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. Sara from Arizona

    Isupport Obama cause I dIslike Clinton very much. I will vote McCain if she is running as VP. NO MORE CLINTONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  2. Glenn

    The only thing that Hillary cares about is Hillary! It is all about Hillary. She once again showed that she lacks character and intgrity to make the critical decision. She showed tonight that this election was about Hillary, not the Democratic Party, not her supporters and certainly not about the country. Hillary is truly pathetic!

    June 3, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  3. dg

    if CLINTON is not top on ticket McCAIN gets my vote

    June 3, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  4. Rob R

    Hillary was very selfish in her speech tonight. Tonight was a historic occasion for this country in nominating an African American for the first time and instead of allowing Obama to relish the moment she continued to want the attention focussed on her. I realize that she has a huge following and attracts a different set of voters than Obama does – but she can't say in one breath that she wants to unite the party and in another ask people to visit her website and tell her what to do next.

    She is posturing for the VP slot at this point but I don't think she is doing it correctly. She is saying, look, I've got 18 million angry voters, so you better do what I say, or else you can forget about them voting for you. That is now way to bring party unity.

    And to you crazy Hillary supporters who think not only that she should take it to the convention, but could actually win the Presidency at that point – don't you think that in doing so, she would piss off a lot of people – namely the 18 million that have voted for Obama? Do you not think his supporters would then turn around and then not vote for her?

    Hillary's supporters unfortunately have a big say in the outcome in November. If they want to act like spoiled children and not do what is right for the party then surely McCain will win even though he doesn't share hardly any of the same political views as Hillary or Obama.

    Obama is going to have a tough time now deciding if she should be on the ticket. Before tonight's speech I thought she should be. Now I am not so sure.

    June 3, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  5. G

    If Obama choses Clinton as VP, I will vote, otherwise I am not voting. She has a lot of people behind her and deserves to be in power to help all of us reach our dreams as Americans.
    The race was so close, so it is fair to have them both working together.

    June 3, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  6. phil

    shame on hillary clinton for selfishly saying this was her night.. it was Baracks! Hilalry should have conceded and given her full support to the candidate the crossed the finish line first.

    She acted selfishly and – we believe should NOT be the VP candidate... she insulted Barack on this historic day.

    shame on you Hillary Clinton.

    June 3, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  7. s.boat

    Hillary Cant Spin This!

    June 3, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  8. Sally, Minnesota

    How on earth can anyone tell that she is more caring from the perspective the campaign trail. Of course Bill Clinton would say that because he knows her personally.
    That comment is equal to voters saying they would rather have a beer with Bush; for one, Bush does not drink, supposedly, and two, these rich politicians would no more spend their free time with us than the man on the moon.
    Calm down and don't take this campaign so personally.
    Obama and Clinton are both good and smart Americans who are equally worthy of being President.
    McCain is a continuation of the present policies and therefore is not a good choice.

    June 3, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  9. Rosalie

    I am surprised that Hillary's speech did not focus on his win. She has such a difficult time letting go. I do believe that if she ran with him she will bring the party togethe. Hopefully she can flush her ego down the tube. His speech reaffirmed for us all, young and old, the land of democracy. As a senior adult, I think our country will be the filled with young ones supporting and working in ways that hasnt been down since the 60's. From an old hippie

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

    I am very disappointed in Hilliary. Why not accept that she has loss and extend an Olive Branch to the American people and the Democratic Party.

    June 3, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. Mark

    You must be kidding me.

    June 3, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  12. SAD

    Well "concerned" I would hope this country is past being worried about the color of skin, otherwise how can we even possibly expect to have a united democratic party. One might ask YOU the same question, are you to wrapped up in the color of skin????????

    June 3, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  13. Park More, New Orleans

    We will not vote for Obama even if our candidate Hillary is the VP. He was pushed by the DNC regardless votes of American People. So on general election, our vote will go to McCain and I will love to see DNC politicians face, especially Dana Brasil

    June 3, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. Hillary Supporter no more!

    You Hillary supporters, you are wack!

    June 3, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  15. In all fairness...

    So NOW the biased media is finally acknowleding that Hillary has something to add to the country. Until now, it seemed "forbidden" to say anything 'nice' about Hillary. Obama has been the favored one, and Hillary was smeared left and right.

    Now that the delegates have been pushed to declare... I guess CNN
    thought it was "safe' to express their honest opinions. Shame....

    And our country will suffer for it. Hillary is undoubtedly the most
    experienced candidate.

    June 3, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  16. Jackie

    Despite what Hillary says with her mouth, her actions suggest that she is primarily concerned with she and her husband's political agenda. Both Clinton's need to learn to lose as graciously as they have when they have won many elections. She cares more about promoting her own agenda that uniting with other Democrats to win back the White House. When the primaries first began I said I would be comfortable supporting either Hillary or Barack because they were pretty close in terms of the policies they were promoting. Now I have lost all respect for Hillary and will not ever vote for her.

    June 3, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  17. NY

    For those who said they will vote for McSame, I'll suggest you look at the bigger picture and not be selfish and closed minded. I expect children to act like this when they do not get what they want NOT adults. I'm from New York, NY and even though she did not win I will vote for Senator Obama because I'm a Democrat. I am not dumb to vote for McSame expect a different result. Hell things are bad enough!

    If you vote for McCain I hope you would be able to live with that decision!

    June 3, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  18. Suzanne Dawsey

    I appreciate so much that Barack Obama is the first African-American candidate to win a primary. I think in your comments you are forgetting that Hillary Clinton is the first female candidate to get this far in a primary. Why would she NOT want to make this HER night in the only chance she will get. I think this, in no way, reflects her willingness to support Obama in the General Election. I think some of your pundits were a little remiss in recognizing this. Thanks for your time.

    June 3, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  19. Rae in Iowa

    Feminism is about fairness – being fair to everyone regardless of gender. Hillary has not been fair to Barack. She had a fair chance.
    CNN and MSNBC have covered her fairly (I don't check the other media outlets regularly.). Her speech was all about Hillary. Barack's speech was about all of us.

    June 3, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. Steve

    Wolf is the only one who wants a "dream ticket". I am a registered Republican but know better when I see a sell-out and that is John McCain. The NeoCons have hijacked the Republican party and I will not vote for McCain's pandering to them. However, I will NEVER vote for a Obama/Hillary combo ticket. CNN needs to look at how the independents will vote in their stupid electoral college projections. There are a lot of independents who feel the way I do. Hillary should get behind Obama tomorrow morning.

    June 3, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. BV

    It's sad that it's still all about her. I was hoping for better. I would have gained some respect for her had she given the night to Obama.

    June 3, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  22. Paul

    To all of you brainless twits. If you don't like Obama vote for McCain. You deserve 4 more years of Bush"s failed policies, more death in Iraq, more debt, less jobs, higher gas prices, worthless dollar against other currencies and having the private sector dictate policies in this country. Go ahead make my day. Thank you very much.

    June 3, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  23. Jill OConnor

    You all on CNN should be ashamed of yourself. How can you ask the Hillary supporters to back OBAMA when you all can't even respect her in your comments about her. Good Luck! The more you slam her the worst it will get for OBAMA. Keep it up! McCain will get the cross over vote....Who really is the strongest candidate. Millions believe it is Hillary Clinton and I am ashamed and disgusted of your coverage and obvious bias on the issues. The male that sits to the left of Donna needs to be fired for his comments. Disgusting.....Unity I don't think so.......and it starts with you all too! What a joke....I am sad to be a democrat.

    June 3, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. RYL

    i wonder whether BO gets the nomination by playing the same dirty Chicago politics as he has always been, i.e., shoot your opponent, then claim to be the victim to get the public's sympathy..... and do it again and again.

    June 3, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  25. Rita Rolfe

    CNN coverage is disgusting. Hillary Clinton came inches away from the nomination and decides to tell us once again how much she cares for our country and it's people and for that gets trashed by a panel of so called "experts". You even admit to the fact that listeners may think this and then continue. We are thinking, intelligent people. WE DO NOT NEED TO LISTEN TO OBVIOUSLY BIASED OPINION. I'M CHANGING THE CHANNEL, I would suggest that you shut up the woman on your panel who can't get over herself. Even David Gergen is over the top tonight. I will pressure OBama to give her the VP position.

    June 3, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
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