May 9th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton calls for debate in Oregon

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Hillary Clinton pushed for another debate with Barack Obama."]
CENTRAL POINT, Oregon (CNN) – Campaigning in her third state of the day on Thursday, Hillary Clinton again called for a debate with Barack Obama, arguing that many of the issues faced in Oregon are not the same as the rest of the country.

“The problems in Oregon are not the same as the problems in Indiana. They’re not the same as the problems in Pennsylvania,” Clinton told several hundred supporters at a nighttime rally."

“...That’s why I was pleased to accept the invitation from the Democratic Party of Oregon to debate my opponent,” Clinton continued, pointing out that they would both be in Portland on Friday and that she was ready “anytime, anywhere.”

Oregon and Kentucky both vote May 20; the Obama campaign has said it expects to be positioned to lock up the nomination following those contests. Clinton urged Oregon voters to not be too hasty in their decision, saying the campaign had just gotten started in the state.

“If you think you’ve made up your mind to support my opponent, wait a while,” said Clinton. “Keep thinking, keep listening, keep watching, keep hoping for that debate which would really make it a very clear choice that you’d be able to see as we talked about the issues that affect Oregon.”

Clinton addressed the question that many have been asking – why does she keep going in the face of Obama’s seemingly insurmountable delegate lead.

“I’m going to keep going because you keep going,” Clinton told the gathering. “When people get up everyday and face the odds that so many face in life and they keep going, of course, that’s what you do if you believe that the future can be better than the present.”

soundoff (278 Responses)
  1. Kyle in Michigan

    I'm sick of Hillary supporters blaming Obama for Michigan and Florida being penalized! They broke the rules! Don't blame Obama, or the DNC – blame Florida, and my state of MI! They blew angry with them!

    May 9, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Kenneth M


    May 9, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Molly

    So unless people STOP showing up completely she'll still keep running? Heck even people who came out to see Obama were not for him or were not yet old enough to vote! if we waited until the seats were empty, Edwards and Huckabee would still be in the race as well!

    Reality check for Hilary Clinton. Reality Check. Blue light special... over 65, uneducated and white. Come one, come all.

    Maybe she just wants to become a curiosity. Something to come out and see as unbelievable and just about extinct.

    May 9, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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