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. Marie-Lynn

    New score card Obama 1985 delegates as todays date.
    Obama 08

    May 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. sharong58

    I WILL NEVER SAY "IT'S AN HONOR MADAM PRESIDENT" TO HILLARY CLINTON! SHE IS NOT WORTHY OF THE POSITION.
    AND I AM A SENIOR AND A WHITE WOMAN! I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A WOMAN PRESIDENT IN MY LIFETIME, JUST NOT HER! I DON'T CARE IF SHE RUNS 5 MORE TIMES, I WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR A
    HER. IF I EVER DO SAY "I'TS AN HONOR MADAM PRESIDENT" IT WILL BE FOR A WOMAN WHO IS HONEST, HAS INTEGRITY, IS FAIR AND UNBIASED, EDUCATED AND MOST IMPORTANTLY . . . . FOR THE PEOPLE . . . NOT JUST HERSELF AND HER POLITICAL EGO!
    I DON'T CARE IF SHE RUNS 5 MORE TIMES, I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HER!!! . . . . OBAMA IN 08!

    May 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. use your heads

    do you not think that church is a little extreme and offensive? wake up democrats.

    May 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Bill

    I think its funny that Obama's supporters are still being so racial. Get over the skin color. Just because Hillary is white she is entitled? No, she is just a better candidate. The polls show it, everything shows it. You Obama supporters see the writing on the wall come November. Four more years for the Republicans, all because Obama can carry the African American vote in the south in states that WILL NEVER be blue states...AWESOME! Great choice.

    May 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. SLIMSISTA

    TO CHARLOTTE...

    THAT'S NOT WORKING ANYMORE....MCCAIN HAS MINISTERS SAYING HATEFUL THINGS EVEN MORE HATEFUL....

    THE PREIST I MUST SAY...SAID THE TRUTH...MAYBE THE CHURCH SHOULD HAVE NOT BEEN THE VENUE...BUT NONE THE LESS....HE SPOKE THE TRUTH...

    PEOPLE AREN'T WORRIED ABOUT THIS ANYMORE, AS YOU CAN SEE THE WRIGHT INCIDENT THAT HRC CAMPAIGN WAS PUSHING, DID NOT WORK...OBAMA IS AHEAD ON ALL FRONTS....LET IT GO...

    May 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Debby

    @Scott not me i think we should take it up with the the people that let this election early..they screwed us not anybody else..and for years and years the gov plays by there own rules...this isnt something new but it does show people all over the world how messed up our system is...undecide but i do know i want a president that doesnt look at race but looks at us as not by race or color but as AMERCIANS!!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Joyce in Florida

    The title of this article says it all. It would be great if Senator Clinton was the eventual nominee and then I would be proud to say "Madame President". Sounds really good to me. Senator Clinton may be behind in delegates but she is winning the important states and the popular vote for a general election. I also hope that the DNC will be fair in their meeting on Saturday and award the delegates from the primary results. If that meeting does not go well, I am afraid we are definitely going to see a fight on the convention floor. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid should stay out of it and let the people vote their choice. The people have spoken and want Hillary Clinton as the nominee to run against John McCain. She is the strongest by far and may very well be our next President. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Chris W, AZ

    I think media should drop this now, become serious and report about Obama and McCain instead.
    But I get it; she is insane...

    If Clintons supporters love war and hate helthcare just because she lost they can vote for McCain. Obama has won the DEMOCRATIC nomination – if not Clinton do pull a RFK on him...

    May 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Jay

    This is more about Bill wanting to get back in the White House.

    May 30, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. gene

    There are 14 comments on the Preist that made the degrading and demeaning comments about Hillary Clinton and CNN has closed the comments. The way the Obama surrogates and supporters have conducted themselves, as well as Obama himself, I have decided to either not vote in the fall or to vote for Mccain. I have been a life long liberal Democrat (81 years of age) and I am ashamed of my party. I am not one of the left wing nuts that has wrested the control of the party from the moderates. Young people are so funny . They think that all you have to do is "hope' and "change" will come. They don't realize that it will take hard work and experience . So funny!

    May 30, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Patriotic American

    Obama's behavior is inexcusable–he allows another slimebag minister to hit Hillary below the belt–did not even apologize to the many white Americans who were insulted by his fellow congregation members clapping over the man's despicable rhetoric...and do not try to convince anyone that he did not hear this sermon and knew it was going to happen. I cannot wait until Uncle Jeremiah reappears. Those leftist "educated" people who want him in will be the death of American values as we know them.....

    May 30, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Tre ( Dallas,TX)

    April fool's right

    Obama 08

    May 30, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. truth now

    Donna4Hillary says,
    May 30th, 2008 10:29 am ET

    the ONLY thing obama has been able to do for this race is bring out the racism that has existed forever but has been kept under wraps. uniter?
    So Donna, the country was okay because the racism was undercover and now because the bigots have crawled from under their rocks and displayed their hate and bitterness it is Obama's fault. Good God woman the best thing that has happened is to put forefront the awful stench of racism that is in this country so it can be dealt with once and for all. This country needs to wash itself of bigotry once and for all. We will be a better country for it.

    May 30, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. "The Great Elephant Is Wounded"-Kareem From Hampton, Va

    Fed Up In Florida,

    The only thing that Hillary was scrutinized for was her constant flip flopping! If all you "have" on Obama is the people he may have hung around BECAUSE THEY ARE INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT HE REPRESENTS then....ok! Maybe if you look closely OUTSIDE of what youve been told Obama having friends that dont agree with America's policies is a testament to what he has said all along! We must talk to our friends AND enemies...DUH!

    May 30, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    MAD – WHAT.

    May 30, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. UnityisNeeded

    Hi Hillary,

    Even Al Gore had to concede eventually.

    Oh ya, super delegates that are uncommitted, you all should be a shamed of yourself. If you want party unity, get of the pot. As of now you guys are the ones that are stinking up the place.

    May 30, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Tired of the antics, PA

    I am amazed at HRC and her supporters. I would almost like to see her be given the nomination so I can see McCain win by stressing all of her baggage and how she was given the nomination and didn't earn it. Let her supporters be enough to beat McCain and we Obamanuts as they say will sit back and laugh at the erosion of the abortion rights so many of her followers want. I could never be a democrat again.

    May 30, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Beverly, NYC

    All together now, awwwww someone called her Madame President.

    Hillary supporters crack me up, run Hillary run, take it to the convention. Hello her campaign is in debt. What will she run on? She should have millions if you are all putting your money where your mouths are.

    I would like to see her take it to the convention, where we can witness a complete meltdown. Her holding on to the lecturn sreaming that she has more vote, people like me in redneck states, then the secret service tases her and drags her off. That would be crazy fun.

    May 30, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Venus

    You are right! I am waiting to see her next bill! Expect close to $45-million!

    Go Bama!

    May 30, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. kmiller

    Will Someone...... PLEASE take this person off the stage !!

    this is the gong show.... this is the ol use the cane and pull them off the stage......
    this is time to quit.....
    skip the hints.... get LOST.....

    This is just plain disrespectfull to the title of President !

    This woman is making a mockery of the Office of President.
    But then so did her husband.

    Please escort her to the local bar... let her cry in the beer and be DONE with IT. Please escort her AWAY>>>>>> away..... far away.....

    May 30, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Tee

    Charlotte

    How can white people in office be affiliated with racist and still be elected into office. Judge Obama on his merit and not what other people say and do. If we listen to you, there would be no one in office.

    May 30, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Randy M

    More of the same from good ole Hillary. Thank God, she will soon dissappear from this. I saw the priest on CNN and actually thought he was funny. When Hillary isn't lying, or working her fuzzy math, I'll bet she is whining and crying about all of this. A majority of the American people have spoken and said NO to the Clintons.

    May 30, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    Hey "Rafael Otero"

    Your right, I will be old one day but my age wont get in the way of my wisdom. And I certainly will not fear change for the better. That's just silly.

    May 30, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. genie

    To Paul

    Don't feel sorry for Clinton supporter's because its Obama who is the real loser. He reminds me of a child who's wants everything he's sees someone else have and if he doesn't get it or his way, then it's because they are out to get him and it unfair. Thank God, he won't be president.

    May 30, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. fred 1&2

    Hey fred 3, are you really that dumb. Hillary won Michigan by 100%. Back away from the pipe and enroll into rehab. LOL

    May 30, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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