May 15th, 2008
03:40 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton campaigns in SD, hits McCain on Farm Bill

BATH, South Dakota (CNN) – Campaigning in rural South Dakota – one of the last two states to hold a primary on June 3 – Hillary Clinton focused on agriculture Thursday, drawing parallels with the work she’s done with upstate New York farms and attacking John McCain for not supporting the bi-partisan Farm Bill passed today.

“The idea of getting to a legislative compromise on something as complex as the Farm Bill is a huge undertaking, but it was finally accomplished,” said Clinton from the porch of a farmhouse. “President Bush says he’ll veto this bill and Sen. McCain said he’d do exactly the same thing as President Bush. You know, they’re like two sides of the same coin, and it doesn’t amount to much change does it?”

This was Clinton’s first appearance on the campaign trail since her overwhelming victory in West Virginia’s primary and John Edwards’ endorsement of Barack Obama. The endorsement combined with the increasing number of superdelegates siding with Obama have only further fueled questions about Clinton’s future in the race.

“I’ve never been impatient with democracy,” Clinton told hundreds of supporters, many of them farmers. “I think actually letting people vote is on balance a really good thing and has served our country well over many, many years. So it’s a privilege to be campaigning in South Dakota,” she said, adding that she and husband President Clinton would be there often between now and the primary date.

As is often the case, Clinton gently jabbed Obama for his health care plan that she says isn’t universal and for his lack of support of her proposed “gas tax holiday.”

“A lot of folks don’t like what I’ve proposed, but tell them to come up with something else,” she said. “If you don’t have an answer to the problem, then keep your peace. Otherwise come up with your own answer.”

An enthusiastic, 35-year-old male supporter, Ryan Reinhardt, offered his services as Vice President, giving a long list of “blue-collar worker” credentials and telling Clinton, “I’ve got more life experience than any man I know and I would love to be your Vice President.”

Caught off-guard and laughing, she replied, “You’d be a lot of fun around the White House, I can tell."


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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. Debbie,NJ

    That's right Hillary fight for the Dem. party.

    May 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. only

    This democrat will ONLY vote for Hillary Clinton.

    May 15, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Independent for Obama

    No longer relevant. And by the way, how does one "gently jab" someone?

    May 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. kingsley

    Obama need a super major speech about race. this time around warn America to be prepared of REPUBLICANS making this election a racial division to their advantage as bill and hillary attempted but it didn't work until now that its too late.

    I always wondered why Obame rejected and defended racial comments towards him like the one from ED RENDELL but it all made sence when I realized the consiquences and how it drove blacks to vote against hillary and vice versa. in this case blacks loses.

    But I hope the inteligent super deligates are not getting caught up in the white votes and false popular vote spins from the day dreamers

    May 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. why settle

    Why settle for second best, or even third best when we can have the very best candidate for president.

    Don't let Obama threaten you out of your vote. Don't let the DNC fix this nomination.

    Don't let the media decide for you.

    Write HILL in for a NOV win.

    May 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. time tells all

    As time goes on, more and more democrats get tired of Obama and his tactics.

    Hillary Clinton just gets better and better.

    I love this woman.

    May 15, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Caryn, Washington DC

    Who is Hillary Clinton?

    May 15, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Kel from Auburn AL

    Who?

    May 15, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Dems Rule

    Hiiary, I love your spirit, but the horse is already dead. Quit beating it! Please!!!!

    May 15, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Done with Obama

    Most democrats are moving away from Obama, the more we see and hear.

    We will never move away from Hillary Clinton.

    The lady shines more and more.

    Too bad the DNC gambled on Obama.

    May 15, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Jane L.

    Sen. Clinton is so much more qualified to be President than Sen. Obama.

    May 15, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Bridgette-PA

    If anyone chooses to "write in" a name that isn't that of the Democratic Nominee, you are a undercover REPUBLICAN and we don't need you anyways!

    OBAMA-08!

    May 15, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. go with the young

    I'm going to follow the youth who never voted before and vote for Obama.

    Yeah, right.

    I do not want to be a part of the vile, vulgar, hateful, demeaning and insulting haters that Obama has inspired.

    May 15, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. jj

    WOW, a comment that's not closed after 2 to 15 comments. I still don't understand, Why if they voted for Clinton in WV they're racists, but in each state all of the african americans vote for Obama but that's not racist???? Some of the comments are really racist. especially from the person BLACK POWER, what does that say if not racist. as if this whole primary hasn't been about race. And it wasn't and isn't the white's who are making those comments, it's the blacks.

    I won't vote for Obama because he DOES NOT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE YET. period. Our country needs change but right now, we need fixes to our problems which are great, not someone who gives great promises but doesn't have answers until he checks with someone. Example, the newsperson he called sweetie, he said he's get to her question, BUT HE DIDN"T, he later called her to apoligize for calling her sweetie but still DIDN'T ANSER HER QUESTION ABOUT WHAT HE WOULD DO ABOUT THE AUTO WORKERS. He said his people would get back with her. He called her sweetie, so what. I'm upset because he didn't anser her question, he's done that too many times, he always has to check with someone.

    May 15, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Ben - Portland

    And don't let the media convince you that you don't have to vote for Obama; he still needs your vote. The danger here is that as he starts to focus on McCain and the general election, Obama supporters in Kentucky and Oregon may stay home. DON'T DO IT! Your primary vote for him is still important. Every vote for Hillary will just drag this out, so we still need to turn out and vote for OBAMA.

    May 15, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Thank you, HIllary, for attacking McCain instead of Obama.

    May 15, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Real Deal

    Hillary is the real deal.

    The Obama team is full of cheating, arrogant, aggressive, hateful people who viciously attack any American who differs from them in appearance or opinion.

    May 15, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Charlee O

    Way to go Hillary.

    Hillary '08.

    May 15, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. suzy

    HILL-WAY OR THE HIGHWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. fight

    Hillary... take it to the convention.

    Hypocritical Ted Kenndy took it to the convention and he was behind by 800 delegates

    May 15, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Democrat in LA

    Hey, white racist ladies and rural rednecks:

    Nobody else cares what you think or how you vote. Take your vote to McCain, stay home, or write in Hillary– it doesn't matter, because you have officially been marginalized and ignored. Get used to it. You are in the minority, thank goodness.

    May 15, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Linned

    Thanks Senator Clinton for taking up for the Democtratic Party. When you mess with one of us you mess with all of us.

    May 15, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Independent

    Hillary Clinton should stay on the ballot and give Americans a TRUE choice:
    not too left and not too right
    not too old and not too young
    not too hawkish and not too doveish

    SHE IS JUST RIGHT

    May 15, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Hillary: Think of something NEW. Guess we could say that you're just exactly like Bill Clinton, too.....or Obama?

    May 15, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Jan from Boca Raton FL

    YOU GO GIRL

    HILLARY 08, DON'T WORRY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS
    ARE GOING TO WRITE YOUR NAME IN ON THE BALLOT.

    FLA IS 100% BEHIND YOU

    HILLARY 08 NO OBAMA

    May 15, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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