May 15th, 2008
03:40 PM ET
6 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. David D Kollie

    Congratulation Hillary. Be careful becuase McCain congratulated you one your landslide victory in W V. McCain is hoping that you win the nomination over Obama so that he can win over you. LOL

    President Bush was dancing when John McCain won the GOP pirmary. Now, he is groaning in other coontries because his likely successor will not win the general election. LOL

    May 15, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Rachel

    Beth in PA that would be funny obama-clinton family treat to put the primaries behind them and move on.

    May 15, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. fran

    At this point I think she is running for the VP spot. I am a Hillary supporter and I see nothing wrong with her being on the ticket as a matter of fact if she was top candidate, I would also feel Obama should be the VP. They cannot do it without each other. Obama will have a tough time telling the party that she is not good enough to be VP. She gives him the votes he cannot get. He can take a chance and pick somebody, who nobody knows, or Edwards who has already proven he can't win in the second position, or he can put the winner of all of the big states and those swing states on the ticket. Remember you Obama supporters, he's a uniter.

    May 15, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!!

    HILLARY DOES NOT GIVE UP!
    SHE WILL NOT BE FORCED OUT OF THIS RACE!!!!

    YOU HAVE CHARACTER HILLARY!

    YOU ARE GETTING A ROYAL SCREW JOB!

    I KNOW THAT YOU WANT A UNITED PARTY BUT I CANNOT VOTE FOR OBAMA!

    I DIDN'T VOTE FOR BUSH AND I CAN HOLD MY HEAD HIGH KNOWING THAT!

    TO VOTE FOR OBAMA WOULD BE THE SAME FATAL MISTAKE!

    IF YOUR NOT ON THE BALLOT I WILL WRITE YOU IN!!!!!

    GOD BLESS YOU HILLARY AND YOUR FAMILY!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. AN OHIO VOTER

    Hillary, Great win in WV. Looks like it scared a lot of people!! They are running around in circles.......

    Go Hillary!! HILLARY '08

    May 15, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. hmmm

    As an Obama supporter, I have no problems with HRC staying in the race as long as she wants, as the first real woman contender for the position, she's earned it. But I have to say, as her campaign got more negative, it was harder to like the person she had become. I'm so thankful that she finally gets it, that she needs to be attacking McCain and the GOP, not a fellow Dem. It's a little too late for me but good for her, hopefully she'll conduct the rest of her campaign this way.

    Vote the Issues 08!

    May 15, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. Chris In California

    Hillary Clinton is winning when The Peoples' votes are counted. No candidate can claim the nomination based on a 48 state vote count. And, how is it that the votes of Superdelegates and Guam and other places are being counted in this election when two full states of citizen-voters in the U.S. are not being counted as the voters cast them???

    I want to say that I was also thrilled about Hillary Clinton's LANDSLIDE VICTORY in West Virginia!!! She is on to Kentucky where she is expected to do very well. More votes! More votes!

    Keep up the GREAT work, Hillary! We love you!

    May 15, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. Sharon Minnesota

    Hillary, you know better. This bill would have benefited wealthy corporate farmers who do not deserve any breaks. They're planting trees and getting paid big time for it in my county. Get a new bill that benefits small family farms and consumers who pay high food bills.

    Stop the democratic stupidity in congress, come over to the moderate conservative party and give up this charade. You don't have a future with the democrats. They are willing to throw you aside for a Jr. Senator who will completely destroy the American way of life.

    May 15, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. Paul

    Hillary 08

    Yes she will!!!

    Hillary, we are with you all the way!

    May 15, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. K

    Obama and his lawyers blocked a revote in Florida and Michigan, people. He did not want a RE-vote at all b/c he knew he would lose. He'd rather not count them for his own personal gain then has the audacity of arrogance and hypocrisy to go back to Michigan and ask for their vote in the GL. Get a clue.

    May 15, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. An American in Canada for David

    Caryn, Washington DC May 15th, 2008 4:27 pm ET

    Who is Hillary Clinton?

    ******************************************

    HILLARY R. CLINTON, THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF AMERICA 2009-2012 THAT IS WHO SHE IS!!

    May 15, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Barack Supporter

    Hillary will support Barack Obama for president, get over it!

    She is a wonderful candidate but Barack supporters are in overwhelming numbers.

    May 15, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Melanie

    Let's all unite and Write-in Hillary Clinton on the ballot in November if she is not the nominee.

    Hillary 08

    May 15, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. Marie in Ohio

    Write in Hillary 2008! She is the only one who can save this country. People will get tired of Obama and realize he really is lacking the qualifications to be president. So we must write in Hillary in the fall. I for one cannot waste my vote on Obama or McCain. She was so wonderful in the Wolf B. interview. She is so tuned in to the needs of the people she would serve as President. And she is still campaigning, showing admirable determination. Hillary in 08!

    May 15, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. Daniel Manning

    This is another rigged election, it has become more obvious that our political system is damaged! It is time to take another look at the Constitution, Amendment 14 – to be exact-Ratified 7/9/1868.
    1. “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

    This government needs to be overhauled
    1: No more Super delegates
    2: No more DNC
    3: No more Electorial Votes
    4: Popular vote is what matters

    May 15, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. Suzanne

    I love Hillary – write her in. Don't let the DNC fix this election. They seem determined to not count her win in Florida. We will get her elected one way or another. HILLARY 08!

    May 15, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. v.ananthan

    TO OBAMA:

    THIS IS REAL NEWS:

    WSJ: Obama's Strategy for Low-Turnout Caucuses Helps Drive Delegate Edge
    For evidence of the strategy that has made Barack Obama the likely Democratic presidential nominee, look at Nebraska, where the candidate narrowly won a little-noticed primary Tuesday. Sen. Obama's 49% to 46% victory barely got any attention from the campaigns or the press, because the state's delegates, who vote on the nomination, were chosen in a February caucus.

    DIRTY WORK OBAMA .

    SHAME ON YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS IS THE REAL CHANGE OBAMA IS TALKING ABOUT ALL THE TIME...

    May 15, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Marie in Ohio

    WRITE HILLARY IN! We need her to save this country. She will work hard and she understands the issues. Obama has nothing to offer beyond his speeches. Don't waste your vote on Obama or McCain.

    We can overcome the manipulation of the DNC. HILLARY 08!

    May 15, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. Come together

    Well said Hillary. I am an Obama supporter but I give credit where credit is due. I was so happy to see 2 very smart people presented by the dem' s this year for president however I am very sad to see the all the anger out there by the fanatic supporters (on both sides). There have been some very mean and hateful slander thrown out there and it is completely unnecessary and just plain wrong.

    brains back in the whitehouse/08

    May 15, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. Marie in Ohio

    I have been trying for two days to get a pro-Clinton comment posted.

    Write in Hillary 08!

    May 15, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. louiec St. Louis

    Hey Democrats must of this nuts on this blog are closet Republicans. However, Sharon from MN is a paid Hillary staffer or a true nut case. Girl, grow the hell up!!!

    May 15, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Bebble

    Obama needs Clinton's supporters to win in the general election. I know this fact is something Obamacans will not ever accept.

    I'm waiting for her to run as an Independant.

    Clinton or McCain

    May 15, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. R.S.-St. Paul

    Obama's campaign staff did block the votes from Michigan and Florida because counting them a couple of months ago would have allowed Hillary to be standing here to be the Democratic Presidential Candidate. Because they are shady they refused to count those votes until it benefitted them. I think the votes shouldn't count. I think this should go to the convention! If he thought it was against the rules two months ago to count their votes, he should stand on principles and say that now too. But, he is not about principles, he's about getting into the presidency by whatever means he can. Even is that means denying you knew what your pastor was saying about America and white people. When you needed white people's votes you threw your pastor under the bus! That isn't principled, that's weak! Obama supporters think Hillary is a liar. Wake up young people! Obama is a liar! And you are much too young to choose my president!

    May 15, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. The Truth

    Obama deals in hypocrisy by now wearing the flag pin. What is this that he has shunned our flag since 9/11 but when he got his butt whipped by a women in West Virginia, he decided to wear the pin. Is this appeasement at it's worst? A real poster boy for the conscientious objectors in this world. And a 39 at the bowling alley. my nine year old grandson gets at least an 85. Give me a break.

    May 15, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. TL

    Can Pastor Hagee switch his endorement to Ralph Nader so he can become Secretary of State ?

    May 15, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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