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. B

    It doen't make a difference what she says. Who is going to believe her? Her negative campaign hurt Obama and the party. It's too late now. And for all those PUMA supporter – Clinton doesn't stand a chance ever! Not in 2012, not ever! The time is now and she missed it.

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

    What you all did and do to this woman is a disgrace for America.

    August 26, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Paula please post !!

    I think there is SO much angst with Hillary could almost taste it last night. Watching every moment, allot of the audience was not very responsive to praise for Barack. That lack of "fire" was because the Hillary issue should have been dealt with LAST night..move all the hard feelings out of the way. My gosh you could drive a 747 through the division.
    We will see,time will tell. I think a place on Obama's cabinet may depend on her getting her troops in line. What haven't these people paid off her debt!!??I don't get that part either. If I were Hillary that would bother me..put your money where your mouth is PUMA! It isn't up to Obama supporters to get your Lady Hillary out of this jampot!

    August 26, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Joe Cheesehead, WI

    Arrrgh the pain of “quirk of fate” that runs down my spine.

    Makes no sense whatsoever other than malice how someone can go from voting for Clinton to voting for McCain. But then again the thinly veiled message is you only voted for a person and have never looked and don’t care to know about any of the issues that affect how policy is formulated.

    Ooooh the pain of irony runs down my spine.

    August 26, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Me

    She should. If the Democrats loose this election, it will be solely her fault for running such a negative primary campaign and poisoning people against Obama.

    August 26, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Rolanda from Memphis

    Ok so if you don't want to vote for Obama fine nobody's gonna beg you! Sore Losers! Sucks to be all of us when because of YOU we are in wars all across the world.

    August 26, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. pa

    All the obama people do is pick ; pick ;pick no wonder the clinton people say they won;t vote for obam
    well i pumped my tirers up and it didnt save a dime in gas
    so hows nobrain obama going to run this country
    when he doesnt have a clue

    August 26, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Ralph

    Let me see if I get this? If Obama loses it will be Hillarys fault? If he wins does she get all the glory? Thought I'd throw that out there for you Obama-bots to chew on.

    August 26, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. steve

    Could someone tell Hillary's supporters that Hillary and Hillary alone is responsible for her winning or losing the nomination?

    August 26, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. jeanette from Charlotte

    Well, it's now or never for Hillary. Her dirty political way of campaigning has nearly destroyed Obama's chance of winning this election. Her dirty campaigning has been used against her by the McCane camp. Her dirty campaigning has now shifted the convention away from Obama and into the Hillary convention. Her dirty campaigning has shifted the election away from the issues and squarely onto her.
    I'll honestly say that the democrats had the November elections in the bag until Hillary and her dirty campaign made the democrats look like complete idiots that can't even run their own party much less a country (yes, thats the next election attack ad).
    Senator Obama has lost the chance to become the greatest president in decades, and I blame it completely on HIllary Clinton.

    August 26, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Monte Brown

    What Obama supporters, also known as the haters, liars and demagogues, must understand is that they can't force anyone to do anything. We will not vote for Obama in the general period. Turning your nose up at us, calling us idiots and continuing the hate and criticism is not the way to get our votes. WE ARE VOTING MCCAIN. Eat your peas and like them.

    August 26, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    Hillary and her supporters should remember who helped put Bill in office. If you choose to vote for McCain just to get back at the DNC, you had better realize just might happen to your candidate in 2012. Let me spell it out to you. The Black Voter helped Bill along with people like me. We will remember.

    August 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Renee

    For all of you who say you won't vote for Barack, it doesn't matter. He does not need your vote anyway. God almighty has the last word at the end of the day. This is Barack's time. He has been chosen by God to lead this county and man cannot stop what God has planned. All of you believers of the world have faith. Barack Obama will be our next president of the USA.

    August 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. I am the voter

    I voted for Hillary. She will not tell me how to cast my vote. I would never vote for Obama becuase he of the many things he has done in his past. It is not matter a matter of spite, I will never support an anti semite.

    Democrat for McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. aware

    Hillary will say what she has to plus a good bit that she wants to say, and leave much between the lines for you to fill in! 🙂

    But, it is too late for Hillary to help the arrogant novice who threw her under the bus!

    Obama's arrogance and belief in his own infallibility have undermined his party and his future! Barack, the user, will lose!

    The democrats blew it big time this election! 😦

    My prayers are for Hillary, Bill and Chelsea this week! 🙂

    This former democrat will still vote for McCain 08! Country comes before party and John McCain is a moderate in touch with mainstream America! 🙂

    August 26, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. ZANE

    The Rep.'s want to keep this rift going, afterall, it's their only chance of electing McCain. If they divide the Dem's, McCain is in like flint!
    Bring on the DRAFT...McCain wants our youth for the next 100 years!
    OBAMA IN 08!

    August 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |

    Let's watch for sincerity. Does she have it?

    August 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Neutralizer

    Brian, NJ

    Read your post again, your logic is JUVENILE!


    August 26, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. David W.

    Go Hillary. Tell it like it is. We Love You.

    August 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. ObamaAllTheWay

    No body can get through the tick headed PUMAs's their her is up their
    A*ss not they added the foot.

    August 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. Loretta

    This whole election is resting on Hillarys shoulders! She, and she alone will determine the outcome? What kind of person blames someone else for their failures? A loser, that's who. I would hate to have the whole party expecting me to carry the ball for this election, when I am not even the chosen nominee! The DNC has done this to themselves by choosing a less then credible nominee.

    August 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Karrie

    Too little, too late. Take a good look at the woman in the photo. If Obama loses this election, it is this woman’s ego that divided the Democratic party, and the blame will be laid squarely at her feet. Two political careers will be over.

    August 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |

    Is it me, or does the Clinton/Obama 'feud', being fed by the press remind u of tabloid Journalism?

    Making a mountain out of a molehill. Clinton is a mature and smart politician and she and Obama have mended any fences and moved forward.

    The PRESS should stop making it out like a fight between two celebrities JUST because it appeals to the lizard brain of the consumerist American.

    I know it brings in viewers but go the higher road.

    MCCain also, could afford to not use the 3AM phone call ad against Obama, just because it makes me think of him up at 3AM trying to pee.

    August 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Stella

    I would never vote for a candidate who stood up in front of thousands, not to mention millions of tv viewers and said she and Chelsea had to hide behind vehicles to "dodge sniper fire in Bosnia." Hillary Clinton wouldn't get my vote in 2012 nor any other year. I don't trust liars and people who can't run their own campaign let alone the country. She can praise Obama all she wants tonight. I feel just as strongly about not ever casting a vote for her as her ignorant PUMA followers feel about Obama.

    August 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Indiana Voter

    I really do not understand the people who say that they love and support Hillary but refuse to pay attention to what she says! The primary was tough on both sides and left a lot of bitter feelings on both sides. That's understandable. What isn't understandable is that not only would a Hillary supporter defy her wishes, s/he will deliberately make Hillary look bad and lose any chance she has in the future for a great political career.

    This election is NOT about Obama or Hillary. It's about our country and our children. We need to do what is best for them and voting for McCain who believes the opposite of Hillary is not only a slap in Hillary's face, it's a slap in the face against our dear beloved country!

    August 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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