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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  1. An American in Canada for David

    Another former presidential candidate loser coming out and trying to tell H.R. Clinton what she should do.

    What you should do Tom Vilsack is mind your own business, this is her campaign and she has her own advisors.

    The superdelegates were put into place exactly for this kind of political dilemma.


    June 2, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Phil

    For all the short-sighted Clinton supporters who have threatened NOT to support Obama in November consider this; a very likely 7-2 conservative Supreme Court during a McCain administration. Say goodbye to Roe v. Wade as it currently stands.

    June 2, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Karen from Texas

    I agree!!! Let get together to unite our party. This is going on too long. This strategy of trying to make your opponent look like "damaged goods" is just not working for her. It is only giving republicans the "knife" to stick in our own backs. Please superdelegates, put this primary season to rest.

    Obama 08/ Democrat 08

    June 2, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Jake145

    Honestly I believe Hillary Clinton is being set up for failure by her own campaign managers etc.. She needs to listen to the voice of reason and back out on Tuesday after the last two contest. As long as her campaign managers (whoever they are) can collect a paycheck they'll tell her whatever she wants to hear. And at this rate it could cost her everything she's ever worked hard for.

    June 2, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. GO HILL!

    If you count Pledged Delegates only, and remove Edwards delegates (which I'm sorry, BO doesn't deserve, Edwards voters went to Hillary), and give Hillary the delegates SHE EARNED in MI and FL, the amount separating them is 74. Out of over 3300 delegates, they are separated by 74. If the media and DNC had done their jobs and vetted BO early on, if the media and DNC hadn't been in the tank for him since LAST YEAR, Hillary Clinton would be the Dems nominee by a wide margin. Instead, the media and the dems chose to treat Hillary like you know what, demean her, call her and Bill racists, belittle the experience she has and the work she has done, allowed BO to basically COPY her policies and ideas, and in doing so, the dems will lose in November. Plus, more actual PEOPLE voted for her in this election, even with all the negative press and misogyny.

    June 2, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. fairandstraight

    Hillary Clinton would rather see the Democrats loose in November than end her selfish quest to bully the superdelegates into giving her the nominee. She believes that she has won the popular vote just as much as she believed that she ducked sniper fire in Bosnia. The deal is, she is trying to anger enough of her supporter to the point that they will believe she is being wronged. This race was over long before now. Hillary loves the sound of her name more than she loves the sound of the entire Democratic party.

    The superdelegates are not going to switch to her because they don't know how many states she actually won without the aide of the republicans following the lead of Limbaugh to keep her in the race. I think they played a great role in helping her in Ohio and Texas as well as Indiana. Notice John McCain only started saying a negative things about Sen. Obama after the DNC called Hillary down. He didn't have to because he had Hillary doing his dirty work for him.

    I pray that we can unite!!!

    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Priscilla

    Indeed, Hillary has lost and needs to quickly rally behind Obama and campaign for him. If she does this and stays on the up and up, the Democratic party will take the white house by storm in November.
    McCain doesn't have a chance!

    June 2, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Mark

    Gov. Vilsack is on the frontline of Clinton campaign folks who must ease the way for her departure, an unenviable position for a politician.
    It is rather brave of him to speak so candidly. His plain-spokenness would be a useful virtue in a VP.

    Would that Sen. Clinton could be equally forthright.

    June 2, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Sue

    Let it go already.

    June 2, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Democrat

    Amen Vilsack!

    She fought a good fight but it's time to move on!

    June 2, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. urantexan

    PARTY UNITY is the last thing on this Woman's mind. Only winning at ANY cost. What a liar and sore loser. Shame on you !!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Susan MO

    It is not over yet.

    Millions are hoping Hillary will get the nominee.

    Go Hillary!

    June 2, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Matt--Nebraska

    She never stood a chance. Then DNC picked Obama a long time ago.

    They weren't about to let Hillary win.

    Another election stolen.

    Now it's McCain or stay home.

    June 2, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. neo

    I think this is because in order for Clinton to win the popular vote she must ignore Iowa. I think its sad that 13 states are ignored by her.

    June 2, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Fred

    He is not the only one who says its over. Tell this to Clinton and all her hack supporters. This woman is a LIAR and a CHEAT. Only the old and stupid will support her!!!!!

    Lose = not winning

    Loose = not tight

    Get it right you Clinton hacks!

    June 2, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Kay

    What is wrong with Hillary Clinton that she cannot give this up? It just shows that she is so power hungary, she will do anything to get herself nominated. She should be tired of financing her own campaign and relying on women and racist white men to support her. It's way overdue for Hillary to bow out and realize the majority of the people do not want her in the White House. She is becoming a major joke in this race.

    June 2, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Erikab

    Try living in DC where your vote never counts.............I don't care about Michigan or Florida at this point. Follow the rules Hillary or we'll vote for the Maverick.......

    June 2, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. After further review,Texas.

    I hope the voters are happy now that we have a choice of morons for the job.Now you get what you paid for.

    June 2, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Rashida for Obama

    Yes when your ardent supporters tell you to step down even after you won....(Puerto Rico doesn't even count in the GE) it means its time, to stop the charade and help heal our party and stop dividing it!

    June 2, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. katiec

    It is hard to understand the Clintons continuation of distortions,
    lies, questionable tactics, and many faces. They have caused
    substantial harm to the Democratic Party in their quest to win
    at any cost.
    How can anyone support these politics as usual?
    How can anyone want someone in office who has
    no integrity?
    How can anyone trust her?
    We do not want or need the Clintons in the White House!!
    Nor, can our country survive another four years of the
    republican party.
    Go Obama!!

    June 2, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Hillary, Liar on day 1

    THANK YOU Gov. Tom Vilsack!


    June 2, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Bob

    What else is new?

    June 2, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Pol

    She needs to take couple of shots and relax.

    June 2, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. MW

    Hillary is dividing the democratic party.. I used to support her.. Not any more.

    June 2, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. shirley

    Hillary once again lies, cheats and steals to win. She only has the popular vote is she counts Michigan and fails to count the caucas votes. Where is her 'every vote must count' here? Her supporter's don't read or they believe personal integrity can be compromised for a woman President. Hillary turned this whole election process into a 'girls against the boys' mentality when her race and religion tactics didn't work for her. We will have a woman President one day, one who is not corrupt, one we can be proud to support and have our daughters and granddaughters emulate. Hillary is not that woman.

    June 2, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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