January 9th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Voter who made Clinton teary picked Obama

The CNN Ticker

Marianne Pernold Young looks on Monday after asking a question that led Hillary Clinton to tears.

(CNN) - Many political observers are crediting Democrat Hillary Clinton's surprise win in New Hampshire to the New York senator's rare display of emotion at a Portsmouth Coffee shop Monday morning.

But Clinton's tearful moment failed to win at least one Granite State voter - the very woman who prompted her response in the first place.

Marianne Pernold-Young told CNN Wednesday she ultimately picked Barack Obama in Tuesday night's primary because of the Illinois senator's performance at a recent rally she attended.

"I was moved to tears. Not once, but twice," she said. "And he has this enormous electricity. And I was just taken aback. And I just had to go with my feelings." (Video: Young speaks on American Morning)

On Monday, Young asked Clinton how she was holding up under the rigors of a presidential campaign - an inquiry that cause the presidential candidate's eyes to well up and voice to tremble.

"It's not easy, and I couldn't do it if I just didn't, you know, passionately believe it was the right thing to do," a teary Clinton said. "You know, I have so many opportunities from this country, I just don't want to see us fall backwards." (Video: Clinton gets emotional)

The moment instantly became the most-covered event on the campaign trail on the day before the critical New Hampshire primary, drawing praise from some who said Clinton had finally bared her true self to voters. The next day, Clinton won among voters who said a candidate who "cares about people" is most important (a category John Edwards won in Iowa.)

Young told CNN she herself was touched by the event, though it was not enough to convince her to support Clinton.

"I was very touched and I was totally in awe that she would open up to us, all of us there," Young said. "But it was a delicate matter."

On CNN's American Morning, Clinton wouldn't speculate whether the moment had put her over the top in the Granite State the night before, but said, "I'm really glad that I had a chance to say what I believe with all of my heart, that politics isn't a game, it's not a horse race. It's about people's lives." (Video: Hillary Clinton on American Morning)

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (816 Responses)
  1. AS

    Hillary threw everything including the kitchen sink to win this. It was desperate. It's pathetic to vote for someone to just make them feel better about themselves. Will she be 'crying all the way back to the White House' as Maureen Dowd astutely indicated in her column?

    This ploy that Hillary used win New Hampshire. is as old as the republic. She played her gender card to appear so ‘vulnerable’, a sort of a damsel in distress while this 'man is getting away with something.' The unfair part of this is that Barack Obama can not talk about race factor in this. It’s a no win situation even when both she and the ex-President (disgracefully)used a very slick racial allusions on him. Sort of saying, 'wait a minute (Obama) this guy is ‘slick, a hustler, not ‘clean’ enough to use Biden’s term and finally you don’t know who this man is, etc.' The code message are so clear, it is not even subtle. It's peculiarly New England style begotry and it worked.

    However, we know, the armor the Clintons have is now chinked. No matter what happens, Hillary cannot redefine herself wholly–she is who she is. So we’ll see. As for Obama he will live to fight another day. Who told these two–Clintons—that they are owed the White House? There are enough problems to address in our country than to have these two tired and dysfunctional couple come into the lime light again. Give us break, let another generation go in to address the serious issues we face in this country and the world.

    January 9, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Kerri

    Clinton and Obama are BOTH terrible for America. We need someone to respect and protect our Constitution, NOT push for "change" based on their extreme liberal views! This whole "change" thing Obama is pushing is so ridiculous. Americans will destroy our country if we allow one of those idiots to become president!

    January 9, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Sim

    i cant believe any1 fell for that!...she plagerized Edwards "it's personal to me" before her fake tears...How naieve does she think people are...

    Obama 08.

    January 9, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Kerri

    Clinton and Obama are BOTH terrible for America. We need someone to respect and protect our Constitution, NOT push for "change" based on their extreme liberal views! This whole "change" thing Obama is pushing is so ridiculous. Americans will destroy our country if we allow one of those idiots to become president!

    January 9, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. Samone

    Bravo!! Bravo!! Job well done Hilary.

    Though, I may have a couple of acting teachers in mind for you. It could use a little work.

    Not everyone fell for it,... maybe you should try to be more convincing next time.

    also, have bill refer to your crying while in the W.H.... as another fairytale

    Since he is an expert!

    January 9, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. Mike Green Bay, WI

    "Yet another voter deciding by heart rather than mind. Deciding by nothing more than an excellent speech. Give me a break…..delivering an excellent speech is not enough to be the president of United states. The candidate needs to have some experience and insight on how things work, rather than just rhetoric, for the most important job on this planet."

    Can I ask what exactly Hillary has that somehow makes her so much more experienced for the job? Just because Slick Willy held office doesn't make her any more qualified to do so, and being a state senator is a far cry from being President of this great nation. I'd hardly expect the Packers to hand over control of the team to Deanna Favre, just because Brett is a future hall of fame QB. I'm sure he's told her all about zone coverage, line stunts and pass routes, and maybe even shared a game tape or two with her as well. Certainly she' qualified, right? The only experience to match being President, is to actually be President. Until elected, nobody has the perfect qualifications. It's time for America to try something new. The definition of insane to keep repeating the same actions and expecting different results. As a nation we are one election away from a padded room and a jacket with wrap around sleeves.

    January 9, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. LCDR

    Hillary won, she pulled an act, got simpathy, and won, simple as that.
    Hillary can't act in front of worldly leaders, she does, we die. Why? We won't be taken seriously, be disrespected, and assaulted. Im not saying "GO OBAMA", I'm saying, "BOO ACTING" as it is not something that a leader needs. Leaders need to be strong and fair, not touchy-feely.

    January 9, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. Dave

    The tears I believe, the words I don't. I believeHillary was frustrated to see the object of her relentless personal ambition so close but slipping through her fingers. Concern for the great opportunities the U.S. is going to miss out on if Obama wins? Please.

    January 9, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. vic ssn diego, CA

    THAT WAS A DISGRACE. the president does not win votes over emotional breakdowns. politics should be about the mind not some touchy feely words!!!

    January 9, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Joe

    I think someone said that Hillllary got the women's vote after all, if's that true I want to know if they were all blonde. Can someone help me???

    January 9, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. vic san diego, CA

    i totally agree with mike from texas. clinton should beashamed. i mean its not like she has experience. she thinks shes the best just because her husband was president. he wasnt the best either. bill gave our nuclear files away to some foreigners just like that. some president he was.

    January 9, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Tom Dedham, Mass

    CNN did not repot the whole story about this woman. Here's the rest of it and it tells you one of the many reasons that people like me are voting for Obama:

    Marianne Pernold Young, 64, a freelance photographer from Portsmouth, N.H., told ABC News that while she was moved by Clinton's emotional moment, she was turned off by how quickly the New York senator regained her "political posture."

    "I went to see Hillary. I was undecided and I was moved by her response to me," Pernold Young said in a telephone interview with ABC News. "We saw ten seconds of Hillary, the caring woman."

    "But then when she turned away from me, I noticed that she stiffened up and took on that political posture again," she said. "And the woman that I noticed for ten seconds was gone."

    Thank you Maggie for posting that.

    I had mentioned it a few time before, but the sheep just ignore it.

    For two to three weeks her campaigns STATED GOAL was to make her APPEAR softer and gentler by bringing out the family props that were not allowed to speak.

    She went right into attack mode the next sentence after "welling up" and also left out was her EXPLAINING that it is tough, "you know", you gain a few pounds as pizza is so easy to eat on the campaign trail.

    PANDERING to the WOMAN VOTE and it worked for these fools in NH and the media is part and parcel BY NOT SHOWING THE WHOLE STORY.

    The pizza comments were part of it as well, I challenge any of you Clintonista's to dispute that.

    January 9, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. emanuel white


    January 9, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. jessica simpson

    ummmmmmm. all i no is that like clinton is a woman and she should like get respect. they have FEELINGS also guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. Just the facts ma'am

    Scripted tears or not, if the public accept emotions as a relevant response to a political question, then they get what they deserve. Today, if one claims that two plus two equals four, he may be accused of being arrogant. Everyone pays more attention to body language than to the facts. I prefer the "just the facts ma'am" time.

    January 9, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  16. KJ

    Why does the first woman to make it this far have to be her? Hillary is ok. I don't like her, but it's not like i hate her guts. Listening to Obama's speech last night, you would think that he won, and in a way, he did. I'm under 18, and i would really be happy if the adults of this country would make the right choice. If clinton wins, i'm moving out of the country!

    January 9, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. Eric Erickson

    Once she started to explain what her strategy was – what she would do on day one etc. – it looked to me like a programmed political device arranged in detail with Bill.

    January 9, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. Young Liberal

    Yeah, Hillary has really been beaten down by the media considering I literally heard on more than one occassion FROM THE HILLARY BASHING MEDIA... "Hillary is going to win the nomination we already know that." and that was months ago. Yes the media is biased towards her alright they want her in the white house.

    January 9, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    We have three good candidates in the democratic party that all deserve to have a chance. All three swore to support the winner of the nomination. So many of the posters here,that say negative things about the other candidates,are not doing their candidates any good. If one candidate winning will make you switch your party,then go. That is treason to your choice of nominee. The democratic party does not need the votes of weasels that blindly support one candidate to the exclusion of the others. All three candidates are qualified to be president and are on the right side of the issues. None of the republicans are. If your choice is between one democrat and republicanism,then we don't need or want your vote.

    January 9, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  20. john

    So far we've had five different winners running in three different states
    in both parties. It involves these: the second half of a giant political
    machine, running on big promises and nostalgia. Followed by a
    fresh-faced celebrity candidate with enough teflon to avoid serious

    On the other side: Gomer Pyle type who retools himself while he speaks,
    invokes Huey Long populism, and speaks enough gaffes to warrant
    Dan Quayle's admiration. Then we got a blinking AARP poster model
    with an insatiable need for conquest who truly believes an endorsement
    from Watergate Republican Henry Kissinger is a plus. Lastly, a smooth-
    talking floorwalker who thinks playing Mr. Nice Guy gets you the Presidency
    when we all know it's a dog fight.

    Even a new third party cannot make it. The system needs to be changed
    from the bottom up. Like it's been said: all polatics is local.

    January 9, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. Lynda

    Yep, Bill still wants to smoke cigars at the White House while Hillary tries to fix the health care system that'll fix him when his lungs go black as she goes for another botox injection...the picture of American health under a wannabe who calls Obama a "senator killer". Obama is no more of a senator killer than the Hillary who really cried. The only time that she is going to really cry is when it's all over...and it ain't over til the fat lady sings.

    January 9, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  22. Katy, TX

    Oh I am so sick of everyone's "Psychology for Dummies" analyses of Senator Clinton's "tears". First off, she didn't shed any tears. She was soft spoken, and honest.

    It takes a very strong candidate to stand up to constant attacks and criticism. Part of the job? Yes. But c'mon – if Obama or McCain had humbled themselves to show their true selves every one of you who criticize Senator Clinton would be rushing to your nearest ATM to send more money to their campaigns.

    As a woman, I am offended by such petty criticism. Criticize the important things like their views or their positions on the war – stop nitpicking the small stuff. This is precisely the reason our country is in desperate need of a real leader.

    Honestly, sometimes my generation just shames me beyond what words can say.

    January 9, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. William, Vancouver BC, Canada

    I am both British and Canadian.

    Americans must be politically stupid to even consider voting for Obama when they have Clinton.

    Obama runs on "change" now–easy talk–but IFF he was elected President, he would be running on "experience" four years from now.

    America needs experienced politicians NOW: vote experience.

    Also, CNN is hopelessly biased towards Obama. Shows lack of taste and judgment.

    January 9, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  24. salidah

    Stop bashing Hillary. This was a hard fought competition and won. Even Obama knew enough to acknowledge. That is why it is not good to believe the media hype.

    January 9, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  25. Rufus

    "Ticker: Voter who made Clinton cry picks Obama"

    MADE Clinton Cry? What an irresponsible hyped headline!

    January 9, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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