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. Ryan

    More lies from Clinton. Obama isn't the one saying this, it is other prominent Democrats, and I agree with that. If it were Clinton in the lead, people would have been forcing Obama to quit for a while now.

    April 1, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Chris W.

    Interesting.... because after everyone votes (and Obama has the lead), SHE is the one who is going to PURPOSELY disenfranchise voters by having their votes overturned by superdelegates and credentials committees.

    She can't have it both ways, but nice spin nonetheless!

    April 1, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Madison , PA

    Hillary you make yourself just ridiculous.

    April 1, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Lorelei

    How about Hillary release her tax returns and then she will be in a better position for the American people to trust her. Obama is not keeping her from doing that, nor is he keeping her from releasing her earmarks.
    Let's talk about what is really going on.

    April 1, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Dan, MA

    I think it's time for Clinton to call it quits. Unless America is more corrupt than we all think, she's not going to pull every superdelegate to her side. And without the support of the people, she's never going to win. All that her dirty tactics are accomplishing is creating a rift between Democrats. And as far as those who are eager to elect McCain instead of your preferred Democrat candidate, good luck with your hundred years in Iraq.

    April 1, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. doug

    Is this another comment that is a fib? Oh my I mean maybe she misspoke because you allready ran that clip that Obama said she should stay in the race.

    April 1, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    Yes- Mrs Clinton has the right to continue but at what cost – If the Dems should lose in November I wonder what kind of reception she will have upon returning to the Senate.

    April 1, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Lee WV

    Hillary is right,Let the people vote.Then the Super Delegates go with the will of the people,the one with most states,most pledged delegates and popular votes.And if all you Clintonites want to vote for McCain go for it !!!

    April 1, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. Johnny

    Her act is REALLY wearing thin. I used to like her, now I cringe at the sight and sound of her. Please go away Hillary.

    April 1, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Mike

    INACCURATE. Obama himself said she can stay in the race as long as she wants and he has no problem finishing this out. Some Obama supporters have suggested she get out. Its a big difference. Get your facts straight.

    Obama '08

    April 1, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Jeanne

    Hilary's world appears to be filled with lies and delusions. If one lie doesn't work, make up another one. No wonder she's falling in the polls. She wouldn't know the truth if it walked up and bit her. And if she did, she certainly wouldn't speak it.

    April 1, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. mike

    shame on you, Hillary. you are doing everything possible to get the nomination, which is getting highly impossible. Your actions and words have made me to back Obama. And I think i am not alone.

    April 1, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. CLINTON2008

    im sick of Obama
    go go Hilary and never give up we are with you
    The road to White House only for you not Obama

    April 1, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. MD

    Stop whining, and run as long as you want.

    Have your 15 minutes of fame, but promise NEVER to come back once this is over.

    April 1, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Greg

    Yawn.

    Time to throw in the towel, Hill.

    April 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Spirit of America

    Keep on voting. Keep on Truckin'. Rock on, Rocky Hillary!

    As once was said in Pennsylvania, government of, for and by the people shall not perish from the earth.

    April 1, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. CLINTON2008

    im sick of Obama
    go go Hilary and never give up we are with you
    The road to White House only for you not Obama

    April 1, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Yola

    We need Hillary, why end? no way. Where is Michigan and Florida, this is a free country no?

    April 1, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. stuart_zechman

    All you Obamabots need to stop the disenfranchisement of the peoples and stop being so stupid. Really. For the love of the Goddess.
    We don't want a racist as our President we want our Hillary. I bet CNN is too scared to post this because I said the r word and did not attach it to a republican to whom it generally belongs.

    April 1, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. nina

    He is afraid that there are more dirts hiding in his closet

    April 1, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Jeff

    So – this is the pity pot for Pennsylvania? Hillary generates her votes by playing victim – do we not get that yet? Even though Obama has said, "Carry on" – she still rails on as the poor abused woman in the campaign. How long will she continue to fool us?

    April 1, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. sally

    When I read these nasty comments, I am ashamed of what my country has become.

    April 1, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. Hal

    Give me a break -– This election will be closer than people think, and we don't know how the convention will work out - If the people from Florida & Michigan have a voice at the convention – and – and the Super delegates favor Ms Clinton – then why should (or would) she drop out. Pushing her out at this point is a low ball tactic to avoid the chance that Mr Obama will be defeated. And as for intelligence being equated to voting for Mr Obama – I would think not after reading the Obama favorite comments on this page. - Everyone has a voice.......Let them express it..

    April 1, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Jeff

    She's pretty much spot on actually. Obama's goons are doing everything they can to get her out of the race before the voting is done. They invented this pretext that actually finishing this primary cycle with 'damage' the party and help the Repubs win. Its all a lot of hogwash.

    Also, in case you can't count, Obama cannot win the nomination without the votes of the superdelegates either. So if they go for him, it is just as 'disenfranchising' to all the Hillary supporters. So the malarky about Hillary staying in and 'stealing' the election is just more scare tactics by Obama's kool-aide mob.

    Let the race run its course, put your desire for instant gratification on the backburner, and lets see how this thing plays out.

    April 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Change 2008

    Plz! Lets not loose sight that loyalty to the Dem party comes before any one specific candidate. No one likes their guy/girl to lose, but at the end of the day it been a hard fought game and Unity will be the trophy for all Dems.

    April 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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