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. Brad

    Yes, it certainly is long past time.

    June 2, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. BIG WIG

    She is singing. The winner takes it all the loser standing small.

    I am bowing out. Don't need a second chance.

    It was a pleasure but we've all got to face the facts oneday.

    He is the best he is good. Well organized, young chappy he be.

    OBAMA 08

    June 2, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Tony, Miami

    Senator Clinton it's time to bow out graciously. We all know you are a fighter but when you have your elbows on the ground the fight is over. We all recognize your great battle and admire you but it comes a time in anyone life to surrender. Thank you Senator I believe you will do the right thing

    June 2, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. RED DOG Orlando Florida

    As usual clinton is delusional

    June 2, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Janet WV for Obama

    Even Sen. Clinton's strongest supporters are facing reality. I am a strong Obama supporter and I think the most important thing for us to do is unite and take back the White House. I live on a very fixed income and am a widow with two children in college. At this point, I think Sen. Clinton should be offered the vice presidency and that everyone would benefit from coming together. Sen. Obama would benefit from Bill's past experience, and Sen Obama would surely serve to bring a new era of politics into play which would benefit us all. I cannot afford for the Republicans to win again. I am barely making ends meet. Divided, we all lose!

    June 2, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. andy

    Yes, it WAS over ( a while ago) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Scott C

    It is simple fact, at this point there is no "pushing her out of the race"

    It is all over, unless she wins 96% of the remaining delegates and superdelegates then she can't win... She needs 180+ more delegates to win the nomination, Obama needs 40+

    She fought a good fight, albeit a little too late in the game.

    As excited as her supporters were to have her as the nominee, they have to accept that in a fair contest, she didn't come out the winner.

    It is all over, and now we can focus on the general election.

    June 2, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Rocky

    Thank you Mr. Vilsack. Apparently, you're a realist.

    Enough with this drama. Let's focus on the general election and defeat McBush this November!

    June 2, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Debbie,NJ

    Even Hillary's political supporters realize that her staying in is only hurting the party. She is willing to lose the election to McCain to spite the party.

    June 2, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. RTB

    Cheaters to the back of the bus, please.

    June 2, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. John Y Des Plaines IL

    A Clinton supporter using logic? Impossible!

    June 2, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |

    So, now we know ! There is and has been a "Stop Obama" element within the Clinton campaign. Declaring to support McCain instead of Barack Obama in the wake of the proposed DNC compromise, Hillary's supporters have exposed who they really are. The ruses about Obama's lapel pin, what his pastor said, etc. is all code talk for "we're not comfortable voting for a black man". My highest respect is reserved for the W.Virginia voter who openly said as much in a exit poll interview. No one else that I've heard had the guts to come out and say it. Sen. Clinton suggests this every time she speaks lately. I wish someone would explain what, other than his race, is their objection the voting for a person of another race. Black people have had to do it for decades . . .talk about double standards! Wow !

    June 2, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. j

    I'm waiting to see what the remaining superdelegates do. That might persuade her to suspend or end or campaign. She's got to think about party unity but right now her actions seem to indicate she's just thinking of herself. Democrats unite!

    June 2, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Rick in Florida

    Hillary won't quit until the Convention votes are tallied in Denver, State by State, as they call the roll. Haven't we learned ANYTHING about the Clintons over the years, that its always ALL about THEM?? Bye Hillary.

    June 2, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. Jonathan Gaines

    Obama is the democratic nominee, and it is time direct all resources to the general election. I am a Clinton supporter, but I support the DNC. I'm upset Clinton will not be the nominee, but I am not insane to vote for McSame in the general election.

    I will vote for Obama in the general election.

    June 2, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Chanakya

    Everyone else realized the fact except Madam Clinton. It is a bitter pill to swallow, but Ms.Clinton has realize the fact and support Obama unconditionally.

    June 2, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Bitter

    Just tell the fat lady to sing!

    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Dave

    But.... But..... But, she has WON the popular Vote! This isn't over Govenor! It isn't over until HilLIARy says it's OVER! She is going to take the democratic party down with her!

    What a JOKE this poor useless woman has become!

    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. jim

    Hillary, if this were a contest for popular vote (which it isn't), you might have a point.
    But it isn't.
    The winner of the most delegates is the winner of the primary.
    Get over it. Rules is rules is rules. Quit being a sore loser.
    You should have figured out how NOT to lose 13 consecutive contests in a row back in February.
    It's time to call it a day. Stop being so selfish. You're wasting people's money at this point.

    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Jerry - IN

    We need more Clinton backers to do the same. Poor Hillary just does not get it. Obama has won the nomination, and will win the presidency unless she keeps dragging this out.

    And for you Hillary supporters, who claim they will support McCain. Please. Obama and Clinton have almost identical plans for our country's future. All Democrats and Indpendents needs to unite behind Obama !

    Obama / Biden '08 :):)

    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Adamantia

    Go Hillary! we are NOT falling for the Obama trap.

    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |

    Now will the Hillary supporters come out and say that he is a traitor as well? This is the reality folks, now lets stop fighting and get behind our nominee.

    Democrats '08

    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Harris, MD

    ....much ado about nothing...

    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Mike in Calgary

    Profound grasp ofthe obvious. Clinton lied about Bosnia, didn't do required reading before voting to go to War in Iraq, didn't listen to econimists re gas tax holiday, but then again that scheme only related to period when this summer when bush was still President.

    That's Hillary for you – pandering to the poor uneducated illitereate American – and there are lots of them.

    The educated, well-read engaged American Democarat who makes an INFORMED CHOICE favours Obama. Such voters dont want Hillary and her REASONS THAT SOUND GOOD. THEY WANT GOOD SOUND REASONS.

    Hillary had a huge lead in the polls as of January 1st – but she squandered that lead, much like she squandered health care, education and highway funds and over 4,080 young American lives by ignoring the intelligence report and voting to initiate the war in Iraq.

    Hillary didn't do her homework and but still believes she's entitled to be graduate summa cum laude. Barack Obama worked hard and smart. He did his homework and worked hard to EARN the honour to campaign for the Presidency. AND he has told us why he wants to be President of the USA. Now if only the country can afford it!


    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Bob in FL

    Dear Hillary,

    I was really impressed with you, now I'm not. Please do the right thing and stop working against the party. Obama was not my first choice as a candidate, but it is clear he is the peoples choice. Popular vote psuedo-math aside.

    June 2, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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