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


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (244 Responses)
  1. Lancaster John

    The whole point of primaries and elections is to let the electorate be heard. The idea of ending the debate early is not the American way. Of course Obama wants the contest to end now while he is ahead but that shuts many voters out of the process. The more people who are disenfranchised (like Florida and Michigan voters have been) the more people who will switch and vote for McCain. Republicans are more likely to vote the party while Democrats are more likely to vote their REAL conviction for the candidate they think best and both of those facts are good for McCain and bad for Democrats.

    April 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. No Grandpa Munster in the WhiteHouse

    We need to unite against GRANDPA MUNSTER!

    April 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Tom, Iowa

    He just said on Sunday that Hillary can stay in as long as she wants!?! Of course he wants to end it. It's called winning. What is wrong with her?

    April 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Sean

    Jeez. Misquotes and lies. Obama never said she should drop out. Actually, he's said several times she should stay in. Maybe he does want her to drop out, but no more than Clinton wants him to drop out! Once again, the Clinton campaign is trying to persecute Obama for the words of others. I didn't hear her denounce the "Judas" reference, and I didn't hear Obama ask her to. So why is it that Clinton wants to misquote and lie to the public?

    April 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. j

    They wouldn't be asking for you leave the race if any one of the following were true:
    1) You were actually close in elected delegates,
    2) The Republicans hadn't settled on a nominee, and
    3) You weren't throwing the "kitchen sink" at a fellow democrat

    That said, please do stick around Sen. Clinton. It's good for democracy and fun to see:
    (a) the campaign of "inevitability" and political connections try to sell itself as the underdog, and
    (b) hear you tell people that their vote matters while your whole campaign is built on the premise that the superdelegates should overturn the will of 20 million voters.

    April 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Enough

    This lady simply can not stand on her own merits!

    Smear, smear, smear... disgusting woman, pathetic campaign...

    April 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Alston

    Aaahh... put a sock in it Hillary!

    You have Obama on record saying otherwise..

    Do ALL of you Americans believe her lies????

    April 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. North Carolina

    Clinton is exactly right:. DNC: I will not let you take my vote. My right to vote is more important to me than any party affiliation. You have consistently tried to keep me from a choice of candidates and refused to count the votes of millions of people/ or have a revote, if necessary. Even core platforms of parties change over time: the Republic party was the party of Susan B. Anthony!

    April 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Hillary for President

    Um, you might want to change the caption.

    April 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Esther

    I am agree with Hillary Clinton. What really Barak Obama are interested? I think people have the right to vote not matter how important in delegates, electoral votes or small states represent. The nomination by the Democrat party have a long journey ahead up to August probably. If Barak Obama is TIRE I think he has to take a strong vitamin to see the end of this primaries.
    I
    n my view is a irrespect for voters the end the election in this manner, because Hillary Clinton decide go out the campaign.

    She start defending her candidacy competition againt 18 men from both party... and now in April 1st.... She is in the competition with only 2 men left! As voter, woman, Latina, mother, grandmother, professional.... I am proud of Hillary Clinton and She inspired me to go in politics matters!

    GO HILLARY CLINTON, everyone who get desperate get a PATIENT TABLETS!

    April 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Michael

    No no Hillary, we Obama supporters want people to vote..but not for you because you're the worst woman in the world and you'll sink this country worse than G.W. Bush.

    April 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Grif

    Well you'll find a place for him somwhere. I suppose Hillary..
    But, Not for "He's Dream Team".....
    You get to call the Numbers...

    April 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Ben, MD

    She doesn't open her mouth unless she lies!!! Obama has said time after time that he welcomes the race. He has praised her for her campaigning, yet she keeps lying about Michigan, about Florida, about just about everything.

    Obama has won, period.

    April 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Anita

    You would think with all of this disarray in the Democrat Party, the GOP would gather some steam and put forth an agenda with their presumed candidate.

    April 1, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. shirley

    Hillary is a liar, again. Senator Obama said "Hillary should continue to campaign for as long as she wants". It is the Democratic party that has grown tired of Hillary's negative campaign towards her fellow Democrat. Hillary should quit only if she continues to refuse the release her 2000 to 2006 tax returns; because if that is the case there must be a financial scandal there which will deem her unfit to run.

    April 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. gk

    What was that letter from Sen Clinton's financiers/supporters to Ms Pelosi about – superdelegates? Werent they telling Ms Pelosi to keep quiet about how superdelegates should choose their candidate? What happened to that news?

    April 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Iamwmd

    Just the latest example of her lies and the deciding factor that will prevent her from becoming the Democratic nominee.

    She continues to put herself in the spotlight and exxagerate each and every time. It has to be something she's drinking to cause her to be so dishonest because I sure her parents didn't raise her like that.

    If I was Camp Obama I would focus entirely on the remaing delegates and John McCain and let her continue to put her foot in her mouth.

    Obama 08

    April 1, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. daniel

    I believe that if Hillary stay all the way to the August Convention She WIll be the the democratic nominee and Followed by the nomination the Next President of the United States ... If how ever Obama wins the nomination I for the first time will Vote for The Republican Nominee .. John McCain - John McCain and Hillary Clinton Has The Knowledge and the Experiance this Country needs ..... ANd put Change Forth In THe United States of America ... Where Obama has been running for President 2 of the 3 years he has been in the senate as a junior member .. I feel that he will bring change just like Bush has done for this Country for the Worse :-(

    April 1, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. The Tax Man Commeth...

    Whatever...just give us your tax info.

    April 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    Yes Hillary, only yesterday he came out and said you should stay in, but he wants to end your campaign, right?

    ...and what the heck is your supporter, Goevernor Ed Randell doing on Fox News saying that they are the only fair news channel?

    April 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. Chucky,CA

    Hillary just need to cut it out. Its so outrageous to blame Obama for a pledge both of you signed last year not to campaign in Florida and Michigan. Enough of these politics and lies that the Bush and Cheney administration has fed us for seven years now.

    We have listened to Hillary Clinton and her husband say let the people decide who their nominee should be and so far the people are leanning towards Obama so its time the Clintons show the American people some respect and get out of the race.

    April 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Adam in Indy

    Brace yourself for the Hostile comments from the Obamabots.

    April 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Karen - Branson MO

    Hillary and the media are going to milk this story forever. Only some supporters said that, the same thing HER supporters have said. Enough is enough. Good grief, doesn't Hillary have anything else to talk about? Now she's Rambo? Really now...how high schoolish. The only one trying to stir up trouble has been Hillary Clinton ALL ALONG!

    April 1, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Bill in NYC

    "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."

    She then quickly added "But the superdelegates shouldn't pay attention to the popular vote. At all. Seriously."

    April 1, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Denise

    I think Hillary Clinton needs to focus on running a Presidential campaign. It is time for her to start focusing on Senator Mccain's platform. Her remarks are not helping the party. Although I am an Obama supporter, I will vote for her if she wins the nomination. But her campaing is focusing minor issues. Her supporters are also requesting she leave the race. Her information is not accurate. I truly wish her the best.

    April 1, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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