January 19th, 2008
04:51 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton camp worried about voter intimidation

(CNN) - As Nevada Democrats gathered for the state’s caucuses Saturday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign told reporters their supporters were worried about voter intimidation – just hours after former President Bill Clinton said he had personally witnessed voter harassment.

CNN has since projected that Hillary Clinton has won Saturday’s Democratic vote in Nevada.

“We have heard from many people on the ground over the past few days who are concerned about voter intimidation,” spokesman Howard Wolfson said in a conference call with reporters.

Spokeswoman Karen Hicks said many casino workers had thought they could only participate in caucuses at the controversial at-large caucus sites if they supported Barack Obama, and that the Clinton campaign had heard reports of confusion and voter intimidation.

Friday night, Bill Clinton told a Nevada crowd that he and his daughter Chelsea had visited a hotel, and seen a union representative trying to strong-arm Clinton supporters.

“Today when my daughter and I were wandering through the hotel, and all these culinary workers were mobbing us telling us they didn’t care what the union told them to do, they were gonna caucus for Hillary,” he said.

“There was a representative of the organization following along behind us going up to everybody who said that, saying 'if you’re not gonna vote for our guy were gonna give you a schedule tomorrow so you can’t be there.' So, is this the new politics? I haven’t seen anything like that in America in 35 years. So I will say it again – they think they're better than you.”

Wolfson did not directly address the former president’s claims Saturday. “I haven’t talked to the president since he made those comments, but it’s one I’m going to have to speak to him before I comment on that.”

And the Vegas papers haven't found any evidence of the kind of straightforward voter suppression Clinton reports. The Obama campaign has suggested the Clinton campaign file formal complaints if it has evidence.

Culinary Workers Political Director Pilar Weiss told Politico the allegations were “ludicrous.” She said the union is "aware that some workers aren't going to vote our way" and doesn't engage in intimidation.

"We have found it shocking that President Clinton has gotten so engaged in promoting these accusations," she said.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Nevada
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Werrason

    The Clinton family wants to go back to the white house with lies? This family will never go back to the white house. Hillary will never be president of USA.

    January 19, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Hillary Supports and Angry bunch

    Hillary seems like a woman scorn, like we owe her a crown. She is a woman scorn.

    All of the Hillary supports seem Angry, they are an angry bunch.

    January 19, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Jack

    Folks, please stop doging out the Clinton's. Obama , had Oprah Winfrey by his side in all of these states. On the other side it no more then been fair if Bill support Hillary. Mr Obama , dose not have the winning plate on the table to deal with the Clinton's on politics. So, lets be fair about the whole nine yards.

    January 19, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Bill W - PA

    WAH-WAH-WAH

    And she (allegedly) won anyway

    I can't STAND her!!!

    January 19, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Bryan, Illinois

    Even in victory the Clintons complain about how put upon they are. If the story was on the other foot, I am sure the Clintons would downplay anything that happened outside their immediate realm...just look at all the race-baiting last week. Their main purpose was just to make sure Barack Obama was painted as the Black candidate, instead of an American candidate.

    January 19, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. Gil - California

    Of course there was pressure applied to the caucus goers and it was applied by the Clinton Mafia.

    January 19, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. V Connors

    EXCUSE ME JEREMY YOU IDIOT.
    THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LAW SUIT. DAH!!!! THAT WAS THE TEACHER'S UNION. CAN WE READ A NEWSPAPER PEOPLE ???????????

    BRYAN FROM ILLINOIS – WHO IS PLAYING THE RACE CARD????? I AM A WHITE LATINO – OBAMA HASN'T BEEN TO MY CHURCH OR IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD – HILLARY HAS AND ACTUALLY SHOOK A LATINO'S HAND OOOOOHHHH HOW RACIST OF THE CLINTON'S, HOW DARE THEY!!!

    ALL I KNOW IS THAT IN THE 90'S I HAD A WHOLE LOT BETTER JOB AND WAS FINANCIALLY BETTER OFF, MY TAXES WERE HALF OF WHAT I PAY NOW. I WANT THOSE TIMES TO RETURN AGAIN. I DON'T GIVE A S–T ABOUT WHO HE SLEPT WITH. THIS COUNTRY WAS IN THE GREEN FOR THE FIRST TIME, UNDER BILL CLINTON IMAGINE THAT????

    January 19, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. Forward Tinker '08

    Jack,
    Oprah didn't attack Hillary Clinton, call her claim of 35 years of experience a "Fairy Tale", call her a "Kid", distort her record or accuse her of "voter intimidation". There IS a difference, and I'm sure you know what the meaning of "IS" is right?

    January 19, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. Tyler in Raleigh

    Maybe Hillary should cry about this too???

    I love that the Clintons whine, complain, cry, poor poor victims that they are. Bill attacks, moans, cheats, lies, steals... and then he gets his wife to cry that they are poor innocent victims.

    America doesnt need more of this.

    January 19, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. anon middle america

    Hillary Supports and Angry bunch January 19, 2008 6:56 pm ET

    Hillary seems like a woman scorn, like we owe her a crown. She is a woman scorn.

    All of the Hillary supports seem Angry, they are an angry bunch.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^ We love you too troll ;) or is your testosterone levels out of whack?! Go out and chill at the club with your buddies – you've all been spending way too much time on the blogs and youtube...

    January 19, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. mark wilkes barre pa

    The culinary union should be pissed at the Clintons for even implying that they might not vote there own minds, This whole theory of Bills before the caucus and then the accusations of voter intimidation ? The trickery here is obvious

    January 20, 2008 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  12. Louis, New York

    When Clinton's whine, look to the grapes. They have done something underhanded, it is pure history repeating itself.

    Anyone but Hillary '08

    January 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. fernando

    Jeremy January 19, 2008 5:12 pm ET

    Here is what I call voter intimidation:

    Filing a lawsuit seeking to disenfranchise the entire Culinaries Union.

    These people make me literally sick.
    I cannot wait to be rid of them.

    well what about the NURSES who works in the hospitals..is it fair to have only culinary workers get special treatment and allow them to vote just because they endorsed barack hussein obama but the nurses cannot vote because they do not have caucus sites in the hospitals

    what kind of a democracy is this?
    why the double standard

    January 20, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. m.P(middleclass poor)

    as exciting as it was to have a woman running for President, I am convinced that Billiary is not the one. I always thought President was a one person job.

    January 20, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Chris

    V Connors January 19, 2008 10:03 pm ET

    That is the EXACT problem with you Hillary cheerleaders, THIS ISN'T THE 90'S AND YOU CAN'T REVERSE TIME. The economics of the country have changed. The dollar is decreasing everyday, etc. etc. there will be no repeat of the 90's unless the almighty himself is in the WH; otherwise you all are dreaming.

    January 20, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    This doesn't surprise me. There is a great deal riding on this next election. And it shows in every voter coming out in the primaries. The issues are closer to home. And everyone is hurting in some way. The problem is that some people are taking their support to their candidate a little too far. They become enraged at even the slightest problem with their candidate winning. This has got to stop. We need to focus our energy in a positive way and let the chips fall where they may. The primary process is just vetting who will represent us in the general election. Let's save our energy for that fight.

    The bottom line... we are all fighting for the same thing. Change. Come together and just vote your conscience no matter which candidate that is. When we determine who best to send to the general election then let's all step up behind them and win.

    Telling it like I see it,
    Wynter

    January 20, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  17. ray in vegas

    Since we're on the topic of voter intimidation . . .

    Bill Clinton is the one guilty of trying to and succeeding in suppressing the vote here in Nevada!

    When the unions endorsed Obama, Clinton supporters tried to shut down the casino precints in Vegas 2 days later. When the judge laughed them out of court, Bill interferes with our vote in Vegas by showing up at several precincts on the strip on Caucus day, demanding entrance, and dragging along his massive security detail, creating a HUGE disruption. Many caucusers were so star struck that they either didn't bother to caucus, or decided to caucus for Hillary.

    January 20, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  18. Karen

    I don't know why she was worried about voter intimidation. The Democrat Party volunteers were very good at intimidating voters that were wearing Obama or Edwards stickers. Hillary had nothing to worry about; she trained them well!

    January 22, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
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