April 22nd, 2008
11:40 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton: 'You listened and today you chose'


Watch Sen. Clinton's Pennsylvania victory speech.

(CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton claimed her Pennsylvania primary victory Tuesday night, telling Pennsylvanians that “you listened and today you chose.”

“It’s a long road to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and it runs right through the heart of Pennsylvania,” Clinton also told her supporters as they cheered.

Clinton also said Tuesday that the “stakes are high and the challenges are great” but “the possibilities are endless.” The audience responded by co-opting a trademark phrase of Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign; Clinton supporters shouted “Yes she can! Yes she can!”

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  1. Jim, Indiana

    The Superdelegates must now make the decision to support Hillary and put an end to this race.

    She has won all of the big States and Obama has won none of them. Everyone knows, including the Republicans, that you can't win in November without these important States.

    Choosing Obama would be like handing the White House to John McCain and the Republicans on a silver platter!

    Indiana loves you Hillary and we will fight for you to the end!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  2. Virgle B Ft. Smith, AR

    I wonder why it is that this woman who has been extremely low in the popularity ratings, as well as her trustworthiness, and is guilty of using such negative campaign tactics, can continue to stay in this race, and keep it close.
    It just does not add up!!!

    Go Hillary!

    April 23, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  3. ian

    Um, a single digit, 8 point victory IS NOT a victory Hill; you were up 24 points a few weeks ago. Now on to Indiana and NC. Fine, we get it, you aren't giving up. GUESS WHAT, neither are we.

    The math is against you Hillary.

    OBAMA for America.

    April 23, 2008 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  4. Barb in TN

    Lets talk about lies.
    Obama lied about knowing Rezko, he said he worked 4 or 5 hours for him in the debate Rezko was first mentioned in. We certainly know better now.
    Obama lied about his house deal in IL that he got with Rezko's help.
    Obama lied about Rev. Wright. There is no way someone can be your mentor and you not know their views.
    If you lay down with dogs you get fleas.
    If my friend is dealing drugs and I know it and do nothing but keep them as a friend I am condoning their behavior. If I truely object to it I end the friendship.
    Obama lied about his father and JFK.
    Obama lied about his father meeting his mother in Selma.
    There are many more lies but those are the ones that come to mind quickly.
    He called his grandmother who loves him a typical white woman. EXCUSE ME! That sounds racist to me. Isn't that a sterotype?
    He has no right to talk about someone elses judgement when his is so poor.
    He absolutely does not understand what it means to not have any food in your home.
    He would leave millions out of his health care plan.
    He has an unrealistic view of exiting Iraq.
    He has not chaired a meeting for the committe he runs on Afganistan even though he keeps spouting off about how we need to be fighting there and not in Iraq. He is right about that but he has done nothing to change it. These meetings he should have been having are about getting support from our allies in NATO in Afganistan. Sounds important to me.
    These are just a few of the reasons I would never vote for Obama. I could name more for why I voted for Clinton but don't want to make this post too long.
    Clinton is right. I have listened and I've listened closely and done my research and that's why I stand behind her 100% and hope she wins the nomination.
    After all there is only a 1% difference between her and Obama now in the popular vote, this is the one the supers will go by when they have to decide this thing. Neither will be able to reach the delegate count needed.
    May the best woman win!

    April 23, 2008 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  5. Thomas J.

    Both campaigns should cut the marketing and attempts at making each state a "relative victory." Lowering initial expectations so that the final tally can seem to be more impressive doesn't work well when nonstop polling, and publication of those, make it well known what happens.

    Instead of claiming Clinton just missed her last chance or lost a 20 pt lead earlier, Obama's campaign would do well to follow his lead and congratulate her and move on instead of trying to spin the results.

    As for Clinton, words can't express my revulsion and disdain at her campaign tactics – and even more than that, I fear her character and ability to lead and represent our country. Her sense of entitlement and attitude that "you're either with me or a Judas against me," like the fear-mongering advertising tactics, are eerily similar to those we've seen in under Bush, Cheney, and Rove. If someone thinks differently, then they're to be hated and attacked, or if they're a NASA scientist, to be quieted and their scientific results and publications suppressed, or if they're an attorney general, to be fired.

    Enough of this type of governing and politics. Is this the "experience" that we're hearing so much of? If there's any difference between Clinton and Bush, it surely does not lie in the manner and approach they take towards managing, whether it be a campaign or a country.

    I think we've seen enough from Hillary during this campaign so far to realize that her lack of character and integrity is a far greater flaw than the different stand on issues lying with McCain. Whether it's 2008, or perhaps 2012 as it seems her plan may be to attack Obama and bring about a McCain victory in '08 so she can try again in 2012 ... I wouldn't vote for her to a PTA officer, not to mention national politician representing our country.

    April 23, 2008 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  6. maxine jenkins

    i have watched the media today and listen everyone stressing the fact that obama out spent clinton from anywhere from 2to 1 to 5 to 1 , and the fact of the matter is obama had all odds against from the fact she was born there. to the fact that she had all the top politicain in the state on her side she had a30 point lead to start with. i think obama did a superb job by closing the gap with the onlyt resources he had ,the clintons just keeps turning the table everytime its there totake the punch, from blowing him away in penns to he outspent so now it a 10 points down from 30 and obama the loser ? shame on you hillary.

    April 23, 2008 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  7. K'la

    Hillary knows what it is like to be a smart and forward thinking woman marginalized and discounted because that is the way our society values us. However, she is by far the more qualified candidate and has selflessly served as first lady and WOMEN will understand this more than men. As first lady you are immersed in opportunities to learn and can critically examine all the issues the President faces, but because you are "the first lady" you have no power or say in what happens. In Hillary's case she donned that role with an education every bit as good as her husband’s and served her country an unpaid volunteer, being a "figure" for the white house and most likely having to represent things that at times that she didn't believe in or support. However, her DUTY was to be “the first lady” she did her duty as such. Life as a symbolic image backing the President because that is what a good wife does despite personal cost is excruciatingly difficult. I see her years in the white house as priceless. Hillary has my vote because she understands what “sacrifice for the good of the whole” really means. Hillary expresses a deep devotion to duty and proves it through her own personal service.

    As a woman Hillary faces gender bias constantly because its ubiquitous in our culture. That fact alone demonstrates why Hillary has to have so much conviction to press on and never give up. She simply has to be tougher than all the other candidates and I deeply understand exactly what that takes and where it comes from. Hillary is showing all women what it takes to emerge from the ranks of marginalized trophy-hood and fight for respect. Hillary won’t give up and neither will I.

    April 23, 2008 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  8. Laura

    Hey, I'm a college graduate, too! And I support Hillary Clinton. I know a lot of women (and men) who are college graduates and who support Hillary Clinton.

    Contrary to popular belief, we're not a bunch of dummies. We know exactly who to support – the woman who'll get the job done!

    April 23, 2008 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  9. aliou salam Florida

    8 years ago, she told americans that she will reform health care. The same Hillary and bill by her side. She didn't do it. she mispoke or it was the fault of her friends the lobbyists.

    Then her kitchen sink tactics put the bush in the white house, a friend. They still had private parties and dinners with the bushes, so it was a vacation, not a retirement.

    8 years later she is back asking for more 8 years, to reform health care. so bush can go on vacation, while waiting for another bush to be ready. or another clinton to be ready.

    8 years later, clinton or bush will still be asking you for another 8 years. to reform health care. and may be by that time, most of you have died. so no one remembers.

    ......... and another bush, or clinton, or someone from the same circle, will ask you for and get 8 more years, ... and you will vote for it.... and they will go on vacation, until the next 8 years are up. and they will still suck you in with the same kitchen sink bur all strategy. and you will buy it, even though you think you know it all.... all this because you didn't get your GED

    You see, getting a GED isn't a curse. It frees you. You can look past the fears and the kitchen sink. and who is going to mandate GED in this country?

    I think anyone born in this country or an immigrant should be required to get a GED to keep the american nationality. Even if your ancestors came with the mayflower. They screw'z us all up!!!

    April 23, 2008 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  10. Sara from Arizona

    She makes me sick!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  11. aliou salam Florida

    Super delegates are playing games on America. They want this to go on for ever, and give hilary false hopes. We are doing this to ourselves. or we are a nation of voyeurs. we like to see all this blood shed on national TV. then we complain they happened.

    hillary may not know how to run a campaign, to manage her people and pay her vendors or to reform health care, she sure knows how stupid we are, and how many of us will be sucked into her kitchen sink tactics.

    April 23, 2008 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  12. Florian

    How could still so many peoplevote for her?! I don't get it. Sorry, but it's only in the US that she could stand a chance after all her dirty, disgusting games. She is a pretender, and she would do anything to get into the White House, however much damage it will cause. She doesn't care for anyone but herself. DISGUSTING

    April 23, 2008 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  13. Tony From Australia

    Wake up Americians

    George Bush is a puppet president and so will be your next president, it won't be Obama.

    April 23, 2008 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  14. Grace

    My prayers are with you Obama. You wiil overcome this loss.

    April 23, 2008 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  15. TYPICAL WHITE MALE from Michigan

    Just go and Spin it to your KOOL-AID Brain Obama Supporters. Again I read the most VILE and DISGUSTING BLOGS from you people. You don't seem to be able to give anyone any credit for doing a great job. You Obama supporters turned this Obama Supporter right off by the things you say about someone else. Because of the things the Obama people say I switched to INDEPENDENT and now will only vote for Hillary or McCain in the fall. You Obama people really make me sick. Also do not lose the KEYS to your parents Home.

    April 23, 2008 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  16. Kar

    Sadly, she took the win. Thankfully, by not a very large margin. She had to take 2/3 or more of the state to get that win, when Obama took his voter's from very counties. What makes me proud is that Rendell country (Philly), voted for Obama. PA voters that voted for Clinton, I hope you are happy. Rendell has run over us forwards, and now Clinton is coming to back over us.

    April 23, 2008 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  17. Patricia Gonzalez, Miami, FL

    Senator Hillary Clinton is back in this race and coming back strong with tonite's win in another battleground state. Her victory speech was right on target and the leaders of the Democratic party better start to re-consider who can really beat McCain in November. It's certainly not Barack Obama.


    April 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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