January 26th, 2008
10:31 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton says the campaign has just begun

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) - Even as Hillary Clinton congratulated Barack Obama on his victory Saturday in South Carolina, she was already directing attention to the states that lie ahead.

"Millions and millions of Americans are going to have the chance to have their voices heard and their votes counted," she told supporters at Tennessee State University.

"This a great victory for Barack Obama, but this is not the end of the Clinton campaign," said CNN Analyst and Donna Brazile. "Sen. Clinton has broad support out there."

South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, who has remained neutral in the Democratic race, predicted the campaign would not be settled until the August convention in Denver.

"They all have tickets to the convention - not all first class, but they all have tickets," he said.

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soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Election Watch Donkey

    Tennessee will go to Obama as well............Sorry Senator Clinton!

    January 27, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. PJ, New York

    Barack Obama cannot continue to count on the black vote alone. He won South Carolina, good for him. This was new big surprise... Jesse Jackson won South Carolina when he ran too, he obviously didn't get the Democratic nomination though. Sadly for Obama, he won South Carolina only because he's black, or at least it seems that way. This will most likely backfire on him in a lot of the other states up for grabs, especially the ones that do not have a lot of blacks. Hillary Clinton is still the strongest candidate and she will ultimately gain from Obama's win in South Carolina.

    January 27, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. wild schield

    dear dear hill and bill the campaign just ended see above endorsement of obama by caoline kennedy.

    January 27, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. onunwor okechukwu

    is not about husband and wife is all about the nations,and the futer of american

    January 27, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Samual Adams

    NAFTA will come back to haunt Clinton because it displays her and her husbands subservience to big business.

    January 27, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. John Smith,N.Y


    January 27, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. barret

    I congradulate Hillary Clinton for her performance in South Carolina. Although she didn't carry the state (because of the African-American population) she made a good showing. I just wish the media would give her a chance and not try to give Obama a free ticket to the White House. All three major news media sure show their preferences for Obama.

    January 27, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. ABH

    Hillary could just barely get the congratulations words out of her mouth fast enough before talking about Feb. 5th.

    One would hope that she & Bill might learn a lesson about their negative campaigning that ultimately backfired, but that's probably not likely.

    They are status quo so we can expect more of the same.

    I hope Obama becomes the steamroller that crushes the Clinton campaign with Barack's positive message and inspiring vision.

    Please, let's be done with the Clintons once and for all. If NY wants her for a senator, fine; america doesn't want or need another divisive presidency.

    January 27, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. myconcerns

    would you pardon the two border guards?

    January 27, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. lovelyjmc

    It is interesting that the Clintons tried to downplay Obama's big win in South Carolina by bringing up Jesse Jackson's wins in the 1984 and 1988. Does nobody know that Jesse Jackson is a native of Greenville, SC? Jesse did not acquire his accent from living in Chicago. Candidates are expected to do well in their home states, regardless of their race.

    Shame on Bill Clinton and Hillary for not reigning him in. I see this as another infusion of race into the race.

    January 27, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  11. ben

    race,religion,and gender. Are these the factors that will decide who will lead our troubled nation?

    January 27, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  12. KIrby

    Remember the words Senator Obama spoke after winning South Caroline...
    'Change will take time"...The Americans have been waiting for change for decades from every past president that campaigns. I certainly hope that if he wins I am not hearing the same thing in 2012! Actions speak not motivational speeches. Go HIllary – the ACTION WORKHORSE!

    January 27, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. BobW

    I'm sure Hillary is looking forward to a victory in Florida which does not carry any delegates and nobody else is running. If she claims that as a "win", then I would like America to know that I won the Podunk marathon. Of course nobody else competed in it and it didn't count for anything.

    January 27, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Amit

    I think its disgusting and even obnoxious that she could not even take out few minutes from her BUSY schedule to thank her supporters and all the people who voted for her while in SC.

    I can't believe SHE JUST FLED.

    I voted for her even when i was leaning towards obama and I got to say I'm kinda disgusted by the clintons.

    January 27, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. angela

    Hillary you 're the only one to beat the Repubs.

    Obama had a terrific win South Carolina but you're going to be President.

    Go Hillary, Go. come on super Tuesday!!!!

    January 27, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. Bridie

    The media made this abour Race and South Carolina fell right in line. Let's just hope that the rest of the country votes for the candidate. I lived in SC for 8 years and have lived all over the country since then I can tell you that SC doesn't represent the views of the average American voter.

    Go Hillary!

    January 27, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  17. june hall

    This Obama "hype" will go away.Hillary is going to be the next President!!!Those "campaign killers",backed by Republicans,are hard at work,trying to get Hillary out of the race,because Republicans are afraid of Hillary,but they know they can beat Obama!!!They just want Hillary out.She has what it takes to win. J.H.

    January 27, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. dorothy

    No big surprise, everyone has been reporting for weeks that obama would take sc. heck they voted for jesse jackson down there lol. obama can't keep running on being black, he has nothing to say except ,,,, we shalll overcome,,,, and ,,,,change,,,,,, well that doesn't get it in the long run, has to come up with sensible plans, etc, anything else is just rhetoric playing the race card, Hillary has the real expericne the real plans, Republicans are pushing for obama cause they know that is the only way they could take the white house again would be to run against obama. good grief lets hope people vote sensibly and don't shoot themselves in the foot in the long run

    January 27, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Independent

    I still can't believe the way Clinton left SC because she lost. Her advisors must have told her not to do it. Maybe she is the type who does not listen to advice when she is angry. What kind of message does she hope to send to the rest of America with that behavior?

    January 27, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. vaser

    Obama is going to be president of the united states and you can't do anything about it. For too long you white people have kept our wages low. Obama has promised to double all wages and give free health care to everyone. Doctors and nurses make too much money.

    January 27, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. Jim

    I hope that we democrates now understand that the Clinton Machine is hurting our party. I still remember reading how disgraceful the Clinton exit from the white house 7 years ago. Hopefull, Senator Obama will not allow the Clintons to pull him into the gutter for a fight. The Clintons will win that fight in that place through experience.


    January 27, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. Danny

    Did she really say this? "Sen. Clinton has 'broad' support out there." Possibly the biggest blunder of all time!

    January 27, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Ann

    It's nice to see that Hillary Clinton, unlike Obama, knows that the proper action is to congratulate the winner.

    The racial divide in our country is about more than just the numbers. It's about perception, too. The campaign was laced with racism, but it was anti-white racism from where I sit.

    It makes me feel bad that Obama's supporters cry racism whenever anyone even challenges him on his record, on the facts of who supported him, on his own notions. It seems we have a Democratic candidate who arouses great feelings of victimhood.

    I agree with Obama. This is a new change. It's not one I applaud, either.

    January 27, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. gene

    Solid win for Obama, but it oes not change my opinion. If he wins the nomination,he will lose the general election and we will have four to eight more years of republican rule. I am a liberal democrat that has lived down here in the south for almost 60 of my 82 years. Don' let your heart rule your head.Think. He will win no southern or border states and that includes Florida. He will lose Ohio, Pa. aand michigan and others as well. The S.W. was big due to the turn out. 200,000 more than 2004, but again it was because of the black vote. He only got 24% of a white vote, which was not much larger than 2004. Jessie Jackson carried the state in 1988. S.C. last elected a democrat in the general election in 1976 and that was jimmy Carter and that was because he was from Georgia and before that it was LBJ in 1964. S.C. has not had to much meaning when it comes to selecting the Democrat nominee. Last, but not least, if he is the nominee the republicans will tear him apart and the democrats will face the lose of senate and house sears.

    January 27, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. jyfranca

    This is the same old story of clinton.she says campaign has started does she mean that she wants us to forget on baracks huge victory in south carolina and concentrate on new fight?She cant convince anybody she is loser

    January 27, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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