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. aware

    You angry, mean Obama fans need to demonstrate unity. You are helping to sink Obama! 🙂

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

    Here is what I think could happen. Hillary will take the stage tonight and begin a speach affirming Obama and the "change for America" he is pushing. But then, she will turn the table on him and claim that if you want REAL CHANGE, then she is formerly placing her name in nomination and all the delegates that have been pledged to her should now vote "as pledged" and she will take the nomination right out from under Obama. Remember, the creditials committee restored the votes of Florida and Michigan which means that Hillary would have won the popular vote and the delegate count would be very close.
    Had she intended to truly back Obama, she would have "ended" her campaign. Instead, she "suspended" her campaign which leaves the door open for her to re-enter the race and now place her name in nomination before the convention. Tonight could be very interesting!!!

    August 26, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Jeff


    August 26, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. checkthisout




    But When Hillary Cried on the Campaign Trail Everybody including
    Obama found it DISGUSTING.

    This is very SEXIST if you ask me........
    And it is not the way to treat the LADY.

    August 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. sherry for Obama

    If Hilary thinks she can cause division among the party so that her pumas vote for McCain , then thinking in 2012 that she can run and win the presidency she will be sadly mistaken.
    Myself and I'm sure all of Obamas supporters will make sure she doesnt get the democratic nomination.
    Many of Hilarys suppoters are such haters and very bigoted to say the least.

    Its really too bad that some people cant look beyond the color of ones skin....

    August 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Lyn

    I am a Hillary supporter, no matter what she said and is going to say, will come out and vote for McCain. Emotional speech from Obama's wife is not enouhg to convince that he can do the job, everything that he promoted remain to be seen. What did the Kenedy really do for this country anyway?

    August 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Raymond Duke

    To all you Obama supporters trying to say she would be happy to be a political appointed flunky in the administration. Two types of people go this route 1. Senate or house members who have lost their seats and or looking for easy employment. Why would you want to leave a powerful job for one of these. It would be like asking a CEO to take a cut and become the janitor. The second is corporate leaders who are going to take the position to futher the companies financial bottom line with contracts and will return in some capacity within four to eight years to their positions. So all you Obama supporters need to quite trying to feed the B.S. like your Black Messiah does .

    August 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. JANIE

    The Republicans have requested that all Republicans hit the blogs to keep the Clinton/Obama rift going. "It will help our efforts to elect John McCain as the next President of the United States".
    WAKE UP AMERICA........Losing young lives in war to fulfill one mans dream has proven to be very costly.
    Be careful, the DRAFT will be coming for a loved one near you!

    August 26, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Ellie

    Clinton supporters need to stop focusing on all the wrong things. This is NOT about YOU or me. It's about ALL our futures and the future of my kids, your kids, the NEXT BIGGER AND BRIGHTER GENERATION!

    We OWE it to them to NOT SCREW this up. Hillary Clinton is absolutely RIGHT is rallying her troops and reminding them, that if she does NOT support John McCain's failed policies and if you are a TRUE supporter of hers, you would NOT betray her for your own selfish reasons and bad "sportsmanship-like excuses". We live in a time where a race is just a race, someone had to WIN, and someone had to LOSE, but the focus should be on the BIGGER PICTURE.

    The lives of our young sons, and daughters, your families and mine, the country and the WORLD. THIS IS OUR TIME DEMOCRATS!!!


    We have been "hood-winked" ENOUGH and we've been disgraced enough by Karl Rowe, George Bush, Dicky Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, etc.

    – send our children to WAR, WAR, WAR,
    – who wants to shut down women's RIGHT TO CHOOSE.
    – who supports 90% of George Bush's FAILED policies
    – who LIED about his divorce, while obtaining a marriage license while STILL LEGALLY MARRIED!!
    – who can't remember how MANY houses he has? Senility?
    – who can't remember the difference between the Shiites or Sunnis
    – who calls us Georgians when we are clearly AMERICANS!!!
    – who is NO LONGER a Maverick nor a "straight talker".
    – who swore NOT to go "negative" (see Cindy McCain's interview)
    and YET has taken on the "fear-mongering, low-road, kitchen sink" strategies.
    – who is clueless when it comes to computer technology!!
    – who appears to have nothing of substance to say except, I WAS A POW, I WAS A POW, I WAS A POW, I WAS A POW, I WAS A POW, I WAS A POW, I WAS A POW.

    I mean Jesus, NEED I say more?

    August 26, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Michael

    Hillary...she's like the bad dream that won't go away!! Then you have Bill to deal with. Really, give it up already!! You lost, get over yourself, and move on to writing memoirs.

    August 26, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Liza in CT

    Why do Hillary and Bill have to show that they support Barack Obama100%?
    The Clinton clan publicly:
    -said Obama is not prepared for a 3AM call
    -said Obama is not qualified to be President
    -said they can't confirm he is not Muslim?
    -said Obama's a fairy tale
    -said Obama's a boy / kid
    -said "shame on you Barack Obama"
    -invited Obama to be Vice President while he was ahead in delgates. Clean it up Clinton's, clean it up. You fed this crap to people , now clean it up.

    August 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. M.R.

    Clinton has, so far demonstrated that she cannot or will not even lead some of her own delegates to support Obama despite her saying she is supporting him. This reflects ON HER..either her credibiilty to act in keeping with her words or on her ability to convince and lead her own loyalists..

    The former Clinton delegate who did an ad for McCain should have received a personal call from Hillary Clinton telling her that she should NOT do it, that McCain has less in common with her than Obama and that if she supports Hillary, she should know that Hillary will have more access to an Obama White House...and policy with Obama. She either conveyed she did not care what they did "out of loyalty" or she did not lead. Either way, if she is to retain any credibility , she needs to step up and get her people to close ranks behind her party's nominee. Obviously, one can see how her own campaign was not well managed.

    August 26, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Foreign observer

    At least she is not a maverick. A maverick in international policies is the worst that can happen to the US. The world wants to be consulted and involved.

    August 26, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Frustration in Florida

    How about real change from within DNC starting with removing Dr. Dean and changing primary rules: no caucuses, not punishing of states that have the right to vote whenever they want because we do not agree that some states should have a better opportunity to decide who should be the nominee. Reform that means the Democratic leadership does not impose his candidates using super delegates. WE want a real democratic party and Obama does not represent that. I am grossly disgusted with the "DEMOCRATIC PARTY" and I hope we can stop this undemocratic shenanigans. That's why I am voting republican this year and It has nothing to do with Obama, the color of his skin or how inept he is.

    August 26, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Marc PDX

    Why is it up to Hillary to unite the party? Isn't that Obama's job, as the leader? I'm starting to think Obama is one of those "lightweights" that talks a good game and looks good, but when you work with him he does nothing, then takes the credit. What, exactly, is Obama going to do besides talk?

    Obama: "Yes We ..." ### ... yeah, yeah, whatever...

    August 26, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Annie

    Hillary Supporters: By casting a vote for McCain you are proving only one thing, that McCain was your choice all must be one of those Republicans recruiters to stir up the Democratic voters. Hopefully you won's succeed.
    OBAMA IN 2008!!

    August 26, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Euphemia, Dublin, Ireland

    She had better – she has damaged the Party enough already.

    August 26, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Alex, ATL

    it is just CNN and other media making teh hype about Hilarry/Obama rift to help the ratings for tonight...she will speak and then for 2 hrs we will have to listen to ridicilous commentators who will say she supported Him enough and those who will say she did is all just a media circus, while the country is bleeding, while economy is suffering, while we getting poorer every day......

    August 26, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Sandy

    Hillary has said some things when She was in the battle, but now that it's over She will do waht it takes to get Obama in Office, so I'm not going to judge her, if she supports Obama She gets my support as well. Not one person is perfect and we all have had some regrets in life. Get over it.

    August 26, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Katie Pittsburgh

    Once we have elected McCain into office, perhaps next time they will listen to the 18,000,000 strong Hillary supporters …

    Go Hillary! 2012!

    not if 18,000,000 voices are still second best again. Sorry, it was close and she did well but PUMA's are so full of themselves

    August 26, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Foreign observer

    She is from 21st century. A pity that the Republican opponent is still in the 20th century and in his mind he never came back from Vietnam.

    August 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. mike

    They are in negotiations to see how much hillary and bill will endorse oshama.

    August 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Tex Ann gone independent

    That's it, all you Obama lemmings, make your nasty comments about Clinton.
    You nimrods are NOT doing Obama any good with your continued vitriolic remarks.
    If you want the Clinton people to vote for Obama, remember that old line about "catching more flies with honey than vinegar".
    Why the hey would any Clinton people want to work for and support Obama when you people keep making such venemous nasty remarks about them?
    Get a grip, people!!

    August 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |

    Go Hillary –

    I really am looking forward to hearing your speech.

    I'm a Republican voting for Barack Obama.

    August 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Who gives a

    PUMA's don't love their Country because they do not support Obama and we better support Obama because in 8 years Hillary will not win – you will "remember". After 8 years of Obama you will be begging for someone, anyone to to fix our Country. Obama is going to put us all in danger with his stupidity.

    Your stupid threats are meaningless – you must be running scared that your empty headed Obama just might not beat McCain.

    Never Obama!! Hillary supporter for McCain – I love saying that to Obama and his supporters. You cannot scare us – are smarter than you.

    August 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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