June 17th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
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Obama defends Clinton at Michigan rally

Gore endorsed Obama Monday night in Michigan.

Gore endorsed Obama Monday night in Michigan.

DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) - Barack Obama defended Hillary Clinton at a Michigan unity rally Monday night that featured former Vice President Al Gore - and some off-message audience booing at the mention of the New York senator's name.

After joking about the extended Democratic primary season – “I was planning to run for the '08 election, not the 2012 election!" – Obama responded to some vocal Clinton critics in the crowd, who had reacted to praise for the senator from both the presumptive Democratic nominee and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a longtime Clinton supporter.

"I want everybody here to be absolutely clear - I want everybody here to be absolutely clear - Senator Clinton is one of the finest public servants we have in American life today," said Obama, noting her work on behalf of children's rights and universal health care.

"She has been on the right side of just about every battle that we have fought - she has, in her own words, shattered a glass ceiling into 18 million pieces. ….She is worthy of our respect, she is worthy of our honor.

“…And she's tough! That's why this race took so long. She's a fighter and we need fighters in the Democratic Party. Because we've got a lot to fight for. There's a lot worth fighting for.”

Gore, who remained neutral throughout the primary season, made his first campaign appearance for Obama at the Detroit rally. "Take it from me, elections matter," said the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee. "After the last eight years, even our dogs and cats have learned that elections matter."

He compared Republican criticism that Obama is unexperienced and naïve to Nixon's attacks on John Kennedy in 1960. "I know what [Kennedy's] inspiration meant to my generation, and I feel that same spirit in this auditorium here tonight, building all over this country this year," said Gore.

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  1. Obama 08

    How did Barack help to destroy her?? If you want to get mad at anybody get mad at Hillary for running a poor campaign and at the MEDIA which Barack has ZERO control over?? I guess all you Hillary supporters never stopped to think that there was NO guarantee she would win and that you may have to vote for whoever the Dem nominee is!!! You all make women look petty and spiteful which is how most men see us anyway. No wonder they dont want a woman President. Go Figure.

    June 17, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. William

    Well, Barack Obama is a lot nicer than myself. Good man!

    June 17, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. bumble bee

    It is wise to be smart Barack, you will probably need Sen. Clinton!

    June 17, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. oil rules

    The messiah has spoken and Hillary is now just a distraction from his real goal of world peace and unity. HAHAHAHAHA! He can't even unite his own PARTY, but yet his going to unite the world. I wish him well, but just don't see it happening. Not that I am saying McCain is any better. Heck, HRC, as much as I dislike her, was probably the strongest of the three.

    June 17, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Praying for America

    I agree Mark. We don't know what Hillary and Barrack spoke about in their Private meeting. I bet you a dollar to a dime they will work out their differences and we will have spent all this time talking down to each other. We are all Democrats and we need to be united.

    We need help in this country and we need it now. What is all the fussing amongest ourselves accomplishing?

    June 17, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. The Common Man

    Hey HM, name same of those lies and hate that you alluded to. You can't. Don't put the actions of the media onto Barack Obama. It's a shame that the HRC supporters are showing their true colors. This opportunity is much bigger than your hurt feelings and bruised egos.

    June 17, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Ilona Proud Canadian


    Your statement sounds very much like a THREAT to me, YOU SHOULD BE REALLY, REALLY, CAREFUL WITH CARELESS USE OF WORDS.


    By the way folks, don't you realize who the real RENEGADES ARE IN THE ISSUE OF MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA?



    They are the ones that you should be aiming all of your barbs at! REPUBLICANS WERE TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR MOVING UP THE VOTE, THE OTHERS JUST FOLLOWED THROUGH!

    You folks keep blaming Barack, HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!

    Frankly since I have been following this campaign I HAVE NEVER HEARD BARACK SAY NASTY THINGS ABOUT HILLARY! HE HAS ALWAYS RESPECTED HER, which by the way, is more than I can say for Hillary's treatment of Barack!


    For all of those complaining about Barack, you should just take a good look and analyse your RENEGADE PARTY'S NAME! It is no wonder you behave the way you do! YOUR PARTY'S NAME SAYS IT ALL!


    June 17, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. carrie bama

    good man obama
    but we already know her true colours
    good job,mr president

    June 17, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. woman for GOP VP

    Gracious when the cameras are on him. A thug to the core. He spews hatred, exhibits disdain for millions of Americans who are not like him and makes a mockery of the political process. Let's join voices to boo Obama and see to it that he does not win the national election.

    Hillary '08 or McCain/Jindal '08 or McCain/Palin '08

    June 17, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Ron, LV

    To Denise, I am an informed and educated Obama supporter. From your comment "the day they gave our country away to Muslim, black power nation supporters" shows just how uninformed and uneducated you are. Read everything and do the fact checking from multiple source and not just one before you make irresponsible statements. Thee were many things said by both sides during the primary, but the primary is over and it is time to elect a president. Sending incorrect information , hate speech and the rest does no one any good. I feel sorry for all those who can not accept a person on their word.

    June 17, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Obama v McCain

    Yup here comes the republican posers-–we TrueBlueDems know who you are and what you r trying to do.. i hope the McCain camp is paying you by the way

    June 17, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Jenna, CA

    so much for unity....

    he goes out and hires HRC's ex-campaign manager after she'd been fired.

    the more i find out about obama, the more i dislike him.

    June 17, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Marge Hibbing Mn

    And people expect us to back obama with the type of butts who support him. They are crude rude and out and out sexist. A bunch of ignorant zonked out kids....America is in for a rude awakening if this bunch ever get in charge. There will be mayhem in the streets. Look at the way they acted in the caucus. DID YOU SEE ANY OF HILLARY CLINTON SUPPORTERS ACTING LIKE THIS BUNCH OF CULT MEMBERS. HECK NO...THEY HAVE RESPECT FOR AMERICA not like the witch of obama's that dissed this country.

    June 17, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Bruce

    To Phil, FL

    You epitomize the ignorance and arrogance of Obama supporters. You give too much credit where little or no credit is due (mostly to your candidate) and NO CREDIT when and where it is due.

    Hillary Clinton has said very good things about Obama. Appartently you missed or are completely disregarding her speech the Saturday after the primaries ended. Let me quote: "In his own life, Barack Obama has lived the American Dream. As a community organizer, in the state senate, as a United States Senator – he has dedicated himself to ensuring the dream is realized. And in this campaign, he has inspired so many to become involved in the democratic process and invested in our common future. "

    You should try thinking before you speak or write. It is the stupidity of Obama supporters that is tearing the Democratic Party apart and will lose the White House once again this November.

    Thanks for your support, idiot!

    June 17, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Rhonda

    Brian Knoxville, TN-- What are you talking about?? Or do you even know? There are over 18 million of us who ELECTED Obama in the primary election!! Get over it!!

    June 17, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Ted

    Obama will say anything he has to to get elected.

    Just a month ago he Bashed Senator Clinton on almost every issue and now he says she's the greatest public servant in almost all areas.

    Clinton supporters aren't that stupid to believe what you say now. Oh, I know... you weren't there when the statements were made about Senator Clinton in the primaries...

    Obama = just another politician.

    If you're going to hire a politician at least elect one that knows how to get things done in Washington.

    June 17, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. al


    June 17, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. April C

    Senator Obama is the new face of politics, which is the reason why he won the primaries. I went into the primary season leaning toward Senator Clinton, however, I was so put off by her continuous vitriole she shot at Senator Obama that was without cause. He is extremely gracious, and extremely intelligent, and I believe in him. He has brought an excitement to politics that has not been present since the Civil Rights Movements. He epitomizes the fruits of the hard work put in by both women for Women's Suffrage, and from blacks during the Civil Rights era. It boggles my mind that staunch Hilary supporters would vote for McCain who would overturn Roe vs Wade without any thought. America...wake up! Hilary was right...we have too much at stake to not vote, and too much at stake to not vote for the man who will lead our country back to the top where we belong...Senator Barack Obama.

    June 17, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. arc, Lugano CH

    Senator Obama ran an honorable campaign, in spite of all the negative attacks that were launched by the Hillary Campaign. And he still expresses praise and respect towards her and her supporters.

    Some Hillary supporters have depicted Senator Obama, a Harvard educated, intelligent individual as a monkey among other things. Some Hillary Supporters in West Virginia stated plain and simple that they would never vote for him because he is black.

    This, in 2008! Only in America.

    June 17, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. CHILLL!!!!!

    HM ............... BARACK OBAMA HELP TRIED TO DESTROY HILLARY CLINTON. HE WILL PAY IN THE LONG RUN. THERE ARE THOSE OS US WHO DO FORGET....................HM........ I don't quiet understand what you are trying to say ,if it's negative keep it to ypurself .Time to move on. (PHIL FL ..................... She needs to say something to let folks know how she really feels, and it's time NOW)..........HRC took a vacation away from it all .................SHE is a true Denocratic always will be ,the last speech she gave was outstanding .......so just CHILL!!!!!!


    June 17, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. JOSH


    June 17, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Kevin

    Obama unleashed these dogs now he can't put them back in the kennel when he needs to. The guy played with fire from the start by creating this cult. These haters probably expect him to invite them to live in the Whitehouse. They are going to be very disapointed when he no longer requires them after November.

    June 17, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Sandra

    As a Hillary supporter, I'd like to thank Obama for what he said, and I know he meant it. He got my support in the general election.

    June 17, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Vik

    There are lots of crazies on these blogs. Wow, we live in the 2008 and still there's so much racism and hate of anything that's considered "different". Barack is not a Muslim, and let's say that in a reality that doesn't exist, he is, what's wrong with that? There's something seriously wrong with people, some of you are so filled with hate, you need therapy. I guess operation destroy Democrats didn't work out so well and now your vile inner selves are shinning through.

    June 17, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Tim Stevens

    Canada applauds Obama !!

    Lead the World America...

    Not your special interest groups.

    Hearing Clinton supporters bashing Obama is a travesty

    June 17, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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