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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/30/art.clintonsd.ap.jpg 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. Rick in Florida

    She wants to be POTUS...but has ended up as just POTTY. Hah!!

    May 30, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Lucy

    I think the Clinton's continue to run so hard-working people will continue to send money in to cover their $20,000,000 debt and $11,000,000 campaign loan (or young boys will sell their bikes and send the proceeds to their campaign.)

    Think about it.....

    May 30, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. gene

    By the way, the Obama supporters have a great way to go about uniting the party. Keep on bashing Clinton and her supporters and the defection rates will rise to about 50% and we will have a McGovern type election in the fall. The menu will include Nader, Bob Barr, maybe Ron Paul, Obama and McCain. If you have any wonder left, the best of this bunch is McCain. We know he is a patriot, a war hero, does not need money (his wfe is rich), knows what it is to suffer, is not an elitest, does not have a crazy pastor in his attic, is not black, is not female and most of the time he tells it as it is and not like we all wish.

    May 30, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Mat

    Hillary supporters need to stop making thei decisions based on emotion – you loose all reason when you sound pissed off and angry at Obama –

    May 30, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Observer

    Oh, yeah. Crown her queen. And let yourselves be her humble subjects and slaves.

    May 30, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. paul oregon

    enjoy the dem. party because after this election it will be no more
    thanks to the clintons what a bunch of liars. and the d n c for having there head up there @ss and letting this get to be a farce

    May 30, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Hillary supporter

    Kenneth M–give me one good reason why Hillary should help Obama beat McCain–1. Jeremiah Wright 2. that other white preacher? 3 Ayers/? 4 Chicago mob-style politics? 5. underhandedly using others for his smears? 6. His "old white grandmother" that he kicked in the ribs? 7. Michelle Obama slamming Hillary and being so patriotic for the first time in her life?....Not on your life will any of Hillary supporters help your candidate. The democratic party is going down.

    May 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Ratgurl

    Yep, Hillary's a legend… in her own mind!

    May 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. David Buddingh in Naperville, IL

    Question:

    How can a democartic canidate win the presidency with PA and Ohio but not with IL, IA, MN, WI i.e. state's with populations that went to college?

    Answer: They cannot.

    HRC you have marginalized a lot of democratic voters who would have crossed to you back in April but not now. Not after all of these shennighans and specious arguments.

    You are destroying the party with your count the votes from these states but not those states arguments.

    You cry out against sexism but never the true -ism of the campaign,
    nepotism.

    May 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. jaye

    Pathethic – to say the least.
    Go home HiIllary, you are a complete disgrace to the democratic party and to women all over the USA. You make women look like lying, truth stretching, whiney, bitter, racist, did I mention lying, deceiteful, needy, and just all around a destroyer of what women should stand for. You do not look strong at all – plus you're riding Bills coattails.

    May 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. US citizen

    Hillary is being too self centered. If she wants the good of the country then instead of fighting over each and every single vote, see the big picture. She after all her experience and age is trailing someone we hadnt heard of two years ago. That in itself should be enough of a reason to back off.

    May 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Leena

    As someone else asked on a different board...."If they didn't want to wait until August to find out the nominee, then why did they decide to have the convention in August?" It's a contest and they should both have their say and stay in.

    Sidenote- Obama supporters your behavior is only sadly underscoring one of the reasons why people have a real problem voting for him. Between your behavior and the religious leaders he chooses to surround himself with he's suspect.

    Frankly, you should realize even if he's the nominee he's not going to get elected without the full support of Hillary's base. There is no way around it. You should be trying to bring them into the fold vs. attacking their intelligence.

    Stupid strategy all around.

    May 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Vern

    In January Sen. Clinton was far ahead of Sen. Obama. Now considering all the negatives that have been printed About Sen. Clinton's campaign to get her NY Senate Seat, we fully Expect CNN to cover her campaign and the significant negatives as well. Remember the Best Political Team In Television we expect to be Fair and Balanced As Well

    May 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Unshrub

    Delusional, delusional, delusional; what else can you say. Except maybe sad, sad, sad.

    May 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Dylan

    "Upon arrival Clinton gripped and grinned with the all white, mostly middle-aged female crowd"

    There's the reason this primary has been so contentious. Not only does a racial and gender barrier exist among the two candidates factions, but a generational gap as well.

    Older voters need to realize that we are at the dawn of a new generation in politics.

    Obama 08

    May 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Jaci

    "It would have Been an Honor, Madame President"
    I fixed that title for you, CNN
    Because this thing is over.

    May 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Von Bismark VIENNA

    BILL&HILLARY CLINTON,(REV?) WRIGHT,(REV?)MICHAEL PFLEGER AND MANY OTHERS IN THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN ARE PART OF A CONSPIRACY.
    HOW DOES ON EXPLAINTHAT THE (REV?) WRIGHT CONTROVERCY THEY WERE EXPECTING TO TURN THE TABLES IS SURFACING AT A CRUCIAL POINT IN THE OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN JUST AS IT HAPPENED BEFORE?
    NOT LONG AGO MIKE(REV?)HUKABEE FANCIED OBAMA BEING SHOT AT; THE BLACK CO-CHAIR OF THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN WAS PAID TO DO THE DIRTY JOB OF RESCUCITATING THE WRIGHT'S CONTROVERCY AND JUST AFEW DAYS AGO HILLARY HERSELF EVOKED THE DEATH OF RJK AS HER REASON TO STAY IN THE RACE.

    BELIEVE IT OR NOT OBAMA IS NOT SAFE!

    May 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Madame President? That's a joke! In her and her Clintonite world she's president; however, in the real world, she lost!
    Sad part about it is, it was her election to lose and she did just that! Several people I know was going to vote for her; however, her low-down do anything to win tactics just sealed the deal for Obama. So if she and her faithful Clintonites are upset about the outcome, then they have no one to blame but themselves.

    May 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. Leena

    <>

    Uh you just did.

    May 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. atldan68

    Don't give up the fight for America Hillary!!! If you are not on the ticket I am ready to fully and financially support McCain. How stupid it would be for Obama to be so arrogant to think he can do it without the 17 million people that have voted for Hillary. Obama NEEDS Hillary if he wants the White House!!!

    May 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. Justice

    It is pathetic what Hillary will cling to. Anyway, let her have her moment in the sun. It is all that she has really. Unless the DNC over-turns the trend and annoys the millions of Obama's supporters, Hillary will be saying Mr. President, Sir to Obama. Enjoy it Hillary until June 3 and then support Obama!!! I would return my respect to you if you do.

    May 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. marygrace

    ONCE AGAIN, HOW LOW CAN OBAMA SUPPORTERS STOOP. NANA, SHUT UP! YOU ARE AN IDIOT! ANOTHER OBAMA SUPPORTER WHO HAVE DISPLAYED THEIR TOTAL DISRESPECT AND DISREGARD FOR OTHER PEOPLE'S VIEWS AND SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHOM THEY DO NOT AGREE WITH. YOU ARE A BUNCH OF EVIL, BITTER, AWFUL, ROTTEN INDIVIDUALS. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH FROM YOUR COMMENTS THAT OBAMA IS LOSING. PERHAPS YOU KNOW THAT HILLARY CLINTON WILL STEAL THIS NOMINATION FROM BARRACK FAKE OBAMA. HILLARY CLINTON WILL BE THE NOMINEE.

    May 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. MN Dem

    I'm sorry, can anyone out there do simple math? Even if FL and MI are counted using their January results (of course giving Obama the uncommitted vote in MI) Obama will still have a lead of 140 delegates. Do the math!

    I'm also sick of people claiming Clinton has the popular vote. That doesn't include caucus states! Clinton is talking about how we don't want to "disenfranchise" voters, while she is disenfranchsing everyone who caucused.

    May 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. arc

    Hillary Clinton voted to send over 4000 young American soldiers to their deaths in an unnecessary war. It is truly an honor Madame President.

    May 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. mr g

    hey kathy you write long but you write wrong. we will send you a honoary invite to the presidential ball that President Obama is having in january HOORAH

    May 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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