February 4th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
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Clinton holds emotional meeting at Yale


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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  1. Ray Rodgers

    I would rather see Clinton being a human being with emotions like the rest of us than to hear how Mcains mother was able to buy a car on her trip to france. My Mother can't even afford to get her car worked on lot less even have a bus trip around france. Thanks to Mcain for showing us how good life can be.

    February 4, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Tammie



    How many times will you fall for this stunt!!! It's a pity it worked in New Hampshire. Shame on you Hillary; you make us women look like we can't handle ourselves.

    REALLY Hillary; like Bill said, you are "the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen. GIVE ME A BREAK!"

    February 4, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. R.M.

    Do you want to have a president who cries in public so ofter, America? Once is ok, people have emotions but twice in such a short period? How many times can we expect to see it if Hillary were to be Commander-in-chief? Grow up Hillary!!

    February 4, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Steve

    Hmmm... I was looking for the tears, but didn't see any on the video. Phantom tears?

    February 4, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. v.ananthan

    There is nothing wrong with people getting emotional..

    This only shows that they are involved ..

    NOTHING ELSE !!!!!!.

    This will be really sad if OBAMA uses this to tell the people that HILLARY is crying to gett more votes...

    February 4, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. grant

    again? I hope women don't fall for this one too. How pathetic. Is she going to cry everytime her job gets tough? or her approval ratings drop? World leader?

    February 4, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Carole

    Hillary – I wish you the best on Super Tuesday. You have my vote. I know I will either not vote or vote Republican if you do not get in and would not be surprised if a lot of people feel the same way. Good luck to you!!!

    February 4, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Eric

    Wow, Mrs. Clinton seems to only get teary before major primary dates.

    I seriously hope that no one is naive enough not to see right through it.

    Do they think we are that stupid?

    February 4, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Carrie

    Here she goes again!

    Obama 08

    February 4, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Angela


    Hillary, I thought you have style; another tears on the even of super Tuesday? Well, it worked on NH then why not try it again and see how effective that tool is.

    However, the overcome it is becoming true that you can do anything and everything to get votes.

    I am disappointed, quite tears and discuss the issues.

    February 4, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Sabi Kanani

    Well, isn't that convenient...once again. Boy I'll tell ya, Hillary knows how to play the game.

    February 4, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Valdez

    When does this madness ever end? Hillary will do anything to be elected. I guess you do whatever you have to in order to win. It worked in New Hampshire so I guess she figures it'll work all over on Super Tuesday. Whatever.

    February 4, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Mary K. Clinton, Iowa

    Oh, please.
    Haven't the Oscar noms already been announced?

    February 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. TEH

    DEAR GOD.. again??!!! What is next? The President of the USA cries because Putin was mean to her? Get a grip and stop the sleezy tactics.

    February 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Joseph

    Haven't we done this already?

    February 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Ed

    It worked last time. Maybe the tears will work again. Whatever it take to get Bill Clinton a 3rd and 4th term. Redemption is ours!!

    February 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Branddon

    Everytime Barack makes a jump in the pulls Hillary gets teary eyed. Watch her poll margins go up again, ha!

    February 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. go blue

    The tears won't help her much in November if she's running against a former prisoner-of-war.

    February 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Jim in the Boonies

    Oh Geez ... here we go again ! It worked just before NH, get all choked up and hope to rally the emotional vote, cause you can't win with the educated one! OK ladies, its up to you .. fool you twice ?

    February 4, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. Sam

    Ok. So she's human. And why is this front page news when there are people being killed in Kenya, Iraq, and elsewhere?

    I think it's equally hilarious and saddening that the election has been drawn out extra early to cover all of the "bad news" around the world for the sake of creating Bush's "legacy."

    February 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Mike, St. Paul MN

    ...will do ANYTHING to win.


    February 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Tom

    Again with the phony crying? How transparent can you be? And, for those of you who think all these waterworks have been genuine, do you really want to spend the next four years with President Cry-baby?

    February 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. Rob

    When Obama cries his tears cure cancer and diabetes

    When Hillary cries her tears sting like chili in the eye

    February 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Cph9680

    Do ya'll really want to vote for someone whose gonna start crying everytime she's looking for attention?

    February 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Shon

    Oh My God! Here we go again!!!!! She is being desparate, pulling out all of tricks again! This time...the crying routine won't work and it will backfire.

    February 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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