June 7th, 2008
12:58 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton announces suspension of campaign

Sen. Clinton was warmly greeted by her supporters Saturday.
Sen. Clinton was warmly greeted by her supporters Saturday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York announced Saturday she was suspending her presidential campaign, saying in a speech to her supporters, "I will continue to stand strong with you every time, every place and every way that I can."

She urged the cheering crowd to support Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, presumptive Democratic nominee, in his bid for the White House.

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  1. Obama Supporter

    As an Obama supporter I congratulate Hillary Clinton on her campaign and admire her for starting to bring us together. I fully believe Obama will change this country for the better. In 2016 if Hillary runs I will vote for her. We must keep the republicans out of the white house.

    DEMOCRATS '08

    June 7, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. SONI4HILLARY

    God Bless you Hillary
    God Bless Big Dawg
    God Bless Chelsea
    and
    GOD BLESS AMERICA

    Clinton or McCain 08!!!

    June 7, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Evan from NJ

    To Cathy in Illinois and others like her:

    Please remember that your average 'supporter' that you see in Internet message boards and blogs does not represent the real Democrats that support one candidate or another – and this goes for both sides! Heck, half of them are probably Republicans or just forum trolls anyway, trying to cause dissent.

    The vast majority of us simply thought that Obama would be the better candidate in the general, and have no disrespect or vitriol for Clinton. Please, listen to the words of the candidate you preferred and stand up for the Democratic Party in the fall, regardless of who you liked better in the primary. In the end, that's what matters. Every vote counts, including yours!

    June 7, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Micheal

    Who is listening to late speeches. Just speeches?

    June 7, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Shannon Bowling Green, KY

    The reason that she suspended her campaign rather than ending it is quite simple. As long as her campaign is suspended, she's still technically a nominee and can fundraise to pay off her debts. Plain and simple, no hidden agendas.

    June 7, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Quincy

    Clintons speech was interresting, but not al that surprising.
    Also, the things said about Obama playing golf is rediculous. He may already read the speech, and who knows if he didn't watched it there.
    Clinton praised Obama for a speech that he didn't even gave, the Obama campaign has the decentcy to wait until the speech has been given.

    But the message is Clinton speech is clear, very, very clear.
    All clinton supporters, you voted democratic with a reason, you made History, yes voting for Clinton made as much history as voting for Obama. But now, the history making is over, and it is time to prepare America for the future, a bright, clean, rich future. Leaded by a Democratic, in this first instance Barack Obama (aided by Clinton, if I may add). Then in the Future maybe Clinton becomes president, we do not know.
    So please supporters of Clinton, don't feel betrayed because the system didn't work for you. And then going to the enemy. Vote for Obama, because he is closer to Clinton then any one else. Voting for McCain only support the fact that you voted for Clinton, not about the issues but for the fact that she is a women.

    June 7, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Jen

    Lynne, you know very well yourself how Hillary Clinton played the game outrageously with lies. She only got what she deserved from time to time.

    June 7, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Loretta from California

    Now, Senator Obama may have to make a similiar speech if Senator Clinton is on the ticket. There are an awful lot of his supporters who will be just as angry as hers. We need to come together, and I'm beginning to think an Obama/Clinton ticket may be what is needed to heal some of our wounds.

    I'm sure that Senator Obama and Senator Clinton would work well together, and compromise where there are differences that exist between them.

    June 7, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. NOBAMA

    can't support him, sorry hillary – woulda voted for you...but from what you pointed out in your speech....

    the democrats can't seem to pick the right candidate....

    welcome to 4 years of mccain.

    June 7, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Hopeful - LA

    She fights for the country, for the democratic party. She was brilliant today. As an Obama supporter, I congratulate her for this step toward unity. The next big fight is against the war, poverty, inequality - the republicans will not give you the answer.

    June 7, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. disappointed

    The Clinton people are disappointed now. All democrats will be disappointed on Nov. 5, wondering what could have been........

    June 7, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. DJ, Los Angeles

    Why not Tuesday when Obama official clinched it? On what legal grounds or basis did she think she was entitlted to continue the fight...
    when Obama decisively won the required number of delegates?

    I don't understand why she let herself get mired deep into debt or why she felt mathematically there was a chance for her to win...now she expects the DNC or Obama to pay her bills – when the writing was on the wall weeks ago that she was going to lose.

    June 7, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Emma in Texas

    WELL..she did say that she endorses Obama and will work hard to get him elected.

    However, I feel that she STILL talked about herself too much. It left an underlying message of how she felt that she is STILL the better choice for President.

    It appeared that she felt that " this is a woman thing" and that is why she lost. WRONG !!!! I am a woman and I do not feel that way.

    Bottom line...YES, she did endores Obama..BUT...it is still about ,"ME", Hillary Clinton.

    Hopefully, in the days to come, she will HONESTLY accept the facts and really unite and work hard for Obama.

    She did work hard, she is a fighter and NEVER gave up. I must give her credit for that. Here's hoping that she does the same for Obama.

    THANK YOU Hillary !! I know how hard it must be for you. However, for the good of our country and ALL Americans ( including the 18 mil of your supporters) give your FULL support to Obama. THANKS !!

    GO OBAMA...WE ALL SUPPORT YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 7, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. AER

    Unless Obama puts Hillary on the ticket as VP, my vote will go to McCain. I want someone with experience. If McCain puts Connie Rice or Colin Powell on the ticket as VP, he's sure to win.

    Shame on Obama for playing golf as Hillary went on the record to support him. It shows his lack of respect to her and to the 18 million Democrats who voted for her. The Democrats made a grave mistake in selecting him as the Party's nominee and they deserve to lose. I do not want the people who ran the Democratic primaries running this country. Hillary was their only saving grace. The reason the Democrats keeping losing the Presidency is because they have so many stupid people running the party.

    As an Independent with no political affiliation, I would have liked an opportunity to vote for Hillary as President, she truly was the best candidate. Now that I no longer have that option, the Republicans with McCain look better than the Democrats with Obama. The fact is...John McCain isn't George Bush, but Barack Obama is Barack Obama.

    June 7, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Fadi

    She's not quitting. She is suspending so that when more dirt gets unearthed about this clown from IL, she can resume her campaign and become the next president.

    June 7, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. NORA, FLORIDA

    CNN STOP SELECTING POST THAT PUSH YOUR AGENDA FOR RATINGS. POST ALL COMMENTS!!!!

    As a professor, I would have given the speech a C- because she was still to focused on herself and her campaign. If she was not ready to give a sincere speech, then she should have just stayed home.

    For those that were booing, they will be sobbing if McShame wins. They will be begging for mercy. It is amazing that so many can be so blinded by their selfishness and their emotions. McCain or Obama?? Don't let your nasty feelings ruin life for everyone else. Instead of throwing your vote away to McCain, just stay home

    June 7, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Arden

    HRC's speech was superb. Now it is time to move forward to elect Barack Obama. If Obama had lost I would have been just as disappointed and upset. I even considered staying home and not voting. However, the worst thing that her supporters can do is give John McCain any opportunity to keep the White House. I would have voted for HRC anyway so long as I know that we will not have four more years of Bush politics. Its time to grown up and do the right thing. Support Barack Obama.

    June 7, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Arly

    I'm afraid Hillary's speech today was not enough to make me feel "warm and fuzzy" towards her or belief in the sincerity of her words. She is the queen of manipulation, and I saw a few instances of that in a few things she said and didn't say in her speech today. Her actions and words will need to be closely watched going forward to be considered for the position of Obama's trustworthy VP.

    June 7, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. scott

    Now that was a speech with substance not just about what is wrong with america and empty wishes for Hope. I think the DNC has done a wrong but all will get blamed on her when he looses in Nov. Good night and Good luck our party will need it in Nov. the true Dems didn,t just vote for nthe first time this year. we have been through this before. looking back if it wasnt for BO not being vented until after super tuesday. I really honestly think he would not have won

    June 7, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. georgia

    Suspended ??? lol

    June 7, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Jesse

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    What do Clinton and McCain have in common... NOTHING!

    Why would people be so dumb as to say they would support the complete oposite?

    Anyone who is a Democrat would never support Bush/McCain

    I'm just wondering if people are really that self centered?
    .

    June 7, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Becky, KS

    Gee Sandy, the post right about you indicates Obama supporters have outstretched hands for us to join him. You are the reason why many of us won't be joining. You are nasty, hateful people. Obama needs us and he won't be getting all of us. Clinton was very gracious with her speech. Obama was not; he went golfing. Very telling.

    June 7, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. kay

    cathy from illinois,you are one of those people who want to see or hear something nasty that is why you are not happy to see there was no nasty comments. Here comes one for you keep your nasty mouth shut and dirty fingers away from writing. there is enough bad and evil going it is good to pray for good and yes we can.. Sandy from pa iagree with you fully .

    June 7, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Mari - New York City

    Oh Glen – get a life

    June 7, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Allan

    NO obama, NO obama, NO obama

    June 7, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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