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. Lorri Denton

    I feel the media is very biased against Hillary. They are very negative with past president Bill Clinton as well. I think she will be a powerful president and I fully support her. Let's get our good economy back with Ms. Clinton in the White House.

    Lorri Denton

    February 27, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. On Lewis

    Lewis is one of Sen. Hillary Clinton's most prominent African-American supporters. I think NOT

    Hillary's true supporters are there for her.

    Hillary for President

    February 27, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. MeluBarney

    She is right. We are rallying to elect her the next President of the US. Most of Obaba's answers to the questions on the debate, "..I agree with Senator Clinton.." He can't even come up with his own answers.

    Just sent her campaign $100 today. $100 more coming later this week.

    Hillary '08

    February 27, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Goodheart

    Mr. Obama's name was on the ballot in Florida, so was Hillary's. She won by 300,000 votes or so. Big margin regardless if anyone campaigned there or not. Florida is an important state. It's a huge electoral state like New York, New Jersey, California, Michigan (which Hillary also won with no delegates alloted), Texas, and Ohio. If she wins the latter two, then she has a claim to be the nominee. It's an electoral college and the big states matter. She can win them. Obama and McCain is a tight race in California while Hillary wins easily there. The same might be said about Florida.
    I appreciate the enthusiasm about the charasmatic Mr. Obama, but when the Republicans and the special interest groups start attacking him and it becomes clear he is going to lose the general election, you're going to wish you stuck with Hillary.

    February 27, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. lilahenna


    February 27, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Jenny, TX

    We support senator Hillary Clinton all the way. America needs her right leadership in the next 4 years. Americans, let give us a chance to turn back the country, and give her a chance to serve us.

    February 27, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. dj

    Hillary's right! The media hasn't accurately taken the pulse of the American public since its call on the Britney-Nicole contest. Let the women run her campaign and go ahead keep asking her the hard questions. She's taken your body blows for quite some time now and she's still standing. With each debate she just wins more and more points. She's articulate, focused, intelligent and accomplished. Bring it, she can take it. The problem is, can Senator Obama. If he doesn't have Senator Clinton to agree with, then he's really just smoke and mirrors as far as I can tell.
    Hang in there Hillary !!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. James, Houston, TX.

    Hillary, the Mental Projections are IN ! In spite of the confused , You My Dear Lady will carry Texas, Ohio, Penns. and the Nation in November!
    The "Victory Parties" in Texas(San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, the Valley) are in the making and You'll be the "Guest Most Honored".

    Thank You, G.W. has left the building.

    February 27, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. micah

    Keep the Faith! It's not over yet. Clinton 08

    February 27, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Many

    Vote for Hillary 08 !!!

    Don't let Osama destroy America !!!

    Wake up! Fellow American.

    February 27, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Mary

    Take it home Hilliary

    February 27, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. frank

    Hillary! you got our votes!

    February 27, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. dallasiteforhillary

    Made my donation on line again today. Money well spent!

    February 27, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. Jojo

    My concern is if great great granpa Mccain is elected, how many years can he serves as president of our dear country.
    He scares me, he doesn't look healthy at all. He is like a dead man walking.
    I bet he is wearing these nappies for adult
    Good for him if he thinks he can handle pressure
    I believe the country needs someone alive and dynamic

    February 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Louise

    Made another donation, too! HILLARY IS OUR GIRL!!!

    February 27, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. vl-MI

    To the doubters out there... make no mistake, Hillary WON Michigan! We had no ads, no appearances and no bickering but she still did it. Even though Obama and Edwards were not on the ballot, Kucinich, Dodd, and Gravel were. Even if Sen. Obama were to combine all the votes of the uncommitted, Kucinich, Dodd and Gravel, he'd still only have 45% of the vote. A straight up 55% went to Hillary Clinton.

    Think about it..... you NEED Michigan and Florida to win ANY election!

    February 27, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. Nathaniel


    This board is part of a coodianted effort to revive Hillary's flagging campaign. I'm impartial, but it's so obvious. Did she really win the debate last night? Nope. Granted Russert was hard on her (partially because she has been throwing so many haymakers on the campaign trail), but she was repeatedly exposed during the debate (job loss in Buffalo, NAFTA, temperament). And, she is losing the delegate count, popular vote count (even counting FL and MI which she agreed wouldn't count), and state count. Besides the superdelegates, where is she winning?

    Oh, I forgot. She's winning on this board. So sad.

    February 27, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  18. Tonya for Obama

    uh huh...whatever....

    February 27, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. obama = america

    obama won the debate last night only by a little bit. the clinton campaign should quit it with the spin machine. she knows she didn't do well and hopefully the nomination will be decided on tuesday for barack obama.

    obama '08

    February 27, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. John

    Hillary give me a break! Its time you get a reality check!

    That's why even your superdelegates are jumping ship.

    oh and please be respectful and thank, Ohio, Texas, Vermont and Rhode Island if you loose. Don't do like you did with many of those other states!!!

    ALL OF AMERICA COUNTS Hillary. America will remember this......

    February 27, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. Denver

    Everyone knows that that name "Clinton" means corruption and scandle.

    I am a Woman and would NEVER vote for Clinton !

    February 27, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Roger

    estamos unidos con Hillary
    estamos contigo Hillary
    Let no one trick you into beleiving her campaig is over. Latinos will deliver Texas for Hillary!!

    February 27, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Mark Feldman

    CNN, why are you posting comments mostly in support of Hillary Clinton? What is there for you in case of her nomination. I have submitted numerous comments disclosing Clinton's questionable fundraising practices and all of them have been removed? Are we in USA or in North Korea?

    February 27, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. ebp

    Why in the world would anyone donate to Hillary after she wrote a check for 5 million $$$ and won't make her tax returns public? She fudged on the answer last night...let's just see if she makes them public. She said she doesn't have time to get it together...an insult to the public 's intelligence. I'm sure she and Bill have an accountant!

    February 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. Ben

    You guys do realize Hillary has NO shot at winning the general election, right? A recent Zogby poll has he trailing McCain 38-50%. Obama leads McCain by 7% in the same poll. Who do you think is the stronger candidate?

    February 27, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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