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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  1. Trey L.

    This thing has been over for a while! I hate to say it but if Barack was behind like she is they would have made him stop about 1 month ago.
    We all know why she stuck it out......but now she needs to do the right thing.

    June 2, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. bakari usseni


    June 2, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Helen, GA

    Gov. Vilsack, it is time for you to endorse John McCain. I am a HIllary supporter and I will vote for John McCain. Barack has no credentials to be our president. He has no substance, he has no achievements whatsoever for American people. He is fake and americna people should know more about his past in Chicago, his support to liberals with his liberal policy. Barack, just go away my friend.

    June 2, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Jatovi, NC

    I hope she will listen. If she doesn't and continues on to the convention and with this silly lawsuite, she will cause major damage to the democratic party. We are now in the Red Zone and many people realize it. I commend Mrs. Clinton for 'fighting' but it's time. It's time to mend the party and move focus to battling McCain and not tearing the winner down.

    June 2, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. The Clear Thinking Independent

    There is the theatre and there is reality ...

    The reality is that Senator Obama has wone the Democratic Presidential primary.

    Congratulations to Mrs. Clinton for a hard fought contest and all that she accomplished.

    Given such a bruising fight, her duty now is to make her and Bill available, at Mr. Obama's disposal, to stump for him ... as he and his team deem approporiate ... to repair the clear rift in the Democratic body politic that has resulted from all the theatre.

    Character is shown not by how you win but how you lose ...

    June 2, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Kurt

    I can only hope she will remain in the contest. The Democrats are faced with a difficult situation. If Obama gets the nomination, they are stuck with what I feel is an unelectable candidate. He could not carry the all important swing states of Ohio, KY, PA, or IN. Had MI's votes counted in full, I think he would have also lost there and in FL as well. If a candidate can't carry those states the candidate can't win. A deal will have to be made at the convention that sees her emerge as the candidate. Otherwise, the Republican machine will school Obama on what a real campaign is all about and it will not be pretty.

    June 2, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Victor as the winner/NC

    I very sorry to advise Hillary that she has lost the Bid for nomination to OBAMA. She should accept the defeat instead of trying to brag , Obama has already acknowledge you efforts, why not accept his?? . You lost , believe it Hillary!!!!
    Go Home and talk chelsea to give you a grandkid, you will be happy for the rest of you life. She might be the next president , and please dont exhaust the beautiful girl early enough, if you expect her to run for office some time , even though you are trying to give her some experience. Let her learn from Obama.

    June 2, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Help Me Understand

    I still don't understand Clinton supporters and their support of McCain over Obama. That makes zero sense and is very dangerous for our country and children. Ruining the country b/c your candidate didn't win is ridiculous.

    June 2, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. ys

    A man would never stop. Why should she?
    Also, barack is hopeless anyway so it's not like she's raining on anyone's parade.

    June 2, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Independant Voter

    I'll be honest I don't usually vote Republican but, this time around I reservse the right to do just that. The Democractic party has completely turned my off. The fact that they can't decide on a nominee makes me think that they could not come to a consesus about lissue that affect me, the economy for the most part. I think that the longer this goes on the more independants are going to vote with McCain even though the may not want to.

    June 2, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Valerie - St. Louis, MO

    This race would be over if the Supers had decided long ago that it should be over. Then she wouldn't be able to continue spouting such revenge for her opponent. This scorched earth campaign she has led, has damaged the party to the point that her supporters will not support the democratic front runner. That is saaaddd!

    June 2, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Greg, Pennsylvania

    Which one is worse? I am scared to death!

    June 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Tim

    Why has no one pointed out the absurdity of her popular vote argument. Let's review step by step:

    1. Democratic party penalizes FL & MI and both candidates agree to it.
    2. Hillary is surprised to find that she isn't handed the nomination on a silver platter.
    3. She cries foul over the disenfranchisement of democratic voters in MI & FL claiming that not counting their violates the very fundamentals of a democracy.
    4. Claims popular vote lead by excluding the votes of several caucus states
    5. Further supports her claim by including a state (MI) in which she was the only one on the ballot–zimbabwe style.

    How can she use the one person one vote argument in one instance and then exclude the votes of 250K MI voters who voted for "uncommitted" plus those of several caucus states. People actually showed up to vote against her in MI.

    June 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. A CANUCK

    She doesn't get it....... It's not about her ....It's about the country !!
    Obama is the calm voice of reason amidst all this chaos caused by the Clintons' narcissism

    June 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. stephanie

    Why did Obama, Edwards Biden and Richardson voluntarily take their names off the ballot? Why did Obama, Edwards and Richardson jointly encourage their supporters to vote uncommitted? WHY?

    June 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Ron

    This idea about dirt on Obama that the republicans are saving for October as an argument for why Clinton is stronger against McCain is just plain bogus. The converse of that position is that Clinton doesn't have any dirt or does not have as much dirt as Obama. Ha! Ha! Ha!. I would not even recommend Obama putting Clinton on his ticket. Clinton would do more harm to the ticket than good because of the bargage the Clintons have.

    June 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Suffer No More!

    If you or some one you know have not suffered enough under Bush....Then by all means support McCain.

    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. Jeff In Illinois

    Obama and the Obama Democrats are not understanding the electoral map. His greatest percentage of support didn't come from Illinois, it came from Idaho. Idaho will not vote for a Democrat in November. For those who seem to be just waking up to the reality that our party is going to nominate someone who can't win, now, you understand what is meant when it is said that Democrats are the party that can wrestle defeat from the jaws of victory. To the Hillary Democrats: Voting for McCain would be plain stupid... remember, that isn't your only choice.

    June 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. TESAP


    June 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Mike M, Indiana

    The democratic primary is over.
    Obama won.
    Quit whining about Clinton; I'm not listening.

    June 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. john

    If hillary's supporters vote for McCain her career is over. They will make the country so angry that she will never win another race,

    June 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Carl

    I agree. He is leading in what matters – the delegates. He understood how the game was played and won it fairly. It is now time for Hillary to step aside and help unify the party around Obama so we can win in November. Enough with all the "I am the stronger candidate" talk!

    June 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. randy

    well it is sad for her ,and the truth is that it is so over and she need to accept it.

    pls cnn post my comment for once for over 2 yrs now.

    June 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. The truth will set you free!

    Stay in there Hillary no matter what happens!!!!! You deserve it...you've earned it and you're the "First Black President's" wife.......Obama would not be the first black president as we remember where blacks and especially Al Sharpton said Bill Clinton is the "First Black President". And does anyone not remember that he has an office in Harlem!???? Bill Clinton could do no wrong because "he understood our pain". Black people ate it up and we will not forget !!!

    And Operation Chaos continues!!

    June 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. Iowan - Caucus States Matter

    I am from the same hometown as the Vilsack family and they are family friends

    I am glad to see one clinton supporter smart enough to finally see that the party needs to get behind one nominee and come together to beat the republican nominee in the fall. for all you supporters who believe voting for mccain will "make" you feel better. you should be ashamed of calling yourself a democrat because you should be voting to end a horrible 8 years government that we all have been complaining about

    we should all get behind the nominee that has the most

    pledged delegates
    and popular vote (including ever state with primaries and caucuses)

    which is obama

    (facts don't lie, people do)

    thank you vilsack for your knowledge and right move

    June 2, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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