May 30th, 2008
10:11 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton supporters tell her: 'It's an honor, Madame President!'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton campaigned in South Dakota Thursday."] WATERTOWN, South Dakota (CNN) - Long bus rides along rolling fields, small town stops, intimate crowds and diner pie typically symbolize the run up to the Iowa caucuses and the start of the presidential nominating season. But Hillary Clinton's two-day swing through South Dakota, a state that ends the primary process Tuesday, had all those trappings and neither the candidate nor her supporters were acting as though this race was nearing an end.

"A lot of people didn't want this campaign to keep going. They've been trying to tell me to stop running since January - and every time they say it, people rebuke it and keep voting for me. That's what I hope will happen here in South Dakota," she told a cheering crowd of several hundred in Huron.

As she stood in front of an enormous American flag, Clinton wound through her stump speech promising fiscal responsibility, universal health care, better and more jobs, ending the war in Iraq - all the issues candidates touch as they claw for every vote. She promised that between now and Tuesday there would not be a day without a Clinton in some corner of this state. As voters left they were given small Xeroxed fliers advertising a Bill Clinton event Friday in Mitchell.

Earlier Thursday die-hard Clinton supporters and some undecided Democrats waited patiently inside the smallish Second Street Diner in Madison hoping for a glimpse of and a picture with the presidential candidate. Upon arrival Clinton gripped and grinned with the all white, mostly middle-aged female crowd stopping at each booth and table to chat about issues or her Wednesday trip to Mt. Rushmore – "it's an honor, Madame President!" one woman shrieked as Clinton bounced through the door.

Clinton sat with a group of all female campaign volunteers sipped her tea and nibbled her pie before she took the microphone for a semi-impromptu speech and question and answer session with the diner crowd.

Jolene Johnson, a Madison resident and undecided voter, said Clinton's situation did not look "favorable" but said the "tenacity of staying in is typical of a woman ... she is not a quitter." She came to the diner to hear Clinton's pitch, and brought her granddaughter along to show her that a woman could run for president.

"I'd like to see her win," said retiree Wayne Grad. "Obama is a good candidate, but he lacks the experience. He's too much of a rock star." Grad said he thought calls for Clinton to exit the race were premature. When asked whether he thought Clinton would be his party's nominee he said, "I'd like to believe she is."

Clinton logged hours on the road to touch South Dakota's urban and rural communities from Rapid City in the west to Watertown in the east. She heads to Puerto Rico Friday for a three-day swing and a presumed victory in the island's Sunday primary, further adding to her popular vote total and her argument that she still has a chance at the nomination.

The campaign is mum about where she heads after Sunday and what her schedule holds for next week. The mid-size traveling press corps received an email to sign up for future travel, prompting questions about where the bus was headed next? A campaign spokesman replied "there are a lot of places to go to between June 3 and November."

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. LifeLongDemocrat

    Go Hillary<<!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Ryan

    Yup....we do............
    The faster the better now.....

    May 30, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. j

    Why not just crown her queen and get it over with? I almost wish she would win, then I can go back to voting Independent.

    May 30, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama


    Old people are funny : )

    May 30, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga


    May 30, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. pam Eugene OR

    We all know Hillary does not want it do be over but that does not change the fact that is . Sorry lost and you need to face facts!

    May 30, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Kyle

    Did she have another drink in her hand?

    May 30, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Enlightened Voter

    How truly lovely. But I have a question – how can a person who cannot manage their own campaign, and is millions in debt supposed to manage this country? and do all those things she promises, cause she does promise the moon to every state she's in and they all fall for it. How pathetic.

    May 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. gary

    The DNC, media etc. Has fixed this race for Obama.America will be sorry they ever hated on the Clintons, and was bias against HRC for president. Its a fact she is a better canidate with more qualifications,track record and shown through many yrs. she has been there for us.Obama couldn't make it to New Orleans after he got their votes.He is so filled with excuses and a slick speech. HRC didn't hesitate even though the African American's turned their back on her.HRC is our only hope.If she looses this country will fall. Read the Bible for you believers,or read Mostradumus The Code World War 111. It will tell all . America deserves what they get. They dont want to listen to the warnings and really change whats going to happen. You will get your CHANGE,but it isn't going to be pretty. Look at the change O.B. has brought so far, hate, racist and division. You havn't seen anything yet.

    May 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Clinton Supporter

    I'll tell you where she's headed.

    She's headed to the White House.

    Hillary will prevail. America will prevail.

    May 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. SANAA


    OBAMA 08

    May 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Hillary's Mockery Schmokery

    ......Well that is closest Hillary will ever get to hearing those words....

    ....Person was probably a "plant" in the audience by Terry r Wolfson....

    May 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. An American in Canada for David

    As the saying goes, Obama may win the battle (nomination), but he

    will definitely lose the war (presidency).

    And so say 20 millions Clinton supporters!!!

    May 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. George

    dont worry guys. She has more than $20 million debt and she is bargaining. she knows her race ends very soon. but she wants Obama or DNC take care of this debt. that's what she wants.

    May 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. PCB

    "Clinton sat with a group of all female campaign volunteers."

    This seems pretty sexist.

    May 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Kelly in Tx for Obama

    And Obama picks up two more Super Del' what is the point? She will NOT be the president.

    May 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |


    OBAM 08 & 12

    May 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Never Obama!

    It's an Honour Madame President!!

    May 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Fredi

    Hillary's behavior is inexcusable – she is creating expectations in her followers that she cannot deliver on – at least not without breaking all the rules and stealing the nomination. Why would anyone want such a reckless egomaniac in the White House?

    May 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Timothy


    May 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. Anna

    after all this, I not only hate Clinton but also democratic party. this is so sick, why dont these delegates/super delegates step in and do something.

    May 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Whatever they are smoking in South Dakota, I'd like some.

    May 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. JT

    We have a democracy. She is not winning the vote. She is not winning the delegates. She is not winning the states.

    She is a good woman, yes.. but her campaign has failed. Obama outmatched her. This is not about sex. It is about who the people want.

    Respect our democracy and support the winner when he or she is decided.

    May 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Anne

    Yet more BS from the Clinton supporters and the delusional one herself (Clinton).

    May 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. donna4hillary

    the ONLY thing obama has been able to do for this race is bring out the racism that has existed forever but has been kept under wraps. uniter? i dont think so. why isnt anyone calling for him to drop out since he doesnt have enough votes to clinch the nomination either?

    May 30, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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