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."

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soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Honor is correct. The more you see of obama supporters their actions, their lies, their thugery and swiftboating, you wonder what type of person they ARE supporting.

    He has shown his underhandedness in every thing he does starting with the 2 million dollar scam of the so called autobio...lies from start to finish. And this is the PERSON they support.

    While they lie and swiftboat a real candidate who would make this country proud...oh did I forget to tell you ...the scam artist obama's wife she's not proud of this country ...what the heck is she doing in it.

    I just wish he would go away...far far away on a spaceride for centuries.

    May 30, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Sarah

    May be she can try out in 2016...
    Oops...She will be 68 by then

    May 30, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. @americans

    just delusional!

    May 30, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Latha


    I have so much more to say, but what is the point. UGH sums it up.

    May 30, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. El Máximo Gutierrez


    OBAMA '08 & '12

    May 30, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Paul FL


    I actually feel sorry Clinton supporters! It must suck to be so weak minded.. they've been totally manipulated!

    She is the "the strongest candidate".. though she cant even win a primary that she'd already won before it started! oh..against a black rookie!

    "Ahead on popular vote"... when votes from caucus states arent included! (but "every vote must be counted")

    How can believe actually believe her!!?

    May 30, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. jim

    Delusions of grandeur. Typical of Hillary and her following.

    May 30, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. vh

    Hilliary is not going to win. She is due to go to court for corruption as well as other charges, so hilliary supporters get over it. we owe her nothing. OBAMA 08

    May 30, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Ralph

    Take it all the way to the convention Hillary, or run Independent!!

    Yes you will!!

    May 30, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Barry G., Canadian Friend

    Not a chance Hillary, Barrack is coming and there nothing you can do about it. Bill has already been to the White House, America and the world wants a fresh face, black or white. Better Luck next time around.

    May 30, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. california voter

    the tone of this article is so insulting. i wonder why there is such a shortage of objective journalists...

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. DMS-AKA

    Denial.....................wake up .....your just hurting yourselves......surely we can find another women to represent us respectfully. SHE'S NOT OUR LAST CHANGE FOR A WOMEN PRESIDENT. TO ALL MY SISTERS IN THE MOVEMENT YOU COULD VERY WELL BE LOOKING AT THE 1ST WOMEN PRESIDENT RIGHT IN YOUR OWN HOMES. ..................................................STOP SELLING US SHORT!

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Kathy

    My question to the “under 30 generation” who for the first time in their lives “found their voice”… in Obama…..where have you been? Why not until now have you not exercised your right to vote? You place your faith in a man who has not been tested, pocesses little record of accomplishment and little to no experience in international or economic matters. Go back and check the record…Obama released his platform weeks after Clinton released her Solutions For America agenda. His were extremely similar to hers. The Clinton campaign reacted to the release of the Obama platform by saying…”at least his is not that different than ours” So I ask you, what does this man stand for when he copies what it convenient to his campaign? For shame!

    Life to you folks seems rather simple. I suppose in your minds, Obama offers a sense of entitlement both for himself and his supporters - your/his time has come. The simple fact is that if you look past his rhetoric there is little substance. You buy into his chant of “change..yes we can” with little thought or experience as to the complexities involved in bringing about change. Some of you worship him like he is a “messiah”, here to save us from ourselves. He may in fact be anointed the nominee, and you like him, will think nothing can stop you. A country cannot have economic security and growth without first securing national security. And anyone who does not believe this is living in dream world…period! The simple and relevant truth is…….. One can fool some of the people some of the time…but not all the people…. all the time

    McCain may represent a party for which I may not find a lot of common ground however, I respect his honor, integrity and sacrifice to our country, the scars of which he still bears as a testament to his courage…. And I will place my hope for change in him.-he is not Bush… He has earned my respect and most likely my vote and the votes of millions of others who feel the same way.

    For the sake of our country and that of our future….thank god there are more of us than you, and we will not allow this fantasy to continue past Nov. DNC party chairs and uncommitted superdelgates… either stop this false prophet now….or we will do so with our votes come Nov.

    And to all those, Obama supporters, who have previously responded to my comment, or wish to now I say this…you are being fooled by the joker himself-Obama. Study up on your American history….this man will put up a pretty decent fight, however in the end, he will join the ranks of Kerry and other far-left liberals….bitter and clinging to his religion wondering why he came so far only to have the door slam shut on him.

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. shirley

    Hillary has lost the nomination unless the DNC hands it to her illegally by giving her unearned delegates from Florida and Michigan.

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Mikey, Scottsdale AZ

    There isn't a Republican in the country that wants you to drop out !!
    We're behind you all the way .

    You are our only hope for a McCain victory. We do have a chance of beating half of the Democratic party.

    Keep splitting it for us... Thanks

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Sandi

    I would think her campaign bus needs to turn in the direction of New York and take her and Bill home where she can hone in on Senate issues and let the Presidential campaign proceed in the right direction – without her! It's all over next week – Hillary needs to do the honorable thing and concede. That will be a speech worth listening to!

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. California

    Celestial choir will come and Hillary Rotten Clinton will be the next president of the
    UNDECIDED STUPID AMERICA. and she will wave a magic wand and the other half of educated americans will see her different, like an honest truth telling trustworthy prerson,

    yeah righ...

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Black Veteran For Obama

    NO HILLARY, NOT IN THIS LIFETIME......................."THE END IS NEAR".

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. Max

    Hillary who? She is finished..Poor old ants, they don't know that.

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    I feel the only reason HRC has stayed in the primary race to the end is because of her frequent promises to voters that she would stay in till the end. Breaking that promise would be politically fatal error. She had to stay in. Just like Ron Paul stayed in the GOP race.

    Has anyone noticed that Obama jumped out to a roughly 150 elected delegate lead after Feb 5, and that lead has remained fairly constant ever since?

    Has anyone noticed that everyone talks about Obama-and sometimes the other candidates-as being in error for removing their names from the Michigan ballot, when the fact of the matter is that they all signed-including HRC-to remove their names?

    Has anyone noticed that the real disenfranchised voters in FL and MI are not the ones that went to the polls, but the ones who stayed home?

    HRC in fact broke the rules, and a strong argument could be made that her "votes" in Michigan are invalid.

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. People are you listening

    Can someone tell me how did Obama become the frontrunner? He had to run against the CLINTONS. It is three of them campaigning non stop. The had more money, more prestige, more experience, more influence and more prower.

    Now fast forward Obama is winning in almost every measure, has out raised them in money and has run the best campaign our nation has ever seen. While she in 20m in debt and seen as desperate.

    I read an article about how he studied the democratice nomination process and took advantage of the system. If he uses the same analytical and meticilous planning as president he is going to do well.

    I know there are many that hate his guts, mainly because of his supporters, but if you look at what he has accomplished you will find it to be quite remarkable.

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. KJ

    Rock on Hillary! Stay in this race through the DNC convention in late August where you can and must prevail. The delegates are not really "pledged" to anyone, each one can vote for whomever they wish. The job of the delegates is to nominate the most electable candidate for the general election. That candidate is and shall remain Hillary Rodham Clinton!

    The Dems would be foolish to nominate an unqualified and unelectable Obama. Pelosi and Reid should stay out of it. The media will not decide this election, the people will! Hillary will have the popular vote! Count ALL the votes. The Dems cannot be in the business of dissenfranchising voters in Michigan and Florida.

    The Pfleger scandal is horrific. He should be defrocked. Why are the people in Trinity church cheering on Pleger's racist diatribe?

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Philip

    CNN... Your bias towards Clinton is SOOOOOOO obvious it's laughable. "The Best Political Team", yeh, right 🙁

    What will you have to report when this is all over and Obama wins the nomination and the Presidency? You'll dig up any negative story you can find and call it "news".

    Let's see you print this!

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. LA WOMAN

    Celestial choir will come and Hillary Rotten Clinton will be the next president of the
    UNDECIDED STUPID AMERICA. and she will wave a magic wand and the other half of educated americans will see her different, like an honest truth telling trustworthy person,

    yeah righ…

    May 30, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. EBC

    What a crock of CRAP!!! Madam President? YOU must have fell and bumped your head.

    NOT this year baby.....

    May 30, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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