May 7th, 2008
08:40 PM ET
2 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. Justin

    It's over Hillary.

    Those of you writing her in, you're wasting your vote and allowing stupidity to cloud your judgment. All you're doing is not canceling out a republican vote. Effectively, you're helping the republicans win.

    Don't be fools, vote for the Democratic candidate, whoever it may be.

    Obama 08!

    May 7, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  2. Cry For Our Country

    It's over, Hillary. Accept it. All you are doing now is hurting the party for your own ego.

    The country saw through your exaggerations and pandering and saw it for what it was.

    It's obvious you will do anything to try to pull this out. Realize that doing that will only hurt this country. Put the country first. For once.

    May 7, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. allxdreamer

    I can't believe you men!!!! All you can say is sexist things against Hillary! Is that all you have is she is a woman?

    Really I think that is why so many college men are voting for Obama. Because they think it is okay for men of all races to be discriminatory against women. Men, you need to wake up. It is 2008 not 1708! Women do have equal rights in the U.S. and if Hillary wants to run for President she can. I know you hate it, but she can. And she has about half the votes of your fellow man Obama. So.... I am so glad MOST ppl do not think like you do.

    Hillary 2008!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. Media Blackout May 15th

    Has The Gimmick candidate announced she will prove she's worthy of the nomination by levitating yet?

    Hillary Clinton, The Gimmick candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything ‘08

    May 7, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  5. Carrie in CO

    You know it's gotta be tough being Rush. He just can't make up his mind as to who he'd rather spend the next six months attacking with his dillusional, pain med induced rantings. I'm sure that whoever the nominee, he's looking forward to sitting back, popping some pills, and dreaming up all manner of insanity.

    May 7, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  6. Barbara-California

    this woman is a megla-maniac.......please God, remove her from the race!

    May 7, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  7. Jody Reno, Nevada

    I'm with you 100% Hillary, so is the rest of the country...at least those of us who refuse to drink the Kool Aid!

    Stay in, stay tough and win this thing!

    May 7, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. Called upon too

    Called Upon –
    I got a call today too. Same thing. The guy said "well, you know that the nomination is all but his" even though i said, with a smile "no thanks, I'm a Hillary supporter". He continued to demean and degrade and ultimately asked me "you will be supporting him in November, right" – oh the AUDACITY!!!

    May 7, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  9. KE

    Most women would have quit the race long ago and that's what makes her different and people are watching her.

    Does anybody really want and expecting her to bow down and leave the race now?

    Arrogance amplifies when people tell any candidate to get out the race and expecting one candidate and their constituency to help the party who also denid Michigan and Florida.

    May 7, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. former clinton supporter

    I hope and pray that Hillary drops out so that our country can begin the healing process to take on John Mccain in the fall. Don't her supporters see that Hillary is only looking out for her own ambition at this point.

    It's funny how Clinton who is worth 109 million dollars is asking working people to support her dying campaign. Even more ridiculous is that she is charging her supporters interest on the loans she gave the campaign. Even more stunning, she is just using the rest of the funds she gets from now on to pay off outstanding debts and reimburse herself with the money of people who are struggling to make ends meet..

    how ironic..she is the antichrist

    switching to Obama 2008

    May 7, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I so much love Hillary before and pray that one day she would be american president but her attitude in this election has turned the table upside down how can she be a good precident with this attitude
    her attitude in this election shows that she will not be mindful of american issues but will go ahead working for her own selfish interest
    interst of distruying her fellow human interest of race . Infact hillary has destroyed her own political party and is going to be detrimentous even if she won the nominee she has given the republican enough weapon to fight the democrat becouse she just want to win not that she want to lead. she has a high disregard on Obama and democrat
    SHE DONT HAVE THE QUALITY TO BE AMERICAN PRESIDENT

    May 7, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  12. YINKA

    RIDE ON HILLARY. I'M PROUD OF YOU. I REMEMBER THE 90'S, DURING BILL CLINTON ERA, LIFE WAS SO GOOD. BEHIND A SUCCESSFUL MAN THERE IS A WOMAN. THAT IS YOU. I BELIEVE ONLY YOU CAN MAKE THE BEST PRESIDENT . YOU HAVE THE BEST JUDGEMENT AND EXPERIENCE FOR THIS POSITION.
    GO HILLARY 2008.

    May 7, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. tom

    If Sen. Clinton has all this great support, from white America, Women,
    Lunch Bail folks, Older American, white men. ect. ect.........

    How come she can't raise money, pay her bills. shameful.

    Clinton supporters all talk from day one!

    Obama 08

    May 7, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. Tim in NY

    No cause for alarm.....

    Why yes the campaign is plummeting faster than "W" 's popularity rating....

    Why yes big named supporters are dropping out like crazy.....

    Why yes I've had to 'loan' myself more than $6 million this month.... (saaaaaay, does she count that as part of her $10 million raised after PA?!?)

    No, no cause for alarm....all is well....nothing to see here....look, isn't that Rev Wright over there?

    May 7, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  15. Mag

    Obama if he wins does not have a chance against McCain. Mc Cain will chew him up and spit him out. Hillary on the other hand CAN beat McCain. Also, if the super-delegates have a brain they will give the votes to Hillary. Another thing who cares about Ted Kennedy, he's nothing but a drunk and we really need to listen to his crap. And you Obama lovers, he talks CHANGE,CHANGE,CHANGE, everyone knows even if he is the next president ,he can't make changes alone.Talking about it and doing are two different things. Just what changes is he really talking about. To Hillary, I admire you and all you stand for, Keep Fighting!

    May 7, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. Rise up Hillary!

    2 reasons why the DNC wants Hillary out, Florida, Michigan. Nevermind the bonus that this Obama hot air balloon is bound to burst. There is no reason she should not fight to the finish, and I LOVE her for it!
    Go Hillary!

    May 7, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  17. Dallas

    There are Millions and Millions still with you Hillary. Please hang in there. Obama scares me.

    May 7, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. Comedy Central

    Hillary is the brightest and the smartest and as occurs with people like her, others have to put them down...call them liars, dishonest, desperate. This is especially true if they are women. I will be writing Hillary's name in on the November ballot. I cannot and will not vote for either Obama (who has no accomplisments and was appointed by his kingmaker Emil Jones) or McCain (who licked GWB's boots after he was slandered by the Repubs).

    Oh and for the record...to Pat in Cali...many, many Catholics left the church during the sex scandals.

    May 7, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  19. Sam

    Hillary,

    You are the hope of Millions of Americans including me!!!

    We don't want to see another Bush term (McCain) as there is no chance of Obama winning while all the indications are showing him to loose many of the swing state s.

    Hillary 08!!!

    May 7, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  20. European Guest

    As European is one thing clear for me: We need a strong and wealthy america very badly to defend our common culture and economy against the biggest thread of the 21sth century which is not the minmal developed islamic world but the republic of china for several reasons.

    If go on with the war in iraq in this intesity and with this unbelievable high costs, your economy will become really serious problems. And McCain stands for going on this fatal way. So I can´t understand that a democratic voter says: If dem. candidate x won´t become the nomination than I won´t vote for the other candidate!" You shouldn´t select the candidate you like more, you should vote for the ideas a party have. Don´t make a decision between Clinton and Obama. Make a decision between war or peace, between recession and wealth, between republicans or democrats.

    We need you america....

    May 7, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  21. BRiley

    The racecard has long been brought up by Obama and all of his brainwashed followers. He's nothing but a speechgiver! I have yet to hear him "be real!" I'm glad Hillary is staying strong and not succumbing to all the pressure. This is a primary race not a "congeniality contest!" Let the cards fall as they may.

    May 7, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  22. Sharon Minnesota

    OH Kathleen, you are sooo unprofessional. What's wrong with women supporting one another? You might try it yourself sometime. Hillary is not a liar. There was sniper fire that day in Bosnia and she did show courage by going into a war zone. Where were you on that day? Baking cookies.

    May 7, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  23. kathleen

    The White House phone went off at 3 a.m. No Answer. Bill was
    not in the vicinity. And Hillary was fast asleep. The alarm went off
    at 6 a.m. and Hillary awoke and Bill was no where in sight.

    May 7, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. Adrian

    For all you Obamabots who keep talking, you need to understand that many of feel that Senator Clinton has been cheated of hard earned delegates in Florida and Michigan, and she has. Obama could have easily taken the higher ground that he supposedly knows how to take and submitted a proposal on how to seat the delegates, instead time after time he has allowed the clock to run out in the opportunities presented to him. if that is not the "same old politics", I dont know what is, come off it!

    Also think about the audacity of his arrogance, what experience or record of accomplishments can be boast that make him suitable to be commander in chief. He is probably the least accomplished, least experienced person in that senate floor, and we should throw the country into his hands? Exactly why? Because he can deliver a prepared speech or because of the color of his skin? WOW

    Whoever said that Obama does not use the race card is delusional, you need to youtube the vide of Michelle Obama talking about how as a Black man "Barack can get shot just going to the gas station." LOL and Barack was hugged up next to her nodding in satisfaction. If that is not one of the ugliest most transparent and flagrant use of the race card, then I have no idea what is.

    Obama is now a FLAWED candidate, he cannot and will not will the Blue Collar White Vote and the Latino Vote which the democracts absolutely need to win the general election against John McCain. The republicans will have a field day with him and all of his lies about NAFTA, Wright, and his statements that indicate the level of detachment from average folks. Trust, this is great fuel for all the republicans ready to vote and send him right back not only to the seante bur right back to Chicago. Add this to his continuing inability to capture the Blue Collar White and Latino Vote and whatever other drama is sure to come out during the GE and you have a defeat the likes of which we have not witnessed in a while.

    But hey go ahead, I'm taking my chances with Hillary!

    May 7, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  25. Pam

    Sharon in Minnesota...please seek some psychiatric help.

    May 7, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
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