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. stacy

    Howard Dean, Nancy Poloski and supers can have Obama.

    June 7, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Phil-Little Rock

    Arms crossed, David Rivera of Baltimore told a reporter that "it will be a cold day down there before I support — that man."

    With a name like Rivera, you know it smacks of illegal immigrants that Lou Dobbs has been trying to keep out of the USA.

    June 7, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. I Am Woman

    I am a woman and a former Republican who is very grateful for what Hillary has done for all of us but ,now it is time for us to support the Democratic Nominee. Obama has run a gentleman's campaign and I appreciate that. I'm sure he will continue to do the same as he campaigns against McCain. It's time for CHANGE.

    OBAMA '08

    June 7, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Valery Simonian

    This is not a sport. This is a political movement. If you, democrats, agree with the ideas and support your leaders, how you can talk about McCain as a your choice? Clinton would support the main line: democrats have to get the presidency. It is not so important who would be President, Clinton or Obama. She understands that. Suprisingly, her supporters heard her voice but didn't get the message. I am so glad that I am independent.

    June 7, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Craig A Texas Democrat

    I WILL POST THIS OBAMA WAS SEEN WITH HIS GOLF CLUBS, ALL YOU HILLBILL SUPPORTERS ARE SAYING HE DISRESPECTED HER WHEN IN FACT THE NIGHT HE MADE HISTORY SHE DID NOT CONCEDE OR RECOGNIZE HIS HISTORY MAKING EVENT. HE WILL BE PRESIDENT WITH OR WITHOUT THE SMALL FEW OF YOU. HE HAD OVER 18 MIL IN SUPPORTERS AND HE WILL GET HER SUPPORTERS AS WELL AS INDEPENDENTS AND REPUBLICANS THE FEW 100 THOUSAND CAN GO TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET WITH GASOLINE DRAWS ON. DEMS WILL WIN THE WHITE HOUSE REGARDLESS OF YOUR SUPPORT. SHE LOST BECAUSE OF HER LACK OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS AND HER HIGH AND MIGHTY NAME RECOGNITION. THAT EXPERIENCE LIE DID NOT WORK. HE RAISED MORE MONEY, WON MORE VOTES AND HE WILL WIPE THE WHITE HOUSE FLORR WITH MCCAIN. EVERYONE COUNTED HIM OUT. HERE IS HE OUR PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE. TAKE YOUR HATERADE TO THE REST OF YOUR RACISTS BUDDIES.

    June 7, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Greggy V

    Well, since we have all these Obama supporters always posting around here, with a lot of attitude about how he ended up with the nomination and how they do no want Hillary for VP, I guess that they do not need my vote. Or what do you thought, that everything was going to be nice and easy going forwards and that because your guy won everything is cool?!?!?! PLUH-EEEZE

    Please stop pretending that nothing happened here. Democrats right now are at best a dysfunctional family and it's Obama, not Hillary, who has to reach to us. If I don't see her in the ticket, I don't have to show up to vote. After all, Obama is the one that needs my support now...

    June 7, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Lisa

    Since Hillary only suspended her campaign does that mean she still has a chance to win?

    June 7, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. The Independent One

    All you people out there who dare support the continuiation of the neo-con movement just out of spite for Senator Clinton's defeat show THAT YOU ARE AGAINST Senator Clinton herself, for the WAR IN IRAQ, and for economic policies that are breaking the backs of Americans. You people are worse than the bile that voted Bush in! You people are traitors to our soldiers (including my brother), and you are a traitors to the democratic party, but most importantly you are traitors to the good of America. WAKE UP YOU IDIOTS! Obama may not be perfect but he will have nothing in common with Bush, and he will make the Democrats a force to be reckoned with. I am a registered Independent and I am disgusted with so-called democrats who can't even vote for the right choice and with their own party out of spite. You people are dispicable!

    June 7, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Joshua, Santa Rosa, CA

    Hillary won the popular vote only if you count Michigan (which was punished for breaking party rules, where Obama did not campaign, where no one could vote for Obama because his name wasn't on the ballot, and whose Jan. 15 results have now been thrown out by the DNC) and don't count caucus states (which did not always report the popular vote).

    Listening to delusional Hillary die-hards like David Rivera, you would think that Florida and Michigan were disqualified for no reason at all, which is, of course, not the case.

    Obama played by the rules. Delegates nominate. Obama got more delegates. Obama won the nomination fair and square. It's that simple.

    OBAMA '08

    June 7, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. carol

    Let us not let anger control us but instead control the anger. Anger is one letter short of DANGER. If we support Mccain because of anger we will be in Danger. I have been an HIllary supporter, but i rather vote Obama than MCcain because he is not anything close to Hillary. People lets think straight.

    June 7, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. adm

    For those Hillary Supporters, who are switching to McCain. You were not really Hillary Supporters in the first place, if you can drop your candidate and eveything she stands for, just because she did not not win the nomination then you were not a strong supportter of Hillary. If Hillary says she is supporting Barack then you should support her. The difference between the two is paper thin. So what is the real reason why you will not support Hillary if she she supports Barack?

    June 7, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Maggie VT

    Thank you, Hillary Clinton. If anyone is interested, on Senator Obama's website is Hillary's picture with "Thank you, Senator Clinton"
    there is also a place on the site to send her a thank you. Thought it was very nice of Senator Obama. And again, thank you, Senator Clinton. Good luck in whatever you decide to do.

    June 7, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. UPAGAINSTPUMAPAC

    Brian–do you sit and blog all day...lying in wait for the next story? Id you keep all this hate bound up inside of your system–it will explode and you will have cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and many other things. You need to sit on someone's couch and get some counseling...you seem sick as hell.

    June 7, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Gloria

    Now they are going to fault Obama for going out to play golf!!!!???? Give me a break!!!!!! He did announce that he was going to spend a relaxing weekend, which I feel he deserves. How about commenting on the wait Hillary's supporters had to bear. She was due to speak at noon and showed up much later!!! Was Obama supposed to put his golf plans on hold while she took her own blessed time getting to her venue? And he had no obligation to view the speech anyway. It is time for all of us- Clinton and Obama supporters alike- to get on Obama's bandwagon for the sake of the Democratic party and the country. To all Clinton supporters: It's over! So please move on! Obama has been more than gracious toward Hillary and Bill despite all the negative shots that they threw at him throughout the campaign. And I heard today that the McCain campaign has already compiled a list of all those negative comments made by Hillary and Bill against Obama and will be using them against Obama.

    June 7, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Generation X

    @Brian TN,

    You can not get away from me!! Hey everybody Brian is a Republican troll keeping up problems with the Democrats. Boy, you are going to have to change your name. By the way, where's fred, susan and Uncle Sam. LMAO

    June 7, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. LIAR OBAMA

    Former Clinton supporter now supporting obama ????????? Just who do you think you're kidding! You people are too stupid.

    If no Hillary then McCain.....08

    June 7, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. JRC

    It makes me sad that in 2008, we still have people that would rather vote for a warmonger that would take away women's rights, doesn't care about the economy or healthcare and will be a continuation of the Bush White House, then to vote for a black man. Say what you will, Clinton supporters that "threaten" to vote for McCain, you just can't bring yourselves to vote for a black person, no matter how prepared or educated. Your sorry excuses make me laugh.

    June 7, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. okoto

    the woman"s position is noble and worthy of emulation by all who wants to see the democrates in power.

    June 7, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Fowler J. in Tn.

    People everybody just remember the the media is in the business of making money and reporting what ever it takes.
    I only like to say to all DEM. no matter what camp you pitched your flag in , we are now one camp and under one flag.
    If you are a Hillary supporter with a small thought of backing McCain just ask yourself this , do you really what McCain appointing judges to the Supreme Court?
    He has already told us what type of judges he plans to put on the higest court in the land.
    Think about it , PLEASE

    June 7, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Bill from Cleveland, ohio

    Good For You David Riveria of Baltimore...

    Millions feel the same as you do. How can you vote for someone
    you don't trust.

    Can you imagine Michelle Obama as First Lady, and poeple playing
    back her speech of how she was never proud of America.

    I bet she's proud now that her butt will be in the White House.
    God only knows what she will be saying, and then it's too late to gag her.

    June 7, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. TJ

    I don't see how Obama could have gone to a "racist church" for 20 years when Trinity isn't racist. You people who claim that Trinity is "racist" have no idea what racism is and you just trivialize racism with that nonsense. You have no idea what it's like to be on the receiving end of racism, and your selfish and short-sighted self-righteous indignation is sickening. In no way does Trinity espouse any superiority to any other race, or advocate the subjugation and oppression of any other race. What you hear in the select sound bites that are played repeatedly is bitterness and frustration WITH racism, not racism. How many white supremacist groups embrace blacks, welcoming them into their organizations? How many have guest black speakers speak at their events the way Trinity has preachers of all races preach at their church, and how many are part of a larger organization of black groups the way Trinity is part of a larger group of 99% white churches, or espouse a belief system of “different, not deficient”? They don’t. Their whole point is that non-whites ARE deficient and therefore deserved to be subjugated which is what makes them racist. There was a story written some weeks ago by a white parishioner at Trinity, who said that Wright intervened and told his black fiance that God would not be pleased if she backed out of their marriage based on racial discomfort. Those are all FACTS that are not in dispute. Trinity is not racist, you can make stuff up but that doesn't make it true.

    Also, this whole thing about the guy being upset about Clinton winning the popular vote yet losing just shows the problem with the lack of intellectual honesty in the media, they let her get away with this claim of having won the popular vote for weeks. The truth is that she's only ahead in the popular vote if you don't count four caucus states, and if you count the vote in Michigan that Harold Ickes was instrumental in deciding wouldn't count and for which Hillary Clinton agreed wouldn't count, even though Obama's name was not on the ballot (based on this agreed upon understanding that it would not count). Even if you don't count the voters in the four caucus states, Obama is STILL ahead in the popular vote unless you give him a big goose egg out of Michigan and give Hillary all those votes that she got simply because she didn't mail the paperwork in on time to take her name off the ballot. I made an offer to the Clinton supporters that if she would have taken her name off the ballot in Montana and South Dakota, we could have counted Michigan as is. But somehow, even though they think it's fair to count Michigan under the same circumstances, none of them were willing to take me up on the offer.

    June 7, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Christopher Williams

    In response to Spring's comments. How on Earth can Hillary Clinton teach Obama how to be a gentleman, when she is married to a lying cheating husband. Maybe instead of helping Obama "choose better friends" maybe she could have CHOSEN to divorce Bill a long time ago. You know why she lost, you can thank her husband Bill for that.

    **I know CNN(Clinton News Network) will not allow this comment to post, but it is the truth**

    June 7, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. Deyanir

    I am new USA citizen and I "was" going to vote democrat(Hillary), because they are huge differences between them and Hillary is the best candidate to take care of all the problems our country faces today(thanks to the George Bush presidency); it doesn't matter that they are both democrats. They are day and night.
    Today 18.000.000 citizens lost their hopes. Popular vote should & must be taking more seriously!.
    Im going to the GREEN PARTY now, anybody wants to join me?
    (The Greens/Green Party USA )

    June 7, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Lisa

    Maria, you sound like a true dedicated democrat. I am glad you have the vision to see what is the best for the country. I think all the people who are sore and will not vote for Obama lied when they said they did not want another George Bush term. Good for you Maria!!!!!

    June 7, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Kathy

    The DNC chose to abandon the strongest candidate for one who is ill qualified for the nomination. They have abandoned Hillary-I have now abandoned them. They need and will be taught a lesson--every vote counts...period
    With all due respect for Hillary, I remain a NO VOTE for OBama

    You Obama supporters are on your own-have fun, the party is almost over.

    June 7, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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