May 15th, 2008
03:40 PM ET
10 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. Marie in California

    Go Hillary! We need you to save us from the likes of Obama. Possibly having that man as president is a very scary proposition indeed!

    I'd rather have four more years of Bush....and I never liked him from the beginning. And I'd definitely rather have McCain than Obama.

    May 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. proud Hillraiser

    The Clintonista revolution will vote in Nov.

    May 15, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. An Agnostic Democrat

    Shouldn't Hillary be hitting herself over her pandering gas tax holiday?

    If Hillary is getting better and better then why isn't she gonna win, gonna win? Cuz' it's presidential material she ain't!

    FYI: Her campaign knew last year already that they would have a hard time selling damaged goods – (Her negatives being higher now than they were then, mind you) – and would have to stir up reminiscent feelings from the 90s without all the dreck just to get her through the primaries. They could hardly focus on any kind of a message that would sell even back then which is why it still keeps changing from state to state. Guess it didn't work, huh?

    May 15, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Dave B

    Hillary Clinton is an inspiration to us all.

    May 15, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Republican in Idaho for Obama

    Democrats quit fighting amongst yourselves and start fighting against those who are responsible for our current situation.

    May 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. America's sweetheart

    HRC is the one and only sweetheart of this great Nation.

    We watched you trash and bash her.

    And we will remember in Nov.

    No to Obama.

    Write in Hillary Clinton

    May 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. mdg

    To those of you who plan to write in a name on your ballot – you might want to check if your state recognizes write in's. Otherwise, your entire ballot may be invalid and not counted at all!

    Your attempt to be cute and/or spiteful may harm other candidates, too!

    May 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Lee

    Real Deal May 15th, 2008 4:32 pm ET

    "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."

    I think this is a ridiculous comment. Obama supporters don't hate people who feel differently than they do, and to say that in the midst of chastising them–those who simply feel differently than you do–is inherently hypocritical. Whomever you vote for, I challenge everyone to vote FOR who they think is best for this country...not AGAINST anyone out of spite, and stop throwing mud. That is not why past Americans fought and died for your right to vote, and it is offensive to the spirit of this country. Some people are just going to be rude to ANYONE who disagrees with them, so please don't generalize.

    May 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. La Raza.

    I'm gonna miss Hillary. I sincerely hope that she supports Obama like she says so.

    May 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. JFK

    Ask not what you can do for Obama- ask what has Obama ever done for his country.

    We all know the tireless work Hillary Clinton has done for her country.

    Vote for our best choice- HRC.

    May 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Didi

    THe so called DEMOCRATIC ELITE- SNOBS still do not understand that they are the ones winding their party!
    Palocy, Dean, Gore, Dona Brazil, they have nothing to do with heard working Americans!!!

    Get it , 2/3 of the country does not accept Obama's rithorics.

    Hillary is the BEST solution!!!

    May 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Shon

    Clinton voters are threatening to write her name on the ballot in that's funny....they know they can't spell, so who do they think they're fooling...LOL

    May 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Erdie


    May 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. carrie

    no need to hit maccain
    you will never have the chance
    obama is the nominees
    you can fight with him,if he comes chasing after bill,thou
    we know what a randy he-goat bill is

    May 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Tjaye

    She should be spending her campaign time pushing for Obama. He is going to be the nominee – its clear now.

    She is not the strongest candidate, because if she were, she'd be winning. She's not.

    Its time to move on.

    Obama – O-8!

    May 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Lana

    Didn't Hillary just say the other day that if she doesn't get it then all her supporters need to rally around the candidate that does.

    You should listen to her. Give it up already

    Besides we don't need someone who is just going cause more problems. She's already proved that time and again in this election that she will only stab people in the back once she's elected.

    Unite behind Obama.

    May 15, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. WHY?

    Why did the DNC decide to screw this candidate?

    Why did the media decide to bury her with negative press?

    Why did the haters try to sabotage her?

    MAYBE because she is a formidable force to be reckoned with.

    Hillary and ONLY Hillary for president.


    May 15, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Martha, Georgia

    For insight on what HRC is probably thinking, take a read at her sit down with her one time spiritual guru in Oregon that had advised her on the health care and other issues. HRC is really in her imaginary state of mind right now. Bill needs someone to pardon him. Bush cannot pardon him and avoid bringing shame on the GOP.

    May 15, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. my vote

    Hillary you will get my one vote.

    No one else will get my vote.

    May 15, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Marion

    Congress should support the small farms because each year more and more farm families are giving up that business. The operational costs for farming keep going up, more for gas and farm machinery and other expenses. The only ones making a profit are the very large corporate farms that use illigal immigrants to do the work. Perhaps there should be a cut-off on aid to millionaire farm corporations but cerainly smaller farms needs all the help they can get.
    No farms, no food on your table. It is disgusting that McCain thinks we should spend billions more on an illegal and immoral Iraq War that is killing our troops but forget about Americans who put the bread and butter on our table.
    Hillary, you are far better than either Obama or McCain.

    May 15, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Liz in SD

    Many Dems don't feel HRC is a true Dem; I'm beginning to think her supporters aren't either. And let's get over this FL & MI thing–she can't win even if the delegates are divided the way she wants. Why are you blaming Obama for that???

    May 15, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Frustrated Fem

    Hillary Clinton has two landslides victories. Obama has over 7 in the 2008 primaries. This is democracy. She lost! The people have spoken. Maybe not in the way some Clinton supporters would've liked, but that's life. You win some and you lose some! Let's just now unite to defeat the Republicans. Let's not be Bitter and prove Obama right (again)...

    Democrats, independants and Obamicans behind OBAMA 08!

    May 15, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Tom

    Hillary is the only democratic candidate I can vote for in this election and she keeps proving why.

    The Obama camp is already whining because of a video in Tennesee showing people saying how much they love the U.S. between video of Michelle Obama's "This is the first time......" . They better not holler themselves hoarse on this one cause there is SO much more and it's SO much worse.......................If you said it, Michelle – own up to it – we all understand that you're the motivation behind your husband and that you identify strongly with Mr. Wright. So get it out in the open before the Republicans make it glaringly obvious. Then, if you can't stand the heat? Well, I guess you should've gotten out of the church....

    May 15, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Truth

    This humble, simple, ethical lifelong democrat will not sanction the corruption of the DNC.

    I will not say it is okay to treat your best candidate like she is trash.

    I will not condone fixed electionns.

    I will not permit the DNC to swiftboat its best candidate

    i will give my vote only to HRC

    May 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Rachel

    Keep on trucking Hill. You may not get the nod but you are still my number on choice, dont give the rest of the dnc any reason to talk bad about you. Looks like another strong woman Mrs Obama is getting some heat in tennesse, maybe she will realize she should have been a little nicer to you. I see some Obama people still like the nasty comments even when she is attacking the gop.

    May 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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