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.”

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  1. Thomas

    "So We WILL teach the DNC a lesson with our vote in Nov." –

    AND Teach the Obama supporters who think its funny to bash Clinton a lesson! I cant wait to see there face when McCane a weak republican kills Obama in the general... they won a battle, but lose the war!

    May 8, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. TonyNJ

    Party 2008 May 8th, 2008 4:23 pm ET

    Hillary Clinton supporters:

    Please stop with the threats and insults. I realize many Obama supporters are gloating and taunting you, which is disappointing and wrong. I wish this wasn’t going on. However, it's important that you rise above the petty taunts and stop threatening to vote against the well-being of our nation just because your preferred candidate will not be in the race. Voting for a Democrat, regardless of who he/she is, is absolutely critical this fall. We're all depending on Clinton supporters everywhere to see the big picture and help the Democratic Party take back the White House, and help our nation begin recovering from Bush's mistakes and blunders at home and abroad. We need you, there's no denying it. Please, please, please unite behind Obama and help the cause. We're in this together.
    TonyNJ May 8th, 2008 4:27 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I make this appeal to the good people of West Virginia to vote with both your heart and with your head. Hillary Clinton is not a quitter! She knows want our country's wants are. Hillary Clinton knows what are our peoples needs are, and she will hit the White House floor a runnin, as she does not need to be tutored as she is experienced in the world of Washington and the world. The People need jobs. Hillary Clinton will work to make the state of our economy, First on the agenda. This will keep roofs over the people's heads and food on their plates. It will also help to restore our Right to Dignity, which comes hand in hand with employment and a paycheck, but mysteriously disappears when the pink slip makes it's dread appearance. Obama can go around in a pair of jeans and make his attempt to make a victory lap around the Senate chambers. The race is not over! The good people of West Virginia can make that upstart eat that pair of jeans, by supporting the experienced candidate, the one who will not forget you after election day, the one who knows what the people need. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Now, Now, Now! Give Hillary a chance. Give Hillary your support. Help Hillary to help you! The fight ain't over yet Mr. Obama! The People come first and they deserve a President who has experience solving problems, not creating problems

    May 8, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Cheryl L. Swaim

    I begin to dislike Obama last fall because of the nasty things he said about Hillary Clinton. He has vilified her, and so have the party patriarchs and press. How could I possibly vote for Obama? He is the consummate politician. I can't vote for McCain either. I'll just stay home. Maybe we'll have better choices in '12. Nobama and NoMcCain!

    May 8, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    How many times have Senator Clinton stated the "next race" is the most important.

    Everyone I talk with says they are "tired" of this expensive campaign that is exhausting the front-runner and boring the rest of this nation.

    Senator Clinton, I pray you will admit that. . .even with your husband and Chelsea at your side. . .you haven't or will win the nomination.

    As for your campaigning for Obama, I don't think this is a good idea. As you speak for him, people will always (at least in the next couple of months) remember how you trashed him.

    I suggest you and Bill just take a rest. Certainly you are worn out. Rest and put some of your energy to your senator responsibility.

    May 8, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Women vote for Obama

    That is just converntional thinking. That is whay she loses.

    May 8, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Debu Dash

    Obama should agree to the proposition of including the delegates from Michigan and Florida. The real leader never leaves any stones unturned to prove his leadership. The supporters of Obama should quit anti-Clinton (and vice versa) campaign. This affects the over all image of the Democrats. Obama can not lead this country being an independent and it is not good for him to lead with a bias against Clintons. Had he been overtly popular than Hillary he could have easily got those 2025 delegates hands down. But he could not do it. He is still in the lead but with just a hundred plus delegates (it is a 51-49 lead). I will suggest that both of them need to mend fences and come together to keep republicans out of sight. I appeal to supporters of both Obama and Hillary to work in that direction which will make the Democarts strong.

    May 8, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. john

    Here to stay. Are you in Fla?You should vote Republican but to my last knowledge Mc Cain won that nomination. Maybe HRC will be his VP

    May 8, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Media Blackout May 15th

    It's 4:34PM

    Has the Gimmick Candidate changed her mind and restated her FL Delegate request to include space aliens yet?

    Hillary Clinton, The Gimmick candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything "08

    May 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. RB

    Truth teller question: If everyone favors you, why are you losing?? How do you explain that little fact?

    May 8, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Adam

    "Well, I am running to be president of all 50 states.”

    ... Except the "small states" that don't count as much as the "big states", or the ones that Obama won, that don't count as much as the ones you did... right, Hillary?

    Please... it's just getting sad now.

    May 8, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. jC

    Have any of you considered the fact that she knows what she's doing? What in the world has she done to make you folks so filled with rage and hatred toward her? Look at her bio if you want to see what this brilliant woman has done since she graduated from Law School for minorities, underprivileged, and overlooked people in our society. Geez! Are you democrats or hateocrats. Whether you wish to see it or not and would rather seethe, she is an incredible human being who really does care about you mean-spirited folks, in spite of your inability to be civilized with your thoughts and your commentary!

    May 8, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. GB

    Of course, West Virginia has voted for every eventual President in the winning party's nomination - by the time it gets to W. Virginia in the Primary process, the nominee for each party has either already been crowned or it's overly obvious who the nominee will, and the state wants to be on the winning side, so they'll vote for that person. This race is different, since it's still so close.

    May 8, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Lee WV

    Gas prices went up 14cents in northcentral WV today.the bogus tax holiday would just about make that back up.I wish I could vote for Obama but WV primaries doesnot allow crossover voting.

    May 8, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Roger

    About 60-75% of Americans will vote for McCain in November.

    That's the republican party and about one third of the democrat party.

    Hillary has a better chance of containing the democrat party. That's just the way it is.

    May 8, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. bukky

    You know i just realized she not talking about a coalition so that she can win the nomination. She saying the she HAS to be VP inorder to win the white house. Because she's gonna bring the "white vote". this is her making a play for VP...right?

    May 8, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Clouds are Lifting

    Hillary is a racist and Obama will get me the entitlement programs I need.

    May 8, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Mark in PA

    I have the solution. Obama can have the Democratic Nomination, McCain can have the Republican Nomination, Clinton can have the Independent Nomination. Clinton won all the big states you need to be President over Obama. Clinton running as Independent will guarantee her the Presidency. She can wash both men out of her hair permanently since the big states won't vote for Obama or McCain.

    May 8, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Debbie

    So HC voters won't vote for Obama – ???
    Has Obama brought up any of HC's past, has he mentioned anything to do with her very shady history, all the nonsense that went on at the White House with President Clinton, the fact some people suspect she actually murdered someone, all the "gates" she was involved with, the money she extorted in California in 2000 – the on going court case Peter Paul vs Clinton – has he done anything to 'personally" damage her?
    Obama has maintained his dignity, self-respect and honor!

    May 8, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. John

    Hillary will win the rest of the remaining states and be the Nominee. This is good for the Democratic Party and America. As they did in 1990s, Hillary will be able to turn around the economy and make it booming again. She will be able to take control of the spiraling gas price and bring it down to where it used to be in the 1990s. She is also a strong leader. She has more balls than the other two candidates running for President. As a Super Power, America needs a brilliant and strong President.

    May 8, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. Michael from Notre Dame

    no one is listening anymore hillary...it's time to rally behind obama

    May 8, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. TIME OUT !

    TIME OUT , Hillary...TIME OUT !!

    Take a nice break, have a vacation..and go back to the senate gracefully !

    May 8, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. EBK

    Am I the only one who thinks Hillary's arguments have gone from annoying to comical? I read them and start laughing. The woman nis desperate now. I would still watch out for her though, desperate people do stupid things that hurt others. I won't be surprised if she pulls some crazy antics. In the meantime, this is Hillarious!!

    May 8, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Lynn D

    This note is for the DNC: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO OUR PARTY? This was our year to win. Everything was going our way until you tried to force Senator Obama on us. I wish that I could wake up from this nightmare. Everyone out there knows that Senator Clinton can beat Senator McCain and that she is the best candidate for the Democratic nomination but everyone is afraid that African Americans will riot if Senator Clinton gets the nomination. If Senator Obama is handed the nomination before this is over, Senator Clinton's supporters are going to be forced to take action. Here is what will happen: We will either vote for Senator McCain or some of us, myself and my family included, will begin a serious write-in campaign for Senator Clinton and against Senator Obama. I want to caution the superdelegates from stating their choice before the June 3rd primaries are over. Senator Clinton's supporters are many and we are angry. We will never vote for Senator Obama. So, do what you must, but Senator Obama will never get our vote and he will never win in the fall.

    May 8, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. TonyNJ

    TonyNJ May 8th, 2008 4:27 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I make this appeal to the good people of West Virginia to vote with both your heart and with your head. Hillary Clinton is not a quitter! She knows want our country's wants are. Hillary Clinton knows what are our peoples needs are, and she will hit the White House floor a runnin, as she does not need to be tutored as she is experienced in the world of Washington and the world. The People need jobs. Hillary Clinton will work to make the state of our economy, First on the agenda. This will keep roofs over the people's heads and food on their plates. It will also help to restore our Right to Dignity, which comes hand in hand with employment and a paycheck, but mysteriously disappears when the pink slip makes it's dread appearance. Obama can go around in a pair of jeans and make his attempt to make a victory lap around the Senate chambers. The race is not over! The good people of West Virginia can make that upstart eat that pair of jeans, by supporting the experienced candidate, the one who will not forget you after election day, the one who knows what the people need. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Now, Now, Now! Give Hillary a chance. Give Hillary your support. Help Hillary to help you! The fight ain't over yet Mr. Obama! The People come first and they deserve a President who has experience solving problems, not creating problems

    May 8, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Must Win?

    It's a small state, thus by Clinton logic, it's not a "needed" win for Democrats in November.

    May 8, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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