May 8th, 2008
01:18 PM ET
10 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. Armon in Dallas, TX

    This is quite sad. The fact is, you are not now, nor will you ever be running in the general election, so West Virginia, or any other state for that matter, doesn't help you at all, Hillary. Give it up! At this point, you are only making yourself look like a sore loser, and quite frankly, a psycho idiot!

    May 8, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Steve in North Carolina

    I believe the Clinton campaign also has a lead among voters that support Clinton and wear red boxing gloves to political rallies. Someone please let the superdelegates know about this.

    May 8, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. rose, texas

    the ones that don't get it is the obama supporters. i can 't wait 4 mccain 2 debate with obama, if hillary made him look stupid ,what is mccain going to make him look like. good luck 2 all the obama supporters, stop 2 think he can't win with just u'll votes, you'll still need the hispanic, asian , elder white votes. mccain president ....08

    May 8, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. don from canada

    what is howard deans email address so we can all email him to get Hillary to quit enough is enough

    May 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Jordan

    HIllary Clinton has lost her freakin mind. How can she goto west virginia and say that it is mandatory to win the state to get the nomination. she has literally lost it. By saying it, she is saying that it is more important to win WV than it is to win NC. which carries much more delegates and superdelegates than WV.

    When will she let it go. Now, she is not only ruining her chances to be able to run again in future elections, but also her likelihood of being reelected to the NY Senate.

    Sen. Obama has the democratic nomination locked up and the sooner Clinton realizes that, and lets him go on to face Mccain, the better off the democratic party will be.

    May 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. John in PA

    Why is it – Obamabots – that if a white person votes for Hillary, they are uneducated bigots, but if a black person votes for Obama, they are well informed? I don't get the line of reasoning. But then again, I am white, I have a higher IQ and more education than 95% of the Obamabots, and I support Hillary.

    May 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. John WA

    A vote for Clinton is a vote for McCain at this point. Any donation to her campaign is payment on her loans and debt.

    May 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Mark from Seattle

    Does anyone in CNN really not see what it going on? I can't believe they treat these statements like news.

    NEWSBREAK: Any state that Hillary thinks she can win is a "must win" and a "big" state. Also, any people that vote for Hillary are "Hard Working", "True Americans", "Important Demographics" and "Swing voters".

    Can we see through the lies and forget about her? I am glad Obama has realized that she isn't worth debating with.

    May 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Ratgurl

    Hillary's like a shark; if she stops swimming, she'll die.

    May 8, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Greg

    Dear Bobby tray:

    Please don't compare Hillary Clinton to Raider's owner Al Davis. That is so demeaning to Al. Hillary Clinton is a disgrace.

    A disgrace to her party, to her supporters, and to the American public.

    Just quit Hillary, it only goes down from here.

    May 8, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. commentspage

    "Dave in Atlanta May 8th, 2008 3:32 pm ET

    So basically every state in which Clinton does well is a "must win" state, and every state she loses "doesn't count really"?"


    May 8, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Cheryl L. Swaim

    What's the matter, you Obama supporters. Don't you like the people in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oregon, Montana, Puerto Rico, or Florida for that matter? You're a bunch of hypocrites. If the shoe fits, wear it!
    Nobama '08 and Nobama Ever

    May 8, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Kristin from Dallas

    Spin, spin, and more spin.

    May 8, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Jessica

    Obama and Clinton supporters:
    It takes all types to win an election. I am a highly educated Clinton supporter who, according to the pundits, should be an Obama supporter. Obama supporters, please stop making it so difficult to support your candidate. Ignorant, immature, and childish comments hardly represent Obama's campaign messages. We have all chosen to support who we want to be the candidate for various reasons (hopefully not based on race or sex) but if we want the Dems to win in Novemeber, we have to find some common ground again.

    May 8, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Tony Z- MD

    Why is CNN covering her? Make her pay for advertisement. Oops- she is out of money.

    May 8, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. Indy bloke

    Two days ago, I voted for Obama in my state's primary. I hope he gets the nomination, but if by some slim chance he doesn't I'll still support my party and it's ideals and vote for Hillary.

    Here's the thing though, Clinton supporters, in order for Hillary to even come close to TYING Barack in number of pledged delegates she has to win the remaining primaries by 85%. Chances don't look good.

    May 8, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. John

    I would like someone from CNN to address Obama's "new electoral map" for the general election. (ie Colorado, Nevada etc.) It appears to me that voters are taking an unecessary risk. Hillary would easily have beaten McCain. I don't see this quite as clearly with Obama, but am open to an explanation on strategy.

    May 8, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Sarah

    Delusional woman, go away. It is over. Obama 08'

    May 8, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Beverly, NYC

    Hillary = Lady Macbeth without the charm.

    Maybe if we ignore her she will go away.

    May 8, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Yes Hillary, all the more reason for you to take your power-crazed ego and step aside gracefully before you cause more damage.

    May 8, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Xango

    delusional lady go away

    May 8, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. marie

    I have sent two entries that have not been printed. I will try again. What I wrote has been sent to the DNC and superdelegates. It is important that the superdelegates choose the person who is electable.

    May 8, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Sal in Phoenix

    Clinton has every right to stay in this race..Nobody has reached the magic number of delagates yet..If the Democrats used the same rules as the Republicans to select their nominee we wouldn't be here now because Clinton would already be the nominee..Some of you Obama followers are really rude, crude and immature...

    May 8, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. Kyle

    This woman is delusional.

    May 8, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Allen deLuca - Florida

    You Obama people are very nasty. Is this what you call 'uniting'?

    May 8, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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