August 26th, 2008
11:12 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: A tough speech from a tough woman


Convention delegates greeted Clinton with a standing ovation. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
DENVER (CNN) - "Four more years of the last eight years." That’s a strong effort to refocus this campaign as a referendum on the Bush record. And to make the case that McCain equals Bush. These delegates are thrilled. The election has been in danger of becoming a referendum on Obama instead of the Bush record.

Watch: Hillary Clinton says 'It's time to unite'

Hillary’s speech is what used to be called a spellbinder. Or a stem-winder. Whatever.

This woman is tough. She burnished that reputation in the campaign. She never stopped fighting and never gave up - and drew enormous admiration for it.

A lot of Democrats wonder if Obama is this tough.

soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Ryan Wing

    My hat is off to Hillary Clinton, she gave an amazing speech and solidified the party. She held back nothing and gave an authentic call for Barack Obama. Hillary '16!

    August 26, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. ML

    It was a great speech! I have a feeling that some people are regretting their vote for Obama right about now.

    Although I was a Hillary supporter and I appreciated her speech, I am still voting McCain.

    August 26, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  3. Kim, WI

    Time to unite. There is too much at stake Demos!

    August 26, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. jo

    love you all the way.

    August 26, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. Ande

    HIllary Clinton stole my heart tonight. She's tougher than Obama, that's ok though. Who says a leader always has to be tough?? Bush acts like he's tough and look where the US is at today??

    I like that Obama listens to people and then utilizes wisdom before making decisions. I like his spirit of unity and willingness to work with whoever he needs to work with to get the job done.

    I know Obama will make an awesome president and turn this country around so that it's going on the right track again.

    If McCain wins, America doesn't have a chance domestically or internationally.

    August 26, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  6. Ian Jacobs

    "Did you vote for me because of me, or did you vote for me because of the woman with cancer?"

    August 26, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  7. Don't let the MSM do your thinking for you

    Excellent speech Mrs. Clinton! There was no question of the sincerity. This just proves to me that the media is trying to pull a fast one in pushing the rift among democrats. Even Bill Clinton showed a true enthusiasm for the cause. Sorry republicans, we're not going to buy your crap anymore. But hey, maybe if you'll just get your act together and start thinking about the rest of the American people for a change, in 20 years or so we'll let you have another shot at it.

    August 26, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  8. Kenneth M.

    Great job! and you can still run against him in 2012.

    August 26, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  9. Hillary ROCKS

    Obama is not as tough as Hillary – She is absolutely incredicble.
    Inspiring and truly is a blue American with all Americans best interests at heart.

    Obama is STUPID for not picking her as his VP.

    That was a STUPID judgement call. She is formidable and strong. Even being slapped in the face by Obama she still got up there and rang his bell and for that he and his supporters should be eternally greatful ... cause she did not have too – one tough woman.
    An inspiration for ALL women.

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  10. Sandi from Michigan

    Now can we talk about Barack Obama and Joe Biden?

    Now can you ask delegates questions about Barack Obama?

    The rest of the convention should be 100% about Barack Obama.

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  11. chilliej

    We do not wonder if he is tough enough – we know he is not. Everything he has has been handed to him. Hillary 2012!

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  12. Ann

    I don't think Obama is as tough as Hillary. He has been conceding everything to McCain. Obama needs to come out fighting. This is his race to lose so Obama better wake up soon and come out punching. Obama should be ahead by 10 points in polls.

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  13. JP

    NO WAY. He does not have experience. That is for sure.
    He is not that tough! Democrats made a BIG mistake by choosing him!

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. 17 year old future politician

    Great speech!

    If her supporters don't support her views, and issues that matter so much to her, and vote for McCain, they are not supporters.

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  15. Esther

    What a speech...but that will not encourage me to vote for Obama...I want to show my anger towards Obama for not choosing Senator Hillary Clinton as his VP...see Obama wins because of the Republican they are afraid that if it will be Hillary the presidential candidate then McCain will loose..but now because Obama did not choose Mrs. Clinton he is gonna loose for sure....what a superbly full of life for our country...


    Mrs. Esther Chaco
    Tampa, FL

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  16. Clinton supporter

    Don't fall for these divisive tactics for ratings democrats! Hillary has made it clear, we are united, you can try all you want to divide us for your ratings media but you will only loose more and more respect until you will loose your audience that has grown so much during this election.

    Keep up the negativity and your asking for people to loose respect for you cnn. Don't turn to fox news please!

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  17. Jean, Indiana

    No, we do not wonder if Obama is that tough! The Ohio and Mississippi Rivers have joined. They are one. It is a force of nature now. Unstoppable!

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  18. mary

    Hillary kicked butt! She was magnanimous, moving, and REAL.... I loved that she asked her supporters if they were supporting her or supporting the soldier in Iraq, the mother with cancer, and the parent making minimum wage.

    McCain thinks it's ok for women to make less than men, for insurance companies to pay for Viagra but not birth control.... 4 years of the last 8 years... great line!

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  19. BlackMan4Mac







    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  20. Justin in CA

    Lets all follow Hillarys lead and get moving forward.

    No How,
    No Way,
    No McCain

    Obama 08

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  21. Diane

    What a great speech!

    If her "supporters" still don't vote for Obama after that, they were never her supporters to begin with.

    No Way
    No How
    No McCain

    Obama/Biden 08!

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  22. chris

    If you cannot vote for Obama after this speech, then you never supported Hillary and the Democratic ideals in the first place, you just disliked SOMETHING about Obama

    No Way, No How, No McCain

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  23. art

    Great Speech – she supported Barack wholeheartedly and hopefully her sceptical supporters will unite after Barack. It is pititful to listen at the "critics" of that other news channel, foxy what, to state that her support for Barack was minimal

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. Ohio.

    Fabulous!! We must elect Barack Obama! This speech has motivated so much.

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  25. susie

    Hillary run as an Independent!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
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