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. MD Democrat

    Bogus Bogus Bogus! Hillary carried the majority of counties in Indiana yet Obama is still close?!?

    If Obama gets the nomination he need not count on my vote in the general election!

    The only way I'll vote is if Hillary is the nominee or somehow runs as an independent (PERIOD}!

    May 6, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. Thomas

    I am happy to have carried our future president one step closer to his nomination today!

    North Carolina for Obama all the way!

    May 6, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. Dan (TX)

    Those of us under 45 are gonna change America! All you old folks better hang on to your scooters! 🙂

    May 6, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. jc

    I find it incredibly surprising that a huge number of Americans with degree buy into Obama's "change" mantra. It doesn't matter who gets elected – you won't see a whole lot of change. There will be some changes that are typical of different presidents getting elected, and as a democrat, I hope there will be some changes for the better. But for the most part, Washington will remain the status quo. Oh to dream – that is probably why Obama gets so much support from young optimists, but the older population doesn't support him.

    May 6, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. Brandon

    its funny, but black voters only accounted for 33% of the vote in NC.
    Hmm.. where did the other 30% come from?
    obama wins ~60/40 in NC and loses 48/52 in Indiana.
    I think clearly american has spoken.
    Hillary will win the old vote, the uneducated vote, the gun vote.
    you want proof Hillary supporters are bitter people? More than 50% of them will either not vote or vote for mccain if Obama is their democratic representative.

    Obama wins the new vote, the next generation vote.
    I am sorry, but we need to move forward and rebuild america.
    Those that have lost faith in the system, who has beaten you down and took away your dream. Well sorry, Change is a coming.

    May 6, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. Sermir

    Honestly,Hillary just lost her main argument,now she has nothing to embrace and point out to the superdelegates.

    The right thing she has to do is announcing that she gave up and ask her supporters to support Obama in November.

    Thanks to North Carolina for not making the mistakes of Pennysylvania,Ohia,Michigan.

    Obama is a person with honesty,dignity,ethics and God bless him.

    May 6, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. rachel

    Hmm I am so sick of people saying that she can't win guess what neither can Obama neither can win without superdelegates.

    May 6, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Charles

    I only have one question:

    Why can't SHE put HIM away? Because she is the same 'ol same 'ol that we are tired of.......

    May 6, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. Change

    The people posting on here and crying about race are a joke.

    At least be honest, you wouldn't have voted for a black person for any reason.

    We know who you are and what you represent, the past.

    Welcome to the future. President Obama.

    May 6, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  10. Me

    You tell them, NC: Go Hillary! Really, just go.

    Obama '08

    May 6, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. Closely Watching

    Yep...tonight was a game changer all right. It clearly shows that Hillary needs to get out of the game and let a once-in-a life- time leader take this country back to the greatness it once enjoyed. Get over your bitterness Clintonites and back the person who really cares about your troubles brought on by the Bush administration.

    Obama '08~REAL change we can believe in.

    May 6, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. REPUB OF LA.


    May 6, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. Jason, Texas

    Okay Clinton... TIME TO QUIT!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. justobserve

    Finally, people are tired of mudslinging, dirty political game playing. They chose the candidate who told them the truth even though it may cost him votes. But voters are smarter than the Clintons machine thought. They are liars going around pretending to be caring for poor people but they are only act poor during election times; afterwards, they would go back to their mansions where they have been living for 4 decades. They lost touch with normal people. They cheated each other and lie to each other to live out their delusional existence. NC voters showed they are true Americans with true American spirit where anyone who works hard and stays focus can achieve their dream just like Obama said. Obama should not choose Clinton to be his VP or anything in his government. She has sold her soul. Hopefully the remaining states recognize who is the real deal for our country.

    May 6, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. nate

    No gloating. An olive branch instead. Clinton supporters we need you. The party needs you. The country needs and most of all, your children need you. Stand w/ us to put forth the agenda and the principals we both agree on. Its been a good fight. Now we have a bigger one on our hands...

    May 6, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. Irritated in Oregon

    I loved Obama's speech. He sounded so much like the President we need so very much.

    He is close in Indiana and stomped her in NC so she should pack it up and say thank you for the fun ride.

    It is now the time we have a united Democratic Party and we focus on how we are going to have a time of change.

    We need to focus on the Energy issues and we can find the innovation.

    We nee to focuss on building international consensus to meet the dangers.

    We need health reform. Yes we have a great medical system, we just need to include everyone.

    Hillary can be a huge component in a Obama Administration. If she left now, I would bend and say she should be the VP


    May 6, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. Alex

    Perhaps some of you aren't doing all of your research. There was also a HUGE college turnout and white professional turnout.

    But what I really wanted to say was this: All of this bickering between the Clinton and Obama supporters just makes our party look RIDICULOUS. It's time for us to stop this. Obama was right in his speech tonight when he said that in the end it comes down to our party. I, myself, am an Obama supporter but the truth is that when it comes down to it, I am a democrat first and foremost and this is getting out of hand. I hoped that after tonight something more would be determined but it looks like this will go on even longer. I know that even if Clinton ends up the candidate I will end up voting for her because I know what's good for my party. But how many of you will do the same?

    May 6, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. Luke

    Hillary 100%

    May 6, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. nikki

    Why is it such a big deal that obama got 91% of the black vote? ole bill got around that same number both times he was elected. anyone that supports hillary and refuses to vote obama in november is insane! we need change and mcsame aint it!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  20. Chipster

    I'm getting very weary of Obama constantly saying "change, change, change" but he says very little about WHAT he would change. I'd like to know WHAT Sen. Obama would do if Iran (or any other rogue nation) dropped a nuclear weapon on any of our allies. I'd like to know WHAT his plan is to stimulate the economy or offer relief to workers who can't afford gas to get to work or who will soon quit working because the cost of gas to deliver their products exceeds their income from the sale of those products?

    Change can mean a lot of things or nothing.

    May 6, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  21. Dori in AZ

    Congratulations to the people of North Carolina for standing tall & voting for Obama!

    I'm voting for the candidate that I have the most confidence in, not the skin he or she is wrapped in, or the color of his or her hair or eyes.... That's Sen. Obama!

    Si se puede! Si podemos ganar en noviembre! Todo es posible! Obama 2008!!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. SweetPeacock

    "A FACE IN THE CROWD" which was Andy Griffiths first film is interesting. The protagonist speaks of a candidate that will bring "CHANGE" and new ideas to Washington.
    Face it- nothing is new and nothing will change. WE are in a sink hole that is going to swallow is all.
    Thank you Obmamaites. You are creating a nightmare.
    Clinton was our hope- but like Gore will be pushed aside. You think you are deciding...but you are being manipulated by the big bucks that dont want Clinton around..just like how they attacked Bill.
    Good Job on the mess you are making.

    May 6, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  23. Michigan

    Questions for some of the above bloggers:

    1. Is it racist when a high percentage of the white vote goes to Hillary?
    2. Have you read the books by Woodward and others in regards to the first Clinton White House?
    3. Have you looked into the acquaintances...and current lawsuits... of the Clinton's that are less than honorable but do not get reported on? Are you familiar with the Keating Five?
    4. Have you objectively looked and read all the websites as to where each candidate stands on specific issues?
    5. Have you challenged your bias' against each candidate whether it be female, older or black American.
    6. If you had all the information next to each issue with the candidates solution without knowing which candidate was which would you still keep your bias' based on gender, age or race?

    May 6, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. Michigan Girl

    I like both Hillary and Barack. They are both making many promises – some will be kept, some will not. The bottom line is – their messages are fairly similar. That is crucial, considering we are at risk of losing even more solidarity within our party. Whoever the Democratic candidate is, they will be a far better president for our country than McCain. His "people are imagining the financial crisis" comment is enough evidence for any reasonable American to vote for anyone but him.

    Go Hillary and Barack!

    May 6, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  25. Carole Sieben

    limbaugh? is that bloated bag of air still around ?

    May 6, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
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