April 23rd, 2008
03:20 PM ET
10 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. Alex in TX

    Leave it to a Hillary Clinton high school grad to misquote the 14th Amendment in an argument. The 14th amendment grants qualified citizens the right to vote for a president and vice president, not nominate them. The respective parties come up with the means of nominating (that’s why it’s different for dems and republicans) and FL and MI violated those rules.

    I feel myself become more disillusioned with the intellect of the rabid Hillary supporters on this board. There really seems to be a different in intellect between the two groups.

    Hillbillies unite. Lets get Hillary in office and go mudding!!

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

    We desperately need a President that can get to work immediately after they step into the oval office. I can not afford to have someone's learning curve come at my expense. Get some more experience in the Senate Obama and we can reconsider. For now, I am not going to be sold on rah,rah we can change politics-coming from a guy with a thin resume and a lackluster Senate record. I need a politician with the right ideas
    who has a solid record of accomplishments and has the experience to navigate the realities of Washington. Someone who actually has a very long record of fighting for and supporting American families.

    April 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    HEY 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 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Betsy

    I'm energized!! I'm pumped!!

    I just made another donation to her campaign!!!

    Hillary '08!!!!

    April 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Jeff in Illinois

    Mike, I know as a Clinton voter, you are prone to believing lies and deception, but I just want to correct your mistake before others fall prey to yet another lie.

    The 14th Amendment says NOTHING of political party nomination processes. The primary is NOT an election!! Hillary edged out a victory at, what, 60%? in a state where she was the only one on the ballot, in a state the party agreed would not count toward the nomination. Even so, only winning around 60%, does anyone in their right mind believe she would have stood a chance had Obama been on the ticket?

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

    good job in pa, Hillary. Keep it on!

    April 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Lee WV

    The energizer bunny won't even help her now.

    April 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Nowhere Man

    The chutzpah of this woman has no bounds. Leading in the popular vote? Huh? Maybe in the delusional mind of this woman in the fantasy world called Hillaryland (also see -> sniper fire, Chelsea was at the WTC, I hunted as a little girl in Ark even though I grew up in Ill, etc).

    The arrogance of this campaign, and these Clintonistas thugs, to just make whatever statement they want and declare it to be true. Also taunting Obama why he can't "close the deal". Well, Hillary, wasn't your campaign the one announcing that you were switching from "primary mode" to "general election mode" last fall cuz you were soooooooooo far ahead. What happened along the way to that inevitable coronation you claim is your's. Let me remind you, you are LOSING to a fresh, young senator.

    Obama '08!

    April 23, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. j. king, colorado springs

    Why would hillary want to count votes from a state where obama wasn't even on the ballot? Why would she want to count votes from a state where obama didn't campaign? The fact is that the DNC set the rules and obama played by the rules. If hillary wants these votes counted then obama at least deserves the opportunity to campaign in these states. That would be fair correct???

    April 23, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Mack

    Sent more money to Hillary campaign today. Go Hillary, she is the better candidate for america. More people have casted votes for Hillary then for Obama.

    April 23, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. reality

    Hillary just picked up a superdelegate from Tenn.
    I lived there and they still have the KKK, so this is no surprise.
    This is all about Clinton ego and nothing else. She is not concerned with the hatred, lies, or distractions that she is creating for her "do anything to win." The Clintons are not concerned at the damage she has done to her party by making them look petty and divided.

    April 23, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Jane

    Hey Hillbots - Would you still cheer Hillary on knowing she has sent tens of thousands of precious US jobs overseas? She is the enemy.

    April 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. mama4obama

    what else will she pull out of that wide load she carries around?

    absolutely unreal.

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

    Florida and Michigan have to be counted. Common voters have not donne anything wrong. My old aunt in Florida is furious.

    April 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Alan Boyer

    The racist, blue-collar workers of PA decided that they would rather have a liar for president than think about the notion of a more honest black man in the white house.

    April 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Rick

    Senator Clinton is not dividing this party, the party is dividing the party. With all that has happened in Florida and Michigan and the past two general elections seems to show me why Howard Dean is not president of the United States. He cannot seem to unite the party, he cannot seem to solve the problems of Michigan and Florida and cannot seem to solve the problems with this election either. i do not blame Senator Clinton for this mess, who can. She is running for the president of the United States and I for one do not want a wimp to lead me. I want a fighter and she has shown more about fighting for what she believes in. Senator Obama has been negative as well and we seem to only be talking about TV ads, but what about the print ads and attacking her about her taxes, was that not negative. Hillary is now getting the support she should have had all along. "If not Hillary then it's McCain 08"

    April 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Elisabeth

    Florida and Michigan have to be counted. Common voters have not done anything wrong. My old aunt in Florida is furious.

    April 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Mary

    Obama can't win come November because time and time shows that he can win the big states and people don't trust him.

    Hillary will go all the way and God knows it is time for a change from hardship. Endorsement doesn't mean anything as you guys can see. Obama was endorsed by John Kerry, Ed Kennedy, Maria Shriver etc and didn't win in that states. There is a saying in Africa and Obama will know this a dog who doesn't have any one to help cool his tail has others helping from behind. Hillary is fighting every dick and harry but still coming out a winner.

    Obama has never won any big state to clarified that he can win in general election. Also, if he can remember what happened four years ago then been President will be very difficult task for him. I will say let him settle for VP and gather experience and then I will know if you guys will still vote for him. Just wait and see.

    Hillary 'O8

    April 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. M.S. Indiana

    Mike, you better read it again, DNC and RNC are parties, not a government, so the rule don't apply. The party sets it own rules.

    Hope people in IN is smart enough to get paid first before serving the Clinton's....

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

    So she won PENN. Congrats to her. But did you look at where she won. I think Obama won just a handful of counties and yet where she won in about 85% of the state, she could only beat him by 10 points!!! Not very convincing. She may have won the state, but he won where the population density is which should tell you something.

    At least for once, there was no negativity in her speech last night. Hope she can keep that tone. As you can bear witness, except she engages in negative politicing, she has found it hard to win.

    As per the fact that Obama's campaign outspent hers, it should be stressed that votes cannot be bought. That language is rather derrogatory in saying that because his campaign spent more money, they could not win in the state. Nonsense!!! If she had access to more cash, I'm sure she'd have spent it. Obama's campaign would certainly not buy votes and to say that even with outspending hers he could not win is very undignified!!!!

    April 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Christine Pereira


    April 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. NC Primary MY TURN!

    to GG, i hate her too. i am a middle aged white male and I know exactly what is going on here. people are naive. Remember Willy Horton? It is perfectly clear that Hillary has made an easy time of scaring white folks away from voting for a black man. Turn a blind eye if you will. Bury your head in the sand if you'd like. It wont change what is going on here. And yes, I expect this from republicans, but from a democrat? Yes, I hate her for it and I will never vote for her.

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

    Hillary's head movements drive me CRAZY!!! She looks like a "bobble head doll". Now that I think about it....she acts like one too.

    Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Monica

    You should be asking yourself 'why couldn't she seal the deal"?. She was a shoe in.

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

    And if we don't count the 2.3 million votes, that are NOT SUPPOSED TO COUNT, it's NOT so close....

    MORE POLITICS AS USUAL: ignore the facts as they are and find a way to change/break the rules if they get in the way.

    April 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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