April 23rd, 2008
03:20 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton works to energize supporters

Clinton worked to energize a group of supporters in Indiana Wednesday.
Clinton worked to energize a group of supporters in Indiana Wednesday.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (CNN) - Looking to capitalize on the momentum out of her Pennsylvania primary victory, Hillary Clinton made a quick trip here to energize supporters and plant the flag as her campaign looks to what could be a tight primary contest on May 6.

"The voters of Pennsylvania decided by an overwhelming majority they could count on me to deliver for them. They could count on me to make the tough decisions that will be presented to the next president," Clinton told an outdoor rally in downtown Indianapolis. "We can do it, we can do it."

Clinton told assembled supporters and onlookers that after her Pennsylvania win she now leads in the popular vote tally, something the Obama campaign disputes because Clinton's assertion assumes the vote tallies from Florida and Michigan are included. The Democratic National Committee continues to grapple with the dilemma of whether or not the delegates from those two states will be seated at the party's summer convention.

"It's a very close race but if you count as i count the 2.3 million people who voted in Michigan and Florida then we are going to build on that," she said.

Clinton said her visit marked the 50th time a member of the Clinton family had visited Indiana during this campaign. Both President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are expected to tour the state in the coming days.

"There will be very few days that a Clinton isn't in Indiana," said Jonathan Swain, the campaign's state communications director.

"This campaign for me here in Indiana is about jobs, jobs, jobs, and jobs. That is what I believe the central issue is. The economy is not working for hard working Americans," Clinton said.

Indiana is losing manufacturing jobs and the states' home foreclosure rate is on the rise. Voters concerned about the economy helped carry Clinton to victory in Pennsylvania, and her campaign hopes a continued emphasis on that issue will give her a boost here.

The fact that Indiana neighbors Illinois, the Clinton campaign says, gives Sen. Barack Obama a bit of an edge here. There are 28 Clinton offices around Indiana, four of which are in the northwestern part of the state, which is part of the Chicago television market - making Obama a very familiar face.

"It's been a hard fought contest that's been good for the Democratic Party," Clinton said. "What's important is how we engage with all of you over the next two weeks."

Clinton spends Thursday in North Carolina, and returns to Indiana Friday for a two-day campaign swing.


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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. melisa

    yay good don't give up keep forever to end june will beat to obama suck

    April 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. DEE in fla

    I HATE THIS LADY

    April 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Helene

    Florida and Michigan are OUT. How long is she going to spin this one ? How long is she going to move the goal posts ?

    April 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Mike

    Seat Florida and Michigan like the 14th amendment of the constitution says they have a right to.

    April 23, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Indiana Voter

    Hope they get cash not credit, or good luck getting paid from the Clinton camp.

    April 23, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Hillary Clinton

    Avoid the trauma, stop Obama!

    April 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Ms. GA

    I am so tired of hearing about Clinton! Before this race I loved the Clintons, now I can't stand to hear them talk. It is really sad. She is a nasty person who will do whatever it takes to win no matter how much she destroys the democratic party.

    April 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. ElizabethND

    Obama will win big in Oregon. You can take this to the bank. Our politics here is relatively clean; scorched earth tactics are repulsive here.

    April 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Angus McDugan

    Between Obama's and Hillary's negative campaigns, the Florida and Michigan disaster, and the super delegates not having the guts to decide on their own; the democratic party looks like a bunch of clowns. What a mess.

    April 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. proud army and navy mom

    did she tell her supporters how she was going to pay for this? I was taught when in debt, to stop spending. this is how she will run the country in the ground, like Bush

    April 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Arthur-Texas

    I just made a large dollar donation to Hillarys campaign.I did it because the country cannot afford to elect an uneperienced elitist as our president.
    We should all rally around Hillary and support her in anyway we can.The survival our country is at stake.

    April 23, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Matthew, Philadelphia, PA

    Whether you see Michigan and Florida as officially sanctioned contests or not, it is an indisputable fact now that more people have cast votes for Hillary than Obama.

    April 23, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. kathy in ohio

    Go Hillary
    We do need a fighter to get us back on track in America

    April 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Jack in ND

    Not exactly overwhelming Hillary.

    More like in a group of 20 people, 11 said yes and 9 said no.

    April 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. MP-Pennsylvania

    WHY IS CLINTONS WORRIED ABOUT INDIANA BEING CLOSER TO ILLINOISE.

    BILL WAS 2 TERM PRESIDENT AND HILLARY WAS TWO TER FIRST LADY.....
    I GUESS PEOPLE REMEMBER THEIR FACE STILL

    April 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. A. Harrison

    Get em Hillary, we're behind you all the way to the White House!

    P.S. – If I was a Floridian or a Michigan resident I would be writing letters and protesting to get my vote counted. Floridians, isn't this the second or third time your votes are being thrown around?

    April 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Gloria

    Poor Hillary, NOT A SINGLE SUPERDELEGATE endorses her after Penn.. Obana got 4 today + 49 backers from Edwards' team.. That's the direction we are going..

    April 23, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. karen from va

    It's been a hard fought contest that's been good for the Democratic Party," Clinton said.

    Is Clinton really so unaware of the damage created by this campaign? I think not.

    April 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Veterans for Obama

    "overwhelming majority"....my goodness Hillary, you are delusional. 2 weeks ago you had an overwhelming majority of 25% points, last night you had a single digit victory.

    April 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Independent

    By counting the 2.3 million people who voted there, she means that in Michigan, she gets 55% of the vote, and Obama gets ZERO votes because he wasn't on the ballot.

    Hey – if we take away the votes Obama gets in other states she'll REALLY be leading in the popular vote! Let's just play the game of "If no one else was running, I would be winning, really I would!"

    Rii-iight. Because I'm sure NO ONE in Michigan would have voted for Obama. So good to see Hillary playing a fair game. Maybe she should try telling the truth for a change.

    April 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. ro in sc

    PLEASE SOMEONE LET THIS BE OVER!!!!!@

    April 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. PA voter

    It's a beautiful day in Hillary land :-)

    April 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Obama '08 NC

    That's the problem right there, Hillary continues to lie to the people. She clearly does not have the popular vote. She cearly did not cut into Obama's camp, Obama CLEARLY cut her lead to 9.5 percent, It is clearly that Hillary thinks noone else watches TV. Right now it is not about the American people with her, its about herself. Obama CLEARLY is in the lead and Howar Dean is still allowing this to continue. I guess we watch Obama sweep her under the rug with NC, and IND. Then can Howard Dean ask Hillary to give her great exist speech.

    April 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Independent

    Also – Mike, the 14th Amendment doesn't talk about the rights of state's delegations to be seated at a primary convention. You don't have a right to vote in the primaries. Just FYI.

    April 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. j

    9% is not an overwhelming majority, especially when you had a 25% lead a few weeks ago. Note to Sen. Clinton – McCain isn't going to spot you a 25% lead in every state during the general election.

    April 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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