August 26th, 2008
01:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton to make 'compelling case' for Obama

Clinton will make a 'compelling case' for Obama, her spokesman said.

Clinton will make a 'compelling case' for Obama, her spokesman said.

(CNN) - In one of the most anticipated speeches of the week, Hillary Clinton will urge her backers - some of which remain wary of supporting Barack Obama - to unify behind the party's presumptive nominee.

Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines tells CNN the onetime rival of Obama will make a compelling case the Illinois senator must be the next President of the United States.

She will also express her appreciation for those who supported her primary bid and focus on the differences between Obama and McCain, not those between herself and the Illinois senator.

soundoff (318 Responses)
  1. chuks

    There is something about looking into her eyes and you know that she is forcing herself. I will read her well today but I don't think such a vicious lady like Hillary will ever change

    August 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Eileen from Maine

    Hillary will say all the right things in public, striking just the right tone.
    It is what goes on behind the scenes that is keeping her in the limelight. She has done everything she could to convince her supporters that she was somehow cheated out of the nomination.
    There is a reason Hillary 'suspended' her campaign rather than ending it. There is a reason that Hillary didn't release her delegates immediately. There is a reason all of the emails from the Clintons have been 95% about her and 5% about Obama.

    The reason is Hillary Clinton is still running for President and her ego will not allow her to stop.

    She will allow her baby to be cut in two so that she at least gets half, rather than give it up for the sake of the baby.

    August 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. steve

    Thank you to those who have spoken for reason, unity and the Democratic policies that all of the major Democratic candidates supported and continue to support.

    But reading this stuff convinces me more than ever that Hillary's insane supporters are going to sabotage Obama and elect McCain, and then they will have the unmitigated gall to expect that the one half of the Democratic party that DID NOT vote for Hillary will unite behind Hillary in 2012 ( shockingly for half of the party Hillary is NOT their first choice, who'd have thought based on the fact that apparently Hillary and only Hilary and no one else could ever possibly ever deserve the nomination ever ever). Good luck with that.

    August 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Barney

    Hello – you are right – just like SHE and SHE ALONE was responsikble for HER losing.


    Everyone needs to STOP AND THINK !!!! Emotions are getting everyone in trouble.

    August 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Dave in Houston

    I hope she is indignant about McCain's use of her commercials to slam Obama.

    This gives her license to go off on McCain old school. He picked the fight and I hope, like Bill Clinton before her, she also counter-attacks very vigorously.

    It's not only because it would seem low for Obama himself to attack McCain in certain ways, it also would be a strong message to her supporters that voting for McCain would be a horrible choice and is 100% contrary to what she hopes her supporters to do.

    Let 'er rip, Hillary.

    August 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Isaac

    The immature ways that Clinton and her PUMA supporters have handled themselves both during and after the primaries only proves for certain for me that the best person won.

    August 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. People Undergoing Mental Anguish

    Wow, the Hillary/PUMA supporters in this thread are absolutely hilarious. It's always someone else's fault isn't?

    "My candidate ran a crappy campaign down the stretch and lost, it must be Obama's fault."

    "Obama supporters are mean, I'm not gonna vote for him, I'll vote for McCain."

    Remember the little kid who takes his ball and goes home from the playground? That kid is PUMA.

    August 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Phil in KC

    I only hope that she can make that case. Her followers seem to have a blind faith – except when it comes to the issues.
    I didn't start out as an Obama supporter. My early favorite was Biden very closely edging out Dodd, followed by Edwards. I even put Kucinich above Obama and Clinton. But, as those people fell by the wayside, I was forced to re-examine my choices. When it came to Clinton vs. Obama, it took a long time to come to a decision because they were very close on the issues. I eventually settled on Obama because of the differences in their health care plans and because I thought he ran a more positive campaign.
    My point is, you roll with the tide and go with the candidate still standing that most closely mirrors your own position on the issues. That's politics.

    August 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. hawaii voter

    Well, after last nights press coverage of the Dem Convention, I have come to realize one thing:

    CNN does NOT have the best political team on television....

    We switched over to PBS and were extremely pleased with Jim Lehrer and his analysis team–they were fair and balanced, not unnecessarily hung up on the search for controversy, avoided the whole stringing out of the Clinton followers that CNN is obsessed with, and put several lesser speeches like those of Barack's sister and Jesse Jackson Jr. in proper important perspective–while Carville and the pundits wanted only to downplay them and call the night "wasted."

    Incidentally, did anyone see the brisk comment of Caroline Kennedy to Wolf Blitzer's rude prodding about the process of selecting a VP choice?

    "No, I am not going to walk you through it. It was a confidential process."

    Sheepish Wolf promptly shut up:)

    August 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. the way I see it in Canada

    Morons Hillary will never win in '12 or '16 or ever if you don't get in line.

    August 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Mancho, AAton T.

    It will be fantastic for Senator Hilary Clinton to standup enormously firm in support of Barrack Obama. She should make it honestly clear that, she believes none of her followers are racist or will become racist afterward, and that the rational her supporters support her was due to her ideologies, not because of racial support. So there is absolutely no reason any of her supporters should vote for Senator McCain, because her dreams has nothing in common with senator McCain. A vote for senator McCain from her support will be seen contrarily, as a racial vote, not an ideological vote. This will be heeling for herself and Barrack in many ways, I suppose.

    Aaron Tsherk Mancho Rezeh

    August 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. al in memphis

    Ever notice at the end of a football game. The same guys who are trying to tear each other head off are shaking hands and hugging each other. That competition. You viewers should have never fallen for the media-hyped discord between these two canidates.
    What's worst, now you carry your anger like it is a badge of honor. Yeah, the suspense of having the first female president has been building for 4 years and now that it didn't happen people want to hate everything in site.

    Here's a clinton statement to cling to - Bill once said if you have two canidates and one is appealing to your fears and the other appealing to your hope. Choose the one appealing to your hope

    August 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. PM

    If Hillary had won the nomination and disrespected Obama and the party and splitting it like he has, there is NO WAY Obama's people would have voted for Hillary. I'm done with Obama- I expect to be stabbed in the back by republicans not my own party. Michelle will never be a Hillary and she should stop trying.

    August 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Obama Supporter


    Jan from Boca Raton
    Any McCain supporter with a Latino name.
    proud army and navy mom

    August 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Clinton 2012? Think about it before you dream it!

    For all you Clinton supporters (I mean Obama Haters!) do you really think that if Obama loses this election because of Hillary and her PUMA loving ilk, that she EVER will have a snowballs chance in H*LL of ever winning a democratic nomination for Dog Catcher? Think again!

    It will always be remembered that she and Bill (and YOU) contributed the downfall of this country's greatest chances to move beyond the last four years of broken government, ineffectual "leadership", economic decay and diminished credibility on the international scene. All for what? Because you can't deal with the democratic system in place to elect our leaders? Because you feel disrespected or betrayed? Because the first Woman was nominated?

    Do you not realize that your behavior sets back the accomplishments of women like Hillary by decades because fopr years Americans will will be saying "For G_D sakes, don't ever put a woman up for nomination again because you know what happens if she loses!!"

    Lastly, imagine if Hillary won and the 90+% of African Americans that voted for him said they would support McCain! Ask yourself, doesn't that sound as ridiculous as the behavior you are all exhibiting?

    August 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Jack

    She will only talk about herself and her husband – and what a great president her husband was. That is all that is important to her – building the Clintons power. She thinks we are all pawns to that end.

    August 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Hillary

    Obama supporters – Hillary owes you nothing. She owes Obama nothing. He is now the one running – it is up to him to win on his own merits – not hers. I wish Hillary would stop doing anything for him. I will not vote for him no matter what she kind of speech she makes.

    She can run for President in 2012 if she wants. Who are any of you to tell her she has to promise not to. Are you totally nuts.

    Obama needs to sell himself. He is a leech – he wants other people to do the job for him but get to be President.

    McCain is my pick now – Obama – you empty suit – go and take a flying leap.

    August 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Eugene

    Thank you, Hillary, for your crucially needed help! America will wake up and hopefully stay awake in the next few weeks, and vote with their hearts and minds about things that matter and not the stupid nonsense which has divided and diverted us for far too long. Divided and diverted we should not be.

    August 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    WELL SAID......."UNITED"! Mrs. Clinton has no choice but to support Sen. Obama, and she HAS DONE MORE than any other past opponent!
    The Clintons are smart politicians, they KNOW that if they blow-it...... they WILL BECOME THE PARTY PIRAHS.

    August 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Karen Conine

    I know that Senator Clinton and President Clinton, both will make great, emotional speeches. Please know, that it makes no difference what either say – they cannot change my mind to vote for Obama. This will be the first time in 36 years of voting for president that I will not pull the democrate lever. I feel that the party has put all the pressure on the Clintons to get Obama elected – they can't-only Obama can. He does not have the experience or the drive to do it. The only reason Obama has the nomination is because he is a "yes man" The Clintons are not! They work for the people of the United States.

    The party will lose again.

    August 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Brian, NJ

    If he loses, she will never win in 2012. More of us voted for Obama plus all of those kids who are 16 & 17 who can't vote this time will remember in 2012. Accept it Hillary supporters, her only road to the White House is 2016 after two terms of Obama. Of course by then we will all support Sebelius and she'll lose again anyway, but at least to a woman.

    August 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Mike D

    She will declare she is not running in 2012. Good for her, now THAT is truly graceful.

    August 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. rosestoraska

    I OWN MY VOTE, not Hillary Clinton. Anything she says no longer matters. We have serious doubts about this inexperienced and overly ambitious politican called Obama. I will be voting for McCain.

    August 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Arack Bobama

    Yes, Mrs. Clinton will talk about what an "honorable man" Barack is. Shakespear would have been impressed!

    August 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Republican for Obama

    I have been very critical of the Clintons, but I have to hold out some positive hope that Hillary Clinton will do what is best not only for her, but also the Democratic Party and America in general. I hope that her speech is remarkable and I wish her luck.

    August 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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