May 20th, 2008
10:50 PM ET
15 years ago

Some KY Clinton supporters doubtful she can claim nomination

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton's victory party supporters were pragmatic about her chances."] LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (CNN) – The crowd at Hillary Clinton’s Kentucky victory party Tuesday night was a cross-section of the state’s Democratic base – the mostly white, working-class voters swayed less by Obama’s lofty message of hope and change than Hillary Clinton’s solutions-oriented stump speech.

“He was inspirational for the first couple of months and I can see why people were voting for him,” said Eric Felddausch, an 18 year-old sophomore at Kentucky Wesleyan College. “It’s more about the experience for me. Obama seems almost naïve to think that he can just sit down with leaders like Ahmadinejad and Raul Castro. Just shows his inexperience and shows he hasn’t been around Washington long enough.”

Standing a few feet away was Ann Regan, a retired Floridian who had come up to Kentucky volunteer for the campaign after contributing the maximum amount allowed.

“I thought it would be good to work in a state where when you go to the polls your vote will count,” said Regan, adding that she doesn’t fault the Obama campaign for not wanting to include Florida’s votes as they stand. “He wants to win so I can’t blame him for that, it’s politics right now.”

Supporters held posters behind Clinton exclaiming, “Count Every Vote” as she delivered prepared remarks to thunderous applause from the crowd.

But as for Clinton’s shot at converting big back-to-back wins in West Virginia and Kentucky into the nomination, both Regan and Felddausch were doubtful.

“It looks like the chances are slim, I’m not going to say none, but they’re slim,” said Regan.

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soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Jamaal Kansas

    This Thing Been Over Time to Unite And Get Mcsame!!!

    May 21, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  2. Diogenes

    And while you waiting for Bush to send you his little bribe of $600 or $1200, depending on your marital status, have you wondered where the bulk of the money will end up?

    Yep, with his oil buddies? How? The "experienced" man in the White House and his corporate buddies know that you will use the bulk of that money for gas!

    So they give it to you to make you think they care and they turn right around and take it from you. The joys of experience!

    Please keep fooling me.

    May 21, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  3. tigerakabj

    What that sophmore from Wesleyan College doesn't understand is that Obama has more elected "experience" than Clinton. That is a fact. 8 legislative years in the Illinois senate and 2 in the U.S. Senate.

    Oh well. As usual, these 2 states didn't change the math and Obama is still ahead. Go Obama!

    May 21, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  4. susants

    I am astonished at Ms Ann Regan's comments implying that Barack Obama is not allowing Florida's votes for Hillary Clinton to count.
    She is sufficiently involved with Clinton's campaign to know that the Democratic officials of Florida caused the problem with the Democratic Party by holding the election on an unapproved date.
    Florida, along with Michigan, will present its petition to the Rules Committee on May 31st. That committee is NOT controlled by Obama.
    He has shown that he wants an agreement for both Michigan and Florida to be seated.
    It is Clinton who refuses to accept the two states' proposals.
    I notice that none of Clinton's supporters show any sympathy for the voters who voted for Obama in Florida, voted uncommitted in Michigan and for those who stayed home in both states instead of voting in an illegal election.
    It is disturbing to me as a woman and Democrat to see this sort of misinformation which creates divisiveness in the electorate.

    May 21, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  5. kantor

    When you got dumb people like WV and KY (jelly) deciding who wins the white house, then you got bush for 2 terms, 4 dollar gas, a pathetic economy and everything else bad I didn't mention..Someone really needs to look at taking there ability away to screw this nation. Them and ohio, penn, and florida. If it was up to me these states would never be allowed to vote.

    May 21, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  6. Venus

    Some KY Clinton supporters doubtful she can claim nomination

    it's because she has lost the race!

    Go Obama! I am loving this!

    May 21, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  7. kantor

    I tell you all the truth. If hillary thinks her plan of turning whites against obama will work then she's stupid. But if it does work, and she manages to steal this election, then guess what..There will be a race war, and if whites think there anger can match the rage of blacks, then you will just have to wait and see...

    blame hillary for what's about to happen, but by then it will be too late...

    May 21, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  8. b

    hillary can fold my shirts! and wash my dishes

    May 21, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  9. Texas Ranger

    Come on guys don't be doughtful, Hillary can still win this thing. I mean if we subtract all the black votes that was initially for Hillary but switched, because switching is wrong, and add all the older white people who died over the last 2 years because those would have probably voted for her but did not have a chance to (because every vote counts) and since Hillary is married to Bill and she is entitled to half of what's his, then she should be granted half the delegates from his 1992 and 1996 campaigns. By this math we are in the door, and if this is not enough we can add Canadians becasue lots of Canadians come to New York. I think we can win this thing

    May 21, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  10. Zachra

    I love how people that are obviously not in any position to criticize Obama's experience do so without realizing the irony. But, that 18 year-old college student surely knows how things work in Washington and the world so he can make that judgement call with a straight face and right mind.

    May 21, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  11. Emily

    Hillary, I am so proud of you! Keep fighting! You are the best!

    May 21, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  12. its not that your woman your a liar

    thats all i have to say. she claims all the experience in the world, but yet she is a liar. I say they need to stop talking about it being about her being a woman or him being african american. Bc clearly whether she is female or male she "misspeaks", I am sorry, but i choose honesty. Hillary didnt misspeak she made up a colorful story to make herself sound cool. seriously she needs to focus on why she is losing and lying and not on attacking obama for senseless things. She is a liar it is simple. Believe it. Watch Hillary the Movie its available on you will realize that to become president of this free country you have to have some kind of scruples, which is everything she lacks.

    Obama 2008

    May 21, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  13. dwho

    Obama is not inexperience. He is wise. A wise leader does not set barrels for other leaders. An openness to talk someone who hates another person/country does not mean the person who is open to such a talk is naive. It means the one seeking open talk is willing to resolve matter without the lost of lives.

    A naive and inexperience person is one who does not wants to listen to other advice and who does things like go to war on his/her own without the backing of other countries.

    May 21, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  14. chitowngal07


    May 21, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  15. MT

    Kantor, you're one basket case. Cut it with the hate posts because it reveals your true colors. You're the divider!

    May 21, 2008 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  16. John Smith

    It looks like the DEMS really know HOW to lose. It could be that it is the party with the most uneducated and vulnerable folks in this world.

    Let the Dems give Hillary to the Republicans. Indeed, the Republicans are really eager for a "fighter" not a uniter. The Republicans will have no problem opening up their "war chest" against the Clintons. They will start where the Clintons left off– the White House items that were stolen and end up with "Bosnia fire." Yeah, let Hillary be the nominee for our women in this nation; blacks should work harder, they are not yet ready!

    May 21, 2008 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  17. NoHillaryOnVpTicket

    I think Hillary really thinks she should win partially because HE IS Black. and of course SHE is White.... That is sad... and that is why she lost all black supporters. Sad! She may have won, but she did her self in by playing the discrimination card. Too Bad. Let this be a lesson for others who think its cool lie about folks being Muslim, not wearing pins, expoiting entertaining black preachers, setting up a candidate on ABC with rediculous questions.... etc. You never know who you might need one day.... Forget being VP... you burned your bridges.

    May 21, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  18. Jose

    Obama-Webb, first Tuesday in November this year, please vote Democratic. Let this our country be a nurturing and challenging Democracy.

    May 21, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  19. Dennis

    I love the fact after all the rest of the contests are concluded Clinton will be leading in the popular vote– no matter what they do with FL and MI–after Puerto Rico votes she will be leading all forms of the popular vote total.

    Once that happens it's gonna get interesting as far as how the rest of the super delegates will be able to argue that Obama should be the nominee–
    especially since they will all be hypocrites when they were all crying to count the FL votes when Bush beat Gore in FL and won the nomination.

    No the rules of the democratic party is for 2025 votes to claim the nomination and lets face it–neither Clinton nor Obama will have the neccessary votes to gain majority. What right does Obama have to claim that the superdelegates need to vote the way of the pledged delegates? If that were the case it would have been part of the rules– the superdelegates are suppose to chose between the two candidates and lets face it– it's a tie, no matter how you slice it– Clinton won the popular vote and obama won the pledged delegate vote–let them decide who the better candidate is against McCain in the fall- don't start changing the rules to get your candidate elected– Clinton in the end wont even need FL or MI to gain the upperhand in the popular vote total and that will mean that no other democratic candidate has EVER won more votes than Clinton and that is a fact– they can twist the results and claim unfairness with caucus turnout etc but it doesn't matter.

    May 21, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  20. Same old song

    I find it so surprising that Clinton is talking about she has the most experience. She has been in the U.S. Senate since 2000. Sen. Obama was a Illinois State Senator for 6 years and has been in the U.S. Senate since 2005. My math tells me that he has more governmental experience than she does.

    Please do not count being First Lady as experience. I would like to see you go and get a job using your spouse experience as your own. It will not happen.

    May 21, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  21. Peter

    Doubtful? I think Kentucky IS the State of Denial! Here I thought that it was just a mythical place...go figure!

    May 21, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  22. StingyRay

    Just how do things work in Washington? Let me guess, the same way things have always worked as long we've let them. Oh, now I know why folks are looking for change. Listen, let's start by accepting that we made a huge mistake voting for li'l Georgy and then we can move forward. How many of us really think that big speeches can carry one man this far? But I'll tell you what does, hate, anger, fear and whatever else vice you can drop in there. Unfortunately, this time around, all that's not enough to stop the right thing from happening.


    May 21, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
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