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. DeeJam

    On day one Obama will have more experience as president than Hillary will ever have in her whole life.

    May 30, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Banko

    Bad dream. It will never happen. The inevitable candidate has become the the inevitable loser.

    Go Obama.

    May 30, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Sam from Canada

    donna4hillary 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? i dont think so. why isnt anyone calling for him to drop out since he doesnt have enough votes to clinch the nomination either?"

    umm...because he's winning?

    May 30, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Cynthia

    Hello, reality check – the numbers are not there. What do they plan to do be like Dorthy and click their heels and magically the numbers appear?.

    May 30, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Melissa in Orange County California

    I guess if you say it enough, you start beleiving it. Theres a name for that disorder, as well as a treatment plan.

    May 30, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. mike

    Pure and simple -This is a setup show from Clinton camp

    May 30, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Mary from Sarasota FL

    Hillary Clinton should indeed be our Madame President and hopefully next year. But if not, she has shown tremendous fortitude in sticking with her mission: She has done something no other candidate has ever done; she has talked to more people in more states than any other candidate in history.... Keep going, Hillary !! You are supported by more people than you think. !! keep going and continue your campaign. Hopefully the superdelegates will act in the capacity they were appointed for and not just run off the cliff like lemmngs. Mary from Sarasota, FL BTW, I want MY vote counted TOO.... sigh...

    May 30, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. sophia nyc

    So cute- and delusional.

    May 30, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Bukky

    will u people stop screaming "count the votes" when all the votes are counted and she still looses?

    May 30, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Paul in Seattle

    Being a Republican and involved with party leaders I can honestly tell you that the RNC would much prefer to have Hillary as the DNC choice. Why? That is the only way they can possibly win the November election. Obama is a huge threat to their chances and they know it. Also have to say that many of the posts here for Hillary are really Republicans pushing for Hillary to win the nomination so they can win in Novemeber. Are people stupid or what? Well, if you read many of these posts that question has already been answered!

    May 30, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Calimari Caty

    Let's hope she stops running by the end of this millennium!

    May 30, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Chipster

    Obama supports have accused Sen. Clinton of being a liar, yet they have lied all over these blogs. I just read one comment that she should have apologized for saying he should be shot! That's insane! She NEVER said any such thing!

    She did not lie about the threat of sniper fire in Bosnia either. She neglected to say "threat" couple of times and you'd think she was a terrorist or something from the extremely nasty comments. Obama supporters (or Republicans posing) have posted some of the most awful false accusations about Sen. Clinton.

    Considering the decades of work Sen. Clinton has performed for civil rights, establishing legal aid services for those who are economically disadvantaged, and helping for children; you would think her work would be more appreciated. It must be very hurtful for her to see how quickly her years of service have been discarded by the communities she has served so faithfully. She has earned more respect than she has received.

    May 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Anne

    Can you imagine the backlash if Pelosi were telling Obama to quit???

    Why bother spending all that money on a convention if the nominee is chosen beforehand?

    HILLARY>>>>stay in the race!!

    America needs you!

    May 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. I could not agree more

    After all, she is the best choice of the three. Sometimes a leader of a capitalistic society(not a democracy which we as Americans have stepped away from) has to be willing do do all those things people hate CAPITALIZE Where it counts, she is the best choice we have right now for the people. At least she fights for the underdogs. It IS an honer Mss. President.

    May 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Alex from the UK

    Very interesting, well I’m not American in fact I’m British living in Scotland (UK), however, I’m very interested in politics and I’ve been following the US presidential race for some time now and I admit that I’m pretty surprise by what I’m seeing in a country supposed to be the biggest democratic and fair country in the world.

    Concerning FL & MI, and from my understanding they were penalised for having they contest earlier than set by the DNC rules, and before the race started all candidates accepted and signed agreement not to campaign in those states and not to count any cast votes. So why didn’t FL & MI voters complaint about disenfranchisement prior to the vote? And why did senator Hillary Clinton signed the agreement if she worried about disenfranchisement or wanted every vote to count? Finally, would a compromise from both camps here be the fair, wise, and democratic way to reach a solution in this case?
    I’ve also read some saying FL & MI governments should the ones to be punished and not the voters however, what you forget is that you (voters) have elected the people in offices (governments) to represent you, and this includes taking decisions on your behalf. Therefore, whatever decisions they make is regarded as your own decisions and their outcomes (good or bad) affect everyone.

    Regarding the strongest of the two democrats, again I’m pretty amused here because I thought you guys were clever than that. Many are saying Senator Hilary Clinton is the strongest at this point in the race and I could not disagree more.
    Let go back when it all started then, senator Hillary Clinton was up by over 100 – 150 delegates and was the inevitable nominee (sort of speak) but today (less than a week to the end of primary) she is 200 delegates behind. So by what measure is she the strongest and more electable? If she was, she would have wrapped this thing up months ago view here status and the advance she had over all her competitors.

    Anyway, it will be every interesting to see how democratic and fair the US really is this year.

    Good Luck to all the candidates!

    And God Bless the United Kingdom


    May 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. sam texas

    Donna4 hillary are you a racist or just stupid there is now way hillbilly can win and he ahould and i believe will get enough delegates to clinch there is no way she can evey delegat and super would have to go her way and that is not going to happen she could winn all by more then 70 percent and still not beat him so grow up and stop hateing

    May 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Kuilor2k

    Obama's racist friends sure do make an interesting crowd of supporters.

    Racism is alive and well in black america.

    The whites are getting a little sick of it. I think Obama (and eventually the DNC) are in for a very interesting wake up call.

    If the DNC were intelligent (something I have yet to see), they would put in Clinton as the nominee and say, "Sorry Obama, you have too many terrorists, racial biggots, and haters in your campaing to win".

    We will see.

    May 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. TF

    Sorry old white ladies get to the back of bus. You all must be angry and bitter that a black man is going to achieve something before you. Hey, at least you got to vote first!!

    Maybe this is pay back for all those slave owner wives that enjoyed their slaves a little too much and then when the husband found out about it they would cry rape. Karma is alive and real.

    May 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. mdg

    And her campaign if lies continues, poisoning each remaining city and town visited!

    Who called for her to get out of the race in January? Exactly who? The primaries had just begun in January. It was after she lost 11 states in a row that people wondered if/why she was staying in.

    She said this in the infamous video from So. Dakota last Friday – that people having been pushing her out since January! And then she let her guard down and revealed the real reason why she has been staying in this race.

    May 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Jeff G

    No candidate in history has had more primary votes cast against her than Hillary Clinton.

    May 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Internet Argument Winner

    Living on a borrowed money.... much like her constituency.


    May 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Beverly


    May 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. David Goldman




    May 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Alexander

    How completely selfish, arrogant, desperate, and delusional! America has spoken! WE DONT WANT YOU HILLARY! All the bitter old women in the world won’t be able to save you. Just stop, pack it up and go home to your multimillion dollar mansion and lifestyle and let America try and get back on its feet!

    May 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. William H. Richards IV

    Don't give up Hillary and start a 3rd party movement!

    May 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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