May 7th, 2008
08:40 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton: No cause for alarm

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Hillary Clinton called for calm Wednesday evening following a narrow win in Indiana and a significant loss in North Carolina that increased Barack Obama’s delegate lead and raised questions about whether Clinton should drop out.

“There is no cause for alarm, sometimes you got to calm people down a little bit,” Clinton told thousands of cheering female supporters at a fundraiser in Washington called ‘Generations of Women for Hillary.’

“I understand that some people are getting a little nervous, and I have to say that there really is no cause for nervousness, because we will have a unified Democratic Party,” she said. “I will work my heart out for the nominee of our party and I believe that Sen. Obama will work as hard as he can for the nominee of our party.”

Clinton added that the differences between her and Obama are minimal compared to Democrats’ differences with McCain.

Flanked onstage by daughter Chelsea and mother Dorothy Rodham, Clinton told the crowd that too many people have fought to make history by nominating a woman to give up.

“Do you know difficult it is for women to stand up and say we are the best at anything?” Clinton asked. “The Democratic Party has to know that women are the core, women have to be at the table and women are going to be heard as we continue in these contests until they finally end.”

Clinton said earlier in the day at a rally in West Virginia – the next state to hold a primary contest – that the number of delegates needed to win the nomination is actually 2,209 – not the 2,025 the Democratic Party requires. At the fundraiser, she insisted that Florida and Michigan’s votes be counted, calling it a civil rights issue.

“I will be sending a letter to Sen. Obama and to Chairman [Howard] Dean expressing my strong belief that this issue about the voters in Florida and Michigan is a civil rights issue,” said Clinton. “We need to stand up and say the Democratic Party is smart enough to figure how to be sure we don’t disenfranchise two states we have to win when it comes to the November election.”

Clinton closed by reminding the crowd she’s been counted out before, only to win.

“I landed in New Hampshire on Thursday night down nine points and I won Tuesday. You can turn elections in a day, you can turn them in a week if you know what it takes to actually win,” said Clinton.

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soundoff (373 Responses)
  1. Katerina

    OBAMA's campaign DOES NOT call to request $$. Volunteers make calls to voters to encourage them to VOTE and go over his policies if they want them to.
    Kimberly==is there oxygen on your planet> RACIST!!
    "Rocky" Clinton==he lost to a black man.
    She picked Eight Belles in the Derby. Filly came in second, broke both front ankles so was euthinized right then.
    Obama picked Big Brown, he was the favorite, and came in first.
    Coincidence? perhaps but it is interesting.
    The DNC blocked delegetes for Fl/Mi. HRC AGREED to do this believing she was going to win big everywhere.
    Now she is wants to change the rules to suit herself. She who has feet of clay is for herself.

    May 8, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  2. Robert

    I will not vote for Obama. Democrats for McCain.

    May 8, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  3. Joe

    My very large Democratic family will also not support Obama. Under no circumstances will any of us vote for Obama even if Clinton were to endorse him and I hope to god that she does not ... He is a dangerous choice for this country and NO Democrat I know will vote for him they all plan to vote for McCain if he wins.

    If the Democratic Party wants the White House in November they better wake the Hell up because he will not win ... and no its not based on people being racist .. so enough of those comments ... its based on the fact that he arrogant, and ignorant when it comes to foreign policy.

    May 8, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  4. gdr

    All those whining that hillary is playing the gender card..Oh look at our baba..he never uses his race card...why should he talk about it when he is already getting over 90% of it...once againthe so called "educated" idiots..the obamans..LOL

    May 8, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  5. Hillary Supporter

    Can the Obama supporters start showing some respect for Hillary. She is an intelligent, tenacious, and competent leader. I am proud to have supported her and will continue to support her until a nomination happens. Hillary has done so much for this country, including children's rights. Read beyond some of this so called MSM and you will know that. I am actually a bit frightened by some of these blogs and the hatred and downright ignorance in them. This has been a close race; it is not a landslide.

    May 8, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  6. Faith - Mobile

    Kimberly May 7th, 2008 11:29 pm ET

    I will not vote for Obama, neither will my mom, brother, two adult kids and husband. Everone I know feels the same way. I love Hillary BUT her endorsement for him will not change my mind. He can go back to Chicago with Rezko and Reverend Wright. Oh … he can have Sharpton & Jackson too!!!

    This is the EXACT FOOLISHNESS I was talking about! IGNORANCE at it's very best!

    Hillary supporters willing to either vote for McCain or sit out if Hillary isn't the nominee....At the expense of the lives of our men and women fighting a STUPID WAR. For once in your lives....THINK!

    May 8, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  7. JAZZ

    So the only voters that matter to the DNC hierarchy are the blacks, wealthy liberals and youth. Lets see Barack McGovern umm Hussein Obama win the white house with that coalition. Where were these cries of "get out of the race" when Jessee Jackson, Ted Kenndy, Walter Mondale and Jerry Brown fought all the way to the convention
    even though they were behind? Were there no cries because they are men?
    What if they force her out and nominate him and the party splits? What if the change he brings is a republican congress? Looks like
    Hillary supporters really do matter. If he can't take the pressure of a complete nomination process, he can't take the pressure of the presidency. Think about it.

    May 8, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. averagejoe

    It ain't over until the last state primary votes! Some people are getting itchy to ask Clinton to drop out because BO cannot pull out a knockout punch on her. His camp are again brainwashing, up to the point of threatening superdelegates, to side with him now even when they still have doubts about his ability to win over McCain.
    It's very simple common sense; they would have gone out for him weeks ago if they truly believed in his ability to carry the blue-collar American votes which power the Democrats to the White House. They are aware that majority of these votes could instead go to McCain and could tilt the favor to his side. If the race for the White House becomes very close (e.g. 50-50), and half of the Democratic base (or even a quarter) would switch over to McCain's side because they could not stomach a BO presidency, the final result of a general election could be anywhere between 75-25 or 60-40 in favor of McCain.
    This potential scenario would be a repeat of a Dukakis for Democrats; so near for a victory but still defeated in the end. It would mean that DNC leaders haven't learned anything from recent political history or that they are simply playing dumb. Many of them say that the stakes are very high in this forthcoming general election. Truly, this is why they cannot afford to lose it by unwisely accepting BO's blackmail to them that they are doing a disservice to the people if they decide not to vote for him. On the contrary, it would be the greatest disservice to the people if, despite their political wisdom, they would not use their good judgment and instead rely on media and others on who to vote for in the convention, only to fail miserably in the fall election.
    In a very tight race for the nomination, with only 1-2% margin, it is up to the superdelegates themselves to cast their votes according to one simple criteria – who is going to bring the White House back to Dems and to the American people. This is the biggest challenge that awaits them. Never mind the crazy math and comments provided by media and pundits. It all boils down to electability – winning with the help of your base.
    This is the main reason why superdelegates are there, why they are still awaiting the June 3 results, and why Clinton should and must continue the race. Otherwise, she would forever be remembered as a quitter – the very first one. This is never a good thing to wear on one's sleeve.

    May 8, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |

    YESSSS finally play the gender card!!! You are woman hear you roar!!!!

    May 8, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  10. HRC WA

    HRC continue on, you have many supporters.

    May 8, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  11. gdr

    the DNC punished FL and MI because they moved their primaries..and said that their votes will not be counted. Noone at the beginning thought that this would end up this way and the DNC should be blamed for hastily declaring that they would not be counted, they should have just said we will think about them latter.
    Even talking about the so called "rules"..the rule is not to count the early primary votes..fine...let us go for a revote and then count them...what is Obama scared off? he know for sure that he will loose so he doesn't want a reelection and the 'educated" obamans want to say this is the guy for change. A preson running away from peopl'es vote want to be a president....and obamans claim him to to be the mesiah of change..WOW....I am starting to feel sorry for what our colleges and universities are throwing onto the streets..may be they will start to think normally without something sticking from their ears...LOL

    Well here we are at the end in an almost tie and we dont want to decide

    May 8, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  12. hrc supporter

    If she was so stuck on herself, why would she pay for millions of people voices to be heard. He will need her in the fall, yea he has 90% of blacks, and graduates, but she does have women, hispanics, union voters. He cant win against a republican without her help. Oh yea, it's not stilling a nomination if the superdelegates decide they want her over him, thats why they was put into place.

    May 8, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  13. paul oregon

    hillary will do any thingto destory the dem. party despite whatever she says. she never has been honest from day one

    May 8, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  14. a florida

    I am a democrat who will never vote for Obama,nor will my family or friends.But McCain we all will vote for !!

    May 8, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  15. Jean

    It is really time to go. When the battle seems to be over, Hillary, I bet, you, donot give up, for there is always a second chance. Don't you see that Mcain is ready to rule from the senior citizens retirement home?

    May 8, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  16. Stop that nonsense about Hillary!

    To all all those brainwshed clinton believers: If Hillary would manage to get into the white house, she won't even look at you anymore and her solutions and promises will end up in the waste container the same way as Bill's when he got the power.
    She gets her revange on Bill and that's all what counts for her.
    OBAMA is the man of the hour, he will clean up in the white house, restore americas name ithroughout the world and make it a better place for everyone to live in.
    Nothing will change with the clinton's. Therefore GO Obama and drop out Hillary!

    May 8, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  17. Ilse

    what happened to my comment?

    May 8, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  18. John B

    Anyone claiming to be a Democrat who says they won't back the party's nominee in November is either a liar or a spiteful moron. Period.

    May 8, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  19. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Of course she has to be calm and not giving up. She has painted herself as that. I do wonder how does Bill feel about her loaning money to the campaign. When there's a winning chance, it's worth it, but when it's not, it's not worth it. Look at Mitt Romney, he funded his campaign, but at some point, he says it's not worth it. I wonder if she will be stubborn and bankrupt the family just to show her dedication and committment. But it won't be long. A few more contests then it will be over. It has to be demonstrated to Hillary that she loses in order for her to step out – I think that what she is saying.

    May 8, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  20. Yes We Can 08

    Blah Blah Blah....Go cry me a river for all those whiny Hillary supporters who say they wont vote for Barack. Go ahead and Vote for McBush! The sooner you leave the Democratic party, the better. Barack is forming a new electorate, so hop on board or get steam rolled like your Hillary.

    And for all the people who think Barack is an empty suit who cant beat McBush, then what does it tell you that your girl Hillary can't beat Barack? Pathetic isn't it? For all the name recognization, and party backing she still could'nt beat a newbie..PATHETIC!! Enjoy the republican party..dont let the door hit your behind on the way out.

    May 8, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  21. wasabimommi

    hey – obama supporters – ya won!

    now SHUT UP and let this woman leave gracefully. because if you don't stop it with your cruel snides and your attitudes, hillary supporters will not vote for him in november. and since she's got nearly half of the democratic electorate on her side and we're angry and hurt, that is something you should look at. we can forgive, but at a time like this, you should just stop commenting in this divisive (per obama's words) manner, because it just makes you look like a bunch of jerks and it makes us just not want to vote at all.

    May 8, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  22. Grammy in Oklahoma

    Please, Hillary, stay in the race. Obama is bad for our country. The terrorists love him and will celebrate if he is elected.

    May 8, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  23. An concerned citizen






    May 8, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  24. mark di carlo

    In my perspective, Hillary Clinton is playing a very good Hubert Humphrey to Obama's role as George McGovern. Old Hubert did everything he could to win the Democratic nomination and as a result destroyed McGoverns chance to beat Nixon. It has been downhill ever since. Good Job Mrs. Clinton!

    May 8, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
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