March 24th, 2008
04:47 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton stresses party unity in Pennsylvania

Sen. Clinton said Democrats will need to unite against John McCain.
Sen. Clinton said Democrats will need to unite against John McCain.

BLUE BELL, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Over the weekend, Barack Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe accused Hillary Clinton of having a “character gap.” Clinton spokesman Phil Singer returned fire, saying today that Obama’s campaign is perpetrating an "insidious pattern of personal attacks."

Any Democrat listening the harsh language emanating from the campaigns would be forgiven for thinking it might be tough to unify the party this fall.

Clinton was asked by a voter here Monday about the increasingly contentious race, and whether Democrats can manage to come together in the general election. Clinton re-emphasized that Democrats must unite after the primary battle.

"I think we will have a unified Democratic party once we have a nominee, we will go into fall election very committed to taking back the White House," she said. "None of the things I talk about will happen if Sen. McCain is elected."

She praised McCain and their work in Senate together, but added, "As he himself has said, he doesn’t know much about the economy."

The mostly female audience laughed as she ribbed McCain over his economic credentials, but she was serious as she urged Democrats to put aside their differences to defeat the presumptive GOP nominee.

"I think that people that who would have voted for either me or Sen. Obama are going to ask themselves, 'Wait a minute, there are really big differences between the Democrats and the Republicans.' And let’s have a unified party and elect a Democratic president."

UPDATE: Republican National Committee spokesman Danny Diaz issued this response to Clinton's charges against McCain: "Sen. Clinton’s plans to increase taxes and implement massive government spending would only hurt hardworking families and small businesses. Her political attacks against Sen. McCain won’t distract voters from her backward-looking and failed policy stances."

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Pennsylvania
soundoff (397 Responses)
  1. charlie

    excuse me......loses.......sorry

    March 24, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. Djools from the Netherlands

    Hillary started the kitchensinking. Now the sink comes back she starts whining. If she is the best candidate, why isn't she way ahead in the race?

    March 24, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. Tex

    Carville's comments are unChristian. What hypocrisy for Carville to say such a vile statement during Christiandom's most holy week. This is a new low.

    March 24, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. jcollins

    I have not heard anyone from the Clinton Camp go as Dirty .Than the Obama Campaign & Supporters ( Than the Blue Dress Remark ) Until Clinton people go that Low
    Don't Say A Word About Dirty

    March 24, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Csokas

    Greg –

    I thought that once. Now I'm just going to vote Obama anyway – as a write-in. I once thought I could vote Clinton or Obama, but when she kept quiet about the absurdity of the whole Rev Wright issue even when she knew her husband considered him a spiritual leader of importance as well, I decided I could not fill in that bubble. I can't vote for McCain, so I'll just stick with the best person for the job.

    March 24, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. skipper

    quit then

    March 24, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. Need Answer

    Why only white men have been president of this country ?

    March 24, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. free thinker

    Obama is no longer a viable candidate.

    Many, if not most of Hillary's supporters WILL not vote for him- just because we do not believe he is the right person for the job.

    Loyalty to the party, after all the insults and all the vicious attacks made by the Obama campaign, is a fairy tale.

    We will have loyalty to our beliefs, our conscience, our country and our Candidate- before loyalty to a party that disenfranchised its own members. The DNC had damaged the democratic party and some of us will never come back after this rigged primary.

    I admire Hillary for calling for unity, but I'll only come back if she wins the nomination. Otherwise, I will stand in solidarity with my fellow democrats in Florida and Michigan who were stripped of their vote.
    My suggestions to Hillary Dems: Write in her name, switch party affiliation or, as a bad last resort vote for McCain if you believe in him. But we can not encourage the DNC to pre-elect the nominee and to disenfranchise the Democrats by voting for Obama in the end.

    Even if you wanted to initially, you can not condone the actions of the DNC and the democratic elite. They will not even allow the super delegates to do what they were created to DO.

    Obama has dug his own grave with his dishonesty, his hypocrisy, his sense of superiority and his disdain for the Clintons and the country.

    March 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. Obama Wright Scandal

    Sen. Barack Obama is a gifted and eloquent speaker. His Tuesday speech on race relations was a beautiful example of his style. It was not a "speech for the ages." Rather, it was a politically expedient attempt to divert attention from the real issue, which is not race relations at all, but rather Sen. Obama's judgment, or the lack thereof, with respect to the inflammatory and polemical views expressed by his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

    Sen. Obama has made a touchstone of his campaign for the presidency that it is not so much experience that counts, but rather judgment. While experience is much more important than he would have the electorate believe, he is right to focus on judgment as a critical factor in the determination as to whom should be our next president.

    If Sen. Obama is the Democratic nominee, as he very well may be, then voters in November should ask themselves not how good his speech was, but rather what kind of judgment has he actually exhibited with respect to the deeply divisive views of the Rev. Wright.

    March 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. anna

    I am supporting Hillary. If Obama gets the nominaton, I will vote for
    McCain.

    March 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. John

    After the comments made by the Clintons. I would not be surprised if they didn't join McCain if Obama gets the nod. If you have listened to the claims spoken by Bill he says we , our , when referring to his wifes presidiency.
    Another comment is look at Hillary"s decission on how she intended to win. If she changes her policies that fast even the presses won't be able to keep up. A law or ruling would be outdated before they could print the rulebook.

    March 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. LIz

    I am supporting Senator Clinton. If Obama gets the nomination, I will vote for McCain. Don"t tell me Democratic father!

    March 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  13. Charlotte

    Richardson is a Judas. He must have something to gain at this point in time. I think he believes Hillary will lose, and he is just positioning himself for political gain of some sort.. It will be interesting to see, if Obama is the nominee and if he wins in November, which I doubt, What position Richardson gets? The speech Obama gave was a decent speech, but then that is his forte. Why does he never do question and answer sessions such as Hillary does? It is easy to do a speech, not so easy to answer questions. I just pray Hillary can pull off the big upset. That is the only way we will win in November.

    March 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. penny

    YEP HE WENT TO HARVARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO BARACK!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  15. BruinfromLAX, Calif.

    No more Obama. His background is surfacing. Voting for McCain if
    Hillary does not get the nomination..........Until now.....it is HILLARY!

    March 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. John

    Say one thing, do another...a TYPICAL Clinton tactic. For love of god, when will this woman see the light and realize she has absolutely no chance of winning the nomination. It's OVER Hillary. Drop out for cryin' out loud!!!

    March 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. mush

    Sorry Hill!!! You are just adicted with corruption and severe elements of dictatorship. America does not belong to the Bushes and Clintons only. Everyone born in America is entitled to presidency. You want to make the White House a Chinese Military base, like what you were doing as the first lady-dining with Chinese spies. For you to the white house belongs to you and McCain proves to the whole world that you a divisionary person who thrives through discrimination and hatred of other races. At 3am in the White House Bill was committing adultery.

    March 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. JAMES

    Just think The big HILLARY cannot tell the difference from flowers to bullets. Let her try getting out of this big LIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

    March 24, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. William

    Sounds very presidential to me. Hillary shows she has what it takes to run the country. I favor Hillary for the presidency, but In full party unity, I will vote for whomever gets the nomination, and not be a turncoat and vote republican, like some others here. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Those of you who say you will vote for McCain if your candidate doesn't get the nom are probably republican anyway. Perhaps you thought you might vote democrat because you realize what a mess the repubs have made of our country and realize what a mistake it was to put the Bush administration in power. So vote republican, if you wish, your vote is not needed, and it won't help the other side, McBush doesn't have any chance of taking the presidency.

    March 24, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. JOHN

    I THINK IT'S BEEN SAID BEFORE, PARTY UNITY STARTS WHEN SHE ADMITS IT IS IMPOSSIABLE FOR HER TO WIN. THE MATH DOES NOT ADD UP. SHE'S BEHIND IN DELEGATES, VOTES AND STATES AND SHE CAN'T CATCH HIM. IT'S THE MEDIA THAT'S FOOLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY TELLING THEM SHE STILL HAS A CHANCE, BUT THEY NEVER TELL US HOW SHE HAS A CHANCE. AFTER FL. AND MICH. TANKED IT WAS OVER. THEN THE FAT LADY SANG WITH THE RICHARDSON ENDORCEMENT. YOU KNOW IT WAS BIG BECAUSE THEY CALLED HIM EVERY NAME IN THE BOOK. BUT HE WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT AMERICAN IF HE WOULD HAVE ENDORCED HILLARY. HOW DO YOU SPELL PARTY UNITY. HILLARY THROWING IN THE TOWEL. V.P. CLINTON, THAT'S NOT TO BAD.

    March 24, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. David

    If she really want unity of the party she should drop NOW...
    She already lost this primary and now working to improve McCaine chances to come back after 4 years...
    Shame on you Hillary

    March 24, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. jw

    If the news media steels this from Sen Clinton, the i think she should run as a third party.

    March 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. Richardson is Judas

    Richardson is a Judas. Richardson would NOT be where he is today if it wasn't for Hillary and Bill Clinton. Hillary and Bill campaigned for him for AZ governership. Obama was NO where to be found when Richardson was running for Governer.

    In politics LOYALTY is EVERYTHING in POLITICS. AND the Clintons were very very loyal to Richardson! Richardson wants so badly to be VP or a member of Obama cabinet. Obama will give $450,000 to pay off Richardson's campaign debt as well.... $$$$ talk and so do Richardson's political ambtions.

    Wheather you are for Obama or Clinton, NONE of US CAN TRUST Richardson from this point on. HE LACKS LOYALTY.

    March 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. Lynne Kieper

    Party unity is not as important as nominating the right candidate. It is disappointing to see CNN promote Obama and give more air time to his vacation than Hillary gets for an important speech on the economy, etc. Obama was given an hour of free air time to deliver his speech on race, his church, etc., and Hillary gets nothing. Obama has too much controversy surrounding him. We know too little of him and fear that things will be revealed during the general election (if he is nominated) that will give the election to Sen MCCain who will give us four more years of Bush! CNN, please stop this shameless promotion of Obama. You used to be the trusted source for news but have become as bad as Faux News in your reportage.

    March 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Connie, Tn.

    From the comments I have read, it will be almost impossible to unite the party. I have heard Obama supporters say they won't vote for Hillary and Hillay supporters who won't vote for Obama. I am an Obama supporter but will support the nominee. We certainly don't need 4 more years of Republicans!! Democrats always manage to "shoot themselves in the foot".

    March 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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