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. Ben

    And by solutions, does she mean voting for Iraq...then opposing it...but saying she was right to vote for it? That's a "solution"?

    Is she implying she's smarter than Obama? That she has some brilliant competency that he does not? It's obvious from those 18 (and counting) debates that she's not.

    Is she implying that her "experience" as first lady is more impressive than his experience (lawyer, author, senator, community organizer)? He's accomplished significantly more than she has.

    Is she implying that her education (Wellesley + Yale Law) is more impressive than his education (Columbia + Harvard Law)? They're basically the same...except he graduated magma cum laude and she didn't.

    He's just a better candidate. If she didn't have "brand name", this would have been over long ago.

    She's right about one thing... It's about choosing a President. And in this case, it's a choice between brand name and a better candidate. Let's hope the Coke-a-Cola of politics loses its fizzzz.....

    February 19, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. Brenda Greenwood

    Mr. Obama is credited with including content for the first time in
    his Texas speech. It is obvious that this is the first time the reporters who make that claim has watched his speech.

    Can you reply the portions of Mr. Obama's speech when the CNN personnel were talking with the mic turned on?

    February 19, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  3. TerryD


    Is it possible that Lou Dobbs is encouraging Republicans to switch over to Independants because Independants are permitted to vote in the Democratic primaries thus undermining your lead.

    If that is the case, the Repubicans are undermining you support groups,and that is their idea of Swift Boating you, Hillary R.Clinton.

    Is it possible for a survey to be taken on all these so called Lou Dobbs new Independants to see if their original affiliation was to the Republican Party.

    Huh, those nasty, cleaver Clinton Conspirators…

    February 19, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. Bleuceruleum

    Why doesn't she give it a break? Yes, it is about picking a president and why she feels she is better qualified is beyond me. Does being First Lady make her more adept? Look at the leadership within the campaigns. She's had toss-ups and let people go. She hasn't raised the much needed money, and she has run a campaign based on slurs, lies, and a lack of integrity. Is this a leader for our country? Is this the way she will handle an internal or external threat or crisis?

    Look at Obama's record. He hasn't just sat on his bottom in his home state doing nothing. He's as qualified as she is- more so because he is, I feel, sincere and will do his danmdest. Hillary Henny Penny, please stop screaching and go lay an egg somewhere.

    February 19, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  5. zoey

    doesn't she look tired?

    February 19, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  6. Pat S austin

    Which solutions? Hillary has not done anything yet. she is all speeches, except hers turn off, while his turn on. Have you listen to her speeches?
    Her experience is not more than his, senator since 2000; that's it, not much than Barack. Her thirty on years of experience is the number of years she is married to Bill clinton. All those "giving' she talks about were paid obligations to her 6 figure jobs, and large firms of which she was a board member.
    what has she solved? the health care under her husband's presidency?

    February 19, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  7. Mark from Hollywood

    Keep HILL-BILLy out of the White House. They did enough damage last visit. Vote Obama '08

    February 19, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. john williams san diego, ca.

    Nathan.....the last thing i want to hear is Hillary speak for four years so why would anyone want to hear another broadcast of tonights speech?

    February 19, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. Texasboo


    I will be at OBama's rally in Dallas tomorrow! I will be part of change and not politics as usual.

    February 19, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  10. Anthony

    CNN should broadcast the entire Clinton speech and owes its viewers an apology

    February 19, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. Greenidge Atlanta, GA

    Hillary continues to say that Obama gives great speeches but has no experience. My question is :Why does Hillary sound more and more like Obama every speech. She is trying to sound like him.

    February 19, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  12. canuk

    so wish I could vote in this most exciting election...OBAMA is inspiring but the Clintons are like that houseguest that will drink your last beer and expect you to go out and buy more...America u cannot seriously be thinking about returning to them to the White House ...

    February 19, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  13. Oregon Voter

    CNN, if you want to be a trusted name in news then you need to show fair coverage of the election. Many people wanted to hear the rest of Hillary's speech, and even your website's live feed was cut. There's no reason for that, and no excuse.

    The only loser tonight was CNN.

    February 19, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. Craig R

    Thanks for deleting my comment cnn

    February 19, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  15. Gregg

    Why did CNN cut away from Hillary's speech. They are always taping a talk so why not this evening. Shame Shame. You have noticed that most ot those people on Cnn are men – does that say anything or tell us what is up/

    February 19, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  16. Chris in Va.

    Most Clintion supporters (re:sore losers) say they will vote for McCain, and I truly hope they will! Obama will still win! WE DON'T NEED YOU!!!

    February 19, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. notafan

    I was firmly in the Clinton camp but Obama almost had me convinced to sway with all the smooth talking and promises...that is...until he said this:

    "Sen. Clinton — her argument yesterday was, well, 'Obama is a talker and not a doer. He makes speeches, I offer solutions.' I understand that as we get further and further along in this process, that some of the arguments get sillier and sillier,"

    The proper response to Clinton would have been to discuss facts, not spew this kind of nasty response. I'm now listening more carefully to what he has to say. It's ALL style and NO substance. If he's nominated, we may as well let McCain win. At least he's got something to say.

    February 19, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  18. Liz

    I think the Obamanation joyride is about Barack Obama's ability to play emotional heartstrings–especially depressed and angry ones. We may have a record number of angry voters this year.

    I watched his victory/stump speech tonight. It doesn't matter if he's inexperienced, illogical, unoriginal in script, misleading, hesitant, moving from left to center in a day, or badly paraphrasing his opponents. What matters is he is saying everything his followers want to hear and promising all things good to his followers.

    I'm still waiting to see what lies beneath his questionable words.

    I don't care if America doesn't like what superdelegates do in June. I want a secure nation in which to pursue happiness. This is the area Obama stumbled on tonight–national security. He barely touches it in his stump speeches. If he has to attack, he will. Exactly what does he mean by that? McCain would eat him alive in the General Election WITHOUT the help of the Republican Attack Machine.

    February 19, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  19. Jdowns

    I think we have just seen the standard and quality of the Democratic Party continue to be lowered today. Raising questions about your opponent's qualifications and asking what is the plan, is not running a negative campaign. Obama's plan to date is inconsistent at best and non-existent at worst. No one is asking what Obama is planning to change. No one is looking at the lack of change Obama has championed in Illinois. It is sad that a vote for Obama is based on who he isn't versus the strength of his policies or plan for America. So we are again going to push forward a candidate that promises change but does not have a plan to achieve it.

    February 19, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  20. Texas4Obama

    Yes Hillary it IS about picking a president.

    A nominee that can beat McCain in the general election.

    That is why Texans will be voting for Senator Obama!

    Senator Obama – experience, wisdom, and integrity!

    February 20, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  21. Sean

    Reading these comments from the Obama supporters makes me realize why McCain is the CLEAR CHOICE if Obama is the DNC nominee. For someone that is a "uniter," the supporters are "dividers." And enjoy having the GOP help for now, because once the gloves come off, they are going to ransack Barack!

    February 20, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  22. John

    No, it's about accepting the obvious, that Obama is our savior. It's futile to go against him.

    I am so salivating over the fact that when he gets elected this November, he will bring us to the promise land that will be way beyond heaven. Just imagine us all living in eternal happiness and pleasure *drools*.

    Our wills are yours Obama. Command us to do whatever you wish. Our purpose is to serve you and you alone. May you bless down upon us.

    February 20, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  23. young american

    Look, I am a huge Hillary fan, but Obama is right for the country now. I do not respond well to negative campaigns that cut fellow democrats down. We need to unite together for the good of our country.

    February 20, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  24. Crystal in CA

    Why is it Obama's fault that CNN decided to cut away from Hillary's speech that was delayed a couple of hours? There were people waiting in Texas to hear him speak.

    Again, why is the broadcasting decision by CNN Obama's fault?

    You Clinton supporters are really starting to sound crazy. it's like you guys are running around screaming "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" Buy a clue. Hillary is running a terrible campaign and it is no one's fault but her own. Stop pointing the finger all of the time. It's typical I guess. You are after all Clinton supporters, the master of not wanting to accept blame for anything. She'll cut you down where you stand before she cops to anything.

    OBAMA 08'

    February 20, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  25. JP

    Hillary Clinton says " It's about picking a president.......but the voters don't know what's good for them so we'll pick one for you by going against your will and paying off the superdelegates......we'll even try to steal Obama's pledged delegates." The DNC is a total joke.

    February 20, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
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