May 20th, 2008
07:55 PM ET
15 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. mmartin arkansaw

    how smart can they be?

    May 20, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. Gretchen in California

    Dear Fellow Democrats.
    Regardless of who the Democratic nominee will be, WE MUST UNITE. The next president will make very important choices. Obama and Hillary are inches apart; but they are both miles apart from McCain. THE NEXT PRESIDENT COULD APPOINT AS MANY AS THREE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES. These are appointments for LIFE, and they will radically affect us.

    The Supreme Court is who has given us women rights and who has given Blacks rights (as well as allowing us freedom of choice and basic civil rights). If you do not believe me, find out for yourself what these new appointments will mean to you. Please do not get mad if your candidate does not win. Instead, think. Think about what your vote will mean to you, your children, each other, and the planet. VOTE DEMOCRATIC. We cannot withstand another four years with McBush!

    May 20, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  3. not racism

    The gleeful bashing of Hillary Clinton has created this backlash of support among her previously complacent supporters.

    Nothing unifies people more quickly than being attacked simply for voting for the candidate of your choice.

    The rhetoric of racism has soured would-be Obama supporters and convinced them to stand firm in their convictions.

    Hillary Clinton is the BEST qualified to lead.

    Pretty just don't cut it- even if you accuse voters of racism. Since when is exercising a voter preference racism?

    May 20, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. joe

    this dont mean crap,seek and tired of this bs,the democratic leaders are all mental,they wont even try to give that to loser hillary,there gonna be hell to pay

    May 20, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  5. John Smith

    When Gore and Kerry ran, the Democrats never experienced this big rift in the party.

    Either, racism is stiil high in this nation OR

    Why is it that the Clintons always screw up whatever they touch? By the time Bill left office, this nation was equally divided– RED and BLUE

    Why can't people let Obama close this big gap in this nation? This man is both BLACK and WHITE, got it!!!

    May 20, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Paulinus

    The majority in the rural area are uneducated white people Mr Bill. They are the only ones that could be easily manipulated by the Clintons.

    May 20, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. Ben

    Obama has already won. All that the people in Kentucky are accomplishing is making themselves look racist even if they are not.

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

    Sen. Obama has proven again that he can't win against someone that has been cast as the loser. Could the strength of his success so far be attributable to the superdelegates and democratic party leadership that was mesmerized prematurely? Remember, we could be electing a totally inexperienced candidate to handle 2 wars, a faltering economy and oil at $130. a barrel...what are they thinking!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. The Truth

    I am so happy that Hillary won in Kentucky by over two to one. Where is the girlie man and his rough looking partner? Edwards and Richardson should be ashamed of themselves by not supporting her. What back stabbers they are. Go Hillary

    May 20, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  10. bashing

    Obama lost my vote when he mocked and jeered HRC with his Annie Oakley antics.

    That was NOT very presidential.

    Where was the DNC and Richardson then?

    Gleeful that Hillary was getting bashed?

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

    go for it ,Bill Richardson,,Obama is the next president,,bye bye Bussshhhh and enjoy your chainsaw in the ranch

    May 20, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. seah

    Go Hillary

    Kick his butt some more.

    Obama is not the choice of the majority of Democrats.

    The DNC want Obama as a puppet, the people do not.

    May 20, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. Matt

    This is great news! I hope this shows all the Obama supporters this race is not over yet. It was always obvious Hillary would win this state, but by over 30%? Obama supporters, you have alot of work to do if you want to win in November (if you even get to November), and it isn't going to help if you ignore states and call them names just because they vote for Hillary 😉

    May 20, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |




    May 20, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. Dave in VA

    It's going to be tough in 2009 when WV & KY are begging for money from President Obama.

    May 20, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. Independent Voter


    Hillary is a Great Politician.
    Barack is a very effective leader and could be a great president.

    All of this is going to continue and Hillary Clinton is going to make it harder and finally who knows – they might be able to defect people or even "bribe" people in the DNC like how (I heard) politicians do in developing nations!!

    It just beats me how a party could be a silent spectator and lost this lasting opportunity for it's party (Imagine if Obama can inspire so many very well educated and professional folks into the system and do a good governance, what would that mean to not just the country's future , even if this party is selfish, but to the party itself!!!)

    Understandable that Hillary has garnered considerable votes but what is a better choice to move a country forward – Older generation folks (55 and above) , rural electorate OR the next generation, well educated electorate !!!! It is simply pathetic that the Party cannot rally behind a leader and pull this plug off (no one cares as I understand how much of public financing and funds are being wasted for a while now into these two campaigns!)

    For the Media – it is fun time for still a longer while

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

    Obama has no experience, it's like electing Arnold to be CA's governor, people wanted change. Now, it's change to the worse. How can we elect someone to be president purely because "we" think it's better while not considering the candidates themselves? Out of the three remaining, in order of qualification for the job: McCain, Clinton, Obama.

    One thing I noticed: Obama supporters seem to think their candidate can do no wrong, while Clinton supporters think their candidate can do some good. This "can do no wrong" mentality will be costly.

    May 20, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. The big brush off

    Obama lost my vote when he dismissively brushed Hillary Clinton off his shoulders.

    Big, swaggering, boastful, cocky man.

    I saw BUSH- and I did not vote for Bush, twice. I will never vote for Obama either.

    I look for leadership- not mocking arrogance.

    May 20, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. Joe Black

    'KY Democrats?"

    I thought they were all in San Francisco.

    Sorry, it was too easy...

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

    McCain has already won Kentucky in the fall, according to Rasmussen reports

    Let's forget about these uneducated white-trash losers and concentrate on states Democrats can win. There are more than enough states outside of the south for Obama to win the electoral college.

    I agree with the post above, calling these racists "blue collar" insults true hard-working Americans. If you look at Gallup polling, Obama is getting a substantial percentage of these voters everywhere except in the south. And we all know perfectly well why that is even if the pundits are too chicken to say it.

    Obama 08 & 12

    May 20, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. Nobama, Not now Not ever

    "Not a satisfying choice" Excellent choice of words.

    May 20, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. race card time

    Obama lost my vote way back in SC when he chose to play the race card.

    The uniter decided that racial divisiveness served his purposes better so he went down THAT road.

    Now he can travel it without my vote.

    May 20, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. Sharon from Dallas

    Mr Schneider are you surprised these racist people will not vote for an African American? This state is hicksville USA, my husband is from this state. The whites in Oregon said they will vote for Hillary if she is the nominee and why is this? This is because they are educated on the issues that affect them on a daily basis and they do not want to continue with George Bush policies with McCain for another 4 yrs.

    The majority of people in Kentucky are voting for Hillary because she is white. What a way to cast your vote. Blacks on the other hand have cast their votes for white candidates for years, they don't look at the color of a persons skin but at the issues that are going to affect them. So all of you who said you will not vote for Obama in the general election. DO NOT TAKE MARTIN LUTHER KING'S BIRTHDAY off as a holiday. GO TO WORK ON THIS DAY!!! The reason why is, he was about judging a person by the content of their character not the color of their skin, and all you racist people do not deserve this day off.

    May 20, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  24. Independent

    Just shows they still run on bigoty! My God, why don't people grow up and realiza we are part of the Global community? If Clinton steals this election, this Independent voter will stay at home.

    May 20, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. Barbara Roberts

    I agree with KY I live in WA state and I don't like Obama he whines if anyone disagrees with him. I got news for him if we are unlucky enough that he becomes President he will have a lot of people disagree with him. He is not qualified to be President. I have never voted any way but democrat but if he is it I will either not vote or cast my vote for someone else. I don't want to be even a littel bit of a reason that he is elected. I hope people wake up and choose Hillary she is better more qualified and better able to run the country.

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