she either does not know the
    the rules of the Game, or she refuses to understand that this is not about
    the popular vote. She is determined however she has no respect for rules, and this is not what anyone needs for a leader.

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. bettyc, Havre de Grace, MD

    We finally have words of wisdom from someone in the Clinton campaign. HillBill should take them to heart if they want to ever restore some of their very diminished power in the Democrat Party. But then some people never learn. If that is the case, then the sooner the Clintons retire to Antarctica, the better.

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Gloria

    June 2, 2008 – 8 supers endorsed Obama this morning – ... but it is not a news for you, CNN. You keep supporting the liar and the loser in this contest – HRC, the new citizen of PR from yestarday.

    June 2, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Pandering

    Wow! When will she get it? It's all over Hilly & Billy. Now lets see if you can help unite the party and put country first.

    June 2, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Chi4Obama

    NEWSFLASH: It's been over for weeks. Probably around the time that she lost 12 straight Primaries.

    June 2, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Linda Navarre

    I think she needs to stop. If her way of showing us that she deserves to be president is to whine and cry when things don't go her way,how is she going to be able to get anything done if this is how she responds to situations. We don't need a crybaby in the white house. We need somebody that will lead and be willing to learn and listen to the people. Not pout and cry when somebody won't do what she wants them to do.

    June 2, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Educated white person in WV

    Since HRC said individuals such as I cannot to be found in WV or for that matter KY also, I need to ask her supporters one question – How or why is she the "stronger" candidate? Do any of you look at polling data that is given on a daily basis? A CNN report about three days ago now show Obama leading her among dems in PA and OH. He defeats McCain by as large if not larger % than Hillary. Would she like to allow those states to revote where she now doesn't have all this suupport? It would probably skew her mathematical formula she now uses to lead the popular vote. Obama is beginning to lead her across the board. Vilsack is the first of many that will help end this after Tuesday. I predict at least 70% of the superdelegates will come Obama's way. Now if any of you political idiots want to vote for another Bush term then let the ramifications of those four years will be on your heads and not those of us who will vote for Obama.

    June 2, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. DeeJam

    Good old fashioned Common Sense. Where is it in Hillary's campaign. I want to see how much her campaign is in debt after Tuesday's votes.

    June 2, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Ed Barczak

    Personally, I would like to see Sen Clinton take her fight all the way to the convention. Within the past month or so, we have watch Obama and his supporters slip up (and they are not evern in the heat of the battle). His mis-speaking about his relative freeing the jews, the Catholic priest speaking at Obama's former church insulting Sen Clinton, and his "I don't need to be in Puerto Rico" attitude, I have it sown up (his blatant arrogance) all these episodes and a few more to come are going to cost the Democrats the White House. She should stay in to ensure that there is a democratic candidate to defeat Sen McCain.

    June 2, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Sylvia

    A winner NEVER quits!!!!

    June 2, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Realistic

    Looks like Hillary's prediction that many superdelegates may change their support may come true after all. 🙂

    Clinton / Lewinsky '16

    June 2, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. the other jd

    Come on people. It's time to pull together. Let's put on our big boy and big girl pants!

    June 2, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. George

    Clinton is not respecting party rules. According to party rules, delegates count not the popular votes. yes for next election, if party makes the rule to count popular vote and eliminates caucuses, that would be ok but this time the race is over. the party rules dont change to suit to particular candidate. yes its over .

    June 2, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Judy

    Clinton doesn't want to count ALL of the votes, just the ones that help HER!

    June 2, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Obama Supporter in VA

    Now that you've said that, kindly switch your endorsement to Sen. Barack Obama. Thank you very much Mr. Vilsack.

    June 2, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Support MCCAIN!!

    CNN is terrible and unfair!! This is the first time I opened your site due to give my comments on CNN! You guys are pretty bias against Republicans!! Just like other T,V, stations in America!! Be fair!! Obama and Clinton won't take any places for changing anything. Has Obama changed anything in his state or Clinton did something different? They are exactly in the same policy and identical so why they fight? They are both a big pride and Democrats themselves have NO UNITY.
    ONLY SPIRIT OF CONTENTIONS! Therefore Democrat party is no right to rule this country. They choice is so evil!! No principle or No moral standard!! They just want to steal our money we work hard and sweat to make and then they want to give them to the people who are lazy and depending on food stamps. No way!! Work hard and make own money! That's how people make your dream come true.
    Don't be depending on our money to live!! That's so wrong!!
    America is just going wrong direction and scary!!
    God Bless America! Punish CNN!!

    MCCAIN 08'

    June 2, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Bob S

    "There's plenty a slip between the cup and the lip," as they say, and it's still a long time between now and August. Obama and/or his Bitter Half could say anything, anything could come out about them (although the republicans will try to conceal any dirt they have for a "October surprise"), or the superdelegates could use their heads and decide to support the stronger potential candidate if they really want to win in the fall.

    June 2, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. White & Old Midwest Female

    Will she listen to him? Nope. Because she's NOT LISTENING to what others are saying. She's not looking at the big picture. She's only doing what SHE wants to do because this race is still a me-me-me race, not something involving involving the Democratic Party or even our country...regardless of what she says.

    The Party and the public really need to look at how this woman is acting. Many of us saw it clearly in the beginning. Is she in touch with the American public or just her backers? She has lied and mis-spoke continually during this campaign–do we want a President who can't say what she means? She has always been the one leading the negativity. She continues to do so leading the brigade against the Party now. What a nice example and what a responsible and representative leader! GAG!

    GAG THE HAG! Get her out of there. Vilsack, now that YOU say it's over, it's time to pull your superdelegate vote (if you have one) to the Obama side and set an example for the rest of the ones in her camp. Walk the walk; don't simply just talk about it.

    June 2, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Pistoff

    He's correct ... but she won't listen.

    June 2, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. JT

    its been a tought fight

    June 2, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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