May 7th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton makes case at DNC

 Clinton speaks with reporters after exiting the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

Clinton speaks with reporters after exiting the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton met with Democratic Party officials and undecided members of Congress Tuesday afternoon to make her case for the party's nomination and press for a resolution to seating the delegations of Florida and Michigan.

The meeting, which lasted approximately two hours, took place at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

Clinton spoke briefly to cameras while departing the building, saying she had met with "members of Congress and others who have a role to play in this process."

She refused to say if she won any commitments from any undecided superdelegates.

It was not immediately clear with which members of Congress Clinton met.

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  1. david

    Mr. Limbaugh did not support either canidate. His operation was to extend the primaries and in that end he succeeded. As for the Democaratic race, my question is: The US stops using all oil in 48 hours, How do we pay for the roads and bridges now Mr. Obama?

    May 7, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. joe g.

    Hillary is turning into the house guest that doesn't know when to leave.
    Blame the state representatives and governors of Mi and Fl for their state primary fiascos. They should be voted out of office at the first opportunity. They are the ones that disenfranchised their electorate. She agreed to play by these rules and now wants to change them because she is losing. She only beleives these primary elections were legit for her self serving reasons.

    May 7, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. Independent

    I am amazed at how disappointed these Clinton supporters are. I bet you'll be even more disappointed when your candadite McCain loses. Try more if you do not realize your are hitting your head on a wall; this is exactly what Clintion is doing now. It's called stupid.

    May 7, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. Ted in Pittsburgh

    Interesting how she made her case just prior to the latest primary results were released. After the thumping she took in NC, her case just got a lot weaker. Hillary, you've run a tough and hard-fought campaign. You are a fighter and a hard-worker and bright. That said, Obama is just too far ahead for you to have an honest chance of winning the nomination. It is time to come together and unite Obamacrats and Hillarycrats. Do we want four more years of Bush-like policymaking and Washington politics as ususal? Well, that is exactly what we will get if we can't unite.

    May 7, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Dear Sen. Clinton,
    Go home, lick your wounds and fight another day. You still have a lot to offer.

    May 7, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. Manuel

    What a bunch of ignoramus' we dems have. Hillary is the only one that can win the election for the democrats. She also knows this and is just giving the party time to make the right decision and give her the nod....The black vote will not win the election for obama, and as evidenced in NC and other heavily black population states, this has turned out to become a race contest.
    Besides. There are 50 states and some common states that have a say in the US elections...Let them "ALL" have a voice. Wait til "ALL" have had their say through their vote....

    May 7, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Voter

    All those who say that some of the Hillary supporters are punishing Obama are so wrong. It just so happens that we believe that McCain is the next best candidate after Hillary. Obama is naive and there is nothing in his resume that would allow me to believe that he would be able to lead our country. Obama needs experience and get more stuffing in terms of vision for our country. Just speeches will not do. If we believed in speeches, we could go get a fabulous preacher! This is not about democrat or republican but who is the best president. Obama surely is NOT! Hillary has said that she will campaign for Obama if he wins but even Hillary cannot change my mind since Obama is not ready.

    May 7, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. Annette

    I can't wait to see Obama's face when he loses, and loses big in November. If Hillary is not on the ticket, Obama will be sucking wind. McCain will wipe him up with a wet towel.

    By the way, Obama ran ads in Florida. All names were on the ballot, so the votes should count. As well, the Florida voters should not be punished for the bull crap of the DNC. The last time I checked they were tax paying citizens who are protected under the constution and afforded the same of which is the right to vote.

    May 7, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. Elaine, HK

    Hillary, stop acting like a sore loser. There are rules to follow in any games, we are taught to follow and stick with the rules. You can't one monent follow and next moment want to change the rules to favour you. Who do you think you are? This is the basic thing we teach our children to follow the rules and what type of behaviour are you trying to educate our young generation.
    Just face the true fact, you have lost the contest. Move aside and unite the party before you break the party up with your own ego.

    May 7, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. Hillary = Toast

    This is ridiculous. Hillary is finished. She's lost the delegate vote, the popular vote, and Obama has won twice as many states as her. She ran an able campaign, and I salute her resilience. That said, it's all over but the crying. Do the math, guys and gals–she could win every remaining contest by 20% or more, and take 60% of the uncommited super delegates, and still not get the nomination. Stick a fork in her, she's done.

    Let's turn our attention to beating John McCain already. It isn't good for this country to have another Republican at the controls for the next four years.

    This is supposed to be about America.

    May 7, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. Sad Democrat

    Hello President McCain!

    If Hillary is out, McCain is guaranteed a win in November.


    I hope and pray the DNC will allow Florida and Michigan to vote again.

    May 7, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  12. independent

    i think that those superdelegates have no balls

    May 7, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  13. JG from MA

    To those Hillary supporters who say they will not vote for Obama, let me ask a few things. First, would you vote for Obama if the following was true:

    -There were no rumors of him being a muslim, and if there were, no one cared
    -No one cared what his pastor said, you included
    -No one cared if he choses not to wear a flagpin
    -If the issues at hand, that affect our country, were the only topics ever discussed between him and john McCain
    -If there were no "red" and "blue" states
    -if we voted for who we think would make the best leader of our country, not who can beat "the republican attack machine"

    This is the politics of tomorrow that Obama speaks of. The world may be used to the bitter, divided politics, but there was a time when they were non-existent, and that time can be now. George Washington warned us to stay away from bipartisan ism, and look where ignoring him has gotten us

    Second, given that trivial attacks are still alive and well, consider this. Do you really believe that the whitewater scandal, Lewinsky, etc. will be ignored by the "republican attack machine?" They are now giving everything they've got to Obama, not because they think he will be the nominee, but because she is so much easier to rip apart.

    I will be able to vote for the first time in 2012, and do not want my vote to bring us backwards 20 years. I want my vote to liberate the American dream.

    Obama 08

    May 7, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. shannonL

    Funny, now that her candidate is safely in the lead, she is all for letting the process play out.

    May 7, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. Anna

    I feel like the Democratic Party is being held hostage by the Clintons.
    This truly feels horrible.
    I feel like she is trying to steal this nomination with her lame arguments and it does not feel like a democracy anymore.

    May 7, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Dr. Santiago Wood


    May 7, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. NIC

    Watch Hillary win the nomination.

    May 7, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. keepin it real

    First off, as an African American single (educated)
    female, I would like to tell my fellow African
    American brothas and sisters that I am completed
    appalled by how 90% of you have betrayed the Clintons.
    And in light of your actions I will be voting for
    McCain in the fall.

    Unfortunately, this is the very reason our race is so
    far off course. We have no loyalty to anything or
    anyone...and yes that also include our community. As
    much as Bill and Hillary have supported our causes and
    we now have the Audacity (no pun intended) to stab
    them in the back.

    To my Caucasians brothas and NOT be
    fooled by my fellow African Americans when they say
    that they are voting for Obama because he is the
    better candidate. Truthfully, half can not tell where
    Obama was born, let alone anything related to his
    so-call platform. The reason this is because half of
    us don’t read! Its all about race.

    Equally, I am VERY disappointed in my Caucasian sistas
    who have fell to support Hillary. You know, I’ve
    always heard ( word on the street/conversation within
    the black community) that white women can be some of
    the most jealous and vicious creatures on earth, but I
    would’ve never thought that so many would abandon
    their own to support someone they know nothing about.
    Obviously, I find this to be very interesting and

    I digress...

    Regarding the Rev.Wright situation- You can best
    believe that Obama knew about Wrights’ extreme and
    radical views. Any member that attends a church for
    more than 20 years and that has an ounce of a brain
    knows their Pastor’s ideologies (e.g. greed, family
    values, financial status, education, race relations,
    and community involvement) So, the lame excuse that
    Obama gave to the public about his outrage regarding
    Wrights comment is Phony. And I’m telling you this as
    African American female who knows how her people

    By the way- don’t you think it’s rather odd that all
    radical spiritual leaders (i.e Jesse Jackson, Al
    Sharpton, Rev. Creflo Dollar, Bishop Long) have
    mysteriously disappeared during this primary election?

    So, go ahead and cut your noses to spite your face
    because of your hate for the Clintons and put Obama in
    office. I’m will be LMAO will Jesse, Al, Louis and
    Rev.Wright take over this country with their subtle
    council to Prez Obama! hahahahahahahahahaha

    Maybe-just maybe... I’ve given you way to much credit
    as thinkers and rational people who can read and
    detect BS when you see or hear it- Maybe you’re not as
    smart and clever as most perceive you to be.

    Yes- go ahead and put Obama in office and we’ll see
    who get the last laugh!

    Go McCain!

    May 7, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  19. Dave

    Hillary is the most divisive figure in politics since, well, our current president. She is even starting to sound like our village idiot with all the bellicose rhetoric and attempts to render all issues in start black and white terms. I guess when she is trying to woo the uneducated simpletons of America, she needs to resort to these ploys. It is high time we elected a politician who is able to analyze the issues, take nuanced positions, and who has the mindset to get things done through collaboration. Obama has demostrated that he can do this better than Hillary.

    And what is all this talk from Hillary's supporters about she being more electable than Obama. That is utter nonsense!! She has managed to squander all her political capital and is having difficulty getting her own party's nomination. And she has the gall to suggest that she would make the better candidate against McCain. What's she smoking - maybe unlike her husband, she actually inhaled. Or maybe it is just her deep seated racism.

    Finally, for those of you who are rooting for Hillary because she is a women: she does not deserve to be the first woman president of the United States. All her accomplishments are in fact tied to her husband. Without him, she'd be just another corporate lawyer, perhaps one with some civic sense, but without the skills needed to cut it on her own as a politician. There are plenty of other women in this country who have accomplished far more in their own right and have all the qualities necessary to make a great president. We do need to settle for this shrill, unethical, fake, condescending and belligerent woman.

    May 7, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. tblno

    For everyone that thinks Clinton can beat McBush, and That Obama can not.......She has to beat Obama FIRST and that isnt gonna happen, SOOOOO support your party, Go Obama....EVEN IF YOU HATE OBAMA...........HE's 100 times better then "more of the same"....war, high gas, losing homes...etc, etc

    May 7, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. Zoe

    Clinton's desperate determination does not serve the best interests of the DNP.

    Her case that she is more electable....a word game right out of Rove's buzz speak...

    Its complete nonsense...once Obama is the nominee, she would be hard-pressed not to rally those in the camp, who supported her....just as she would expect if the roles were reversed.

    Its nonsense and it looks like she is trying to finagle a candidacy where the people's voice is second to her own rather loud persona.

    Gore...pul-ease.....come out for Obama....we know in your heart, that's where you might help here.

    May 7, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. Lawl

    Great! Now 'ol Hill can add "surrendered all dignity in a clearly lost race" to that pile of other "experience" she's been touting for months.

    May 7, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. steveda - poconos

    Annie, the Rezko case is nothing compared to the Peter Paul case in California. The Clinton's used all their influence to move the trial date past the Dem convention to avoid the problems. You don't have to believe me, look it up, or are you afraid to? Maybe you will see what the Clinton's are really about.....

    May 7, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. Ann

    I think Hilary should quit. It is sad. I have voted Democrat since 1972. I have never, ever voted Repulican.

    There is no way I can support Obama; and there is no way that I will vote for McCain. I am staying home in November.

    May 7, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. T. S.

    Everyone just needs to relax... The process may take til the convention, but it will end... Would it help if it ended sooner, yes, but let those who wish to fight be allowed to do so... This country was founded on struggle and persistence – both candidates have persevered through controversy and both will have to do the same come August... After reading several articles about McCain thoughout this process, I must say, any democrat who feels so polarized or so alienated by either of these candidates and threatens to switch sides, should realize that by trying to make your point, you only set this party back 4 more years... Do you want to see a Conservative Supreme Court? An American War Mongering Government? A Fiscally Irresponsible Government? Blue Collar, White Collar, Female, Male, Black, White, Mexican, Asian, Other – Who Cares what you are... Who Cares how hurt you are or have been by this process, what she said, or what he said... He's not patriotic, she's a liar... what does it matter? Both candidates will serve a democrat better than John McCain and if it's worth it to you to switch sides or vote contrary to your political views, then be the first to stand up and raise your hand when everyone is looking to blame someone for another Republican in the White House.

    And as a side note, I support Barack Obama, but would stand in line to vote for Hillary should I need to, because despite all of you others, I would still rather have her than John McCain.

    May 7, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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