April 23rd, 2008
03:20 PM ET
10 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. Susan MO

    Arthur Texas

    Ask for you money back. She will lose.

    Go Obama

    April 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. John Smith

    Personally, I do not have any problem with Hillary. As I understand "personality disorders," she strongly believes that "there is nothing wrong with her." I work with these kinds of folks everyday- they abuse their spouses and blame their spouses for all the problems in the relationship.

    My problem is with those who "fail" to see or recognize the psychopathology (a mental health issue) in this family! They continue to support the Clintons, totally blind to their "history" in this nation. Or probably blinded by wealth or the "image of a "fighter" and not a "peace-maker." God bless us all!!

    April 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. gail

    Doesn't it bother anybody that she wants to "obliterate" Iran?

    April 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Eric-Illinois

    Guess we can only have so many comments supporting Hillary. That's right have to keep the appearance that Obama is the most popular.

    April 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. R.S.-St. Paul

    GO HILLARY! I am praying for your well being. I am a woman, and I support the first woman president of the United States of America!!

    April 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. b

    well yes, the clinton's will be attending the peter paul court appearance, so she will not be available for awhile. for those that are unfamiliar with this, just google

    April 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. MM

    Can not believe this woman - I'm ahead in the popular vote!!!!! Same old Clinton stuff - there are rules for everyone else and then there are rules for the Clintons. What I find really really hard to understand is the people that are so for Clinton. Please help explain this to me?!!!!! She has no real experience. She outright lies. She wants to count votes for states that she agreed not to count. She has been involved in some extremely shady stuff. She is married to a man who support things that she supposedly doesn't. She is married to a man who brought such shame on this country. The "good times" when her husband was president - were not due to his policies. So please explain to me why you are supporting her?????

    April 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Raelee





    April 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. suzy


    April 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Mandy, California

    MI and FL voters have said they were told when they went to vote that the votes would not count. In both states people went home rather than vote.

    In MI they were told if they didn't want HRC to vote uncommitted. Now, they have given 47 of the 83 delegates to Clinton and of the remaining 36, only 1/2 to Obama. See article on FREEP.COM.

    Looks like Clinton is getting her "behind closed doors" wish.

    Too bad ethics don't apply to the Michigan DP or Clinton.

    April 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Jaime

    People of Indiana, I implore you to research some questionable events that have come to light regarding Clinton before voting. Please GOOGLE "Kathy Callahan credit" "Hillary Clinton Lies" "Clinton Co-President" and "Clinton Scandal" to find a myriad of information at your disposal.

    Best wishes during this election process!

    April 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. typicalAmerican

    The Democrats NEED Florida and Michigan. THINK about that, Dean and Kerry and Kennedy, and yes, SAM NUNN, too. WHY would you be counted in that group, Mr. Nunn? I thought more of you....

    April 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. give her a cookie

    FEDUP April 23rd, 2008 4:08 pm ET

    One other thing, you are vile toward Hillay and then expect us to support you cocain sniffing, lying scumbag in November?

    Hillary is the vile one ... Pimping her daughter like a 3 dollar crack ho.

    April 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. MyhouseMyopinion

    Why is it not racist when over ninty percent of Black Americans vote for Obama, only because he is black? This is wrong! America needs to wake up and realize the best man for the job is a woman.

    April 23, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Peter in PA

    Shrewed and manipulative woman......I detest her look. I don't have any problem with voting for a whoman but this one. No matter what, even if Jesus himself appear before me and asks me to voter for this lier, I won't vote.

    April 23, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Jeff - Dallas

    Florida and Michigan voters, remember that Hillary was in agreement that your primary votes should not count BEFORE the primary. It was only after the primaries that she realized she needs those votes, and is changing her way of thinking.

    April 23, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Kathy in Oregon

    What's up with CNN?

    I post a comment and it disappears into a black hole...never to be seen.

    I simply asked WHY Dee in florida was HATING on Hillary.

    Can't you Obama supporters at least show some RESPECT for a woman who has accomplished more than you EVER will?

    AND - Oregon is a mostly blue collar & rural state...a.k.a. Hillary country!

    April 23, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. joe

    this woman continues to amaze me,. what message is she sending out to the younger generation about going back on your word! she should be ashamed of herself for trying to push this Michiga and Florida delegates when it was accepted by all the candidates that due to their primary being moved forward their votes won't count.
    people should see what this woman truly is. i can barely look at her on tv much more listen to her speak.
    the democrats leaders should act responsibly and shup them up once and for all. they don't own the party.

    April 23, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. The One

    Again for you clintonites, if the numbers are the verdict for winning or losing, well the door has closed for her, BUT of course she is a clinton and i bet ya she finds a way to steal this nomination, PERIOD! The Clintons believe they are the democratic party and can do with it whatever they please even if that means destroying it! You Clintonites are something else, you all know she cant win unless she steals it and SHE WILL! This is not the 60's or 70's ladies and gents, its a new day and a new world. Prejudice and racism must oneday (now) come to an end, but the older voters cant seem to let go, but thats ok cuz the young vote will soon rule a NEW DAY AND NEW WORLD!

    The Thief in the Night Strikes Again! You go girl, win by any means necessary! Even if it means being a thief! I used to like her, but now she is just a liar and a thief. If she does steal it, the backlash will doom the DEMOCRATIC PARTY for years to come! WAKE UP and let go of yesterday!

    April 23, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |

    I truly hate that Senator Clinton won PA, I feel that the Republicans rigged this one like they rigged the 2000 and 2004 election. They want to stomp Hillary in November, but, Senator Obama will win the Nomination and become President in November. It is a shame that we white people cannot get over this race issue. The Clintons are liers and they play the race card over and over again. I don't want to see the Clintons in office again. Bill Clinton was the one that shamed America and will do it again. I know what IS IS! They are hidding their papers on the Library and the monies and they have not addressed Watergate, Travelgate and Monica and a lot of other stuff. I do not like the Clintons and will not vote if she gets the Nomination

    Redan, GA

    April 23, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Jeff in Alabama

    Sounds logical to me. MI and FL citizens did vote and will be counted in the end. We do not live in a country where votes are thrown out based on where you live. Besides, the DNC would lose millions of voters if they did not allow these votes. They don't want that. If they want the White House, they must count ALL the votes. Simple as that!

    April 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. pat

    Congratulations Hillary, good job, keep on fighting don't let those pundits take you down, I am behind ypu all the way.

    April 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. noemi in los angeles

    Wasn't she the champion for No Child Left Behind in the 90s??? I don't understand how she's talking smack about it when she helped introduce it. Hillary is willing to say and do anything for votes.

    People, do a search for Hillary the Movie, I beg you.

    Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. Fella from Chicago

    Why go on? When both Reverend Wright and Farrakhan backed Barack I knew Hillary was in trouble, but when Rapper 50 Cent decreed his backing for Obama I knew all was lost. How can she expect to compete when Barack has the support of these spiritual and musical giants? Not! Clowns more like it. As Barack gets more and more of these unsavory types committed to him, Hillary will gain more and more support among the conservative White and Hispanic constituency in this country. No need to energize your base Hillary, Barack will do it for you.

    April 23, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. Mandy, California

    Realclearpolitics.com has a popular vote count that shows how Hillary and Barrack are doing. Interestingly enough, she wins if you include Michigan but don't give Barrack any credit for votes.

    If you add just 16% of the popular vote (although 44.8 of the votes were for uncommited), he still beats her.

    She can't win no matter what game she plays.

    April 23, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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