June 4th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama celebrates with Clinton backers

Obama celebrated with Clinton supporters Wednesday night.
Obama celebrated with Clinton supporters Wednesday night.

(CNN) - In what may be a sign the Democratic Party is already unifying behind Barack Obama, the Illinois senator celebrated his presidential primary victory Tuesday night with several of Hillary Clinton's supporters.

According to one participant, Minnesota City Council member Gary Schiff, Obama spent approximately 30 minutes with some of the New York senator’s most prominent backers in Minnesota, including elected officials, local activists, and fundraisers. A second source confirms the event was organized by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, who is a co-chairman of Clinton's campaign.

Obama posed for pictures and promised to visit the state early and often as he now turns his attention to the general election and John McCain.

soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Fasty in MN

    Hilary supporters who are upset need to take a deep breath and realize what they are saying. I would have been satisifed with either candidate, but caucased for Obama and am pleased with the outcome. (I actually want ed John Edwards, but that's another story.)

    The people dividing the party are not Obama and Clinton or the DNC. Quit pointing fingers and look in the mirror, those of you screaming about Hilary getting jobbed. YOU are the ones dividing yourselves out from the party. YOU get to make the choice as to whether you are included in the campaign.

    Primary season is NOT an election. It is a series of primaries and caucases. Total votes mean nothing. Let it go. There are 13 states that have caucases instead of primaries, where votes aren't tabulated the same way. For you to say that only the popular vote matters is to say that a vote in New Hampshire is more important than a vote in Iowa, that a West Virginia vote is more important than a vote in Minnesota. Well, it's not. You need to realize that the sytem that Hilary agreed to, and the 36+ million people that voted, chose Barack Obama. The system worked. If you don't like the system, get involved and get it changed.

    But she didn't get robbed. She didn't get screwed. She was defeated. Period.

    It is your decision who to vote for, or whether to sit it out, from here until November. For people who seem to care about the direction of the country, many of you seem awfully willing to hand the next 8 years to the GOP just out of spite and frustration and dissappointment. Well, be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it, then.

    June 4, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Scott Templeton

    Will the Hillary supporters on this post claiming Barack stole the nomination please let me know exactly how he stole it? I keep reading you guys saying this everywhere, but I'm not sure what to make of it. You realize that even if she got her way on Michigan and Florida she still wuld have lost, right?

    June 4, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Realness

    GO OBAMA!! I am so proud of you and we the people who voted for you based on your intelligence, experience and strength to step up for change in America. You have broken a huge chain thats been wrapped around the neck of this country for many many years. I can see things are getting better and changing just based on this historical moment alone! For those who hate please continue because it does nothing more than bring those who want to see true change closer and it makes us stronger in force and numbers. It lets us all know how much harder we all should be working so that OBAMA WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

    June 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Rico

    "Hail to the Chief" the next President of the United States John McCain! Nine out of ten blacks and four out of ten whites voted for Obama (according to CNN). In a private voting booth(unlike the caucus system) few whites will vote for a black man. You and your exit polls! They just tell your correspondents what they want to hear. If it goes against what the media wants the people to believe, then it is censored, as I'm sure this will be.
    Thank you MEDIA for pushing this inexperienced Candidate down our throats! You created Obama! He doesn't know how Washington works so he will NEVER get anything done. CNN, why don't you cover Mrs. Obama calling white voters "whitey"?

    June 4, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Michelle

    It would seem the HRC supporters are just as egomaniac as their crazed "leader." If they can't see what's more important than their own self interest – no wonder they don't get it. It's all about them. It's not about the other 200 or so million people in the U.S. No wonder people think Americans are screwed and so egotistical.

    If Obama and HRC are basically the same on the issues then what should it matter that Obama is the one leading the charge? It shouldn't, so now that we see how this part of the election piece is shaken out – the HRC supporters want to cry foul – even though – in all HRC ran an ineffective and piss poor campaign. This should be sign of how she'd run the country.

    It doesn't matter that she has all this policies she wants the implement – the fact of the matter is that she doesn't have the basic appeal to this country's innate inspiration or motivation factor to ensure her policies would meet with great acceptance.

    She lost on her on accord.

    June 4, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Bobbi

    Lee writes: "We would rather vote for McCain, and will not be swayed by a far left democratic contingency who has high jacked the party, and made it barely recognizable. Besides I place the integrity of counting every vote, and the good of the country above loyalty to a political party … especially a party who has betrayed half of its members."
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    Have you lost your mind!? How can even claim you cared about Hillarys stance on the ISSUES and then say a vote for McCain is "best for the country?!" You have lost your mind!

    Also, Obama won this fair and square, he didn't "steal" it. My word, what is wrong with some of you people!?

    June 4, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. bill

    Hillary tried hard but lost. The rules regarding caucuses and proportional allocation of delegates were set before the primaries started. It is wrong to after the fact conclude that Obama's victory is less significant because he won caucus states or red states or whichever group Clinton decides to put down today. The popular vote was never the metric upon which the nominee is selected, though there certainly is a strong argument for why it should be in the future. Simply put, the Obama team came up with a strategy that worked against the odds.

    If Obama chooses to make Clinton his VP, that is his choice. Hillary needs to come to terms with the fact that her pressuring him to put her on the ticket will not help her case. Her holding back her support for him as the nominee will play to McCain, who she would have to work with as a NY senator.

    Florida and Michigan held their votes in violation of party rules. They would have been much better served by not moving the dates up since for the first time in a while the nomination contest went through the final days. Both states deserved to be punished and giving them half delegates seems fair. Even if the delegates were allocated in the most beneficial way for Clinton, Barack would still be the nominee. Your vote was counted, though you can thank the state legislatures for diluting it's impact. This was largely out of Obama's control.

    As for those who say that Obama would be dangerous for the country, please back this up with some facts or at least policy positions. I see nothing in his past or his policies that would make him dangerous. If you are a democrat I cannot see how you would stand to benefit from McCain, a man who believes that the Iraq war was a good decision, though not properly executed. Dangerous is the path Bush led us down and where McCain seems destined to go as well.

    June 4, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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