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

    Although Vilsack is dealing with reality and common sense, the Clinton campaign does not and will continue their fight since they care nothing for the party and only for power.

    June 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Pali Gupta

    Hillary has lost the respect of Americans by continuing in the race which every one except her and Bill know, she can get. Clintons can't get over that "the shoe -in candidate" has to loose.

    Foreign press is having great time in reporting negatives about US democracy. Thanks Bill and Hillary..leave us alone

    June 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. ds

    It's not over until she meets two objectives:

    1) sabotage the race so the GOP wins and she can run in 2012
    2) raise enough money so that others can pay off her debt

    1 is not far off, 2 may not be either, depending on the number of people who still think she really needs the cash.

    June 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Jeanine

    Instead of everyone saying it is over....wait until she said it is over for her.....!! She is the one that is running here.....NOT YOU!

    June 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Truth

    Super delegates please vote for Hillary the most qualified candidate.

    Me and my family will vote for Hillary (if she is the nominee) or McCain in November.

    June 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Jack

    I am sick and tired of all these Democratic Party elites and Obama zealots demanding how this process should work and who we should support. The Democratic Party is headed for a divorce and I know who I'll be supporting – and it won't be those latte sipping, finger shaking, self-important elitist.

    June 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Chido, college park, Atlanta.

    Clinton has fought a good fight, she need to understand now that the fight is between dem and rep, Obama is almost impossible to be overtaken now,if clinton's delay in conceding to him would damage the dem chances for the oval office and that would be a big dent on her legacy.

    June 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Steve

    The only people more delusional than Hillary supporters are the folks still supporting the sell-out Republican Party.
    The Clintonites/Republican Wacko Fringe have had 6 months to discredit Barack Obama and have been unsuccessful.
    Senator Obama is going to win the general election in a landslide but this country will be the ultimate winner.

    June 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. shirley

    Hilary needs to wake up. Florida & Michigan should not be counted. They didn't follow the rules. My opinion is they should not be counted at all. What are rules and laws for? Is she so special she can ignore them. We've had enough of the Clintons to last a lifetime!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Comedy Central

    For everyone who thinks that Hillary is tearing this party apart, think about this. Your beloved Michelle Obama said in an interview to Deborah Roberts that she would have to think about voting for Hillary if her husband lost the primary race. She would have to consider Hillary's tone. Your own possible first lady wouldn't necessarily stick with the Democratic party. But, you think Hillary supporters are supposed to lay down and die for Obama? He is extremely divisive. Also, Obama said in a speech he gave in 2004 that he was not qualified to be president. What changed people?

    June 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. worried for obama

    For some odd reason, she's not getting out. Nothing supports her argument for staying in. I'm not sure if it's her stubbornness, but she’s really making it so much harder for Obama. One must think, does she have something up her sleeve that will totally take out Obama? As much as I detest what she's doing, she's pretty smart.

    God bless you Obama!

    June 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. John

    C'mon people. I have been a strong supporter of Barack Obama almost from the beginning of the campaign over a year ago, but these attacks on Hillary Clinton's character are divisive and unnecessary. While she has not been the most gracious at times, she is a wonderful human being and wants what is best for this country. All presidential candidates are ambitious (including Obama), otherwise they would not run for the highest office in the land. She has run a strong, if at times, flawed, campaign, but she has proven her mettle and deserves our respect for her perseverance and for being the first viable female presidential candidate in history. I salute her.

    June 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Gloria-Boca Raton, FL

    It is NOT over.........go to Denver Hillary.......fight for us!!!!
    Obama will NOT win in Nov08 only Hillary can do it.
    Hate MSNBC – Chris Matthews too......he is a biased man.....and who cares about his opinion or wants it!!! Get rid of him.

    Go Hillary........

    I will NOT vote for Obama as many women of America will......NO to O

    June 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Becky

    She's twisting the numbers greatly and falsely claiming that she's won the popular vote. She's been trying to twist things in her favor ever since she starting losing the primaries. She knew the rules before going in, and is now just being a poor loser. I DO NOT respect her methods, and she has shown why she would NOT be a good president.

    please post

    June 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. billy smith

    Relax ( if you can) Obama supporters. Hillary has to talk tough so that people turn out to vote in South Dakota and Montana. She will come around.

    June 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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