MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Failing to parlay his win in last week's Iowa caucuses to a victory in the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Barack Obama said he was "still fired up and ready to go."
The junior senator from Illinois congratulated Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York for her win and praised "all the candidates in this race" as "patriots who serve this country honorably."
"But the reason our campaign has always been different, the reason we began this improbable journey almost a year ago, is because it's not just about what I will do as president," he said. "It is also about what you, the people who love this country, the citizens of the United States of America, can do to change it. That's what this election is all about."
CNN projected Clinton to win with 72 percent of precincts counted, basing it on reported results, exit polls and other statistical models.
As she had most of the night, Clinton held a 39 percent to 37 percent lead over Obama with 81 percent of the precincts in.
But Obama assailed critics who he said doubted his campaign and said that the record numbers of voters in Iowa and New Hampshire showed that "there is something happening in America."
"You, all of you who are here tonight, all of you who put so much heart and soul and work into this campaign, you can be the new majority who can lead this nation out of a long political darkness," he said. "Democrats, independents and Republicans who are tired of the division and distraction that has clouded Washington."
"For most of this campaign, we were far behind," he said. "We always knew our climb would be steep. But in record numbers, you came out and you spoke up for change."
Obama pledged to end tax breaks for the rich, to "end the outrage of unaffordable and unavailable healthcare" and "end this war in Iraq and bring our troops home."
"We will finish the job against al Qaeda in Afghanistan. We will care for our veterans. We will restore our moral standing in the world, and we will never use 9/11 to scare up votes. 9/11 is not a tactic to win votes, but a challenge to unite America."
Obama also responded to critics who he said cautioned his campaign against offer "false hope."
"In the unlikely story that is America," he said, "there has never been anything false about hope."
And, he said, his response to those naysayers is "one simple creed - yes, we can."
"Yes, we can heal this nation. Yes, we can repair this world. Yes, we can, and so tomorrow as we take the campaign south and west ... we will remember that there is something happening in America, that we are not as divided as our politics suggest, that we are one people and one nation and together we will begin the next great chapter in the story with three words that ring from sea to shining sea - yes, we can."
kj "what" Be the next President, thats " WHAT".
Why do you people have to be so ugly? This is so incredibly juvenile.
Yes, C.Lo, Brad and KJ, goes for all of you regardless of your obvious 'choice' is.
For goodness sake, this is the election of the highest office in this country! Rise above petty comments, indecent comments, and booing. This is not a popularity contest on who is the prettiest, or is your 'buddy' like back in the K-12 classroom. It is not about bullying other people and their political beliefs. It is about a democratic process where we explore the stands, belief and potential of the future candidates.
Respect other people, be it candidates, or your fellow American (world!) citizens. Please!!
I think it should become a catch phrase, "In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope." It is s one of those phrases that will ring in your ears long after you heard them. Obama's narrow loss is in fact a victory against all odds. The important thing now is not to lose hope that yes, WE CAN!
All the news people got it wrong. You all drank the koolaid or were blinded by the Oprah celebrity. MSNBC was worse than CNN but you all still looked like FOX. Instead of jumping on a rock star's wagon and trying to make news, why don't you all go back to what you're supposed to do which is to report the news.
* Hillary Clinton has won 9 New Hampshire delegates (3 statewide, 6 district-level)
* Barack Obama has won 9 New Hampshire delegates (3 statewide, 6 district-level)
How is that for a take on it!! Now who is booing who?
Go Obama Go!
kj my feelings exactly. He always goes to his church voice when he gives a speech. Really gets on my nerves. Even during debates he talks slow and draws out his answers till you want to tell him to talk normal.
barack obama or hillary are unbeatable against republican so why nt cut the crap let one of them go
YES WE CAN!
Read Barack's book and you will know the "what".
Hilary only edged out Barack in this primary there are still many weeks to go, we'll see if the voters get sick of her fake tears and false promises and shaky stands. The country should be ready for a change. The presidential list does NOT need to read Bush, Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, Clinton. We need to move ahead and away from what already has failed time and time again. We believe in you Barack.
It's hard to call what Clinton did in NH a victory considering Obama spilt the delegates evenly. It's also hard to call another "Clinton" presidency a "change" since our country was already subjected to 8 years of Clintons in the White House.
Our country is ready for some major change and somehow we must shape the Clinton-Obama camps into one! I am for Hillary but recognize Obama has much to offer. With a future eye on the top spot, he could bring the United Nations into it's true place keeping world peace as our ambassador! Now when we can use a super team!
"Clinton Allies May Dump Millions Into Anti-Obama Group"
Cathy, I hope you're not serious. What's with the spin on the independents thinking Obama had the thing set? I know the independent voters in NH are smart people and made decisions on who they wanted to vote for because of their own political reasons. Is the Obama campaign depending on the independent voters? Should his message not resound with his democratw voting in the primaries if it is true and convincing? You know and most people by now are beginning to see and know that we all love to see good looking people who can give beautiful speeches but they have to include issues that are important. Without that, intelligent and well learned people will most likely just listen, take pictures, hang out and enter a voting booth and vote based on the issues. Isn't that what the voters in NH said swayed them?
Get ready, this is just started!
If hillary wins, the democratic party loose my vote. something for howard dean to think about
i have never donate to republican in my life, but if hillary wins the primaries. i am given the republican party $ 2300 to beat her.
Obama for Ambasador to UN, Clinton for President!
Hillary is old, her speeches are old and she does not fool me! Bill can't save her nor her fake tears! She is so "Washington corrupt" its not funny and how sad the people of NH could not see through it all!
As for CNN, they did the right thing, they waited!
I am totally not surprised. Itt reminds me of Douglas Wilder and the polls. White folks lied in public, went behind the curtain and showed their status quo, racist fears. If Hilary wins the nomination, for the firs time I will vote Republican.
I am Democratic inclined... i don't mind who gets the Presidency as long he/she
is a Democrat.....
I Think it was a draw in NH....remember AL GORE and Bush more people voted
for Gore but never got the Presidency.......so I m still putting my money on OBAMA.
I agree that as an independent supporting Obama, it would have been a tough call for independents. Sorry but Mitt Romney? God help us. I'm happy they went with McCain though I'd have loved to see Obama win agian. He came close.
Barrack is gonna make a great vice president on an Edwards/Obama ticket...while Hillary is re-elected to the Senate...she'll have plenty of money and sympathy to pull that off.
Let's see if she can work with them to help deconstruct the biased corporate-run campaign finance and primary campaign mechanism. Elongating the primary campaign season this time out should signal to anyone listening that the two apex parties have gone way too far in marginalizing other voices from our so called pluralist system.
We can only hope that Ron Paul makes the republicans pay when he launches a third party bid and Edwards proves to the democrats that money can not buy a primary election in the 21st century. And they will do this thanks in part to the two corrupt parties that safe to say must answer for creating the environment for global warming and then need to fight the war on terror.
And now we descend below the Mason-Dixie line...let us see how Obama and Hillary wilt in their first true test of viability. They will be in Edwards' home turf now.