May 2nd, 2008
04:03 PM ET
10 years ago

Back in North Carolina, Clinton targets small-town USA

Clinton is looking for an upset in North Carolina

Clinton is looking for an upset in North Carolina

HENDERSONVILLE, North Carolina (CNN) – Hillary Clinton returned to North Carolina on Friday, looking to close the gap with Barack Obama ahead of Tuesday’s primary by trawling for voters in the state’s more rural areas.

“There’s power in them there hills,” said supporter North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley, warming up the crowd at a rally in the hilly western part of the state. “The mountains of North Carolina have about 10 percent of the vote in this state. It’s no accident that Hillary Clinton has been up here as many times as she has.”

Earlier in the day, the New York senator was joined by two of her upstate constituents who praised her support of the agriculture industry at a rally at a John Deere sales center in rural Kinston. Clinton and her surrogates often tout her success in New York’s conservative upstate farming counties as proof that she can not only work with Republicans but that she looks out for small town USA.

“[I’m] just feeling so much at home because small towns – whether they’re in North Carolina, New York or Arkansas – are really the base of this country,” Clinton told the large crowd outside the Hendersonville courthouse. “Small towns gave us our values, small towns give us so much of the texture of our lives and we’ve got to make sure we never lose that.”

Clinton is neck and neck with Obama in Tuesday’s other contest in Indiana, and has chipped away at his lead in North Carolina since her win in Pennsylvania. Today she told supporters she needs “a big, big vote here in North Carolina.”

“This primary election on Tuesday is a game-changer,” Clinton in Kinston. “This is going to make a huge difference in what happens going forward.”

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. sing a song

    I love hillary so much, but I hate hate hate the way she dresses. I wish I could pick some clothes out for her.

    oh well.... its the brains not beauty that make a great leader.

    May 2, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. edmond

    she still going to lose by double digit

    May 2, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. Connie Sturgeon

    If Pennsylvania was the last big state why are the Clinton's spending so much time in the little ole states of Indiana and North Carolina.

    Connie from Indiana

    May 2, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Brian

    She is the one candidate that changes positions more than underwear. Flip-flop, Flip-flop, Flip-flop, Flip-flop, Flip-flop, Flip-flop, Flip-flop, Flip-flop

    May 2, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. Del

    Superdelegate Andew did the right things. Please lets unite the party and stand against Republicans. McCain should not be given a lead no matter who picks up nomination. Its time to make up minds and pick the right candidate.

    May 2, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. Sandie, NC

    North Carolina you hold the power to put this bat back in her cave. Let's put the power of government back in the American people hands. Remember "birds of a feather flock together" and Hillary has flock to McCain side. Obama is the only Democrat in this contest.

    VOTE OBAMA NOW!!!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. DAN

    She's everywhere, never tires, a real fighter, exactly what people need.

    May 2, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. R2

    She. Is. Delusional.

    Obama '08

    May 2, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. George, Los Angeles

    I hope to God that Indiana and North Carolina do the right thing and vote for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. I can't take it with Obama and his bad decisions anymore. And he's not even in the White House yet! What a terrible tragedy that would be.

    Now a strong Clinton supporter.

    May 2, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Tjaye

    Why is CNN only reporting productivity from Clinton and negativity from Obama? I'm beginning to think there is no place to go for impartial news coverage. We get it! You want Clinton in.

    Obama just had a wonderful rally in could have mentioned it is an aside.

    Obama O-8!!

    May 2, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. C. Vandenberg

    Bill Clinton was impeached by the house of representatives as a sitting President. There should be a rule that FORBIDS impeached Presidents or their immediate family members from ever occupying the White House again.

    May 2, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. farley

    Hillary Clinton is succeeding because James Carville is running her campaign. The sound bites , the policy announcements , the demographic plays are all Carville, he is the puppet master. Unless Obama competes hard and gets his message out there, and not sound so boring when not giving an inspiring speech he is losing momentum. I was also wondering if Hillary has the same hairstylist as Michael Douglas. Politicians have to be telegenic but apparently Hillary doesn't.

    May 2, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. honkey white guy from cali

    BLAH BLAH BLAH Go away! I can not wait to see what happens because If she does find a way to steal this election away from the one who won it playing by the rules! She will not win in November! because the most loyal base of the party will not show up and neither will all the young people brought in by Sen Obama.

    May 2, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. alice2


    May 2, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Ex Obama Supporter

    "Targets?" Why such a negative verb?

    May 2, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  16. Dal

    Hillary will you step out if you loose both Indiana and north Carolina?

    May 2, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. Shame....

    Oh Snap!

    Hillary was just boo'ed big time..... for a LONG time... at the North Carolina Democratic Party Dinner.

    May 2, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  18. Ed Russell

    More proof why Hillary is the stronger candidate for the general. Shes done this everywhere and has built a strong support system with the voters we need to win.

    Florida Obama has already lost for denying our vote and blocking a revote

    Penn 47% of Hillary supporters wont vote for Obama

    Ohio, Obama is losing to Mccain and Hillary is up (8% difference), Democrats should be leading at this point. Especially considering the money Obama spent in Ohio

    Hillary carried Tenn vs all republicans. She almost beat Mccain straight up in Arizona and beat Huckabee in Arkansas

    Dems vote Hillary if you want the White House

    May 2, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  19. Tony B B.C.Mich

    COME ON NORTH CAROLINA................... THE HILLS DO HAVE EYES..............EARS AND LIVE IN THE PRESENT DAY?..................................... DON' T LET THE HILLITARIANS CORRUPT YOUR FOCUS ON CHANGE, RURAL AMERICA DOES UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THE TIME OF THE OBAMA NATION:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STEP INTO THE LIGHT PEOPLE............................. OBAMA 08.

    May 2, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. Bcarlisle

    Go Hillary all the way to the white house. Come on NC give her the win she needs! You too CNN don't be jealous that Bill O'reilly's ratings were almost 4 times yours when Hillary was on Fox! Go Reagan Democrats!

    May 2, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |

    You know what makes me wonder and I am sure other people are also wondering why Clinton did not beat Obama since super tuesday even though she has major big wigs including her husband campaigning for and talking all this 'good stuff' on her behalf. The rate at which Former successful US president Bill Clinton is campaigning, Hillary should have had this thing long ago. The fact that she still does not have it says alot about her. I dont think people like her. She is forcing herself on people and it is wrong.

    May 2, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. David, Paducah, Kentucky

    Its amazing to me how the voters in these small states are suddenly important to Hillary and "she is one of them". If I remember correctly, at the beginning of her campaign they were not important and didn't even factor into her gameplan. She was going to be the presumptive nominee by Super Tuesday, this primary season would be over, and their votes were not even going to matter. Obama had a 50 State strategy and treated all the States as important to his campaign. Evidently a lot of people have forgotten that. And Hiillary has the gall to try to label Obama as an elitist! And now with this gas holiday thing she is taking it for granted that we are all stupid and will take everything that comes out her mouth as the gospel and vote for her instead of Obama, the candidate who is treating us like adults and respecting us enough to tell us the truth. Shame on you Hillary!

    May 2, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  23. Don't be fooled

    Where was small town U.S.A. when you and your husband were out in Los Angeles swindling folks out of millions in campaign contributions? Better air now CNN because you won't be able to hide it much longer. Regardless the outcome your subscribers deserve to know what's going on! It seems as if there's a concerted effort on the part of media as a whole to keep this story under wraps. Everyone, google search Paul vs Clinton to get some insight into what's happening sense CNN is afraid to do it.

    May 2, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. Chris in Va.

    Rural NC voters, ask about her success in rural upstate New York where during her senate campaign she promised those folks 200,000 new jobs, only to lose 35,000 jobs. If you call that success and want that for your community then by all means vote for Hillary Clinton.

    May 2, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. angelina st paul mn

    cnn: clinton news network

    the royal media to the queen and king who will not have their throne back..............

    May 2, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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