November 2nd, 2007
07:00 PM ET
15 years ago

New Hampshire watch: Clinton's in

Watch Sen. Clinton in New Hampshire Friday.

CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton made it official Friday by signing her name on the last day of the New Hampshire primary filing period.

Following her signing, Clinton answered questions from reporters. She also joked there was less press the last two times she had been at the Secretary of State’s office.

“I’m very excited obviously about today,” Clinton said. “This is such a tremendous personal honor for me to be declaring my candidacy formally.”

A few critics have charged that she is waving the “gender card.” They point to her speech at her alma mater, Wellesley college, where she told female voters her time at the elite women’s college had prepared her to “compete in the all boys’ club of presidential politics.”

Asked if she received special treatment because of her gender, Clinton dismissed the suggestion and said her competitors were not piling on attacks because she was a woman, but rather because she was winning.

Clinton also discussed the issue of driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, the issue that offered her competitors a window of opportunity to pounce at this week’s debate in Philadelphia.

“This is a complicated issue, it’s not easily answered yes or no,” said Clinton.

“I support Governors like Elliott Spitzer who are trying to deal with the fall out from the failure of this administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform. I don’t know all the details...I believe it’s unfortunate that states feel like they have to do this on their own and I’m going to push for comprehensive immigration reform.”

Clinton completed her two day tour of the Granite state with a rally outside the statehouse.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • New Hampshire
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. bprossersme

    If Clinton's "in," then Americans are out.

    November 2, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  2. Dailin New York NY

    How many counties does NH have ? Where is Gore ?

    November 2, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. RMRN.Y.

    Clinton's "in" trouble in New Hampshire,
    Iowa, and South Carolina.

    Obama is fired up and ready to go!!!

    November 3, 2007 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  4. Farrell S. Seiler, Littleton, New Hampshire

    will not be on the printed ballot in New Hampshire. But Democratic and Independent voters in the nation’s first primary can still write in his name on the ballot. After more than a year of non-stop campaigning by Republican and Democratic candidates, more than 1 in 7 new hampshire voters are still undecided on a candidate. Polls of New Hampshire voters show persistent support for Al Gore. Farrell S. Seiler, State Coordinator, Draft Gore New Hampshire, Littleton, NH.

    November 3, 2007 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  5. alan St Louis

    Clinton = Mild Bush but still a Bush

    Clinton says But Votes

    I oppose Iraq votes yes 4 Iraq
    I oppose Iran Votes yes 4 Iran
    I oppose Bush policy votes yes on Bush

    Clintion says
    Obama naive for saying he will open diplomtic talks with Iran.
    then several months later
    I will open diplomatic talks with Iran??????????????????

    Obama has the foresight to see the need for diplomacy way before Hillary seen it.

    Clinton can not win in the general election. vote for her is a Vote for Bush contiued policy. Im a swing voter I will rather vote for Goulina then Clinton. Give me Biden or Obama for general election please. I do not want to vote for a ghoul.

    November 3, 2007 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  6. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    She is IN, and she is in to WIN. With other dems canadidates going sideway or dropping in polls in New Hampshire while she surges there, it looks like it will be a coronation.

    November 3, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  7. JB Boston MA

    "comprehensive immigration reform"

    That language is nothing more that pandering to minorities. Hillary knows she needs the hispanic vote.

    The large majority of people in the US do not want comprehensive immigration reform. We want you to immediately seal the borders. Then deal with those that are already here. And use OK as a model. If someone is breaking the law and illegal, chuck um!

    This issue alone will severely hurt her. However, if she wins the primary, I am willing to bet my house that her language changes drastically. She is way to predictable!

    November 3, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. J. McKinney SW MO

    Hillary is coming right along, thank goodness. Doing a good job of being there for votes in senate (her current job) while campaigning successfully at the same time.
    Interesting article on Ticker about Obama missing 80% of his senate votes while campaigning. Doesn't sound like he is doing his job. If that is the case, can he run the country, or will he be busy with something else when needed?
    Go, Hillary!!

    November 3, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. thevoter

    Nation watch: Clinton's out

    November 3, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Terry, El Paso, TX

    "The large majority of people ... do not want comprehensive immigration reform. We want ... to immediately seal the borders. Then deal with those that are already here. If someone is breaking the law and illegal, chuck um!" – JB Boston MA

    A simple solution to a complex problem. How are you going to find the illegals? What will you do about the illegal parents whose children are American citizens? What are you going to do about illegal aliens brought here are babies who have never really lived in Mexico and don't speak Spanish? How are you going to identify the 12-20 million illegals who are here? How are you going to deport them? If you pack sixty in a box car you will need 200,000 box cars to ship them in. Where will you take them to be deported? El Paso? San Diego? Laredo? What will you do if Mexico refuses to receive them, which is Mexico's right under international law? How will you prevent them from re-entering the US if you are allowed to deport them? Where and how will you house them and feed them as deportation proceedings and the inevitable appeals take place? Where will you find workers for the agriculture, construction, restaurant, entertainment, and hospitality industries? How will you seal the border? A 1700 mile fence will take a decade or so to build. The companies that are building fences in some areas of the border are using illegals to build it, so where will you find the labor to build the fence. If you station soldiers along the border, you will have a border guard of, say, 50000 or 100000 men and women to train and maintain. They will need to be in place before you begin deporting illegals by the tens of thousands at a time. Dealing with all of this is called comprehensive immigration reform.

    Imagine that we wanted to get all the bad drivers off the streets. JB would say, "Put everyone in jail who breaks a traffic law and confiscate their cars." It sounds simple. So let's put some cameras on freeway overpasses that will snap a pic of the license plates of anyone who breaks the speed limit by even 1 mph. Then, go arrest the registered owner of the car, confiscate his or her car, and put the owner in jail. Case closed, problem solved, right? America would then be a safer place.

    The world is not a simple place.

    November 3, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. colony14 author, Mt Prospect, Illinois

    Why do we even need "comprehensive immigration reform?" The choice need not be between amnesty or deportation. Don't kick out anyone who's here illegally, just don't give them any hand-outs. If they want to work here until they die, while collecting no taxpayer-subsidized benefits, that's okay with me. If you want to learn English and become a citizen, that's fine too. But don't make this an argument about deporting 20 million illeglas or giving them whatever they want. There are other options, but no one has the guts to discuss them – including her royal thighness, Hillary Rodham.

    November 3, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Karen,ny

    I think the Democrats will win as long as we can all back the right person, which is Hillary Clinton. I believe that most of the country is tired and feed up with the Republican rule. Our country will be in shambles if a Republican is elected as president!!!

    November 3, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Karen,ny

    Go Hillary! RAH, RAH ,RAH..cis goom bah

    November 3, 2007 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. Carolyn

    She is the right person she is confident,people love her there, even looks presidential signing those papers.She is down to earth talking with people.She can handle America,I stand with her for the future of Our Country 100%.

    November 3, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Gore hasn't the stomach at this time for another run.
    Obama is too inexperiance.
    Edwards is lacking an intangible.
    Biden my second choice does not have the charisma. Needs the office of vice-president to proplel him into the presidency.

    Clinton has the strength, the intellect, the desire, my first choice.
    Republicans are afraid of her, not any of the others.
    It's obvious by they way they keep attacking her and leaving the others alone. They say they want to run against her, so let's give them their wish. But remember this republicans, be careful want you wish for you might get it.

    November 3, 2007 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |