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. Monica

    I am sure she will be very grateful that you contributed to pay her debt.

    April 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Cammi317

    Why are there so many illiterate people posting on here?

    April 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Jack in ND

    ""Whether you see Michigan and Florida as officially sanctioned contests or not, it is an indisputable fact now that more people have cast votes for Hillary than Obama.""

    Saddam Hussein would love your spin on things.

    April 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. 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 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Tammie, Princeton NJ

    Way to go Hillary! Keep up the momentum.
    Oklahoma"s Gov. Brad Henry, picked the loosing side .He would rather be called a Sexist that the R-– word.
    There is change comming to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Gov. Henry, & that change is A WOMAN HILLARY CLINTON. She won Oklahoma with a wide margin, so I guess you donot listen to your constituants. It is good you will not be running for office again,& don't try running for the Senate from Oklamoma, THE PEOPLE WONT HEAR YOU.

    April 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. EX Clinton Supporter

    The polls showed people without a collage degree and the old voters mostly supported Hillary.
    So its fair to say:
    No wonder some people DONT GET IT or SEE IT they lack knowledge therefore they are easily led kinda like cattle on a farm.
    It's fair to say 'YA CANT TEACH OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS' thats why Hillary can Lie Lie Lie and these 'old dogs' will still vote for her cuz they want the same 'old politics'
    Its the same 'old politics' why Gas is through the roof now $4/gal, your children will go to WAR in Iran (HILLARY SAID IT), the lobbyist and special interest groups will control the white house cuz the 'old politics' candidate (Hillary) is bought and you will lose your homes and your jobs shipped overseas!
    Dont Come Crying!

    No More Drama Vote Obama!!

    April 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Obama '08!

    How dare she LIE to supporters that she is ahead in the popular vote count?! She isnt and Dean and the DNC need to get her in check...she is ruining the party and the chances of winning in the Fall.

    That is what gets you about her....she lies and lies for her own good. How can anyone vote for her, and she so blatantly lies about EVERYTHING...lol. She questions Barack about Wright YET she doesnt say how Wright was at the WH with her and Bill during the Lewinsky issue. She criticizes him about Farrakhan and YET her biggest supporter in PA was singing his praises in '97 IN Philly?!?!?!? She is one weird lady.

    Obama '08...we have more votes and gaining more super d's daily!

    April 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Tim in California

    Hillary lost me when she made her now infamous comment praising McBush and denegrating Obama and her Rovian tactics since Texas.

    She's taking a page out of Bill's book....."do what you need to do to win.....apologize later"

    she is a scoundrel

    April 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Chrissy, TX

    That's good that the Gov. of OK endorsed Barak. When the time comes for the superdelegagtes to make their choice who will be a stronger candidate to run against McCain I hope they choose Hillary and all the Obamamaniacs won't be able to say a thing, This jerk is going against the will of the people! I believe Hillary won OK.

    April 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    April 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. jane

    you add the math last night, 8%win, no win, the florida and mich does not count and she knows it she agreed to it. what a looser looser and the supers are not going to give the nominee to her no way they want her to be their pres for 4 year well she would get impeached

    April 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Marcy,Florida

    OK –so the Obama camp is going to start running very negative ads against Clinton. What happen to the campaign above the fray? Now I have a question for all- If the election started over and we all would know about Pastor Wright and the things about Obama, would he get the wins as he has now? Just a though.
    Clinton has shown that she is tough enough to stand her ground against the turfiest. She will be a great President.

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

    Why do democrats keep falling for questions like this. Stop letting the media and the Republicans divide us. We know who the nominee will be. Clinton and Obama are close on alot of ideas and you are telling me that all of these women will turn and vote for someone who has completely different ideas than you. Wants to keep the country where you do not like it and you will vote for McCain that is just silly. Maybe women shouldn't be leaders if we make stupid decisions like this. The ultimate goal democrats is the white house.

    April 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Nancy

    Rules are rules and Florida and Michigan DO NOT COUNT. There will be an uprising in this country if those votes cast for HRC are counted. As there should be. She is so good at just changing the rules to suit her situation. Not this time honey.

    Go obama

    April 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Monica

    I cannot believe that Hillary supporters think it is acceptable to include these votes just because they cannot handle that she will lose.

    April 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. John in Iowa

    You go girl! Excellent double-digit victory in PA last night. Despite all the back-stabbers in the Democratic party, you have held your own.

    Hillary is the only viable democratic candidate-period!

    People are waking up to discover the real Obama everyday.

    Let's go to Indiana!

    Hillary or McCain '08-NEVER OBAMA!

    April 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Isn't this "Politics as usual"?

    Doesn't this type of spin just make you sick? Obama followed the rules, didn't campaign in Florida and wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan. Oh, but Clinton's "wins" represents a mandate and counts towards her "popular" vote count. Are you kidding me? For those of you willing to have Hillary win at "any" cost, doesn't this sound like the EXACT same tactics that Bush used in FL when he stole the 2000 election? When did America give up its morals and say its okay do anything to win and the means justify the ends. How is it that Hillary has adopted Republican tactics and we Americans continue to give in to them. Please stop saying she is a "fighter". No, she's a cheater, a con artist, a polarizer, and a perfect example of what Barack means when he says "politics as usual"!

    April 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Mel

    Obama can't win.....he didn't win all the big states where electoral votes count most....if Obama win the primary he will lose in the general election....I am a democrat from Calif...if Obama win the nomination I will turn Republican and vote for McCain on general election....Put Hillary on top, Obama as VP and the Democrats will get control of the White House for 16 years!!!! 8 years for Hillary ,...8 years for Obama....all in all Obama will be in for 16 years....this is how to play the game...you Democrats!!!!

    April 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. jim chap.......

    She better energize them and hope they can't do math.
    She cannot secure the nomination so Clinton legacy will be one of destruction and divisive politics. She can unite us the same way Bush did – we all find her smug and pandering.

    Why isn't she, the supposed anointed frontrunner, ahead? In anything?
    She's ahead in changing the rules, flip flopping and trying to destroy a wonderful candidate. Why do you think Obama HAS the money?
    Clinton is a millionaire 100 times yet her campaign is broke.
    She's SUPPOSED to be ahead but she's not. Bad organizer, bad leader.
    No biscuits, go away!

    April 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Mike from Westchester

    Florida would have been much closer had they campaigned. Obama has closed the gap in every state he has campaigned in. She won on name recognition alone. Not fair with the disparity in recognition going in. Plus she pre-announced a big event held on the day of the primary there.

    Michigan is even worse – only one name on the ballot. Hillary agreed to pull hers and did not. Perhaps she planned this FL/MI stunt.

    Is simple logic just that difficult...and they call the Obama supporters cult-like. Wow!

    April 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. CLINTON CAN GO TO .... HE double hockey sticks


    April 23, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Taking Vacation in Denver - In August!!!

    Yes, I will be at the Convention in protest if the Nomination is given to Senator Clinton by the SuperDelegates. I think that this is much larger than her senseless arguments about Senator Obama. She is trying to change the results of votes cast in primaries and cacuses.

    I will be traveling with 20 other people to the convention. Don't have seats inside, but I have designs for T-Shirts, posters, and other materials. This is not organized by Senator Obama, but it is about how this primary season has been allowed to run.

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

    But she's wrong. It's not a "close" race. There is actually no metric upon which she can win the nomination. Not by delegates pledged, and, once the other states vote, she won't have the popular vote, either. Her argument about the "big states" is also incorrect. Sure, she can win the Dems in the big states, but that says nothing about her electability in the general. As we have repeatedly seen, presidential contests are won by wooing the independants. Clinton has not been able to do that. In almost every state with an open primary, she has lost, and done so pretty handily. Those losses should be a better indicator – and warning – for her performance in the general election. Independent voters and moderate republicans will NOT vote for her. In fact, while they might not vote at all if Obama is the nominee due to distrust for McCain, they will certainly come out to vote AGAINST Clinton in the general. So the argument that she has won more Democratic voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania tells us nothing about how she would fair in a general election against McCain. Remember the other Democratic candidates who piled up big primary wins among Dems, only to lose big in the general? Dukakis or Kerry, anyone?

    April 23, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. MM/FL

    Philadelphia, PA
    I think you need to reconsider the source of your information. Last time I checked, more people cast their vote for Obama. That is why Obama is winning the popular vote. If you were referring to PA voters, I would like to inform you that PA is only one state, not the United States of America. Get accurate information before you post a comment. If Hillary wanted to count FL and Mi, she should not have agreed to the terms. Her unexpected success of her rival made her change her mind, and obviously that is the trend with all her decision making, Iraq War, NAFTA, the list is long.

    April 23, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. joyce

    i am white and asking all blacks to reframe from voting for her. i love the black people and so does barack

    April 23, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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