Following her victory in Puerto Rico, Clinton delivered a speech containing some strong words for detractors and anyone calling for her to drop this race. Clinton stated plainly that she has the popular vote lead with the addition of Michigan, Florida, and now Puerto Rico. Not only that, she is also insisting that this race should come down to the superdelegates deciding the nominee at the convention. Furthermore, she marginalized Obama’s “slight” pledged delegate lead, as she called it.
This speech did not sound like someone ready to give up in June, rather it sounded like someone who has not accepted the probability that Obama is the assumed democratic nominee.
Here is the video of her statements:
Transcript of the important part:
“More people have voted for us than any candidate in the history of presidential primaries. There is no doubt. We are winning the popular vote. The people have spoken.
We are winning the battleground states. She lists them all. Adds Michigan and Florida. You have spoken.
I hope by my second term, regardless of what you decide about the status option, you too will be able to vote for President.
When voting ends on Tuesday, neither Obama nor I will have the necessary delegate number. He will have a slight lead in pledged delegates, I lead in the popular vote. Then it is up to the superdelegates. Which candidate represents the will of the people who have voted in this historic election? Which candidate is best able to lead us to victory in November and is which is best able to lead the US as a nation in the face of challenges at home and abroad.
We are winning the popular vote because we have stood for the core principles of our party.
We are beating John McCain in the key states. We can get the 270 electoral votes to win in November. The voters know who is ready to lead on day 1, who has the experience and knowledge to be President.”
She is actively advocating for the superdelegates to hand her the nomination at the convention since Michigan and Florida are now in play.
Now take a look at this ad running in South Dakota and Montana:
That “17 million” number is counting Michigan and Florida so technically it’s disputable. Yes, voters did cast votes for Hillary Clinton in Michigan but weren’t given the opportunity to cast votes for Obama since his name wasn’t on the ballot.
Despite the rumors of bowing out gracefully in a week or two, it doesn’t appear Hillary is ready to drop this nomination process anytime soon.
We shall see how this develops after South Dakota and Montana on Tuesday.