January 8th, 2008
10:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton campaign: 'It's gonna be close'

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Hillary Clinton's team still entertains the possibility she will lose. "It's gonna be close," they tell CNN. They are waiting on Hanover - "it's a straight-up college town" - and Durham, two areas they think it is possible Obama will do very well. But they say they are coming in two and three points ahead in areas they expected to lose.

–CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • New Hampshire
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Nick

    I am not a fan of McCain, but I could be convinced to vote for a McCain-Obama ticket. It would show that the candidates can put their money where their mouth is when it comes to crossing the aisle. Heck, Bloomberg could back them.

    On the other hand, the top spot on the ticket gets a few very important things done for the Republicans – solidifies their hold on the Supreme Court, and relegates Social Security to the backburner, again. Don't forget, McCain supported Bush's privatization plan.

    January 8, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  2. Matt

    I agree with Nick. The huge lead for Obama probably made independents vote for McCain. But I don' think the teary moment can be overestimated. It was an gift from above in terms of free airplay and natural curiosity, and happened to hit on her one weakness with most people. The irony is that she was crying, in my opinion, because she saw the writing on the wall and couldn't stomach losing two times in a row when she feels entitled to the nomination. She wasn' t crying because she loves this country so much and just hates to see the wrong person lead it. To be so sure that you're the one to lead that you cry for that reason is arrogant as hell anyway. But in crying because deep down she was crushed that her dream was over, she revived it. Quite a story.

    January 8, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  3. steve

    If the Democrats elect Hillary Clinton and she goes to become ugh the president then that means there is a possibility of 36 years Clinton/Bush Dynasty. Hmm that is very interesting. It looks like the same old same old. I feel for my friends down there in the United States. I would ask myself the question have I benefited from the last 28 years of Bush/Clinton

    January 8, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  4. Richard

    Monika, definately. I will vote for Clinton even though she has less experience then Obama. Since a few years in the U.S. Senate qualifies her to be President. Wait, we shouldn't forget her four years as First Lady of the United States. Any future husband or wife of a President being married to them are qualified to become President. Any child of a President being the First Daughter or First Son are qualified to be President because their father or mother was President. So when Chelsea Clinton runs for President in 2016 she will have my vote too. Let's not forget her years in the White House as First Daughter.

    We must remember that Obama's ten years in government is less experience then Clinton's and Edward's six. We also must remember that her lack of education and experience on foreign policy still qualifies her better then someone with a degree in international relations and extensive experience abroad as a child and adult because she was First Lady. We should remember that her resume includes First Lady of Arkansas, which is an elected position where she makes important decisions and signs bills into state law. First Lady of U.S. which is also an elected position where she signs bills into law and makes U.S. foreign policy decisions in this office.

    Obama's 10 years in government is less experience then Hillary's and Edwards six. Forget Obama's bi-partisan legislation or his willingness to get things done. What we want is someone who will tell Congress where it can go if it doesn't belong to her Party. Hillary Clinton, the least experienced and most partisan candidate has my vote too.

    January 8, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  5. Jenny, Grand Rapids, MI

    As a woman, a liberal democrat and yes, a feminist (old school) being a woman in and of itself isn't change. I care about the issues, and for those, women included who think the only thing that matter is gender, then move over because you are an anachronism. Hillary Clinton has been selling the American people, and that includes American women down the river for profit. There have been women who have been bad leaders. There were women who helped bring Stalin, Hitler and other despots to power. There have been women who owned and exploited slaves. There have been women, of all races and ethnic origins who have presided over oppression and exploitation.

    What kind of change would be brought about by Hillary Clinton, how can you even take her seriously when she claims we won't be invisible to her.. we've been invisible to her all along, until she needs our votes. Once she gets them, she moves on. Do you not care about the untold millions of American citizens, more than half of which are women who are long term unemployed and underemployed? Are they less than in your eyes? If you are that foolish, consider this, the sort of powers that be that Clinton dances with haven't gotten around to you yet. This brave new world economy is about dismantling our economy and our country from the bottom up. Destroying our underpinnings, once it goes completely everything above it goes.. and that includes up into the upper middle classes. We are all interconnected.. there is nothing special about you. In the '80s, outsourcing started attacking blue collar jobs, and people like you didn't care, the groundwork Bill and Hill laid out enabled Bush to get away with half of what he's been able to get away with. They pushed for MFN for China, and they have lobbied, Hillary especially for continued outsourcing of jobs. Tech workers have been displaced, we've never had a shortage of workers of any kind. She's lobbied for foreign governments and corporate interests, to allow them to exploit our visa laws. She lied to the people of NY state about creating jobs, and she has ignored the fact that she's lost jobs in NY. The workers she lied to have been and continue to be invisible to her.. and so will you.

    If you think your life will continue untouched under a Clinton administration you are a fool. She's bought and paid for now by the same interests that brought us Bush, his former business partner's from Haarken Energy in Texas. She's held a fundraiser at the HQ of Monsanto, they own more brownfields in this country, they are among the biggest polluters, and she had the gall to call the fundraiser, "Rural Americans for Hillary". Are you so blind that you will allow yourselves to be as duped as those who voted for Bush?

    The same thing applies with Obama. He's bought and paid for by the same corporate interests. He and Hillary have received more contributions from the health insurance lobby than any other candidate, both have received more than 2 million apiece from them, more than even the republican candidates. Who do you think they will be activist for, certainly not you. He has stated that he wants to allow Wall Street to direct trade policy, he loves free trade. He refuses to demand fair trade, he only makes the appropriate statements when he needs to, but commits to nothing that would bring about change. Do you know what Obama means when he talks about 'fundamental change"? He means selling us out completely and flinging the borders open wide.. to allow corporate interests free reign over us. He and Clinton have been courted and bought by the corporate interests who want to continue having control over our government and economy, as they have under Bush.

    Don't take my word for it, research the facts for yourself.. that is if you're capable of thinking for yourself and putting a little time into searching things out online.

    Those of you so blind as to support corporate trolls like Obama and Clinton make me ashamed, because you're mindless.

    January 8, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  6. bebem1965

    I am all for a first female president of this great country. But seems like there is too much hatred and dislike for Hillary here. I think she is a bright and intelligent woman .She has been under attack so much from all sides.Give her some slack! She is the lone female candidate among the male politicians vying for the Dem nomination and think about how her election to the top would do for the rest of the women ! It would be a great inspiration for all of us!! She is one great fighter, no doubt and thats her strength! Hats off to her for having stood up for her beliefs and carrying on her campaign! Much as she is reviled over and over again, she has taken them all with quiet strength! May the best candidate win!

    January 8, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Hillary Clinton, I think the False Hope that you mentioned and Faked it into False Tears has worked very well for you. What are you going to use this time for the rest of the primaries. Can you handle the White House? I don't think so.

    January 8, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  8. Gabe Polson, The Woodlands,TX

    Well well well...Looks like the mighty media was not able to coronate their King. However, it is a sad day that a Democrat,such as myself, was only able to get balanced media coverage from FOX! Thats right...FOX! Early in the day they were the only network pointing out the one poll that showed Obama up by only 1 point. They were the only ones who started debating the idea Hillary might pull this out. So much for "The best political team on television." Looks like there needs to be a shake up att CNN.

    Perhaps next time you should pay attention to the other campaign who is actually drawing the bigger crowds.

    January 8, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  9. Jack

    Oh Ye of little Faith!! LOL Looks like Hillary pulled out a huge victory tonight! I will no longer watch the erroneous polls. Looks like the Comeback Kid is going to take it all! All of you naysayers and pundits can eat crow now.. as she marches on and takes the country by storm! Watch out Republicans, and new day as dawned!!

    January 8, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Everybody needs to realize that If Bill Clinton was not at her side, this race would already be over.

    What Hillary sees as an asset: Her last name, her husband, and her previous stay at the Whitehouse will make sure in the end is a liability. People are tired of the same old song.

    Look at how many people, young people are being moved and are now voting...and its not for Hilllary.

    Richardson already said he will endorse Obamam as will Edawrds. You have to ask yourself, once Edwards and Richardson drop out where will all those votes go? Obama.

    She won't go down without a fight, but Obama will win in overtime.

    January 8, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  11. livea

    Can anyone tell me where all this Clinton experience people keep talking about is coming from? From what I can see, Clinton has barely more experience than Obama. Do you really think you'll actually be getting Bill by voting for Hillary? Hillary is not Bill Clinton!

    January 9, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  12. Mike in Kentucky


    I respect John McCain for his service to this country, and his no nonsense style of politics. However, we cannot overlook the fact that he is a 70+ year old man who might very well die in office. Just look at photographs of the last 5 Presidents who held the office and the marked effect the office had on them comparing them at the beginning of their terms to the end of their terms.

    Caution would require us to vet his VP in the most stringent way, as he/she might end up as the Chief-Executive.

    No disrespect intended...it's just the facts. This will be an issue in any election involving Mr. McCain.

    January 9, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  13. ciko43

    When you cast your vote in Nevember 2008, you do not see if that person is likebly or not, but "is she is able to do the job!. The reason why we American are having so much troubles now is because we in 2000 and 2004, prefered somebody who we like, not somebody who can do the job right. Do not see the candidate according to their gender but to their ability and capability to do the job, not based on their emty promises but to their experiences and courage, and for me.... Hillary is the only one who can do the job, and will be the next president of this great nation in January 2009. GO Hillary. God is with you and us

    January 9, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  14. Margarita, Los Angeles





    January 9, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  15. Brenda

    Thank you NH, I know with Hillary Clinton there can be plenty of hope! Her ability to manage extreme change has been shown. Through life experience, she has great wisdom, and her knowledge and commitment has been proven, once again! When many would have considered turning away, Hillary stayed with strength and grace, putting others' needs ahead of herself ! All these attributes should be considered; as we all know, such world representation is needed, perhaps more than ever, such assets, would be respected among the nations. Just a simple view, from a very concerned, citizen. God Bless America!

    January 9, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  16. stan pitts pa

    i recogize that we do need change in this country just not the kind of change in hrc, she is divisive and the democrats will learn the hard way when they lose in nov, the republicans are very happy again, finally someone they can truly, no questions asked beat (hrc)

    January 9, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  17. sairefgm

    Hillary cannot unite a country. She cannot undergo the pressure. We the US will be under the dictationship of a immoral husband. People wake up! GET RID OF THE CLINTONS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. OH WAIT! WHAT AM I WORRYING ABOUT. THE REPUBLICANS ARE GONNA TEAR THEM APART. THANK GOD.



    January 9, 2008 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  18. sairefgm


    to be honest with you, i did not think obama would win in new hampshire or get any votes from what the new hampshire union fool looked into the tv camera and said two lilly white states.

    i think that pretty much summed it up.

    keep hating and end up in destruction by third world.

    I suppose everyone is happy now. sad so sad that americans have entered into a position of national security.

    live free or die trying people.

    January 9, 2008 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  19. sairefgm

    this is gonna be fun. the clinton are like animals, they steal what they want and they stole this win from obama and everyone knows it.

    i look forward to her getting the nomination and will enjoy the republicans eat the clintons alive. You think i am bad wait until the republicans are unleased on the clintons.

    i want kill bill to call mccain a fantasy.

    this is gonna be good!

    January 9, 2008 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  20. Al

    Probably not a politically correct statement but, women tend to be more emotional than men. Is it a coincidence that the women vote in New Hampshire gave Hilary the 3 percentage points she needed to win after 'boo hooing' less than 24 hours before the voting started? Talk about new dynamics in politics!

    January 9, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  21. hbIII

    I dont understand all the talk about Obama speaking of change but " never expressing the kind of change". I agree his comments are general, without specifics, but he does express changes in healthcare, education, fighting special interest groups, and so forth. My point is, I haven't heard ANY candidate express a detailed or comprehensive plan of any sort. Barack Obama is very bright, compassionate, empathetic,and has great integrity. Does anyone know that Washington is a dirty place of special interest and corrpution, and all these candidates who proclaim their experience are drenched in it? Even if they have good intentions the cannot see their way out. Obama is a breathe of fresh air, and he has ENOUGH experience to shake things up.

    January 9, 2008 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  22. Phil

    I continue to hear people repeat the tired mantra that Hillary is divisive. Do they even know what they mean by it? People usually feel strongly one way or another about her but that's not her fault. Most of the negatives about her were so carefully crafted overtly and subliminally by political enemies that most people holding those feelings can't even pinpoint exactly what it is they don't like about her.

    January 9, 2008 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  23. Nieto

    Why Republicans would like to face Obama in the General election? They fear Hillary.

    January 11, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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