May 6th, 2008
09:27 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama: 'We need change in America'

 Obama addresses supporters at a primary election night rally in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Obama addresses supporters at a primary election night rally in Raleigh, North Carolina.

RALEIGH, North Carolina (CNN) – Barack Obama celebrated a clear victory in North Carolina's Democratic primary Tuesday, congratulating Hillary Clinton for her apparent win in Indiana while dismissing pundits who say the Democrats are hopelessly divided between the two.

"This fall, we intend to march forward as one Democratic party, united by a common vision for this country, because we all agree at this defining moment in our history - a moment when we are facing two wars, an economy in turmoil, a planet in peril, a dream that feels like it's slipping away for too many americans. We can't afford to give John McCain the chance to serve out George Bush's third term," the Illinois senator told supporters. "We need change in America."

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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. tarheels get it right

    NC got it right!! Go Tarheels!

    I think they call that an ol' fashion butt whuppin'.

    May 6, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. Amy in Iowa

    How loud can we the people say it: WE WANT CHANGE! We can not continue to run this country over a cliff. No more cowboy politics and political pander-mania. Obama is telling the truth. And I feel confident standing behind his leadership. Because he is really representing all of us.

    May 6, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. sing a song

    Hillary Clinton is the voice of change, not you obama...

    May 6, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. sophia nyc

    Yes we do. This typical white cynical woman needs change.

    May 6, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. LaRue

    GO !!!!!! OBAMA

    May 6, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. John in Iowa

    Oh yeah, change like electing a president with friends the likes of William Ayers, Rev. Wright, Louis Farrahkan and Larry Sinclair. I don't think so!

    Hillary or McCain '08-NEVER OBAMA!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Marie in California

    You are right, Obama....we DO need change. Unfortunately, YOU are not the change we need!

    Hillary or McCain – 2008

    May 6, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. No McSame

    He gives me HOPE.

    May 6, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. billy

    I would like to know why Obama does not say that he is half black and half white – I feel that he is dividinG our party. I am scared of the remarks that his pastor made. I have recently started campaigning for McCain.

    May 6, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Stan(NC)

    This proves Obama (and his supporters) are out of touch. Anyone who thinks that the President can cause the wheels of Washington to immediately stop and turn in another direction... they are foolish.

    An average citizen has more opportunity to "change America" than anyone inside the politics of Washington. President or not, they still have to have the backing of politicians who are old politics – and not even the President can change that.

    What is needed in Washington is someone who KNOWS how to get the old politics to work in their favor on behalf of the American people.

    It's sad that so many people are being misled with the gimmick of "change".

    Obama couldn't change his own state so how can he change the country?

    May 6, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Tito

    The voice tonight os clear! the people voted for BARACK OBAMA

    Great Victory!

    May 6, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Thank you NC for choosing the next President of the United States.

    May 6, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. Dusacre

    YES WE CAN and YES WE WILL!

    May 6, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  14. Scott C

    Clinton is ahead by 4% in Indiana right now when Obama is ahead in North Carolina by almost 20%.

    North Carolina had more people turn out, which means a LOT more popular vote numbers to Obama as well as a greater majority of the state with the most delegates to give out.

    Good old fashioned butt kicking.

    This is going to open the Superdelegate flood gates for Obama now.

    Go Obama.
    Bye bye Huckabee Clinton.

    May 6, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. ABC

    I think we get it Obama. Change. We've heard the word. How about details? How in the world does this guy get buy just telling people we need change?

    May 6, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. Dave, IN

    Promise them everything from jobs to lower taxes to health care to education to low cost housing to........

    Please save us from this man's hands dipping into our wallet to fund his social agenda. Let him start by donating everything he has made from his books in excess of $100,000 a year which would be a pretty good salary for most families.

    May 6, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. NO MORE OBUMA!

    ENOUGH of your fancy speeches! we're tired to hear the same old lines and lies.

    May 6, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  18. Ken

    This is a turn in the campaign. Obama survived the negative attacks and Rev. Wright.

    People should hound Hillary to get out.

    Obama is next President.

    May 6, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  19. Shannon

    91% of black voters went to Obama....talk about racial bias.

    May 6, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. daniel

    What a great victory in a big state for Hillary. And Obama winning NC with 90% of the black vote..his constituency's voting patterns are so against what he preaches and all the togetherness candy that he likes to talk about. I hope Hillary is the nominee otherwise i will sit it out in November, i dont want to vote republican or for a superficial type like Obama who cant for the love of god win a big state..

    Obama...start the change by addmiting that the ppl who vote for you have nothing to do with the message of 'unity', its just an ingenuous talk from you.

    May 6, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  21. G

    Yay Obama 08 finally a state that got it right. Hillary the voice of change hahaha please!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  22. Obamaniac

    YEAH BARACK!!!

    I love what he said about not letting John McCain serve out Bush's third term!

    May 6, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  23. A Change Is Gonna Come

    "It's been a looooooong time a comin', but a CHANGE is gonna come."

    Sam Cook (and sung beautifully by Syesha Mercado on American Idol tonight...how appropriate.)

    May 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  24. Joe Reg

    Change is coming to America.

    America has never been afraid to embrace change.

    Obama is a new dawn in America.

    Obama 08.

    May 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. Marty

    If Hillary does not win, we will vote McCain.

    May 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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