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. Linda from Florida

    I hope she listens. After the decision on Saturday concerning Florida and Michigan, all of the Democrats were calling for party unity....except the Clintons.

    June 2, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. James

    At least Senator Obama is honest about his words, as well as consistency in every ways and means. Now, for HRC, I do not know but to me, she's too much.. How can someone trust somebody when we actually look in the eye that their words are untrue? And for McCain, people need to see and realized the fact that where we are now. Economy, 2 wars, and so on with no solution. Please people think straight and look at the fact we are in today.

    June 2, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Honest man for Obama

    Guys this popular vote is her last result, she has brought race,

    gender, she had lied, fabricate, cried, monks and she has tried to

    cheat by telly S.C that she will take Obama has her VP when she was

    not even close to winning the nominee.


    Hey by tomorrow she may contest for president as an independence.

    June 2, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Kim

    Tanya of Chicago you say just wait. People don't have to wait.

    If you look at how they are conducting themselves right now multiply their faults by ten and you have it.

    I would rather have some one attending a "marginal" church (look at the unfortunate Catholic churchs' situation) than to have the constant divisiveness and lieing that goes with Hillary.


    June 2, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. bd

    How can you put your faith in someone who has shown so little integrity as Hillary? Continually changing the game, moving the goal posts and re-spinning the spin - is that the President that this country deserves?

    Do the right thing for the United States, Hillary. Hold a press conference tomorrow morning and step down.

    It's not too late to do the right thing.

    June 2, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. A-Man

    Simple reality is Hillary and her supporters have lost this race. If some of her supporters (and it seems like Hillary has too) want to support McCain then I guess they will be two time losers. Anyone who thinks McCain will win in November must have their eyes and ears shut because they cannot see or hear what has been happening in the USA. At minimum Barrack will restore respect back for the USA to the rest of the world. And trust me they have very little at the moment.

    June 2, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Jill American

    It's over when one gets the needed delegate total. Obama just isn't there yet either.

    June 2, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Steve P. Atlanta, GA


    Time for the REAL DEMOCRATS to step up to the plate. All you McCain turncoats, step aside and let the real patriots decide the fate of this great country – God bless America!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Seriously

    She knows this is over; her goal, now, is to try to sabotage his chances of winning full Dem support out of spite because she feels he took what she was entitled to have.

    June 2, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Brian

    Nice win for Hillary in a "state" that doesn't count in general election. Here's the breakdown for states with +60% wins

    Obama: 21
    Clinton: 3

    June 2, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Sick and tired

    To: Gabe in TX

    You are obviously one of the ignorant un-educated Americans that voted for Hillary.

    You probably voted for Bush too.

    June 2, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Lyle

    Be careful what you ask for Mr. Vilsack. Without Hillary to stab in the back, you might have to go back to your day job.

    June 2, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Will

    Look wait till all of the states have voted. Give those people a chance. She might win all three states for we know.

    June 2, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Brendanash

    I am a middle aged white woman and Hillary does not represent me. I don't agree with the way she has conducted herself in this process. A year ago I did support her but she has lost my respect and Bill has too. She does not seem to care at all about our party. The women crying over the news about FL. and MI. I am from Iowa and the rules are the rules. As far as the popular vote let's get real, Hil. Our cacuses did not count individual votes. My precinct selected Obama 3 to 1. If Clinton really wants to count the popular vote we need to go back to all the cacuses and count them, also.

    June 2, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. on

    How she has lost? She is ahead in popular vote and will beat McCain confidently while Obama will derail the Democrat machine if nominated. All voting actually happens at the convention so let's see who will carry more votes!

    June 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. jonny

    Clinton will do anything, including ruining Obama, the democratic party, the election, and the country, just so she can run for president in 4 years instead of 8. Give it up, old hag! This has become quite pathetic. Hillary makes us professional woman with ambitions look horrible.

    June 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Gov. Tom Vilsack: Another name added to the lengthy Clinton Enemies List.

    June 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. vjh

    To GO HILL, you are as delusional as Hillary and Ickes. To Deb of RI, Hillary DID LOSE THE NOMINATION, go right ahead and vote from McCain. Just don't complain when our country remains status quo or worse and women's reproductive rights are taken away. To Ex-Dem in Iowa, Hillary is not entitled to either the Dem Nomination or the Presidency, Sen. Obama won this fair and square. Get off your high horse !

    June 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. David Newport, OR

    Question: What is the difference between GW holding on to a failed policy and Hillary holding on to a failed nomination? Answer: Nothing.

    Yes, it really is that simple isn't it?

    June 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. I bake cookies

    Hillary's determination to press on regardless resemble Bush's determination to declare war on Iraq.

    Hillary be an adult and shut the heck up.

    You are NOT entitiled

    June 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Wyo Jenny

    It's been over for a long time. Senator Clinton just didn't want to face reality.

    June 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. barackobama4prez

    The Superdelegates will do the right thing and follow PLEDGED delegates. It's not about any other metric.

    Back in January, when she was winning, Hillary and her supporters said it was about pledged delegates. Guess what, it's STILL about pledged delegates. Take your votes and vote against your interests if you will.

    Superdelegates will not allow Hillary to Hi-Jack the Democratic party. She FAILED to secure a nomination where she had every advantage initially. HILLARY IS A LOSER.

    June 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Nateru


    June 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. rachel

    Thats whats wrong with american now silly people loyal to a party instead of people!. I wont vote for Obama just because he is a democrate I will vote for who I think can run the oval office, I dont care what party they belong to.

    June 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. dusty


    You dont need the Dem PArty to WIN! Split the vote 3 ways you can do it! You have shown you can win, now do it as a 3rd party candidate. They are trying to steal your earned nomination.


    June 2, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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