May 2nd, 2008
10:29 PM ET
10 years ago

Elizabeth Taylor urges primary voters to back Clinton

The actress and activist officially endorsed Clinton Friday.

The actress and activist officially endorsed Clinton Friday.

(CNN) - Actress Elizabeth Taylor urged voters in next week’s Democratic primaries to back Hillary Clinton's White House run, saying in a statement released Friday that the New York senator was “not a flibbertijibbet.”

“It would be magnificent for our country if Senator Clinton won the votes, hearts and minds of the people in Indiana and North Carolina on Tuesday. She’s a brilliant teacher and powerful leader. We all know what she’s about. We know what she isn’t. Senator Clinton is not a flibbertijibbet [sic]. She’s strong,” said Taylor.

“It’s also important for great leaders to have a sense of humor about themselves. The future of our great country rests in the hands of the next president. Who sits in the Oval Office will be determined greatly by the citizens of Indiana and North Carolina. In my heart, I know they will choose wisely and they will choose well.”

The actress and activist is a longtime Clinton supporter who has donated the legal maximum of $4,600 to the senator’s campaign.

In January 2007, Taylor also pointed to Clinton’s toughness as the reason she was contributing to her presidential bid. "I have contributed to Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign because she has a mind of her own and a very strong one at that," Taylor she said in a statement then. "I like the way she thinks. She is very savvy and a smart leader with years of experience in government, diplomacy and politics."

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soundoff (383 Responses)
  1. KH

    Obama's campaign should now get former DNC chair Joe Andrew and make an Ad about why he has switched from Clinton to Obama. Cite all the reasons he gave in his endorsement letter and hammer in on the gas issue. Take that ad and run it in IN & NC over the weekend.

    May 2, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Tobias

    She's beautiful and smart!! Go Hillary!! Vote smart, vote Clinton.

    May 2, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. Colette, NY

    Experience in diplomacy? Let's get serious. The Middle East and the UK are fired up over her reckless comment about obliterating Iran in defense of Israel. I can see the terrorists lining up now!

    May 2, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Arlie

    why would anyone listen to Elizabeth taylor!!!
    Hellooooooo look at the article below
    70% of americans are fed up with the white house and washington
    Dont vote for *SAME* vote for *CHANGE*
    Get out and change your country while you have the chance!!!
    vote for Obama!!!

    May 2, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. kent

    This endorsement for Clinton says it all.
    Obama 08

    May 2, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Ron

    Well Said Elizabeth.

    Hillary 08!!!

    No more speaches we want just actions.


    May 2, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. David Goldman for OBAMA


    May 2, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Dave in Portland

    Liz, just go away. Your work with AIDS is admirable, but you're in over your head here.

    May 2, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. NC 4 Obama

    She has a mind of her 'own' alright in her mind she Dodged Sniper Bullets in Bosnia if that aint a mind of her own I dont know what is!!
    Smart n Savvy Liar is right! The people of Indianna and North Carolina are not stupid they see right thru Hillarious deceptions and lies! If Sen Obama was so bad then why are soo many people in Politics supporting him even 2 of Hillarious supporters switched (1 major fund raiser and a Gov).
    The folks in the political arena who are behind Hillarious Clinton are the ones who 'OWE' Bill 'Cigar' Clinton! Like that Judge in the Peter Paul vs Clinton case! Shhhhhh dont tell nobody till AFTER Nov!
    What a disgrace!

    May 2, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. scott

    lets only hope. People use there minds when they vote. But as you know just like the grace of hollywood has been lost I fear the US has gone to reality TV as todays veiwers are hooked on HOw they look and personality and not the real substance of the shows there watching

    May 2, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. J.D.

    Why is this news?

    May 2, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |

    I hope she is better at picking candidates than husbands.

    May 2, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. NC for Hillary '08-'12

    Coming from the knee jerk mindset that is Hollywood,
    Elizabeth Taylor is a breath of fresh air.

    Stick that in your MOVEON.ORG PIPE AND SMOKE IT.....MR.OBAMA!

    May 2, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. Carmen McKines

    I'm not sure what a "flibbertijibbet" is! But I do think that if Hillary had not begun to use her negative "kitchen sink" campaign strategy against her democratic opponent, she may have been more likable. After that, and a few other faux pas, her like-ability and trustworthiness went to flibbertijibbet!

    May 2, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. Brandon NC Voter

    Thank you Elizabeth and all the work you have done for many charities over the years you are one of a kind!!!

    There is a silent majority and we will see this Tuesday night. The strongest candidate will win and that will be another Clinton!!

    Hillary or Mc Cain !

    May 2, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. obama supporter

    take your plastic body and do what you used to do best, bette yet go see michael jackson
    he may appreciate a frien about now. stay out of this race for the wh

    May 2, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. JohnLahai

    Hillary is NOT tearing apart the democratic party. Hillary is doing just what any Clinton does— take advantage of any situation given to them (e.g., Monica L., Sniper-fire; NAFTA, Michigan and FL votes etc.).

    The real people splitting this party are the "bilnd" and uneducated supporters of Hillary. How can Hillary, with more negatives than any politican (except Gov. Bush), ever run a successful general election in this nation? The Republicans and Independents are praying for that day to come!!! We will have to thank, not Hillary (because she will be off somewhere with her $109 million), but her "bird-brain" supporters

    May 2, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. Carrie

    Diplomacy? I haven't seen much of that from Hillary, unless Liz means Bush-style diplomacy, of the 'Your either with us or against us' kind.

    May 2, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. Mom4Obama

    This mom bakes cookies and I taught my three year old how to read!!!!! Average American MOM WILL NOT vote for Hillary!

    Moms get UNITED let your one vote4 Obama vote out Bush,Clinton,Bush,Clinton Dynasties the OPPOSITE of Bush,Clinton,Bush,Clinton is OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. mumzy5x

    Boy has the cancer ever effected her brain, people better go and vote barack Obama, if they want this country to get back on track, i just don't believe how stupid people are when they voice support for Hillary Clinton...and john Mccain. they should have to starve, and walk to all destinations.. people if we do not elect barack Obama we ..the POOR
    PEOPLE..will surely be in BIG TROUBLE.. open your hearts and see who in this election is for real..

    May 2, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. skylark

    I don't want her to have a mind of her own. I want her to represent all Americans. Perception is everything and on a global scale she will never be trusted after all the lies and nastiness she has spewed in this contest.
    Obama '08
    One old bat to another.

    May 2, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. sophia nyc

    Good Lord. Run, people, run! This from a woman who couldn't hold on to 1 out of 8 men.

    May 2, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. OregonVoter

    Nuts! Obama just lost the filthy rich old white woman vote. Good job picking up on this stunning news. Going to be tough without their support. I will have to rethink my vote now too...I didn't know Obama was a "flibbertijibbet". Man, that has to hurt. I'm not sure I want a "flibbertijibbet" in the White House.

    May 2, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. Nora, FLORIDA

    Can someone tell me what in the world makes these entertainers the eye opener to the candidates because I will not vote for any candidate based upon the elite who back them. They are in a totally different tax bracket that I will be in if I win LOTTO. So tell me again, why does Liz Taylor or any other entertainer matters in this process!!!

    May 2, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. prcleburne

    Hillary is too a flibbertijibbet ! ( Definition: a lying, scheming, calculating, manipulating, pandering, ruthless politician ).

    May 2, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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