May 20th, 2008
10:50 PM ET
14 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. Lisa F.

    Take the high road Hillary. (If you can)

    Florida and Michigan leaders chose to ignore the rules and held their primaries when they weren't supposed to do it.

    All actions have consequences and they should not be rewarded now for breaking the rules. If citizens are disenfranchised, they need to make changes in their leadership.

    You want to keep changing the rules of the competition until you have a chance. I believe that is called 'cheating"......

    Be a good sport, learn from your mistakes

    Instead of 1600 PA Ave, move into a secluded cabin in the mountain state and wear your "queen of the hillbillies" crown with pride.

    May 20, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  2. Kenneth Woodard

    Fellow Democrats from the North, the South, the East, the West, of all races, of all economic backgrounds, of all religions, please remember these words............'United we stand, Divided we fall"

    So much will be at stake this November 4, 2008. Think about the supreme court justices when you cast your vote.

    Divide we fail, united we succeed!

    Loyal Democratic Member!

    DFL'er Minnesota

    May 20, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  3. JRC

    Then WHY are they continuing to vote for her???

    Listen, I'm all for a woman president, just not THIS woman. I will not vote for her simply because she is a woman, she's going to have to have more than that going for her. She lies, she cheats, her politics are suspect. I would not want my daughter or granddaughters emulating this woman. She CHOSE to stay with a man that was unfaithful to her numerous times for a political agenda. I teach my children, both boys and girls, a marriage is nothing if there is no respect. Both she and her husband have shown they have no respect for each other.

    She likes to talk about her "experience", well, let me tell you, she has no more experience then Obama. If my husband is a surgeon, and comes home and tells me about the surgeries he performed that day, and once in a while I go to the hospital to talk to sick people, would you let me operate on you?? I doubt it!

    HOW is she getting cheated by the DNC?? She AGREED to the rules for Michigan and Florida.

    Really, people, do some research. Form your OWN opinions. Don't just believe, verbatim, anything she or anyone else tells you. Our future depends on it.

    May 20, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  4. Jeff

    A bittersweet moment for Hillary. The Dems are going to elect a guy that can't win a general election and didn't win the popular vote.

    May 20, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  5. Scott C

    It speaks volumes about the support a candidate gets when they decide not to vote for a particular candidate over issues manufactured by his opposition.

    These people saying he is naive for saying we should meet with the leaders of Iran... are only saying so because they were told to think that way. We have met with more vicious leaders in the past, we met with countries that had nuclear weapons pointed at us.

    It was a good idea then, but not a good idea now? Why because it isn't a talking point YOUR candidate has?

    What HARM will it do to meet with Iran?
    How will we be worse off if he meets with Iranian leaders?

    Obama isn't trying to ignore Florida and Michigan, they weren't fair elections, and he is rightfully apprehensive to count, AS IS, an election that wasn't fair in ANY way, that could alter his status as front runner.

    However now, even if you counted them AS IS, he still can't be beat.

    So there isn't really anything left for Clinton supporters to blame for their candidates loss.

    May 20, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. CA Independent Chris

    Congratulation, Barack. Please don't screw it up.

    May 20, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. Average American

    Biased? Categorizing her chances as slim, but not none is accurate. They are slim, but not none and some of her supporters think that, how is that biased?

    May 20, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  8. Independent

    Lois Shut up!

    May 20, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. AZ

    BLAH, BLAH BLAH ,blah and so on........

    May 20, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    DUH.... they just figure this out in KY? She lost WEEKS ago.....

    May 20, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  11. kingsley

    what realy happened to all the states that Obama dominated hillary by over 70% wins? why is her wins more relevant than his?,. why is this news?

    May 20, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  12. About Time


    Yeah! You can call me sweetie anytime. Rather be called that rather than what Hillary and her bunch of man haters are called. RHYMES WITH SWITCHES.

    May 20, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  13. Bucky

    Oregon Exit Polls show Clinton deadlocked in Women's vote and down big time in men's vote. Unless this exit poll had a really poor sample, looks like call should go to Obama any minute.

    May 20, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. Jo Peeps

    The whole article except the last statement supports the headline. CNN knows people only read headlines and these are the people voting for obama. I am sad their our country is so naive as to vote for a straw man.

    May 20, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  15. Linned

    Lois, I'm sure Michelle Obama can take anything the Republicans or others throw at her – she is a strong woman. As far as the smoking goes – I'm almost certain that I heard them say that he has stopped.

    May 20, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  16. Marcus B

    What I think is so funny is Senator Clinton's tune has gone from, "they broke the rules, Florida and Michigan do not deserve to have their delegates seated," to " I NEED THOSE VOTES FROM FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN!!!" And her popular vote claim is laughable at best. How can you be avid about counting every vote and then strip Obama from the caucus votes that he rightfully won, just to claim you won the POPULAR VOTE ( which everyone knows does not decide the nomination; it is the delegate count)? That is BS if I've ever seen it! Clinton needs to come up with a case that is not based on all types of numeric contortions. She needs some valid and something that doesn't insult the intelligence of anyone who knows how to count!

    May 20, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  17. Fed_up2

    Really good news. At least some of them have a twit of a brain.

    May 20, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  18. Anthony N Kentucky


    Hold ya horses aint going nowhere without us!

    May 20, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  19. Jo Peeps

    In the whole article only the last statement supports the headline. CNN knows people only read headlines and these are the people voting for obama. I am sad their our country is so naive as to vote for a straw man.

    May 20, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  20. rich

    You cant ignore the 17 million people who have voted for Clinton even after all the bias (msnbc, drudge, new york post,) traitors richardson, kennedy, etc. and even all her gaffes. I trust the american people. Any other candidate would have been finished. I do admit though that obama has indeed won. She should be offered the vice pres position. She and her 17 million supporters definitively deserve and have earned it.
    democrat 08

    May 20, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  21. Another Foreigner

    Excuse me, but what does smoking have to do with anything?

    May 20, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. Trace800

    Back to Back ??? Did we just skip NC??

    May 20, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. chula

    What about all the unfair attacks Obama took at Senator Clinton.

    Obama and Michelle have gone out of their way to TRASH Senator Clinton and President Clinton.

    Did Obama think we would forget .....just because he is playing nice in order to win over Hillary's supporters?

    NO WE WON'T forget!

    Obamas dirty tactics and his TRASHING of Senator Clinton and Bill Clinton. Obama throughout this campaign has done and said everything possible to demeant the accomplishments of President Clinton and the democrats during his two terms.

    NO WE WON'T forget

    Obama has done more to divide this democratic party than any other democrat in history.

    NO WE WON"T forget

    Obama participated in a Racist, Divisive, Anti-American church and he defended the lunatic rantings and his participation, funding and involvement in this racist church.

    NO WE WON't forget

    That is why millions of Americans are still turning out in overwhelming numbers to vote for Hillary Clinton.

    That is why millions of Americans and Democrats will turn out in November to Vote NO FOR OBAMA.

    NO OBAMA!!!

    May 20, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. Dwight

    Time for the fat lady in the pants-suit to start singing.....

    May 20, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  25. Bucky

    I think CNN has a policy of not calling a race unless there is a 99.5% statistical liklyhood of a winner. Based on the exit polls and the fact that CNN has not called the race, I would guess the liklyhood must be around 99.4% that Obama will win.

    May 20, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
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