May 8th, 2008
01:18 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton: West Virginia a must-win for Democrats

Sen. Hillary Clinton says West Virginia is a test for her and Sen. Barack Obama.
Sen. Hillary Clinton says West Virginia is a test for her and Sen. Barack Obama.

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (CNN) – Hillary Clinton told West Virginia supporters Thursday morning that any Democratic nominee needed to win their state to claim the presidency - and that every successful candidate since Woodrow Wilson had.

“It’s a test for me, and it’s a test for Sen. Obama because for too long we have let places like West Virginia slip out of the Democratic column,” said Clinton at a rally in the state capitol, during her second day of campaigning in the state.

“...I think the hard working voters of West Virginia represent the heart and soul of the Democratic Party and the backbone of our victory in November.”

Amid questions of whether she can still win the nomination, Clinton argued that she is beating Obama with the groups of people McCain will be targeting in the Fall – Catholics, Hispanics, blue-collar workers and senior citizens. Clinton also called McCain a "formidable" opponent.

“We’re going to have a run a vigorous, victorious campaign in November. That’s why I am building such a strong and broad coalition among the states and among the voters we must have to deliver the White House.

“This is a little like deja vu all over again,” Clinton told the crowd. “Some in Washington wanted us to end our campaign and then I won New Hampshire. Then we had huge victories on Super Tuesday. Then we won Ohio and Texas and Pennsylvania. And I was never supposed to win Indiana. Well, I am running to be president of all 50 states.”

soundoff (266 Responses)
  1. Matt in Austin

    OBAMA still wins by 100 delegates if FL and Michigan are counted.

    Sorry Hill – it's over.

    May 8, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. DEBBI

    She is still in the primaries because MILLIONS and MILLIONS are voting for her ... duh ...

    May 8, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. sjpete

    Do people not realize that just because Obama or Clinton lost a state during the primaries does not mean they will lose it in November? An example – do you really think that just because Clinton won CA during the primaries that it means McCain would win it in November? No he wouldn't. I am more than certain that Obama would win it. This goes for both candidates.

    I am tired of hearing how one state is more important than another or how she deserves the nomination because she won big states. Just because she beat Obama in a state does not mean that McCain would beat him in it too.

    May 8, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Media blackout Date May 15th

    Has the Gimmick Candidate announced she will run in the GOP race because that's where they understand her racist views yet?

    Hillary Clinton, the Gimmick Candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything '08 !

    May 8, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. jp/michigan

    Hillary is the only one trying to get every vote from every state to count. Obama could care less. He states he is a uniter, but he and he alone has divided the Democaratic Party. Oh! well not completely alone Howard Dean has helped.

    May 8, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. think people

    Yawn. It's funny how the states she wins are "must wins"–by that logic, it's surprising any one ever wins, because that means twice as many states–the ones she lost–are apparently irrelevant.

    May 8, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. David

    Its sad that someone who really has no chance off winning thinks that she will make it to the white house...its been over...this is why she cant be president she has no good decision makeing skills

    May 8, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. sophia nyc

    This is so sad. Even posts about Hillary aren't getting hits/comments.

    May 8, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Fed Up with DNC

    Okay, she needs a psych eval ASAP.... Someone should tell her that this is over.... She has an unhealthy obsession of becoming the President. Sorry, boo you lost, GAME OVER!!!!

    May 8, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Media blackout Date May 15th

    Has the Gimmick Candidate announced she’s on her way to the planet Jupiter because the only way to the White House is through the planet Jupiter yet?

    Hillary Clinton, the Gimmick Candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything '08 !

    May 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    Hillary you are pathetic!

    Our President Obama 08’ & 12’

    May 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Jon

    Why do the Democrats keep talking about "winning states," when the DNC doesn't allocate delegates on a winner-take-all basis? These upcoming primaries don't matter when it'll be the supers who decide everything. How undemocratic is the process of having superdelegates, by the way?

    May 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Vince, West Virginians for Obama

    Now Hillary is pandering to West Virginians. I was expecting her to
    show up here dressed as a ham. West Virginia is Obama country.
    The Hillary crowds are really small. We want unity, not division.

    May 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. Kiah

    I guess her winning only big states message is old b/c now she's trying win all 50 states. Well she has alot of catching up to do since she has only managed to win 16 states so far.

    May 8, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Marc

    Sorry but there aren't enough of Obama's core to even have a respectable showing in this State. He'll lose by 30 points.

    May 8, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. zina

    Let me see if I understand this correctly...if there is a state she is favored to win, it is A MUST WIN STATE for dems. If there is a state that he is favored to win, it doesn't matter (i.e. states with African-American populations, caucus states, certain swing states, etc.)

    Give me a break!

    May 8, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Marc PDX

    McCain may be a formidable opponent but not for Hillary. Why is she still here?

    May 8, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Cowboy Jack

    I don't think Obama has a shot at winning WVA in the general nor does he have a shot at beating McCain b/c the white and Hispanic demographics in the swing states heavily favor McCain

    May 8, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Dave

    Go Hillary! I mean Go AWAY Hillary!

    May 8, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. mdg

    When they finish with the remaining states on the previously agreed upon order, perhaps she will suggest to start the voting all over – in alphabetical order.
    And when that's over, she will suggest reverse alphabetical order.
    And when that's over....

    May 8, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Old & White

    Dear Hillary,

    YOU ARE OVER!!!

    Love,
    Democrats

    May 8, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Roger

    Hillary is for everybody! Not just black people. Not just urban areas. Not just educated people. Not just the elitists. She is for everyone. Hillary is the best there is.

    May 8, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Kiah

    Cathy, that's a typical response from a typical supporter. I mean she's been running a both a Dem and Rep at times, why not try her hand at the independent arena b/c after all this is ALL ABOUT Hillary and her Presidency.

    May 8, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. ExPat

    Bill pandered as a politician and lied as a spouse. Hillary is half way home.

    May 8, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. The Dude

    I don't think she's going to be attacking Obama. I think the point of all this is to register new voters to the Democratic party in all 50 states, and they have done a great job at that.

    Democrats Unite '08!

    May 8, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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