May 8th, 2008
12:03 PM ET
3 years ago

Clinton touts support from 'white Americans'

 Clinton campaigned in Washington Thursday.
Clinton campaigned in Washington Thursday.

(CNN) - In what appear to be the New York senator's most blunt comments to date regarding a racial division in the Democratic presidential race, Hillary Clinton suggested Wednesday that "White Americans" are increasingly turning away from Barack Obama’s candidacy.

"I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on," Clinton said in an interview with USA TODAY.

Clinton cited an Associated Press poll "that found how Senator Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me."

"There's a pattern emerging here," she said.

Exit polls from Tuesday's primaries in Indiana and North Carolina show Clinton won about 60 percent of the white vote in both states. That percentage is down from the Ohio primary on March 4, in which Clinton won upwards of 65 percent of the white vote. Meanwhile, Clinton garnered 63 percent of the white vote in Pennsylvania on April 22.

Speaking with the paper, Clinton rejected the notion her comments were racially divisive in any way.

"These are the people you have to win if you're a Democrat in sufficient numbers to actually win the election," she said. "Everybody knows that."

Obama spokesman Bill Burton called Clinton's statements "not true and frankly disappointing."

soundoff (1,572 Responses)
  1. Brian

    It is understanding and a joy to see so many women support Hillary Clinton in her bid to become President. But with her goal slowly coming to an end, many of her supportors have insinuated they would either not vote for Obama in the fall or cast a vote for MCain in protest.

    How many of those same individuals in their zest to show their support for Clinton are just as willing to possibly end one of the most important RIghts to a Woman in this country.

    Currently, there are 3-4 justices on the Supreme Court that will retire over the next 4 years. On May 6, 2008, Candidate John McCain, a strong opponent against ABORTION RIGHTS stated he would appoint Judges that share his view on this subject, the Republican Conservative View. If John McCain is elected presdient by voters they will effectively handed Mr. McCain the abilty, which he intends to use, to select new justices that would in turn, REVERSE Roe vs. Wade. Thus ending Abortion Rights in the United States of America.

    So I ask, if you are a Clinton Supportor, Are you willing to look at millions of American women and tell them they will no longer have this right because " I voted against Obama just because...."

    Be Smart Americans. Think...

    May 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Kenneth M

    Poor Hillary has gone from a historical figure to a hysterical figure. Its like she is just wondering around the country begging for money saying “Its not over yet, hey, hey, its not over yet. Give me money, give me money”. And the bad thing is nobody will tell her. Its almost like we are her prisoner until she decides to unite the party. Someone should have the cojones to put a net on her.

    May 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Democrat in Des Moines

    Hillary '12.

    McCain '08.

    That's how it's going to turn out, folks.

    May 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. GOBAMA

    A pattern emerging? Your pattern points to the fact that when it gets right down to it, you are racist, and you will do anything, including insulting and turning people of other races against you when you play the "white supremist" card. This is divisive, and is NOT pulling us together.

    GET OUT and GET OUT NOW!

    May 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. fafa

    oh my God. UNBELIEVABLE! Now I am getting red faced. GET OUT NOW

    May 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Mk

    Time for super delegates to put this woman out of OUR misery.
    She continues to say and do things that make Democrats look like thoughtless, do anything to win barbarians.
    Everyone knows that learning to lose is the hardest job there is.
    Hillary doesn't know how to do that. Super delegates: you job is to help this woman out.

    May 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Tom Swift, Shopton

    '
    Here comes the kitchen sink.

    ,

    May 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. TD-Texas

    Oh Wow!! Hillary you are getting more and more disgusting by the day! Do you think that Barack is WINNING just because of the black vote? It was cool when we were voting for your husband but now you turn your back on us and make racially divisive statements like the ones you oppose?

    This is truly sad...

    May 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Norb

    Wow! Did she say that? Maybe she should star in the new television program "desparate politicians".

    May 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. janet in wv

    HANG IN HILLARY YOU ARE THE ONE THAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS IN THE WHITE HOUSE,

    May 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Linda, Kentucky

    This is her argument of the day. Now she's trying to pander to her perception of voters in Kentucky and West Virginia.

    May 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. The New Spoiler

    Don't listen to the critics/"experts" Hillary! Stay in this as long as possible. Bloody Barack so badly that he'll lose in November so you can run again in 2012!

    Never. Give. Up.

    Remember, this isn't about "We the people," it's about you!

    HILLARY 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. nate

    So much for taking the hi road. Shes pathetic. - a white American

    May 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Are you NUTS??!!

    The comments to be blunt – are racist and EXTRMELY divisive....Is this what I am looking for in a President? Is this who is supposed to represent me to the rest of the world? Is this the racist message we want to communicate to the rest of the onlooking world? Really?

    May 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Justin

    great, so Hillary's argument is that the uneducated and "couldn't care less about politics" crowds are supporting her. Ride the wave of ignorance all the way to the White House!

    May 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Kenny

    "Exit polls from Tuesday's primaries in Indiana and North Carolina show Clinton won about 60 percent of the white vote in both states. That percentage is down from the Ohio primary on March 4, in which Clinton won upwards of 65 percent of the white vote. Meanwhile, Clinton garnered 63 percent of the white vote in Pennsylvania on April 22."

    "'There's a pattern emerging here,' she said."

    I think that is the first honest thing she has said in some time....

    May 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Deb

    Call me a McCain Democrat!

    How does he think he will win with a Cult Base?

    My vote/support for Hillary comes from the fact that Obama lacks experience and morals.

    Hillary or McCain 08

    May 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. Media Blackout May 15th

    Has the Gimmick Candidate announced her daddy was the first white man born in the united states so that makes her worth of the nomination yet?

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

    May 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Bob

    Please stop forcing Hillary yo quit the race. It is the pre convention endorsements that will drive her supports to either not vote or go for McCain. They need to realize she has a very loyal base that cangat angry with party elders and bolt the party

    May 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Media Blackout May 15th

    Has the Gimmick Candidate announced to her ’whites only’ voters it was her husband who loved black people, she’s for the white racist so she’s more worthy of the nomination yet?

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

    May 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Joseph

    I say to everyone out there. Howard Dean and the DNC have cheated everyone of their votes who voted for Hillary. This is not some stupid football game. By not allowing Michigan and Florida to be counted and not allowing all Americans votes to be heard they have in effect robbed you of your chance to have Hillary elected. While I can understand punishing the seating of the delegates I do not agree that the popular vote of ALL Americans should not be heard. I for one will be voting for McCain in November as a means to teach the DNC a lesson about letting every persons vote be heard. Bottom line. We all know that if Florida and Michigan were counted then the race would still be up to either candidate. I urge you to teach the DNC a lesson and vote for McCain.

    May 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. divide and conquer

    all the way, divide and conquer....how presidential is that?

    May 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Scott, Bethlehem, PA

    Wow.

    She should be looking at age along with race. I bet you will find people under 30 voting more for Obama, regardless of age.

    Oh, and she killed Vince Foster. :P

    May 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Lance

    Yeap. There is a patten for sure. First it's Bill's SC comment, then her supporter Ferraro racist comment, then her hint at "electability" comments, then now it's "white people voted for me" comment.

    If Bill can't shut her down now to save what is left of his reputation, history will not remember him as a great president, but as the head-of-household of a racist family.

    May 8, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Ohio Voter

    Isn't it racially divisive to equate "working Americans" and "hard working Americans" with "white Americans"? This is much more offensive than Obama's much-touted "bitter" comments. And Clinton made these comments publicly! What will the world think of us if we elect a candidate who brags that she appeals best to "hard working, white Americans"? What will we think of ourselves?

    May 8, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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