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. katie

    She is unbelievably pathetic!

    May 8, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. An old white worker.

    None of my family will vote for Hillary, and is it because I want John McCain in the White House? No, it is so I can say, as I do now, "you put her in there, not me".

    May 8, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. Junior

    What? I'm surprised that there havent been any comments about this as yet.

    May 8, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. DeeNC

    so who is playing the race card again....

    Never heard Obama say anything remotely as divisive as these comments.. talk about desperate and dispicable

    May 8, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Pattern Of Dishonesty

    As a hard-working white American, I would say the most notable "emerging pattern" is the relentless pattern of dishonesty on the part of Hillary Clinton.

    I think it has become quite obvious that Hillary is suffering from mental health issues.

    May 8, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Theresa

    Not long ago the Clintons were touting support among African Americans.

    It will not be a long time time if she abondons whites if she does not needs us.

    May 8, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Geff

    She is not only a liar. SHE IS A RACIST! It is so disgusting that democrats continue to to be afraid of Clintons! That's the only way McBush will be elected in November!

    May 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Bitter Allen Hussein, Visalia CA

    Billary has consistently failed to expand her base of poor uneducated hillbillies and old people. Time for her to throw in the towel.

    May 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. AJ

    Oh please, it's true. Anyone who does not believe that this election is all about race is dumber than mud. If the black vote had not deserted Senator Clinton Obama would not even be on the radar.

    May 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. John

    And so ... The Clintons scorched earth stratedgy begins!

    May 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Amber

    We love you Sen. Clinton.

    LOYAL CLINTONITES, UNITE! Everyone knows she has a better chance of beating McCain in the fall.

    May 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. michael, ny

    Speechless!

    May 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Michael

    Wow she finally said it. We are now seeing the true side of Clinton. Oh by the way Billary, Obama is catching up to your "white vote". Whats that say about you as a candidate? People with little or no education vote for me....great. You go girl .

    May 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Justin

    It's not a coincidence that uneducated whites support Hillary Clinton. Those who have a college education aren't ignorant enough to believe and support the political waist coming out of that woman's mouth.

    It's nice to see HIllary supporting the racism that's been going on in the voting thus far. What's she going to say next? "If you ain't white, you ain't right?"

    May 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Andrew

    Oh my, here she goes again. "hey whitey, vote for me!"

    Does anyone believe her? Its getting pathetic and desparate.

    So much for a graceful "bow out".

    She has become the ugly American.

    May 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Greg, NY

    So she told voters earlier today to vote for her because she's a woman and now she's telling voters to vote for her because she's white. Great.

    May 8, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    omg, you are so 20 minutes ago. bag it up lady. america has spoken, pander bear

    May 8, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Jeff

    Newsflash: you need black people too, Hillary. Thank Bill for that.

    May 8, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Dr. Cash

    Clinton... once pandering to those who fear, is now pandering to those who hate. Talk about divisive. What a loser.

    May 8, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Chris

    Does she know which numbers are bigger?? 65% on March 4th is higher than 60% May 6th. That means less support for you. Even my 13 yrs old brothers know that.

    May 8, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. former Republican

    wow... who's playing the race card now??

    May 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Rene Thomas

    Clinton has race baited all along so what is new? The shame is that many white americans will buy into it and let her make us look like a nation of bigots to the world. The other sad part about this is that the DNC and superdelegates are standing by and allowing her to do so when they have the power to stop her.

    May 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Kevin

    If you were confused about her true colors before...

    She will tear us apart, I'm sure of it now.

    Rachel Maddow was the only one on Tuesday night to say so... she's going to be right.

    May 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. NLS

    Umm...

    This doesn't sound like a winning strategy.

    And didn't she already lose?

    What gives? She's not going to be Obama's VP. It's obvious she's trying to divide people to force herself onto ticket.

    It's a weak strategy.

    May 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Independent in Illinois

    One-third of NC voters were African-American and he received over
    90% of their votes. If you do the calculation , more than 50% of
    Obama's votes in NC came from African-Americans. If this voting
    pattern becomes firm, isn't there some concern that in the fall, the
    election will become even more divisively racial?

    May 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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