January 26th, 2008
10:31 PM ET
7 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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  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    I hope the race is not decided until the convention, where the party can take a hard-headed look at who can best beat whatever rough beast the GOP serves up.

    January 27, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. V for Vendetta

    Future of Democratic Party is now hobbling.
    Following is a reasonably high probability of things to come.

    Obama & his supporters (Dean, Kerry & Kennedy et. al) have now concretised their base to be: 60% of democrats who are college graduates; 80% of African American men, 50% of African American women.

    Hillary & her supporters (Bill, Spitzer, Rangel, Carter et al) have now concretised their base to be: 65% of registered women democrats; 50% of African American women, 80% of hispanic & asian democrats, 30% of democrats who are college graduates, 60% of registered democrats who are non-college graduates.

    Result: Splintering of Democratic Party in Mar-Apr of this year and with the following Presidential Race make up:

    New Democratic Party: Obama as Pres & Bloomberg as VP
    Republican Party: Romney as Pres & Giuliani as VP
    Old Democratic Party: Clinton as Pres & Rangel as VP or and outside chance that Edwards might also be considered for VP.

    January 27, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. joe

    i guess we will have to watch as the events of the next few weeks unfold. the races of this election cycle are not anything any of us have seen. it may or may not get all the way up to the conventions at all. the fear of uncertainty may sway people to take a firmer stance and support the person whom they percieve in a more positive light. if this happens, these races will not have the ending that so many are already predicting.

    January 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Mike O

    Maybe Donna Brazile needs to look outsied the CNN offices to measure Hillary's support; it's certainly clear enough her statement applies to CNN's people, even when in front of the camera.

    January 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Susan

    I don't want a co-presidency..that is what we would have with the Clntons. I don't want want my president so distracted from the issues at hand that she has to worry about who her husband is having relations with. America is not a third world country where only a couple of families hold presidential power....stop the Clinton/Bush dynasty. This is 21st century not the 1990's. The slash and burn "hunker down" against the right wing conspiracy and all enemies mentality of the Clintons IS NOT WHAT WE NEED. We live in dangerous times. We need a leader to meet the demands of the 21st century.

    This not an issue of race..it is an issue of right. Over 200 years ago, a slave owner who loved a slave named Sally Hemmings wrote, "we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." -Thomas Jefferson

    This time we have a chance to elect a man who will help us get it right..not based on race..but on intelligence, purpose and vision.
    GO OBAMA AND MAKE US ALL PROUD!

    January 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. shamous mc

    "..directing attention to the states that lie ahead"

    Shouldn't that be lying to the states ahead?

    January 27, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Zen

    Clyborn has remained neutral, give me a break.

    January 27, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Ben

    It's good to know the campaign has just begun. I just hope she is not refering to the tired campaign of race-mongering, dirty politics of mischaracterization and divisiveness. But knowing who the Clinton's are, I won't hold my breath.

    January 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Poli

    Now Hillary is taking on the Democratic Party leadership to reinstate the delegates that were stripped from states like MI and FL who illegally moved up their primaries in violation of party rules.

    What a tactic! Run unopposed in a state and then sue post-election for the delegates to count. Very shrewd.

    I'm sure Bill will come in handy leaning on the Democratic party bosses to concede delegates where his wife won running essentially unopposed. Gotta love American politics.

    Kissing up to super delegate fat cats and making deals with party bosses behind smoke & mirrors! :)

    Go HillaryBillChelsea! :)

    January 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. jack

    oh my God. Hillarry Clinton lost confederate flag waving South Carolina, what next Alabama & Mississippi!!

    January 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Sheldon

    Go Hillary!!!!!

    January 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. J, Ca

    It's time for whites and latinos to show their power on Februray 5th.
    Yes they can too.

    January 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Marge

    Go HILLARY!!! Wev'e just begun!!!!

    January 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. HRC

    "this is the fun part"

    January 27, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Marge

    Women unite-fight for the first female president who has the expierence to get this country back on it's feet. We will not be under rated-GO HILLARY!!!!!

    January 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Tina

    At least she congradulated him. She thanked the people of S. Carolina even though she lost. Did anyone hear Obama congradulate Clinton when she won Nevada. I'm still waiting for that. He didn't even thank his supporters. Not nice. I guess he felt his supporters were not worth thanking as he lost that state.

    January 27, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Mark C. Eades

    Hillary Clinton deserved the beating she received in South Carolina. Her and her husband’s behavior in recent weeks has been a disgrace, and as a former Clinton voter I have lost any respect I ever had for the former first couple. I have no doubt, however, that we can fully expect to see more dirty politics from the Clintons as we head into Super Tuesday.

    January 27, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. ram

    Hillary and her husband need to keep their mouths shut attacking other people. They had their chance and messed it all up. Today she says her husband is so devoted to me. Really when did he become so dedicated to her. We are so glad Obama beat the pants off her by 2 to 1.

    January 27, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Rita McGary

    I agree with Sen. Clinton–the campaign has just begun. Bill Clinton is behaving strategically and should not be silenced. The media bothers me the way they are portraying him as inappropriate. He is so far ahead of us that most of us do not get it.

    January 27, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Tom, Boston, MA

    Yeah, broad enough to cover the Superdelegates of the "Democratic" party, including the very Donna Brazile her royal highness self, who have been part of the unholy alliance of Bush corp / military-industrial complex / modernday loansharks called global high financiers / ideological spindoctors called neo-cons / shameless bigoted zionnists of all stripes.

    Your days are numbered. We the people of this country and the world can't wait to throw all the human garbage into prison and throw the key away!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CNN, censor my comment again because it has the darn "zionists" in it. I dare you phonies.

    January 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Andrea

    Good Luck Senator Clinton.

    January 27, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Ex Obama Supporter

    Go Hillary!! Just show the people how knowledgeable and warm person you are.

    After watching the SC voting, I am for you. I dont want to be part of team which feeds on hatred and anger for Clintons. That is their only get out the vote technique.

    January 27, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Fred Washignton

    Just wait until the Machine starts using the dirt the have on Obama it's going to get real nasty from here on out, but in the end Clinton will be the nominee she wont be stopped....

    January 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Chris, Jacksonville

    Ahhh.......self-delusion.

    January 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Jim in Orlando, FL

    So this is what we say when it really began almost a month ago, and we haven't achieved the expected results. I got hit ... "Hey Mom, that first semester report card doesn't mean anything ... school has just begun ... "

    January 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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