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. Fella from Chicago

    Yep, and all the old white folks are going to vote for the ticket of Barack Hussein Obama/Farrakhan; Barack Hussein Obama/Wright; or Barack Hussein Obama/Father (bet me) Pfleger. There's not enough blacks or far left wing whites in this country (yet) to get this inexperienced candidate into office. Our forefathers have got to be turning in their graves with this propspect. People can say all they want about McCain, but when they get into the privacy of the voting booth in November, John McCain will be the next President of the good old U.S. of A. Thank you God for re-instating sanity in this country once again and having one of her former warriors contine to lead us and protect us.

    May 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Oh! The Irony

    Reality is this: Hillary Clinton is actually the candidate who is being divisive. While Barack seeks to gain support from all avenues, it appears Hillary has been making this a woman vs. man ordeal for several months now.


    May 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Herman in LA

    Is it over yet?

    May 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Proud American

    Nothing wrong with dreaming just dont be delusional.

    May 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Mike

    You Billary fools just don't know the crap that we republicans have on Bill and Hillary!

    I don't understand how white women support Hillary given how her husband has treated white women in the past!!

    May 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Tyrone

    Hey Obama Supporters,

    Your guy is a piss-wipe. I hate hias guts and would never vote for him. He makes me absolutely sick to my stomach! Hillary gets this nomination or Obama loses the general election. take it or leave it!

    May 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. christina

    Madam President of the New York Senate. Hang it up Hillary, please!!! Back Obama and move back to New York. You're DONE!

    May 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Emma

    You will never hear "Hail to the Chief" and will never be addressed as "Madame President" officially by anyone, well maybe your few supporters!

    Good-bye and take your sorry husband with you.

    May 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. lol

    take it to the convention hillary! the democrats treated you very bad, during this primary season. you don't owe them anything. let pelosi and dean unite whats left of the democratic party. run independent, you will win!

    May 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. Tee


    May 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. D Frank

    Rev Pfleger's apology is simply not enough!!!! It just seems that this church and everything about it is all wrong. RADICAL is the only word that I can think of and to actually think that OBAMA supported it for 20 years.

    That is the essence of what I think is all wrong about OBAMA. Barack Obama cannot control everything that is said in that church or who says it but why would any fair person even bother supporting it or attending the sermons for such a long time??

    How can any man who is running for the highest office in the country want to be a part of it?? How can any Obama supported logically defend Obama for being a part of this disgusting organization? Whether it is a Catholic priest or Rev Wright, this Church is rotten to the core.

    Because they preach politics during their sermons they should lose their church "tax advantages" immediately. The POPE should call this priest back to Rome and reprimand Father Pfleger.

    Americans, before they cast their votes, if Obama is selected the nominee, seriously think about Obama's membership for 20 years in this Radical Church. I simply do not think that Obama is the right choice at this time to be the President. Perhaps after we learn more about his past, he should be considered but not now.

    May 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. nowlin

    Hillary can be called many things,however she lacks maturity, and her
    judgement is sad. She doeshave experiance but it is not blessed with
    good stable direction.If you examine her behavior, she is sneaky as
    she can be.

    May 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Realist in Maryland

    All Hail Queen Hillary.

    If she wins, maybe she will give us all the same happy pills she takes...

    They'd be free, of course.

    May 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. A CANUCK

    I am convinced that at this stage of the race .....only demented old white women still think Shrillary can win !!!

    May 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Gaby in TX

    Hillary supporters, I have to question, as I seriously question Hillary's ability to lead this country. She is not and has not been transparent and her voters, still do not see that. Why should America wait until she is the nominee to find out about the rest of the skeletons that hide in her closet, justing waiting in anticipation to fall out. Rendell, one of her supporters, praised Farrakhan, now what is that? Double standard and hypocrisy is looming in the Clinton campaign. I am glad when the nominee is selected, then we can get on with the remaining election.

    May 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. TyWebb

    Any sniper fire involved?

    May 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Ryan

    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.

    Statements like this really disturb me since I look forward to the day when women will be entirely equal. I really don't understand how anything that Hillary is doing now can be revered by so many women. If staying in when you've already lost is tenacity typical of a woman and revered by them, it's no wonder some people are afraid of a woman in power. This campaign of hers has moved from one based in reality and logic in the first year or so, to one based solely on emotion and illogical mathematics (or chaning the rules to suit you after you previously accepted them).

    She's not helping you anymore, ladies. To be honest, many of the women that I know, mostly in their 20s and early 30s and in the corporate world, are getting quite frustrated because they know that Hillary is no longer helping the cause of feminism with her neverending campaign.

    May 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Blaising

    Clitnon dumb.
    Obama smart.

    Clitnon voted FOR the Iraq war.

    Profile of the Sociopath:

    Grandiose Sense of Self : feels entitled to certain things as "their right"

    May 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Ivar

    Hillary is out there campaigning for mc cain

    May 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Terry

    It will be either Madam President or President McCain. Mr Koolaid can't win a Presidential election in November. Go Hillary, go! Win the Democratic nomination so a Democrat can win the Presidential election in November! If Nobama wins the nomination, he'll lose in November and the Koolaid drinkers will have their empty sugar rush finally end and crash.

    HILLARY 08!

    May 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    Kathy, RJ, Mike – You post the same comments on every blog. Try a little less cut and paste, and a little more imagination. It makes one wonder about yoru intelligence!!

    May 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. First time voter

    I too am really getting tired of the whole democratic party. I don't understand WHY they would let a sore loser ruin an entire parties chances to win. This makes no sense and I think that we havent even begun to tap the reall issuses and reasons behind Ms Hillary's divisive measures to win when by all clear MATH , and logic she cant win unless she steals it or God fobid what her terrible statement suggested.

    May 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Clinton Legacy

    I never in a million years would have thought Hillarys legacy would end up on the Back of Pickup Trucks, in Supermarkets, and at Diners.

    May 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. hugues

    bye bye hillary !

    May 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Dallas, TX

    Get over it already, she's not going to get the nomination.

    Let's move on!

    OBAMA '08!

    May 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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