May 13th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Will West Virginia keep Clinton alive?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Sen. Hillary Clinton talks on a mobile phone while walking to the Senate chambers Tuesday."](CNN) - What are we looking for tonight in West Virginia? Whether the state’s Democrats will keep Hillary Clinton's campaign going.

If Hillary Clinton wins big in West Virginia, it will send a message: that she has something to say, and Democrats better listen. Clinton's strength all along has been, not just with women, but also with older, rural and blue-collar Democrats. The kinds of voters who predominate in West Virginia.

Are they Reagan Democrats? Not exactly. West Virginia did not vote for Ronald Reagan in 1980, and it did not vote for his vice president in 1988.

But the state did vote for George W. Bush. Twice. They're Bush Democrats, and the Democratic Party wants them back. Obama has had trouble reaching them. He has a message of inspiration and unity.

"We've got to open up our arms and say we want everybody - black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, young, old, rich, poor, gay, straight - we want everybody,” Obama has told crowds on the campaign trail.

But a lot of West Virginia Democrats are hurting. They're not bitter. They're not turning to guns and religion for solace. They're looking for hope.

"I think the message that Barack Obama takes from West Virginia and states like West Virginia, at least from our experience, is that he's going to somehow have to convince older, socially conservative voters that he can make their life better, and he's going to have to stick to the issues of economics and health care " says Kenny Bass, a political reporter in West Virginia.

Hillary Clinton seems to know how to reach those voters. Listen to what she's been saying in West Virginia: "We need a president again who's going to be solving our problems and begin to once again take care of the american people and all the challenges that we face.”

She says she delivers and says she’s a fighter: "It's going to take somebody who gets in there and rolls up her sleeves and gets to work for you!"

Senator Clinton may not win the nomination, but she's sending a valuable message to Democrats: show more fight!

You know, sometimes it takes a woman to toughen up a man.

"Screw your courage to the sticking place, and we'll not fail," Lady Macbeth said.

Not that Lady Macbeth is a role model, but still.

soundoff (295 Responses)
  1. Just stop!

    NO, West Virginia will not keep her alive. Hillary just figured out how to live without air.

    May 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Jeff in CA

    Keep going Hillary!

    Obama cant win without our vote and I wont vote for him unless he's VP.

    May 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Lima

    This has to be most shameful and distorted article that i have ever ead during this campaign. But you have to do what you have do to feed yourself, don't you me , Mr Sneider?? Good luck

    May 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. james

    Bill Schneider is in the tank for Hillary. Listen close to his commentary. It's always slanted in favor of Hillary, so this last one does not surprise me.

    May 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Krissy, FL earlier poster said she is tired of Obama mocking woman. WTH? i have been following this campaign from the beginning. hell, i can hardly get any sleep between watching cnn, msnbc, yes fox too, c-span 1 & 2, bbc...i must have missed something. where are these people getting their information from. must be hillary. please, just do it, just stop the lies.

    May 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. shelly in IL


    May 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. jim

    not a chance in h^ll, the win or wins will give a very high false hope for clinton, she became to negative and divisive

    May 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. USAF Sr. Airman

    In a perfect world, Clinton will drop out after winning tonight. She can leave on a high note. She can say she is a strong candidate and can beat McCain, but in order to keep a strong Democratic party, she will drop out of the race.

    However, Clinton appears to be too selfish for that and will probably stay in the race.

    May 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Pam

    We need to come together regardless

    McCain = Draft and will try to take away womens rights.

    Please don't force my child to go to war, I beg you!

    May 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. ang

    To: Democrat but Still Thinking

    Question to you: When have Obamba mocked women?

    People stop making up stuff just to make yourselves feel better. If you don't want to vote for him because his skin is of color...just say so. Be bold about it and stop wimping out – you are the hypocrites with your critizing and judging attitudes. We all need to remember, there is a God and He is sitting high and looking low and He knows your heart – and you will be judged by whats in your heart.

    May 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. John Smith

    Let Hillary's supporters vote for McCain. Obama supporters should STOP appealing to these people. Clearly, these people will be rejected later by the Republicans.

    The Republicans, like the Democrats, like bright and intelligent folks. So, plase stop appealing to the Clinton folks who are "bitter;" let them move on so that Obama can be better organized.

    If Hillary cannot beat Obama, how is she going to beat MCain and the hungry Republicans?

    May 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Candy West Virginia

    Unfortunately the people of my state and just as backwards and ignorant as people belive them to be. Fortunately though there aren't many states like us. I voted proudly for Obama today and I might be just a fish in the sea but he has changed my life. Oh and i am WHITE and educated and would never cast my vote for her.

    May 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Jai in PA

    As a Clinton supporter, I must say "no" – this will not keep her campaign alive. I respect her tenacity and her willingness to fight, but it is over and I will be supporting Obama in the Novmeber election. Democrats must unite and must show respect to both Democratic candidates and their supporters. Don't fall for the Republicans who have been pretending to be Democrats criticizing the supporters of each candidate – they are attempting to drive a wedge – don't let them succeed.

    May 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Veronica

    Really, why even imply that there is any possibility of keeping Hillary's hopes of getting the nomination alive? It's nonsense.
    She is history and Obama can get someone else to run for VP that can help broaden his base of supporters - ANYBODY except Hillary!

    May 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. fred

    Get over yourself Marshall, we are NOT voting for Obama!!!!


    May 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Robert

    Hillary is a fighter; a fighter; and a fighter. Cannot take that away from her. No doubt she is definately sending a BIG message here. We should all watch...If you don't get the nomination Hillary...Run Independent! Show em all up!

    May 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Jackson

    I believe the servos and wires keep her 'alive'.

    May 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Renee


    May 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. sozzi

    Alive, Hillary is already dead, but doesn't even acknowledge it. CNN is the only news media who still thinks Hillary is alive and well.

    May 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. The Truth Hurts

    The reason some of the Superdelegates and media/pundits are pushing for Hillary to get out is she will have the popular vote lead at the end. This looks like Obama is weak, (like he is) and "the party" don't want that stigma attached to the "hopemonger".... The reason the loser past Presidental Nominees are pushing her to get out is for the same reason.... They don't want the Bush Gore analogy of 2000, popular vote vs delegates. They also want more time for little Obama to rest and prepare, and visit the battleground states.

    I hope Hillary stays in, and exposes Obama for exactly what he is, a puppet propped up by the media and controlled by the left wing of the Democratic party.

    May 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. noemi in los angeles

    While Clinton will win WV by large margins, I do not agree with the headline: "Clinton victory could raise doubts about Obama".

    West Virginia is a great place for Clinton, since it is full of white "hard-working" Americans, blue-collar workers, non-educated and the elderly. So it comes down to white people who did not reach a higher education and now work in blue-collar jobs until they grow old and retire...........

    West Virginia does not REPRESENT our Country. Our country is beautifully diverse, unlike W.V.

    Maybe Clinton should be the Governor of her good ol' Nobody-wins-without-W-Virginia state. She then could be the Governor of Ohio, Texas and PA, oooh and Puerto Rico.... since, you know, she said the same thing about those states. Nobody can win without the MAJORITY of states.

    May 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Scott Hughes ATL


    Clinton drops out of the race and declares Barack Obama the winner.

    Then Clinton promptly turned around and denounces and rejects herself. Calling herself a Judas for betraying herself...

    Clinton fans confused about not having anyone else to blame...

    Clinton fan confusion is nothing new

    May 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Patty

    The majoirty of the ugly bashing has been by the Obama supporters. Guess this is what we have to look forward to if he is elected. I start reading the blogs and get totally disgusted with the junk that is on here. Do you not want the Democratic process. Some Dems you are!!

    May 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Rob - WA

    WV went for Huckabee. Enough Said.

    May 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. jimmy

    All, Sally is an example of and old lady trying to be younger by voting with her children and grandchildren... it's precisely what's going on with the elderly. They are simply trying to stay friends with the kids – that's a mistake too many parents make. You must be the teacher and vote with your own senses.

    Pathetic, Sally, pathetic. If you can't make up your own mind then don't vote at all. You sound plain ole' stupid my dear.

    Marshall – TOO LATE. The movement is on. Hillary voters are uniting to vote McCain '08 – Clinton '12. Obama, well, NEVER.

    May 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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