May 8th, 2008
01:18 PM ET
7 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. Spirit of America

    McCain will devastate Obama in a general election. That's why so many rabid Republicans, like Rush Limbaugh, want Barack to be the nominee. They know that only Hillary can and will beat John. That's also why there is this corporate chorus for her to drop out. Ain't gonna happen.

    May 8, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. all people for Obama

    forget about Hillary keep doing the good work for all race

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

    I just wish hillary would think about the damage she is doing to the democratic party. WHY WHY WHY???

    May 8, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. You Know Who

    It's time for Clinton to plan a dignified exit strategy, and end the delusion of contesting presidency. Hmmm. President Barack Obama, has a nice ring to it. Get used to saying it, because he is unstoppable. OBAMA08

    May 8, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. thegoreyears

    Obama will slap Hillary upside her head by winning W. Virginia.

    May 8, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Venus

    Hillary should keep going...

    She should be on Mc Cain's ticket for VP!

    I will be glad when the media stop giving her the time of day!

    Go Obama! We are on to bigger and better things!

    If you stay Hillary – you can start fund raising for Obama...(:

    Can't wait to her you call him.............. Mr. President Obama!

    May 8, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Beverly, NYC

    West Virginia don't be fooled by her sweet words. You are just next.
    First it was Ohio, then Texas, no Pa, No Indiana, now its your turn to be pandered too. Next she will learn spanish for Puerto Rico. Feel for 8 Belles for the KY voters on and on. Then you'll never see her again except on TV. She can't win the nomination, don't waste your vote.

    May 8, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. wwf

    She seems to forget that people have to choose between 2 of the same party now. Come November, it will be between Obama and 4 more years of Bush. Those who vote for Hillary now will have to choose. Not everyone will leave the democartic party. Oh, forget about the swing voters, they are Obama's. Or does she think that he only gets the black vote.

    May 8, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Every State is important!

    Uhhhhm....can someone tell her that it is time to unite. I say Hillary finish the race, but stop telling peole that Obama is not the best candidate. If he wasn't the best candidte, he wouldn't be leading with popular vote( that is with FL, MI) since North Carolina and Indiana. If he wasn't the best candidate, he would be leading in delegate count with and without superdelegates. If he wasn't the best candate he wouldn't not have won 32 states while you only won 16..yes 16. With or without the big states.....every state counts, not just big states and WV.

    Wake UP PEOPLE.......this is becoming like a joke.

    May 8, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Andy

    The fact that she is still here shows the lack of strength in the DNC. If the same thingwwas going on in the GOP they would have booted the other candidate out for the unity of the party (i.e. Romney).

    This is why Republicans keep winning.

    May 8, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Independent99999

    What a sore loser?
    This woman makes the most ILLOGICAL statements and wastes the time of millions of people daily. She is so desperate and outright DISGUSTINGLY PATHETIC

    May 8, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Scott Hughes ATL

    hmmmmmmmm... Now where did I leave those goal-posts??? I know I left them right here, but they just keep on getting up and moving???

    Moving goal posts, crop-circles, what next???

    May 8, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. LJ Blue

    How about Madam speaker Nancy Pelosi for Vice President, for either Obama or Hillary???????

    Now there's a team.

    May 8, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Margaret Peters

    If Hillary doesn't get the nomination, I won't vote. Obama and spouse are not White House material. What are you going to do when he starts spouting what he learned in Church?

    May 8, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Clinton: The Weakest Link

    Isn't it clear by now that Hillary is suffering from mental health issues?

    What else can explain her latest proclamation, that "hard-working white Americans" will not support Barack?

    Hillary's supporters should do this lady a big favor, and get her off the stage before she degrades herself any further.

    Hillary doesn't need to win West Virginia. She needs psychiatric treatment.

    May 8, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. IN stopped her

    We've heard this before. "The road to White House goes through _____________ "(fill in the state), The democratic party is being remade from the bottom up right now. She's not part of the picture. She is actually an outsider to her own party, but then recently, I can't tell what party she belongs to. It's located in a delusional parallel universe somewhere.

    May 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Stop DIVIDING Dems.

    Hillary, the rest of the country know that Obama will take care of it.

    Just DROP OUT, Hillary!

    May 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Chris

    For everybody who said they are willing to vote for old man McCain, if Hillary lose the race go head!!! You are only selling you and your kids future short.This country is going to hell in an hand basket,from the Bush years.If you want to gamble with old man McCain than go ahead an do so. Vote Obama!!!!!!!!!! he is the future.

    May 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Beverly, NYC

    Hillary, after reading your bigoted comments regarding your white base, you have officially lost what little respect I had for you. Do you have a moral center?

    May 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. RickAZ

    "This is a little like deja vu ALL OVER AGAIN” (my caps)

    We know that you know that we know that you are more intelligent that this. But, than again, pandering to THAT demographic would not get you the most votes would it Hillary?

    Yes, keep pandering to the ignorant Hillary – go girl go!

    SIgned – "She lost my respect at the last curve!"

    May 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. White Woman in Florida

    People who say they will vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't win are delusional...it's a petty, childish argument and COMPLETELY not democratic – it's people like you who will destroy this party

    probably coming from all of those white, uneducated folks she so proudly is courting...

    May 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Educated Hillary supporter

    If the DNC hands Obama the nomination, I think Hillary should refuse to be VP and let him self-destruct. His arrogance and that of his supporters knows no bounds. Putting down hard-working Americans is about as unpatriotic as you get. Kind of seems equal with racism.

    May 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. don from canada

    Only if you are a stupid CLINTON

    May 8, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Angel for Obama

    She blowing smoke up her and WV people's butts. Yes Dems need to win WV and Obama can make it happen also.End this rollacoaster Clinton camp and let's move on fwd.

    "Obama 08 Enough said"

    May 8, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. An Agnostic Democrat

    Hillary Huckabee-Romney-McCain-Rodham-Clinton. Just what is in that water ya'lls drink down there in Arkansas-way?

    May 8, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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