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

Clinton fights on, Obama returns to Iowa

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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. Charles in Florida

    Hillary says let all votes count but now says that Obama's victories in states that had caucuses instead of primaries are somehow less significant because turnout was lower. Clinton also revived her pitch that many of the states where he has beaten her, like Alaska, Idaho and Utah, matter less because they would not be competitive for Democrats in November. Anybody "who's really analyzing this" should come to the same conclusions, she said. I'm a common red blooded American citizen and I can smell what Hillary's cooking and it doesn't sound like unity to me.

    May 20, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    Hillary is like this nagging fishwife who just won't SHUT UP and GO AWAY.... what is she proving? That's she's a power hungry, annoying hag? WE ALREADY KNOW THAT!

    May 20, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Tony, Miami

    As much as I am for Obama I don't understand no matter what he says that he didnt campaign more in West Virginia and Kentucky. I hope his intention was not to give a break to Clinton whom is still playing dirty. Why celebrate Oregon's win in Iowa after the people in Oregon said a record in Presidential campaign of 75000 showing in your last rally. Could somebody give some answers?

    May 20, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. New Day

    Lets all just hug. We are all Americans, after all.

    May 20, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Bridget

    Hang in there Hillary. There are millions of us out here cheering you on. Go to the very last vote is counted including Florida and Michigan. Don't worry about hurting the Democractic Party, it's already been damaged.

    May 20, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. fred



    May 20, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Clinton backer in Iowa

    We don't want him here. He cheated in our caucuses by bussing people from Illinois into Iowa to vote for him illegally.

    He's an arrogant con artist and he won't have my vote.


    May 20, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Nicole in NE

    one thing that bothers me about the divide in this race is this the argument about the popular vote:

    Let's not disenfranchise Michigan and Florida voters in this election everyone is saying. Which I say – great!

    But why is that I stood in a building for 2 hours to caucus in the democratic process?

    If EVERY vote should count, why doesn't mine? This thinking is completely ridiculous. Maybe everyone doesn't like caucuses, I personally would've preferred a primary because it would've taken less time away from my day.

    But the fact remains: we showed up to have our voices heard too, so please don't disenfranchise us either! C'mon!

    May 20, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Africa man

    Smart move. The Obama Campaign is always a step ahead of everybody. That tells you that when he is president, America will be a step ahead of the world because we will have a leader and a team around him who are just great at making the best next move.


    May 20, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. GodBlessAmerica

    full circle indeed President Obama, God bless you and your family and God bless this great nation of ours the United States Of America.

    May 20, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. truthurts

    I'm in KY and my vote is for OBAMA!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. ACFX

    Hillary Who?

    May 20, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Not voting republican this time !

    What is Clinton's point ? I just don't understand this woman, is it her desire to divide the party or what ?. It's time to move on but she just doesn't seem to get it. She's really starting to look redicules. Get off the stage Hillary. Anybody got a sheperds hook ?

    White middle age woman voting for Obama, republicans won't get my vote !
    Obama 08 !

    May 20, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Jason, Texas

    Shouldn't this read...Obama returns to Iowa, Clinton continues to prove she's delusional? Wow, I'm amazed that her advisers are even putting up with this. They all sound like a bunch of fools.

    May 20, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. AJ

    I can’t wait to see Obama get trounced in November. I urge all Clinton supporters to either stay at home or support McCain in November. Having this arrogant, do-nothing empty suit in the White House will do this nation nothing but harm. I despise the Democratic leadership for what they have done to our party. I have not supported any Republican for any office in 30 years, but refuse to let the black community and McGovern Democrats ruin the party without a fight. I'd rather we have 8 more years of G. W. Bush than surrender our party to the Obamazombies. It appears that Obama will indeed win the nomination. Until he is either defeated or out of office and those in my state who have supported him are either defeated or out of office, I will be voting straight ticket Republican. All Democrats who care about this nation will do the same.

    May 20, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. MD Houston

    I wonder if Obama would have won Iowa in the first place if the voters there knew him as well as they do today.

    May 20, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. The O

    This is the funny thing about this whole situation, is that Hillary came into this race riding on her, WHITE HORSE ( BILL CLINTON ) And she should have won this by a mile. But yet through poor planning and very bad judgement and well unthruths, pandering, and old style politics, has made a mockery of her own campaign. And then Obama a young new senator comes in with a new vision and political views,
    has inspired a whloe new genaration of voters young and old. With Hope, Insperation, and Honesty. For me the choice is to stay with the same or reach for something new, a change in this country.
    I choose CHANGE.....


    May 20, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Sweetie

    The truth is you have a candidate that used the flawed Caucus system to get ahead and then became damaged goods when "Uncle Wright" was introduced; many of the votes he received during the primary are now remorse votes!

    Today one can easily see how a Left wing nut job in training pants doesn't have the Mainstream support to win the General election!

    Hillary is the stronger candidate and if the Party wants to keep its conservative base and win in November she should be the nominee.

    May 20, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Tony Z- MD

    Smart move. Change the electoral map.

    May 20, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. RB

    HRC is fighting to get her supporters to pay off her campaign debt of $21M plus. She knows she's lost the nomination. BUT, until all the bills are paid she will continue to "fight". She's probably more like $30M in debt. If her supporters won't pay it, she'll lose the money she's spent on her own campaign. I'll even bet that she's surrounded herself with "yes men" just like W. did. No one is ever going to say it's over because they can only say yes. It's a sad day for the Clintons.

    Please stop the madness, Hillary? You're making yourself look unstable. You keep saying really crazy things. FL and MI WILL NOT count the way you want them to count! They will not determine the nomination. You would prefer to ignore the rules set in place to govern the primaries (which carry NO electoral votes by the way) before the game started. Now that you're losing, you want to change the rules. That's not how honorable people play the game. Take you lickings like a big girl! It's over.

    May 20, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Helene

    Tonight Barack Obama will have reached a milestone. Enough pledged delegates to win the nomination. Let's rejoice ! The future is bright for this country.

    May 20, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Creative Woody

    Make no mistake. The only reason she's still in the race is to pay off her debt by using YOUR contributions to a losing cause.
    And a losing cause it is, no matter how you try to spin it.
    She cannot overtake Obama's delegate lead.

    May 20, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Maybe she will run on her "experience" – wait...I think when you didn't attend one cabinet meeting in 8't be that

    Maybe she will run on her heroic sniper fire story (which turned out to be a lie) – nah....that can't be it

    Maybe she is running on a campaign of "substance" – nah...she switches positions daily to pander to wherever she happens to be (support for NAFTA...not supporting NAFTA....eliminating the gas tax – all while knowing that she missed the deadline of May 2 to even offer it as a bill...her healthcare plan that "covers all Americans" – including illegal aliens....but shhh...thats a secret) – come on

    Maybe she is running on her gender....yeah...thats it....her only consistent position – a strong woman – who left her husband cheat on her almost daily from the time HE was governor....

    May 20, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Jamaal Kansas

    Good Barack keep going so we can Get that War Mongering Old Loser Mcshame

    May 20, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. pam Eugene OR

    Please Hillary let todays victory end your run on a high note. It is time!
    Dems 08

    May 20, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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