April 23rd, 2008
03:20 PM ET
6 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. Stacy Clarks, TX

    LET'S GO OBAMA!!!

    WE ARE STILL ALL BEHIND YOU!!!

    YOU DID GREAT IN PA CUTTING INTO HER LEAD!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Obama '08 NC

    Clintons suck

    April 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. R.N. NC

    I am from North Carolina. Believe it not, more people I've talked to prefers Hillary Clinton for what she stands for and what she has done for America. Those for Obama, are voting for him for the sake of change, and nothing more. I am a registered nurse. Hope and change don't come from our politician. It comes with hard work and perseverance. I am for Hillary Clinton!

    April 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. kc

    Stop the drama– vote for Obama!!!!

    Yes We Can not Yes She Can!!! Stop stealing our slogan!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. NickNas

    R-A-C-E

    It has been used by the fearful in this country to hold down or maginalize people of color ever since the first boats unloaded at the docks and the auctions started.

    Why are people not considering this fact to help explain why a Candidate who the majority of people sees as untrustworthy feels so free to use such ruthless tactics on a member of her own party and keep getting forgiven..no REWARDED daily? Even the media looks the other way for her and like it or not the media IS commercial and looks out for its own interests as well.

    Until a respected member of the media has the guts to make this a discussion point and not just gloss it over this country will never mature.

    April 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. MAC, STL

    HRC will get the nomination – after all we live in these " . . . G . . . D ... United States – rules are only for black folks!!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Welcome to Indy

    Alpha, Beta, Gamma
    Time to quit Obama

    April 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Obama will be President

    This lady can't face reality....DO THE MATH! YOU CAN"T WIN!

    April 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    ATTENTION ALL DEMOCRATS: Everyone needs to realize the Democratic Party belongs to the Bill and Hillary Clinton. Stop fighting they can do and say what ever they want and when they want. They can change the rules when it’s necessary, they can lie, cheat, steal and commit election fraud as long as they are alive and in control. I repeat the Democratic Party belongs to them and know one I mean know one can stop them.

    Nobody has power or strength to stop them nobody. All other democrats have to do what they say when they say. The journalism in this country is horrible they are paid for and bought by the Clintons and the GOP. The media tells you how to vote and why you should vote a certain way. They get e-mails from the Clinton staff and give the media there talking points and just like puppets the media goes on the air and perform for her.

    April 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Barbara in NC

    She's sociopathic or delusional - or both. Maybe her husband needs to buy lots of cigars for her.

    April 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Viet Nam Vet

    Sound's like hill has a motto-We can do It
    Sort of like Obamas-Yes we can

    No Matter- I'm voting Democrat
    GOD I'm glad the Moron is almost History

    April 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Slick Hilly

    Look, for the last time: Nobody ever told me that Florida and Michigan wouldn't count. I mean, if I knew that, and I certainly didn't, I never would have agreed to disenfranchise those fine Americans. And obviously I wouldn't have left my name on the ballots. In fact, how could my name have been on the ballots? My votes were all write-in votes, because that's how important I am to the voters in Florida and Michigan.

    April 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. DT - Alton, IL

    Now why is she lying again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Susan MO

    She is intelligent, experienced, and a fighter.

    Obama? He insulted the good people of Pennsylvania. Ummm.......what kind a person does that? One who is critical and not experienced.

    Hillary 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. John Smith

    I like this from another blog, enjoy:
    "Hillary's past includes: Rev. Wright when she needed him during Bill's Impreachment; saying 'screw em' when referring to Southern voter's; supporting NAFTA and the Columbian Trade Deal and lying about it to voter's; voting yes for the Iraq war; voting to give Bush additional powers usually reserved for Congress; the Federal case "Clinton vs Paul' which has had no new coverage yet Senator Obama's word 'bitter' received 5 days of front page news; I could go on and on, the public has a very short memory of the Clinton years."

    April 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Dazed and Confused in DC

    You know, its easy to be all new politics and hope when the media's giving you a free ride and everything's going great. But when you Obamaites–and your Messiah–get beat, your true colors are pretty darn ugly.

    April 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. The Bright Days are Back Again

    Thats right baby, You rock Hillary.
    Hillary is all set to go to 1600 Penn. Avenue
    As for funds, she is richer by 1000 dollars I just donated..

    Keep the good work.

    Backing HILLARY... all the way till the end..

    April 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Ayyub, Richmond, Va

    She is truly killing the party. Why is she doing this mess to the american people and why are some of us falling for it. I hope every scandal about her comes out and throws her out of this race. We need to win not fight ourselves to win!

    April 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Ernest

    Evil Lady

    April 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. michael

    *yawn* Go away, Hillary.

    April 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Sara from Arizona

    SHE MAKES ME SICK!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA 08'

    April 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. DT - Alton, IL

    A. Harrison..the voters in FL and MI need to write the constituents. Because the broke the rules.

    April 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Paul

    By the official Democratic Primary rules Clinton has been mathematically knocked out of this race. The only way Hillary can be the nominee is by changing the rules in midstream. The Clinton campaign wants the rules changed and is betting on the DNC giving in to them. The Obama campaign wants the rules left alone.

    Since when is it an option to change the rules in the middle of an election? That is something we hear of in other corrupt countries around the world, not in the United States of America. The Clintons are more than will to lower our election standards to the countries we've been against for so long. This is over, let's get on with it.

    April 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. akaDoug

    She's energized me................... to give Obama another $100!

    Stop the drama vote Obama!

    April 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. BVS Maine

    I can't believe that PA voted the economy as biggest issue and still voted for her. She's in debt and can't even keep her campaign in the black. GO AWAY!!

    April 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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