January 11th, 2008
11:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton looks for votes, gets marriage proposal

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/11/art.clintonmarry.cnn.jpg caption=" Hillary Clinton looked shocked by one young man's question Friday."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Voters ask a lot of the nation’s White House hopefuls, but Democrat Hillary Clinton looked particularly taken aback by a request from one attendee at a Friday campaign event in the Los Angeles area.

"Hillary, marry me, baby," a man yelled at the New York senator as she finished her economic address and prepared to take questions.

The crowd erupted in laughter, and Clinton looked genuinely shocked as she turned to face the questioner.

"That is certainly the kindest offer I've had in a while," Clinton said to loud cheers.

But she added immediately, "I'd probably be arrested."

Clinton visited delegate-rich California - one of the more than two dozen states to vote February 5 - to lay her economic stimulus package.

The shouted proposal was markedly friendlier than an incident in New Hampshire Monday, when a man yelled at her to "Iron my shirt."

"Ah, the remnants of sexism - alive and well," Clinton responded then.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (490 Responses)
  1. Olivia

    John, Scotland, United Kingdom January 12, 2008 5:19 pm ET

    The democrats are in danger of throwing the general election if the Clinton and Obama camps -and their supporters- don't calm down

    You are absolutely right. But for the Clinton supporters John we are fighting for the respect of not only this great woman but the for respect of the democratic party. No one can honestly say Obama is the one. We can't stand in silent of this.

    Clinton will boldly take us to where no man has been before. clinton 08

    January 12, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Olivia

    Correction: Clinton will boldly take us to where no man has gone before. clinton 08

    January 12, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  3. Olivia

    This is truly the most sexist country in the entire world (well maybe with the exception of the muslim countries) even Argentina picked a woman president. Who by the way is replacing her husband.

    January 12, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. Andrew, Evansville, IN

    Whew...that is one UGLY woman...INSIDE and OUT.

    January 12, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. Patson-G

    Well, " hell ary " oopss my bad! Hillary has to remember that it doesn't take a woman to act and/ or like a man to be a "strong woman"..... being iced cold, frigid and faking your emotions don't make a woman strong. Maybe deep inside she never accepted herself as a woman or had trouble dealing with her womanhood, remember she said while in college, she was the one who approached Bill, not the other way around. Now the question is what do we call a woman who take the initiative of going after an unknown man???? Maybe her failure in playing fully her role as a suppove woman sent her husband into another wonan's hands.
    Did she really forgive Bill ? is she still married to him out of guilt ? is Bill just fighting her battle this hard ( jeopardizing the love and admiration American and the World have for him) to give her the White house and de facto get her " forgiveness"? If she doesn't elected as president will she still be married to Bill? She need to do a serious introspection before defeat turns her into an implosion.

    January 12, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  6. shatteredmen

    The shouted proposal was markedly friendlier than an incident in New Hampshire Monday, when a man yelled at her to "Iron my shirt."

    "Ah, the remnants of sexism — alive and well," Clinton responded then.

    An no one is able to connect the dots that this was a perfect set up for Hilary to have planted this person so she can play her gender card which she does as well as she plays the tears?

    January 13, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  7. DJ

    This is so fake. Mrs. Clinton Knows it. This was complete setup to get attention in the media. Oh My God......... I want to cry, well Hilary did. I'm a democrat, if she wins the nomination I would vote republication first. The campaign is so dirty with their tricks to get votes. I want to marry you, huh.? Who thinks of these crazy punch lines.

    January 13, 2008 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  8. hughvic

    Hi DJ. Please look at the end of either the "I Do Have Emotions" string or the "Clinton Gets Emotional in New Hampshire" string, herein. You're exactly right. Possibly more so than you think.

    January 13, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. Don Kosin

    I would marry Hillary in a HEARTBEAT! She is a babe that has power. My two favorite things in a woman are age beauty and power. She has them all.

    January 13, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. hughvic

    Thanks for sharing, Don. Now if only you were old enough to vote for her...

    January 13, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Frank Mayans


    I was the one who proposed to Hillary and it was not planted!

    January 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. maynard

    this is the third time that my comments were not posted for more than five mins on this blog WHATS THE MATTER DOES THE TRUTH HURT OR DOES IT JUST MAKES SENSE ARE YOU ASHAMED OF YOUR RECORD

    January 14, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  13. hughvic

    Now, maynard. Just because the answer to all three is Yes, doesn't mean that you should pose loaded questions. Shame on you.

    Worship Hillary Indeed! Cast your spent condoms at her feet, your recycled hemp to carpet her way! Bow down! Prostrate thyself! Spare not the seed that brings human desolation to the Face of our Mother Gaia! Let not Nature be denatured by the unnatural natures of the ones not Her creatures! For the High Priest Munchausen of Oslo has prophesied that this generation of the Time of Buum and Ur will see the Incarnation of the Mother so long awaited! Behold, Gaia's Vulcan belly is in heat! In the New Solar Year She will come at last, bringing judgment upon the soldier and the banker alike, and restoring to the Sacred Place the holy trade in carbon indulgences! She will disclose to us Her merciful intent for the perfection of our bodies in Her Likeness, and give unto us the sacred blueprints of the Temples of Prius and Gyna, that both breeder and Sapphist might enjoy the Blessed Sacraments of the Turkey Baster and the Loving Dispatch of the inconvenient! It shall be Her pleasure to cool the waters and bring Accord to berg and burg!


    January 15, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  14. kruger

    to all the clowns who say they the elections in NH was rigged, I say this – get a life. You folks make me sick. Her win in NH made the political pundits and the likes eat their own crow. To me this is fair and square. Stop whining. Infact it is the likes of Chris Mathews, Tim Russert et al who had injected the race issue. Add to this list the boyish looking but venomous Tucker Carlson and Mikha Brezezinsky. The latter was tolerable for awhile and now this woman thinks she has earned her right to talk ill of the Clintons. She is just as arrogant as her old man Zbignew Brezeznsky. Of course I am waiting for the day when Tucker Carlson is made to eat his other shoe. Of course this was the famous episode on CNN's "CROSSFIRE" a few years ago and after that he was booted out and then the program was discontinued. It is so very clear in my memory. Was a great day for me watching Tucker Carlson's face.

    January 26, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. hughvic

    kruger, if you think the teary-eye chokey-throat schtick was authentic, I trust you bowed before Her Majesty at the wax museum. When candidates defy the pundits, they go into the balloting firm in their conviction that they will prevail despite the odds or the prognostications, or both. Hillary and her husband were instead making (a) light of the primary's importance and (b) excuses for the loss. That's called a set-up. It set up Hillary as underdog, so that the story of her victory would not be just another story of a primary win, but instead a BIG story of a SURPRISE BREAKTHROUGH! This sort of thing happens all the time in expensive elections; you can even trace the provenance of the various set-up "plays" to particular consultants, with some of whom I happen to have worked. There were all kinds of manipulations in that primary, but was it "rigged", like CNN's GOP "debate" in Florida? Nah. Not really. Nothing like the '60 NH primary was bought by Joe Kennedy. That was clear-cut. Things aren't about fat envelopes these days; favor-trading and patronage jobs, sure, but mostly they're about who's better at manipulating the major U.S. media, which long ago gave up attempting journalism, along with any pretense of objectivity. You may think these comments partisan. They're not. It's still a great and lovable country, and its system of governance works in spite of the politicians and their fixers.

    January 29, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
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