January 9th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Voter who made Clinton teary picked Obama

The CNN Ticker

Marianne Pernold Young looks on Monday after asking a question that led Hillary Clinton to tears.

(CNN) – Many political observers are crediting Democrat Hillary Clinton's surprise win in New Hampshire to the New York senator's rare display of emotion at a Portsmouth Coffee shop Monday morning.

But Clinton's tearful moment failed to win at least one Granite State voter - the very woman who prompted her response in the first place.

Marianne Pernold-Young told CNN Wednesday she ultimately picked Barack Obama in Tuesday night's primary because of the Illinois senator's performance at a recent rally she attended.

"I was moved to tears. Not once, but twice," she said. "And he has this enormous electricity. And I was just taken aback. And I just had to go with my feelings." (Video: Young speaks on American Morning)

On Monday, Young asked Clinton how she was holding up under the rigors of a presidential campaign - an inquiry that cause the presidential candidate's eyes to well up and voice to tremble.

"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," a teary Clinton said. "You know, I have so many opportunities from this country, I just don't want to see us fall backwards." (Video: Clinton gets emotional)

The moment instantly became the most-covered event on the campaign trail on the day before the critical New Hampshire primary, drawing praise from some who said Clinton had finally bared her true self to voters. The next day, Clinton won among voters who said a candidate who "cares about people" is most important (a category John Edwards won in Iowa.)

Young told CNN she herself was touched by the event, though it was not enough to convince her to support Clinton.

"I was very touched and I was totally in awe that she would open up to us, all of us there," Young said. "But it was a delicate matter."

On CNN's American Morning, Clinton wouldn't speculate whether the moment had put her over the top in the Granite State the night before, but said, "I'm really glad that I had a chance to say what I believe with all of my heart, that politics isn't a game, it's not a horse race. It's about people's lives." (Video: Hillary Clinton on American Morning)

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (816 Responses)
  1. Arno C. Irvine, CA

    So, let me get this straight... If Hillary doesn't show emotions she is too careful and too robotic? If she shows emotion and is truly on the verge of tears she is too weak? Can this woman get a break?
    I personally like Obama's message of uniting the country but last time we heard this kind of talk about being a uniter, we ended up with 8 yeras of Dubya. It's time we get someone who not only can talk the talk but can walk the walk. Plus, last time a Bush made a mess of our economy and image it took a Clinton to clean it up. Now, it's time for the wiser Clinton to come in and make sure we get back on the right track once again!!!

    January 10, 2008 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  2. Ana

    Did she cry, didn’t she??? Who cares?
    Sad is the country that elects a president based on whether he/she can shed a tear… If she has nothing else going for her other than tears, if she only won New Hampshire because of that, than it’s pathetic!
    Snap out of it, Americans! Your self focus will end up harming you. Think of the message you are sending to the rest of the world with this… USA is the world leader and the only super power in the world today…That position comes with a certain level of responsibility. Why not focus on that a bit more, on the message being sent out to the rest of the world that looks up to the US in so many things… Focus on making these presidential elections about restoring the respect of the international community…
    If it is about selecting a candidate capable of showing emotions, why not go for somebody capable of showing sympathy? We haven’t seen Hilary cry over issues like Darfur and the tragic conditions people live in there. She cries about getting elected, showing sympathy only for herself… Please…
    What is being maid of these elections is a shire mockery…

    January 10, 2008 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  3. Felix

    In her victory speech she showed again who she really is: robotic, false, artificial. Let's hope that the other states don't buy her calculated actuations. She has so much love for power, that tears come when she think she will loose the candidacy. Obama is the candidacy of hope and change, she is just part of the past.

    January 10, 2008 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  4. jim H, Glendale, CA

    Go ahead, Obama supporters, go ahead. Keep on saying that Hillary "arranged" the question - she didn't - or that she fakes emotion - what are you, mind readers? It just makes you, and your candidate, look smaller and smaller. The thing is, Hillary supporters aren't that far from your beliefs. What you have to do is convince us. Instead, you call us "shills," and that Hillary is "Bush lite," and all the rest. It's an interesting mindset, the politician making sweet music about bipartisanship, and yet his supporters are as intolerant and hateful as Limbaugh's audience. You're not doing yourselves much good. But go ahead, take another percent off Obama.

    January 10, 2008 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  5. Hall, Europe

    I don't get you guys in the US. You realy are going to ellect someone who's still wet behind his ears? Someone who's all talk and hasn't done anything yet as proof he's capable of running your great country?

    You're sure he's going to run it? Or ruin it, just like Mr Bush is teaching him by example.

    Wake up guys, don't be fooled by his smooth talk and appearance. Instead, vote for someone who can and will bring the US back to being a healthy and strong nation.

    January 10, 2008 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  6. jason

    I did'nt even think of that little thing as anything really. Only why is CNN playing this over and over after i saw it the first time. I think CNN has dramatized this little thing into something else. She had a small moment in a coffee shop. Maybe it was true and maybe it was not but it was not in some public speech in front of a huge crowd. Im not voting for Hilary and im not defending her either. I dont care. This is not anything should be cared about really.

    I am concerned that enough coverage from CNN on such a silly little thing like that ends up causing silly things to be thought up. We dont know if that was genuine. Only she does. And if it was who cares anyways. It was was in a Coffee Shop. Not a big venue. Had it been there i would begin praying she doesnt win anything else.

    January 10, 2008 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  7. JP

    Reagan was an actor and he made it, maybe it will work for Hiliary

    January 10, 2008 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  8. njo

    so it's okey to be moved to tears by Obama and that's the basis of this woman's vote-but it's a negative if Hillary shows emotions about her beliefs, did you listen to what she said-the message and the intelligence and experience to back it. This double standard is so wrong. The Clintons left the White House and this country with a balanced budget, no wars, and SHE worked for health reform even then.. WaKE UP. She can get something changed – I have no negative feelings for Obama-he just doesn't have the experience. Why can he have emotions and not her?

    January 10, 2008 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  9. Aji

    Fund donated by Indian Businessmen is working.

    Outsourcing is a new Economic Cancer for America.

    Please stop outsourcing our jobs to India.

    January 10, 2008 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  10. J-Sin

    Clearly, the media will be choosing our candidate for us like they do every election. I think it's extremely awesome that we want to bring Democracy to the world–hey we could have high drama everywhere, packaged neatly into 10 second soundbites, where folks making six-figure salaries that work on television for a living can tell us about how Middle America thinks!

    Tears being a political maneuver? Not from the team that brought you, "I feel your pain". No way! That's just terribly cynical–I mean it would almost suggest that they have this team of advisors watching their every move!

    Seriously though, should we trust a democracy who starts to pick its president by having people vote by going to different corners of a room, only to be told, "No I'm sorry your candidate doesn't qualify for enough of the vote, you have to CHANGE your vote, go to another corner of the room". I mean, what is this the 18th century?

    January 10, 2008 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  11. Dave

    its all an act.. clinton, obama, mccain there all puttin on a show and we all we vote for who we want to lie to us,thats all were going to get

    January 10, 2008 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  12. Peter

    I hear she just got nominated for best actress in a dramatic role.

    January 10, 2008 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  13. a little sad

    is this still news?

    January 10, 2008 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  14. kate

    I have thought about all the candidates on the democratic side, and have decided that Hillary Clinton is the one for me. My analogy is simply this....... If I needed a root canal, I would go to the dentist who had performed the procedure many, many times other than a dentist who had never tried to do a root canal or had maybe done one or two. If the procedure is not done properly, you will lose the tooth. Believe me, we are going to have to perform a root canal on the rot that has set in during this present regime and I think Hillary Clinton has the experience, intelligence, compassion, wherewithall to do this. She has a plan to help us recover from the economic and personal destruction carried out on our society by the dictatorship in control right now. I have not heard from Barack Obama what his plan is. Yes, I agree that he is an amazing speaker and he will have my vote in the future, if and when he gets more experience. You can put this analogy in any forum, heart surgeon, mechanic, nurse, etc. etc. I just want the most experienced human being and the person who I can trust to look out for me and my family.

    January 10, 2008 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  15. Eddie

    I think that she didn't get the boost in votes due to her tears. She got the boost as a reaction to all the vitriol thrown at her for not a tear, not "breaking down", but a half-sigh and a crack in her voice. If she shows no emotion, she's labeled frigid; if she shows the barest hint she's labeled unstable or a phony. I think that some voters were swayed by anger at the double standard she's being held to.

    January 10, 2008 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  16. Canadian

    Best of luck to Mrs. Clinton, but it is such a great opportunity to have a black man elected President. This could heal some hidden wounds and would be a fantastic example for the World. Not only Black but real intelligent, responsive to people and an honest father. Barak-Edwards That's the ticket. make it happen America!!

    January 10, 2008 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  17. JoDeeJo1983

    The entire election won't be fair to either Hillary or Obama. For Hillary it won't be fair because of her gender. For Obama it won't be fair because of his race. On the other hand some people will vote for Hillary because she is the first women ever to run for President. On the other hand some people will vote for Obama because he is the first black man to run AND make it this far. If one of these two win the election it sadly will be somewhat based on their gender and race. The same will be true if one of them or both lose the election. It's a shame that so many people will potentially waste a vote based on race and gender! This will be a historical election (it has already become one) and it will be an unfair election. I also agree with some that Obama has gotten allot more coverage from this election then any other candidate. But then again the media has NEVER been fair to anyone. Bottom line the election will go down in history for other reasons besides Hillary (first women) and Obama (first black), it will make history of being unfair!

    January 10, 2008 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  18. Honan

    Senator Clinton proved the “experts” wrong!!! She really has shown that substance, experience, and her "proven" ability for enabling change, along with a lifelong passion and experience in actually helping the majority of Americans, is what the voters care more about when choosing the best leader for this next critical term as president! Voters are not listening to the slanted views of the media "pundits" who care more about drama and a "story", rather than reporting the truth... Americans are smarter than the "sheep" they believe we are! The NH voters proved this!!!...

    Thank goodness people are finally waking up and realizing that although Obama is a brilliant orator and nice person, he lacks the actual skill, leadership, experience, and ability to truly make change happen and lead our country... talk is cheap at this point – Look at his record as a State Senator in Illinois and in DC!!! Whenever he is presented with a difficult vote, he doesn't even take a stand – he votes "present”!!! He voted “present,” effectively sidestepping issues nearly 130 times as a state senator. On a sex crime bill, Mr. Obama cast the only vote in a 58-to-0 vote!! He barely has any record for doing much as a US Senator in Washington DC, but what is interesting is that he said he would vote against the Patriot Act, yet when he joined the US Senate, he voted for it!! He said he would vote against the Iraq war, and then voted for funding, AND, he SKIPPED a tough vote on Iran, distorted what the bill authorized, and criticized those who voted for it!! This does not show the true leadership that is required for creating the change we desperately need! He’s not the “outsider” that his campaign is trying to make him out to be – yes, he has fantastic speeches, but his record shows otherwise...it proves that he is more of the typical “sidestepping” polititian and lawyer that we have seen before, who lacks the “real” leadership to get things done. The Republicans will have a field day with Obama if he ever got lucky enough to win the Democratic ticket!!!

    Rookies are not needed right now to run the country in the most important job in the world.... Remember the last "rookie" who used “likeability” without substance or experience to get elected? Back then, people liked GW Bush, they didn't care that he lacked experience because he talked in generalities and made us feel good. Well guess what, he won the White House and got us into this mess!! – GW Bush ran a very similar campaign as Obama, and his inexperience has been a disaster for our country!!.... Gore and Kerry warned all of us, but we didn’t listen. Obama can talk in generalities – anyone can do this, but he has no clear plan, no clear ideas, shows a lack of “true” leadership by avoiding difficult decision-making as proven by his actual voting record, and lacks the "real world" experience to deliver on his unsubstantiated promises and “generalities” for change...Hopefully people won't make the same mistake we made with Bush by believing in another rookie with Obama.

    Americans will take this critical vote very seriously for 2008 by choosing the best person who has already proven she can lead with success, has already brought about "real" change, and can truly pull our country together to restore our reputation and our world position as the leaders we were once considered. With former President Bill Clinton by Hillary’s side, we will all prosper from such an amazing team that will help bring our country back from the difficulties that we have encountered with the Bush administration... especially with the economic difficulties and international issues we are already facing today and will face over the next few years. No more rookies and false impressions, folks – let's put the best team in the White House!! Senator Clinton is the "real" change Americans need! Go Hillary!!! The country believes in you and your ability to “truly” lead and enable “real” change as our next great President!!!

    January 10, 2008 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  19. glenn

    I really wish people would vote for someone based on the issues. not because someone is republican.. democrat.. male female or black.

    a local radio host in washington went to the Iowa Caucus. He said every minority was at the Obama table. voting for him just because he is black? true most females also did vote for hillary in NH..

    I doubt many of the voters really know who they are voting for on any side.

    January 10, 2008 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  20. Trang, Fremont CA

    Obama recognizes he has a gift, and in a time of crisis, where there are gridlock, division, he decides to use his skills in the hope of bringing people together, get young people engaged, giving them hope.

    How many of us after hearing that speech during the Democratic convention are so touched by his message.

    Whether Obama will win or not will be up to the America people. Obama, however, has changed the world by his message. How many candidates are using the word 'change' now. After his loss in New Hampshire, he came out and inspire his troops w/ 'Yes, we can'.

    He not only inspire people in this country. He inspire the world with his message.

    January 10, 2008 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  21. mark wilkes barre pa

    Grace overland park kansas , very well said . Your first and second paragraph were spot on to how many feel about hillary. i do not hate the women ,, I just dont like they way she has rose to the top of the dem party hopeful's. I would welcome any women, race , or color as my next president if I thought that candidate had the experience and qualifications it took. What really caught my eye was your reference to condi Rice,, here's a women who happens to be black, that based on her resume alone may be the most qualified PERSON in the country today to lead this country. I feel that because of the one job she was appointed to by our current president she will never be taken seriously. What a shame !! She would have served any president who appointed her well and with honor and dignity, but because of what is happening at the current time she is being lumped in with the lies and deciet many feel the current administration is guilty of no matter how unsubstantiated or lacking in any real proof as to her role in it. To some she is guilty of doing her job too well !!! I hope as current events are written into history ,her part in our great nation will be seen favorably and her true colors will shine,, red, white , and blue

    January 10, 2008 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  22. Nudnick

    "Everything" the Clintons have done and will do is fully and completely staged.
    They are two phonies and if hillary goes into the WH you can turn the remainder of your paycheck over to the nonworking, baby making, drug snorting element
    of our society.

    January 10, 2008 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  23. MP

    Hillary is always use to getting her way. In times of trouble or when things are not going quite her way she can't handle it and uses desperate measures. As a woman, I don't buy her tearful moment for a minute. Come on, she's been in the political spotlight for a very long time and has never showed any emotion. You're not fooling anyone Hillary.

    January 10, 2008 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  24. crock

    Hillary was told by her husband to find a time and place to cry so that she could get the sympathy vote. Nobody in my military believes she should be crying for America; we're all gonna survive without her 'help'. Very sad to see she thinks she could lead us, because we don't. It will backfire on her.

    January 10, 2008 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  25. Truthtesty

    EVERY NEOCON I KNOW WANTS OBAMA TO WIN. THE ONLY WAY NEOCONS HAVE A CHANCE OF WINNING IN '08 IS TO COUNT ON THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO SIMPLY WILL NOT VOTE FOR A BLACK PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

    January 10, 2008 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
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