February 27th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: Voters 'rallying to my candidacy'

 Clinton says she remains optimistic.

Clinton says she remains optimistic.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNN) - After a debate performance that did little to alter the dynamic of the Democratic primary race, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday presented a stay-the-course optimism about her campaign as it heads into the final stretch before crucial primaries in Ohio and Texas.

Hillary Clinton told a gaggle of reporters on board her airplane during a flight from Cleveland to Columbus that at this late stage of the primary race, "people are really rallying to my candidacy."

Clinton said she was "really pleased" with her debate performance in Cleveland, arguing that she was able to  present "some real contrasts" against Barack Obama, especially on the issues of health care and the economy.

"What I feel is happening is that people are turning towards the big questions that we should have to answer in this campaign," she said. "Give me the best Commander in Chief. Who do you want in the White House answering the phone at three a.m.? Who is the best steward of the economy?"

Clinton said that along with getting a second look from voters, her campaign continues to raise $1 million a day over the internet, a factoid she has been touting since Super Tuesday.

Despite that cheery forecast, her campaign sent out a fundraising e-mail Wednesday from Bill Clinton that accused Obama of trying to drown out his primary opponent with a barrage of TV ads.

"So let's show the Obama campaign that they can't win this race just by throwing more money at it," the email said, seeking to raise $1.9 million in the next 24 hours.

Clinton is hosting an "Economic Solutions Summit" in Zanesville on Wednesday, followed by two rallies in the towns of St. Clairsville and Belpre. She heads to Texas late Thursday for the remainder of the week, hitting the major media markets of Houston, San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. D.L.

    Yes we are rallying!!!

    February 27, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Over his head

    Obama- you are so over your head...

    February 27, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. josie

    Hillary dear, go go girl, no stopping till the end. You are the best
    commander in chief for the United States of America. Keep on fighting for your country, i love you. God will be with you all the way to the convention, HE will prevail, believe in MIRACLE

    February 27, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Bill Jay

    Hillary we love you girl.................................................................................

    February 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Anthony Cetta

    Hillary,get tough with obama.no more buddy buddy.Don't sit next to him if their are any more debates.Keef fighting like your mother taught you when you were a little girl.

    February 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Oregon Voter

    I think the media is purposefully underestimating Clinton in their articles so that they will have a more compelling story when Clinton "wins big" on Tuesday.

    If they reported the facts, then people would realize that there's a really good chance that she wil take Texas, Ohio, and Rhode Island (3 out of 4) next week, and that will pretty much put her on the path to the nomination.

    February 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Chris

    Barak is not going to beat McCain, Hillary can.
    You go Girl!

    February 27, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Brad

    God help us if Obama wins the election. Will be time to move to Canada!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |

    What do you expect Senator Clinton to say.....

    I believe that for the sake of the Democratic Party.....Senator Obama should be declared the party's nominee and Senator Clinton should be asked to join the ticket as V.P.

    February 27, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Belle

    The plus of having the husband Hillary Clinton does, would be at least Mr. Clinton knows how to manage a budget.

    I miss the 90s for that reason....the ECONOMY!

    February 27, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. ArtOfWar

    So how does she know of such rallying? More smoke and mirrors.

    February 27, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Babu

    I will always be a supporter of Hillary no matter what. If she does not get the nomination, I may not vote democratic depending on what she does and how Obama treats her.

    February 27, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Adam

    Fight on Girl!

    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Lesley Carr

    Go Hillary. I admire you for what you stand for. Action not smooth talking!!!

    February 27, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. david

    GO HILLARY GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Ricardo

    Latinos with Hillary... after last night debate. we have not doubt who our girl is!!!

    Hillary – Count with us in TX!!!!! and around the whole country.

    February 27, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. CNN Shame on YOu U R unfair

    Hillary Clinton for President

    February 27, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. V in Ca

    Go, HIllary! More than half of the Democratic party have voted for you so far - nearly eleven million people!!! You are still way ahead in the votes of women and the poor, and the President of the Cherokee Nation endorsed you. I'm going to go with the poor, the women, and the disenfranchised.

    HIllary '08!

    February 27, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Go Hillary

    Excellent performance last night.

    February 27, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Colin in Austin, TX

    CNN, you just won't stop. It's obvious why you would employ the adjective "stay-the-course" in reference to Hillary's candidacy. Your undermining tactics are disgraceful. I pray that voters turn out in roves to support Hillary and prove you wrong.


    February 27, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Relevant

    Who is she kidding?

    February 27, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Joe

    Absolutely! Just donated.

    February 27, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. na

    hillary you have my vote 100%

    February 27, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Frank

    I predict the latino vote will surge by 15 points and she will get the popular vote... delegates .. we that is based of 2004 and 2006 so I think she will split that

    You heard in right here on CNN with the BEST political comments on the web 🙂

    February 27, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. Patrick

    That's right! You Go Hillary! People are energized for your campaign! Barack is nice, but unequipped to lead!

    February 27, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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