January 4th, 2008
11:19 AM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: I have enough time


At her first stop in Nashua, New Hampshire, after a third-place showing in Iowa, Hillary Clinton expressed confidence in Tuesday's upcoming primary, five days away: "It's a short period of time, but it's enough time." (Photo Credit: CNN's Mike Roselli).

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  1. davy

    The person called real people that wrote a note below is very ignorant. Obama knows who he is. There is nothing wrong with being bi-racial and race has nothing to do with Obama's competence, passion for change, and intrinsic leadership abilities. All of the great leaders have that undeniable "IT" and so does Obama. I am grateful to see that many Americans are judging Obama by the content of his character and not the color of skin. I AM PROUD to American and thank ful to everyone supporting Obama.

    January 4, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  2. Jagus

    With all the turmoil around the world – Iraq, Pakistan, Al_Qaeeda, deep mistrust of the US by the Moslem nations, North Korea starting up again , the Russian bear starting to growl etc,, the US needs and to be guided with experience and tenacity as well. And what happens, he wins in IOWA!!! Obama is Mr Rhetoric and a Greenhorn with zero foreign experience to effect any solid and meaningful changes in the US or in US forign policy....many in my country, a moderate muslim nation, are very suprised that people can vote for him with his track record or lack of one!! The world requires the US to roll back GWB's disasterous 8 years and re-emerge as the ppre-eminent nation we all looked up to...rapproachment and engagement are required, not form over substance rethoric as espoused by Obama.

    It must be anyone but Obama!..You folks made a mistake in electing GWB a second time..do not screw up again.

    January 4, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  3. AJ, IL

    I hope many of the young Generation Y and Generation X that are tech-savvy watch and record Hillary's presidential campaign. Hillary has flip-flopped on some many issues (i.e. Iraq war support and illegal immigration). Her campaign has flip-flopped on its theme (i.e. Run on the 'Experience' factor then switched to Obama's 'Change' factor). Hillary even has campaign flyers that state "READY FOR CHANGE, READY TO LEAD". She went from running a positive campaign to a negative campaign. Hillary supporters really need to take a moment and think about why they support Hillary. Is it because she is still married to Bill Clinton? Is she truly the most experienced in the field of candidates? Did she accomplish, specifically, alot when she was First Lady or NY Senator?

    In Hillary's mind she knew she would win Iowa back in September 2007. Her polls numbers show that. Hillary led in nearly every Iowa poll up until her poor Philadelphia debate performance in October 2007. Then came the follow-up damage from negative comments from her campaign staff and Bill Clinton about Obama that was supposed to be damage control for Hillary's poor debate performance. As the poll margins between her and Obama narrowed, Hillary's campaign tried to play underdog, first with Bill Clinton's interview comment about "Hillary winning in Iowa would be a miracle".

    And Hillary claims she has enough time. For what? To copy themes from Obama's and Edward's campaign? The interesting question will be what spin will the Clintons roll out in less than 3 days.

    OBAMA in '08!

    January 4, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  4. S. Holt

    Experience? What experience? Did you know Mrs. Clinton was originally a Republican? She's been first lady and a senator in New York. Obama is a candidate to take seriously. He has universal appeal. He will go all the way. It is time for a change 'for the people.'

    January 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  5. B.J. Bower

    I agree with Melissa. And yes, the economy was great under President Clinton. It's a far cry from that now. In the past few hours I have formed some new opinions and no, we don't want Obama in the White House practicing to be President. Doctors practice medicine....there's no room for an individual to practice being President. Edwards does talk out of both sides of his mouth and his head bobs up and down like doll on someone's dashboard. I think Mrs. Clinton has been upstaged a few times by Bill, but it's refreshing to see him. She has a marvelous mind and I respect her to the core. She maintains elegant composure. She is spiritual, forgiving, and knows how to "move on" - and in the long haul she will withstand the pressure today as the Presdent of our great Nation. Go Hillary.

    January 4, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  6. ACE

    To Real People: As a Black woman I am ashamed that a fellow Black woman would write something as ignorant as what you've written for all eyes to see.

    1. Obama isn't a flip-flopper, you've got the wrong candidate.
    2. Michelle Obama does not have cancer, again, you've got the wrong candidate.
    3. A Black man doesn't have to be raised by his Black father in order to understand the experience of African-Americans – millions of Black children are growing up without their fathers and they seem to have no problem identifying with Black people.
    4. "Grandparents" is one word.

    Get your facts straight, Sista. If you're going to vote for someone at least know what you're talking about.

    January 5, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  7. Jan - Clinton Divorce Soon

    Hillary I think Bill will find a new wife within 12 months.

    Hillary is out of it, her the Clintons are an embarassement to America they fly around and run the USA down oh we did't sign Kyotio Protocol, we should never of went to war etc etc....

    If they loved America as much as they loved the job and attention she would not be out of it.

    She out of it, America sent her a message in Iowa NO

    Rudy is out of it to, he cvan hed back to the hospital for another prostate exam.

    January 5, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  8. Not - Following Hillary

    Hillary is ready to lead, she is so ready to lead.

    America is not ready to follow.

    Your green scraves are a joke

    January 5, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  9. Sundar

    Yay! 24-28 years straight of Clinton/Bush presidencies...Seriously, when did we as Americans decide that we'd rather have royalty presiding over us instead of a true democracy. All this talk about "experience" is ridiculous. No one really has experience or the preparedness to be President unless they are running for their second term. And even then (GWB) it isn't true. Give me the man/woman who is green and has the courage to take on something they could never comprehend than the old "been there, done that" type who will not do anything but look better than Georgey Pourgey.

    January 5, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  10. melody, Snohomish, wa

    obama sounded like john edwards this am. i wonder why??? hillary is smarter than all of them put together. GO HILLARY GO !!!!!

    January 5, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  11. TOM


    January 5, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  12. Rob

    Watch other news and you will see that they are booing Hillary in New Hampshire.

    January 5, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  13. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX

    Sen. Hillary Clinton went on the counterattack today, one day after a stinging defeat in the Iowa caucuses to Illinois Sen. Barack Hussein Obama.
    She said New Hampshire voters need to take a hard look at Obama, suggesting that they shouldn't just buy into his message of "hope" without analyzing his policies.
    Sen. Hillary Clinton said she wasn't suggesting anything in particular about Obama, but simply "drawing contrasts."
    "I'm running on my record. … I'm running on my plans," Sen. Hillary Clinton told reporters. "I think everybody needs to be vetted and tested. That's the way elections are supposed to operate. The last thing the Democrats need is to just move quickly through this process."
    While the senator was vague, her campaign pointed out to ABC News examples of Obama's liberal positions, including his 2004 statement to abolish mandatory minimum sentences for federal crimes. They also pointed out a statement Obama made in 2003 that he was "a proponent of a single payer health care program," which he no longer seems to support today.
    Clinton said voters need to ask Obama more questions about his health-care plan to find out "where he stands."
    She also played off Obama's call offering America "hope."
    "We need a president who will actually deliver change," she said. "It is critical that we build confidence in our country. We can't have false hopes. We've got to have a person who can walk into the Oval Office on day one and start doing the hard work that it takes to deliver change. And I believe I'm that person."
    "I'm not doing this as an exercise," Sen. Hillary Clinton said.
    Asked what she meant when she said earlier to a crowd in Nashua, N.H., that all of the vetting and investigations of her record had found her "most innocent," Clinton simply said: "I think I come into this race tested and proven and ready to take on the Republicans no matter what they send my way."
    As for losing Iowa, she discounted the impact. "Iowa doesn't have the best track record in determining who the party nominates," Sen. Hillary Clinton said. She offered several explanations for the loss.
    "I was never a front-runner of any significance in Iowa. I knew it had a lot of difficulties that were there in terms of my candidacy," she argued, perhaps referring to being the only female candidate in the race. "I knew it was always gonna be hard for me."
    She admitted that her campaign lost support among younger Iowans.
    "I think there was a huge turnout," Clinton said. "I did very very well with people over 45, and I didn't do as well with people under 30 and I take responsibility for that."
    Sen. Hillary Clinton also faulted the caucus system for some of her troubles. She said that New Hampshire's primary vote would be more favorable for her since working voters have all day to show up and vote and don't have to arrive at a specific time required in Iowa under its unique caucus system.
    In New Hampshire, Sen. Hillary Clinton explained, "you're not disenfranchised if you work at night. You're not disenfranchised if you're not in the state."
    "This is a new day. This is a new state," Sen. Hillary Clinton said.
    Former President Bill Clinton rallied to his wife's side today, saying Hillary's disappointing third-place finish in Iowa was not a fatal blow. He predicted that she can be the "comeback kid" just like he was. "Absolutely," he told ABC News at a campaign event for his wife.
    "Remember I lost here," he added, referring to his New Hampshire loss to Paul Tsongas in 1992 . Hillary Clinton finished in third place in Iowa getting 30 percent of the vote. She was edged out of a second-place finish by former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards.
    The former president stressed that early losses can be overcome. He then quickly listed off his other losses from memory: "South Dakota, Maine, Maryland, Colorado, before I ever won a state," he said.
    He said his wife is in better position in New Hampshire then he was. "She's got a better profile here. They know more about her now than they did about me then. And I think she'll be fine. We just get out and go"
    As much as she talked up how much fun it was to get to know Iowa, Hillary Clinton never really felt at home among the cornfields.
    New Hampshire is more Sen. Hillary Clinton's style. She and Bill have old friends here. They know their way around its winding roads and quaint colonial towns.
    The New York senator lands in New Hampshire with a weight on her shoulders. Will she be able to persuade voters here to do what Iowans did not? Will another loss in New Hampshire be fatal for her campaign? Or can they — as campaign officials continue to insist — win the nomination without the help of Iowa or New Hampshire if it comes down to that?
    Trying to put a positive face on what was clearly not a good night, Clinton addressed supporters in a ballroom of the Fort Des Moines hotel Thursday night. As she entered, flanked by her husband and daughter, the crowd broke into a chant of "Hillary Hillary!"
    "We're gonna take this enthusiasm and go right to New Hampshire!" Clinton yelled.
    But just moments before Clinton's arrival, those supporters had been outside at the open bar, watching somberly as Barack Obama was projected the winner on big screen televisions. They nursed drinks and frowned.
    Clinton tried to frame her loss in Iowa as a turning point for Democrats.
    "This is a great night for Democrats," she said. "We have seen unprecedented turnout here in Iowa and that is good news because today we are sending a clear message that we are going to have change. And that change will be a Democratic president in the White House in 2009."
    She congratulated rivals Obama and John Edwards and thanked the others in the field.
    "Together we have presented the case for change and made it absolutely clear that America needs a new beginning," Clinton said, using one of the key lines from her closing argument in Iowa.
    But Iowa voters chose Obama as the candidate who best represents change. And Clinton may need to find another argument.
    Thursday night she argued that she is the candidate who is electable and who has the experience to be president.
    "What is most important now is that as we go on with this contest that we keep focused on two issues, that we answer correctly the question that each of us has posed: how will we win in November 2008 and who will be the best president on day one? I am ready for that contest!"
    As upbeat as Sen. Hillary Clinton tried to be, there was clearly disappointment among her staff and supporters.
    One of the biggest disappointments was the number of women voters who did not stick with the only female candidate in the race, and voted for Obama instead.
    Sen. Obama beat Sen. Hillary Clinton among women voters in Iowa — garnering 35 percent of the female vote to her 30 percent.
    Sen. Hillary Clinton's Iowa campaign had been banking on support from women, particularly older women. The senator made a strong pitch to women — talking about women's rights and repeatedly telling the story of little girls who would be inspired by her example and hope to be president one day.
    Her campaign ran ads featuring Sen. Hillary Clinton's daughter and mother. They trotted out old friends who talked about Clinton's warmth and caring.
    Ellen Malcolm, the founder of Emily's List and a Sen. Hillary Clinton supporter who stood on stage with her in Des Moines, said Sen. Hillary Clinton may have been hurt because older women could not make it to the caucus sites. Younger, working-class women may have been working and unable to attend.
    The Clinton campaign is hoping it will have better luck in New Hampshire and the 24 states that vote Super Tuesday, Feb. 5.
    Sen. Hillary Clinton proclaimed herself "confident and optimistic."
    "You know we have always planned to run a national campaign all the way through the early contests," Sen. Hillary Clinton said at one point on stage in Des Moines.
    Still, it would have been nice to land in New Hampshire this morning with a victory under her belt … instead of a loss.

    Go Hillary44 08! http://hillaryis44.org/ http://facts.hillaryhub.com/ http://www.hillaryhub.com/
    For a little election snapshot: http://uselectionatlas.org/2008.php

    January 5, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  14. Gem

    Under Bill Clinton our country have TRILLION DOLLAR SURPLUS and Bill is one of only 2 US President who were able to balance the budget. I hope Hillary will be the 3rd.

    It's expected that she will not win in Iowa and the reason why one staff mentioned to skip the state. But look ( at the numbers) how close the race was. I think she did good.

    January 5, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  15. tom from Seattle

    National unity ticket...Obama and hagel

    January 5, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  16. Les

    Hillary will be the nominee for the Democratic, the governor of NJ endorsed her months ago, the endorsement of Corzine was not just an endorsement but a vote from one of the superdelegates.

    Obama spent $10 million to get 16 delegates from Iowa, Hillary spent $6.5 million for 15 delegates, Edward spent $3.million for 14 delegates.

    What made obama win yesterday in Iowa was the SECOND CHANCE VOTE, majority from supporters of Richardson and Kucinich. If people can vote only once in Iowa during their caucus, winner was the winner.

    Frankly a lot of lifelong democrats I know already made a decision if Obama is the nominee for the democratic party they'll vote republican, I'll vote republican too if Obama is the nominee.

    ANY of the republican candidates is WAY MUCH BETTER than Obama. The young people who caucus for Obama was hoodwinked by his empty hopes and dreams. He even had caravans of buses from Illinois hauling college students to caucus for him in Iowa.......jesus!

    I've never heard anything like it. This man is so desperate!

    January 5, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  17. Ginny CA

    Calilfornia is Hillary country! We love her and realize she is our best hope to take the White House in 2008, We know she's a hard worker and wise enough, dedicated enough, experienced enough, and strong enough to get the job done, and done right!

    January 5, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  18. Les

    Hillary will be the nominee for the Democratic, the governor of NJ endorsed her months ago, the endorsement of Corzine was not just an endorsement but a vote from one of the superdelegates.

    Obama spent $10 million to get 16 delegates from Iowa, Hillary spent $6.5 million for 15 delegates, Edward spent $3.million for 14 delegates.

    What made obama win yesterday in Iowa was the SECOND CHANCE VOTE, majority from supporters of Richardson and Kucinich. If people can vote only once in Iowa during their caucus, Hillary was the winner.

    Frankly a lot of lifelong democrats I know already made a decision if Obama is the nominee for the democratic party they'll vote republican, I'll vote republican too if Obama is the nominee.

    ANY of the republican candidates is WAY MUCH BETTER than Obama. The young people who caucus for Obama was hoodwinked by his empty hopes and dreams. He even had caravans of buses from Illinois hauling college students to caucus for him in Iowa…….jesus!

    I've never heard anything like it. This man is so desperate!

    The Last democratic President that won in Iowa caucus and become President was JIMMY CARTER

    Reagan, Bush Sr and Clinton did NOT win in Iowa but became Presidents. I am glad Hillary did not win Iowa, that state is a jinx for democrats.

    January 5, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  19. Liz


    I wonder why Bill Clinton did not pardon Norman Hsu, who was convicted in 1992.
    Now he is sent to jail for three years. Hillary had to return almost one million dollars of donations to him.

    January 5, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  20. Andreas from Norway

    As an foreigner I really don`t understand how you americans think:

    If Hillary Clinton should become President, you would have a "Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton" line of Presidents. Is name really that important in USA? Would anybody indorse Hillary if she wasnt married to Bill? The same question could be asked about Obama: Would media and Oprah like him if he wasnt black? Would Joe Biden got more media attention if he was black?

    January 5, 2008 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  21. Chris

    There are two major issues that need to be dealt with in the next little while: Foreign Policy and Health Care.

    Foreign Policy: most of the action seems to be taking place in the middle east. Anyone who has spent anytime in the middle east knows that when important decisions are made or when there is any negotiating to be done the women leave the room. How is Hillary going to get anyone to listen to her. Any middle eastern leader who allows himself to be told what to do by a woman is not going to be a leader for long. Hillary will NOT be able to negotiate with potentially adversarial leaders of nations like Syria, Iran etc. You cannot end the fighting by strength of force alone ... you need a strong diplomatic effort backed by the threat of force (remember speak softly and carry a big stick?). This cannot work in the middle east if the person making the veiled threats of force is a woman. Obama on the other hand might just be the one to be able to pull this one off.

    Health Care: She has already tried and failed while Bubba was in power ... she had eight years to work on it and blew it. Do we need to say more ... it's time for someone else to give it a go.

    January 5, 2008 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  22. Sara

    At least Hillary didn't scream after her speech in IA. That certainly would have spelled doom. Or is that spelled d-e-a-n? *shrug*

    As for what Iowa means, who knows? But I can't imagine Mike Huckabee making it any further than the bible belt states. Seems like all you need to do is say you found God and that man will grant you a pardon.

    "Governor, I killed my wife and kids, but you know what happend t'other day? I looked in my mailbox and found God."

    "Pardoned. Go with your mailbox Christ, my son."

    We should all just shut up and vote.

    January 5, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  23. kathleen m

    Hillary, stay with it just because of a hair style jerk hood winked some frozen popcicles in Iowa doesnt mean alls lost i dont like a fake and mr edwards is just that i sit everyday in a wheelchair from a disease that is destroying my spinal nevres, i have just be notififed that i can recieve social security but i have to pay back my former employer 25,000.00 for the disability payments they gave me hmmm whats edwards got to say about that

    January 5, 2008 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  24. Kurt Werner

    Iowa really disappoints me. Hopefully, New Hampshire and the rest of the U.S.A will have more common sense that Obama might have a good message, but he just doesn't have, yes I'll say it, the experience to do ANY of the things he says he'll do. Especially when it comes down to foreign policy. Clinton is the only one domestically (congress, etc) and internationally will respect.

    January 5, 2008 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  25. Joseph Johnson NC

    The media is always trying to make Hillary look bad. The only bad that comes out of this is the media itself. From the information that I know about Hillary Clinton, it seems that not only is she qualified to be president, but she is a great woman. Not only will she bring change to the government and lives of every American. She will unite our country again and allow us to recover the conversation that we once had around the world. Not only will she accomplish this, but she will provide our children with the necessary healthcare and environmental safeguards, that will allow future generations the opportunity to enjoy. So when you go out to your caucus and vote, think to yourself, who really knows what you need and how to get it done? I ask of you to do this one thing and vote with the thought of not only yourself in mind, but lives of everyone person you know. Vote Hillary Clinton!

    Apex, NC

    January 5, 2008 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
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