May 20th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
14 years ago

Clinton fights on, Obama returns to Iowa

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/05/20/primary.wrap/art.split.candidates.ap.jpg caption=" Obama campaigned in Montana Monday while Clinton campaigned in Kentucky the day before the state's primary."]
(CNN) - It's all about location, location, location.

Sen. Hillary Clinton will spend Tuesday night in Kentucky to celebrate what's expected to be a big win in that state's primary. But Sen. Barack Obama won't be in Oregon, even though he's favored to win that state's contest Tuesday.

The Illinois senator will appear at a rally in Iowa, where he kicked off the primary season with a January 3 caucus win - a victory that helped propel him to Democratic front-runner status.

Iowa is also a swing state - one President Bush won by just 10,000 votes in 2004, and one the Democrats would love to win this November.

Obama told reporters Sunday that visiting Iowa "was a terrific way to kind of bring things full circle."

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soundoff (435 Responses)
  1. Daniel, WA

    Obama, Shut up & Go home. You cannot be our president. You are a fraud.

    May 20, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Kuilor2k

    All this racial voting on the blacks behalf makes me wonder if their will be riots in the event that Obama looses in November. I heard a black woman on TV say there would be a race riot if Obama didn't get the nomination. This is beginning to sound like a form of terrorism on th part of the black community to me.

    May 20, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Millie Gee

    Emma, that's what I'm talking about.

    May 20, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    IT IS NOT AN OPTION FOR AMERICA TO CONTINUE GOING DOWN THE WRONG PATH. IF WE ALLOW OUR PREJUDICES TO DESTROY US, THEN GET READY FOR THOSE COUNTRIES WE ARE INDEBTED TO CONTROL US. AGAIN, IT IS NOT AN OPTION FOR AMERICA TO CONTINUE GOING DOWN THE WRONG PATH. VOTE DEMOCRAT.

    May 20, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    Okay people, read these words and take them to heart. What I propose is that you think, and I mean really think about what you are saying and what you are about to read.

    "IF" the standings in this democratic nomination were completely reversed Sen Clinton having the lead in most states won, most voted delegates, most superdelegate endorsements and most popular vote; it is a plain and simple fact that the Sen Clinton would be singing a completely different song. She would be chomping at the bit, calling Obama a sore looser, and demanding that he drop out of this race. She would also be issuing a scalding attack against Obama if he were behind and calling for Florida and Michigan to be seated and claiming he had the Popular vote by adding in those votes that both candidates agreed not to count and consider.

    I am completely amazed by the sheep like mentality of many of those that write on these blogs. Many failing to sit back and look at this race logically and reasonably. The facts are simply this.
    Obama has won the most states. Obama has won the most delegate votes. Obama has the most superdelegate endorsements.
    Obama has won the popular vote based upon the existing DNC rules.
    This is not about skin color, or ethnic background or gender or any of those silly moronic add on's that the media tosses into this race. Obama has the ability to win the Blue Colar voters he has proven that over and over again in many states; Oregon being one of those states that has less than 2% black population.
    The fact is that Sen Clinton and her campaign made several mistakes. The first major mistake is that she planned to have this sewed up in February. She approached this race believing that she was entitled to the white house and that she could accomplish this by mere fact that Bill was a sitting president. The list goes on and on.
    Bottom line is she has lost this race and if the tables were reversed she would be singing a different tune, and the retoric spewing from her mouth at this moment would not exist and Florida as well as Michigan would mean nothing to her. This people is the plain and simple fact and truth. It is about time you wake up and realize this before you get too stupid and so deeply wrapped up in your hateful comments.
    It is time to unite this party and stop all this divisional crap.

    May 20, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Independant

    Well said Jane L.

    lil, I don't see any thing racist about what Jane L. said.

    This is the tactic that Obama supporters are using against anyone who doubts Obama. Jane L. says that she will vote for Obama but she won't like it. Then lil says that she is one of those Americans that won't vote for a black man wether they are a man or a woman.

    This tactic plays on people's consciounse, trying to make them feel guilty of being racist. When they aren't even being racist at all. I've worked in a factory for about 15 years and there were good people fired because someone plays the race card. But the same people that played the race card gets in their group of their own race and demean people of another race. It's sickening.

    May 20, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Cammi317

    Kuilor2k – you're an idiot and yes RACIST. That is the only reason you would bother to quote such a derogatory remark. Black people have voted for white people forever. If black people always voted for the "black" guy, then Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would have made it a lot farther. Most of us recognize rhetoric from real. Obama is real. Of course there is a small percentage of black people voting for him because he is black, just like there is a small percentage of white people voting for Hillary because she is white. Duh, it's call uneducated and uniformed...just like you.

    May 20, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Mish

    America just make sure you vote democratic!!!!
    Americans need to get the WARMONGERS out of the whitehouse in November!!!
    I have been reading from credible sources on the web for weeks now and again just this morning right here on CNN reports that the criminals BUSH and Cheney are going to start a war with Iran!!
    The white house states its not true but I think all Americans are aware
    of how Bush and Cheney operate and its not pretty or moral!!!
    Time to impeach these two before more unrepairable damage is done
    They should be charged with war crimes!!
    America needs to stop being the *Bully On The Block*
    Be very cautious who you vote for in november
    Obama Clinton 08 for the road to peace and prosperity!!!
    Just think of what the war money could do for the economy!!!

    May 20, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. carmen

    She is staying in so that at the end of it she can claim victory for something or anything and in the end it will be for having stayed in the race until the finish. Doesn't make any difference at this point except to her and for her own goals and ambitions.

    May 20, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Linned

    I also agree with James, Redlands, CA. He makes some good points that both Senators Clinton and Obama supporters need to read.

    May 20, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Phil

    What is this Obama arrogance you speak of? It's called math. Try it sometime.

    May 20, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Ray

    The Clintons should swallow their pride, tuck their selfish ambition away, and whole-heartedly rally behind Obama because they are NOT going to the White House. They've had their time, they belong to the '90s.

    America needs to be reinvigorated because her image has collapsed beyond recognition – thanks to the Bush administration which "too old man" McCain wants to continue.

    This is a time for refreshing for America and neither the Clintons nor McCain can do it.
    Obama is the only one that can put America on track again. LET"S GO!!!

    May 20, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Martha, Georgia

    Any politician knows the difficulty of giving up and throwing in the towel when the tide of losses are overwhelming. HRC and her campaign staffers made many costly and fatal manuevers for which she is refusing to acknowledge or even take responsibility. She believes that whatever the mistakes that were made the American people are to excuse such mistakes and it is business as usual. This is old style politics and the tides have changed to a point where a candidate has to be responsible for her/hiscampaign management style, it is just running the country. HRC ran a campaign based on her husband's actions and not her actions and accomplishments as NY Senator. Her husband's campaign and presidency was not at all perfect and took credit for some of the events that were naturally going to occur as a result of the fprevious presidency. It appears that HRC had one agenda in mind and that was to make her own female historical points, first first lady as Senator, first first lady as president. Unfortunate for her, she was the wrong individual for the time. As Bill Richardson indicated she believes it is an entitlement.

    May 20, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Fran

    Why is it so wrong for Hillary to keep on fighting? Until a person reaches the magical number of 2025, there is no nominee. What are all the left wing Obama supporters afraid of? A floor fight in Denver which could yield Senator Clinton victorious. Let me remind all of you that without a woman fighter, Obama would be no where in this scenario. Without a WOMAN, Rosa Parks, Obama would not be where he is now. Think about that, it took a woman to bring about CHANGE...

    May 20, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Pol

    Please, check Hillary's mental conditions.I think it is too much for her. She doesn't count Alyaska and may like to give it back to Russia because of "wrong" voting.

    Clinton/Putin- 200?

    May 20, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Independent

    Update..Madeline Borello of Guam just endorsed Obama. The Super Delegates keep on rolling in! Obama 08!

    May 20, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Gringo

    To NEW POLITICS...

    The caucus states should be discounted. What an undemocratic way to hold an election. Disenfranchises working people and elderly that can't be at the caucus at a certain time, and no secret ballot. Sounds like an election from North Korea or something !!

    May 20, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Chuck

    AJ:

    All Dems who care about this country will vote for the Dem candidate. They will not follow your advice and jump parties or stay home and not vote because you personally are a sore loser.

    Asking people to vote for McCain who will carry on the polcies of the worst President this country has seen (GWB) because Obama will most likely be the nominee and not Hillary is not only childish and immature but self-defeating. You are asking loyal Dems to self-destruct and self-defeat come November simply because another very large number of people (Obama supporters) are not meeting your expectations. In simpler terms, you're selfish, and live by the philosophy if I can't have my way no one else will have theirs.

    May 20, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Lucyna

    Hillary Billary supporters want to vote for McCain if Obama will get nomination just because they are stupid. So let's them vote. We don't need idiots in Obama family and we will win in November anyway.

    May 20, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Kolzey

    I'm a UK resident who's been following this primary saga for a while now and I find the events as they unfold quite fascinating. The immaturity displayed by the democratic bloggers (esp HRC's) is irritating. Saying that you'll vote for McCain just because your candidate hasn't won the nomination is sour and it's CuttingYourNoseToSpiteYourFaceEsque. What if roles were reversed and Obama supporters threaten to vote for the other party and you see your candidate lose the election in November because of in-fighting.

    This is one of the hash realities of democracy: the minority have to live with the popular vote (until Jesus comes to sort us all out).

    What will help immensely is the Obama supporters showing humility in victory towards Clinton supporters. It is foolish to celeberate winning a battle in such a way that weakens your ability to win the war. There is no prize for winning primaries: only the presidency.

    So. Support your candidate but do not rub the opponents face in it.

    I support and believe Obama will win the pry. but not in November unless this goading of the Clinton faction stops.

    May 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. leapfrog

    Anyone who thinks they'll cross over and vote repub, or not vote, out of spite, needs to remember, we live in a democracy. We follow whomever is elected, regardless of party or ideology because we accept that the majority rules. Those in the minority may not like it, but no one rebels because their candidate loses. Obama and Clinton are almost identical in their ideologies. You either believe in pro-choice or you don't. You either believe in social programs like universal health care or you don't. You either believe that corporate wellfare needs to be abolished or you don't. You either believe the war in Iraq must end or you don't. Those democrats who hiss and spit like alley cats over one candidate or another need to recall it's not the person who advances these platforms, but the party. If you don't believe in those things that the party belives in, then leave. But don't call yourself a democrat if you plan to abandon the party merely because your candidate couldn't make the cut.

    May 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. one of the 25%

    Obama you're complaining that they're picking on your wife, well it's too late for that. You had your wife out there campaigning for you, that makes her fair game. You're in the big leagues now, not back in the minor leauges, in Illinois.

    May 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. i am not dump

    you know why hilary stays in the race is because she wants to pay her debt. you know what I think. I think that she is a republican and a racist evil.

    May 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. DB

    I get a kick out of Hillary supporters that use the argument that she is a better candidate in the GE. On what data are you basing that? Let me see, I think I can do that, too. Hillary has no chance of winning. Yep, that was easy. Make a statement with absolutely no evidence. I like this. Whatever I say is true. Florida and Michigan count but only Hillary's votes. Makes sense to me. Lol. You Clintonites are a piece of work.

    Your candidate lost, not because of media bias but because Obama has more states, more delegates, and yes (even though you all want to come up with some new math) more votes. She has every right to stay in until the primaries are over but then she needs to bow out.

    May 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Jordan

    Any Democrat that is willing to "write in Hillary or vote for McCain" is a spiteful moron that deserves exactly what they will get – Bush III. If McCain wins because of Democrats that vote republican, that will be very sad.

    May 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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