February 19th, 2008
10:25 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton: 'It is about picking a president'


Watch a clip of Sen. Clinton's speech Tuesday night.

(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton speaks in Youngstown, Ohio after Sen. Barack Obama is projected the winner in Wisconsin's Democratic primary on Tuesday night.

Related: Clinton: Choice is between 'speeches' vs. 'solutions'

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Ohio • Wisconsin
soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. MT

    For a minute there I was upset about them cutting off Mrs. Clinton's speech, but then I remembered: Speeches don't matter!

    February 19, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  2. Linda Cornejo

    I am amazed that Obama has made it this far it is as if it is a cult following. I cant believe that the people of our country are willing to put our fate and our future in a person that has absolutely no experiance to run our country. He has not said one thing that I have seen that would make me feel good about voting for him infact if he gets the Democratic Nomination I will vote Republican. I wish people would wake up from this fairy tale and really think about what they are doing. I think that one day he might make a good President I just feel he needs to simmer a bit longer. In the times that we live in this is such and important decision and I think the people got to caught up in the star attention and also the media attention. Wake up people this is a huge mistake

    February 19, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. vivian

    Hillary, we are picking a president! have you missed what has gone on for the last two to three weeks. We have been picking a president. I am sure it doesn't seem like it to you have not won a primary in the last nine. But you know what Hillary, how about thnaking the people who voted for you anyway. Why is it you always ignore, turn your back on and forget to thank the many people who have voted for you?
    How about the, so far 200,000.00 people who voted for you in Wisconsin? no thank you to them? what a shame, what selfish behavior this is. At least say thank you! and you have the nerve to say that it is about the people, that this is not about you! oh my God! it is only about you.

    February 19, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    How many times has HRC's catch phrase changed. How it is "Solutions for America". Obama hasn't changed his slogan, "Change We Can Believe In".

    If HRC could figure out what her message is and stop changing it so much, maybe she wouldn't be in the spot she is in.

    She is a confused, poll-driven, undecisive candidate now and she would be a confused, poll-driven, and undecisive President.

    Let's vote for Obama who is right on day one; and therefore, ready on day one. Sorry, Mrs. Clinton, saying you are ready on day one does not make you ready on day one.

    February 19, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. Roysan

    You have to love it....cutting into her speach was BRILLIANT! Hillary has to be steaming....double ouch. LOL

    February 19, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. cajun joe

    This is a sad day in American politics. The herd mentality is setting in. On a positive note, the next President of the United States,
    John McCain is guaranteed a win no matter which of these two losers are selected at the convention. All of you that say they are moving to Canada, I hope you keep your promise.

    February 19, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. Smart Democrat

    Change Change Change

    I'm already so over it....listening to Obama sputter sentence fragments and watching uninformed people jump in line since change sounds good when things suck. But, what are we changing exactly Mr. Obama??

    February 19, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. Tim W. Ohio

    My party is now doing what it always does better than any political party and that is snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory!

    Hillary take the kid on in the debates HARD!!! Please tell Edwards to grow a pair and do the right thing and endorse you.

    The cause endures, the work goes on and the dream shall never die-tk

    February 19, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  9. Corey, Maryland

    Hey Hillary, the country is picking a president, and its doing a darn good job, and that is why Obama has won the last 7 states, D.C. and the virgin Islands. We know who we want and you aren't that person. Just drop out now and get it over with. Also I'm glad Hillary's speech was cut out, cause I can't stand listening to her. Its like nails on a chalkboard to me.

    Obama Richardson 08!!!!!! Edwards as Attorney General!!!

    February 19, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. Barry, Oregon

    Well, sure, Hillary, if you have lousy public speaking ability, you have to attack Obama's ability to speak and motivate. So, let's see, your solution is to float a smear 24-hours before the Wisconsin vote about "plagarism" and then run from the story your own campaign planted? Is Carl Rove one of your consultants?

    February 19, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. Jordan, New York

    Woah, slow down. I think Senator Clinton would be the first to point out that these aren't "Election night speeches." If they were, she would've been talking about the election that had just taken place instead of giving her standard stump speech. Emotions seem to be running a bit high. Let's all take a deep breath and try out best to focus on policy and character. After all, it appears as though we're choosing a president, right?

    February 19, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. Joshua


    Hillary's speech was scheduled for an hour before she took the stage. That is not Obama's fault.

    February 19, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. Holly, Kansas City, MO

    You're right, Hillary! It is about choosing a president. That's why your campaign is sinking!!

    Finally, we agree about something. =)

    February 19, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. FLY

    I want to see HILLARY'S speech re-broadcast in full on CNN, ON AIR.

    February 19, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. Joe

    Obama voters you are voting for a package that has nothing in it. You are voting for promises and nothing more. I will be looking for you if Obama gets the nomination and takes the white house in November to laugh in your faces. Because this country is going to go to HELL. I will be the one wearing the shirt that says I told you so. Should of voted for HILLARY

    February 19, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  16. cheryl lininger

    i was just listening to senator obama's speech in texas. he refered to how the other candidates are turning on each other by issues such as, and one stuck out, gay people. he refered to that population as "people not like us". was that a slip of the tongue, his true feelings accidently thrown out there. "people not like us"? did anyone else catch this? mr. obama, that was not a wise choice of words. if gay people are "not like you", why would they feel comfortable voting for you.

    February 19, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  17. anon

    For all of you whiners out there it's on CNN right now, turn on your television.

    Obama 08 !

    February 19, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. Matt in IA

    Hillary, WE WILL???? Talk about a rip off from Barack's YES WE CAN!!!! Think of something better than that, Hillary.

    February 19, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  19. HR

    Nathan needs a relaity check. CNN cut off Obama speech last week to go to McCains speech and no one started whining. And since when is being an exceptional speaker a negative?? Only a Hillary supporter could dream that up. "All those speech givers like Lincoln, Churchill, Roosevelt they were terrible leaders" you need to put down the mouse and pick up some books!!

    February 19, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  20. hillary 08:

    CNN, nice cut to the pretty speech boy....
    GIVE them all fair coverage!
    Hillary has been unfairly covered, unfairly criticized by your people and it is annoying.

    I WILL VOTE FOR HER when it's Pennsylvania's turn!

    Change is a lame political blah blah blah term!

    February 19, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  21. William

    A vote for Hillary is not a vote for change in spite of what she would have you believe.

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for just more of the same from the couple that brought this country NAFTA, exported jobs, no energy policy, and scandal.

    No thanks, Hillary.

    February 19, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. HD

    Her speech did not acknowledge Wisconsin at the start and she did not thank her supporters in Wisconsin who spent their time and energy to vote for her. Disrespcectful in my opinion. McCain has more grace and dignity.

    February 19, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  23. Joe nyc

    Enough babling Hillary... please give us a break.. the drawback here is that we would have to put up with you when you come back to your night job in New York...

    February 19, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  24. Sue, Michigan

    So the Hillary-haters cannot even see Obama's true colors when he shows them. It was rude, childish, and truly demeaning for him to start his speech when she was in the middle of hers. If you people stay on this bandwagon, I think you're headed for a fall.
    The media has not begun to 'vet him, and I'm certain Rove has all kinds of disgusting stuff waiting in the wings. What can they dig up on Hillary? Nada, been there done that. But Barack, oh, he's an open field for the Republicans. And since the media continues to annoint him and not question him, we could all be in trouble.
    I do think that the two debates will enlighten people. He really doesn't have much to say, which is why he refused a debate in Wisconsin.
    Keep counting those delegates-Hillary is not out of this yet!!!

    February 19, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  25. Edward Green

    Nathan,get real.If Hillary had graciously accepted defeat and acknowledged the winner they would have given her the time to finish her speech.In election,you win or lose and is politically correct to accept your position.Consistently she has not done that.All she knows is to attack Obama on trivial issues. Speeches copied? Give me a break! When she has done that on a number of occasions.

    February 19, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
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