April 1st, 2008
08:30 AM ET
13 years ago

Clinton accuses Obama of suppressing votes

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(CNN)— Hillary Clinton continued to push back pressure to drop out of the presidential race Monday night, once again accusing rival Barack Obama and his supporters of trying to stop voting before every state can weigh in.

In an interview with WNCT in North Carolina Clinton said, “I know that a lot of Senator Obama’s supporters have tried to stop this election before people have a chance to vote.”

The New York senator has made similar remarks at stations in Indiana whose primary is May 3 and in Montana where they vote June 3.

The Obama campaign called the charges “completely laughable.”

Bill and Hillary Clinton have rejected the wishes of Obama’s supporters since the calls from Sen. Leahy and Sen. Dodd came last week urging Clinton to drop out of the race.

Obama himself has said Clinton can stay in the race as long as she wants. "She is a fierce and formidable competitor, and she obviously believes that she would make the best nominee and the best president," the Illinois senator said last week.

Campaigning over the weekend in Pennsylvania, Bill Clinton told a group of supporters that party insiders looking to stop the election process needed to step back and let the process move forward.

“We just need to relax and let this happen,” said the former President. “Nobody’s talking about wrecking the party.”

The Clinton campaign also released a fundraising email Saturday, signed by Bill Clinton, urging her supporters to donate to her campaign in response to calls from Obama’s allies for the race to end.

“There’s no better way to tell Hillary that you support her staying in than to make a contribution to her campaign,” Bill Clinton wrote.

With 2,024 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination, Obama leads with 1,625 delegates to Clintons 1,486.

Related: Glenn Beck says the voters should decide if Clinton should drop out

–CNN's Emily Sherman

soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. cole

    You hilary people need to chill like bill said when she said Obama will be her VP what was she saying that Obama should step down for her i can understand women want to vote for her but please vote for a person who will share your concern who was a real wife and mother not the one who fakes it in front of people but close door she is a monster. Cnn will not post this and i know that.

    April 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. scott

    As if Pelosi is above any fray. Her lack of strong leadership has left this country in a quagmire of mess with divisions galore. More news is breaking in the days ahead about the Obama campaign. Stayed tuned, and watch this phony's momentum and approval ratings plummet faster than the dollar is declining in world markets and quicker than oil and gas prices are rising daily.

    April 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Jay, Georgia

    Go Hillary!
    Let all voters have their voice echoed!

    April 1, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Ann


    April 1, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Tony Z- MD

    Obama is suppressing the votes next we Sen. Clinton is going to say under sniper fire she signed the Civil Rights Act. Her campaign agreed to the rules- maybe she is did not read them.

    Her campaign is not paying their bills. She is providing no good reason to stay. The SuperDelegates are starting to come out in support of Obama just look at the count.

    April 1, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Mike

    By Obama's logic to stop the race now we could have said that in the first debate when Clinton was way ahead of everyone. Back then everybody even the GOP just knew Hillary was going to be the nominee for sure. She was 30% ahead of all of them. We could have stopped it way back then but that would not allowed Obama to make headways now would it?

    Let's see this to the end.

    April 1, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Ed

    It is ironic that the strategy of the Clinton campaign in the summer of 2007 was to concentrate in the big states and capture the democratic nomination by Super Tuesday (February 5th) while the Republicans were still fighting and the states conducting primaries after Super Tuesday would not have a voice in selectng the nominee and Obama's strategy was to contest all fifty states.

    April 1, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Lynn

    GO ahead Obama....let your supporters do the nasty talking for you. How cowardly! He's the one that is "completely laughable"

    April 1, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Lars Larson

    If Hillary is elected, she will only be the president of California, Texas, New York – you know, the big states. The ones that matter. Great campaign platform.

    For the 900,423,178 time, Clinton and Obama have NOTHING to do with Florida and Michigan or the mess they find themselves in. The state government is to be thanked for that idiotic situation. They are the ones who need to be punished.

    April 1, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Katherine

    Split the delegates 50/50 between Obama and Clinton. Deny the Michigan and Florida superdelegates any right to vote at the Convention.

    April 1, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Sam, Grand Prairie TX

    Obama 08!!! Democrats stand together.

    April 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. KJ, CA

    This from the woman who figured it was going to be all over and she was going to have it all locked up on February 5th? I just don't understand how Hillary supporters don't see the hyprocrisy that she represents. First it is okay to exclude MI and FL, but now it isn't because she needs them. At the beginning it is all about delegates, but now it isn't because she isn't winning the delegate count. On and on and on.

    Smarten up people. If Hillary wins the nomination it will be because she played dirty pool and if that happens it will destroy the Democratic party to a level that it will take 20+ years to repair.

    FYI – Obama has said that she should stay in.

    April 1, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Go HILL!!!!!

    I would say having his lawyers and lobbyist in Michigan blocking ANY re-vote is SUPRESSING VOTES!
    Keep fighting HILLARY!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Tex

    Boo Hoo! Poor Hillary! Whine, whine, whine! Hillary is in the "her poor me mode" as her campaign is imploding within itself. Supporters are deserting her, her money is running out and she can't pay her campaign bills....like the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz, she is saying: "I'm melting....I'm melting."

    April 1, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. yahooo

    Clinton needs to drop out, the people are saying that, the polls are indicating that, the delegates are saying that, the supporters are saying that...............HOWEVER, since the CLINTONS FEEL ENTITLED TO RUN this country I dont think she wil, until many of the people in the party stand up to her and say NO, she and Bill do not know the meaning of NO.........


    April 1, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Rosie

    Yeah, Obama started as a community organizer 20 years ago to ask voter not to vote in elections. Come on Hillary! look for a better argument. I think you are not dellusional only about yourself, but about others as well. That is called Bush's virus.

    April 1, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Deb

    This is exactly why Obama is no longer a viable candidate.

    We need to hear more of Hillary's Solutions for America!

    We can beat McCain with a true all American Fighter!

    Hillary 08

    April 1, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. sharon

    All we hear is Hilary complain, no one treats her right, the press is unfair. I for one am sick and tired of her and her lies . Obama bring a bit of fresh air and excitment and I will be voting for him. If H ilary beats him i will vote McCAIN

    April 1, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. Zoe Owen

    What a transparent performance. The Clintons don't care about honoring the voters- that's laughable....this is about creating a backlash against Obama.....and positioning Hillary as a Joan of Arc. – and 'that dog won't hunt"!

    April 1, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. C. Vivaldi, NC

    . . . Barack stood right there in front of the world and stated that Hillary
    can run as long as she wants. What a pathetic liar.

    April 1, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. dee

    hillary, hillary? what a joke. Always blaming Obama for things said by his supporters even though he doesn't shared the same view. A good stragegy, painting Obama bad in the eyes of voters. We are not fooled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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