May 15th, 2008
03:40 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton campaigns in SD, hits McCain on Farm Bill

BATH, South Dakota (CNN) – Campaigning in rural South Dakota – one of the last two states to hold a primary on June 3 – Hillary Clinton focused on agriculture Thursday, drawing parallels with the work she’s done with upstate New York farms and attacking John McCain for not supporting the bi-partisan Farm Bill passed today.

“The idea of getting to a legislative compromise on something as complex as the Farm Bill is a huge undertaking, but it was finally accomplished,” said Clinton from the porch of a farmhouse. “President Bush says he’ll veto this bill and Sen. McCain said he’d do exactly the same thing as President Bush. You know, they’re like two sides of the same coin, and it doesn’t amount to much change does it?”

This was Clinton’s first appearance on the campaign trail since her overwhelming victory in West Virginia’s primary and John Edwards’ endorsement of Barack Obama. The endorsement combined with the increasing number of superdelegates siding with Obama have only further fueled questions about Clinton’s future in the race.

“I’ve never been impatient with democracy,” Clinton told hundreds of supporters, many of them farmers. “I think actually letting people vote is on balance a really good thing and has served our country well over many, many years. So it’s a privilege to be campaigning in South Dakota,” she said, adding that she and husband President Clinton would be there often between now and the primary date.

As is often the case, Clinton gently jabbed Obama for his health care plan that she says isn’t universal and for his lack of support of her proposed “gas tax holiday.”

“A lot of folks don’t like what I’ve proposed, but tell them to come up with something else,” she said. “If you don’t have an answer to the problem, then keep your peace. Otherwise come up with your own answer.”

An enthusiastic, 35-year-old male supporter, Ryan Reinhardt, offered his services as Vice President, giving a long list of “blue-collar worker” credentials and telling Clinton, “I’ve got more life experience than any man I know and I would love to be your Vice President.”

Caught off-guard and laughing, she replied, “You’d be a lot of fun around the White House, I can tell."

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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. silence do good

    Obama's racist and antisemitic past and friends will come back to haunt him. Why couldn't the DNC have put up a solid liberal candidate with no hate background? If Obama loses it for us in Nov all DNC top folks should be kicked out for sheer arrogance and stupidity.

    May 15, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. Hillary supporter

    I am really surprised by the lack of knowlege regarding the electoral vote as compared to the popular vote in the general election in the fall> The DNC race is not over yet and I would not count HIllary out! She has a plan.

    May 15, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. JRC

    I would encourage HRC supporters to actually READ the words that the candidates are saying, do some research into issues, use the brains you have been blessed with. More often than not, people repeat the rhetoric of the campaign, which differs greatly from real life.

    When was the last time a write in candidate won a general election? HRC supporters should just stay home and not waste their time. Remember, gas is at an all time high and since Billary won't be giving you your 18 cents a gallon "holiday" you may not want to waste the precious gas you have. OR, just vote for McCain, which is what you would be doing anyway, so when thousands more die in Iraq and gas hits $10 a gallon, you can look at yourself in the mirror and say, "I am RESPONSIBLE for this."

    May 15, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. Ron

    Stop posturing Hillary. You will not be in the general election in November. Please go back to New York.

    Go Obama / Edwards 08

    May 15, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. Stay the course...

    FINALLY, Hillary is taking shots at the right person! McCain needs both barrels (Obama, Clinton). It's time to stop bickering, and focus on the REAL adversaries!

    It is unlikely that Clinton will get the nomination, as hard as that is for Clinton supporters to swallow. Do what she says, gang, if she doesn't get the nod, don't waste your vote. Don't write her name in. That has never, ever worked on a national scale. It will waste your vote. Don't vote McCain (unless you like the way the country is being run now, and your children going to war). Hillary and Barack have been bickering, but they are very very similar in their politics. If Hillary doesn't get the nod, vote Barack. Remember, he may be new to the game, but a president doesn't run the country by themselves. They select a good cabinet, and appoint good people to help them with the incredibly difficult job.

    This 4 years a great number of supreme court justices are retiring. If McCain is in power, expect us to keep losing rights, and expect us to have roll backs of hard fought women's rights. Vote Democratic! Protect what we've fought for, and protect our rights for the future!

    May 15, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA




    May 15, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. Diamond Dave

    Wasn't this lady married to the President back in the '90's? Maybe she should appear on one of those "Where are they now?" shows.

    May 15, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. Yoseph

    Well what is my choice now? ... Vote for Obama, no I don't trust him at all and I don't even like the word Republican live alone voting for them. I don't know what my choice would be ... Hillary 2008

    May 15, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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