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. joyce

    look she can't entergise bill much lone the people

    April 23, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Daniel Ribeiro

    YES. Let´s give our best to make sure HILLARY wins also in Indiana. NO DOUBTS she is the best choice. Lets talk seriously about the issues needed to be talked about.

    April 23, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Monica

    You should be asking yourself "Why while campaining she said that min wage should be 9.50 an hour and has yet to suggest that again?'

    April 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Sage Bill

    To all of those who are eager to discount Michigan and Florida, remember the central tenet of democracy: one man, one vote. It is easy to toss out the will of voters, if you live in Algeria, Zimbabwe or the former Yugoslavia. However, in this nation, we send young men and women to die overseas to uphold democracy. Though Obama may have a certain flash to him, it is not worth disenfranchising millions of voters and making an utter sham of our institutions to get him nominated. Howard Dean has shown no leadership at all in this area and the citizens of this country should refrain from useless rhetoric that makes us a laughing stock in the eyes of other democracies in the world.

    April 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Colleen

    If it's not Hillary, it WILL be McCain

    April 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. gerard morei

    Results from Michigan and Florida will count, otherwise the party is going to loose lots of member and what is more important will loose the general election. We need to honor Michigan and Florida votes, period.
    Hillary for President 2009!!!!

    April 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Monica

    You should be asking yourself "Why while campaining she said that we should give everyone who has a child $3,000 at birth and has not suggested it since"?

    April 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Mike

    Overwhelming majority? You were ahead by 20 points two weeks ago and came out with a 9.5% margin.

    Another week and Obama would have won PA.

    April 23, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Stop the Drama

    Woman gone mental.....give a shot of meds quick!

    April 23, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Eye Opener - Las Vegas

    It's about time the voting public, democrat and republican wake up and realize what is at stake in this election. The choices are simple, four more years of failed republican policies, on the job training for a junior senator from Illinois or experience and political savvy from a former first lady.
    With all the problems the country is facing, can we really afford to choose the other two options?
    One thing that this primary process proves is that Senator Clinton is tough, resilient and tenacious. She has prevailed and she continues to fight for what she believes in. All the character traits worthy of being elected as leader of the most powerful country in the world.
    And yes, the office of the Presidency of the United States is worth fighting for – there is too much at stake.

    April 23, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Makeshift

    Superdelegates wont listen to her Florida Michigan argument because its totally worthless.

    Here's why.

    It was widely reported that both FL and MI primaries WOULD NOT COUNT. So how can you use the results of a primary where some LARGE percentage of the voters didnt vote because they knew it wouldnt matter?

    Oh thats right, you cant.

    To the guy whos using the "14th Amendment". This is a Party PRIMARY, not a FEDERAL ELECTION. You are a tool.

    April 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Monica

    You should ask yourself "Why she would force people to buy insurance but will not force my employer to give us the 75% they spend on our insurance so I may opt out and get her so called cheaper more affordable insurance provided by the government."

    April 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. sue

    OVERWHELMING majority?

    Who is she kidding?!

    April 23, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Left Coaster

    Hillary did receive superdelegate support today: U.S. Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn. Of course, most of you did not see it because of our biased media. Stop the hateful words, please. Once again, the immaturity from some of you is very visible in your words.

    April 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Jeff M.

    Hey Mike, quick tip; the two parties are privately run and can do whatever they want with these primaries. If Howard Dean decided today that only people over 5'6" had their votes counted, it would be his right.

    April 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. SK

    Keep dreaming about Michigan and Florida vote to count. Hillary should be looking forward to future contests and stop crying about these two states, because she is not going to have the money to be around to see the end.

    She is a bad manager......how could she be a fiscally responsible President.

    People wake up and think, why are you giving your hard earn money to a person who constantly lies to us, very selfish and not fiscally responsible. Cut her lose........let her ride into the sunset.

    April 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. SexyMe

    Deal with the facts, MI and FL are not in this race....

    April 23, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Mike

    Reading the pro-Hillary comments proves that she carries the less educated. "unexperienced"; "Nobama is weak day after day"; etc.

    April 23, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. NoWorry

    Go Hillary. You are a great fighter. We like the fighter like you.

    April 23, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Be Serios and Vote for Hillary!

    Hillary is so tenacious and smart. I really admire her.

    Go Hillary!

    April 23, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. Terrence W from NC

    To Arthur-Texas: I'm sorry you wasted your money. You should have filled your tank on some $4 gas instead. At least you would see something in return.

    We all know that these tactics can't keep up. The true Democrats are seeing through her fog. SHE LEADS IN THE POPULAR VOTE?? By who's calculations? What channel? These spins are so REPUBLICAN. Actually, worse, cause the REPUBLICANS aren't doing it. It's worse when this kinda tactic comes from a Democrat. Clinton will see her end here in NC. I can't wait to vote.

    Terrence W from NC

    April 23, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. pauline

    God Bless You Hillary!! Its time for the democratic party to step up and endorse Hillary. She is the onl;y one that can beat the republicans in the fall!! Obama is just a light weight that has no idea what the American people want nor does he care, he is totally unelectable!! He needs to go now, and take his radical friends, and dirty tactics with him. Supporting Hillary all the way to the White House!!

    April 23, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. mark

    To: HH

    Bush Clinton Bush Clinton Jeb Bush Chelsea Clinton – I can't agree more. Doesn't everyone think new blood and ideas are needed in this time of crisis?

    April 23, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. JAZZ

    Congratulations Hill! Thanks PA! Obama has a record of winning by getting people thrown off of the ballot. This time he took his own name off . No one forced him. There were no rules/laws that required him to do so. If he's hurt by counting FL and MI so be it. It's called karma. If he wants to run on a 48 state plan let him run as a third party candidate. Real democrats want all 50 states to count.
    Power to ALL of the People! Count FL and MI! Hillary is TOO LEGIT to Quit!!

    April 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. LJ

    To: GG, Dee can say what she wants, it's a free Country, don't forget it. Freedom of speech is allowed in America. Are you the only one allowed to speak your mind and offer advice, I don't think so.

    April 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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