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

Some KY Clinton supporters doubtful she can claim nomination

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/20/art.kyclinton.ap.jpg 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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  1. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    THE CLINTONS LET US DOWN WHILE IN THE WHITE HOUSE

    AND REAFFIRMED THAT BEHAVIOR WITH THEIR RACE

    MONGERING & THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO THE REPUBLIC PARTY.

    HOW CAN THE DNC DEAL WITH THESE TWO.

    May 20, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  2. Kayla, FL

    Dear Friends,

    I am SO UPSET!! The MSM BIAS IS AWFUL!! The BEST CANDIDATE may not win!! And this is supposed to be AMERICA!!

    But if the WORST happens: DON”T VOTE FOR MCCAIN!!!!

    He is been so disrespectful of OUR CANDIDATE. He said:

    "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."

    He is an ADULTERER!!
    He divorced is crippled wife and married an heiress 20 years younger!!!

    He will send thousands of our boys and girls to DIE IN IRAQ!!! If you vote for HIM their blood will be on your hands and YOU WILL BE JUDGED BY A HIGHER POWER!!!!

    May 20, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. April in Texas

    Those who keep saying I will vote McCain if Hillary doesnt win will be going against every issue Hillary also has. Obama and Clinton are similar on issues just different on going about them.. I wish you guys and gals would just STAY HOME!

    Also, this racizm and sexsizm is only there if you see it when you look in the mirror. We are approaching the 21st century and as I see it we are all americans.

    May 20, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. Desmond Sequeira

    By far more OBAMA supporters will vote for Clinton if she is the unlikely nominee than the other way around. Only goes to show that OBAMA 's concensus building spirit of good will is influencing his supporters and Clinton's consistently divisive spirit is influencing hers.

    Discerning Superdelegates will know see clearly who is better for the unity of the party and the country and the world. you need to announce your support soon before this nonsense really hurts the Democratic Party.

    May 20, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  5. Justin

    Bush's foreign policy of demands before talks seems to be working well, huh? Two never-ending wars and an economy that makes the average american cringe.

    Why don't we let Mr. Obama try something new... that's what this country has been crying for, hasn't it?

    Just because he'll sit down with them doesn't mean that he's going to accept anything and everything... it means he's willing to actually open the power of diplomacy instead of using Bush's policy... which is to bomb, bomb, bomb, and then say something stupid.

    May 20, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. Chris in Va.

    If you painted a tree stump white they would have voted for it versus a black canidate, sad.

    May 20, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  7. Elrod

    Goodbye Hillary. Thanks for playing.

    Gallup today says Hispanics now back Obama over Clinton. Maybe that "hard-working, white people" line didn't pan out in the end. I suppose Clinton could win if it were 1980.

    May 20, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  8. NonYa

    Clinton is like a pop-up ad.

    May 20, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  9. Michigan Voter !!!

    Shelton ,

    What Are You Taking about Michigan & Florida Don't Count ? . If That's The Case Take Away Two Big States From Obama . The Delegates , Super Delegates , And The Popular Vote . He's Be way Behind !!! . 50 States Not 48 . Wait Till The General Election . We'll Get Our Say , Obama is going To Wish He Hadn't Blocked Our Re – Vote . I Will Vote Only For Hillary , Or John McCain !!!!!

    May 20, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  10. Shasta

    Yes, but will they vote for Obama in the general?

    May 20, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  11. V

    BE-AWARE (BEWARE)... This argument about who is more patriotic and more of a full-blooded American should pique the ears of every American – Asian, Hispanic, White, Samoan, Black, Native American, women, men, etc.

    When people begin to throw around nationalism and patriotism to coerce and hijack the public's mind, we are in trouble. These arguments are used by devious people with nefarious intentions. They seek to rob the populace of their vote and individual voice by confusing the populace into thinking they are patriotic and thus voting for and aligning themselves with those pushed forward as the most patriotic, because no one sees himself/herself as unpatriotic. Its always the next person...

    But then again we are all the next persons as well.

    Research your candidate's positions – do not let rumor, innuendo, or sound bites clipped and deliciously wrapped to divide and confuse the populace rob you of your independent thinking and vote.

    "And thus I clothe my naked villainy/With old odd ends, stol'n forth of holy writ;/And seem a saint, when most I play the devil." (Richard III 1.3.336-38 )

    May 20, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. No.Cal. for Obama

    Well, HRC may be right anything can happen. Although I hope not.

    Go Obama.

    May 20, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  13. Don

    I just loved the comment "he hasn’t been around Washington long enough.” That's the problem....guess the ole boy from Wesleyan College has no clue and his world view is so small that he has no idea how we are perceived around the world. You people are such hypocrits with your fake christian values.......what's wrong with sitting down with other leaders, if your not willing to talk to them, how are you suppose to deal with them....apparently this hasn't worked that well the last four years..and besides...Hillary reminds me of my annoying ex-boss....the fake, condecending smiles.. go throw the deep ball and moan about the votes in Michigan and FL..........LET'S MOVE THE GOAL POST AGAIN....

    go obama, beat mccain

    May 20, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  14. Vig

    Sexism reigns supreme – that's why a person like Obama is as far along as he is. Clinton deserves to be outraged.

    May 20, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  15. Debby

    Unfortunately I think their right. I think its sad that race is taking an issue though vs. the strength of the candidate this isn't good for Obama. I don't agree with Toobin and Gergen though why Hillary should preach to white voters about why they didn't voted for him. She shouldn't have to do this, if Obama is so sure he can clinch the general then let him do it on his own trying to win over these voters. I don't think a lecture from Hillary or distancing herself from these people won't do the Dems. any good. Obama is the so called Change candidate and Uniter so let him work for the votes.

    May 20, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  16. God Bless America

    I'M SO TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT WHITE WORKING UNEDUCATED PEOPLE!!!!!!!!

    NEWS FLASH*******EVERYONE WORKS....... NOT JUST WHITE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    EVERYONE WORKS!!!!!!!!! AND WE WORK HARD!!!!!!! WE ARE AMERICANS OF ALL ENTHICITIES, RACES AND CULTURES!!!!!! WE WANT THE BEST FOR OUR CHILDREN AND WE WANT TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN MORE THAN WE HAD. CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHICH RACE OR CULTURE DOES NOT WANT THIS!!!!!

    THIS IS AMERICA...THIS IS THE PROMISE OF AMERICA.
    REMEMER THE MELTING POT........

    HILLARY YOU ARE INHERENTLY NOT FOR ALL AMERICA ...... YOU ARE FOR YOURSELF AND YOU HAVE NO PROBLEM DESTROYING ANY PROGRESS TO GET YOUR WAY!!!!!

    SELFISH, AND POWER HUNGRY. YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE PEOPLE PAY FOR IMPEACHING YOUR HUSBAND.

    BUSH HAS BEAT DOWN AND MURDERED ENOUGH AMERICANS AND OTHERS............WE NEED HEALING, UNITY AND SOME PEACE!!!

    YOU CAN'T DO IT FOR US............. WE WANT OBAMA.

    May 20, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  17. Susan

    She can STILL win!

    Just wait & see!

    May 20, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  18. LFM

    A fair outcome would be to repeat the election in FL and MI including "all" the candidates. Hillary wants FL because she knows Obama wasn't on the ballot, and even if she were to win FL, it wouldn't make a dent in her delegate count. Obama is less than 100 delegates from the nomination, so it should be time for her to reconsider her position. I do admire her persistence, but at some point, the Democratic Party needs to move on or we'll start giving away votes to McCain. And what's going on with the people that would rather vote for McCain than for Obama? I'd rather give a chance to someone who's not in bed with the Washington political machinery, than to continue down this path that's destroying our country. At the end of the day, the people that have become wealthier thanks to Washington will just move away to a safe haven when things get ugly and we'll be left to clean the mess.

    May 20, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  19. MP-Pennsylvania

    Hillary needs to win 75% of remaining states and 93% of super delegates to overtake OBAMA.....

    That is the mathematically impossible since she never got 75% from any states.

    May 20, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  20. bash

    Hillary is proving one thing anyhow–boys really are better at math than girls.

    May 20, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  21. MI Voter

    People voted for her because it was voting day, and they wanted to. I can speak accurately when I say that there were a lot of people that did not vote because they knew it wouldn't count. And you want to count those that didn't follow the rules and realized what the outcome would be? Please... if he had been able to campaign here, or at least had his name on the ballot, it would be completely different.

    May 20, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  22. Karen

    Shelton ,
    An election in a free world alows every citizen to cast their vote and have it counted.
    It is not up to the candidates to decide who can vote and certainly not up to you.

    May 20, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  23. Maria

    Now I have heard it all. David Gergen is on CNN saying that Hillary Clinton should say to voters in KY that did not vote for Obama because he is black that she does not want the vote of those that vote for her because they do not want to vote for a BLACK candidate. GIVE ME A BREAK. IS OBAMA GOING TO TELL ALL THE BLACK VOTERS 90% IN MOST STATES THAT HE DOESN'T WANT THE VOTE OF PEOPLE THAT ARE VOTING FOR HIM BECAUSE HE IS BLACK. TALK AGAIN ABOUT DOUBLE STANDARDS. IS OBAMA ALSO GOING TO TELL THE WHITE MALES THAT WILL NOT VOTE FOR A WOMAN THAT HE DOES NOT WANT THEIR VOTE. GERGEN YOU ARE INSANE!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  24. Lanny Davis

    It's politics the other way rube ... Hillary's using it and you're falling for it.

    “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.”

    May 20, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  25. NORA, FLORIDA

    LOIS no one needs to talk about smoking because Obama quit but I don't think it is lady like for Hillary to be on national television THROWING HER HEAD BACK downing ETOH (look it up)

    May 20, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
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