May 11th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton celebrates Mother’s Day in next primary state

GRAFTON, West Virginia (CNN) – While opponents Barack Obama and John McCain took Mother’s Day off, Hillary Clinton hit the trail in rainy West Virginia with daughter Chelsea. They celebrated the holiday with a morning church service in Huntington before flying east to visit the home of Mother’s Day's founder – Anna Jarvis – and to give a speech commemorating the day.

“Judging from the mothers that I meet across the country, I’ve come to believe that hard work, determination and resiliency are encoded in our DNA,” Clinton told a small gathering at a railroad museum. “We also have the stand-up-and-fight-for-what-you-believe-in gene.”

Sunday marked Grafton’s 100th celebration of the holiday and despite Clinton’s tribute to mothers and women in general, Tuesday’s primary and her struggle to stay in the race were not forgotten.

“In two days, the voters in West Virginia will join the tens of millions of Americans who have already cast their vote for president,” said Clinton. “I am asking for your support so that I can continue to fight for you, fight to finish the work that we have started.”

Clinton read her supporters several emails she has received in recent days, encouraging her to say in the race. One read, “It’s not over until the lady in the pantsuit says it is!”

On Saturday, Clinton told donors at a Mother’s Day-themed fundraiser in New York, “Let’s keep going, stay with me, this is a great adventure!”

Clinton will continue to campaign in West Virginia on Monday and Tuesday and is expected to win the state handedly.

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Kentucky

    Go hillary, its not over until that fat lady sings, "Hail to the Chief" LOL

    May 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. Bill from Alabama

    Sen. Clinton: You continue to make us proud,and you have won our admiration already!

    May 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. shirley.roybal,surprise,az.

    GO for it hillary we need you ,you will win big all the way to the white house wihhout haviing to bogus west virginia as was N.C..we stand behind you because we know what your made of,dont let us down.we will BE THEIR FOR YOU,IT'S OUR COUNTRY AND WE WILL FIGHT WITH YOU TO THE VERY END JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  4. ABC


    May 11, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. Right wing conspiracy

    "The lady in the pantsuit" ?

    May 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. TP17

    Stay in Hillary. You're the best candidate in the race. Obama has no chance of beating McCain. First Tony Rezko, then Reverend Wright, then Wiliam Ayers. Who knows what skeleton will come out of Obama's closet next.

    May 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Laura /Albino Barrozo

    Hope you had a wonderfull Mothers Day Hillary! Please do not be offended I use your first name but I feel that I know you personally! Please continue to fight for the nomination till the end! My husband and I pray for you every night. I am sorry but if you loose we will NOT be voting for Obama ( unless you are on the ticket). We will go to vote but for President it will be BLANK..Since we are in our 70 s' we probably will not be around for the next Presidential Election ! God Help This Great Country!

    May 11, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  8. Jose

    Obama-Edwards for President first Tuesday of November this year, vote.

    May 11, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. Asa For Hillary!!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. Nadira, Toronto

    You have my admiration and respect!

    I hope CNN post this, ..

    Hillary , I want you to know that no matter what happens, they were never a more capable and qualify candidate for this job than you.

    I wish you all the best and I know that your dauther cannot be more proud of you this mother's day.

    The world believe in you!

    May 11, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |

    I'LL GO WITH # 2 LOL.....

    May 11, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  12. Tony, Miami

    I urge Hillary to see a psychiastrist the sooner the better.

    May 11, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. yan oei

    please do not drop out. As you said....Rocky Balboa did not give up.....fight to the end! I want you to answer that 3:00 am phone call! I am ready to vote and and I will vote for you.

    May 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. Desmond Sequeira

    Mrs Clinton,

    If you had run a more decent and graceful campaign, your motherhood and womanly and human claims would have had more credibility.

    I am sure you have disappointed a lot of mothers and women and humans, including me.

    May 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. Brandon in Indiana

    "despite Clinton’s tribute to mothers and women in general, Tuesday’s primary and her struggle to stay in the race were not forgotten."

    Surely not forgotten by Clinton. But judging by the lack of comments, it seems that enthusiasm for the Clinton campaign is slowly dying as all but the diehards are embracing the inevitable.

    May 11, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. JRC

    Maybe she should have spent Mother's Day with her mother.......

    May 11, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |

    Stop the spinning, lady. You are not a hardworking mother. You were born with a silver spoon in your mouth and married a guy, who has supported you all your life. And lately, you've been pimping your daughter to the highest bettor. Shut up and go back to your million dollar mansion in NY and leave us our mortals alone.

    May 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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