March 29th, 2008
10:50 AM ET
13 years ago

Clinton: nomination battle is good for democracy


In Indiana Saturday, Sen. Clinton continued to resist recent suggestions that she end her presidential bid. (Photo credit: AP)

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (CNN) - Hillary Clinton began her Saturday in Indiana by continuing to push back against calls for her to exit the presidential race, telling an audience in Indianapolis that “it is better for our democracy” to keep the nomination contest moving forward.

“There are some folks saying we ought to stop these elections,” she said amidst boos, repeating a line she introduced yesterday after Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy urged Clinton to step aside.

“I don’t think we believe that in America,” she said. “I thought we of all people knew how important it was to give everyone a chance to have their voices heard and their votes counted, and we’re going to give Indiana that chance on May 6. The more people that have a chance to vote, the better it is for our democracy.”

Clinton also included a line about counting the results from two disputed primaries, telling the crowd at Ben Davis High School that “we’re also going to have to come to terms with how to count the votes of your neighbors in Michigan and the people in Florida."

In the city of Hammond, Indiana on Friday afternoon, Clinton argued that the long Democratic nomination battle is a boon for her party and will only serve to strengthen the eventual nominee.

“We will have a united party behind whomever that nominee is,” she told reporters in Hammond. “I certainly will do everything I can to make sure that we win in November.”

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (26 Responses)

    Good!!!!!!!!!!!! Sounds like lying politicians in action to me!

    March 29, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. E. Martin

    . . .Nader, like Clinton, never grasp the fact that you can't win by losing.

    March 29, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. jason

    of course she wants to count those votes, since Obama was not on those ballots...

    anything to win.

    March 29, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Daniel in Michigan

    Yes, that's fine Hillary, but, you won't be saying the same thing when Barack chooses Bill Richardson as his running mate.

    March 29, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Manuel TX

    She has every right to continue and 12 million plus people who have already voted for her agree!

    Keep up the fight Hillary! 🙂

    March 29, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. gdouglas

    I say good for you Mrs Clinton. Keep going and as a Canadian i say to all Amercians that if they want the best candidate for their President then VOTE CLINTON Let Democracy ring out through your country and let all have a say in who is elected President, As for the people who want you to quit I say to them BE ASHAMED as you are destroying a right that men and women have given their lives for and that is the right to VOTE. Come on America vote for the best person and do it on their abilities not on their race or gender

    March 29, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It's Hillary's responsibility to help unite the democrat party if she is not a Republican. When the democrats started the candidacy process the party was well organized and the republicans for the first time weren't. I hope Hillary is speaking honestly about uniting the party, but her approach to do so is questionable.

    March 29, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. v.ananthan

    If everything is fine can OBAMA get a chance of being an experimentell president...


    It¨s not the case now and HILLARY is the best choice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -HILLARY 08

    March 29, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Robert Santa Rosa CA

    Fine, stay in. Let's just please separate 2 aspects of it.
    1. Propose what you think is best for the country. Great. Love to hear it! 2. Stop the tearing down of the other candidate, the fomenting of divisivenes and the damage to the party!

    March 29, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |

    “We will have a united party behind whomever that nominee is,” she told reporters in Hammond. “I certainly will do everything I can to make sure that we win in November.” Clinton.

    That's a lie ! She knows the party will be broken and she is not and won't make sure that the Democrats can win in November.

    Her eyes are on 2012 after she totally misjudged the 2008 primary season. For that, of course, the Democrats have to lose in November.

    I wish the frightened superDs would have more courage.

    March 29, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. Terry in New York

    What a joke, last year when she was the front runner she agreed their votes didn't matter. No that she's behind in every pole she believes they are being cheated.
    I hope the Fl. and Mi. voters realize exactly what her politics are. She only cares about what benefits her. She a ruthless, flip flopping dirty politician who ought to be thinking about her up coming trial for illegal fndraising rather than trying to convinve the voters in 2 states she cares about them. Don't be mad at the party for enforcing the rules, be mad at the numbskulls that moved your primary dates.
    You'll have your chance when it counts in Nov. to vote on a President.

    March 29, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. park more, New Orleans

    Who are all these people calling Hillary to exit the presidential? You only not respecting the coming votes from million of people

    March 29, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Chris

    Selfish Lady. We always knew your true colors. Sick to my stomach.

    Quit Now Hillary. People should have a march or demonstration.

    March 29, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. White, Female Boomer for Obama

    Democracy depends on truth and integrity. I haven't seen much of either from the Clinton campaign.

    March 29, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Pamela

    I did not care for this woman when she was first lady although I admired the vision of her husband and voted for him. I had sensed even then that she envied his world status and power. She appeared to be a cold, calculating ice princess then and continues to project it today. Hill needs to step down. The longer she hangs on, the more I question her mental stability.

    March 29, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Spirit of America

    Only a boon to democracy when the will of the people in Florida and Michigan is included as expressed in January. Otherwise the primary election is fatally flawed.

    March 29, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. spirit

    Hillary is so very clearly the best candidate.

    But someone really spun the myth that people hate her.

    Right. That is why Obama barely leads- with Celebrities, Big shots, Media bias, DNC rules all weighing in on his side.

    The people will write Hillary in come NOV.

    We won't let you steal this nomination, Obama.

    March 29, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Mikey

    What world is this woman living in ? Does she not realize her campaign is the best thing that can happen for John McCain ?

    Is her own resume that important to her ?

    So here's my 5 words of advice advice to the Co-Head of the Clinton Political Party...SHUT UP & GO HOME

    March 29, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Anna, SW Missouri

    Hillary would not seem to be such a hypocrit if she had voiced her "outrage" about Florida and Michigan BEFORE Iowa,say like when it was annouced that they would lose their seats at the convention. Also, when she was crying disenfranchisment in Michigan and blaming the Obama camp, why wasn't she crying about the same thing in Florida when her supporters in the Democratic caucus were refusing to go along with the mail in revote?

    The only thing that Hillary is trying to do now it make it impossible for Obama to be elected in November so she can run again in 2012. She will be up for election again that year in the Senate, and she knows that it is very likely that New York will vote her out of office and then it would be impossible to overcome that and run for President in 2016.

    March 29, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. Isaac

    Fully agree with you Senator.

    Hillary is the best candidate and best able to win in November regardless of what MSNBC and CNN have to say. Their opinions are irrelevant. Voters decide not selfish pundits that are as clueless as a cat fish in such for food.

    March 29, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. joyce

    How does Clinton explain the problem that a high percentage of her followers will vote republican if she does not win (and her chance of winning is slim)? As captured in the polls, Obama's followers have a lower percentage of such a behavior if he does not win.
    Her followers are caught in the negativity of her campaigning. If she thinks that she can undo the effect of her negativity upon her followers, then she is day dreaming. She simply over- evaluates her power over them. Or, maybe we are facing one of her lies again; I will destroy it (in this case, the unity of the party) and I can put it back in three days.

    March 29, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Powered by the People

    When we loose in the fall keep saying it.

    get out eith some grace

    Romney showed grace

    March 29, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Patrick Bolognese

    Would everyone have told Obama to drop out if the first primaries were New York, Florida, Michigan, Texas, California, New Hampshire, Ohio and Arkansas? Everyone should have the right to pick their candidate no matter how late their primary is. Staying in the race would only make the winning candidate stronger because everything will come out about them and give the Republicans fewer topics for their swiftboat of this election.

    March 29, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Noah

    It would be good for democracy if we marketed our ideas and vision for the country and let the voters decide on those basis. But when we introduce race as a issue and question other peoples patriotism then it causes more hard than good.

    March 29, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Roger

    Looks like Obama and his supporters don't like democracy.

    March 29, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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