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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  1. Susan, TX

    For those that are considering switching sides because Clinton may not be the nominee...I hope you listened to her yesterday with Wolf Blizter when she said it would be a grave mistake if you vote McCain. She knows these are the last contests to go to pick up more delegates after that she will bow out. So, remember don't switch sides, since you guys supported her through bad and good times she will back Obama if he is the nominee....DON"T LET

    May 15, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. My annie O

    Hillary Clinton is my Annie Oakley and I will write her name in in NOV.

    May 15, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If John McCain is the best Republicans got, they ain't got much. Take it from someone who lived in Arizona for 35 years. McCain ain't much for his own state of Arizona and the only thing he has ever done there is steal investors money (Keating 5). In Arizona we call him a crook.

    May 15, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Susan, TX

    SORRY HIT THE SUBMIT BY ACCIDENT, DON'T LET THE REPUBLICANS IN 2009. I'M A REPUBLICAN AND VOTING AGAINST THEM THIS FALL!

    May 15, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. ROBERT

    Go Hillary...Fight! We will only back you in Nov. Anylists really think they have this figuered out...They will all be surprised when A democrat is NOT in office come November.

    May 15, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Stacy Clarks

    THANKS HILL

    I HOPE YOU AND BOTH OBAMA KEEP ATTACKING MCCAIN FOR THE IDIOT HE IS!!!

    DEMOCRATS UNITED IN 08!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Let's Please be respectful from PA

    I am an Obama supporter who thinks a lot of Sen. Clinton. Her interview in the Situation room was stellar and I think we got a glimpse of the type of lady she is. I think that this contest should play out by the rules of the DNC and the winner should be named. Case Closed. I have to agree with HRC Supporters, she seems to get better as time has moved on! I have to say this 1 little dig, she has gotten better as the year as gone on, she might have won this thing if she was ready on day 1 :)! But if she does snag this thing, I will happily support her over McSane!

    May 15, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Sara from Arizona

    Bye, Bye Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA 08'

    May 15, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Belle

    Hillary....keep up the great work! Never give up!

    May 15, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    The vitrol against Barack is reaching all time lows. He is beating Hillary fair and square by the very rules that she and her husband helped to set up. Hate the game, not the player!!!

    May 15, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. mama4obama

    If the reason HRC supporters won't vote for Obama is only based on race.
    Does that mean the Obama supporters didn't vote for HRC only because gender bias?

    May 15, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Jason T>

    Write in Hillary Clinton in November. I will never vote for Obama. It will be an internship at playing President!

    May 15, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Enlightened Voter

    She is disgusting!!! Hey question for you Hillary – How are you more electable when your losing???????????????

    May 15, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Jeanie in Oregon has Hope and wants change

    To the dems that are writing these crazy letters that they would vote for Mc Same instead of Obama....

    If you want the blood of four thousand more troops on your hands then go ahead turn your backs on the men and women who are just doing what they were ordered to do by The president of The United states and if Mc same is the Pres. you will be doing just that...

    Swallow your pride for the good of our country and the good of our men and women serving our country,

    think about their children not understanding why their father's and Mother's had to fight in a country that turned out had no WMD's,now their families are stuck there because of Bush....for the 3rd and fourth time.....

    So if you want to be selfish .... then you will have to live with it, I feel so sorry for people who think like you, I don't even think Sen. Clinton thinks like you, and I think she will help big time in Congress to rally around Obama to get our troops home when he is our President.

    GROW THE HELL UP!!!!!!

    Just my opinion though

    May 15, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. DarthVadikCa

    I may end up voting for Hillary Clinton after all.

    Obama's appeal has peaked.

    May 15, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. ROCHELLE

    This is something that Hillary should have been doing from the beginning instead of attacking someone in her own party. She is holding on by a spiders thread. You-all know how strong that is. Hillary needs to waker up and realize that she has lied too much and that her lies caused her this mess that she is in, also her husband Bill is the King of divisiveness and she is the queen, although McCain is the Grand PooBah! The Clintons need to truly give it up The clinton campaign is trying to run down the clock so that Senator Obama does not have time to get his stuff together to deal with the GOP and MCCain, although Mccain will lose in the end. It's All Good!

    Go Obama in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 – 2017!

    Rochelle
    NYC, NY

    May 15, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. fred

    I WILL WRITE HILLARY IN THIS NOVEMBER!!!!

    BYE BYE OBAMA!!!

    May 15, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Mama4Obama

    Why did Obama block a revote in Fl and Mi, if he believes in democracy, the right to vote and actually believes most of the people want him?

    May 15, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. dizizi31

    Does the popular vote really count? hhmmmm remember how much the popular vote helped Gore

    May 15, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Mama4Obama

    One thing I do wonder about- if Obama respects women, then why did he mock, jeer and ridicule Hillary Clinton.

    And what's with all the sweetie comments that slip out?

    May 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. fred

    I listened to her on Wolf Show...what was she suppose to say!!

    WE STILL WILL BE WRITING HER IN THIS NOVEMBER!!!

    GO HILLARY!!

    OBAMA WILL NEVER MAKE IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!

    HILLARY O8!!

    May 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. SusanDemforLife

    Who is moving towards HILL, according to her its the poor , undereducated, and non-grossing under 50,000 White earners. This is from her own words. The Lady shines no more on this NYorker and we were never fooled by her. This farm bill she is talking about was in congress before she was, and she didn't write it, but looks like she wants to take credit for it! Just like all the credit she takes are based on everyone else' hard work!

    DEMS and supporters are gathering around Obama for this campaign and this NYorker will be too. IF we could only find a way to kick Hill out in the process! We do not want her back in NY. Maybe she can figure out which town she is from that is low on representative sand move there with her family and become a representative of that state. She can earn money and do nothing like she does now at their expense!

    May 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Republican in Idaho for Obama

    I am impressed with how Clinton has been handling her self as her campaign winds down. She has shown character and strength, and that has changed my whole view point of her. I understand why Obama and the other democrats have so much respect for her.

    May 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. SWEET

    Hillary Clinton is loved by her fellow Americans of all demographics.

    The media created myth of hate damaged her campaign early on.

    But We HRC supporters get to vote in the GE.

    Obama will not get our vote.

    May 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Erdie

    HAY YOU CNN PEOPLE LETS MY COMENTS BE SHOW IN THS ARTICLE. DONT BE TO MUCH ABAMA'S CAMP. WE ARE ALL AMERICAN AND THIS IS A DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY. WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

    SHAME ON YOU, LET THIS BE READ BY ALL. HILLARY IS THE BEST FOR THIS JOB. BULLS**T FOR HUSSEIN OBAMA. PLEASE NO MUSLIM PRESIDENT SHOULD PREVAIL.

    May 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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