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. Maya

    Smart move Mrs Cliton what a contrast to Obama who thinks they are bitter and cling to their guns and religions, God bless you Hillary and God bless America.

    May 2, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. Hillary Clinton is a superb leader!

    Elizabeth Taylor just said it about Hillary Clinton: "I like the way she thinks. She is very savvy and a smart leader with years of experience in government, diplomacy and politics." These are my sentiments, exactly, regardless of whether or not they come from Elizabeth Taylor.

    Now go do the right thing, Indiana and North Carolina - and vote for someone who is NOT merely a "snake oil salesman," but a proven leader!

    As for you, "R2," YOU are dilusional!

    May 2, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Dennis, NY

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

    Now a strong Obama supporter.

    May 2, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. Ralph

    I've been an Obama supporter, but I think he has proven incapable of reaching the necessary demographics. He seems in over his head.

    I think the Democratic Party would be very smart to elect Hillary now, get Obama as VP, and let him simmer for a while. He's spent his life so focused on chasing power that he doesn't seem to have taken the time to define a philosophy beyond talking across the aisle.

    May 2, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. Susan MO

    Who is elitist and out of touch?

    Hillary saying to Bill O'Reilly, "Rich people, God bless us. We deserve all the opportunities to make sure our country and our blessings continue until the next generation."

    Formerly for Hillary

    Obama in '08

    May 2, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. Kentucky

    I hope everyone saw the movie. You will never vote for her if you do.

    May 2, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. aware

    Hillary Clinton the smart choice 2008 and 2012! 🙂

    Small town America take charge. Vote for Hillary the smart choice and a winner in the General Election!

    Obama, the freshman senator, is too inept, too dishonest, too elitist and lacks judgment/credibility. He keeps some very questionable company and says some very questionable things behind closed doors. He is extremely slow to respond – 20 years? Also, for a campaign with a mantra of unity, his bloggers/supporters are just plain mean!

    The far left media doesn't get to decide for America on their far left choice!

    America is centrist and will vote accordingly in the General Election!

    May 2, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. Ex Clinton Supporter

    Get smart everyone.. She'll never have the numbers!
    She's wasting your time and $$$

    May 2, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Mauri

    To George of Los Angeles, this is to say that we agree with you one hundred percent. Hillary Clinton as our president is our only hope.

    May 2, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Tony, Miami

    No to Bush- Clinton, Clinton-Bush, Bush Clinton
    Clinton- Jeb Bush, J Bush – Chelsea Clington
    Are we in America? We can't find better than that. Is the press right by saying uneducated goes for Clinton? If yes we should educate them.
    What Jeb did for Florida it's equal to nothing.
    Chelsea lied by omission by not correcting her mom.

    There is hope with BARACK OBAMA

    May 2, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. Susan MO

    Go Hillary Clinton GO!! In the beautiful state of North Carolina!

    Hillary 08 🙂

    May 2, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. richard

    Hillary no doubt understands small town America. Her plans to help the struggling people are sound. Hillary is the President America has been waiting for.

    May 2, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. Andrew, Indiana


    We're still rooting for you here in Indiana.

    May 2, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. lady Sam

    CNN has become the Clinton News Network, you are only reporting on Hillary, stop being biased and report on all candidates.

    May 2, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  15. carlo

    George, if I were you, I wouldn't bring up bad decisions with a statement throwing support behind the Clintons.

    May 2, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  16. Faye of Ohio

    As a former North Carolinian for most of my life and now a resident of Ohio, I can only hope that North Carolinians from the mountains to the coast cast their votes for Barack Obama. I was a N.C. teacher for 34 years, and I hope that I instilled in students the same values that Barack Obama possesses. He is not his former pastor! The good thing about him is that even though he has been attacked by Hillary Clinton so much, he has not attacked her on the many issues and situations in her life that have been unbelievably deceitful and dishonest. Obama's message of hope is REAL; please believe in it and vote for him, North Carolina!!

    May 2, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. He's got the "Educated" vote... HA!

    A large majority of people who voted for Obama are now regretting it. Sure, he can win the nomination... The only problem is that he shot himself in the foot over and over! Now, everyone's hoping that the rest of the voters vote Clinton. It may be too late. McCain will win the election... and then we will be doing this all over again in '12!

    May 2, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. Sue in MI

    Guess what? It's NOT over, and she is closing the gaps, and leading in some polls. I think Obama is the one who should bow out now, before she overtakes him and it becomes obvious that she is the only one to take on McCain. Go Hillary!

    May 2, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. North Carolina

    George, Los Angeles, I will vote Clinton: Tuesday is the day! Support here is growing as more of Obama becomes known. DNC, Dean, Pelosi, Reid listen: cease your attempts to force your candidate upon us.

    May 2, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. Oregon has Hope and wants change

    Hey Guam votes tomorrow!!

    Let me Guess, Huckabee Hil is also from there, or her long lost cousin grew up there, or her mom delivered her there when they were on vacation, she seems to be the local gal every place they have not voted yet...................

    I am in Oregon, I am waiting for her to come here and say she was the first person whoever recycled in our state, since we are so green

    Come on people, let's stop fallling for this, according to Hil she has done everything everywhere, and it usually is a lie.

    May 2, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. susie

    We don't even know the REAL Obama. He flip-flop on his preacher when he realize he would lose votes, and he was supposely "uncle".

    May 2, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. Voter

    Hillary is out with her lies again.

    One more lie for the road uh Hill...

    May 2, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  23. girl texas

    Hardest working candidate ALIVE! Give 'em Hill!

    HILLARY '08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  24. Jake

    being a NC resident, i can proudly say that clinton support is NOT growing enough to have her win here or come much closer to him than she is now. She is a liar and should drop out. The whole rev. thing with obama is different, sure it may not have been the best thing for him to do but at least he didn't lie about anything...

    anti-clinton now to the point of voting for McCain instead of her.

    May 2, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. Older W/Woman for Obama

    I would like, for once, to be able to vote in a general election for the RIGHT candidate instead of the usual choice of BAD and WORSE. The democratic party can give us an opportunity to do that right now.

    If the Democratic nominee turns out to be Hillary, then the choice becomes DEPLORABLE or DECREPIT. I'm gonna go with DECREPIT if those are my choices.

    May 2, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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