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

Clinton aims to clean house

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. JOHN


    March 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. come on now

    oh okay.
    isnt this blatant pandering
    the kind of thing that the clinton camp likes to call obama on every opportunity that they can get?

    March 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Why doesn't she start out with herself. That stunt she recently pulled in Rhode Island where she talked about the "skies opening up," clearly mocking Obama's message of hope shows her for the mean spirited, vindictive wench she is. Get a grip people... Hillary would be a nightmare as "Commander and Chief." Haven't we had enough of the brutality with Bush?

    Survey says?

    March 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Lynn, SC

    bwt, I'm a female voter ... and would be happy to loan Hillary a mop for her messy campaign strategy .... indication of poor management skills.

    March 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. mark

    Hillary 2008
    Obama 2016

    Come on people! Open your eyes and look at the long term! The republican machine can attack very hard and could possibly win the nomination- they have nothing on Hillary ! Look long term people! We need a for sure thing and vote for Hillary!!!!

    March 1, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. Jose from Florida


    I know that the calls by many, mostly Obama supporters, for Senator Clinton to end her campaign seem premature and as far as who's won the nomination, they are. It is certainly not over. Think, though, about the campaigns of both Senator Obama and Senator Clinton. While Senator Obama has led a mostly positive campaign, Senator Clinton's has increasingly become negative. Think about your own feelings about Senator Obama up until just two or three weeks ago. Did you hate Senator Obama the way that you do now? If not, ask yourself why. As her fortunes have dimmed, Senator Clinton has dug in her heels and begun to attack Senator Obama with the kinds of arguments that are supposed to be made by Republicans, not Democrats. This increasingly negative tone has served to begin the process of splitting our party. I'm concerned that the longer that this contest goes on, going by what's happened in just the past few weeks, Senator Clinton's campaign will only become more vitriolic.

    I read a post by a Clinton supporter saying that if Senator McCain wins in November that it will be Senator Obama's fault. Will it really? Think about which campaign has decided to throw "the kitchen sink" at the other. Not Senator Obama's. It seems as if Senator Clinton is putting more weight in her own fortunes than in that of our party because her attacks will only serve to weaken Senator Obama's position in the general election, if he becomes our nominee. Senator Clinton's campaign tactics are exactly the kind of bare knuckled, politics-as-usual, that currently plagues our system of government and which we have to repudiate strongly. Quite frankly, I've been very impressed at how Senator Obama has responded to these attacks. He has not cowered or pulled away but rather confronted them head on. As many have stated previously, how about Senator Clinton runs her campaign telling us why she should be our nominee, and stops trying to tell us why Senator Obama should not. After all, we are all Democrats, aren't we? Aren’t the negative attacks the Republicans’ job?

    March 1, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Bob Chapin

    They've done it! The Clinton machine has so intimidated CNN with its continued attacks regarding the unbalanced coverage “the media” has provided her that CNN is now covering every aspect of Hillary Clinton’s campaign – almost to the complete exclusion of Barack Obama’s efforts. Four out of the top five stories on your Political Ticker today are about Hillary. Shame on YOU CNN!

    March 1, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Linda

    Hillary in 2008! She sounded like she found her voice again today.
    Hillary will be right there night & day working for us. Yes, there will be a stack of problems waiting on the desk, but you better believe that she'll dig right into them and look for solutions. Meanwhile Obama
    will be falling in the water he's walking on.

    March 1, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. dean, WI

    Has she gone completely insane? We already cleaned up after her and bill after they trashed the place and stole the stuff. Get back to your trailer in Ark.
    Any one from texas here? Wish people would indicate their state after there names.
    Wondering if they know about the new whining about the TX voting system and that she plans on suing there as well as FL and MI.
    Aside from the polls which never are right, what are the people saying?

    March 1, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. Brenda Waters

    If she can lend $5m to her campaign – I am sure she can afford a Cleaning Lady, even after taxes!

    Really Hillary, please don't insult us women – the resume for President of what once was the greatest nation in the world needs to have intelligence, competence, empathy, culture, and vision, to make the US the greatest country in the world again after the Bush debacle.

    Not you dear – but do apply for Cleaning Lady! You will probably need a job – when you submit your tax returns! But bow out of the race or you will hand the post to McCain and we will have more of the same.
    The Free World needs and deservs better.

    Brenda Elizabeth

    March 1, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Woodgate

    Oh I get it bc she's a WOMAN... so she is trying to get women's appeals?? wow... kinda sounds a little sexist if that's the case...

    look through and count the comments with the "you go girl" i bet there is going to be alot...

    March 1, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Bob

    No need to moderate..It is the plain truth that they absconded with gifts to the USA that they were not entitled to according to Dick Morris.

    March 1, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Texas Latino Voter

    She will sin Texas thanks to Latinos and women. Go Hillary. Haters go away.

    March 1, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. Donavon

    im a obama supporter and i scream outrage at the amount of articles dedicated at hillary clinton. the first 3 are hers, whats that about *sarcasm*

    March 1, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. me

    Hillary Clinton is a MOM....

    A MOM knows how to clean up a mess....
    A MOM knows how to get children to get along....
    A MOM knows how to be a good neighbor.....
    A MOM is always giving of herself for others....
    A MOM knows how to get others to play nice and share....
    A MOM knows how to keep a family together....

    A MOM is a LEADER. This is what our country needs right now......

    March 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. mark

    ...wait a minute, Hillary wants to go back and clean house, is she trying to get back in the White House to clean the old mess President Clinton left, you are telling me that the Bushes didn't do a good job...

    March 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. Shannon, Charlottesville, Virginia

    how can people let her trick them into thinking that being first lady counts as experience?

    March 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. Bob

    Just the truth folks!!

    March 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Aggie1960

    Will she also bring back the drapes and silverware?

    March 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. James BP

    'Clean house'?!?! Didn't Bill and Hillary steal $200K worth of art, ex-pres memorabilia and furniture when leaving the White House last time she was in there? Jeeez, she is so good with the facts.

    March 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. Ross L

    "Leavin", comin", gonna". Give me a break.

    "Panderin" is the word. for this. Worser than GWB!

    March 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. James

    OK, so I must say that I just came from this rally in Dallas and you mis-represent the make up of the audience. You say it was majority female. Hmmmm, not from what I could tell. From my view, I saw a audience of about half female and half male.....MAYBE 55/45. A small point perhaps, but don't act like her females are her only supporters. Report the news accurately please!

    March 1, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. Wow

    "With the Democratic race extremely tight, the party's superdelegates - the 800 or so unpledged elected officials and party members - are facing growing racial pressure, and even threats, to back Sen. Barack Obama."

    Typical Obama Supporters... This is why Hillary will beat McCane and Obama will lose, because Obama and his cult supporters are ripping the Dems apart!

    Vote No on BO the white house already stinks!

    March 1, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. slax

    gee cnn why do you even bother with these articles? oh wait, i know, just so the hillary-haters can have something more to complain about. this speech is old news and i liked how you once again showed your blant bias by mocking the way she spoke.

    how come you neever cover obama or his wife michele? hmm..maybe because they have absolutely nothing to say and because it would only make them look bad.


    March 1, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. Ted

    How about someone with experience backing up the moving van and trying to steal furniture paid for by taxpayers when vacating the White House in 2000? How about someone with lots of "experience" cleaning house within her own campaign, as she's fired many of her poor appointments. Just what we need, "an experienced house cleaner, ready day one with solutions". I think their campaign finally has the winning slogan.

    March 1, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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