February 4th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton holds emotional meeting at Yale

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Watch Clinton get emotional at a campaign stop.

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (CNN) – Hillary Clinton became teary-eyed during an event at Yale University Monday - a moment that harkened back to her much talked-about display of emotion on the eve of the New Hampshire Primary.

Holding a campaign meeting at the Yale Child Study Center, the New York senator welled up as she was introduced by Penn Rhodeen, a public interest lawyer who worked with Clinton when she was in college.

Rhodeen praised Clinton's efforts as a college student and said, "Here is the abiding truth we know - you have always been a champion for children. Welcome home, dear friend. We are so proud of you."

Though it is difficult to see her reaction in footage of the event (see her reaction by clicking the play button on the right), Clinton's eyes appeared to grow misty during the introduction, according to CNN producer Sasha Johnson. When it was the senator's turn to speak she said, "Well, I said I would not tear up; already we're not exactly on the path."

Clinton's last teary moment on the trail occurred after an undecided voter asked how she was holding up. The moment instantly became the most-covered event on the campaign trail on the day before the critical New Hampshire primary, drawing both praise from some who said Clinton had finally bared her true self to voters, and criticism from those who thought the moment was calculated.

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– CNN Producers Alexander Mooney and Sasha Johnson


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soundoff (1,203 Responses)
  1. rr

    Please dont start crying again...she is feeling the hit...

    Obama

    February 4, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Kathy

    One more time for the popcorn, lean back in your chairs...... here come the Obama supporters.

    CNN is a joke. I have fun checking in on the ticker (all Obama, all day, everyday is funny), but I have been watching Fox for the last month to get the most impartial coverage. It's pathetic to have to turn to Fox. It doesn't say much about Fox, but it says everything about CNN.

    February 4, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. kw

    Go Hillary GO

    February 4, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Ronald, NY

    She's trying to get the woman vote like in NH

    February 4, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Tom

    Here we go again...

    February 4, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. An Agnostic Democrat

    Oh, here we go again! I'm beginning to see a pattern here. Don't play us for small you insincere, faking, pandering, lyin' sack o' crap. I've lost all respect for you, and wouldn't vote for you if you were the ONLY candidate in the race! What a drama queen!!! I'm not that gullible apple cheek girl.

    February 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Cris

    I am also proud of Hillary and her life. What a woman. You always had my vote.

    Hillary 08!!!!

    February 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Family in Parkville

    24-Hours before the election another scheduled Evita-Moment ...

    Worked in NH, so why not now ? Do what it takes, say what they want to hear.

    The Billlary Soap Opera in Season 3 ....

    It's OBAMA'08 or McCain ! No way I would vote for these faked power junkies.

    February 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. leezee

    I guess you gotta' stick with what works...

    February 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Jennifer

    CNN, why are you showing this ? You want to help Clinton again ?

    Shame on you CNN and Hillary !!!

    The American people cannot be deceived twice !

    February 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Isaac

    Oh brother, there goes the election, again.

    February 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Eric

    Oh my..a day before super tuesday and she gets misty...sounds familiar?

    February 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. C.Lo

    I clearly don't buy that one. That's all I have to say!

    February 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. michael, ny

    3 days ago, I asked this question: 'When is she going to cry again?'

    I knew that was coming. America, get ready for a Teary term is she wins the nomination.

    February 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Robin Wagner from ct

    This a women wants to President . She must be down in polls again like NH .
    She can play with the big guys . Take it like a big guy . Chock up again. Snit SNIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    There something wrong with a women wants to president and cry all time , 24 just before voting time , SAD .... I trust her , NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Andrew

    Really Hillary? Again? Once again the day before an important primary (or in this case the biggest day of the primary season)?

    February 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Matt

    Well, it seems only natural, given the introduction she was getting. For the critics sure to follow, this is not in the same vein as the event in New Hampshire where it looked like Clinton was on the ropes. But, CNN and other media outlets will no doubt make this a "story".

    February 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. COLLECTIVE WILL

    Hillary spoke about health care AND either gave UNSATISFACTORY answers to everyday costs of living or DID NOT ANSWER

    February 4, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Independent Voter

    Big deal... she was having nice things said about her. By the way the news media portrays her, she really is human, humans get emotional. I can hear the Hillary haters now.

    Of course this is the first news story CNN puts on their 'political ticker' today about Hillary Clinton.

    February 4, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Eric

    BTW, please mention that even the Yale school paper endorsed Obama, not Hillary Clinton. What does that tell you?

    February 4, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. AA

    Does she really think that crying will help her after she looses tomorrow? Come on now.......suck it up and keep it moving Hilary...jeez

    February 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Glenda Green

    I am so proud of the two events where Hillary showed that women "have hearts". Call it emotion, hormones, whatever....it is so welcomed compared to testosterone contests.

    February 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Latino for Obama

    This is completely calculated. She can't buy me with your tears!! I want to know what she did for America when she wasn't running for office; when she wasn't on the board of Wal-mart; when there was nothing to gain; when there was something to lose.

    OBAMA 08'

    February 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. SJonathan

    It worked last time! What a thespian!

    February 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. marky

    she is going to win for sure now.

    February 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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