May 20th, 2008
07:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Obama not a satisfying choice for KY Democrats

(CNN) - In another sign of the challenge facing Obama among Democratic voters in blue-collar states like Kentucky, only 41 percent of them there said they would be satisfied if he wins the party's nomination.

Among Clinton supporters, the number is even more daunting for Obama: Only 33 percent said they'd be satisfied if the Illinois senator is the nominee.

That compares to 76 percent of Democrats in Kentucky who'd be satisfied if Clinton wins the nomination.

With less than six months until the general election, the Democratic Party has a lot of healing to do.

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    It is clear to me what the difference is, the states West of the Mississippi or more progressive and educated. A lot states on the on the east side of the Mississippi still live in the past never fully understanding those who live around them. They stay locked up in there homes always afraid of those who are different.

    Obama has a good chance to win every state West of the Mississippi with the exception of Arizona McCain’s home state. Obama is well loved out here in the West we always look into a mans heart and see his soul . That is how the West was won we always look ahead. We do not have all the problems you have on the east side of the Mississippi, we always look forward instead of backwards.

    The hate and racism you have handed down from generation to generation in the East and the south does play well out hear in Gods Country. We are not perfect out hear butt we will give a man a honest hearing before we hang them. In the south and in the east you like to hang people 1st before you know the real story.

    May 20, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. KJ

    Hillary, rock on through the August DNC convention where you will prevail. Nobama, not now or ever. Obama is simply not qualified or electable. Obama is in big trouble tonight, losing support in every voting group. Ouch.

    May 20, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    way to state the obvious on this one, CNN...

    May 20, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Raghu

    Well, considering these are 4 to 6 electoral votes in states that have continuusly gone Republican, maybe this wont matter as the polls in Oregon.

    An the 76%?: Shes gonna win, everyone knows including you : Clinton News Network: Dems unite.

    May 20, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. Hillary 08

    Yep...he still needs to grow into his head!

    May 20, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Chuckles

    I can't believe Donna Brazile just said Hillary can turn out voters, when the states she's won in haven't turned out more than half of the registered Dems! I guess she's running a George Bush-style campaign strategy, where you can win the presidency with only 46% of the popular vote? Inquiring minds wanna know!

    May 20, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. Robert IL

    Thanks Bill Schneider for letting us know that Obama is not well liked in Kentucky after Clinton will win by double digits. I hope they pay you well over there.

    May 20, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. Steve

    Looks like there's trouble in River City.

    May 20, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. David, Silver Spring, MD

    I lived in Kentucky for a couple of years as a kid. At that time, I found the people to be committed to their religious practices (and surprised, to say the least, that I didn't share them) and kind of strict in their adherence to traditions. Sunday mornings were all about church, and in schools the teachers used spanking to keep kids in line.

    I also noticed that there were virtually no black kids.

    None of this really has anything to do with "blue collar," I think it has more to do with being resistant to change, even when change is needed.

    May 20, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    It's East vs. West; people in the east want to live in the past. People out West we look forward not backward!

    May 20, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Terrence (Winston Salem,NC)

    I guess they rather have McCain then.

    Because the majority of American democrats have voted for Obama.

    May 20, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. zina

    Why can't we call this what it is? We all know that many of them have admitted that they based their votes on RACE! The DNC cannot overturn the will of the people to satisfy the people of Kentucky. I cannot believe that some will actually try to take the democratic party hostage for the Clintons.

    May 20, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. phil .c

    bill schnieder u have been quick to report clintons big win .be a little more proffessional and put in place the ethics of journalism. u and ur colleague wolf blitzer are really lifting clinton up . but the truth is that even CNN cannot change the course of history. obama is the next presido.

    May 20, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. rw

    Black people in America make up 6% of the voting population.
    This guy can not win.

    By the way, Kentucky has every right not to vote for Obama, he crossed the state off and didn't even campaign here.

    It doesn't matter if you love Obama, slamming citizens in other states that support someone else does not help him.

    May 20, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. dizizi

    Stop crying for Kentucky really they made their choice and when the USA is still at war with some foreign country as part of the axis of evil and your son is called up to war (bring back the draft) don't think you didn't have a chance to make a difference. Kentucky you did have a choice and now you'll have to live with it.

    May 20, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. Latino from Sacramento

    I wonder if the superdelegates are seeing this. Or will they learn the hard way in November if they nominate Obama?

    May 20, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. Bill in San Jose

    Obama not a satisfying choice for KY Democrats (because he's black). Congratulations Hillary Clinton! You've won the racist vote in every state!

    May 20, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  18. James

    Hillary will do the healing.

    May 20, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. Rebecca

    Um, who's surprised by this "news"? Kentucky & West Virginia are alarmingly racist, folks. It's sad that people like this still exist in our great country. And guess what? Neither of these states will be blue in November, anyway.....so PLEASE stop behaving as though this matters!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. An American

    >With less than six months until the general election, the Democratic Party has a lot of healing to do.

    Oh shut it, this is Kentucky! If you look at the primaries like that and apply it to the Republicans, the GOP has a whole heck of a lot more healing to do. Get over yourself Bill Schneider!

    May 20, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  21. Mike

    This is not an issue.

    Once the heat of the primaries dies down, the party voters will rally around Obama. Obama is not the proverbial enemy, McCain is. Any sane Democratic voter will see that.

    May 20, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. Ed

    Instead of calling these states "Blue Collar States", why not just call them what they are; 'States with lots of white people who are either racist or ignorant"

    It might be more accurate, I think calling them "Blue Collar" is a discredit to Blue Collar workers.

    May 20, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. Dougy Giro

    Isn't tough to see exactly why these numbers are the way they are, is it? Why does CNN dance around what is so obvious to everyone else?

    May 20, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. Pat in Cali

    When you lose your house, your job, your social security, your child to war, your health care, your pension because you threw your vote away because your candidate did not win the nomination or you voted for a 3rd Bush term, you can only blame yourself.

    Obama/Clinton...Obama/Richardson...Obama/anybody...just no 3rd Bush term.

    May 20, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  25. Marlie:

    WowSchneider – Tell us something we don't know. Do you get paid to write this stuff?

    May 20, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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