April 1st, 2008
04:08 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton: Obama campaign wants to end race

Chelsea Clinton has taken a high-profile role in her mother’s presidential campaign.
Chelsea Clinton has taken a high-profile role in her mother’s presidential campaign.

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) - As Sen. Hillary Clinton's underdog campaign soldiers on through Pennsylvania, Indiana and North Carolina, she has begun casting herself as a champion of democracy.

"There are some folks saying we ought to stop these elections," she said in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 29 as the audience booed the notion. "I don't think we believe that in America," she said. "The more people that have a chance to vote, the better it is for our democracy."

As Pennsylvania's primary nears, Clinton's staffers have increasingly accused Barack Obama's campaign of trying to disenfranchise Democrats. On Monday, in a satellite interview with a television station in Montana, Clinton herself made the charge.

"My take on it is a lot of Sen. Obama's supporters want to end this race because they don't want people to keep voting," she told KTVQ in Billings, Montana. "That's just the opposite of what I believe. We want people to vote. I want the people of Montana to vote, don't you?"

It is a growing theme in Clinton's stump speech as she makes her way through upcoming primary states: that she alone, up against rival forces aiming to silence the millions of voters in the 10 remaining primary and caucus states, will stand up for their right to vote.

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– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby


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soundoff (244 Responses)
  1. FELISA

    Yeah Hillary, that's a way to win over support, just in case you manage to steal the race. How's that working for you?

    April 1, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Kevin

    What a joke. People who are asking her to drop out are doing so in the interest of the bigger picture, and the bigger picture is the need to begin building up the democratic nominee against the republicans.

    And since when is she interested in the voters? She agreed with the DNC's decision on FL and MI, and has anyone taken a look at the Harlem vote recently?

    Is this your idea of an April Fool's Day joke, Hillary? People are learning that you don't really care, just like you don't care about the millions who voted in the "unimportant" states that YOU LOST.

    April 1, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. ticker fan

    She is such a liar- Obama has said repeatedly that the choice is hers.

    And she did predict on several occasions last year that the race would be over on February 5th.

    April 1, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. ltd1974

    Hillary you time is up. The senate records shows OBAMA has better experience than you. Please rease the SENATE RECORDS and you be the judge.

    Please! Hillary what experience.

    Go Mr. President OBAMA

    April 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. David

    No, Senator Clinton, prominent Dems are beginning to make noise about ending the primary because there is a critical general on which we must focus. Prominent Dems are beginning to urge your consideration of truncating your campaign because they fear your tactics do little to impact the inevitable outcome of the primary, but rather create bagsful of fodder for the Rs to use in the general. Prominent Dems, while not mathematicians, are wise enough to the calculus to understand that the only outcome to your continuation in the campaign is further erosion of our chances against Senator McCain.

    This is not terribly difficult to understand, though I can imagine a difficult scenario to face. It will take enormous courage and a subrogation of personal and political aspirations to the greater good of the country, but Senator Clinton indeed needs to suspend her campaign. Not on anyone's terms but her own; however, it must happen if we are to shift our focus to winning the WH in November.

    April 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Disgusted at Ignorance

    Someone please stop her ... dear God, can SHE possibly disenfranchise the party anymore than she has??!!

    If the roles were reversed she would be all over Obama ending the campaign so she could sit righteously on her throne.

    I am so sick of Hillary! She just takes everything too far, she is such a sore loser. And her die hard supporters – puhleeze. You all can vote for McCain all you want, because you obviously don't care about the country, you just care about having your way – just like Hillary Clinton.

    April 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Matt

    She will become the best president we have ever had. And if Obama gets it by the forces wanting him badly, it is because they are setting him up to lose to Mccain in November. I will definitely vote for Mccain if Hillary is not the nominee even if Hillary endorses him. I personally think she should run as an independent if she is not the nominee so she makes sure Obama does not win.

    April 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. James D (Cary, NC)

    Millions of Americans want this race to be over. Including ones who haven't voted yet.

    April 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. D. Lalaine, Oregon

    . . .That's not true. You see, its not that Hillary lies about almost everything. Obama voters and anyone with an IQ above 10 can see through her. It is the saps with a vote that will believe anything that she says who will sink the democrats.

    April 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Johnny

    Is this all she can come up with?Go ahead Hillary Huckabee lets waste more time and money on your fragile but inflated ego.What a weirdo!

    April 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Janie, Raleigh, N.C.

    If this nastiness directed toward the Clinton family continues, I plan to leave the Democratic party. I have paid taxes because I wanted to help our country. I worked in integrated schools because I want all children to have a chance. But, if my fellow Democrats allow the Clinton family to be attacked day after day, I will no longer support the party.

    April 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Apaul

    She needs a mute button. Everytime she opens her mouth I find myself thinking less and less of her.

    April 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Carrie PA

    If the tables were turned, Hillary would have demanded that the race be over by now. Hillary is in denial. She will never be President because more than half of Americans don't like her.

    April 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Brian

    Fast Eddie Rendell is backing Bill Rodham's wife, Hil'ry for one reason. Eddie is going to be the VP candidate, and his judge wife will be offered a seat to the Supreme Court.
    In 1994 Midge Rendell was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In 1997 she was once again nominated by President Clinton, this time for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit where she continues to serve as an appellate judge today. She is also a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Rendell owes Clinton big time!

    April 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Reader-of-Many-Sources

    In one breath she states that everyone should get a chance to vote and, in another breath she says the Super Delegates should over-turn the will of the people and vote for her.

    April 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. John

    I want to congratulate Hon.Speaker of the House Ms.Nancy Pelosi.Your statement regarding the Democrats primary campaign is a sure quality of leadership.Weighing and thinking for solutions, rather than rush to conclusions.That is Democracy,in respecting the voters to cast their ballots;it is their right.Those who want to stop Hillary;are on a midnight Express.Now they will slow down and get things done right.Thank you Speaker N.Pelosi.I am very proud of you.

    April 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Veterans for Obama

    Have you heard a thing Obama has been saying????????

    Quit blaming and hating Hillary.

    April 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. VOTER FOR TRUTH AND DIGNITY IN AMERICA

    TO HILLARY CLINTON:

    THIS IS A BILL.

    HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES

    TOTAL $292,000

    PAST DUE NOTICE PAY IMMEDIATELY

    April 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Bill, Covington

    Hang in there Hillary, you will never get my vote but then neither will the bark, But hang in there, you two are always good for a daily laugh.

    April 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. H. McLeod, Montana

    . . . Hillary is beginning to look like MOMMY DEAREST. . . .oops, sorry
    Joan Crawford.

    April 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Mk

    hmmm..so why did he say she should stay in the race as long as she wanted to?....pssssssssst...Hillary...you are losing it..

    April 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Vee

    Of course Obama wants to end the race.

    If you were in Obama's place- you would have wanted to end the race.

    fair game

    April 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Jo

    50% of the democrats who have already voted in the primaries have voted for Hillary Clinton. We have 10 primaries to go. We have 2 major states in DNC pergatory with no redemption in sight and every day some Obama surragate wants Clinton to withdraw so Obama can win. Wishful thinking. It is rather presumptious to declare victory before the end of the contest.

    Senator Clinton continues to be in this race because her supporters (that pesky 50% again) wants her to continue to fight for the nomination. They do it everyday by contributing to her campaign and by turning out the vote in key states even though being outspent in primary states and outmuscled in caucus states.

    Every time some Obama surragate ( in the presence of Obama like Richardson or with his permission like Leahy) calls for a premature closure of the nomination process 50% of the democratic party is angered. Now just how many times do you think you can anger someone before they just walk away from ever supporting your candidate.

    I would like just one Obama supporter to tell me how he is going to win in November if he encourages and participates in continually trashing the candidate who is supported by 50% of the democratic voters.

    Obama started this in January when he said that he could get the support of the Clinton voters but she could not get his. Well Senator if your campaign and its surragates and your blog help keep insulting the Clinton campaign and its supporters, you may be surprised on how hard it is to convince them to vote for you. Oh yes that is 50% of the democratic voters.

    April 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Veterans for Obama

    Quit being devisive...polls show that its hurting you Hillary. Don't you care about your Legacy?

    April 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. mimi de la cruz

    WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE CLINTONS TO LAST US FORE EVER.

    TAKE YOUR WAR AND YOUR GUTTER POLITICS AND BILLIE, HOME.

    April 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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