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. Nicki Council Bluffs, IA

    I meant her supporters at the DNC never would have had that argument at the DNC if she were ahead.

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

    It has been over for 3months. No news here!

    June 2, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. JeffRob

    Any "Democrats" who vote for McCain in November should Obama be the nominee, will then fully have the blood of 4000+ US soldiers, and 600000+ civilian Iraqis on their hands as much as any full-fledged Bush supporter.

    Let's not forget what's important, people. Troops home NOW!

    June 2, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. jaylo

    Clinton supporters didn't vote for a quitter. We voted for the most qualified candidate.

    June 2, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Ben

    She is not a role model to girls. How would she keep fighting without noting she has lost. Isn't that called being 'dilusional'?

    June 2, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Jim

    Someone mentioned the past eight years being a disaster. Your right and wrong.............the past four years have been a disaster and look who controlled the Congress.......DEMOCRATS. If you want to bury the economy further and put this country's security at risk.................. by all means vote for a Democrat.

    June 2, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Chris, Middletown, CT

    OMG....the only one not to see this is Hillary….because after all the "experience" she doesn't have….and all the "sniper fire" she had to endure (which never happened) – and all the switching of positions she did..(depending on which state she was in defined her position at that moment….NAFTA anyone?) – omg…wake up

    June 2, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. JJ in NY

    Earth to hillary.............. IT'S OVER..............................duh !

    June 2, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. carolflowery

    tis is truly a tragedy for the democrats

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. PDM

    I say we let Hillary run third party in the general - get some of these whack jobs out of the democratic party.

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Fran

    I am behind Hillary 100%!!

    Hillary or McCain for President

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Uncle Sam

    McCain Democrats to the rescue!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Ian

    Don't quit Hillary. Do what ever it takes to win the nomination!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. GDC

    Even if everyone else realizes she needs to get out of this, I still think we're going to need a new priest and an old priest to make that happen.

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Jeremy

    Come Wednesday evening, Obama will have enough votes to clinch the nomination. Lets see what Clinton says when Obama reaches the "magic number" .

    June 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Party Crasher

    Bob S,

    Fear is something that keeps people from attempting to reach goals. It is the difference between winning and not participating.

    If you are scared stay home. If fear is your only motivation or excuse to not support a candidate, why waste your time following the political race.

    You could better serve yourself by doing something safe, say like knitting socks, sweaters, or a scarf. But, don't try to sell that fear to others.

    If you believe that the earth is flat, don't get on the ship.

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Thank you Mr. Vilsack, for stating the obvious.

    Obvious to everyone but Hillary and her gang of would-be thieves.

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |

    Meanwhile, the DNC is broke and can't even afford to have the convention as it stands now. They need 40 million in donations by 6/16. I have written them and told them that I won't give a dime until they put an end to this BS by sending out the supers.

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. DAN

    These primaries will go down in history as a fraud. But it probably will help to start a third party. Many commentators will see themselves in movies as manipulating the elections sort of like Catherine Harris of Florida. Obama's going to loose the presidency and we all hope he gets the message not to comeback in 4. Hillary or McCain

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Seminole3232 - Atlanta

    The fellowship

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Janice

    If you count Hillary's current delegates against Obama's delegates from 2 months ago, she has the delegate lead.

    Go Hillary!

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Grant

    Well if she wins SD, which is looking good for her, alot of people will give her a second look, plus she can pull off MT if all of Obama's guys stay home.....no one is rushing to endorse Obama, he needs an additional 20 or so to claim so there is a buffer zone to not upset the electorate...but so far, silence......

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Nana

    Nothing has changed since the end of February.

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Ray, NM

    It's over for both Clinton and Obama long ago. There is no difference between former WH spokeman Scott McClelan and Liberal medias. After November CNN, MSNBC will cry foul like anothe hypocrite and greedy Scott.

    June 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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    June 2, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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