January 9th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
2 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. crock

    .... that's why McCain will win; because he's addressing the #1 problem we face today – nailing Usama Bin Laden. Once we are given the 'approval' to do that, the country will be safe. Ms. Clinton has already said she has no intention of fully protecting the country. McCain will let the professionals complete the task, his plan is viable. When UBL says he's coming to USA to completely Islamify our society, better take it seriously – unless you have lived and breathed the venom being spewed out there in the real world (not the cushy USA), Americans have no idea of the threat. You can't increase taxes or do anything else on the agenda if you don't have a functioning country.

    January 10, 2008 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  2. Janis

    This country is a mess.Experience is the most important factor in electing our next President..Hillary Clinton needs to get in there and get things back on track.Every-
    thingis out of kilter.Our next President is going to have some serious business to take care of.We don't need someone in there playing around.We don't need rheteric
    speaches we need jobs done day one.God help us if its not Hillary.

    January 10, 2008 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  3. Canadian

    I wouldn't believe anything that came out of either Cintons mouth and now eyes. They are a power hungry couple and that is why they stayed married. Two people who lie to the American people for a living.

    This is such a dangerous time for the World that we need 'fresh blood' in the White House. These old standard Washington types have done enough damage. What do you have to lose? It seems to me it could hardly get worse, although good ol' boy George W. is trying hard to involve Iran and ignore the reccession and the climate change.

    I am for Barak and Edwards and pray to God they become the new leaders of the 'Free World'.

    January 10, 2008 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  4. Clearly Thinking

    If indeed, as I question it, Hillary did tear up, they were tears of longing for her former cook, maid and butler. I don't recall any truly capable female leaders wearing a flowered jacket to proclaim their qualifications. Golda Meier would not have been caught dead in such an outfit. Bad judgment to wear a flowered jacket.
    Hillary is too girly and weak to be a leader. If she crumbles under the strain of the campaign, and gets hurt feelings when people don't like her, what would she do when people hate her and foreign nations threaten to bomb the US! A person should never be elected because people feel sorry for them, and any votes a candidate might get because they made people feel sorry for them, would counterfeit. Being President is blood and guts and strain, not a matter of whether your eyeliner is on straight. Hillary would be a repeat disaster for the United States.

    January 10, 2008 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  5. Danielle

    So what if the tears were calculated? Don't you realize that everything in a political campaign is calculated? Every speech Obama makes is also calculated to stir up people's emotions. And he probably does not write those speeches himself, but is reading speaches written by other people. What's the difference between that and shedding a tear? Nothing – everything in a political campaign is calculated to stir up voters' emotions.

    If only it were all about the issues.

    January 10, 2008 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  6. MD, Glenmont, Ohio

    Bush makes me cry

    January 10, 2008 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  7. David

    Hillary was obviously doing this for effect. I can't believe anyone fell for it, and then to vote for her because of it is just unbelievable. I have always been a big supporter of President Clinton, but I'm tired of them and I think she's fake. Bring on Obama!

    January 10, 2008 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  8. Austin

    Obama is a charismatic orator. It is possible to be a great orator & have no substance, i.e. experience. Any really good salesperson knows that. I shiver to think of what Russia's Putin could do to this dreamer!

    January 10, 2008 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  9. Larry H.

    Hillary is about as superficial as it gets ... and conniving. We have know that. Someone asks her a question about who does her hair, she gets all blubbery for less than 20 seconds, and then is immediately back on the attack. If it was true emotion, it was over what she felt was slipping from her grasp, and not some remorse over how much she had to offer the country. We know what she offers the country, we have seen it. And I for one am no Masochistic martyr that wants to suffer another four years while the Clintons employ our forbearance to massage their huge hedonistic egos!

    January 10, 2008 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  10. Lisa

    Look back at funerals of well loved people and Hillary was bored
    never shed a tear or even got teary eyed and now shes bawlin
    WAKE UP America ... she is playing you or attempting to for those
    who will buy her act.
    NOT THIS LITTLE GREY DUCK!

    January 10, 2008 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  11. Serving in Iraq

    If Clinton wins, we'll have a monthly 'period of instablilty' at the white house, and if she got emotional on a simple question from an undecided voter?! can you imagine how she would react to political pressure from places like Russia, China and the European Union? We need a strong and intelectual Candidate that will erase the Bush legacy and will make educated decisions when it comes to foreign policy and involvement and domestic issues such as the economy, education and health care. I will place my absentee ballot with the name of the candidate that firmly shows the attributes that a leader should have, and not the 'dog and pony show' character that all candidates have displayed so far.
    Ed
    Iraq.

    January 10, 2008 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  12. Donald Bean, Tampa FL

    Bush makes me feel....randy, baby!!!

    January 10, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  13. Bibi Accra Ghana

    HILLARY all the way. We love you. President Hillary Rodham Clinton Jan 09.
    We in Ghana are praying for you. The God we serve used the foolish things of the world to confound the wise! It is finished.

    January 10, 2008 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  14. Charlie

    The problem with the presidency is that anyone smart enough to do the job is too smart to take it.

    The media does an excellent job of keeping voters focused on the important issues. Tears, gender, skin color, and religion outweigh everything but the ability to avoid slips of the tongue that can be magnified and taken out of context to embarrass the candidate. The survivor wins an election knowing that the media focus will shift to highlighting everything that is questionable. Sound decisions for the leader of our executive branch are based on how effectively the President can campaign and convince the media to make it the right decision in the eyes of the public.

    If it bleeds, it leads! I encourage all of the candidates to accept the fact that this is how their actions in office will be portrayed. When the President gets a bloody nose, it far out shadows sound decisions made on the basis of ideals and integrity. America wants a hero. The media wants exciting press coverage.

    January 10, 2008 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  15. HH, Pittsburgh, PA

    Wayne of Greenville TX, you display the same dazzling logic as the neo-cons themselves when you ASSume that anyone who disbelieves Clinton's tears must be a neo-con. Maybe those who disbelieve her tears simply see her for what she is: PHONY!

    January 10, 2008 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  16. questoftheheart

    By far she is the most EXPERIENCED candidate. Obama has gotten by so far on good looks. He has not lived the White House experience for 8 years, dealt with foriegn officials extensively, or given birth for that matter. This is 2007....it's time. The negative comments here are from men who have ego issues and would never want to see ANY woman in the White House. Get over it and yourselves!

    January 10, 2008 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  17. G Morgan

    She got her 15 minutes of fame, let's move on!

    January 10, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  18. Joseph

    "O.K. Hillary it time to go to Plan C, we need you to dig deep, think back to the first time you saw Beaches..."

    January 10, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  19. Alejandro

    Clinton is so fake.... her tears, her speeches... her promises are all so fake... plus who wants a president who ends up in tears, you want someone to lead us not nurture us...

    January 10, 2008 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  20. Pickles, Monaca, PA

    Thanks for setting the women's movement back 100 years with your phony-baloney tears, Hillary.

    January 10, 2008 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  21. Lewis

    OMG! Why do people not see the real Hillary for what she is? She just wants to go back to the White House and finish stealing what she and Billy left behind 8 years ago! She had a chance to fix the health care system and FAILED! Bill had a chance to take out bin Laden and was too busy trying to get his you know what serviced and now we are engaged in this war everyone is or was against. FAILURE, that is how you spell CLINTON! Google – "Bill Clinton's failures" and read some interesting stuff. Remember, with her you get him! That question was a plant, no doubt about it. Look at history, the last senator we elected as President was Kennedy, a decent President but a womanizer none the less. Then a string of governors took over. How about letting a real leader take a shot at the job? Try being a Mayor of a major city and tell me this is an easy task! Rudy Guilliani is capable of getting a shot at running the country. He cleaned up one of the worst cities in America and help calm a nation with dignity and leadership after 9-11. Who cares about the divorces, as we all have our share of failed marriages. Some people are not as they seem when you marry them, the same is said about someone you elect as president. You actually think Obama will be good for this country? Think again! There is little about him that is American, even his name screams traitor to me. Think hard people and read about these people before casting your votes, TV makes people perform, and that is what we are getting, performances, not reality!

    January 10, 2008 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  22. RINI

    Clinton the actress doing her best work. The suckers in New Hampshire voted for her....

    I see the lady who made her emotional didn't fall for it...

    January 10, 2008 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  23. Kola

    Following this year's primaries without exhibiting any form of bias is no doubt a tough one. Reading comments and opinion from people brings out different emotions at all times. However, i have observed that Clinton-haters are so extreme in their position against HRC that is a bit worrisome. Unfortunately, this unhealthy positions have been fuelled more by a bias media in the last couple of years. Watching the video where Senator Clinton purported cried, showed nothing but a quiver in her voice. The frenzy of reports and clips following this supposedly rare display showed nothing but a ploy to advertise how badly her loss in Iowa is (was) to her. Sadly or otherwise, this ploy back-fired!

    I'll suggest that we all concentrate on issues that will drive growth, development, good health and propserity than for us all to play up venom and holier-than-thou concept that is engendering divisive politics and an unhealthy polity.

    January 10, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  24. Amy

    It is tough to catch a break! I am getting pretty tired of the comments that because Hillary became emotional, she must be weak. These are probably the same people who wouldn't vote for her before because she seemed too "manly". If you don't want to vote for Hillary, that is your choice. But do not hold her under scrutiny because she is a woman. I saw a football player crying on TV last week because of how much a game meant to him, I guess that means he is weak too.

    January 10, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  25. AG

    Oh please! How many times has Mr. Bush cried or shed a tear in office?!?!? Just because a person shows emotion doesn't mean they aren't fit to make executive decicions! And just because someone can deliver a speech well doesn't mean they can! Obama needs to have a lot more experience before I will EVER vote for him. This country needs someone with experience to fix the mess that we are in now. Enough with the talking, let's see some action! GO HILLARY!

    January 10, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
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