May 6th, 2008
09:27 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama: 'We need change in America'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Obama addresses supporters at a primary election night rally in Raleigh, North Carolina. "]
RALEIGH, North Carolina (CNN) - Barack Obama celebrated a clear victory in North Carolina's Democratic primary Tuesday, congratulating Hillary Clinton for her apparent win in Indiana while dismissing pundits who say the Democrats are hopelessly divided between the two.

"This fall, we intend to march forward as one Democratic party, united by a common vision for this country, because we all agree at this defining moment in our history - a moment when we are facing two wars, an economy in turmoil, a planet in peril, a dream that feels like it's slipping away for too many americans. We can't afford to give John McCain the chance to serve out George Bush's third term," the Illinois senator told supporters. "We need change in America."

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  1. g

    sing song, you got it wrong. hillary wasn't even talking about "change" until she saw how obama was resonating with voters, then she and mccain jumped on the change bandwagon. how can you say she even represents change in washington when she was a part of that very same political system while she was first lady. the clintons have more scandals and skeletons in their closet than any other of the candidates running.

    May 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. God's Child

    When God does the" pickin " everything else is secondary ( exit polls, talk shows, debates, schemes, dirty politics etc.)

    May 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. Audrey

    Exactly what is his plan for change, please tell me, because right now I believe he has no plan for change, he has a great way with words, he captures and audience but that does not make a president.. Also his comment about his grandmother being a typical white person, what did that mean. I am not a prejudiced person, but I did not like that comment.

    May 6, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. magie

    Hillary 08!

    I posted a message earlier. Why the Hillary supporters messages are not coming out on CCN websites? Is there a bias. I hope not.

    Well, the black vote made a difference. If you get 30 of voting block come to one side – it is no surprise can win easily.

    May 6, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. Tuoyo, pikesville md

    Yes we can , I very happy he won handily . I look fwd to he is swearing inauguration in January

    May 6, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. change what

    obama can not change anything. american people choosing him as another George Bush. When we will get lesson.

    May 6, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. Lily

    Go Obama!!!woho!!

    May 6, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. DCL

    The Clinton supporters on this site seem very bitter!

    May 6, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. maria Mtl, Can.

    Congredulation Mr Obama to all North Carolina and Indiana.. You have the prsident that we would like to have as a orime minister, guys you are lucky.

    May 6, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. kathy

    Republicans are registering as independents and voting for hillary to keep obama out. Just look at the new voter registration who registered as independents, and all these people are going to vote for John mcCain come fall, thats what all republican strategists have been calling for.

    May 6, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. Winston

    The majority of women voted for clinton, does that also mean there's a gender bias?

    May 6, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. Nic

    Stan(NC) Wrote: "This proves Obama (and his supporters) are out of touch. Anyone who thinks that the President can cause the wheels of Washington to immediately stop and turn in another direction… they are foolish"

    Hey Stan, were you hiding under a rock during the Bush Administration???

    May 6, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. Vig

    All this gleefulness from you people at CNN about Obama's win in N.C. is short sighted. Do you really think if Obama becomes the nominee that the rest of the country is going to elect a Black, ultra liberal into the White House? It is never going to happen. And that's what the superdelegates have to consider when they get caught up in Obama. We will be left with John McCain continuing the Bush agenda.

    May 6, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. Joe Reg

    Tonight, there is no mistaken it.

    Change is coming to America and the country will unite behind Senator Obama to change the country.

    He is the one and he will bring change.


    May 6, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  15. carrie

    are u trying to say the black people are not smart enuff to decide who they want?
    or they dont have the right to vote who they want
    is anyone calling the gun totting whites who vote clinton racist?
    are u forgetting,in the words of ut racist vrothers on this forum that blacks make up only 12%?
    but he is winning
    because people of all races are voting for him.
    he has won predominantly white states like iowa,wyomming?
    what are u talking abt
    you are out of touc and racist
    if ur jobless,you could jump off a cliff
    and spare us reading your crap and make the world a better pace

    May 6, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Ann

    How he took N. Carolina is by a mostly black majority. He's already talking about "marching" forward this fall. He's not the nominee yet and hopefully won't be because we still have to hear from Florida and Michigan. The only way he can win this (and he knows it), is to keep their votes unheard. The superdelegates know who is the more electable so it AIN'T over till the fat lady sings! I wonder if Nobama will start putting his hand over his heart for the pledge of allegiance now... and watch how fast he gets back to old buddy Wright as soon as he can! By the time this is all over, it will be just like with Bush....those that voted for him...wish they had not.

    May 6, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. Derek

    How much longer will the Clintons continue to divide this Party and this country. Their bully-boy politics are sickening and will continue to be rejected by a majority of Americans. The Clintons just don't care how much damage they do to the image of this country and its future......just remember good ole Billy C. and his sweetheart Monica--and Hillary 'standing by her man'. Anything to get into the White House, eh Hillary?

    May 6, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. luiza


    May 6, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. Tracey in Las Vegas

    I just finished watching the speech and the thing that strikes me most is how often Obama speaks of "We" and "Us", instead of "I" or "Me".

    When I watch the Clinton supporters speak they say, "Yes, she can." but Obama's supporters say, "Yes, we can". I think that makes a world of difference and really speaks to me about the differences in these two campaigns.

    May 6, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. Freedom

    Why does he talk as if the American Dream that he and his wife have lived is over?? Why if he was to become elected does he think he has the right to take my husband's hard earned money, yes we have much more than many. My husband did not grow up with money, he has worked hard sacrificed, I have worked hard to help him,sacrificed to get where we are. That was and is our choice. We give to many people and organizations. Why does he think he should decide where our money goes? I don't want the government to have anymore control over OUR money. Many people have more than we do, I would never think of taking their money, because they have more.

    There was not one person in his NC crowd that would be turned down health care if they needed it tonight...he is making stuff up to scare people and to get elected.

    May 6, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  21. Chris in Va.

    Shannon, African-Americans have had 400 years of people like Hillary smiling while they lie to their face and pander for their support, only to forget them and their issues. As a result it seems 91% can spot a liar a mile away. By the way, what are you afraid of?

    May 6, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. Wow.

    One of the best speeches I've heard in long time. =)

    May 6, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. mike

    Obama's NC speech was outstanding tonight.
    In a dignified manner, he stuck it back to Hillary, McCain, republicans and thankfully, the media.

    May 6, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. Kelley

    With the exception of Anderson Cooper, I have to say that I've ever seen such biased reporting on the primaries tonight. I used to be a faithful CNN viewer, but clearly, the election isn't the only place where it's time for a change

    May 6, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  25. Irish Gram

    By change, does he mean more Marxist's ideas flowing through our society and laws. Or is he talking of moving Chicago's dirty politics to Washinton, DC?

    May 6, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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