June 3rd, 2008
10:35 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Voters say Clinton is more caring

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton has made her vast experience a central theme of her campaign – and among those voters who said that was the top quality they were looking for in a presidential candidate, she was the undisputed choice in tonight’s exit polls: they chose her over Barack Obama by 93 to 7 percent in South Dakota, and 94 to 4 percent in Montana.

Barack Obama, meanwhile, has built his run around the need for change – and won large majorities of voters who said that was the most important quality in a potential commander-in-chief, beating Clinton by 67 to 33 percent among those voters in South Dakota, and 79 to 17 percent in Montana.

But even though they split tonight’s contests, it’s clear the advantage in this area was Obama’s: one in five voters in both states said experience was of paramount importance, but half of South Dakota’s voters, and 55 percent of Montana’s, said the ability to bring about change was essential in a candidate.

In Montana, voters who said having a president who cares about people was their priority split their votes almost evenly between the two candidates: Clinton had a 47 to 43 percent edge. But in South Dakota, which Clinton won, a significant majority of those voters – 60 percent – gave her the edge.

Former President Bill Clinton spent a lot of time in the state in the days leading up to Tuesday’s vote telling voters that his wife “cares about people like you.” It looks like that message sunk in.

soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. Parker

    Sorry Obama supporters my vote, my friends votes, my family votes will all be going to Mccain this November, Unless Clinton runs as VP, SHE WILL BE PRESIDENT. If not 08 then 2012 because without the help of Clinton supporters your Obama doesn't stand a CHANCE>

    June 3, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  2. Shazia Arain

    Hullary needs to be pulled off the stage. It does not belong to her. Obama won ffair and square. He has repeatedle acknowleged her leasership and wins.. what does she want more.!!1Obama has made history ad will mmake it again in NOV 08. God Bless Obama. All the rest... need to put America and its future first not your selfish, biased, redneck narrow minded ideas!!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  3. Dusacre

    "More caring"? Give me a break. Something wonderful and historic just happened. Hillary did not even notice.

    June 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  4. Lyz in MD

    Helen NY is proof that some Clinton supporters (if they ever were sinceree supporters of any Democrat) are sure not caring.

    She's for McBush. She's willing to vote for a hundred years of soldiers gang-raping little girls, a hundred years of men with untreated PTSD coming home and battering and killing their wives, a hundred years of violence against women at home and abroad. She's willing to vote for the overturn of Roe V. Wade, and a return to back-alley abortions.

    She doesn't care how many women are raped, battered, and butchered, as long as she gets her revenge. She makes me sick.

    June 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  5. Angela Hunter

    He's right she is more caring, caring about herself and Bill's legacy. Not about the American people!!

    June 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  6. KE

    This is the problem when the MSM endorsing the candidate.

    But I suppose there is nothing the media can do at this point.

    Hope everyone have a good night.

    June 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  7. Steve From Oregon

    So I'm wondering why all you "blah Obama" posters don't hang out at the FOX news comments section. Could it be your parents weren't married? Just something to consider...

    Vote Obama in November!

    June 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  8. Roberto Mori

    It is very sad to see how frequently the media so easily abandon their self-proclaimed impartiality. It has been done under George Bush Junior, helping him to build the Iraq case for war. Right before this, the media led in the lynching of Bill Clinton and in doing so immobilized him and America. Now we see it once more in the media's general attack on and undermining of Hillary Clinton, building her image as unfit to lead the United States. This is not democracy at all. This has a rather strong affinity with the way the media controlled by a dictatorial regime
    functions. Let us hope that Obama can also change the New York Times and CNN along with Washington and bring them back to democracy.

    June 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  9. SoCal

    Even now, Hill doesn't fail to disappoint. When she had the chance to be gracious, she only used the forum to toot her own horn about what states she won, how many votes, me, me, me, blah, blah, blah. Not one word to congratulate Obama, while he in turn congratulated her anyway. She never met a low road she didn't like.

    Obama on the other hand, talked about the country, what we need. Clinton voted against the banning of cluster bombs, a move which would have saved thousands of children's lives. She gave speeches about a "victory" in Iraq as late as 2006. Being president of the Young Republican chapter at Wellesley hasn't worn off. She fights all right, just not for us.

    June 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  10. Agera

    President John McCain!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  11. h

    She sure is more caring....more caring about herself and her political ambitions and making sure the family legacy is intact

    June 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. young, gifted and black

    This care was not heard in her speech tonight, she should be trying to unite the party and not try to further her own political agenda...


    June 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. joe

    The evidence that "sexism reigns supreme" lay in the wide availability of offensive anti-Hillary paraphernalia in stores and on the Internet. From the beginning, Hillary has been demonized by the press and the talking heads. Let's face it, Obama wouldn't have gotten to where he got today if it weren't for the bias of the male media. In November, I will switch party, write-in or vote McCain.

    June 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. Emily in Michigan

    Why didn't Hillary care about the voters in Florida and Michigan when she agreed months and months ago that their votes wouldn't count?

    Why does she say let's count every vote, but then she doesn't count the caucus votes?

    As a white woman I am very pleased that Hillary will not be representing my voice. I am not a hypocritical liar who will do anything to get what I want. I am an honest, hard-working person with integrity who admits mistakes when I make them.

    Hillary is clearly extremely bright and extremely hard-working, and I admire her for that. But there are lots of bright, hard-working women in the world, and that doesn't make them fit to be president of the United States.

    June 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  15. CC

    He has the votes- even if you give her Michigan and Florida at 100%. It is over, she needs to heal the party. This is 94 healthcare allover again.

    Most of my family voted for her in the primary, but now regret it and support Obama. I would bet many folks are in the same place as people like Sen. Feinstein. So that 18 million she is taking about, I would bet it is a shrinking number as I type.

    June 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  16. TPas

    She has not land yet.

    June 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  17. Sue

    I am saddened by the lack of professionalism that HRC bestowed during the primaries. Every contest that Barack lost, he congratulated her. It was on rare occasion that she acknowledged her counterpart.

    It is even more disheartening that the so-called democrats that will not vote for their party because she did not make it. I am a democrat and will vote democratic no matter who wins the nomination.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  18. Jeff R

    Barack himself sealed the deal on Clinton supporters and party unity. He was so intent on "winning the battle" with the FLA and MICH debate that he lost sight of the big picture and there fore will lose the war. He gave all HRC supporters a "legitimate out", they can now point to the FLA-MICH decision and say that is why they are not voting for Obama. If he had given Hillary what she wanted in regards to FLA-MICH than the only reason for HRC supporters to not support OBama would be that they were sore losers (ie bad democrats).

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  19. Small Towner, South Dakota

    The DNC has not done things they way that things should have properly been done. It was an old fashioned political contest. I am so angry with the delegates around the country who vote for themselves rather than the people of whom they represent...
    HIllary won South Dakota: however Obama gets more delegates because there superdelegates cannot seem to pull their heads from their backsides and go with how their people voted!

    And to OPEN EYES, my vote is not based upon race, it is based upon who I believe will be better for America and our decreasing standard of living... Republicans ruin the economy but I liked Hillary's position on the political spectrum best and McCain sits better on that spectrum than Obama.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  20. ABG

    I am a long time Democrat who will not fall in line and vote for Obama.

    He won this nomination due to underhanded campaign tactics at caucuses and blocking the FL & MI votes.

    Hillary is the only candidate for me! I wish she would run as an Independent.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  21. Brenda

    Your commentary about Hilliary Clinton throughout the primary process has been unfair and borders on total disrespect. I admire her courage as well as her right not to concede. She has run an outstanding campaign; so has Obama. I hope Hillary holds her head up and continues to make America proud.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  22. Stewart

    If Obama wants to unify the Democratic party he needs to shut up the angry blacks like the two on Anderson Cooper's panel tonight who did nothing but bash Hillary.

    Hearing those two on Cooper's show, I'm now hesitant to support Obama and I'm sure many millions of other Democrats are feeling the same way. Personally, I'll never go vote against him by voting for McCain, but, I may just not vote at all in November if Obama backers continue this negative campaign against the Clintons and I certainly will not be sending him any money.

    Stewart in Kentucky

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  23. Michael Parrish

    What would happen if Hillary bolted the dem party and ran independent?

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  24. Phil

    Hillary can be President of Puerto Rico, you know the territory that doesn't vote in the general election.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  25. Agera

    my wife gets her furr coat.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
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