April 23rd, 2008
03:20 PM ET
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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. Gene

    I don't understand why people would believe Bill & Hillary at all? The 300,000 jobs that were initially lost started on 10/17/2000 when Bill Clinton signed a Bill before leaving his post for the Republicans, which is why she is getting support from that side against Obama.

    This is all about the "American Competitiveness Act" Google it or Yahoo search and learn what really goes on behind closed doors. We are sold out on a daily basis people!!!!!

    Not a theory.... look it up folks

    April 23, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Energize this Clinton...

    You know, come to think of it... she does kinda look like the Energizer bunny in that picture!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Jim, Indiana

    Right on Hillary!!! We're behind you too and we won't be beaten by anyone!

    Florida and Michigan should never accept what is happening to them.
    It's outrageous to think that Obama could only win if Florida and Michigan are denied their rights as States and the rights of their citizens who are just as much American as the rest of us!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Phong Nguyen

    The supporters of S. Obama are afraid of dramas but the Clintons have overcome a lot of dramas in their life. They are the ones with experiences to lead this country out of its current problematic situations. S. Clinton is a tenacious fighter and a winner! Go, Hillary!

    April 23, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. 2Nurselady


    April 23, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. count my vote

    Hillary is right and she is ahead in the popular vote!! She now has my full support and last night I gave to her campaign. When all the votes are counted as they should be – then she is ahead. Disenfranchise some voters and we all lose. Democracy means giving people a voice and counting their votes. If Florida and Michigan are not included then I for one cannot support the Democratic Party (from the top of the ticket to the bottom – I won't support a party that disenfranchises voters). The DNC Specifically punishing the voters in Florida on the wrong decisions made by a Republican State Senate and House and then Signed by a Republican Governor that is in a short list for VP on the McCain ticket is incomprehensible. I voted for Obama and now I regret it because the biggest test for him was to fight for every vote he got. As recovered OBAlcoholic I learned my lesson.

    April 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Nora

    Hillary needs to work on her Finances and paying her debt and energizing will come.

    April 23, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. shirley

    The News Media is not holding Hillary accountable for anything she says or does. She has not won Florida and Michigan, she was the only candidate on the ballad. Reporters have repeated her saying Obama is responsible for the votes not counting so often that some voters now believe it is Senator Obama and not the DNC that made that decision. Shame on all of you for helping Hillary run her nasty campaign instead of giving us unbias reporting .

    April 23, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Vivian

    Hillary is a liar, she plays dirty and she uses fear to get votes. She is one dirty politician. The Clintons are very power hungry and will stop at nothing. They are very dirty and I simply do not trust them.

    April 23, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. John

    Obama is not feeling that much pressure. Hillary was expected to win a state where the demographics gave "Hillary the Chameleon" every possible advantage. I can't wait to see how she changes her spots (again) for Oregon and Puerto Rico. Spot changing will not work there.

    Go Obama!!

    April 23, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Allison Marie

    Of course they should count, I am in Florida, and I didn't break the rules.

    All votes should count.

    When you think of a general election, any nominee would need either Florida or Michigan, if anyone wants to talk math!

    Go Hillary Go!

    Uncounted in Florida

    April 23, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Joe, Northern Virginia

    gerard morei: – You should know better. You are either a Hillary sycophant or politically ignorant/naive. While we all think that FL and MI delegates should be seated; we also think that they should be equally split among the two candidates. Now, that is FAIR!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Gavin


    OVER $1,000 DONATED



    April 23, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. Tubby The Tuba from Texas

    Clinton did not care about Florida and Michigan or she would have said something when she signed off of those states delegates NOT be counted for the primary. She got concerned when she fell behind in the delegate count...then she decided it was immoral to disenfranchise all those wonderful, wonderful supporters. Fair? Obama's name was NOT even on the ballot in Michigan, and he did not campaign in Florida, even though Hillary had a few fundraisers during that dead time. This act speak volumes about who Hillary Clinton is. She would throw her momma under the bus if she thought she could win the White House.

    April 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Sure


    April 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Adara

    Hillary is acting like a child. Every time I see this I want to tear my hair out. Florida and Michigan don't count! Especially Michigan, where Obama's name wasn't on the ballot. How can she seriously count votes from a state where voters didn't even have the option of voting for Barack Obama? She'll say anything to win. If Obama wins then it's illigitimate because Florida and Michigan's oh so precious voices weren't heard, but if she wins by convincing the superdelegates to vote for her against the will of the public, somehow that's legitimate. She's even talked about the possibility of pledged delegates changing their mind. What about those voices of the voters, Hillary? I don't know if an honest word has ever come out of that woman's mouth.

    April 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Vig

    Take it all the way Hillary – take it to the convention floor. Take the nomination and leave egg on Obama's face.

    April 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. Willy

    While dodging snipers

    April 23, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. Adam Smith TX, USA

    Hillary all the way!!!!

    I just donated $50.00 online and its just the begining.

    I have contributed $150.00 in the past and will keep pouring my hard earned money in Hillary's way come November on a monthly basis.

    Contribute at HILLARYCLINTON.com today!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. Geoff

    Right, so basically spot Hillary 350,000 votes from MI where Obama wasn't on the ballot and THEN and only then is she ahead in the popular vote...

    This woman is nuts and will say anything, no matter how illogical it is. Let's just wait it out, let her keep going on and on, Obama will win NC and Indiana and this will slowly work itself out... if she doesn't completely destroy the party first....

    April 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. TEDY

    Hillary is stilling runing because Obama is black. Old whites vote for Hillary because they never change THE OLD believe that a Black will never be a president. Thanks to the young white who do not care about the color and who vote FOR the truth.
    She lied and still running. unaceptable.
    Shame on you P.A, Ohio IS better because Ohio vote was before her lying.

    April 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. Dennis, MN

    No, she's taking a page from the Barack campaign. It must have been depressing to stand on the sidelines of history.

    Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. Maura, NY

    Since she got the Catholic vote, she's going to turn into Pope Hillary now.

    This woman is a crackup.

    Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. josh good NYC

    Florida and Michigan have a constitutional right for the votes to count. The fifteenth amendment states: The right of the citizens of The United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color,or previous condition of servitude.
    Hillary has displayed better judgement. She did not take her name off the ballot because she was abiding by the fifteenth amendment not the DNC.The "educated" Obama supporters, superdelegates, the people of Florida and Michigan, and the DNC should keep this in mind.

    April 23, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Illinois 2

    Hillary just to let the Indiana voters know, I am from Illinois and have lived here all my life and have been voting since the 70's, so I have been following local, state and federal races for years and can tell those voters that will still be casting ballots, that GOOD OLD BARACK has not done half of what he claims he has for Illinois. Anything short of Chicago, forget it nothing for the other counties in the state, and by the way he claims what " I " did for Illinois, NOTHING !!!!!!!!, except use this state to advance his own personal agenda......

    April 23, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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