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. Donovan- Phoenix

    He's right

    June 2, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Support MCCAIN!!

    MCCAIN 08'

    June 2, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. leebee1963

    You need to tell her, because she seems to be the only person who deosn't know this!

    June 2, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Ivar

    Well every one understands it except this thing known as Clinton. Dont waste your breath over her coz she is not understanding any thing.

    June 2, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. JT

    She in denial

    June 2, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. BillClinton

    For crying out loud ! will the SuperDelegates just come out and end this already !! geez !! She's not even funny anymore, I think she has a screw loose or something.
    Obama is the nominee, so just accept it !!

    June 2, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Independent

    Thank you Vilsack. Now we need to concentrate on something that is more important than Hillary and that's regaining the White House in November. Because after all this is about more than Hillary and Obama, it's about the American people. And if Hillary really cares about the American people she should not damage the Democrats chance at regaining the White House for personal ambitions.

    June 2, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. RB from NH


    June 2, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. James

    It's already been a long gone for Hillary to step out of the race, mathematically. It is cleared that she only trying to create conflicts within the Democratic party. She ingnored the facts that can't win. Now, again it's time for her to step out without regards before it's too late. The sooner the better.

    June 2, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Tanya, Chicago

    Common keep beating, there may be still some life left in her.

    Democrats favoring Obama is the biggest mistake since Bush's re-election and IRAQ war. Dont believe me? Wait and watch....

    June 2, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. cnn rocks

    this woman is exhausting,i just can't support her anymore,today i am switching to obama before i go nuts.

    June 2, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Martha, Georgia

    Well, Gov. Vilsack, since you are an ardent supporter of HRC, please tell her to acknowledge the nominee. This continued ranting by the surrogates of HRC will do more harm than good.

    June 2, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. mike

    How many times is CNN going to report the same news – how many times are we going to hear its ovef for HRC – Roland Martin and Jack Cafferty are eating it up. There was never a fair chance for Hillary.

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

    CNN sucks!! CNN is so bias against Republicans.

    McCain 08'

    June 2, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Tom

    Superdelegates aside (because they can change their minds with any given poll or event before August), Obama cannot win the nomination. If Obama supporters think that the delegates will stick by their candidate through thick and thin, they're delusional – this is politics. So, no, it's not over and it won't be until August. What she should do is suspend and wait because the polls (or yet another psycho friend or two or another S.F. gaff) will show exactly what most of us already know – Obama will never be president. Now we just wait for the superdelegates to slowly come to their senses. Suspend and wait. We'd be happy to vote for her – if not it has to be McCain. Experience and practicality with centrist viewpoints will win the day ( and a huge amount of us centrist democrats) for McCain. That and the fact that obamakins just can't seem to help themselves in personally attacking anyone who opposes them, creating strong division and pushing more level headed individuals away. Have at it kids....................your sarcasm and divisiveness and put downs will only help McCain.

    June 2, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Charm City Man

    She will concede within 72 hours. She will still be an important member in the party and guess what....

    We will finally be done with all this inter-party hating crap and get on to fixing the last 8 year disaster.

    June 2, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Marc in Virginia

    She destroyed Obama in Puerto Rico. She's winning in the popular vote (for those of you who don't agree, please note that FL and MI now count). Obama turns his back on Trinity Church. Is this what convinced Vilsack to make this suggestion? Hillary, stay in.

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Gabe in TX

    Even if Obama becomes the Dem Nominee it's not going to stop me and millions of others from writing in Clinton's name in November whether she's his running mate or not. I'm neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I've always voted for the person I thought was best regardless of their party. I for one have no problem seeing the Democratic Party fall apart. We're voting for Clinton regardless.

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Jack

    Go Hillary!! Let's derail Obama.... Clinton Democrats for McCain!

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Diane Lucas

    Mrs. Clinton's behavior is pathetic. I used to love and respect Hillary and Bill Clinton. I had no idea she was such a spoiled brat and a sore loser. And some of her supporters are pathetic as well. The ones who whine that they will vote for John McCain if Hillary doesn't win the nominee. Third grade mentality! It really is sad. Also, it's time for Hillary to come out of shock that she has lost to a new-comer to Washington.

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. mish

    Dont you have to laugh at *Clean Sweep* in PR
    everyone knows PR does not even have the right to vote in the general
    Thank God this is over Tuesday
    I cant bear to listen to the rhetoric every time she wins and the CNN
    hype!! It means nothing....period!!
    Senator Obama is ahead in delegates and if anyone thinks PR should count in the popular vote when they dont really matter in the general, is deluding themselves, and then to omit the caucas states in that count is just plain *Theft*
    and *disregard* for the Americans who voted in those caucases!!!

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. frank

    Here is undisputed proof that she will not do everything she promises and that most of what she says is pandering. She and McCain floated this idea of a gas tax holiday for us for the summer. Now if that was such a great idea as she suggested, shouldnt she and McCain be in Washinton implementing it. Its already a week past Memorial day but they only talk about it on the campaign. This has to be done. Since they arent doing it then it has to be a issue thats pandering to the economically down trodden.

    I would encourage Hillary fans to discuss and argue this point. But pls supporters of all 3 candidates, lets do this in a professional civilized manner.

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. vic nashville,Tn

    Democratic party in trouble
    If they give the nomination to Obama with this current condition he will lose in November
    If they give the nomination to Hillary with this current condition She will lose in November
    The time for party leaders to create a good atmosphere
    I request President Bill Clinton to take big step to create good environment in the party Sir I know it is hard for you but you can

    I am totally mad at MSNBC

    Hillary 08/Mc Cain 08 ( This my current Position)

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. GO HILL!

    Well, If you count Pledged Delegates only, and remove Edwards delegates (which I'm sorry, BO doesn't deserve, Edwards voters went to Hillary), and give Hillary the delegates SHE EARNED in MI and FL, the amount separating them is 74. Out of over 3300 delegates, they are separated by 74. If the media and DNC had done their jobs and vetted BO early on, if the media and DNC hadn't been in the tank for him since LAST YEAR, Hillary Clinton would be the Dems nominee by a wide margin. Instead, the media and the dems chose to treat Hillary like you know what, demean her, call her and Bill racists, belittle the experience she has and the work she has done, allowed BO to basically COPY her policies and ideas, and in doing so, the dems will lose in November. Plus, more actual PEOPLE voted for her in this election, even with all the negative press and misogyny.

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Ted

    Clinton wants something. She's still in it for some plum post. It's a ruthlessly smart move – one a true pol would make.

    June 2, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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