August 26th, 2008
01:24 PM ET
6 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. Anonymous

    Hey, Latino, good luck under more years of rule by the party that thinks anyone with brown skin is a threat. Good luck under the most close-minded, nationalistic thugs this country has seen.

    We get it – you're voting for McCain. Now stuff it.

    August 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Lois

    Proclaming to be a Hillary supporter is another was to proclaim that I CANNOT VOTE FOR A BLACK MAN.

    August 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    CNN CENSORS COMMENTS THAT TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY'S DECENT INTO FASCISM.

    August 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. lisajenn blk/woman in America

    I must say, I am weary of the whining the terrible 2 activity from Hillary supporters that say they will augment their vote for someone so different than Senator Clinton. In fact, I beleive their behavior has set women back a couple decades – it displays women can't shake disappointment – they are so emotional we cannot remedy a rift and we're childish. And so many women fight to be considered equal in America – everyday and the boo-hooing of these silly women make me grimace. These chicks are worse than a tooth-ache and labor of 8 babies in one session – w/out meds... These women need to get their mind right.
    Hillary/Barack had similiar platforms – so much so that the divide had to be created and so if someone won't vote for someone that has similiar platform as teh wanted candidate – it shows that these women got issues beyond repair. It is why men cheat on em'. It is why
    men don't wanna date you and why you cannot get promoted at your job. Cause ur miserable. Just a miserable mess.

    August 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Retired USN

    Come on, do we really need four more years of BUSH in the white house. The world already can't stand the US as it is and you want to put McCain in there, you have got to be out of your minds. Obama is the man to get the job done and make things happen. With McCain in it it will only get worse.

    August 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. None of the Above 08

    Why has Obama not yet united the Dems (or more the country)

    1. Hillary's standing in the way
    2. PUMA or other Hillary supporters won't listen
    3. The MSM is biased in favor or McCain
    4. Those crazy right wingers
    5. Racism/fear/ignorance/xenophobia/bigotry
    7. Bush/Rove/Cheney machine

    Notice a pattern?

    August 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Tristan, Salt Lake City, Utah

    i support barack because i support hillary...

    August 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. bridgette

    I think these Republicans who are acting like they are Hilary supporters on here need to get a life. Some of the things you all say are just silly. Get over yourselves. I see women and talk to women all the time and they are not that angry.

    August 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Obama Supporter AND proud of Hillary

    Go Hillary! I heard Hillary's address yesterday(most news including CNN
    would not show it) and it convinced me that Hillary will back Senator Obama with full force. After hearing her denounce McCain's ad, I am
    certain that the "riff" between her supporters and Obama's is a republican
    manufactured lie. Just wait until her speech tonight. She will bring the
    house down.

    August 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Sharon

    I'm not buying into McCain will take away the right to choose. With the Democratic congress it won't happen. Obama thinks he can get the faithful Democrats to vote for him because of this and this is what he has over our head. That is why he treated Hillary and her followers like crap. He thinks we will fall into place and follow him. Some will but many knowledgeable women will not.

    August 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Che

    any clinton supporter who feels there candidate was robbed (of the nomination) is unlikely to support obama. The Clinton supporters now supporting Obama are the ones that realize that the primary was in fact a fair contest, and that Obama simply beat her.

    The remaining clinton hold outs are the ones that where successfully brainwashed by clinton into believing she was robbed, a brainwashing campaign she started her remaining two months of the primary..........with the "if i can't be president, then neither can he" approach to her remaining contests. , the "i'll just see to it that my supporters are to angry to vote for obama" approach.

    August 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. geecee827

    Hillary Clinton is a very capable, intelligent, strong woman who has an excellent future within the Democratic Party. I am sure she will get a Cabinet Post – maybe even Secretary of State, or a Supreme Court Judgeship (where she can do more for woman than if she were POTUS!!) I hope her supporters realize that. She will always be on the Democratic poliical scene in America. And her daughter Chelsea has great potential too. A Rhodes Scholar, by way. But Hillary's supporters need to understand that even though they feel she was fully vetted, her husband still brought an awful lot of baggage with her and that would have given the Republicans so much fodder in this campaign that they entire election year would have been spent defending Bill against the Republican onslaught. We couldn't have that. That is why she didn't get the nomination for President and wasn't selected for V.P. Is that so hard to understand???

    August 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. juana

    EBC,

    Hillary supporters are NOT mindless, brainwashed zombies voting for whom ever others tells us. to vote.We have something that most of you, EBC, lack, and that is the conviction that what we are doing is the RIGHT THING TO DO and that NO ONE can command us to 'shut up" because not only are we to free to vote for whomever we please, but as independent thinkers do not take too graciously to people telling us to vote for an unprincipled, arrogant, pretensious presuntous, pretender with NO experience in greater politics but also has a shady past , and to boot a former? druggie. We want more integrity and honesty and experience in our candidates and Obama is out of that league, period.

    August 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Jacqueline

    After having his aide inform her that she wouldnt be on the vp ticket instead of making the call himself I wouldnt back him at all. we all know she will get the blame if he loses. She is the better person for even backing him and asking her voters to support him but she really should just back away and say your on your own. What she is doing she is doing for the good of the dem party.Give her a break. Im sick of hearing how she is to blame for all of this mess. she fought a good fight and has gotten very lil respect for it.

    August 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Every Wilson

    Hillary supporters who will vote for John McCain are just closet racist, hiding behind their support for her. Because if they were truly her followers and supporters, they would have followed her example and vote for Barack Obama. These people are showing their true colors, by now willing to vote against Obama for a White man who doesn't support Hillar Clinton's political views, values or womens rights, only a true racist will ditch their family, future, country and even God for their warped ideology.

    August 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. NO OBAMA

    DON'T YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS GET IT WE FEEL THAT MCCAIN IS THE LESSER OF THE 2 EVILS, AND WE WILL TAKE OUR CHANCE ON MCCAIN FOR 4 YEARS BECASUE HE WON'T RUN AGAIN, IF HILLARY DOES NOT RUN AGAIN IN 2012 SO BE IT SOMEONE ELSE WILL BUT AT LEAST OBAMA WILL NOT GET IN THIS TIME HOPEFULLY. NOT ALL OF US THAT ARE HILLARY SUPPORTERS ARE VOTING FOR MCCAIN OUT OF SPITE WE ARE VOTING FOR HIM BECAUSE WE FEEL THAT OBAMA IS JUST NOT THE RIGHT PERSON TO RUN THIS COUNTRY WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HIS "CHANGE" WILL BE HE HASN'T SHOWN ANYTHING YET HE PICKED JOE BIDEN AND JOE IS CONECTED HEAVILY WITH LOBBYIST AS MCCAIN IS SO THERE IS NO CHANGE THERE HE IS CHICAGO POLITICS BUT POLITICS JUST THE SAME JUST AS YOU GUYS FEEL THAT MCCAIN IS JUST NOT THE RIGHT PERSON WE FEEL THAT OBAMA IS NOT EITHER.

    August 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK

    NOTHING CLINTON CAN SAY WILL CHANGE THAT 25% OF HILLARY "DEMOCRATS" THAT WILL BE VOTING FOR MCCAIN.

    EVEN IF HILLARY SAYS:

    "I AM NOT BEING COERCED, YOU ARE ALL BEING SILLY, BARACK IS A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN, A GOOD CHRISTIAN, I DON'T FEEL THE ELECTION WAS STOLEN FROM ME BECAUSE OF SEXISM, VOTE FOR BARACK OR I'LL STEAL YOUR DOGS."

    THESE PEOPLE WON'T VOTE FOR OBAMA. SPITE, INSANITY, AND RAW RAGE DRIVE PUMAS. IT'S A SAD TIME OUR COUNTRIES EXISTENCE.

    August 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. jack

    Only one canidate violated the cardinal rule of the primary campaign. And that rule is "never give the GOP ammo to use against a Dem in the general election." Guess who's picture and sound bite is now playing across the air waves? HILLARY'S. The first to go negitive, the first to go dirty and now the first on the McCains VP list. Only he won't choose you either.

    Howard Dean said this back in January, "one person will finish this contest with 49% of the vote and the other will finish with 51%." Hillary has proven she is a sore looser and bad loosers do not get a second chance at what they lost the first time out.

    August 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Ready for Change

    Hillary's political career is not as important as doing what's right for America, and that means no vote for Obama!!!

    August 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. ST

    Hillary supporters may have preferred Hillary to any of the other Democratic candidates. They may feel that she deserved to have the nomination - but others did not agree. I do not believe that Hillary was treated badly by Obama or his campaign - I do not think that McCain would have the ads he does have, had she won the nomination. Hillary is a politician who knows how to play the game - both the high road and the low road. Now she has lost. Her supporters should recognize that among the reasons she lost was her inability to lead her campaign organization and to manage its finances. Could they stop and think for a moment what this might have meant on a national level? Would they imagine having to work day and night for 4 years with a person who took so many personal digs at you? Clearly, Obama and she did not have the chemistry to be Pres and VP together.

    August 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Patrick

    To you Clinton die-hards who want to vote for McCain, here is he deal.
    You are ruining Hillary's political future!

    If Obama looses beacue of you lot, Hillary might as well kiss her re-election in NY or Presidential hopes good-bye.

    Ninety percent of the black vote that she will need to win will sit at home. Most of her supporters are older folks, who are 50 years or more. 60 to 70 percent of this group may not be alive to vote in the next presidential election.

    Obamas voting block is the 40 years and younger. Core voters from this group will definitely be around for the next 3 or 4 presidential elections; and if they feel that Hillary and her people cost Obama this election, then Hillary should forget them in the future if she tries to run for anything.

    And by the way, out of this 18 million votes, how many were the Republicans causing mishief. Lets go with Rush's 20% (3.6 million); that means she probably got about 14.4 milion.

    Most Super delegates saw through all of t his, that's why they didn't back her. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

    August 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Erin in Edmonds WA

    Since when do the Clinton's run everything. She has provided McCain with enough bullets to shoot Obama's campaign to little pieces.

    I hate her, I hate her supporters, and if the Dems lose–I will wholly blame the Clinton's and her menopausal idiot supporters for being so childish and righteous. Not true Dems–only if their stupid lady gets in there. Obama has given her more than she deserves. Her name is being placed in nomination, and the delegates have full voting rights. She has been asked to speak. Obama owes her nothing, and his supporters are not obligated to pay down her debt–I don't pay for financial responsibility for anyone... She's a fool, and a spiteful pig. Down with the Clintons and all they stand for.

    August 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Crush Rush

    Pumas are nothing more than Rush Limbaughs Republican operatives.They are part of the Operation Chaos.You will see many of them jailed tonight at the Convention for causing problems.

    August 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. larry buchas

    Clinton supporters need to follow Hillary's lead. We cannot afford another right-wing disaster.

    This country cannot afford to stay the course, albeit, the wrong course.

    August 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. lloyd kandasammy

    people get real Obama is a flash in the pan, the very use of biden, one of his stongest critics is proof that he doesn t have the experience, particularly as relates to foriegn affairs, the USA is not a stupid third world country where u can have any jak rabbit like a bharat jagdeo of guyana running a country, u are the first world and the most pwerful nation, hilalry was blindsided by people caught up in a moment, its all beginning to unravel and why should she help him get elected he needs to do that shes not running for president he is

    vote mc cain will be safer and so hilalry will run again and win in 2012 once people realise that the best leader was not chosen...down with obama vin biden

    August 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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