June 2nd, 2008
12:41 PM ET
12 years ago

Vilsack says it's over

Vilsack is a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton.

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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soundoff (741 Responses)
  1. Rick, PA

    The former Gov. is a true Democrat and is only stating the facts – I applaud him! We need more party leaders to stand up and say these words. This was a hard fought race. It is over. Barack Obama won. For anyone to claim anything other than that is just not being accurate. Was the decision by the DNC fair for all on Sat? No. But, the best fair decision would have been to not count the states at all since they both held contests that were not sanctioned by the party. This way, the states do have a voice and, most importantly, the end results were the results that the states themselves wanted.
    I hope the Hillary Clinton supporters can end up supporting Obama. In the end. If they are the ones that end up electing John McCain, it will not really affect me since I am a male and have 2 sons. But, it will surely set woman back quite a bit if they give him a chance to seat more conservative judges on the Supreme Court. If they are comfortable with that, that is too bad.

    June 2, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. julian earl mcclain

    don't count her out it's not over, i have not heard the fat lady sing

    each time they the media count her out she comes up a winner. that the way a winner is they don't she her as a winnerwhen she is.
    question ? how come obama has not rap this thing up? answer he cant and he has the indorment of a big loser ted kenndedy, look at the history who he (ted kennedy has indored his losed, history always repeats it self, the same things happens that's what causes it.

    June 2, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. wycliffe, NJ


    June 2, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. EDU from Dallas, TX

    These a re the Democratic leaders we want. People who are willing to forgo their personal feelings and ambitions for the greater good.

    I would urge Clinton supporters to embrace Obama and campaign for him, becasue if they switch to McCain, then I am right in calling them Unpatriotic. Why? Over 70% of all Americans feel the country is doing very badly on all fronts (Economy, War, Jobs, Gas Prices, etc). Supporting McCain is voting to keep the country going down hill, which is as unAmerican as you can get.

    The rules say the candidate with the highest delegates win and Obama will get these. Its time we looked at the bigger picture and voted not for our own personal interests or anger, but for the greater good of our country.


    June 2, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. MD

    The Queen of Fuzzy Math is at it again.

    How can Americans trust a person to make the right decisons at ANY HOUR OF THE DAY OR NIGHT, if she cannot count!

    The dire state of her campaign finace is a testament to Clinton's inability to understand simple mathematics.

    June 2, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. fred 4..........quit taking my redneck name!

    lol with your funny math i could be winning in popular votes IF, we dont count any states votes but only my friends. Then i would be leading hilary in popular vote.

    What next with this crazy lady lol

    Hilary your a abomination, you have run a horrible campagn.

    June 2, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Chryssa

    What about the caucus states, Hillary? You can't just ignore 14 states like no one will notice!

    June 2, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Sheila

    Who do the people want as our next leader? A naive speechmaker with a mantra, or an experienced, intelligent, savvy politico who knows her way around the White House from inside and out? Who can bring our country back from the abyss of the Bush years and once again bring peace and prosperity to our nation?

    In a democracy, it's the people's voice that must be heard and acknowledged. Recent history shows that the candidate with the most popular votes is, and should be, the Party's choice in order to win in November.

    Don't count out a true fighter - a believer in listening and responding to the will of the people.

    June 2, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Bill

    It's time for the Democratic party to take a note from the Beatles and "Come together". Obama picks up 2 more Super delegates this morning, He now needs 44 more delegates to capture the nomination. at least 17 should be picked up in Montana and South Dakota, leaving 27 more supers to pick up. I applaud Hillary and her bid for the presidency. This year made history with two great candidates. Hillary, show us the grace we all know you are so capable of and support the Democratic nominee. Democrats, come together and take Congress, The House of Representitives, and the Presidency.

    2008, the year of the Democrat

    June 2, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Illinois

    All the boys keep trying to kick her out of the race. That's not surprising seeing as how most of them can't and/or won't reconcile themselves to having to answer to a woman. Too ego deflating, I guess.

    Obama is unfit to run this country for many reasons, so don't be too surprised when Hillary gets the nomination and wins the GE.

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

    Finally someone on the Clinton side is making some since. It is time for Clinton to step down for the sake of Her party and for this Nation.

    If she was a true American who trusts in the American democratic process she would step down.

    June 2, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Pat

    As a lifelong Democrat, I cannot believe the mess the party has become.

    I will not vote for the Democrat this year simply to vote Democrat, I care too much about the country to let someone like Obama destroy it.

    I'm changing over and voting for McCain in November.

    Atleast McCain is more like the Democratic Party I used to know.

    June 2, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Gabriel

    Haven't we been hearing this for the last couple of months?

    June 2, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. MD in GA

    The former Govenor is exactly right. I truly hope she does the right thing once the primaries are over. There are millions who want her to continue. What never makes the news is the millions of us who are "Sick to Death" of this fight and more over "Scared to Death" that another Republican President will get elected. I hope someone can get through to Senator Clinton so WE (The American People) don't have to keep going through this homes lost, high gas, lost jobs/incomes economy... Is she really fighting for US? Really?

    June 2, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. Thomas Crown

    HIllary has a bootleg copy of the CARTER III with Lil Wayne.

    June 2, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Amanda

    I betcha she wouldn't quit even if Bill, Chelsea, Gore, and McAuliff (sp) said it was over...

    June 2, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Chris from San Antonio

    Everyone but HIllary supporters understand the DELEGATE COUNT is what nominates a candidate.
    Oh, and this is the same system we've been using for the past, what, 30 years? The same one Bill won with.

    June 2, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. U think we're stupid?

    Do you think that we're stupid?

    You're counting 2 states that you won on name alone because Obama didn't run...

    You're NOT counting the 12 caucus states that Obama won...

    No wonder you appeal to the UNEDUCATED because the rest of us can see through your bullcrap!

    June 2, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. The Truth

    oh, the 2000 election

    don't you remember it is the delegates that decide an election.

    June 2, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Kenneth M

    Connecticut State Chair Nancy DiNardo has endorsed Obama. Virginia DNC member Jerome Wiley Segovia has endorsed Obama.
    I suppose they agree with Vilsack.

    June 2, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Judy California

    Senator Clinton can make all the claims she wants to in ads, even though her campaign is in debt by millions, but the fact is, she cannot win. She knew going into this campaign that the criteria for winning the nomination was pledged delegates not the popular vote. She has tried to change the way a nominee is picked every which way, and still, no matter what, she cannot win.

    Senator Clinton needs to get behind Senator Obama after Tuesday's primaries in Montana and South Dakota and help heal the riff she has created with her campaign. There is no shame for her to do that, in fact, that may heal some of the damage she has done to her political career.

    Senator Clinton has fought hard and now is the time to step back and move to unite the Democratic Party and beat John McCain in November.

    Obama 08, 12

    June 2, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. me in dc

    I'm glad someone in the Clinton camp has some sense!

    June 2, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. CB2

    This has been the case for a while now. It is just Hillary and her delusional supporters that are in denial. Grow up people. Geez!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. DJ in TX

    I understand what Gov Vilsack is doing, but let's the last two primaries play out and go from there. Democrats need to come together after that.

    June 2, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. Cherry

    Thanks for nothing Vilsack, if maybe Hillary would have done well, Obama would have been eliminated.

    Anyway, looks he (Obama) will go on. Its time for you to support the democratic movement.

    dems 2008

    June 2, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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