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. Doesn't make any sense

    Obama is mainly winning African-American people (because of color) and young voters who may not even vote in Nov. Why cannot people see through this guy.

    American people need to wake up before it is too late. We don't know much about Obama. We are in a crisis. Gas prices are going up. Wake up America vote for Hillary. She is strong she can fight for the people. She is not a quitter thats what in a president strong personality. We had enough of Bush years. VOTE HILLARY!!!

    April 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. ITS SAD

    The Clinton people do not want to accept the fact that their candidate is not only using race but profiting from racism. This is not an easy thing to come to grips with but it is real and many of her voters prefer to turn a blind eye to this ugly fact because they want to believe that her votes are being won soley on the merits of her case which is obviously not true
    Bill knew perfectly well how to exploit race in Pennsylvania and it worked for them as in Ohio. If Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were both white males he would have won easily as the best democrat. Her campaign is based upon vicious personal and racists smears hardly what most democratic voters would want in a candidate but when you factor in race her advantage grows.

    April 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. rajah kahn


    April 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Dan, statistician

    So how does she figue that she leads in popular votes?

    Real Clear Politics give totals for all primaries, then includes estimates for the caucus states, and even with Florida counting since Obama did appear on that ballot, he is still ahead.

    ONLY by counting Michigan – where Obama's name did not appear on the ballot (!) can she claim a lead in the popular vote.

    Her spin makes me dizzy. Truly shameful accounting. Probably explains why her campaign is so deeply in the red.

    April 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Lostfigs

    Indiana will follow the lead of Ohio and Pennsylvania; there is too much common blood between these three great states. These people are made of steel and are incredibly hardworking blue color folks. They will back Hillary!

    Hillary 08!

    April 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Gary

    The Obama Camp is feeling the pressure! They know they're in trouble now and it's starting to show. Sheeeeeesh!!!! Outspent Hillary 3 to 1 and STILL can't close the deal. This guy CANNOT win the general election.

    April 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. James

    Another lie.

    April 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Zoe

    I can not wait tile she wining everything
    I can not wait tile the media stop attacking her with their negatives
    she is good
    she can win
    she can change
    she is very strong
    Nobama is weak day after day
    Nobama let this country to feel racial
    no more Nobama please
    he can keep his $$$$

    April 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. ding duong

    Go Hillary!!! you are the right person to be our president. God bless you. Stop obama right now.

    April 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Mfelder

    If this nomination is not conducted fairly, and Hillary walks away with this nomination through some back door deal, then she will not get my support. And if she's not careful, she may be in jeopardy of losing the Black vote. If she thinks that she can say and do anything and in the end, try consoling us with that "I am a fighter" speech, then I say that she should be very careful in dealing with our votes.

    April 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. tom

    I am from Florida, I did not vote in the primary because the party violated the rules and we thought that it made no difference . Had my wife and I voted in the election it would have been for Obama. Hillary, do not spin the votes you got in Florida into a false victory-it was an invalid election. You agreed with this ruling at the time, if I remember correctly.

    April 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. People Trust Obama

    100% of Obama's money comes from the people. So he will owe THE PEOPLE in the end, not some Drug Company or Special interest Corporation . She has run her campaign finances into the ground and is in debt. $10 million, he has not.

    If THE PEOPLE have Given Obama Money Now and trust him, more than they trust her with there finances then they won't mind paying taxes, as much, if He is President because they know he will spend it only towards the well being of the country.

    Plus other countries won't mind lending us money becuase they know he will actually pay it back ON TIME, once the economy is back on track.

    April 23, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. FEDUP

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

    April 23, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Leila

    Hillary is amazing! She keeps up her energy level and her game is still on. Obama has begun to whine and complain. He won't even agree to debate her any more because she does so much better during debates and he only succeeds with prepared speeches. The office of the presidency will not have planned agendas for everything that can happen. Obama would cave under pressure the first month in if he was elected. He can't take the heat.

    I think there would be a lot less votes for Obama from some of the early primary states if the voting was held today. Back in the fall, BO was still the media darling, being treated as if he was above reproach and Hillary was bashed regularly by every media outlet. Now we know something about him and it is not good. Many people probably wish there could be a "do over" in their states.

    No = Not Obama

    April 23, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Brendan D, Niles, IL

    Hillary, if you count Florida and Michigan, you hate the Democratic Party. You don't hate the Democratic Party, do you?

    Oh, right - you're a populist now. Why do you get more looks than Michael Jackson?

    April 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. shan

    Shameless lady .... just doing anything to get votes from uneducated and brainless people......what a disgrace?

    April 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. KMAN

    Don't worry Hillary ... there are lots of unemployed racist white males in the US to keep you afloat in your private little sewer! I can hardly wait to see how you deal with your loss when intelligence rules the day!

    April 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. GG

    To: Dee in fla,

    The word hate is kind of hard don't you think... What did she do to you. Steal you spouse, your child or your life... Be careful people...

    April 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Oh and the spinners are out today!

    The fact is she won and won BIG....She also go superdelegates to support her today...and Gloria – you are so totally misinformed.

    Did anyone figure out yet that even outspending Clinton by 3-1 that Obama CAN NOT WIN? He cannot close the deal. People are smarter than that!!!!!!!!!

    There is no denying what she has said – that as of today – counting all the people who have voted – she is ahead!!!!!!!!!!! And anytime Obama says he has been playing by the rules – hide the silverware. Sorta like he doesn't take lobbyist or PAC money – HA HA HA.....factcheck.org will set ya all straight!

    The only damage to the Democratic Party by this nomination continuing to the end would be that Senator Obama is being more and more exposed and people are figuring out who he is – what he stands for – what he wants to do – how incompetent he is without a teleprompter – and so the people want better and are chosing Clinton. Obama supporters will call that damage, Clinton supporters will call it vetting.

    April 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. Changes in WA

    Hillary is speaking from both sides of her mouth... On one hand, she argues that the votes in Florida and Michigan should count so that every person's vote counts......and then she turns around and tells the superdelegates to disregard the popular vote and vote for her because she's "more electable." You can't have it both ways Hill!!!

    I used to like Hillary; this campaign has completely changed my mind. She doesn't care about any of us; all she cares about is winning and keeping her ego in tact. So sad.

    April 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. Jeff in Illinois

    This was a terrible showing by Clinton, further increasing the margins she needs to win by in remaining states. If Hillary doesn't lose any more Super Delegates, she needs to win 75% of the remaining state delegates to get the nomination.

    This is a mathematical fact. Even the Lies & Deception campaign cannot overcome this.

    April 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. Adam FL

    She absolutely does have the popular vote now. We had the oppertunity in FL to vote for Obama, and we didnt. Weather you count our delegates or not- you have to count our people. We are a part of this union of states, and the next president of the united states will be president of the people from Fl and MI.

    Hillary leads popular vote by roughly 120,000 votes now.

    April 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. lynette

    She would make a good vice president to Obama.

    April 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Jon, MI

    I don't know if Howard Dean and Barak Obama get this or not, but polls indicated that McCain and Obama are virtually tied in Michigan. Most polls show McCain crushes Obama in Florida. If Howard Dean doesn't seat Michigan and Florida at the convention AND pay deference to the voters of these primaries these states will go red in November, and you all can kiss a Democratic victory in 2008 goodbye. Remember, your choice whether or not we count in Denver, just don't forget we WILL count on election day and we won't be forgetting that convention decision.

    April 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. DAN

    Hillary is now in the lead with the popular vote and she should become the nominee. When John Edwards endorses her it will be a sign for Obama to drop out. or loose at the convention.

    April 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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