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. Erica

    Hillary you have absolutely NO charisma....and using Bubba to fill that void is backfiring! Excellent....keep doing what you're doing. The more you two work in concert, the more people realize you are a dinosaur.

    January 27, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Jen

    Hillary, you said that after Iowa. You're a joke! And most of the country is not laughing with you, we're laughing at you.

    January 27, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Jeni

    I am voting absentee for Hillary. I really hope that she wins!!! Go Hillary!!!

    January 27, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Marty

    WHEN Mrs. Clinton wins the white house, her administration will be disgraced by scandal, just like her husbands

    January 27, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Michael - FL

    How anyone buys into the Clintons' (take close note how everything regarding Hillary HAS to be plural, because without her husband she is an empty shell with a lot of pent up anger inside) garbage is beyond me. Both of them are so transparent it's disturbing that people can't see thru them. They've changed their angle and tactics several times so far and they have all been subversive and undermining. Playing straight in Iowa OBVIOUSLY didn't work, so she comes out and tries to be emotional and gain more female support... then she tries to add more personality to have broader appeal... They do ANYTHING they can to build themselves up and tear their competition down. The only thing Barack has been forced to change in his campagin tactics is to rebuke the Clinton's absolute lies and go on the attack some himself. Too many people think the Clintons are squeeky clean, yet if you Google them for 10 minutes you'll be astounded at all their coverups. It's all there if you'd just LOOK. I wonder what hasn't been uncovered yet and what never will?

    Obama is using the Clintons' platform?! PLEASE! Who started out the platform of CHANGE? Barack! Who is preaching it now? Hillary and several others (Edwards, Romney)! Who started out fighting for unity and not dividing amongst party lines? Barack! Who is trying to use it now?! Hillary! Listen to her speeches now (even her speech in TN last night) and see how many times she references 'unity' and 'coming together'. It's sickening. Literally every time I flip on the news and see Hillary speaking I wonder what angle/approach her advisers are going to have her take now.

    Drop the stupid race issue. Barack has always been or at least attempted to be above it and yet the Clintons and obviously a lot of you try to stick to it. Reason???? If Barack is fully capable of moving beyond that STUPID label he is going to obliterate Hillary. Barack is not BLACK, he is MIXED and in my opinion he respresents this country as what it REALLY is... not some White cowboy from Texas... We are a MIXED nation. Barack can unite us all.

    Iowa is ~93% WHITE and Barack trounced her there. In Nevada and NH her wins were VERY slight. In Iowa even Edwards beat her. Now that he has completely routed her in SC and the news stations are actually beginning to comment on the Clintons' very dirty tactics, people are going to begin turning around and seeing the Clintons for what they really are... A couple of power-hungry, damaged individuals. They belong in a psychology study, not the White House (again!) Wonder why I say that? Dig around and find some of the accounts of their time in the White House. Hillary apparently likes to throw things and doesn't like Secret Service on her floor... too much yelling and swearing to overhear.

    January 27, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. gene

    I just learned that Senator Kennedy endorsed Obama. I am a life long liberal democrat [posted earier in the day] and I must say I am very disappointed. I am not going into a tirade of things regarding Senator Kennedy, but he should have stayed out of it. . All this so called concern for splilting the democratic party very well may come to past. His and Kerry's endorsement may very well be the start of that split. I am a Hillary supporter and will be casting my ballot for her to become the first woman to be president of the United States of America. Join me in that Vote!

    January 27, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Dusacre

    The behavior of Clinton in the 90s turned off a lot of democrats . Had Bill behave better, many more people including democrats would have voted for the democrats, hence Al Gore would have owned. We would have had enough votes, delegates, and we would have won enough states to render the recounts and the Supreme Court irrelevant on determining 2000 elections

    Bill Clinton became a huge liability for the democrats so that he could not even campaign for Al Gore.

    The intellectual ability to connect the cause and effect is very necessary in politics. Those who don’t have it will always be used by people like the Clinton. They just need to do a make over, and people will follow them again.

    When you think about it, the Clintons gave us Bush last time. This time they may give us McCain or Romney. With friends(candidates) like Clintons ...

    How can Hillary beat McCain? Can she talked about experience, the war in Iraq or the ability to unite people? She will unite the republicans, divide the democrates, scare independents, and give votes to McCain.

    January 27, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. S.T. Umpnoe

    More than just a political maneuver to "divide and conquer," the Clinton South Carolinian strategy resulted in a watershed event that signaled the historical end of Hillary's realistic chances to ever become President.

    She may well win the nomination. But her SC campaign tactics were personal – and they emotionally wounded thousands who have experienced racism and heard the "code words" before. Given her consistent high negatives throughout the campaign, her chances in the general election were always dependent on maintaining a fragile coalition of ethic and gender groups – a coalition that is now fractured beyond repair. The wounds felt in SC are critical – and will not heal by November.

    The irony is that Hillary did produce change – and that change will be a new Democratic majority in which the Clintons themselves will be marginalized.

    January 27, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. LBD in Texas

    Hillary and Bill should bow out gracefully and go home before they damage the Democratic party and their own reputation more than they already have.

    Obama '08 – vote for the person with integrity!

    January 27, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. pam,s.c.

    sen.clintons broad support is fading. she cannot clean up bush's mess she is part of . she has been in the senate as long as bush has been in the white house. if she is an agent of change why is she part of a congress that has a disapproval rate of 70%.

    January 27, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. Tom Whitcum

    Try to look past all the political baggage Hillary and Obama carries. It's time to take the gloves off and really look at what’s going on here.
    In the words of John F. Kennedy, he said, "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future".

    I truly believe that most of the American people will come to realize that Hillary is a very powerful leader rarely seen in politics. Hillary’s natural talent of Inspirational Leadership, that lifts all kinds of people into the future of fulfilling their dreams, not just at home but worldwide. She's capable of producing tremendous progress. And when that progress is made within herself AND the American people, then real change occurs.

    Hillary Clinton has just begun to fight, and I do mean FIGHT!

    January 27, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. elena

    I, too, am an African American and I am now living for Super Tuesday when Hillary will have "routs" in many states. No Blacks, no Barack!!

    Kepp going Hillary!

    January 27, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. teddy orlando fl

    cant you all see hillary is the past Obama is the future if hillary wins the nomination so many democrats will hate her. Then she will lose the general election

    then we will have lost Obama as a presidential candidate forever

    the time is now its time for Obama and you all know this

    January 27, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Angie

    It's funny...SC is racially biased because of the large amount of black support, but other states aren't racially biased just because the majority is white??? What about gender biased support??? LOL Yes, Clinton will probably win the majority votes on Super Tuesday, but I bet none of her supporters will be talking about the racial bias of white voters. It's a two-way street people. Don't look down your noses at black voters when white voters do the same thing.

    January 27, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Anti Clintons


    January 27, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. DB

    She left off '....in Florida.'

    January 27, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Martha

    After the voting in Nevada, Clinton flies to the midwest and tells people she is glad to be back home; after voting in SC, flies to TN and submits a letter to her supporters in SC; at least Obama and Edwards had the courage to stay and personally thank their supporters win or lose. That shows how complacent and arrogant she is for taking the voters for granted. Just hope the super Tuesday voters see what she has conniving she is along with her worn out husband.

    January 27, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. CA Voter

    Lionred said: "I can't wait until intelligent people have a chance to cast their vote on Super Tuesday. "

    Ironically, the demographics that Hillary Clinton appeals to (and where her votes are coming from) are maturing female voters and voters with low education. I'low education means nothing relative to intelligence

    January 27, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. concerned

    Hilliary will win despite all the news reporters on CNN MSNBC and Fox trying to bring her down. It's really unbelievable how they are acting. They are constantly giving their little personal digs in when interviewing anyone that is for Hilliary or from her camp.

    SICK SICK – won't watch them anymore.
    One comment – in my hometown newspaper today – on the front page but about 1/8th of the page – Obama wins with black vote. Does that say anything.

    January 27, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. CA Voter

    Lionred said: "I can't wait until intelligent people have a chance to cast their vote on Super Tuesday. "

    Ironically, the demographics that Hillary Clinton appeals to (and where her votes are coming from) are maturing female voters and voters with low education. I'll be the first to say that low education means nothing relative to intelligence, but this is not a coincidental stat.

    January 27, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Ted

    I am not even worried about the 2nd place win in SC. HILLARY still leads the national polls by wide margin. The game has just begun, HILLARY is a strong smart woman, she will fight to the end! As a member of the gay community, we will support HILLARY to the end! Better watch out, especially the Republicans... GO HILLARY!

    January 27, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. Salida

    loretta: January 27, 2008 3:41 pm ET

    Senator Clinton, just let your voice be heard. As an African American woman, I believe that you are the best choice. You will prevail and become the next President of the United States. Keep the faith!

    Thank you, Loretta, from another African American.

    January 27, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. j.r.

    Mrs. Clinton you'r going to be our next president.

    January 27, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Tom, you even didn't watch the primary election, what you have to say? First grade students know North and South. Shame on you.

    January 27, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. Roger from MA

    I can't wait until Hillary wins, and we invade Iran on behalf of the Zionist lobby that's bankrolling her!

    HILLARY 08!!

    January 27, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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