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. Saint Paul

    She's divisive and she voted for the WAR! No way will I ever vote for her.

    June 2, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. rabprevent

    Does she not realinzed that she will be blamed if he looses and this will not help her in 2012 anyhow. At this point, she will be run oput of NY if she run for reelection anyhow.

    June 2, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Wood

    Last Honest Man June 2nd, 2008 11:28 am ET

    OBAMISTS your 15 minutes are near…….don't blink

    See you in December, "Honest"....

    June 2, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. jay, NM

    Guys, nobody is listening– Hillary is not alone. Look at you–you don't understand that Obama can not win in November.

    June 2, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. My Way or the Highway!

    Can you imagine Anyone wanting to negotiate with this Woman if she became President !

    June 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. abn71

    She will never listen until she's sent home in tears. What a power-ill she's caught! Go dems 08! Go Obama 08.

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Ruthie

    Quote: "... Clinton showed signs she plans to press on after Tuesday's contests..." Hillary must be imbibing too much whiskey from Canada [rather than Makers Mark from Kentucky]. She should run for Queen Hillary with a palace in Puerto Rico and a summer villa in Florida. Her daughter would become Princess. Of course, Bill would be Court Jester.

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. True American

    Not when there are CNN and the corporate media to enable her...

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Shannon

    She is displaying an insane disregard for the rules of our party and to think she wants to be the leader of this country is ridiculous. She has tried to rewrite everything to her advantage and even when Obama conceded delegates that by no means did he have to in the spirit of Unity, she has her crazy Harold Ickes out reputing them. She is on an ego-trip the size that I have never seen before. It is going to take the majority of Super Delegates to STAND up and do what they are authorized to do in the best interest of the Party. She needs to be stopped NOW.

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Peter

    People who calls themselves Hillary supporters are not really Hillary supporters. They are GOP trolls trying stir up emotions with very few hardcore Clinton supporters who won't Obama because of his race.

    Nice try trolls.

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Marco

    Hillary is acting and campaigning more like republican, hungry for power at all costs! Does she still plan to run negative ads against Barack after June 03 and push the Florida and Michigan issue again? If she does so then Democrats will not win in November and she'll have a chance to run in 2012; however, Hillary's chances to win in 2012 are none if she continues to act as a sore loser!

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. The Creature

    If you liked living under Bush, you're going to love McCain.

    I think most of the commenters here claiming to be Hillary Supporters voting for McCain are actually Republicans that would never vote for a Democratic candidate on a bet.

    June 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Patrick Murray , Atlanta

    Sen. Clinton maybe has the 90% of superdelegates to win the nomination because I dont know what will keep else will keep her in the race.

    Besides, the superdelegates can end the process today if they open a floodgate to Obama, that hasnt happen.

    June 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Osterreich-Ungarn

    Obama stole the nomination from her. He should never have run...I can't wait for Obama to lose in the fall.

    June 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. james in st lou

    Another idiot... do we really need anyone telling us it's over? Let it be over once someone reaches the required amount. If that happens tomorrow, so be it – but why call something before it's true?

    I as an independent, however, will not vote for the false hope of change and the theif Obama really is. He used the same tactics he used in Chicago and he's pathetic.


    Hillary supporters – McCain'08 for Clinton '12. Hillary is truly the best candidate.

    June 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Bob S

    Did anyone watch watch Anderson Cooper's show friday night? If they had, they would have learned how totally, underhanded and ruthless Obama is. Even Cooper Anderson asked why the media hadn't done its job by investigating and reporting on the real Obama. His true self is not at all like the smiling, personable persona he's presented during the primaries. People who think he can win in the fall should consider that. The media hasn't been doing its job, but from past elections it should be clear that the Republicans are great at uncovering dirt and they'll reveal every dirty thing they can find on Obama if he becomes the Democratic nominee. At least with Clinton,we all know where all her warts are.

    June 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Deb from Upstate

    It is NOT over – Hillary is the best qualified, and there are way too many people being dazzled by Mr Sparkle and Flash Obama.

    The win in Puerto Rico should give all something to think about. There will be no way Obama can win in the fall without the Hillary supporters, and his campaign has alienated too many of us at this point.

    Why do I bother to read all of the Hillary-hatin' while eating my lunch? Makes me lose my appetite...

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Shalauddin Ahmed

    Only a brave heart can accept defeat and give due respect to the opponents.

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Debby

    I think she will bow out tomm. night. I can't see her winning because it looks like the stupids are going for Obama. I really hope she doesn't campaign for Obama though and just take a 4 month vacation she needs it and did a terrific job. Let all the stupids go out and get the 17 million she brought in to the party, or maybe turncoat Richardson could, like he brought in the Puerto Rico vote for Obama when he campaigned there.

    The DNC are going to have a rude awakening in Nov. not to mention the Oct. surprise thats brewing.

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Gary - Bothell, WA

    Has anyone else noticed how many recent photo ops of Hillary has involved alcohol? She's like the drunk that sticks around when the party's over. She just won't go away and keeps asking for another "shot." It's intervention time.

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. dj

    Support McCain

    Support him if you want us to slip to a 2nd world status and you want more dead and maimed Americans and more hate towards the US from the rest of the world.

    June 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. jaz k, los angeles, california

    at long last, will the Clinton's reign of terror over the party be over? 16 years is far too long– how they seriously damaged Gore's chances in 2000, their zero support for Kerry in 04– craftily setting up her coronation for 08... but plans, all those silly plans– that never come out just right.

    June 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Bill

    Everyone sees it but her. By the way, I'm running a parrellel table throughout the coming days to see what everything would look like if she had gotten Mich and Fla exactly the way she wanted (meaning Obama gets zero in Mich). And nothing changes. She's still behind in every count.

    June 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Dal CA Republican

    About time she listened to someone. It is very sad that she thinks that the name CLINTON should conjure up the Presidency just like it is their right. Look at Kennedy name it did not get Ted any benefits to become the President at all. He took it to his heart and went forward and became the best Senator for USA.
    Hillary should take that example and move forward to either become the best Senator or if she wants the job of a Supreme Court Judge that would be available as well to her soon. It is her decision what she wants.
    1. Tear the party up
    2. Become the best Senator like TED Kennedy

    June 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Liz

    I can only hope that the superdelegates will come over in such numbers that it would be pointless for her to raise a tantrum at the convention. Michigan's four disputed votes won't matter one iota. We have to get this thing over with and move forward. If she would concede gracefully, she might have a shot at a nice cabinet post, or something. Not the Vice Presidency, please God. There's never been two Vice Presidents at one time, and I don't ever want to see it.

    June 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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