May 8th, 2008
01:18 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton: West Virginia a must-win for Democrats

Sen. Hillary Clinton says West Virginia is a test for her and Sen. Barack Obama.

Sen. Hillary Clinton says West Virginia is a test for her and Sen. Barack Obama.

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (CNN) – Hillary Clinton told West Virginia supporters Thursday morning that any Democratic nominee needed to win their state to claim the presidency - and that every successful candidate since Woodrow Wilson had.

“It’s a test for me, and it’s a test for Sen. Obama because for too long we have let places like West Virginia slip out of the Democratic column,” said Clinton at a rally in the state capitol, during her second day of campaigning in the state.

“...I think the hard working voters of West Virginia represent the heart and soul of the Democratic Party and the backbone of our victory in November.”

Amid questions of whether she can still win the nomination, Clinton argued that she is beating Obama with the groups of people McCain will be targeting in the Fall – Catholics, Hispanics, blue-collar workers and senior citizens. Clinton also called McCain a "formidable" opponent.

“We’re going to have a run a vigorous, victorious campaign in November. That’s why I am building such a strong and broad coalition among the states and among the voters we must have to deliver the White House.

“This is a little like deja vu all over again,” Clinton told the crowd. “Some in Washington wanted us to end our campaign and then I won New Hampshire. Then we had huge victories on Super Tuesday. Then we won Ohio and Texas and Pennsylvania. And I was never supposed to win Indiana. Well, I am running to be president of all 50 states.”

soundoff (266 Responses)
  1. Vincent

    West Virgina? Is she nuts? That state is very small! Why is it a "must-win?" It has almost no value in a general election!

    May 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. PCS / North Carolina

    Hillary's comments to USA today: I am getting hard working, blue collar WHITE AMERICAN's votes.


    Is she paranoid, delusional Or RACIST ? Is she going to be a President for only the “WHITE AMERICANS?

    Her supporters are just like her: “If Hillary dosen’t get the nomination we are going to vote for McCain”, and their “ BLACK, BLACK, BLACK, BLACK hatered is these blogs makes them CLOSET RACISTS.

    May 8, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. soy

    this lady needs a psych evaluation. I thought only the big states were crucial to the democrats in the GE? Now WV is a must win for democrats too. This lady is good I must say but she's not good enough people aren't stupid (at least I hope not)

    May 8, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. BB

    what makes think Obama that world wants US to be leading country? THe news do not say or support these words at all....they hate americans in the world right now.........
    He must be living in some kind of illusions....

    May 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. DJ, LA, CA

    Hillary now probably just also lost her Senate seat in the next election.

    May 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. DC Insider

    Obama cannot win West Virginia – Ohio – Pennsylvania – or Texas and without them McCain get the Oval Office


    May 8, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. M Johnson

    Every HRC supporter needs to avenge her loss by voting McCain. Even if it means war, poverty and the rest of the world afraid and hating us for 4 more years. Even if it means ultra-conservative Supreme Court appointments, Guantanamo staying open and bombing Iran. It's all worth it just to get even with Obama and deny him the presidency. Revenge is very patriotic.

    May 8, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. Demi

    Hello America!
    Hillary do you even care any more about the Democratic Party? Whats more important to Americans?Your name on the ticket ,or our country's future! Please don't gamble with our children's future! There too much at risk!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Dani

    It's a shame really. If or when Obama whens the nomination, he can't win the general election. The proof is in the pudding. He hasn't won the most important swing or red states. Without being able to win those and without the support of disgruntled Clinton supporters behind him, the general election is out of reach for Obama. Might I also point out that if Obama had the confidence of all America behind him, Clinton would have been out of the race a long, long time ago. She is still giving him such a close run....why, because she is strong and he just can't put her down. If he can't put her down, what other opposition can he not put to rest? It's a shame that we will all have to pay the price of him winning the nomination when he can't take the general election because it means that we will all sit through another 4 years of Bush style agendas, war, bad economy and broken healthcare.

    May 8, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Kim

    Everytime Hillary is in a State where she expects to win. That becomes a must win State. Yawn, same ol tired song. What is new is Hillary sinking to an all time low, saying that only she can get the white vote. How disgustingly desperate to sink to racial division to scare a handfull of votes her way. It truly is shamefull how Hillary is willing to destroy the Democrats even though she knows the contest is over. One can not help but think Hillary wants McBush to win so that she can run again in 2012. Please West Va and Kentucky. Cut the head off this evil snake.

    May 8, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. LMAO

    These days Hillary Clinton is starting to remind me more and more of Ron Paul.

    Partly it's because of the same sort of mindless babble-hype coming from her pathetic groupies, but mostly it's because she honestly hasn't a clue how thoroughly unelectable she is. Watching her operate is like watching the Captain of the Titanic going around planting explosives in the hull below the waterline.

    May 8, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. larry of Boston

    Give up Obama - the republicans have your number - you will not hoodwink us independents in the general election

    Independents for Hillary Clinton

    And if not Clinton, then Independents for John McCain

    we need a mature experienced person in the White House – we do not need Michelle Obama who will tell Barack what to do each day

    May 8, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. Demi

    Whats more important to you the Democratic Party, or the Clinton's name on the ticket????Please understand that our children's future is on the line ,and as Americans we can't AFFORD TO GAMBLE with it!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. roger

    "I was never suppossed to win Indiana" ??? I do not recall listening to that expectation. The expectation was that Sen.Clinton wil win big in Indiana and narrow in NC

    so now all of a sudden all states are important?? I thought Sen.Clinton was not keen on small states???

    These constant changing goal post is making me dizzy.....

    May 8, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Dilly Everett WA

    Democrates will come together-and sooner when she decides to do what's best and suspend her campaign. Primary elections do not compute to general elections. Who is she kidding? She wasn't even going to campaign is most of the states because they weren't "important " ones. Now ALL the states are important-–she needs to pay back her loans that's where your donations will go if you send her money now.

    May 8, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. ndo

    Sen. Clinton was expected to win Indiana, where she was ahead the whole time. Even discounting "Operation Chaos," she probably would have won by a slim margin anyway. However, the media still are reporting that she won Texas, when in fact Sen. Obama came away with more delegates from the state (I know, I know - caucus, but still...). Plus, news anchors/pundits still are saying she "crushed" Obama in Pennsylvania by winning by double digits, which is untrue. First, since when do we round 9.2 up to 10? Second, why is it, then, that he did not "crush" her in all the states he's won by more than a 10-percentage-point lead?

    May 8, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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