March 1st, 2008
08:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton aims to clean house

Clinton spoke in Dallas Saturday.

Clinton spoke in Dallas Saturday.

DALLAS, Texas (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton, the first serious female contender for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, told supporters that she would clean house when she arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in January 2009.

“Now, you know, as President Bush is leavin’ and comin’ home, waiting in that Oval Office are gonna be a lot of problems,” Clinton told the crowd. “So, the next president is gonna have to get in there and clean house,” she added.

“Now, I think we need somebody whose got some experience cleaning house to go into the White House,” she said to cheers. “So, I might ask you to grab your brooms and your mops, your vacuum cleaners and come on up and help me out,” Clinton said to an audience that included men but was majority female.

Clinton, who has suffered a string of losses to rival Barack Obama since Super Tuesday nearly a month ago, faces a crucial test of her candidacy in the upcoming March 4 primaries in Texas and three other states. Although Obama has made progress winning over female voters since Super Tuesday, the two Democratic contenders won the votes of women in nearly equal numbers during Wisconsin’s recent Democratic primary.

Related video: Watch Clinton on cleaning up the White House

Related: Analysis: Obama continues to chip away at Clinton's base

–CNN’s Peter Hamby and Martina Stewart

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Texas
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Elizabeth

    Well, she sure cleaned out the White House when she left and took some of it's property with her! Oh Snap!

    March 1, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. California Independent

    Oh no, here we go again.... (cover your ears, the ranting is about to begin) one, two, three... Obama followers have arrived.

    March 1, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. Lloyd Webber

    I'm a professional house cleaner...I suppose I should be president then

    March 1, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. Marla

    It is time to make up for the one-sided, totally biased coverage that CNN has presented during this primary (although today seems to be a little less one-sided). Please do a special on "Floor Speech of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on S.J. Res. 45, A Resolution to Authorize the Use of
    United States Armed Forces Against Iraq". It is the most thought provoking speech I have ever read. It will do much for the American people and provide an opportunity for Americans to make their decisions based on REAL facts instead of rhetoric. I feel strongly that as serious journalists you have a moral obligation to present the real story. This is not Entertainment Tonight!

    March 1, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. Byron in CA

    Anyone in Texas and Ohio that is a Hillary supporter sitting at your pc reading this, go out and campaign and caucus for Hillary, and let the pro obama bloggers have this blog since it's their forum anyway. You can do more good out on the streets, talking to your friends, getting them to do the same, SHOWING UP AT THE CAUCUS, than reading a bunch of obama supporters supporting who they want to vote for. GO HILLARY 2008 & 2012

    March 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Tom Wittmann

    I would be careful making such "cleaning" hints. It could backfire


    March 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. I don't want to CLEAN house, I WANT TO WORK

    Why is it that she is now trying to depict women as "house cleaners"?

    Why couldn't she say, let getin there, and get to work. Seems to me she is trying to play on the emotions of women, and I don't like it. If Obama had said something like this, everyone would be outraged.

    She is going to get in office and set the feminist movement back twenty years.

    Hillary is not for me.

    Also, PLease ask her why she won't give the money back from the company who is accused of sexually harrasing women?

    March 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. Rocky

    Sorry Hillary. I'm sure you would do an okay job.

    But the Obama's will beat you to it. Aww.

    March 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. ldc

    And this is news because?

    Any Democratic candidate would "clean house" from a previously GOP president, because that is what happens in government transitions.

    You wonder why you guys get called the Clinton News Network

    March 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  10. RSP

    She needs to rally the women voters, as she should. The U.S. is 51% female. Black voters support Barack Obama because he is black, but where are the women supporting Hillary? Many do, but I don't understand why more of them don't. Must be that young women don't realize the work she did to make women equal today, and that's a pity.

    March 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    You got my help Hillary!!!! And, there are millions like me who are willing to do everything we can to help make history and real change by donating to and voting for the first female president of the United States! We need your intelligence, poise, experience and yes your good judgement. Hang in there Hillary-it is far from over. Let's make this Women's History month one to remember!!!
    Hillary 08!

    March 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. Lynn, SC

    In Nov general election I wil vote for Obama (yes, we need change!). If Clinton is the nominee, I'll vote McCain. The Clinton's had their 8 years. Time to move on …

    March 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. I don't want to CLEAN house, I WANT TO WORK

    I think Hilary is playing on the emotions of women.

    March 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. qr


    CNN has not noticed that OBAMA is winning. Way to go CNN.

    March 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Brian

    She's playing the sex card again. What will she not stoop to?

    March 1, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. Ardnuas

    This women will say and do ANYTHING to win.............she is going to hire all the same people from the Clinton years, so they can pick up their fight from the past, and start FIGHTING with the Republicans again !!!! NO MORE CLINTONS OR BUSH years PLEASE !!!!!
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    March 1, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. I don't want to CLEAN house, I WANT TO WORK

    Hillary didn't do a good job of cleaning house when she was there the last time.

    March 1, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Janie, Raleigh, N.C.

    It is frustrating to watch the media talking heads criticize Senator Clinton and suggest that she stop her campaign for "the good of the Democratic Party". Most of those who make these comments are either men, white and black, or young women who are obviously Obama groupies.
    The fact is, many of us who support and will vote for Senator Clinton want her to continue her fight. Many of us, women and the good men in our lives, will NOT vote for Obama....we will stay at home. IF the Democratic party and the politicians in office now chose to go up against Senator Clinton, weh don't care if the Democratic party wins or not.

    March 1, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. Realist

    Well I guess that applying for the job of "domestic technician" is one way to get back in the White House. The only other viable route for her is as vice-president.

    March 1, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. Athan from MD.


    "With John McCain well ahead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and because Texans can vote in either party's primary, Republicans have been voting in the Democratic race, University of Houston political scientist Richard Murray said."


    March 1, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Roxanne

    First order of business, clean that "present' or "missing in action" loud-mouth Senator for illinois out of the habit of padding his resume. What an empty, rhetoric-filled suit!

    March 1, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  22. Jinny Lee

    Clean house? Well you have been living in that house for awhile now. and the dirt still keeps accumulating.

    March 1, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Audrey in CA

    Can someone tell me what experience this woman has cleaning house, either metaphorically or literally?

    March 1, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Alice from MI

    Change? Um...

    John McCain is a change – if in name only; or is he a change for the

    Barack Obama is a change – a change for the better; but can he get his
    programs through?

    Hillary Clinton is a change – a change for the best! Hillary delivers
    because she never gives up!

    Change for the best! Never give up! Go Hillary!!

    March 1, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. Bob

    Hillary cleaning house? What a joke!! She did a pretty good job when they left the White House at the end of the Billary presidency.

    March 1, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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