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. mususbahu GERMANY

    im asking the clintons all her supporters ,this questing. the Clintons honest?? if yes then why dont they stand by their words to the americans.when she was doing good in the race she opened her mouth and promised all the americans that no matter what happens florida and michinge delegates will never be added.becourse the 2 states violated the rules and law.this same person who promised american is changing her mind becourse the race does not favour her,my worry ist what will she do when become president.this shows that she only think of her herself not the american people.2.what will be next when voted as president is she really going to keep her words as she did with florida and michinge??or is she really going to keep her promised.if we need change in american then we have to start first by respecting the laws and rules of the country.and this complie to everybody inclunding the president.i mean how you creat laws and rules to protect everyone but break them when its disfavours you.thats only the fact.its painful to lose that dream but think its not about clintons,obama mccain or anyother persons alone.its about millions of americans who need somebody who keep is own to protect them even its disfavours him.please stop judging by personal emmotions.give cesser to what belongs to cesser

    May 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA





    May 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. fairandstraight

    Just when in January did people ask Hillary to get out of the race? People can't be that easy to decieve.

    Millions of people wanted her to have sense enough to stop running when it was determined that she could not catch the front runner. That's what most candidates, that care about the party, do.

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. JJ

    Please don't egg this woman on any further. When people say that to her, it justs gives her more motivation to keep fighting. UGH!

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Mia

    They told her to stop running in January? Didn't it just start then? I didn't even start paying attention in this race until February.

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |

    Will the real Party leaders please stand up?


    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. alex123

    I envy that lost tribe they have just discovered in Brazil. They have never even heard of Hillary Clinton.

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. The Truth

    The ONLY way Sillary can get back into the White House would be to divorce her lying husband Bill and marry another Presidential candidate.......Because her political career is Toast......

    OBAMA '08!

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. tony

    I'm curious about one aspect of this. Apparently she met with a group of all female campaign volunteers before making her speech. Were there no male volunteers there or were they excluded because of their gender.

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Mike in Columbus

    Cathy in MD,

    LMAO, too funny! Thanks for that!

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Mary

    Older people are much more wise according to medical researcher and older people are supporting Senator Clinton.
    Obama will be sent back to his corrupt Chicago in November. Hillary can beat McCain. Obama can not.
    Gallop poll- Clinton 52%–McCain 43%
    Senator Obama with his Socialist/Marxist agenda is destroying the Democratic Party.

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. holy

    Hillary is no more than a political stalker.

    May 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    "Gov. Dukakis has emerged as the voters' choice, the clear leader in the Democratic nomination process. It is time for the party leadership to unite behind his candidacy"

    Said by Bill Clinton in May of 1996. Wasn't it Bill that said he'd never seen people trying to end an election early before? How disrespectful it was to his wife?

    Even Bill understood back then, the party must unify if they were going to go strong into November.

    May 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. MJE WPG

    To the great people of South Dakota.She has promised that between now and next Tuesday there would not be a day without a clinton in some part of South Dakota.I don't know what you great people of South Dakota did to have that kind of punisment thrown your way.
    I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. If you need to get away from all the garbage you are about to hear for the next 5 days come on up north to winnipeg mb. canada and enjoy some of our western hospitality. you are always welcome here.
    Mark from Winnipeg.

    May 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. K

    Losers in denial.

    May 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Kat

    Clinton 1 Democrats 0.
    Who is more divisive. Clinton or Obama?
    Would someone please offer Clinton the VP so the democrats can focus on mccain

    May 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. FH2


    May 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. Obama Fan

    Go away Hillary you are a joke !

    May 30, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Ron MacGeorge

    Run on an independent ticket and take the presidency out of the hands of the back stabbing democratic party manipulators. Hillery doesn;t need any help from them. It is all too plain to see that Obamma has been givin the nod form the fat cats.I won't vote for a party that is pushing me around. This country is bigger than them. I will not stand by and have my democratic freedoms usurped by by those insiders.She can win without their help. People are beginning see that Obamma is being popularized by the Press and their propoganda machine which is owned and run by ones behind the curtains. The weak minded, the superficial, and the easily led, They are the equivilent of the religious right that got us George Bush.

    May 30, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Marc

    Hahahahaha. I hope you Hillary suppoerters hear me laughing.

    May 30, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. MMB


    May 30, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. arc

    The lives, the blood of over 4000 young American soldiers is on Hillary's hands. It truly is an honor Madame President.

    May 30, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Karen from Texas

    You should call her liar, liar!!!

    Obama 08

    May 30, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. georgia

    Another Boilermaker please then send her home or ,better yet ,to some serious psychotherapy for her & Bill !

    May 30, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Cammi317

    President of the local trailer park maybe......

    May 30, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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