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. NEVER HILARY

    ITS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT HILARY. WAKE UP FROM YOUR DREAM

    May 30, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Wise White Guy

    donna4hillary...were you dropped on your head as a child?

    May 30, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Sheila, Tampa

    I really wish Hillary would simply leave the democratic party, who has treated her like crap anyway and just run as an Indepdendent.

    Obama and McCain are truly awful candidates – hard to vote for either of them.

    I really want Hillary to keep going, if not as a dem, then independent.

    Otherwise, I'll just write her name in on my ballot.....since votes don't seem to count here in florida anyway.

    May 30, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Jessica in IL

    Too bad her supporters are as delusional as she is.

    May 30, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. matilda

    Madame President indeed. And by far the most qualified to be President of our country.
    Hillary will be a fantastic President. Unless the democratic party is too stupid to nominate her.
    Then we'll have 4 years of McCain... and I will say, "I told you so."

    May 30, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Anna

    Cathy in MD, you wanna know about her experience in WH, she know how many bedrooms are there and how many bathrooms and where are they located.

    Obama 08 and 12

    May 30, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Brian

    Just wait and watch...she won't be able to steal the nomination so she'll wreck Obama's chances by running as an independent. She is selfish enough to do it even though she knows she would split the vote and lose anyway, just because she feels she is the rightful Democratic heir to the office. Like a spoiled child if she can't have it, no one can.

    May 30, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Army Veteran Against McCain

    Reasons why Veterans, active duty personell, and anyone who cares about them should not vote for McCain:

    *AWOL for May 22nd vote on GI Bill. Expressed opposition to bill saying "it was too generous to Veterans".

    *Voted against Bill in September that would have mandated adequate rest for troops between combat deployments.

    *Voted No on $1.5-billion increase for Veteran Medical services (money would have come from closing corporate tax loophole).

    *Voted No on establishing a trust fund to bolster underfunded Veteran Hospitals.

    *Voted No in May 2006 against $20-billion allotment for expanding Veteran Medical Facilities.

    *Voted No in April 2006 to increase Veteran Outpatient care.

    *Voted No in March 2004 another $1.8-billion reserve for Veteran Medical care (again funded by closing corporate tax loopholes).

    Bottomline, McCain is more interested in taking care of big business then the men and women he wrongly sent to fight in Iraq.

    May 30, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. AMK

    Go HILLARY!

    May 30, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. GINA, OHIO

    THANK GOD WE WONT HEAR "ITS AN HONOR "MADAM PRESIDENT" IN THE WHITE IN JANUARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO FOR A WOMAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE BUT DEFINATELY NOT HER!!!

    TO MR. OBAMA: MAY I PLEASE SHAKE THE HAND OF THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!! YES YOU CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Jean, South Carolina

    It is strange how Hillary can bus people to Washington but couldn't fine the money to run her campaign successfully. It is amazing what thay women can do, maybe she is a women with many faces. I hope people don't get caught up in her lies and drama.

    May 30, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. David Goldman for OBAMA

    SHE MIGHT BE PRESIDENT OF HER & BILL, WHEN THEY

    GO HOME, IF THAT. IN THE PAST BILL HAS HAD OTHER IDEAS,

    WHICH NOW MAKES SENSE. SHE HAS DISQUALIFIED HERSELF

    FOR ANY LEADERSHIP POST, IN MY HUMBLE CITIZEN OPINION.

    May 30, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Robert in Toronto,ON

    I thought this debate was suppose to be "on the issues". Not what a person said *cough* RFK *cough* or what someone else said *cough* Pfleger *cough*. But let's be real... the media knows that on policies alone Obama and Clinton agree with like 90% of the time. But nothing is more attention driven than black man vs white woman.

    What bothers most Obama supporters is the fact that Clinton always cites whatever polls or information she can distort to her advantage.

    Anyone can make up stats to support their position. 83% of all people know that.

    May 30, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. pat

    it seem to me that if you count the votes from fl. an mich. that clinton wins the popular vote. 1st THERE WAS NO CAMPAINING IN FL. although obama ran ads on t.v. that is against the DNC rules therefore he should be denided any votes an delagates. then you have mich. his name wasen.t on the ballot therefore she wins all there votes an delagates, you can not give him votes that he did not get there were uncommitted votes but his name is not uncommitted. if the people of mich. wanted obama to receive there vote they should have written his name in. therefore hillary should receive all the votes an delilagates.

    May 30, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Sandy in Ohio

    He won't be the president either, Obama...b/c He is not in no way going to beat John Mccain..He is all American Good ole boys club. McCain has been doing this for years and as we have seen in the past, the republicans are in no way going to let Obama win. I admire everyones Idealism...it is youthful, yet idealistic. Obama stands no chance against him..It is unfortunate actually.

    May 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. bev

    Hillary time to go home, please stop what you are doing to the Democratic campaign. We women have to know when to stop. Lets unit for the good of everyone and not just a few.

    May 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Kristy

    I really don't understand Clinton supporters who think she has a snowball's chance of winning. She's propelling this train of thought, and people are actually falling for it!

    WAKE UP!

    THE EMPRESS HAS ON NO CLOTHES!!!

    May 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. James

    Save us from Obama, please!!! This is your time, and you are what we need today in America. Don' ever let us down because we will never let you down!

    Hillary President, 2008, 2012.

    May 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Major Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    All the "mom, apple pie and American flags" will not change the facts for Hillary......Madame President is only in her mine. A campaign spokesman replied "there are a lot of places to go to between June 3 and November"....................and the last place to go to is.........home.....it's over..........enough..........enough.

    May 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Tangi

    THEY ARE ALL STILL IN DENIAL.

    THE CLINTONS AND THEIR SUPPORTER ARE THE ONLY ONES DOESN'T KNOW THIS PRIMARY IS OVER. THE HAND WRITING IS ON THE WALL!!!

    SHE REALLY NEEDS TO FOCUS ON A END OF THE GAME PLAN...SO THAT SHE DOESN'T COMMIT SUCIDE!!

    OBAMA 2008

    May 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Ted

    It is the media that is electing the next President not the people, they have been pounding Hillary from the get go. Give her credit she is a fighter. If Obams had the heat put on him by the press, he would have quit a long time ago. S

    May 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Paul

    For the sake of the party and your self respect, I urge Clinton supporters to demonstrate some restraint and common sense on Saturday.

    There have been relatively few calls for Sen Clinton to "drop out" as most supporters of Sen Obama recognized that the full primary would need to play itself out. As we approach the end of the primary, and hopefully an equitable resolution for Michigan and Florida, consider the greater goal here. The republican party and mccain's angry war rhetoric can not be given a chance to divide us. No candidate is bigger than the interests of a country's (and world's) citizens. United we stand.

    May 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. DeeJam

    Hillary, you look great recently. I know you've been working hard and you're tired though. On Wednesday, you can take some time off and get back to the senate. All this traveling has been fun. I hope you had a great time. It was great to watch. See you next time.

    Love,
    David

    May 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. No longer on the fence

    After learning more and more about this flim flam man and how he conned his way into getting elected in Chicago, I wil never never never vote for him and I'm now going to work to prevent him from being elected. What a sham. What a manipulator, you kids have been played and used, wake up.

    May 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. rose, texas

    run independent hillary, pelosi stay out of it,

    May 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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