January 9th, 2008
09:49 AM ET
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Clinton: 'I believed I had a good chance'

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(CNN) - Democrat Hillary Clinton discussed her surprise victory in New Hampshire Tuesday night on CNN's American Morning.


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  1. Rebecca

    Why doesn't someone do a poll today and see how many people actually voted for Hillary?
    I want John McCain to win in November, so I should be happy for the Hillary "victory." I think if the election were fair, she would be much easier to beat than Obama. However, I don't trust that an election is ever fair if the Clintons are involved.

    January 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    She believed she would win? She was talking bad about NH and how it was the long haul yesterday!

    They had given up on this and won by a Tear and a Willy. In this speech she goes back to the ME ME ME. Didn't she find her voice? I think she better start crying if she wants to keep winning.

    January 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. ELIZABETH 7

    HILLARY SAYS SHE BELIEVES SHE HAD A GO. I DO BELIEVE THAT, IF SHE DID WHY SHE HAVE HER HUSBANB SAYING THINGS ABOUT BARRACK OBBAMA A THE LAST MINUTES. TO HELP SWAY PEOPLES VOTE TOWARD HER.. IF HILLARY SAYS SHES THE ONE, WHY DOES SHE NEEDS TO ATTACK PEOPLE,WHY NOT STAND OWN WHAT GOING TO DO , WHY DOES BILL CLINTON GET TO SAY THINGS TO HELP HIS WIFE.BUT OPRAH SAYS A FEW THINGS,AND PEOPLE GET UPSET. HILLARY CARE ABOUT HER HUSBAND,BUT DOES'NT LOVE HIM LIKE AWIFE SHOULD, SHE FEELS HE IS A ASSET,HOW WOULD IT LOOK TO BE DIVORCE,AND TRYING TO RUN FOR THE PRESIDENT.. BARRACK AND HIS WIFE ARE EXSAMPLES OF WHAT REAL MARRIAGE IS ABOUT

    January 9, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. esther

    It's amazing. There is no pleasing some people. Senator Clinton can't win can she? Whatever she does is wrong, according to her critics. She acts strong in the face of all the negativity swirling around her since she declared her candidacy and she is call unfeeling, inhuman, arrogant and and many other such names. Then for once, in an unguarded moment, she lets her emotion seep through the iron band which she must need to hold it all together and what happens? She gets called worst names and is then accused of using those same feelings she has been accused of not having to win support. And not only that, but now, her winning the NH primary is being attributed to those feelings.
    I wonder how many people know that they insult on only her integrity, but those of the people of NH-men, women, young or old-who really listened to her message and believed her. What the nay-sayers are saying here is that more than 100 thousand people in NH who voted for her are gullible and stupid. This includes the news media who had already written her off and had already crowned her rival-and I thought America did not believe in soverignty. I wonder if this is what we will hear everytime she wins other primaries-and make no mistake, she will win others because there are actually many people out there who believe that she is the best chance we have to see real change in this country.
    Anybody who blames the Clintons for the condition this country has been in in recent years must have been living under a rock when they were in power because that period of time was amongst the best this country has seen for a long time. Like Mike Huckabee said yesterday, "give her a break for she is only human." And the media should have the simple courtesy to apologize for the mistake they made in awarding the result to some else even before the first vote is cast and give all the candidates equal coverage. Weather you want to believe this or not, America really needs Sen. Clinton at this point in time because she will use her experience to effect change.
    For those who believed that the lady who asked Sen. Clinton the result which brought tears to her eyes was planted by her campaign to induce such reaction did not watch CNN otherwise who would have heard the lady say she voted for Obama.

    January 9, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. kimdy

    I think all the people blathering about how Hillary can "unite" people, and can "sway the republicans" to her side are really not looking at the whole picture here. The Republicans HATE Hillary, and to an extent, Bill. They spent the entire 8 years of Bill's presidency doing everything they could to stymie the administration, block progress, appoint prosecutors, open investigations, belittle, beleaguer, and otherwise halt anything progressive. Hillary was a large focus of all the above, just as much as Bill. They're wetting thier pants at the prospect of getting to do so again with Hillary. What, in the WORLD, makes you think that someone as universally disliked across the aisle could ever, in a million years, get anything done with all the obstacles that will be put in her way, all the genuine loathing that they feel for her, etc. I'm sure she'd be a fine President, in a better world – But we don't live in a better world, and they're not suddenly going to give up hating her if she wins. And yes, Republicans like to stymie all Democrats, and visa versa, but there's a particularly hungry loathing for the Clintons. NOTHING will get done, just more insults, more partisanship, more abuse, more finger pointing, more blocking things just because... I cringe at the thought. At least Obama has quite a bit of respect across the aisle. Of all the folks running, when looked at realistically, he's the only one I think COULD reach out, and with that quiet, but firm voice, get the oppostion to "go along"... It scares me to think of another 4 or 8 years with all the partisan, angry, hatred of "gotta get the Clintons" no matter what happens to the rest of the country in the meantime.

    January 9, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Brenda Parker

    Wow! why so many people think the tears were fake I can not imagine. I believe the ters were very real she is human and have real feelings. I am black believe in supporting my race 100% however I believe she is the most qualfied. Also when a person talk firm and with a strong tone and convictions they are consider to be angry why can"t they be compassionate about they beliefs. My gosh she is his wife he should fight for her strong and and defend her to the hills.

    January 9, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Shanita W. -- North Carolina

    Come on AMERICA! Clinton’s tactic is tasteless and plagiarized. Clinton has seemed to manipulate the viewers once again with her irrefutable need to contradict Obama’s message. Candidate Edwards clearly expressed comparable passion, in fact more on the state of America at the NH debate, however we hear nothing of the genuineness of Edward’s plea for change. Obama and Edward both have had their own voice from the start, yet Clinton just discovers hers after several debates and a caucus? Clinton has not been the Nation’s candidate, and women need to see that women’s rights are not what unify America, nor does dividing parties for political gain exemplify the best candidate. It’s time to wake up America and recognize the snake in the grass, a wolf in sheep’s clothing and a manipulator among the most “experience”. We need a change, and Clinton’s tactic is not becoming of her to conjure negative publicity towards candidates for her own personal gain. Wake up America!

    January 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Jane Buchanan, Dallas, Texas

    The crying was staged, it was her way of getting all the attention. That was so unreal and so unnecessary. She is not a compassionate person. She did nothing when her husband was President so why think she would. They are both pathetic, they will win in any way they have to. Surely, people will see both of them for what they are. She criticizes everyone, but can't take it herself. Bill Clinton had no right to say what he did about Obama. That was just cruel.

    January 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. Obama is the BEST

    My question is directed towards Ms. Brenda Parker. What makes you believe that she is the best candidate? If 35 years of experience is enough weight to support a woman that hasn't made a dent in change in "35" years, then I'm interested in knowing your thoughts? I am African American too, and I'm for Barack Obama, not because he is an African American, but because he is the best candidate. His views are excellent, realistic, and he is a breath of fresh air. Hillary Clinton is receiving too much credit for her resume. I was raised to believe that it is about quality, NOT quantity. Thirty five years of experience doesn't mean a hell of beans if it hasn't made a positive change in our country. Get real!

    January 9, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Freddie

    Laugh now HIllary supporters but your day is coming. I talked with a whole lot of minorities today and all of them hate Hillary Clinton and her nasty husband now.

    I couldn't find one minority who supports Billary Clinton now. Here is a chance for the Republicans to grab African American voters and win the election.

    Let me tell you, my African American neighbor said the New Hampshire Democrats just plain LIED about voting for Obama. Just tell the truth, folks.
    You don't want to be known as a state full of LIARS do you? Just tell the darn truth, please. Nobody will blame you for choosing white over black. That's your right to do so.

    HILLARY, YOU BEST NOT COUNT ON THE BLACK VOTE TO PROPEL YOUR FAT BUTT INTO THE PRESIDENCY. IT WON'T HAPPEN!!!!

    I HOPE HUCKABEE, ROMNEY OR JOHN McCAIN STOMPS YOUR FAT BUTT IN THE GENERAL ELECTION.

    January 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Ayyub, Richmond, Va

    Freddie, don't worry, she won't make it because Obama still has alittle more momentum than her and is not desperate to get a vote like her. Why is that because his supports truely believe in him, he got a first and very strong second place in two states and he's been consistant on the issues unlike somebody who needs to cry to get a vote. Why don't everyone else cry, I would love to see Richardson or Ron Paul cry and than seemingly turnm to attack mode. I think it was genuine at first but turned into a political sucking up and show for the people to get the female vote. Plus, I like John Edwards but he needs to start holding his own ground not his and Obama's.

    January 9, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. richard

    How inspiring – a woman for president! Just marry a president, live off his name, find a state with practically no residency requirement in order to avoid the voters who actually know you – and voila – instant credibility! Just think of the stand you can make against harrassment of women – unless of course the harrasser just happens to be your hubby – you can then justify a smear and slander campaign against women that would make Sen. Joe McCarthy green with envy! Don't like being dismissed as a $10 piece of trailer park trash? Get outta the way – Team Clinton coming through!!

    January 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Walt, Belton, TX

    I'm waiting for the immaculate "I have a dream!" What a felonious phony!

    January 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Kitty, Denver, CO.

    I am disgusted by the fact that Hillary brought in the "squish squish" as a clear tactic. I would like for her to spend one day in my shoes: single parent (divorced), Brown, writing my graduate thesis, home-schooling, and looking for work. That would make her head explode. A few days on the campaign trail, shaking hands, repeating the same stuff over and over with a full staff to back you up is not worth the "squish squish"; unless of course it is on camera and could sway voters. To top it all off, money is not at the top of the list of worries for her.

    As a woman I think it's great that she is running. However, how many women has she helped in this country that are nothing like her? She is not a good representative for women who face real struggles because she has never been
    one, and she most likely would not have them for tea.

    This country is very diverse, as we all know, it's about time we had a leader in office who is keen to this. It's about time the elite of the elite stop thinking they are entitled to run everything forever because that's how their life has always been.

    It's time for Americans to have a hand in the process of creating our future.
    OOOOOOBAMA

    January 9, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  15. williams

    There must be something unconstitutional about the former President entering back into the oval office.Twenty-eight years of Bush-Clinton-Bush has choked the creativity and hope out of a new vision for our democracy. God, please say it aint so.

    January 9, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  16. mvs

    Mary January 9, 2008 1:00 pm ET

    If people are voting for her or changing their votes for her just because she cried, that tells you there are a lot of idiots out there! People, please look at her/their records. Selling or giving technology to China, all the females accosted by him and told to be quite by her, to put it mildly, all the stuff that went on in the white house. Will they bring back all the furniture that they took from the white house and on & on & on
    __

    I agree with you, Mary. The Dems are about to pull DEFEAT out of the mouth of VICTORY once again.

    If Billary Clinton is the nominee, I will either sit out this election or vote Republican.
    Just say NO to Billary or you will have old Bubba back in the White House with ladies on their knees.

    January 10, 2008 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  17. mark wilkes barre pa

    we know you believe you have a chance,, good luck convincing us of that

    January 10, 2008 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  18. Roger

    JUST TELL THAT YOU , HILLARY CLINTON, THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE BILL AS YOU VP, THAT WOULD BE A SURE SHOT, WHEN HE LEFT AS THE TOP MAN OF THE USA, LOOK AT WHAT HE GAVE THE OTHER PARTY, TO GO ON, JUST LOOK AT IT NOW, AND I DONT HALF TO EXPLAIN WHAT HE DONE IT IS A RECORD, GOOD LUCK ,JUST MY THINGING, OF 76 YEARS , ROGER

    January 10, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  19. Tom Dedham, Mass

    richard January 9, 2008 7:09 pm

    That puts the Clinton "legacy" in perfect form.

    Thank you for the factual and brilliant posting.

    January 10, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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