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. matt carlisle

    hillary's campaign is fished out... give up now and let our lord and savior obama rest

    February 27, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Mary

    Wyoming are you out there? My grandmother fought for women to vote in Wyoming. The first state to give women the vote. Let Wyoming help make Hillary the first woman president. Women still make about 78 cents vs. a dollar for men. It is time for change all right!

    February 27, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. tickered

    Go Hillary, you're a fighter!
    Fighting will unite our great nation.
    The more we fight and pin it as 'us' and 'them' the more we are united to work together. Everyone knows that the only way we ever get along and get things accomplished is when we fight with one another.

    February 27, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    I'd like to know specifically who is "rallying to my candidacy" for Hillary. Is it the left handed gnomes? Perhaps it's the grey aliens? Possibly it's the tree sloths? No, wait... it must be the voices in her head. It seems that Obama-mania is sweeping the country and her nasty, shrew-ish behavior during last nights' debate surely cemented her demise.

    February 27, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. ruby

    Hillary was brilliant during last night's debate. Never give up, never surrender. I will continue to support and contribute to Hillary for President.

    February 27, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Joyce, NY

    Keep up the fight Hilary!

    You are the hope of many many many people.

    February 27, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. Neal

    I mean really "gaggle," hire a few English majors for editing and conceptual stuff, its what we're trained to do.

    February 27, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. Mich

    Main stream media has very openly expressed its opinion, and expects public to follow the most liberal candidate.
    Obama is liberal, articulate, a good fundraiser, has generated millions. Big Bonus is coming for some media executives.
    Sometimes, it appears, don't have the guts to accept openly, but its like saying "America is not ready for a woman President".

    February 27, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. Jay

    Oh please. For every $1 someone donates to Hillary's campaign...another 3 people donate $2 to Barack's campaign.

    If she loses EITHER Texas or Ohio, she will need to seriously reconsider continuing in this race.

    February 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Jer Ber

    Do you Hilliary Lovers think you beat Obama by e-mail it not going to work.
    All you jabbering on this Blog to Clinton Network !!!

    OBAMA is the main man screw all you !!!!!

    February 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. MARIA 2325

    GO HILLARY!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. Kthegreat

    wow, did the clinton's media bashing finally get to cnn that all their blogs are now filled with only comments from the clintons' supporters? hope u post this.

    February 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. phillip

    Hillary please for the sake of the party bow out gracefully and dont pull a huckabee. obama has won 11 states in a row he has ate into your core voters your grip on the latino vote is very loose at best, the super delegates are starting to jump onborad with obama as well. the last debate hillary was a lopsided win for obama you egged the health-care issue on and on and on but failed to point out anything new that you have not said in the past debates and the capper the why do i always get the question first give me a break hilary. i was hoping for a obama clinton ticket which is almost unbeatable in my eyes but i think you blew that one as well. if and when edwards backs obama then i think he will likely be the vp so you had your chance but you blew it. nasty politics dont work with obama he has the potential to be the JFK,MLK,FDR, of this generation his movement is too great even for a clinton!!!!

    February 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Joyce, NY

    Ohio, Texas, RI, Vermont – don't let Republicans pretend to vote in your state. They're trying to dictate the dems nominee. Stand for what is right. Guard our right to nominate the rightful Presidential candidate – Hilary Clinton!

    February 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Dave

    What I wonder about is how she can raise more money than Obama, presumptively budget for a big super Tuesday win, and still say she can get the nation out of debt. Without planning for the future will be implementing a quick fix, get out of debt fast, economy plan, making her presidency look good, while setting us up for another recession? Will she be begging for more taxes the same way she is begging for more donations towards the end?

    February 27, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. Ed

    I made a promise that everytime Hillary says something dumb, I would make a campaign contribution to Obama. Her delusional statement about voters supposedly rallying to her candidacy qualifies. Hillary is like the captain of a once mighty ship that is now sinking in the middle of a violent storm: everyone has jumped overboard, the remainder of the crew are in rubber rafts, fiercely rowing away from the ship, and indeed only half of the ship is still visible above the crashing waves. But Hillary, standing on deck, with her wealth of experience to draw on, boldly declares: "I see land!"

    Obama '08

    February 27, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Barney, Long Island

    I served in the military for a number of years and also did tours of duty in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf wars. I am and always will be proud of my service to my country. I feel that our liberal youth today which Obama has a large following, are totally misguided and lack the duty to our country regardless of the politics behind the war in Iraq. Nobody wants war, but unfortunately it is necessary for the fight for freedom. American history has proved this time and time again. I fully support our military for their courage. They don't question the politics to fight for our country, they just do their duty and serve with honor in order to provide the freedom we Americans enjoy. The men and women of our volunteer military are placing their lives in danger to provide the safety and freedom of our country and it's allies. They deserve all the support from each and every American regardless of what our political views are. It disturbs me to no end knowing so much of our liberal youth today are so selfish of their own needs and don't have the guts and patriotism to take up arms and fight for our country. Instead they listen to cowardly leaders while enjoying the freedom that our brave military provide for them. Obama has established a following of this group of people. Our next President needs to be a leader of strength and take on all enemies with the attitude of VICTORY, NOT RETREAT!!

    Hillary and Obama choose retreat without victory. They fail to realize that retreat will weaken our nation and strenghten the Terrorists and Islamic extremists, who are determined to kill Americans. The liberal approach to war will only compromise our efforts in the global war against Terrorism and will put our homeland in greater risk of another devastating attack on our homeland.

    February 27, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Ann in Iowa

    I happen to be one of the many who do firmly believe that foreign policy issues will be front and center for the next President and I would so much prefer Hillary at the helm....

    the other candidate is so poorly prepared on the international scene...

    I want Hillary to stand firm... strong... tough... like she is.

    February 27, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Charlotte

    I 'm behind you all the way. You won the debate I don't care what the media says. Obama is nothing without a telepromter or someone elses words. Word for word not just similar to someone elses.

    February 27, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. lloyd

    i think that hillary clinton will win over obama in ohio and texas and obama will destroy america because the and hillary will win the nomination over obama

    February 27, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. Mary

    I think more people would support Hillary, if they knew Obama supports nuclear power and has different stances on gun control depending on where he is speaking.

    Bring out the Hillary voters in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island this week and then on to the others.

    February 27, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. Texan for Obama

    Today Obama announced 1 million people have donated to his campaign!

    Obama 08!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. applecrispbetty

    Go home and take care of your family.

    February 27, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. Damon

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

    February 27, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. aware

    An "Economic Solutions Summit" is a great idea! "Its the economy stupid" someone once said! 🙂

    Hillary the HOPE of 08

    February 27, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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