June 7th, 2008
01:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Couple divided on what happens next

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton urged supporters at her final rally Saturday to back Barack Obama with the same enthusiasm they'd had for her presidential bid - but not everyone was ready to follow her instruction.

Arms crossed, David Rivera of Baltimore told a reporter that "it will be a cold day down there before I support - that man." The nomination, he said, had been "stolen" from Clinton. "She won the popular vote, the people wanted her. [Democratic National Committee chairman] Howard Dean didn't."

But his wife Maria said she was ready to follow Clinton's example. "In campaigns, there are winners, and there are losers," she said. "You can't sit and think about what went wrong forever. You have to move forward."

She said she belonged to a grassroots group of nearly two dozen Clinton supporters who called and canvassed for her in the days leading up to Maryland's presidential primary, and that nearly all of them have now decided to volunteer for Obama.

soundoff (314 Responses)
  1. spring

    While Hillary behaves like a lady, and a valiant one, Obama goes out for golf. He's starting to behave like Bush already. Wonder how many vacations Obama can squeeze in during a "working" year. He should choose her for a running mate, since 18 million+ people want her, not just moronic delegates. Hillary could show Obama how to act like a gentleman, how to say the Pledge of Allegiance, and how to choose friends.....

    June 7, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Bob

    Obama waited for that speech for four good days and he had plans to take his wife for a date and his family. Which should not be interrupted by Hillary , Clintons and her supporters.
    Obama is in control now not what Hillary want. Hillary is after her future prospects after learning she is not going to win but too bad it took 4days to realize that.

    Go Obama!

    June 7, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Eric

    David – listen to your wife. She's a wise woman!

    June 7, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. easy

    Easy choice.

    Never condone hate.

    Never give a nod to destroying another human being with a campaign of hate and insults.

    Stand for freedom and equality and fair elections.

    Do not vote for Obama now

    June 7, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Hillary supporter for Obama

    Hillary summed it up and she didn't blame Dean... get over the anger and unite! Hillary spoke clearly of her intention to fully support Obama .. if you are for Hillary you are for Obama. If you can't get past the way the party is run and the rules which govern it, start a campaign to change the DNC, but don't take it out on Obama and make the WORLD suffer through another 4 years of REPUBLICAN KOOK CONTROL.

    It's over ... it's time to move on.

    June 7, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Michael in Glendale Arizona

    I too supported Hillary, and I'm truly sorry she lost. However, for anyone who switches over to McCain is a vote AGAINST EVERYTHING that Hillary stands for.

    Do you really think Obama would have gotten this far if he was not capable or qualified?

    I hope that any Clinton supporters that say they will switch to McCain realize that it goes against everything Hillary stands for, and that it is really selfish, spiteful, petty, and childish.

    I'm sorry Hillary lost, but I will NOT vote for more of the same policies and economic conditions that I have endured over the past 7 1/2 years under the Bush administration.

    June 7, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. No to Obama

    They killed the warrior with their hate and bias.

    I will not reward them with my vote

    June 7, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    It is time to support the Democratic nominee and put all of our efforts into beating McCain and taking back our White House! DEMOCRATS UNITE!

    June 7, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Bob

    Clintons are after themselves, that is why they didn't win, PERIOD!

    June 7, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Brian Knoxville, TN

    CNN, Why do you like these "couple divided" stories so much? David and Maria sound like a sweet couple, but is this really supposed to reflect anything that is happening in our party? Millions like me are the Democrats who know exactly what will happen if we let the tightly wound fanatical hate-mongers (the “Lunatic Left”) who worship Obama Almighty take control of our party. Go PUMA PAC!

    June 7, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Obama Nation

    Man these republicans trolls are pretty good, they always get the first comment on every story, take spring for example.

    June 7, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Joe

    As we learned in 2000, the popular vote is not the measure. What determines the winner is the rules. I do feel sorry for Senator Clinton and her supporters. They ran a heck of a race and did a wonderful job. I agree with the pundits when they say that if she and her campaign would have started out as strongly as they finished, she probably would have succeeded in securing the nomination. But that didn't happen, and nobody stole anything. This is the outcome of a process based upon the rules.

    Now, I'm sure some people will continue to pout and grouse - but as we saw today, Senator Clinton will not be in that camp. We have a chance to do more than just make history in November, we have the chance to restore hope in America both here at home and around the world. Given that opportunity, there is no time for grousing.

    June 7, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. still for hill

    With Hill gone... I'm leaving the DEMs.

    Check into a write in campaign.

    It may not be possible. Some states won't count the write ins. Some will default to the nominee of that party.

    If you can't write her in and be counted- do not let it count for Obama- but vote McCain.

    I want Hillary as write in- and should have the freedom to cast my ballot for her.

    June 7, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. suzzy

    These politicians look human when they want us to elect them then they use our kids to take the country to war and never commit their kids to be in the military. I don't feel for Hillary as a woman. I just want my country back!

    June 7, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. andy liberman

    I just wanted to say how enthused and informed I feel from the regular input from David Gergen...he should have his own program!

    June 7, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Educated OH Voter

    i would have went golfing too. She was pose to make this speech tues night. out of all the candidates that has dropped out she has left with a bang. WTH!!!! She is not to be trusted, Obama will take his time and i pray that he pick someone else besides her. If he "want" the women vote, then he can pick some one else better than Hillary. That's not hard. besides not all 18 million of Hillary supporters aren't ignorrant. They will think with their heads not their emotions. And those who will vote against your beliefs are just silly. People blowing steam now, but in Nov. Senator Obama would be the next great President of the USA!!!!!!!!

    Pssss........ dude need to listen to his wife, his wife sounds like she got a good head on her shoulders

    June 7, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. pam Eugene OR

    Please do not judge Barack for playing golf. That is petty. Her had agreed that it was Hillary's day and he knew what her speech was about. Beside there are no confirmed reports that he did not see it.
    Thank you Hillary for allowing me to rebuild some respect for you today!

    June 7, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Ilona Proud Canadian

    David Revira, of Baltimore,

    Just listen to his words "It will be a cold day down there before I support......that man"

    This man would have NEVER voted for an African American!!!
    Not even if HELL FREEZES OVER! This man is just one example of the hate that some Americans feel towards African Americans.

    Thank God he is among the minority of Americans.

    June 7, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Angela Hunter

    For those of you who don't know, Obama had a business appointment when he was playing golf. It was a attempt to get relif from the media, while they talked business. It's common, happens all of the time.

    June 7, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. for hill

    Can never condone the cruel and harsh treatment of Hillary.

    I can not give tacid approval to hate, unfairness and bias.

    The DEMS are dead to me.

    June 7, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. Travis (in the real world)

    She said what she had to say, BUT DIDN'T MEAN IT....she's still into the ME nonesense...the Clinton's spin machine is hoping Barak will take one little slip, then you'll see her pop out of the bushes and say.....I'LL TAKE OVER...ME ME ME PLEASE.

    June 7, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. TJJJ

    I'M A DIRE SUPPORTER OF HILLARY CLINTON. I WILL BE MOST GRATEFUL IF HILLARY DOES NOT ACCEPT VP WITH OBAMA .
    IT WILL LOOK LIKE A GOOD IDEA BUT CONSIDERING WHAT SHE HAD TO LIVE WITH AT THE HANDS OF THE MEDIA, THE SPERDELEGATES, DNC WHO TIMED THEIR ENDORSEMENTS TO KILL HER BIG VICTORIES. I THINK THIS VP THING WILL PUT HILLARY AND BILL CLINTON IN A POSITION TO BE BLAMED FOR ANY MISTAKES BY OBAMA OR HIS GOIVERNMENT. SHE SHOULD REST AND WATCH THINGS DEVELOP. SHE CAN RUN AGAIN, EVEN AGAINST OBAMA IN 2012,. IF HE WERE ELECTED AND IS DOING BADLY.
    IT IS A BAD IDEA.
    HILLARY SUPPORTER ALWAYS,,,

    June 7, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Ken

    Rivera, listen to your wife. She's obviously much brighter than you.

    June 7, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Confused

    Stolen? Are you people mad. Obama won that game that was put forth – which is what the Clintons had talked about all along, "It is about the delegates." Only when she was losing did she make it about the people. It was partly due to her supporters on the rules committee that both FL and MI had their delegates stripped. So, you must at least realize the hypocracy of the words "it was stolen from her."

    I would have said, if Hillary one, that it was stolen from Obama since Hillar would have only won due to super delegates and that would have been due to her popularity among the insiders, hence the same old back door politics.

    June 7, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Kenneth M.

    This advice is for Spring and the guy in the article from Baltimore. Never Bring a Popular Vote to a Delegate Fight.

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