January 7th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton's closing argument in New Hampshire

The CNN Ticker

Clinton is launching her closing argument in New Hampshire.

(CNN) - Tonight, Hillary Clinton made her final two-minute television appeal to New Hampshire voters during the 6 p.m. news, with a spot that stressed experience and promised real change. Full script after the jump.

Thank you New Hampshire, for welcoming me into your homes and hearts.

And when you vote, I hope you'll ask one question. Who's ready to be president on day

one?

America is at a crossroads. We're a nation at war in a dangerous world. We have a

faltering economy, an energy crisis, and 47 million people without health care.

But, after seven long years of this administration, we finally have the opportunity for a

new beginning. Tomorrow, you can take the first step.

After all the town meetings, it comes down to this. Who's ready to be president and ready

to start solving the big challenges we face on day one?

And, we can solve them. We can end the era of cowboy diplomacy and bring our sons

and daughters home from Iraq. We can make a new beginning for our economy and

rebuild our great middle class.

We can reform our government and transform our energy future. We can make a new

beginning on health care, cut costs, improve quality, and cover every American.

I'm not running for president to put band-aids on our problems. I'm running to solve

them.

The stories you've shared will always stay with me. Parents juggling jobs to pay for

college for their kids, soldiers' families praying for a safe return, all the men and women

across this state who have whispered their health care problems to me.

Bills they can't pay, parents they can't afford to care for, insurance companies who refuse

to help. I know you've waited a long time for a president who could hear you and see

you. We're not just changing presidents, we're changing our country.

I hope you'll vote for me and help me change America. And, if you stand with me, I will

stand up for you every day as your president.

I'll work my heart out to bring the country we love the new beginning it needs and I will

be ready to start on day one. Thank you.

I'm Hillary Clinton and I approved this message.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • New Hampshire
soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. Brian - Iowa

    Obama inspires change, he inspires people to feel that they can do more than they thought you could, that their voice matters.....the status quo has created a complacent nation.... we need to shock the system, not the same old politics of the last two Clinton/Bush laden decades.

    January 7, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. Jan

    SCORECARD ON ACCOMPLISHMENT: Hillary 12 Obama 0.

    If you read the scorecard in terms of real legislation sponsored, written and passed (versus just "supported") then HIllary is the obvious choice.

    And, I'm curious–why does the media delight in continuing to attack this woman who has accomplished so much versus a nobody who is arrogant, entitled (so Harvard what attitude), too young to know what he's getting into, but real polished and really likeable.

    I remember working for a guy like this in corporate America. He was exactly like Obama. Made a fortune, retired early. Worked the system. Knew what to say. Completely screwed up every organizations that he had run.

    Hey, Barack, can we discuss ACTIONS versus WORDS for a moment?

    If you want a good speaker elect Obama. If you want somebody who GETS THINGS DONE elect Clinton. I appreciate any real factual data that contradicts my opinion...any takers? What the hell has this guy DONE?

    I thought. not.

    This is the same thing that happened when BUSH was elected, nice guy, good message, good media coverage, INCOMPETENT.

    FOUR MORE YEARS OF INCOMPETENCE, GOODIE! LOOKING FORWARD TO IT!

    January 7, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. Tony

    Hillary all the way. I'll vote for her today, tomorrow, and forever!!!

    January 7, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. bob

    I HAVE BEEN A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT FOR ABT. 60 YEARS , SO PLEASE
    DON'T MAKE ME HAVE TO VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BY PUTTING OBAMA ON THE DEMOCRATIC TICKET.
    LET ME VOTE FOR HILLARY WHO HAS THE KNOWLEDGE AND GUTS TO
    CREATE CHANGE. THANK YOU

    January 7, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. Ryan

    As a Canadian looking in, I fail to see how electing someone based on their likeability with comparatively little experience is a great move. While Obama preaches about change, Clinton has the passion, dedication, and experience to bring about change effectively. Take our own Harper, for instance. While he appeared cold and not very friendly, we elected him based on results and experience, and it turned out great.

    If I were an American, Hillary would definitely get my vote because she can bring about the aspect of change the American people want because of her passion and experience.

    Hope you win, Hillary!

    January 7, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  6. Kokou

    I have ever seen a lady like Hillary. I was surprise to see her crying like somebody told her something. No one pick on u lady. After all the big talk and attacks on Barack Obama, she cracked down. Oh my goodness. That is telling the American people how devicise Hillary is. She cannot rule this country with this type of attitude. Give Obama a chance to play his card like you played in the 90. It is only for greed that she is doing this. There is nobody who can rule this country beside Bush and Clinton's. Please give me a break.

    Go Obama 2008

    January 7, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. San Francisco, California

    Obama's typical speech messages:
    "....stand by me and we will change the country and the world...".
    " The country needs a real change...."
    "...folks, change is what this country need right now!",
    "...we don't want the same people in the white house, we need change"
    "...I am an agent for change, help me implement change..."
    "...this is a revolution for change!"
    ".....if you vote for me you will be voting for change"

    Notice the lack of content. Notice the repetitive term "change". Notice the lack of willingness to point to any realistic records for change. Notice the lack of details to the changes that he is proposing. Most importantly, notice how broad the definition of 'change' is and how VAGUE it is. A vote for Obama is a vote to confirm that you this country can not be bother with specifics. A vote for Obama is a vote to say..."don't ask don't tell".....A vote for Obama is a vote for ignorance. The country is at a cross road, we need a Woman who has defy the odds to get where she is now....a woman who has done the tough battles....a woman who knows what it really takes to make change happen and know too well that talk is cheap.

    January 7, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. Sylvia

    Her rally tonight was a true demonstration of her character, leadership & why she should be the Democratic candidate - substance does matter.

    I hope the press adequately covers this event instead of more blah, blah about Obama & how Hillary is already out of the race. BS!

    January 7, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. NIGHTMARE IN NY

    Hillary can't buy it now she wants a pity vote. again

    The last thing you need to do is feel sorry for this woman!

    Hillary Clinton is a strong woman. Not too many women could have endured what this woman did when her husband 's sexual behavior was exposed to the whole world. You of all people know this women. This woman not only stayed with Bill Clinton she plotted to seek a senate seat in NY. A well thought out plan i'd say. This woman is not thinking about this country never the less you or me just her political career and the status quo.

    Another psychological ploy

    January 7, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. Leb

    Hillary will lose because she hates us, women. I watched her do the health care in the 1990s, and she was ABYSMAL. I was in Medicine, and all she started was a PANIC and MANY in health care BLAME her and BILL for the current mess– in fact, the mess they created "inadvertently" has caused insurance prices to go through the roof so much that I wonder if it was not ALL PLANNED. You could not have screwed it up any better if you had been trying. 2nd. She hates women. In her interview after being First Lady with Barbara Walters, she COULD HARDLY BRING HERSELF to mention being FIRST LADY. OUR FIRST LADY, AND it was like she was ASHAMED OF IT. That it MEANT NOTHING to be FIRST LADY. Well, lady, YOU LOST MY VOTE RIGHT THERE. 3rd. When corporations say JUMP, SHE AND BILL SAY "HOW HIGH?" He got the Union endorsement to be against NAFTA, GOT IN OFFICE, AND SIGNED IT. And Ross Perot was right, THAT SUCKING SOUND WAS OUR JOBS GOING OVERSEAS–I WAS OUTSOURCED UNDER THE CLINTONS–JOB TO INDIA. SO Don't talk to me about BUSH. It started long before. ANYONE who thinks that HILL WILL HELP THE WORKING PERSON OR THE LITTLE PERSON–You'd be far better off with Obama, who seems to like people, or Edwards, who I believe truly understands how UP AGAINST IT the NORMAL PERSON IS> HILLARY COULD CARE LESS! She is the typical baby boomer rabble rouser–cares for herself and her "cause" above all else. IF THE CLINTONS ARE SO progressive–WHY DIDN'T THEY HELP THE REGULAR WORKING GUY WHEN THEY WERE IN OFFICE BEFORE?

    January 7, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. Rob - Ludlow, MA

    GO HILLARY!

    January 7, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. Manuela

    who cares about Oprah? I guess millions of stupid fat people do. People can't you think for yourselves??? you need Oprah to tell you how to live your life?
    please wake up, exercise, lose some weight and look at how the rest of the civilized world is leaving their lives. America is heading in the wrong direction at the speed of life. people live their lives stuck to their television sets and allow the television and media to dictate their lives.
    Oprah is an idiot who forgot how hard it was for a woman to get to the power. I have no respect for her anylonger since she turned her back on Hillary. she should have sided with the women. but she is such a typical stupid woman, she sides with the men, typical women. instead of us smart women to unite together and be strong and unite against the hurt we got from men, we turn against each other and kiss us the guys who hurt us. or maybe Oprah couldn't stand the fact that there might be a woman out there more powerful than she is. I have no respect for Oprah what's so ever. she is an big time idiot.
    Obama stole all Hillary ideas and now he is turning into a major jerk. let's not forget that he put her down on national television many times. I don't like him and I don’t trust him. Hillary will make one good president, but I guess this country is way behind the rest of the world to allow a woman to lead. This country is pretty sexist so I am not surprised you will vote for a black guy who is inexperienced rather than vote for a perfectly good experienced candidate who is a woman. Well, I think you guys are making a big mistake for voting for Obama. On the day when you will have to vote for your president, the majority of people will vote for the white republican guy, and hence one more time there will be 8 years of long recession and republican, conservative and narrow-minded era.
    wake up and smell the coffee and vote for the right candidate who can bring the country back to the glory days of Clinton when the economy was booming and things were good.
    and one more thing, so what Bill cheated on Hilary, how many men out there cheat on their wives on daily basis? or how many physically abuse their wives? please wake up to reality. what's worse cheating on your wife or abusing her physically or emotionally??? please there is at least one case of abuse in every single relationship in this country. but how do you go on with your relationships?? you forgive and learn and go on, because you need each other for different reasons, money, children etc. so think straight before you vote for the wrong candidate just because stupid Oprah said so. Oprah please.. I have no respect for her what's so ever and I am a smart engineer and very educated and well traveled woman. but I know how this world turns and I hate to see smart women turning against themselves just because of jealousy. shame on Oprah. have no respect for her.

    January 7, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  13. NWillis

    Mrs. Clinton, I saw no tears while I watched with interest from Chicago. I did see a pause, but no tears. I guess they have all been used crying over Mr. Clinton's antics.

    I think that the United States have been embarassed enough by the Clinton's. It's time for a Change.

    January 7, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  14. WomanWithHope

    How come CNN posts any nasty thing people say about Hillary but nothing bad about Obama.

    January 7, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  15. J. McKinney SW MO

    The more confident Obama gets, the more arrogant and obnoxious he gets. Go, Hillary!! You've got my vote!

    January 7, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. Mike Orlando, FL

    Hillary is going to be the nominee and she's going all the way to the white house!

    GO HILLARY 08!!!

    January 7, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  17. Misty

    Come on people, WAKE UP!!! I am tired of what dubYAH has done and I want real change!!!! I am thrilled that there are 2 viable candidates running in the democratic party for a change. Hillary has real experience and she has already been in the white house before. I think she will go right to work for change not only because she has all the democrats AND republicans putting her under the microscope, but she has such big shoes to fill for ALL WOMEN!!!

    January 7, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    go hillary
    from the canadian group of women

    January 7, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  19. NIGHTMARE IN NY

    Meng v. Schwartz

    Judicial Watch filed this important political corruption lawsuit on behalf of shareholders of a well-connected U.S. corporation that transferred sensitive U.S. missile technology to China in the 1990s. From approximately 1994 to 1998, Bernard Schwartz, who was the chairman of Loral Space & Communication Ltd., became the single largest donor to the Democratic Party by making contributions totaling approximately $1.5 million to various Democratic Party entities, including President Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign.

    During this same time period, Schwartz and Loral also persuaded the Clinton Administration to transfer technology export licensing authority from the State Department to the more politically-influenced Commerce Department. Schwartz and Loral then obtained licenses from the Commerce Department that were needed to launch Loral-manufactured communications satellites into orbit from China. Congressional and other related investigations subsequently found that, when a Chinese rocket attempting to launch a Loral-manufactured satellite failed, Loral helped China to identify the cause of the failure, thereby advancing China’s missile program and threatening U.S. national security. Loral subsequently paid a $14 million fine relating to this transfer of sensitive U.S. technology.

    Judicial Watch’s shareholder lawsuit sought to hold Schwartz and the Clinton Administration accountable under federal racketeering law, arguing that Schwartz’s campaign contributions constituted a form of bribery. The lawsuit ultimately did not go forward, but it succeeded in bringing additional public scrutiny to this very serious case of political corruption.

    Court Documents

    PLAINTIFFS' OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT AND MRS. CLINTON'S MOTION TO DISMISS – "The Amended Complaint alleges that Hillary Rodham Clinton devised, agreed to participate in and implemented this unlawful scheme, and that President Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore authorized, agreed to participate in, and also implemented the scheme."

    January 7, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  20. NIGHTMARE IN NY

    You watch this woman is gonna go for jugular vein

    January 7, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. Merry Grant

    Hillary tried to get a national health care for this country when Bill was in the White House.. Special interest of the very powerful basically laughed... We were paying 800 a month (the 90's) and her plan would have saved us a lot of money.
    She does care for this country... She wants to make a difference.. and a difference she will make.
    I cannot understand the hatefulness toward her... She is very intelligent, a lot more then a lot that are running...
    I want a President who is smart. I want one who doesn't need a teleprompter to deliver a message... I want a president that knows we need change, knows the middle class is shrinking.. our jobs are going to other countries, our entergy cost are rising, the infrastructure of our country has been neglected for too long..
    What are our children's future? Think about it..
    In the meantime, the Federal Reserve (private banks and by no means owned by the government) keeps printing money so we can pay interest on it...
    I am putting my faith in her... I think she will be an amazing president.

    January 7, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  22. joe

    Will there be a Christmas tree at the White house in 2009 ??? Ya vote for Obama and we'll all be sorry.

    go Hillery

    January 7, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  23. john L Cerrato, Rockville Centre, NY

    All you Clinton haters is why our country is so divided. You all hate Hillary, and everyone else hates somebody or group. Obama's talk about "bringing the country together" is all talk and feel good politics. Our country can not come together on the many issues facing us.

    All you can do is work to get a majority so that you can pass the necessary legislation. Shame on Obama that he would give such false hope of unity to win an election. Politics is not the art of hope, it is the art of compromise. Being an ideologue doesn't cut it. President Bush is a good example, No, in the end, Iowa was wrong to hope for change, N.H. will be wrong if it follows in Iowa's footsteps.
    Obama will wear thin as the campaign moves to the more diverse states. So far the Hispanics haven't voted or the Blacks and other minorities. Hillary is the one who has the savvy, and is familiar with the workings of the Whitehouse.

    January 7, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  24. Travis Sugarland, Texas

    My high school government teacher cared. She was saddened when the football team lost the final game of the year. Should she be elected?

    January 7, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  25. RepubliCan'ts

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    did i say hillary?................ no other way to go COUNTRY!

    January 7, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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