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. Gman

    What is it with the people, and I hate to say it, but particularly old people that can't do math??? Seriously, even if Hillary gets the delegates from the Michigan and Florida primaries she can't get enough total delegates to win the nomination. DO THE MATH! And who are these fools still donating money to Hillary? What a waste of money. Just donate the money to the Democratic party if your are a Democrat. Don't waste your money on candidates that can't win!

    May 6, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. Ron

    33% White voters in NC some 18 or so states predominately white states, the front runner. Who is more electable Hillary?
    Unfortunately it is not about the issues or the good of the country but your need to pick the winning canidate. If your canidate does not win supporters resort to very childish remarks I will not vote iI will vote for McCain. How is this going to help our country recover from it's current condition

    May 6, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  3. Terry

    Congrats on winning NC Obama.. Sorry for losing the election in Nov if you're the nominee..

    May 6, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  4. carol

    I am a white female and
    Barack needs to be the next President. I
    dont understand how people can go by wright says
    Barack didnt say it GO BARACK

    May 6, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. andrew illi

    to Cnn, I would like to ask you a couple of questions, if you get this message,
    This so called Gax tax, If the feds drop this tax for the summer, Good, I think it's 18 cents, a few dollars in americans pockets, but is it not true that when the feds reinstate that tax, won't they all on to that 18 cents to make up for the loses during the summer? if I have that worded right. Americans will actually lose on that deal.

    McCain And Clinton is telling Americans that they will drop the Gas Tax this Summer, is that true? Because I did not believe they had the power, maybe next year if they become President.

    May 6, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  6. Tracy/San Diego

    This primary election has proven a few things:

    This country remains polarized on racial lines (which is truly sad).

    This country remains extremely sexiest and anti-woman (also truly sad).

    I want change but I can't and won't support Obama. I have been a Democrat for 30 years and I will no longer register as a Democrat and will no longer support the Democratic party.

    May 6, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. Winston

    It speaks volumes about the maturity/prejudice of 50% of Clinton supporters that exit polls indicate they would not vote for Obama in the general election. And that 70% of his supporters would vote for her- should she be the nominee. Maybe they should introduce a rigorous testing system, to determine those who should be eligible to vote. Especially in rural areas.

    May 6, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  8. Bitter Allen Hussein, Visalia CA

    Na na na na
    na na na na
    Hey Billary
    Kiss it goodbye!

    May 6, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. kimere

    Once again the die is cast, smart people know the answer to our democracy. Blue collar workers are smart people, lets not keep puting them down. The Clinton people appear to exploit the unseeming faith of these electorates but the tide is changing. BLUE COLLAR electorates are not DUMB. Obama knows that. That's why he tries to stick to the truth. The truth will always set us free. Obama's presidency should consider instituting The Blue Collar Day...a public holiday for working middle income families.

    May 6, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. obambees

    it is kind of funny....

    wait a year or two from now when Obambee is sitting in the White house wondering why the only thing that CHANGED.... is he went from being love to hated for everything going wrong and no Republican wants to play with him.... and he is everyone's puppet.

    hope you'll all be so cheery.

    May 6, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  11. Tjaye

    YES WE CAN!!

    Terry McAuflle and KiKi McLean said that if Obama didn't win by a big margin in North Carolina that it wouldn't count....I wonder what excuse they will use to say it doesn't count this time.

    Obama O-8!

    May 6, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  12. CNN why are you not posting my comments???

    why do many people believe only the blacks are voting for Obama he is getting the whites votes too ...

    yes Hilary is getting a small amount of the black votes ... and many of you all believe the blacks voters vote for Obama because of race and not issues .... but this is maybe not the case .. Hilary was getting the majority of the blacks votes at the start of the race .. but when the black voters saw he was electable .. they started backing him .. many of them are voting for him because they see him as electable plus many whites voters too .....

    May 6, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. CB



    May 6, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  14. Adam from CA

    The analysts are getting it wrong. Limbaugh’s Operation Chaos IS significant. Reasonable estimates say about 11 out of every 100 voters in Indiana were registered Republicans. 6 of them voted for Clinton, 5 voted for Obama. 4 out of the 6 who voted for Clinton were self-identified “conservative” voters…probably not closet Clinton lovers…more likely Chaos voters. If you adjust the current vote count and take away those 4 spoiler votes from Clinton’s tally, the vote is tied at 48 to 48. Shouldn’t that change the narrative?

    May 6, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  15. Obama 08:white, female and 60 has been a long time since a presedentail candidate spoke so directly to so many people. He is is all this divisive talk and hate speech that is dividing America and allowed Washinton politicians, corporations and lobbyists to have their way.


    May 6, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  16. Dr. J

    What a great spokesperson. He looks so presidential. What a gentleman. He is inclusive.

    Obama 08

    May 6, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  17. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    I am excited for our Country that Obama has come just a little
    closer to winning the nomination. We need hope, inspiration and
    TRUTH. This man will be a great President!!!!

    And He won N. C. without the Endorsement of Home Boy Edwards.
    I think Edwards must be unhappy that he man not get the V.P job
    Hillary must have promised him. Rendell, was promised Sec. of Energy and Edwards ???? What a guy, that Mr. Edwards is. Wondered
    why he held out so long. Mr. John Edwards, big shot endorsement may not mean a thing now!!!!!! Who cares.

    This is the way Clinton's work their politics. Promise them anything to help them win. Well, maybe not this time, I hope.

    May 6, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  18. Susie MO

    Obama's change good??

    His bitter remarks to the people of Pennsylvania

    His ties to Rev. Wright

    He's the one who needs to change!

    May 6, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. Robert F

    Leave it to the liberals to get votes to 'say' they care. How do Hillary and Obama plan to fix these problems? Well we hate George Bush. How does that fix anything when Congress has the ultimate decision making power? And since the Democrats have taken over Congress, everything recognizable in the US economy has gotten worse. The job market, gas prices, and housing market have a recession flavor that could have been curved with Congressional response. The media doesn't talk about the war in Iraq anymore, wonder why that is? Maybe because it's stable?

    I'd like to see these candidates have a whiteboard and dry-erase marker during the upcoming debates, and instead of 'saying' they care – let's get some documentation and examples of the problem and specific examples on where to start. Stop talking the talk and start walking the walk!!

    May 6, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  20. jon

    Is this the beginning of the Hillary end or the decisive division to go on.
    God bless Americans.Democratics the whole world is lloking at you they want change and change can only be done by you fox. America has lost it s' role model for the world. Please unit for the better America and the world at large. we love you all

    May 6, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    North Carolina, most of America loves you tonight!!!! Thank You.
    We are coming close to hearing the Truth. Truth in Politics?
    That's my dream!!! Thank you again, North Carolina.

    May 6, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  22. Cindie

    I will never vote for Obama. As a voter from FL my vote didn't count for HILLARY when we had our primary. By golly it will in NOV. for McCain 'if' Obama is the nominee. I promise you that.

    May 6, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. Joe

    It's sad to see the Hillary supporters here remain divisive rather than unite with the Democratic party. We can only the damage the Hillary campaign has done did not brainwash them too heavily.

    Obama '08

    May 6, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. bob

    It seems like "sour grapes" to say to vote for McCain if your candidate does not win the Democratic primary.

    McCain seems fairly clueless on the economy, and maybe other issues as well. Time will tell.....

    But let's not vote for McCain to "punish" the Democratic candidate who did not win, McCain may be worse than any of them! Be careful what you wish for! 😉

    May 6, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. GREG


    May 6, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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