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. a democrat from nebraksa

    people need to calm down. obama supporters lashing out at hillary. clinton supporters crying that our country will go down the tubes with him at the helm.

    i'm just glad that bush is out. so calm down. it will all be ok. obama supporters will soon be able to start listening to dave matthews again at their frat parties. hillary's supporters will be able to start gardening and knitting again. and we will all be fine.

    i will say this, i strongly disagree with the comments i read about clinton supporters being stupid high school drop-outs. that's very disrespectful and you clearly aren't internalizing obama's message if that's the comment you choose to make. ever think that you might be doing more harm than good when you type things like that? hillary fans – you could ease up some too.

    April 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Eric-Illinois

    ToMs. GA. Get over it! We are so tired of hearing about Obama. He will do nothing but destroy our chances against McCain. HE CAN't win. You and your fellow Obamacs are so one sided . She is not one bit nastier than Obama. The fact is he is a wimp who can not take the heat. Why hasn't he knocked her out? Simple . Most Democrats do not want yet another snide out of touch super Liberal as our candidate. Change the World. The only thing he can change is his policy depending on who he is talking too.

    April 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. MikeH

    why isn't this the first story in the ticker? you are so biased cnn, give her the spotlight for once. Is the Obama campaign paying you.

    April 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. FEDUP

    While reading one of the other post, some of you Obama -bots are real maggots. To suggest she promised a Monica job on her supporters is the most vile comment I have ever read. You are sick puppies.

    April 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Montel

    Knowing how to pull the issues together is one thing, but having the ability to work collaboratively with others to provide solutions is another.

    April 23, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Rob

    Poor Hillary. I'm surprised PA fell for your lies. Even your husband lied about the lies!

    April 23, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Diing, Washinton

    She is absolutely damaging the party!. No doubt about!

    April 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Hillary or McCain - NEVER Obama

    You BETTER count us here in Florida, DNC, or you will definitely LOSE in November if Obummer is the Democratic nominee.

    April 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Roy (San Antonio)

    9 points (WHICH IS THE TRUTH CNN, CORRECT YOUR FIGURES), is not an "overwhelming" decision or win.

    America, don't be fooled, manipulated, or lead by headlines and out-of-context issues. Have faith in Hope... It is worse when you stand up in anger when anyone makes a comment about "religion" especially when it was not offensive AND was presented out-of-context (inaccurately); but you side step the very words HE gave us, Love...Hope....

    Stop giving the media and these elected officials playing the same old games our power. Take it back. Follow a movement that is working towards bringing a new light to OUR capital.

    Vote for Obama...."there is nothing to fear, but fear itself".

    April 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Susan in SC

    Bill and his anger.... HRC and her lies.... Her "Screw 'em!", we don't need Southern Democrats!

    I love my country and I love my polical party.... I wish the Clintons would stop trying to distroy both! Please go home to NY where you can swear at each other and leave the rest of us alone.

    Please, please realize that Barack Obama is the best thing to happen to our party in the last three decades!!!

    48 year old southern white woman who supports the next President of the U.S. – Barack Obama.

    April 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. voice of reason, NC

    NO to an elitist inexperienced Obama period!

    April 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Unity '08

    Michigan results have Clinton at 328,000 and Obama at....0. It is VERY disputable that more people have voted for Clinton than Obama, since that simply isn't true.

    Not to mention 4 caucus states can't truly be counted, but you don't care about those votes, since those are "undemocratic" and the only way to respond to such results is to be undemocratic and ignore those voters, since they didn't support Clinton. Hypocrisy.

    http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/stumper/archive/2008/04/23/flashback-the-popular-vote-still-doesn-t-add-up.aspx

    Read it. Popular Vote is not an argument Clinton can win.

    Unity '08

    April 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. YOU NEED TO KNOW

    Hillary supporters this should really tell you something about your choice of candidate. Hillary signed the same document that all the other democratic candidates did saying that MI and FL would not count. First I ask you Supporters DID SHE NOT? second DO YOU THINK IF SHE WAS LEADING SHE WOULD PUSH TO HAVE THOSE VOTES COUNT?

    Hillarty supporters specifically answer those two questions for me.

    She cannot be TRUSTED...and everyone knows I am not LYING ABOUT THAT!

    April 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. RR

    She can't even pay her own bills....How is she going to run the country?

    April 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Hillarygetoutof therace

    This is a losers tactic Michigan and Florida is a dead case. She is bringing this to decieve the Week minded peope those who do not follow what is going on.

    April 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. Karen

    I can't stomach this woman. She is a liar and a cheat. I don't trust her and if she is the nominee I am staying home or writing Obama name in.

    April 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. noemi in los angeles

    She cannot include FL and MI.... they broke party rules, Hillary stayed on the ticket despite this... nobody could have voted for Obama since he withdrew from the ticket-FOLLOWING PARTY RULES.

    ONCE AGAIN and not the LAST TIME Hillary will do ANYTHING to get the nominee. I really am getting sick and tired of her.

    Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. gerald strother

    Gallup Daily: Obama 50%, Clinton 42% Nationally NEW April 23, 2008
    Barack Obama now leads Hillary Clinton by 8 percentage points among national Democratic voters, 50% to 42%. This includes interviewing Tuesday night as the returns of the Pennsylvania primary were coming in, In fact, she barely made a dent. At most, she picked up a net gain of (12 delegates )– less than our gain, for example, in Colorado (where we gained 17) or Kansas (where we gained 14). Her gain in Pennsylvania was less than half of our gain in Virginia, where we added to our lead by 25 delegates

    April 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. @ Matthew from Philly

    Michigan results have Clinton at 328,000 and Obama at....0. It is VERY disputable that more people have voted for Clinton than Obama, since that simply isn't true.

    Not to mention 4 caucus states can't truly be counted, but you don't care about those votes, since those are "undemocratic" and the only way to respond to such results is to be undemocratic and ignore those voters, since they didn't support Clinton. Hypocrisy.

    http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/stumper/archive/2008/04/23/flashback-the-popular-vote-still-doesn-t-add-up.aspx

    Read it. Popular Vote is not an argument Clinton can win.

    Unity '08

    April 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. HH

    I am starting to really hate the Clintons, they are pandering,bickering, doing anything to try to steal Obams nomination.

    God help us if another Clinton gets in the white house. It proves a point which is Americans are really that stupid-

    Bush Clinton Bush Clinton Jeb Bush Chelsea Clinton

    Shame on the gullible America people.

    April 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. John Smith

    We are behind Bill getting back to the arms of our young Interns (Monica) in the White House! Go "street-smart" supporters, we need you to get Bill and Hillary back to the White House the way you returned Bush and Cheney's dynasty– God bless us all!

    April 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Ratgurl

    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 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. An Agnostic Democrat

    Hillary's math is about as reliable as her word which means it is the equivalent of a big, fat zero.

    April 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Monica

    "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.

    Let's cheat and count these votes in illegitimate primaries. Oh and let's go around and say that we won Texas and maybe people will think we are winners and someone will finally like me.

    And I noticed in another blog, her supporters complaining about the OK gov. Are they going to complain about the 70 plus people that supported her against the vote in the states that she lost. Maybe you should call them names too. This is so ridiculous. Continue your blind ambition to support the woman no matter what. I also did some looking online for fundraising info and she has raised and spent more then him throughout this contest. He really has only been making more money than her since he took the lead this quarter. So why has this wonderful woman who has done so many great things and has been in the national spotlight for 16 + years finding it hard to seal the deal against a know nothing "empty suit" from IL. You are only complaining about the money he spent because she did not win by enough in PA and is still losing! What is her point and purpose to destroy the candidate chosen by her own party.

    April 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Pearl

    I am not impressed that Oklahoma Brad Henry endorsed Obama.
    I have a mind of my own and do not need the media, politicians, celebrities influencing me. Senator Obama's name was new to me before he decided to run for the presidency. His inspirational rhetoric is great but his experience quite lacking. The presidency demands experience and Hillary will do very well as president with her twenty plus years of experience.

    April 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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