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. KT

    It's over Hillary. You yourself said in the Fall that Florida and Michigan wouldn't count. So if you are so concerned about their votes, why didn't you speak up in the Fall? Get over your ego and give up. You make many successful and talented women look bad.

    May 7, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  2. JN

    Are we playing the gender card again...Barack will be the nominee of the Democratic Party. Enough about Florida and Michigan. You were the cause of this mess after violating the RULES. Isn't that called cheating? Even if Florida and Michigan are counted,you are still behind in popular vote..Isn't the nominee chosen by pledged delegates though? so please explain your Florida and Michigan argument. Oh and also how can you say you WON Michigan when Obama's name was not on the ballot. He followed the rules., you DIDN'T.

    May 7, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. Ha

    Finding new ways to divide this party...

    May 7, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. Democrat

    It would be historic no matter who wins.

    Please Hill, throw your support behind the winner. You can stay in until June 3rd, but you must Support Obama with all your political power then.

    To all the Hill supporters:
    Please, don't be offended by the bitterness of some of Obama's fans. It comes from both sides, and it's just been a nasty battle. Voting for McCain is like cutting off the nose to spite the face. It doesn't make sense. Please, both candidates have weaknesses, and this race has been bitter, but vote DEMOCRAT '08.

    CNN probably won't post this comment because it's not negative.

    May 7, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. Charlotte

    Democrats for Hillary Unite...Write in her name in November. Let the DNC have their nominee. If all the Hillary supporters write in her name we can show them who we think is the best...Let the Obama supporters have their vote, let McCain have his votes, we can win with what is left...

    May 7, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. Craig A Texas Democrat

    Well here comes the gender card i wonder what people would say if Obama started saying Do you know how difficult it is for a black man to stand up and say we we are the best at anything? Fact is Obama dont look at himself like that. He is an American who is a man who happens to be African American. Hillary leave the gender card alone Americans know the struggle of all people in this country. Stop focusing on you,i,me and start focusing on us.

    May 7, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. illinoisian

    Wow. As a woman I am going to vote for someone I consider honest, right on the issues I care about, and someone who will turn the US around. That someone is Barak Obama.

    Hillary, this a is not a gender issue. Stop with the victim act. If your name didn't happen to be Clinton, you wouldn't have a hope to win this. Well, actually you still don't have a hope to win it.

    Women who vote for Hillary simply because she's a woman need to get over their we-are-women-hear-us-roar man-hating attitudes and look at the issues.

    Gas tax holiday? Yeah, good one Hillary -let's not listen to the over 200 economists who think it's a bad idea. She must be channeling George W.

    I would rather help make history by voting for an African American than a power hungry out-of-touch elitist woman.

    May 7, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Julie mn

    I believe it is shame the way the media have trashed Hillary,Bill and chelsea Clinton, it still goes to show that its all about the rich, and the corrupt, the media has been bought and paid for by the campaign of hate and division,

    May 7, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. N Smith

    Hillary, get the hell out of the race, with all due respect. At times I feel true empathy for you, but then you always seem to say something that eliminates any that I have. Here we have the gender card again – out in the clear. People say Obama plays the race card. He NEVER has. When has he ever said "Do you know how hard it is to say you're the best because you're part black, part white?" Go away Hillary. NO VP either. Let's beat McCain.

    May 7, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. Kathy

    Don't give up Hillary. We are still here for you all the way through. Don't let the media tell us who to vote for.

    May 7, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. Kirk

    Take Away Two Big States For Obama The delegates The Popular Vote He'd Be Way Behind !!!!

    I'm From Michigan , Obama And his Campaign BLOCKED The Re-vote Here In Michigan . He Will Not Get My Vote . If He makes it To the General Election . I Feel The Democratic Party Has Given Us A Bad Choice If Obama Gets The Nomination , And I Will Vote For Sen. John McCain !!!!. I'd Rather Have 4 Years Of John McCain As President , Than 1 Day Of Obama !!!

    Obama Has Pissed Off This Michigan Democrat !!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. Emeka, Florida

    Hilarious. Is this a joke? Hillary better make a demand – whether she needs the VP slot or needs help to pay her debts. Else Obama should lobby Sen Evan Bayh or Ed Rendell as his VP as a means to force her out.

    May 7, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Jeff

    I love Hillary but enough is enough.
    After he next contest regardless of if you win step down and retire and let all the people in the party that screwed you out of the nomination work for Obama in November and let Mccain win the whitehouse
    Obama can not win the white house with the voting coalition he has.
    The African American Community are dems and will not cross over to the republicans. Hillar'y core will or they will stay home.
    I do not want Hillay to stay in the senate.
    I want her to retire and let the dems be damed with Obama the damaged and unelectable candidate.
    He is not a uniter but a devider along racial lines. Look at the exit polls and all the voting patterns. He won big from the start but once voters got to know him and his relationships he has not won big except in NC, and most of his wins are due to the african American vote.

    The voting block Hillary is winning the woman, blue collar working men, seniors, religious, Obama can not win enough in the general and they will vote for McCain over Obama.
    = McCain in the white house

    May 7, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  14. Haneefah Hasan

    I pray that she stops dividing the party. I pray that she starts to tell the truth. I pray that Hillary Clinton spends $11.4 million dollars on the People that were prayed on by the Mortgate companies. I pray that Senator Clinton goes to a gas station in each State in the USA and SPEND $11.4 MILLION TO FILL UP EVERY CAR THAT COMES TO THAT STATION FOR JUST 1 DAY!



    May 7, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. soy

    selfish, self-centered, and inconsiderate. She only cares about herself and her personal ambitions and thats it. She can't get this nomination unless she steals it from Obama and it'll have some big long term consequences for the democratic party. I'm sure we all remember the history behind why the Republicans lost the overwhelming African-American support they had up until the 1960s civil rights fight.

    May 7, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. IN Voter

    One of the things that I've really appreciated about Barack Obama's campaign has been his refusal to play the "race card" in his effort to gain supporters.

    The same can not be said about Hillary Clinton when it comes to the "gender card." How could she be more blatant than this in saying, "vote for me because I'm a woman!" It's really sad.

    I hope and pray that the US has a female president in my lifetime. But I hope that woman is elected because she is the best person for the job, and not because of her sex alone. At this point, Senator Clinton is doing damage to that goal the longer she stays in this race.

    May 7, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. Leapfron

    The issue in Florida and Michigan was a DNC issue. The democratic party members in both states had ample warning what the consequences would be should the move their primaries forward. Clinton was OK with that decision before Super Tuesday (because she expected to walk away with the nomination). The DNC has authority over this issue. It is a Democratic party issue, not a constitutional issue. Clinton has become delusional if she thinks that Dean will back down on this issue...especially since the majority of democrats back him up on this. Anyone in Florida and Michigan knew about this before the election day, and there were no legal challenges then. It is highly improper to follow the rules until you don't like the results and then try to change the rules after the fact so they satisfy you...

    It is now impossible for Clinton to get the required majority of the popular vote, even with Florida and Michigan in her corner. She'd have to win every remaining primary with 75% of the vote or higher to win.

    It's time for her to concede defeat.

    May 7, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  18. Kathy in KENTUCKY

    HILLARY 2008



    May 7, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  19. Cham

    If Hillary was leading the delegate counts, the number of delegates needed would be no more than 2,025. Further, she would suggest that the trailing candidate should bow out once she reached that number.

    May 7, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. Edgar

    Hillary no matter what occured I am with you!

    May 7, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. GG

    why not? keep spending your millions, while people die of hungar and starvation.

    May 7, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Independent

    As a female, I do not want this woman to represent my gender. She has set back feminism 20 years. She likes to be one of the boys, but can have tears if moment suits her. I would love to have a woman as president, but Hillary Clinton is the worst representative of the female gender. From this article, she is now pandering to the female vote. If you have watched this election process, you will note that she will play to what people want to hear. I have and will continue to support Barack Obama.

    May 7, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. Alex

    To all those Hillary supporters out there, I can understand why you are pissed about the comments that Obama supporters such as myself have made. You have to understand Hillary is the reason for these comments, most of us respected Hillary and wanted to vote for her, but we saw a different person as this campaign went along.

    The turning point was when she began to tear into Obama out of desparation. Call it what you want, but Hillary has given the Republicans an unbelievable amount of ammunition for her own self interest. Obama doesn't deserve that say what you want about him, but who mudslings that much in their own party and these comments that she has made are outrageous, she has thrown the kitchen sink at him.

    I don't know maybe her campaign did it to her. I understand that she badly wants this election, she would make history and one day we will have a great woman for president and I think that day will come soon. Hillary is not your only hope and her character has shown, we clearly can't have a President like her that acts this way. Some may say she is being a fighter, no I call it desparation.

    We need to unite now, she fought hard, but this election is over and to all those supporters who say they will vote for McCain, why are you in this party? If you can so easily switch. A vote for McCain is going to be what it has been and worse for Bush. Both you and I know that. So your right let us stop fighting and come together behind Obama. You thought he was a strong candidate before, you surely still believe that. It is just that this negative campaign has made you angry as it has me as well.

    May 7, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. Chris Crew

    I have no problem with Clinton pushing on as long as she doesn't spend all HER money on negative campaign ads that will ultimately hurt the Democratic party.

    It is no defense that the Republicans would do the same... they are the other party and doing their dirty work for them does a great deal more damage than she leads on.

    I am hoping that she uses these final few races to lose gracefully in an attempt to rebuild her image. She could start by denouncing all the focus of Wright, flag lapel pins, and other general attacks on Obama's patriotism. If she fails in this, this election may forever change how Americans view the Clintons.

    May 7, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  25. WeLuvObama

    HIllary, I am beginning to not like you!!!!! You took you sneaky, coniving self in that superdelegate meeting and strong armed them. I will not, no matter what anyone says, vote for you if you steal this nomination from Senator Obama. I will seat this one out. Why is the goal post always moved to fit whatever predicament you are in? You agreed that MI & FL would not count because they had broken the rules. Now you are behind and you want do whatever it takes to get you ahead. I am also tired of you saying Obama can't win the white vote, you can't win the black vote. You also said in the last debate that Senator Obama could beat McCain. I guess that was another lie coming out of your ugly mouth. YOU ARE SO SELFISH.

    May 7, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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