May 6th, 2008
09:27 PM ET
6 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. Dave, CA

    "Hillary Clinton is the voice of change, not you obama…" You must be referring to Hillary's stance on NAFTA. Better yet...I'd call her "vocie of lies". Good job North Carolina!!

    May 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. PJ

    I'm in NC and I think we need a woman to straighten out the mess all these male Presidents have made over the years..I didn't vote for Obama although he is a good speaker...how can anyone tell who is telling the truth?

    May 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. carrie

    why do the clinton supporters hide behind stupid names?
    and why do they lie so much,even to themselves
    truth is some of them are secretly voting and donating to obama
    they cant admit it for some reason i dont know
    mythomaniacs

    May 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. Is that a barbeque???

    Up in delegates... and oh my!!! Look at that popular vote lead!

    Yep, an ol' fashion butt whoopin'...

    May 6, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. dude

    that speech almost brought me to tears.....and im not even american

    May 6, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. EDDIE NEW YORK

    OBAMA REPRESENTS CHANGE THAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR GOD BLESS OBAMA AND GOD BLESS AMERICA

    May 6, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. Diane from Georgia

    Thank you North Carolina. Thank you for believing that we can be united to solve problems in a different way. I love you!!! Yes we can, Yes we will and Yes we must!!!! There is nothing about Hillary that says change. She is the voice of a politician who will say and do anything to win. America can see through her!!! Yes we can.

    May 6, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Seth (Jacksonville, FL)

    Stunning speech. Heartfelt and authentic.

    I really hope Obama supporters can be respectful. Obama was very clear – we must unite as a party, regardless of who the nominee is. We must not let McCain win the election this fall. We need a Democrat in office. Though I am confident Obama will win the nomination, I am prepared to vote for Clinton if she wins it...please, everyone...see the bigger picture here.

    May 6, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. Donny G.

    When is Obama going to stop with the tales about his "poor" childhood? He keeps talking about his mother being on food stamps "for a while." Truth is, as he himself said in his first book, she was working on her Ph.D. at the time (and didn't want to work while writing her 800-page dissertation for her doctorate in anthropology). AND he was living with his grandparents at the time - while his grandmother was a VP at the Bank of Hawaii and he was attending a prestigious prep school in Honolulu.

    Start telling the truth or at least quit with the front of somehow being the only "honest" politician!!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. MLynn

    I can see from the blogs that there are still people who are judging this man by the color of skin.
    How dumb you people are.
    You better listen to the facts.

    May 6, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. Christy Phelps

    YAY OBAMA! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    May 6, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. Anna

    No Chicago style politics...

    Vote for Hillary!!

    May 6, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. Mark Johnson

    Say goodnight, Hillary.

    May 6, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. Shannon

    We need people to stop voting based on race...

    Obama received 91% & 93% of the black vote in NC and Ind...respectively

    May 6, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. JEANETTE

    Hillary is not the voice of change... now is the time for a change!!!
    Obama way to go!!! Thanks Tarheels!

    May 6, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  16. Shannon

    doh...double post..sorry

    May 6, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. MR. B

    Hillary Clinton it's time for a change.

    May 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  18. Voter

    Don't forget we got change under the Bush administration. It wasn't good but it was change. So don't always hope for change, it may not be all you expect it to be.

    May 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. Susan from Texas

    HE WON IN NORTH CAROLINA DUE TO HIS BLACK SUPPORT, PERIOD. BALCK PEOPLE ARE VOTING FOR HIM JUST BECAUSE HE SHARES THEIR SKIN COLOR. THE PROBLEM IS THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH BLACKS FOR HIM TO WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION. I AM A WHITE DEMOCRAT AND I WILL NEVER, NEVER VOTE FOR OBAMA.

    May 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. Jay

    No SOCIALIST PRESIDENT!!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  21. Mark

    Obama only won because of the black voters. He will not win in the general election. The democrates are giving the presidency to McCain.

    May 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. Unshrub

    Dave, IN

    Obama is not dipping into your wallet. The last time I checked, it was optional to purchase his book.

    Clinton is winning by only 6 in Indiana. Give it up, Obama has win. Hillary go home and learn how to bake some cookies.

    May 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. Rick FL

    Amen!

    Dem '08

    May 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. Doug in UT

    Congrats Obama! After weeks of Rev. Wright on tv, radio, and print media-Obama still wins BIG! I believe this shows that Obama is the nominee of the Democratic party, and he is well on his way to being the next President of the United States....

    May 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. You Did It NC

    Thank you NORTH CAROLINA....you did it. This thing is all but over.

    Thank you INDIANA...you pulled so close in the end.

    We can tell Hillary goodbye. THANK ALL OF YOU FROM YOUR TEXAS NEIGHBOR TO THE SOUTHWEST!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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