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. The Facts

    The facts are in people, and Hillary has now won four of the six states contested since the Rev. Wright story broke - three of them by double-digit margins. Obama's wins thus far have been in Guam - by a mere seven votes - and North Carolina, which he was expected to win big.

    Lost on the night of the North Carolina and Indiana primaries - a.k.a., when the media and the Obama team declared he had won the nomination - was the fact that Clinton carried Indiana, which he had a five-percent lead in the polls on the night of Clinton's Pa. primary win. It was the first loss by Obama in a state bordering his home Illinois. She also had closed the lead, slightly, in N.C.

    So when people talk about Obama "rolling" to the nomination, it makes me stop and pause about that reference. It also makes me wonder how some of the earlier states he won may have voted had the Rev. Wright story emerged at that time in the campaign.

    May 20, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Noel

    The people of Kentucky & West Virginia are HELLery supoporters. If it was John McCain the outcome would have been a lot dirrerent.

    May 20, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Dan, TX

    Wow, there are 8 times as many democratic voters than republican voters in KY. KY should be a gimme for the democrats this fall.

    May 20, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. BT, Houston, Tx

    So, and what is this suppose to mean...if they feel they are better off with another 4 yrs of Geo Bush..then by all means go ahead & vote for McBush .. this tells me you are not as bad off as you say...and you really have no foresight as to where we are headed....I think u ought to put your thinking cap on and move ur anger aside as Obama will be the next President ...

    May 20, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. HEM

    MR.SCHNEIDER YOUR WORDS OR REPORT IS GREAT BUT OBAMA DID NOT HAVE INTEREST IN KENTUCKY WHY COZ HE DID NOT THINK THAT THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE IS GOING TO VOTE FOR HIM IN NOVEMBER SO AS POLL SAYS THEY WILL VOTE FOR GOP McAIN.

    May 20, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Alex

    Watch out for a big endorsement tomorrow, everytime Obama looses some big name democrat endorses him. This primary is pathetic.

    May 20, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Nancy

    ...Except Kentucky is going to vote Republican no matter what....so...on to Oregon.

    May 20, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. mike

    Two people should retire-
    Clinton

    and the rascist bill schneider!!

    May 20, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  9. Tammy

    Democrat 08 all the way baby. Let WV and Kentucky vote for Mccain perhaps he will send their family to Iraq.

    May 20, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. LINDA,FL

    no surprise: lowminded people were fooled by clintons easy.
    I guess Madia should do more to prevent clinton's missleading – the goal of Media is to tell the truth, right?

    As for today – you all at CNN were watching at all the crap clintons were spreading.
    No good.
    but we will stand it.
    Sure, people would not go fo McBush, but for Obama.

    May 20, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. Debby

    Hey Donna Brazile I thought you were getting out of the party if you had to back either one. I can't stand listening to you already please do the Dem. party and GET OUT.

    May 20, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. carrie

    bill scheider or is it spider
    pls shut ip
    u and john king and wolf and the worst political team on tv are apartly responsible for all these divisions
    NEWS FLASH:americans are not satisfied with hillary,thats why she keeps losing and barrack keeps winning

    May 20, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. mya, Obama

    They also think the 'gas tax holiday' is a great idea in KY...i'm just saying...........

    May 20, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. William

    I don't think what I said was wrong at all moderator, Hillary wins the racist vote is a given. The racists don't vote for Obama because he's 1/2 black, just 5 months ago he "wasn't black enough" according to CNN. Congratulations on your demographic support Hillary!

    May 20, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. fairness first.

    Obama is being forced on the democrats by the DNC, the elite democratic elders and the openly pro-Obama media.

    The people don't like that sort of swaying.

    People are willing to accept the nominee that the voters choose- not that the DNC peddles and the media attempts to install.

    That is like a 3rd world coup.

    We just want fair play.

    May 20, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. Sandra Blair

    Hello to you all. This is so exciting. My question is ? Obama com
    pains mostly where he thinks he will win heavily. If he becomes President will he be President to the same people who voted for him.
    Hilary has worked so hard for all people.
    Thanks Sandy from Canada

    May 20, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  17. KE

    This game is not over yet.

    We will play the game like men, till the end, till we have a legitimate nominee for general election.

    Why the media don't report Rev. Wright teach dangerous teachings?

    And Obama was with Rev. Wright for twenty years.

    May 20, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. Tom C

    All this means is that uneducated rednecks aren't ready to accpet a black man as president. I know this is playing the race card, but that's the ugly reality. And they would obviously rather vote for a woman than a Black man. And who else would be so stupid as to fall for her gas tax vacation?

    I used to have a lot of respect for the Clintons, but now I'm starting to HATE them. I'm tired of hearing about Florida and Michigan. Hillary and her crew think if they say something it must be so. Not true!

    I will make my vote count this year – if they try and steal it from Obama, i'm staying home. Hillary and McCain are career politicians. They are both like Bush in my opinion.

    May 20, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. Disappointed

    It's amazing to hear the number of blue collar voters who would vote for McCain over Obama. How can people be so dumb? I mean, these are the very people Republicans and their lobbyist cronies laugh at behind closed doors in Washington.

    Also, what do they see in Hillary Clinton? Oh yeah – she's a fighter. Well, so is my Rotweiler, but I don't think my rotweiler would be a good president.

    It's official: We are a Dumbocracy.

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

    Why comment?? Hillary is a Woman.. CNN has already decided this is an Election about men... Mention the Women Vote.... Is Tabu..
    Obama has the Voodoo..... Garbage.... There will be Another Party come November. If Hillary is ignored.... Then you will have to listen to the Women in the USA.... Democrat's History....

    May 20, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. liar, liar, pants on fire

    Saying that Obama needs to win the white vote, if they are voting for Hillary because she is white, they will never vote for a black man even if he is the pope of white people. Who cares? vote for whoever you want to vote for, but hillary doesn't need to win the black vote and obama doesn't need to win the white vote.

    Blacks and white will never be in love with one another..and that's okay.

    May 20, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. Yolanda McLain

    The key to changing Amercia is EDUCATION. As demonstrated in the areas Sen. Clinton has won: poorer, less educated, less traveled, more prone to bigotry. The "swath" she is winning may be the racially intolerant white voters.

    May 20, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. TOM R

    Clinton is not the only Democrat that can secure the states Obama is weak in. As for her as VP, no way because Obama would have Bill Clinton in the wings and this would interfere.
    Obama will make the right choice at the right time. The Clintons want that power again. We have had enough of the Bush's & the Clinton's
    LETS MOVE ON! IT'S TIME FO A REAL CHANGE!

    May 20, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. Ed, Fl

    They are just Hillbilly!! who cares ?
    They probably would prefer some ex- KKK over Obama.

    May 20, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. David D Kollie

    When will this fight be over? If Hillary Clinton voters will not vote for Obama then president Bush's policy is ok for mcCain to continue. At least there will be no regret when McCain and the country continues in it economy down turn and families greiving over their love ones.

    May 20, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
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