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. Jim Shimmer

    Please Hillary – Unify the party – DON'T DIVIDE US.


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


    June 2, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Paula

    She's not counting caucus states...well, why should she? That would mean she is certainly NOT winning the popular vote. As someone from a caucus state, I'd like to say, "Thanks Hillary". Keep fighting your own agenda in Florida and Michigan, keep playing fast and loose with the rules...it doesn't matter...you're DONE!

    June 2, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Jerome Milwaukee WI

    Hillary needs to give it up! Al Gore won the popular vote in the GENERAL election and wasn't elected. That not how it works and you can't change the process after losing . GO HOME HILLARY!

    June 2, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. AJ, IL

    One-by-one even Hillary's most ardent supporters, from Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to Pennslyvania Gov. Ed Rendell, are now publicly stating that Hillary will not be the Democratic nominee.

    It is the not pundits or Obama-surrogates that are telling Hillary it's over, but some of her own surrogates.

    June 2, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. MC- Atlanta,GA

    As a 110% Clinton Supporter – I agree.

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    June 2, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. taylor richmond virginia

    well at least in a few days when Obama hits the delegate # it will be.

    June 2, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Margi

    Hillary is not a role model but an embarrasment to women. I don't understand her great following. I could never teach cheating, changing the rules and outright lying to my children as a way to get what they want.

    June 2, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Renee

    Why on earth would Hillary want to support Obama and the Democratic Party after how she's been treated!

    Hillary is taking her fight to Denver and after that, she will more than likely run independent.

    There will be NO UNITY in the Democratic Party. They threw that right out the door when the RBC decided to take away votes Hillary rightfully earned!!


    June 2, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Mel

    Hillary is ours chances of getting the white house by staying the
    race. This her husband Bill telling her to continue. It is time to
    move forward and defeat Mccain.Mccain,have not talk about any
    of the issues about ours economy.He only speaking of the war
    and foreign policy and we have problem here in america. We to
    get him talking local issues this were he is weak.

    June 2, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Louise - MN

    Bad job being an "ardent" supporter Vilsack!
    Why should she quickly get behind Obama? Shouldn't he start wooing the Clinton vote on his own merits? Shouldn't he give those 17,000,000 people a reason to vote for him other than "because Hillary says so?"

    June 2, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. Dennis

    I'm tired of the TIRED argument that the Clinton camp continues to make about Hillary being the most electable candidate. Will a Hillary supporter please answer the following:

    1) If Super Delegates were to elect Hillary based on the popular vote in leiu of the delegate count, which is how nominees are elected, how would she hold on to those 17 milliion Obama voters who would be alienated by such a vote?

    The Republicans are disenchanted with John McCain. There are concerns that many Repubs may stay home during the general election and that a good number may even vote for Obama. If she were to be the candidate, she would not get any votes from Repubs and it is believed that Repubs would come out on droves, not to vote for McCain, but cast there vote in opposition of Hillary.

    2) Can Hillary really be considered the strongest candidate if she damages her own base by stealing the democratic election and galvanizes the Republican base at the same time?

    The MSM is in this more to get ratings than to do real reporting. As a lay person who has watched this election closely, to me it's obvious that the super d's cannot vote to elect Clinton for the two reason mentioned above.

    June 2, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. cindy

    Idont know where Hillary is goin.. this democrat party is just stupid.. end this thing ,we already know who the nominee is... this is so aguivating... this woman is wicked.. she is doin this just to destroy her own party... what such an evil attitude...unbelievable

    June 2, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Bob S

    Clinton should definitely keep on going because she has the momentum, as shown by her having won many more more votes, earned delegates and elections (three by huge margins) in the last three months. At the same time, Obama has kept losing over the last three months. Moreover, Obama will never beat McCain, as he doesn't have the support of the swing states, will be defending himself from all the dirt the Republicans can dig up and throw at him (whereas Clinton couldn't go that negative), and he'll never have the support of most of Clinton supporters no matter what Clinton says to them because her supporters not only suppport her as a candidate, but they don't trust and can't stand the inexperienced, tricky, racist, Obama.

    June 2, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. mk

    Actually – It is long past the time that Hillary should've bowed out gracefully and supportively. She stayed in too long, bitterly dividing the party in two. She ran an ugly campaign.

    June 2, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Kris from AZ


    June 2, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Tom Swift, Shopton



    It ain't over 'til it's over. Why should she listen to the former Governor of an "unimportant" state?

    Hillary needs to bring this to the floor of the convention and take what is rightfully hers.

    McCain '08


    June 2, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Bitter in Texas

    Yes!!! It's time to wake up to the hard cold facts...it is indeed over and out. Thak you, sen Clinton.

    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Grant

    There will be a race riot that will make Watts look like a BBQ if she STEALS this nomination!!

    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Damion K. Miles

    I think he's saying what is going to be heard time and time again over the next couple of days. Hillary really needs to just let it go. Why does she keep saying that she's not quitting? We know she's not quitting. She lost!!!!! The Patriots didn't quit in the Super Bowl, they lost! There is a big difference between quitting and losing.

    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. Nick in Las Vegas

    I will continue to support Hillary Clinton come November. Obama is not my nominee and never will be. It's sad actually, I don't think he has a shot in November and the Dems had this election to win or loose. If they don't think quickly who their stronger candidate is, John McCain will be the next President because MANY, MANY Clinton supporters think he would make a better choice then Obama. I hope the Democrates don't make the HUGE MISTAKE they seem to be about to make in selecting Barack Obama as their nominee. He will not win the White House.

    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Cynthia

    I agree with former Governor Vilsack because the numbers are just not there. Why do my comments keep getting put in moderation when I am not saying anything controversial or mean?

    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Eyes

    CNN – it is election time again and the camera magic on Hillary starts. it is amazing how her sagging jaw disappears and she looks 15 years younger. It always happens on CNN the day before an election, the day of the election, and often, the day after an election.

    I have eyes and I see that the media coverage on CNN definitely favors Hillary. Why doesn't CNN report the facts and leave their bias out of the elections?

    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. jesus saves

    now, if only hillary and her supporters realize this we can get on with the supporting obama for the general election.

    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. New Politics

    If Sen. Clinton pursues after Tuesday, then it is clear that she is not thinking about the party but herself. The song says "Know when to hol them and when to fold them" It's time for her fold.

    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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