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. Larry

    LISTEN The O, how stupid can you be no one is going to get the price of gas down the government already subsidizes gas, this why it's not $8.00 per gallon. Kentucky and W.V. did get smart not to make another mistake and elect another president who don't care!!!

    HILLARY 08 or McCain 08

    May 21, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  2. Boston for OBAMA

    UHHHHH........didn't Clinton say it will be all about the super delegates?

    May 21, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  3. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    HILLARY is Laughing all the way to the Bank..

    She is Thanking Heaven for Hard working White People with Little or No Education..

    Soo Stuck on Hating that the forgot to pay attention that Hillary the Serpent is taking their Hard Earned Donations and paying her Campaign Debts..
    She not buying even 50% the # of commercials as before and has closed the vast majority of Campaign Offices.

    She won't forget about you until her bills are paid..Or she's gonna have to pay Bill J. Clinton.

    What Suckers...

    May 21, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  4. Larry

    LISTEN The O, how stupid can you be no one is going to get the price of gas down the government already subsidizes gas, this why it's not $8.00 per gallon. Kentucky and W.V. did get smart not to make another mistake and elect another president who don't care!!! Bush lowed the interest rates to help Americans afford homes, not to have deadbeats buy something they cannot afford!!!!!!!!!!!

    HILLARY 08 or McCain 08

    May 21, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  5. kate cumiskey

    The O–That would be, "their" mistakes. Educated...?
    Mrs. Obama's "First time in my adult life..." comment was inexcusable. Period.

    May 21, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  6. Female

    I agree Get Real.. It's so obvious that Wolf doesn't like Obama. I used to watch his show all the time but he's becoming so annoying that I turn to MSNBC at 3

    May 21, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  7. Robert

    Why did they vote for her if they doubt she can win the nomination? Oh... these are the uneducated voters, right?

    May 21, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  8. johnnyboy

    The reason why florida and michigan should count is that the 2 states are going to be able to vote in the general elections. That means that they actually show who is stronger to beat mccain,

    example is this:
    Clinton beat obama in both states by a large margin..
    this means that he doesn't have as much support as she does and will most likely lose against mccain. Michigan amd Florida will vote in the general elections, therefore they should be used in our democrat candidate decision making now.

    Another example so you can better understand:
    Let's say that 6 out of 10 people voted for you to be a candidate that's is going to go up against another candidate in a few months.
    these 10 people are going to vote in the other elction also.
    then someone says that those 6 people that voted for you don't count but they are going to vote in the other elections.

    The point is that those 6 people that voted for you, represent the actual amount of people that will vote.

    Hillarhy 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  9. Tom

    I don't know people ............ I just watch a show on TV where three top Psycics say McCain will beat Obama in November by about 2% . Not good....

    May 21, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  10. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    She is right, count the votes, the DELEGATE votes NOT the POPULAR vote which is the way the system is made.

    The "popular vote" argument did not work for the Democrats in 2000 when the electoral vote is what counted. The popular vote will not work now.

    No argument or rhetoric to the supers (thems just fancy words, Clinton says them edumacated words do not count after all) can or should overturn the DELEGATE COUNT.

    May 21, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  11. Wow! have a problem with people wanting to clarify with they are edited and presented in incomplete quotes, but you support a woman who MISSPOKE on several occasions, can't budget a campaign (ever wonder how she'll budget your tax dollars?) and had no problem disenfranchising MI & FL until she decided she needed them? You're a hypocrite!

    Just be woman enough to say you just want a woman in no matter what. People will respect you more.

    May 21, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  12. Hillary rocks

    Kentucky and West Virginia never support Liberals.

    Barack Obama is a Liberal.

    No democrat has won the White House without winning Kentucky and West Virginia since 1916.

    Obama had 16 offices open in Kentucky, outspent Hillary 2-1 and lost by 250,000 votes.

    Go figure yourself. Nominate Obama at the risk of President McCain

    May 21, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  13. Abby Rankin

    I support Hillary's continuing until the end. At this poing I believe it"s less about winning, than it is "running the good race". In any marathon or other running race, there is a winner–but once that has been established, the rest of the competitors don't quit the race–they finish. I am convinced that when the time comes, she will graciously concede and put her same energy and talent fully behind Obama. Until then, I continue to be a Hillary supporter.

    May 21, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |



    May 21, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |




    May 21, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  16. nona

    loi what does Obama's smoking habit have to do with the election?????

    May 21, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  17. brenda ,minnesota

    Senator Obama Currently has the lead in popular vote (period). Senator Obama has won the delegate contest. The SD's need to come out now and decide if they will overturn the will of the voters.

    May 21, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  18. R

    Time already announced the winner a while back its over, even with Florida and Michigan she can't win. Logically and mathematically Obama is the Democratic nominee.

    May 21, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  19. MI 4 Obama!

    In the polls...9 out of 10 voters stated they voted for Hillary because of race......that pretty well says it all about Kentucky and WV.

    If ya win the rest of the country does it really matter what WV and Kentucky think?

    Go Obama!

    Obama 08 & 12!

    May 21, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  20. garry

    Hillary is planning to run as an independant. That's sound good, no? There is no doubt she can win in November by doing so.

    May 21, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  21. A Voter

    The Democratic base is for Clinton. And there is threat of a revolt if they put obmaa in as the nominee. The newly arrived democrats are notoriously transient people: the youth vote, and the mega-wealthy. These are groups with short root systems with the Democratic Party.

    Clinton Democrats are long-established democrats and, as we have supported the Democratic Party for decades, to the tune of billions of collective dollars, it is stunning to us to realize we are not valued. It is amazing that the DNC is more interested in counting our money than counting our votes.

    The case can be made that all the primarys haven't taken place yet–meaning the race isn't over. A case can be made that the powers in the Dem party went public with their calls for Hillary to quit, prematurely, before all states had voted.

    It was very interesting that the point-spread in the Kentucky election was answered by the Obmam camp with a financial report: how many millions he has one hand; how many millions he had in April; how many thousands of 'new' supporters he had collected.

    She wins by 35 points and his response is I have more money? And the public doesn't have an issue with that?

    Anybody who thinks he is promising you a change in DC better look at the money this guy is flaunting. Is the White House for Sale?

    May 21, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  22. mmm

    Thing are too bad in out county and will soon be worse with a corporate downturn that will be coming up. We need Hillary as President because of her EXPIERENCE. Barak will be good at vice president because he can get some experience and learn from her. If she doesn't get the presidency how then we'll be asking her to clean up the mess in four years. I am ashamed to read all of the disrespectful statements about Senator Clinton. What goes around comes around.

    May 21, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  23. goawaymongers

    She can claim that she has run (and is still running) a rigorish campaign. I will leave it at that.

    May 21, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  24. David Goldman for OBAMA




    May 21, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  25. Diogenes

    Everyone talks about "Experience" this, "Experience" that. McCain has had 30 YEARS of "experience" in D.C. WHAT GOOD HAS THAT DONE FOR US?

    He and his Washington cronies have all the "experience," and yet they could not use that "experience" to save us from paying $4 for a gallon of gas!!

    If the so-called "experience" is what constitutes good leadership this country will not be in the mess it's in now.

    The next time you fork over $4 for a gallon of gas dont whine and cry, just say: "Thank God for experience."

    May 21, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
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