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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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Bitter but HOPEful

    YAY! North Carolina, thank you!
    And thanks to many good folks in Indiana...

    May 6, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Diane from Georgia

    Bill Clinton stepped over the line in S.C. and he caused about 50% of Blacks who would have voted for Hillary to switch. Before S.C., over 50% of my friends were for Hillary – especially women. His comments were akin to talking about someone's family. I can talk about my family but you can't. He called a 46 year old man a "kid". A kid is child – some saw this as being synonymous to calling him a boy with a dream that was only a fairy tale. I am glad that young and old, Black and white are going to give someone who hasn’t had hope boiled out of them a chance to bring this nation to greatness.

    May 6, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. Rebecca Masters


    May 6, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Bitter but HOPEful

    What's up with these "Hillary or McCain!!!!!!!!" folks?
    What's the matter - you cannot tell the difference? Get real.

    May 6, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. amon

    I really don't get you Americans (being from Europe) reading some of these comments. You're being offered gold TWICE and you nag about ow Hillary this ow Obama this... . Being male and if I were American I would SO go for Hillary because I strongly believe women do a beter job in politics, but if she wouldn't make it at the convention (with the Michigan and Florida troubles) what the *bleep* would be the problem in voting for Obama if he's the nominee. I really can't understand why some democrats even consider saying they rather vote republican than giving their vote to the other democratic candidate. Why would you go for a bum if you could have an afro-american version of a Jack Kennedy? An other thing I don't get is why they couldn't/won't go for a winning ticket, no matter who's on top of the ballet... .

    May 6, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Chris in Va.

    Susan from Texas, spoken like a true racist. Have you met Shannon, I think you two would hit it off.

    May 6, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. hope for better america

    hope for better america, we can not get from Obama. We only can get from somebody has experence. we are fool to choose geoge bush. we can not be fooled this time. No obama!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. minka, de

    Thank you NC....GOD BLESS OBAMA

    May 6, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. Darryl

    I thank all of the Texas Precinct Captain who called and supported both Indiana and North Carolina Precinct Captain reaching out to voters.... Yes We Can .........

    Texas State Delegates.......

    May 6, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  10. True Patriotism

    looks like Hillary narrowly won Indiana. It appears that Mr. Obama will prove to be a formidable candidate in the general election and will prove to be one heck of a President.

    May 6, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Brian

    Great to see Obama reclaim the momentum back. It was a net gain of at least +10 delegates tonight added to his lead of 150 delegates. With all remaining primaries becoming smaller and smaller in size, it's hard to see how Hillary can come back from this.

    May 6, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. Happy In Tennessee

    Yes....Yes... Yes WE Can! I'm making a contribution to OBama ...right NOW!

    May 6, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. Rene in PA

    Haha! Yeah – eat that up, CNN.

    Obama acts like a president, and gives a presidential speech – even with this lowly two state election.

    I would imagine if CNN wants its ratings to go up – it should embrace this concept.

    I'm beyond the point of caring whether or not you post my comments. Obviously, when you reject my comments, it means something to you. So I'll just wave at yall -->>> Hiya!

    May 6, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. John G.

    I'm wondering whether if Obama is the nominee, he will fight to get McCain and any other of his opponents off the ballot the way he did his mento, Alice Palmer, and his other opponents from his days in the state senate.

    May 6, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. LS

    Thank you North Carolina for helping put this to bed already! GOBAMA!

    May 6, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. Valerie


    That speech made me cry.

    Yes we can.

    May 6, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  17. CV in HI

    Barack Obama is the choice of a new generation. Much like Pepsi. Party on, Wayne.

    May 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. Robinhood

    The NC race was all about race.

    May 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. Luis Florida

    Why are we all arguing about who is better.

    Let's just concentrate on the problems with our country and be just and vote for the right person.

    We should be united to be better

    God bless

    May 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. carrie

    susan from texas
    if u wont vote,please jump in front of a train
    no one cares
    like duhhhhhhhhh

    May 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |

    Shannon May 6, 9:35 pm
    Well then all elections in the history of this nation are then racial bais,
    because it has always been the majority of white people voting for a white person.

    May 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  22. Tab

    Clinton supporters did not seem to mind when Blacks overwhelmingly voted for Bill in the 90's. Why shouldn't Black support OBAMA. He is the first African American the get this close to the Presidency AND, AND AND He is the better qualified to unite this country. When it is all said and done, Blacks feel that a man like OBAMA can and will help the situation of not only Blacks but all Americans who Washington has not looked out for. He sticks by his principles when he is up and when he is down. Something that can't be said about Hillary. When she is down, she goes negative.

    May 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  23. Twinkie

    Way to go Sen. Obama!!!! I want truth told in Washington, and that's something we haven't had in a really long time!!!!!

    I don't want 4 more years in Iraq!!!!!


    May 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  24. Joe Reg

    Change is on the way and there is no looking back now. America is great and Obama time has come to change this nation.

    Hillary, please take us out of our misery and surrender so that we can move on.

    Go Obama go. Obama 08

    May 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. Unice

    Hilary began the race card and her husband not the black folks, they've been offended by Hilary and Billary for too long, come off it time to change the hypocracy.

    May 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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