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.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (741 Responses)
  1. bob

    i'm out of hillary camp now , she is nuts, as i finally realise this is not about the party it was all about her, I see it now,you get my vote mr Obama

    June 2, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Jos/TN

    it has been over, she is not statesman like , but that seldom applies to today's policticans

    June 2, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. jfs Memhis, Tn

    I think the Democratic Party has done ENOUGH of turning their cheeks and kit gloving the Clintons. NO MORE MR NICE GUYS ...she will take advantage of everyone as long as we let her. THE TIME HAS COME>>>SEVER THE CANDIDATE CORD>>> let her get on with her business and let the rest us avoid becoming masichosist. The quest is over for Senator Clinton and husband. The world has changed and they will have to live with it.

    June 2, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Dave

    Hillary, Go INDEPENDANT!! You will win.

    June 2, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Bob Stephens

    The only people that think it is not over are people that:

    1. Can't count
    2. Have abused drugs
    3. Are incapable of any type of logical thought.
    4. think rules can and should be be changed 3 or 4 times during a contest, by the losing candidate.
    5. think Hillary is entitled to the nomination because her last name is Clinton.

    June 2, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. rickG

    I am just disgusted with fellow democrats slamming one of their own in the most vile ways. This has disgusted me throughout this whole campaign. This is one democrat since 1974 who is voting for McCain in November.

    June 2, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. hakeemsdad, Florida

    For those loser billary supporters who still insist that they will vote McBush or write Billary in NOvember. Poor you! continue to cry. Were you a real Democrat? Since it seems you make it personal for Billary and not the sake of the unity of the country!

    What did Obama do to you or Billary?

    June 2, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. larry

    Run as a independent or support McCain.. i see this as the only options left for her.

    June 2, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. TinTX

    The lady in the pantsuit is warming up and the fat lady is singing. Hopefully this mess will be over on Tuesday and HRC will have no choice but to accept that it is OVER!!!!

    June 2, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. valerie

    McCain is confused, the man need to enjoy the rest of his life relaxing. He'S old and doesn't really care about people. I quess he figures he doesn't have much time left here on earth so why not take other's out with him. GO HOME MCCAIN!

    June 2, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Concerned American

    When will she quit already? It's not enough that she's delusional and bad at math, but now she wants to continue despite no chance of winning. Why tear the Party apart for selfish reasons?

    June 2, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. john

    Superdelegates. Please lets move on and VOTE TODAY!!!!!The HRC supporters are really Republicans and want Mc Cain to win.

    June 2, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Jim

    Typical turn of events. Just more out in the open these days.

    June 2, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Sam

    What popular votes have been counted?
    What percentage of the popular vote is Republicans voting for Mrs. Clinton?

    June 2, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. CBennett-St. Louis

    As Mr. Ickey stated on the Tim Russert Show: Delegates determine the nominee. So forget the popular vote, the will of the people; if you want to change the rules; then do it for 2012 not in the middle of the game.

    June 2, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. Cheryl

    I just do not understand the American people. There is no way
    I would ever vote for Obama. I do not trust him at all. I believe he
    has alot hidden in the closet that will come out once he is the nominee and then it will be too late for the Democratic Party.
    I will be voting for McCain if he gets the nomination and so will
    all of the other Hillary supporters that I know. We do not trust him at all.

    June 2, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Donna in Sebastopol

    It's time for the super-delegates to make a stand and declare Obama the winner.

    Hillary Clinton has become the most divisive person in recent American politics, right behind Dubbya. Nice, Hillary. Thanks a lot.

    June 2, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. kurt

    obama will lose to mccain so bad it will make his head spin
    hillary or bust!

    June 2, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Bibek

    Hillary is still in her dreams. Someone please pour a bucket of cold water on her face.

    June 2, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. Carlton Groff

    Dear Obama supporters
    In 1960 I was enthralled by the inexperienced junior senator from MA. Think Viet Nam.
    In 1976 I was a foot soldier in the army of a southern governor who was going to fix everything that was wrong with Washington.
    That gives me two strikes. I won't make strike three in 2008.

    June 2, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Obama/Hillary 08

    According to the math it's been over since Iowa but now the superdelegates need to end this Democratics mess on Wednesday.

    June 2, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Sam

    The only reason Obama might not win in Nov is not because he's "unelectable," it'll be because bitter Hillary supporters will cast their vote for Bush, oh wait, I mean McCain.

    June 2, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. The Real Patriot

    not so fast my friend. the delegates decide at the convention. that is how it works. delegates decide you don't. Not even the delegates that are selected now are bound to vote for one candidate or another.
    The superdelegates are definitely free to vote for whomever they want.
    If is based based on electability they will choose HIllary.

    June 2, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Sharon - NC

    I certainly hope she listens.

    June 2, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Gerard in Michigan

    I apologize...strategy.... -laughs-

    June 2, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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