January 7th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton gets emotional at New Hampshire stop

Watch Obama react to Bhutto's death

Watch Clinton get emotional at a New Hampshire stop Monday.

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (CNN) - Hillary Clinton became visibly emotional at a New Hampshire campaign event today after a friendly question from a voter.

At the close of a Portsmouth campaign stop, Marianne Pernold-Young, 64, asked Clinton: "How do you do it? How do you keep up... and who does your hair?"

Clinton began noting that she had help with her hair on "special days," and that she drew criticism on the days she did not. Then she added: "It's not easy, and I couldn't do it if I just didn't, you know, passionately believe it was the right thing to do.

"You know, I have so many opportunities from this country, I just don't want to see us fall backwards," she said, her voice breaking a bit. The audience applauded.

"This is very personal for me, it's not just political, it's [that] I see what's happening, we have to reverse it," she said emotionally, adding that some "just put ourselves out there and do this against some pretty difficult odds.

"But some of us are right and some of us are wrong. Some of us ready and some of us are not. Some of us know what we will do on day one, and some of us really haven't thought that through enough...

"So as tired as I am - and I am. And as difficult as it is to try and keep up what I try to do on the road, like occasionally exercise and try to eat right - it's tough when the easiest food is pizza - I just believe so strongly in who we are as a nation. So I'm gonna do everything I can and make my case and you know the voters get to decide."

The New York senator is under pressure after some weekend surveys showed opponent Barack Obama with a sudden double-digit edge, with less than a day to go until the New Hampshire primary.

At a New Hampshire campaign event, presidential rival John Edwards told reporters he was unaware of Clinton's emotional reaction and would not respond to it, but added, according to CNN's Dugald McDonnell: "I think what we need in a commander in chief is strength and resolve, and presidential campaigns are a tough business, but being President of the United States is also a very tough business. And the President of the United States is faced with very, very difficult challenges every single day, difficult judgments every single day."

– CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • New Hampshire
soundoff (926 Responses)
  1. David

    WAHHH!

    This is not a presidental thing to do. A president must stand strong when asked about his/her hair. One cannot faulter under the stress of "Who does your hair?". I'm sorry Hillary, but you will not get this election. It will be won be new blood to the White House.

    Obama/Edwards '08
    Ron Paul '08

    I'll go for either of those.

    January 7, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Ginny, Ca

    Hillary showed a moment of genuine emotion. She didn't cry, weep, or boo-hoo as some of you Hillary-haters lied. The article said she anwered the question "with her voice breaking a bit". She has been working tirelessly, with 3 to 4 hours of sleep for weeks, as have all the candidates, so she's entitled to let her voice "break a bit" when someone asks a kind, personal, non-political question. Forget it, you misguided Obama supporters, she's not on her way down or out. She's strong and resilient, thank God, and outclasses your little boy in intelligence, accomplishments, decency, domestic and foreign relations experience, dedication, and the know-how to get things done for America and its people. She has run a clean, positive campaign and remained tough and honest throughout, in spite of personal attacks from Obama, the real cry-baby in all of this. She simply showed her human side this morning, and now you're distorting it and using your distortions to slam her.

    If you want to understand weakness, just look at your boy. You'll see a candidate who is really great at giving canned speeches but can't answer a single question from the audience or his opponents without stammering around, before finally stuttering out an incomprehesible, disjointed answer that really doesn't tell anything about his policies. It's amazing when we point out this particular weakness of his, you all tell us to go to his website to read up on his policies. I would suggest that Obama do the same thing. Maybe then he could give a square answer about "his" policies that someone else devised for him.

    And by the way, all of you who say Clinton is showing desperation. . .why would she be desperate? She's leading Obama in national delegates (the ones that really count) 56% to 22%. I'd say that's a good start for her.

    January 7, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Chris

    You people are heartless.

    You should try politics for just one minute.

    January 7, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Elaine

    Adam, New York – I could not have said it better. Women can't win!

    Kudo's to the lady who had the touch to go personal with Hillary and ask an of the cuff/wall queston "who does your hair?". It was the question she needed to hear to break the emotional roller coaster she and all candidates are on.

    Women will show they care and act on it, there lies the difference. That is the "Change we need".

    January 7, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. JoR

    I agree with parforthecourse. Women need to wake up and see the what is going on with the sexism in this country. How men are so disrespectful of Hillary? It is, however, good to see there are a few men on this discussion board that support her. You don't see the same type of negative comments directed to the male candidates as you see with her. Men, if you have daughters, be sure to tell your daughters YOU don't believe they are good enough to be a president because that it what you are telling all of us.

    I was so repulsed by Obama and Edwards on how they double-teamed her and how Richardson try to present her as being the stereotypical negative"b." They looked like they (Obama, Edwards & Richardson) got together to decide a stategy to get Clinton out of the race. Well, they lost my respect! And, I hate to see another Republican in office. They made a total mess of this country!

    January 7, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Phil Greene, Houston Texas

    Turn on the tears. That will win it for sure. It is the oldest female ploy in the World.

    January 7, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Jake

    Not only did Obama refuse to hold the Bible; he refused to wear an American Flag pin on his lapel... hmmm.....

    January 7, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. pam Eugene OR

    REAL Presidents don't cry Hillary...especially about their hair for God sakes. I do have some empathy for her but this is over the top. Tears when "your good friend" Bhuto was murdered ,yes but not because you are worried about your hair.
    Just try being who you really are. I hope you remember who you were so you can put your real self back together.
    I don't want to see you get elected but I don't like this type of attack on you either. Let's all stick to the issues and be real!
    Obama 08

    January 7, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. parforthecourse

    Has Obama really missed 83% of the votes in the Senate! Oh my gosh! Where can i check that?

    January 7, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Andrew

    Steve, Landing, NJ:

    Experience for Sen. Clinton?

    illary is not taking credit for Bill's presidency, and I'm getting tired of Obama groupies and Hillary-haters spouting off over-simplified lies like that. She was a very involved part of Bill's presidency, which is part of the experience she is talking about in that case. As they tell it, she was a part of Bill's discussion and decision making process. How can you say she wasn't? Were you in the White House?

    As for the rest of her experience (not in chronological order):
    *Working (successfully) to reform education standards in Arkansas among other things (Arkansas Educational Standards Committee)

    *Working for the Children's Defense Fund

    *Worked as a consultant to the Carnegie Council on Children

    *Pro bono work for child advocacy

    *Co-founder of the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

    *appointed by Jimmy Carter as a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation (and was the first woman to serve as the chair)

    *Appointed chair of the Rural Health Advisory Committee in Arkansas

    *Introduced the Arkansas' Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth
*Politically involved when she was younger (kinda general, i know)

    *Working at her college even to more fully integrate African-Americans into it,
*Battling against Conservatives and the special interest groups to try and institute universal health-care

    *She successfully sought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and childhood asthma at the National Institutes of Health.

    *With Janet Reno, Clinton helped create the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice.

    *In her second term in the Senate

    *Was a integral part of the creation of SCHIP and The Adoption and Safe Families Act,

    *Helped lead the way to get National Guardsmen healthcare

    *Served on Five Senate sub-committees: Committee on Budget, Committee on Armed Services, Committee on Environment and Public Works, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Special Committee on Aging.

    * A Commissioner of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

    * Took a leading role in investigating the health issues faced by 9/11 first responders

    *Co-introduced legislation to increase the size of the regular United States Army by 80,000 soldiers to ease the strain on forces

    And there's more. I think it's safe to say Hillary Clinton has worked very hard to make people's lives better and to make quality change for many in our country.

    In researching, I have yet to find much substantive info on Obama's work. I've seen that he lectured at a college and was active in his community. He represented community organizers, discrimination claims, and voting rights cases. And he directed a voter registration drive. Oh, and he's made it illegal for Lobbyists to have lunch with senators, if they're sitting down. He has also sponsored some bills in the Senate, some of which have passed, others not.

    Somehow, that all seems kinda dwarfed by Hillary's list of work.

    Who has the track record of being a leader and bringing about huge change?

    Hillary Clinton.

    January 7, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. JD

    This just in from Reuters:

    At a campaign event in Portsmouth, Clinton choked up and grew uncharacteristically emotional as she talked about her reasons for seeking the presidency in the November election.

    "Some of us put ourselves out there and do this," she said, her voice breaking and her eyes glistening with tears, "against some pretty difficult odds and we do it each one of us because we care about our country."

    "But some of us are right and some of us are wrong," she said in a hesitant, quaking voice. "Some of us are ready and some of us are not."

    The incident resurrected memories of former Maine Sen. Edmund Muskie's tears during the 1972 New Hampshire campaign, credited with helping to bring down his front-running bid.

    What's really going on:

    BOO! HOO! HOO! I'm a crybaby and you all aren't letting me be President! After all the money I've spent, I deserve to be President! BOO! HOO! HOO! It's not fair!

    January 7, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Kandi Beaman

    Right on Robert. What a hoax!! Now, all of a sudden this is "personal" for her? Hilary's hard-line doomsday comments directed toward Obama and Edwards didn't work; her claims to 35 years of experience isn't working anymore, her negative ads don't work. She can't use her philandering husband as a trump card because most of those taking a stand for change don't remember the Clinton years, and the rest of us are sick of "status-quo". We are all just fed up with the same old faces, different day, same result type of politics. She's polarizing, always has been, and she couldn't win a general election even if she were still commanding the "inevitable" votes. The ship is starting to sink because guess what? We found someone we could actually believe in, not something we "inevitably" had to accept – like working day in and day out to barely make it, like oil companies gouging us, like insurance companies dictating who lives and who dies, like candidates selling themselves to the highest bidder.....it goes on and on. Well, now there is hope. The kind of hope that happened during the years of Abraham Lincoln; the kind of hope that led Teddy Roosevelt and the PEOPLE of the UNITED States of America; the kind of hope that existed with and for John and Robert Kennedy; the kind of hope that exuded with Martin Luther King Jr.; the kind of hope that empowers people to believe again that they can actually be a part of the process which was developed to protect and propel them, not to throw them out to the dogs while the dictators of our future started emerging as companies willing to sacrifice us for their greedy and enormous profits and the lawmakers & politicians who accepted these corporations' money. Move over Hilary, HOPE has emerged and it is sweeping the country. We don't believe your tears on cue, we don't believe your accusations and we don't believe we "have to accept inevitability" anymore. Go Barak! Go John! Thank you for actually caring about the people again and giving us hope we can walk hand in hand with you to work toward common goals! Go America! We are back! It will take a while to mend this broken nation and it's tired broken political machine, but we are headed toward, finally, having the right people in place to get it done!

    January 7, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. John, Washington DC

    Is she going to cry in office everytime she feels she's not on top of things? Do you think the Bay of Pigs incident would have turned out differently if JFK started crying?

    January 7, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Uba

    Why is everybody trashing Hilary!!! This is woman is real! Just Kidding. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. Dee - Miami, Fla.

    WELL, ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THAT I AM VOTING FOR HILLARY; AND SO IS
    EVERYBODY I KNOW (THAT'S A LOT OF PEOPLE). I FIND IT VERY INTEREST-
    ING HOW PRIMAL IT SEEMS TO BE TO KEEP ON ATTACK ING HER FOR THE
    MOST STUPID REASONS. I JUST DO NOT THINK
    THAT MEN WANT TO TURN THEIR POWER OVER TO A WOMAN. PERIOD.
    IT IS A REAL SHAME. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU MALE CHAUVINISTS. READING
    THESE COMMENTS AND LISTENING TO SOME OF THE UNBELIEVABLE
    JUNK ON TV HAS BEEN REAL ENLIGHTENING ABOUT HOW THIS COUNTRY
    TREATS ITS' FIRST SERIOUS FEMALE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.

    I ALSO NOTICED THAT YOU ARE NOT POSTING ALL OF THE COMMENTS....
    HOW CONVENIENT. I WISH YOU MEDIA JOCKEYS WOULD STOP TRYING TO
    INFLUENCE THE WAY PEOPLE THINK IN THIS ELECTION PROCESS. YOU
    ARE SUPPOSED TO BE REPORTING......NOT BENDING AND SPINNING. OH,
    AND I DON'T BELIEVE ANY OF YOUR POLLS EITHER. EVERYONE I TALK
    TO IS FOR HILLARY! NO ONE HAS EVER CALLED ME UP IN MY WHOLE LIFE
    TO ASK WHO I AM GOING TO VOTE FOR. WHO ARE THESE POLLSTERS
    CALLING? THEY MUST BE CALLING THE WHITE HOUSE LOL!

    January 7, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Nando, Florida

    This is why the Democrats are always looked at as weak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. JEN

    EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT MRS.CLINTON IS SMART AND SHE IS THE RIGHT NEXT PRESIDENT OF THIS POWERFUL COUNTRY AND WITH THE HELP OF MR.CLINTON AM SURE SHE WILL RUN THIS COUNTRY GOOD AND YOU CAN SEE ALL THE SACRIFICES SHE DID,SHE TAKES THIS COUNTRY SO PERSONAL NOT UNLIKE THE REST OF THE CANDIDATES WHO ARE JUST FOR SHOW AND TALKS.LET HER BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT SHE MAYBE A FEMALE BUT WHAT HAS THE GENDER HAVE TO DO WITH BEING SMART. JUST LOOK AT HER DAUGHTER. SHE CAME OUT SMART AND DISCPLINED WHICH JUST REFLECTS ON HOW MR AND MRS CLINTON RAISED HER WHICH TELLS A LOT THAT SHE WILL BE A GOOD PRESIDENT.THE CLINTONS ARE THE BEST ONES TO REPRESENT THE USA IN BRAINS,COURAGE,STRENGHT AND FEARLESS.

    January 7, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Jay, NH

    This was a response to a simple question at a nice little luncheon. Hardly a stressful moment. What will happen when there is a high stress moment? Human, yes, Presidential, no.

    January 7, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Mark, Toronto Ontario

    What years of experience does Hillary have?..in the Senate, okay. As First Lady, doesn't count..even though everybody else (including Hillary) seems to be counting it..

    For those afraid to have Obama as the Democratic nominee because he will be "swift-boated" misses the point that those kind of politics of hate and ignorance are becoming a thing of the past...voters are now starting to see through that thankfully.

    For people to say that Obama lacks experience could have been also said about Bill Clinton in 1992.

    For person to vote Republican (like Rudy or McCain) instead of Obama can expect to see the American troops to stay in Iraq, quagmired in a trillion dollar war that should be fought in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

    Hillary as the nominee would poloarize the Republican base to vote against her...with Obama as the nominee, he would bring in Republican and Independent votes. (see "Republicans worried about Obama" in the Ticker).

    January 7, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. JD

    I guarantee if John Edward thought a few tears would bring him votes he would be crying on every street corner and Obama too for that matter. I don't think he could manage any tears considering how angry(everything is deeply personal to me) he is and besides he's to busy aligning himself as Mr. Change with Barrack.

    January 7, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Andrea Las Vegas

    I support Hillary & as someone who has seen her on the campaign visits, I believe she is genuinely sincere about her desires to make the United States a better place for ALL Americans, regardless of Color or sexual orientation.
    Please attend a campaign function for OBAMA & then post your opinion.
    So many of you are obviously afraid of the first woman President.

    January 7, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Isaac T. Settro

    Hillary we need to see that emotional side of u because we believe that u care deeply for America and we love and will take u all the way to super Tuesday and u will be the come back girlie....Go Hillary and and dont' be discourage.. We love uuuu

    January 7, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Charles

    And she's right. I can’t beleive that american people might vote in majority for two demagoges who don’t have anything substantial under their belt except great speeches. Not that I against speeches, but they do not create jobs (except jobs for speechwriters), attracts friends or scary enemies. Word “change” became a mantra but, rephrasing the old proverb, even if you say “change” a hundred times, nothing will happen. Are these voters the same people who wanted to send a message in 2000 and voted for ultraleft Nader just to get ultraright Bush to the White House? Are they the same people who answer that Clinton is the best prepared to be president and deal with multiple issues facing the nations, but – guess what? They like Obama more so they vote for him? Do we EVER LEARN anything?

    Obama and Edwards will never get elected as they too much to the left, but if they do, it’d be no better than Bush’s administration, just on the opposite part of the spectrum. And as Clinton said today – IT IS not a game, it is about our future and future of our kids. And I’m scared to trust this future to Obama.

    January 7, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. parforthecourse

    LADIES:

    kEEP TALKING

    KEEP TALKING

    KEEP TALKING

    DEMAND RESPECT
    DEMAND RESPECT

    DO NOT LET THE VOICES OF THE "MALE DOMINATED MEDIA" DISRESPECT MRS. CLINTON

    DO IT FOR YOUR DAUGHTERS

    DEMAND RESPECT FOR A WOMAN WHO IS EXERCISING HER RIGHT TO RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY.

    DEMAND RESPECT FOR A WOMAN WHO IS EXERCISING HER RIGHT TO RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY.

    DEMAND IT NOW....

    DO IT FOR THE YOUNG WOMEN OF THE WORLD. I KNOW YOU, LIKE ME, AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN, CAN TELL STORY AFTER STORY ABOUT DISRESPECT.

    IF YOU DO NOT LIKE HER, DO NOT VOTE FOR HER...BUT RESPECT HER RIGHT TO RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY AND TREAT HER FAIRLY

    January 7, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Jason, Chicago, IL

    Give it up Dee. It has nothing to do with her being a woman, it has to do with her being a leader. I look at her the same as I'd look at a man. I'd be equally turned off if a man cried in that scenario.

    I'm not voting for Obama because he's a man, I'm voting for him because I think he's the best qualified to lead the nation. I think that Sen. Clinton is yesterday's news, a reminder of a very divisive time in American politics that has run through the Bush years. It's time to get past all of these things for the better of the country. If Sen. Clinton is the candidate, she will only unite the Republicans in their resolve to defeat her. We will then have a Republican as President and remain in big trouble.

    Change is not Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, Clinton. It is not merely change because you played the gender card. Change is when you can unite a working majority of the country and LEAD them to change. I'm sorry, her "experience" shows she is incapable of this.

    January 7, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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