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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soundoff (741 Responses)
  1. Ross

    This illustrates another point that I'm sure the Clintons are aware of. If Hillary stays in the race beyond Tuesday not only will Obama get a vast majority of the remaining super delegates he will also get some of Hilalry's. Most super delegates have political ambition so they will not support Clinton if she doesn't rally behind the party's nominee. The Clintons have 100 million dollars and significant political accomplishments to relish but their super delegate supporters do not.

    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Why should anyone take the advice of a "loser"?

    Stick in there until the blood drains from your fingers and they hoist your shouting butt out of the convention!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Art Lemons

    Get this right: What was formerly the Democrat Party is not the Black Liberation Party. Clinton doesn't need to be there anyway; she doesn't fit the model.

    June 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. caribbean for obama

    Hillary,Why exhaust the process?

    June 2, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Generation X

    'Thank God, somebody in Hillary's camp that can count!! LOL

    June 2, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. elsie


    June 2, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Karen from Charlottesville

    Her strategy will be to take it to the convention to prevent Obama from focusing on a successful General Election campaign in the hopes that McCain will win and she can run again in 2012. Because of this candidate's incredible egoism, our country is likely to be faced with another four years of Bush policy that we cannot afford, morally or economically. But Hillary Clinton could care less about that.

    June 2, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Barbara

    The Clinton campaign demonstrates the need for what sports can teach: the team that understands and plays by the rules set down at the beginning of the game, has the best preparation, and comes to the game with the best attitude usually wins. At half-time, the team that is losing does not insist that the rules be changed and does not suggest that if the other team wins something tragic could happen to them. Finally, the team that loses does not hint that they will suit up and try to continue playing the next round with the previous round's winners.

    June 2, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. I have a goldfish-Iowa

    I knew "The 'Sack" had more sense than that.

    June 2, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Godwin

    We all wish she do the right thing. The republicans are having a field day out there. We need to start bringing every Dem together and it cannot be achieved while she's still out there telling everybody she is the better candidate to win in November. She's making it increasingly difficult for the Democrats to come together! Do the right thing sweetie!

    June 2, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Debbie

    It's being reported that Clinton staff has advised the media to be at her speech in New York on Tuesday night.

    Clinton staff has hinted to the advanced media staff they will no longer be needed after Tuesday night.

    Within the week, watch for Obama to announce a position for Hillary. It's being reported that it will be Secretary of Health with the goal of Universal Health Care.

    Hillary as Secretary of Health
    Edwards as Attorney General
    Biden as Secretary of State
    Richardson ???
    Dodd ???

    Will one of them be VP? This would continue Obama's cabinet of Rivals, which Lincoln was well known for.

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

    This is what I don't like. Senator Clinton repeatedly and publicly lauds Senator Obama for declaring a premature victory (which he has not), then pulls this.

    It is why I will not support her.

    June 2, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Chuck

    Hillary's claim to have won the popular vote is like her exagerations of her qualifications to be commander and chief, etc. Apparently, both Clintons have been dishonest with the public, and we are tired of deceit after getting nothing else from elected Republicans.

    June 2, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. M

    Will someone make sure she is taking her medication.

    June 2, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Randy - Denver

    I suspect that by time the West Coast wakes up Wednesday morining that Mr. Obama will have over 2150 delegates and all of Ms. Clinton's chances will be totally dissolved. I agree with Mr. Vilsack, I suspect that Ms. clinton does also but she will not stop campaigning, nor should she, until the number is reached. My only hope is that she campaigns as strongly for Mr. Obama as she did for herself, although with a bit more veracity.

    June 2, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Brian McBoston

    Well he can say that all he wants – superdels better push her out – or side with her – and they'd be smart too. All the delegate math but no one wants to look at the electoral college and how Obama wins without OH, PA, FL, MI. CO and VA are chump change. And, you cannot win OH, PA, FL without doing well in rural areas that are more conservative and that will simply NOT vote for Obama. If he's our nominee I hope he wins, but as some involved in many races, including in Ohio, I don't see him doing it. Word to the wise superdelegates Obama is a McGovern. He's unelectable and that's exactly why superdels are given their role – take the nomination from a far left hijacking through activists at caucuses.

    June 2, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Rachael

    I used to listen to CNN everyday as one of my more reliable news sources. However day after day instead of reading articles about the Democratic nomination and the strait forward contest which I am extremely interested in. I instead read biased articles (like this one) written by someone who obviously does not like Hillary Clinton and basically puts her down. I am not even a supporter of her and I feel sorry for her. Instead of getting actual news I get picked out issues regarding this election that attack her. Do your job and report all the news, not your opinion!

    June 2, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Dave, East Aurora NY

    Clinton declares she's won the popular vote, her former supporters see the destructive path she's taking and now those of us in New York see that she feels that ending her run for President is tantamount to a "political obituary". Regardless of the dream world she's living in, at least she's willing to admit that her role as Senator in New York amounts to nothing in her mind; that's the way it has seemed to me ever since she came here. In a state as Democrat-friendly as New York, I wish she would explain to us ten accomplishments directly attributable to her that have made a positive impact on the people she claims to serve. I can't find half that many. Public service means more than being the first black, the first woman or the first anything; I hope that most voters don't regard those sorts of things as meaningful. It means work, not just claiming that you want to work, or could work if only this, or if only that. Of the three candidates, Clinton seems to be the worst at compromise and that's always going to be a necessary characteristic of a President. If being a Senator from New York is the same as being "politically dead" to her, why did she some here in the first place?

    June 2, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. manie

    Someone with a common sens of honor.

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

    What?? A modicum of common sense from the Clinton Camp?? But, will Hillary listen?? Does she ever???? I'm sure hubby Bill will be whispering in her ear to contine campaigning. This is just as much his delusional folly as it is hers. He wants to be as close to the center of world power as possible. Without all the attention, limelight and adulation, I think the Clinton's will wither-up and blow away.

    June 2, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    good luck, this evil woman wont listen to ANYONE, not even billy boo, they have so much power ego, can not wait to get back to power, even if teh whole coutnry and world, even vanity fair is saying to them,
    that none wants them...
    except the bitter supporters, who act like her, ............. who dont care, and who will vot for mcbush..
    i said let them join mcbush, \after all they are very similar in policies, although i have to say Mcbush is a bit respectful and he doe snot lie, he might be old, but h e is honest
    so she has a better chance to run with mcbush as VP..

    June 2, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. jfs Memhis, Tn

    The Gov. is a wise person. He should throw his support to Obama. I think she will get the message. Besides, I believe that he is one of the few Super Delegates from Iowa that still supports Mrs. Clinton ??

    June 2, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. nj voter

    Of course she won the popular vote when you don't add cacaus states, Obama gets 0 let me write that number again 0 votes in Michigan, Florida obama isn't allowed to campaign because he's following the rules and Clinton gets the popular vote. Give me a break

    June 2, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. rachel

    I hope she doesn't help Barack at all. He and Michelle make me sick to my stomach. They get on Good Morning America talking like they have so much respect for Hillary especially Michelle. When recently Barack did his immature brushing off of the shoulder of Hillary, and Michelle says Hillary needs to take care of her own house of the white house. The DNC and barack don't deserve Hillary's help and I don't think they think they need. I hope the democrats house comes falling down.

    June 2, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. John

    Finnally Tom you grew some, HRC needs to work for our canidate, That person is Barack Obama, she lost fair and square, now show you have at least a little respect HRC and do what you said work to make Barack President. The party is more then you and Bill. It's about the people.

    June 2, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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