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. Louise - MN

    Hey Liz in SD-
    It's it a little hypocritical for supporters of the "new kid on the block" to be criticizing the people who have been the glue of the Democratic Party for all these years as not being "true dems?"
    I guess I thought the Democratic Party was a little more openminded and accepting than that.
    How disappointing.

    May 15, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Venus

    Way to go Hillary!

    Welcome to the "O" Team Hillary!

    Good luck with Kentucky and PR! Great win in WV!

    By the way – I heard your friend Lanny Davis – talk about how you plan to try and steal the top spot on Obama's ticket because you now that many blacks in this country are very upset with ya! So instead of you going for the 2nd spot – you want him on the 2nd spot?

    Hillary – You will not be on Obama's ticket! If you lose this race – the race is over. If you were better than Obama – the facts would speak it!

    Go Obama!

    May 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Jane, WA

    May 15th, 2008 4:44 pm ET

    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 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Jenny, Oregon

    What! Hillary Clinton attacking her fellow Republican John McCain. Obama must feel left out.

    Vote of Obama!

    May 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. New Sensation

    True, and a dawning of a new day begins. Hillary and Obama have called a truce and are not attacking each other anymore, John Edwards endorses Obama. And the super delegates continue to reign in their support for him. The DNC is finally getting its act together and we're taking on the republicans. This is as it was meant to be. McCain's bus is about to run out of gas.

    May 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Terry in Fl

    Keep going Hillary! We HAVE to take this for the sake of our country! Don't buy into the DNC's version of things, they are NOT your friends. and Please...DON"T ask me to vote for Obama or I will lose all respect for you.

    May 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Tan, NC

    Hillary is always fighting to make everybodies life better and yet you see all these Obama supporters ugly comments. That's what Obama has done as a leader create hate by using the race card divide and conquer attitude, disenfranchise millions of voter and now the big backlash is comming. Hillary should run for president as an independent, democrats are back stabbers and don't deserve her. Time for real change like a third party with a woman leader. Blue collar workers shouldn't let Obama bamboozie them. Hillary or McCain

    Running indepently if the too-left doesn't support you.

    May 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. gerard morei

    Hillary, please taked into the convention, and if you loose there because superdelegates won't recognize popular vote, just form a new party and run as a president candidate in november, I guarantee you will win this election, you have the support already of about 18 million people, not count the remaining states. Please don't abandon us or our country will regreted.

    May 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. PA for Obama

    Sorry Joanna, but the name-calling and nastiness happens on both sides of this nomination fight. I wouldn't exactly call some of the Hillary supporters who post here respectful of those who don't support her candidacy. What's needed is a civil dialogue on our differences and the realization that we can't move forward in this country if we don't move together.

    I suspect that if Hillary hadn't borrowed a few pages from Karl Rove when she was attacking Obama as recently as last week that you'd see a lot less animosity between the two camps that post here. I think Sen. Obama has tried very hard to maintain the high road and I'm glad to see Hillary is no longer attacking him. I honestly don't think either of them could be very happy about some of the threats being made by their supporters to withhold support for the other.

    May 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Former Female Clinton Supporter

    To Clinton supporting democrats:

    Once Obama is the official nominee, Clinton will support him and ask all of her committed supporters to vote Democrat in November. McCain is a SHELL of the man he used to be and has sold his soul to the GOP. It is time to unite!

    May 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. mitchell from arkansaw

    join the movement ,hillary!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |



    May 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Ann

    The rest of the world can see what is going on, why can't Americans wise up. This is not about one candidate being better than the other (their platforms are basically the same). The only thing that is different is race and sex. The Democrats who are kidding themselves saying the better candidate is Obama who is still wet behind the ears but has charm, charisma and a knack for words (although not always his own). Democrats, no matter how you shake it, this nomination is about much more than political platforms and promises. Come November the better "man" will win the presidential "race". Democrats, I hope your choice doesn't come back to haunt you.

    May 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. good for america

    and if any of you still think that votes come from blogs...than whatever. Hillary people, i hope you are being paid.

    May 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. MK

    I am so proud that Hillary visited my home town today! I will only vote for her! There is no other Democrat that is tough enough to handle the WH! Thank you, Sen. Clinton for coming to South Dakota! We love you here!

    May 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Scott, British Columbia, Canada

    If you people really do write in "Hillary" on the ballot then you are as stupid as the rest of the world thinks you are.

    How old are you people?!? What point does that make? Stupid, absolutely stupid!

    May 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Beth in PA

    kingsley- I have to call you on this one. RENDELL may be many things, but he's not a racist.
    If you actually read his comments before the PA primary, when Rendell was asked how he thought Obama would do in PA he simply stated the fact that many Pennsylvanians weren't ready for an African American president. This is the same thing that polls told us, and the same thing that actual voting results told us in certain parts of the state. That's an unfortunate fact, but simply stating it does not make a person racist.
    RENDELL also said that the former PA Republican gubernatorial candidate Lyn Swann (also African American) should have done better in the last governor's race, but didn't because of racist voters. He actually admitted that part of Swann's poor showing was because of racism. Swann was a former Pittsburg Steeler, and it was a surprise that the Republicans couldn't get out their typical vote in the southwestern area of the state. Again, it is terrible that people would sit home rather than vote for their party's candidate because of race. But I fail to see how RENDELL referring to that situation as an example makes him a racist.
    Is the Gallup poll racist when it shows the same thing?

    May 15, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. HereWeGo

    Clinton needs to join ranks and support Obama. NOW IS THE TIME. Obama is holding his own trying to battle Clinton and the President and McCain and Tennessee. WOW, that man is the Obamanator, he is doing good!!!

    May 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Ron

    If Obama loses... it will be Hillary's fault!

    May 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Juan from L.A.

    Gerard Morel stop being naive!!! Popular can you people twist things. Pathetic.

    So now this lady since she is in SD brings agriculture up. Great team she has around her. NAFTA in Ohio, No-NAFTA in Texas, Gas prices in poor WV, blah blah blah...In Oregon just watch she'll come up with something for pines or the ocean...hahahah

    May 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Tom, NC

    We don't buy Obama!
    Hillary – the Dems ONLY hope in November.

    May 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Griff

    Farms? While we are Talking. How did Borack Obam get the backing of the Teamster's. Could it be because of the Farmer's Union, and the imigration of worker's across the Boarder. Ye's I'll ignore it, If I'm Elected....Say's Obama....

    May 15, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. fred


    May 15, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Independent

    Thank you Hillary for finally fighting FOR the Democratic party.

    May 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |

    the only hope for the Democrats – go Hillary!!

    May 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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