June 7th, 2008
01:50 PM ET
15 years ago

Core constituency laments Clinton's exit

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hundreds of young supporters and volunteers were on hand to witness Hillary Clinton’s exit from the presidential race, but the crowd at her last campaign rally Saturday was dominated by the middle-aged white women who have been the most loyal element of her base.

As the crowd filed out into the 90-degree Washington afternoon, 63-year-old June Stevenson of Columbia, Maryland – who said she would be donating to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign that evening – added that the failure of Clinton’s presidential run felt personal: she and Clinton came from the same generation of women on the front lines of the feminist fights of the 1970s. “It will be another 10 years, 20 years, maybe more before we get another chance like this,” Stevenson said.

“There won’t be another chance like this one,” responded her friend Linda Cohen, pointing out that if a woman were elected president in the next decade or two, they were unlikely to be a Baby Boomer. “Our time has passed,” she said with a laugh.

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  1. Diane T

    This has been the dirtiest election ever. Hillary won the popular vote, but the delegates chose Obama. She was robbed. I, for one, will never support Obama, even if Hillary says so. She is the best one to be president, NOT Obama who knows nothing about leadership. She is so much better qualified than he will ever be. The men delegates went against her, even those who were supposed to be her friends. This was a case of misygony. Hillary was ganged raped.

    June 7, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Shirley

    Hillary's speech was excellent but too late. I agree with the pundits that she should have started her compaign that way.

    As for Obama playing golf, are you sure he was playing golf? Do you really know if he did not watch the speech? It's time to see the big picutre. Our nation is in a crisis. Change is needed. I believe Obama respects the 18 million people who voted for Senator Clinton but today was her day and she wanted all the glory for this historic moment! She got what she wanted- to control her own exit!

    Also I would also like to know how an individual could support Clinton's views and switch to McCain because she lost? Please help me to see that strategy.

    June 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. No Obama McCain President!

    NO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 7, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. NYminute52

    Dr Ward Ciac II – Ah, another moron that has opened his mouth and spoken without knowing the facts.

    Victoria Clafin Woodhall was the first woman to run for president of this country, in 1872; Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood, in 1884 and again in 1888; Margaret Chase Smith, in 1964 – on the Republican ticket and finally, but in no way, any less the woman or the candidate – Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman to run in the democratic primary for president – in 1972.

    So you see – it IS A BIG DEAL – God help us all if you are truly a doctor – how the hell did you get through 8 years of college?

    June 7, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Kara

    Tell the truth-

    I am truly a Hillary supporter. However I could never vote for Obama for a number of reasons.

    1) He has little to no experience to validate being the leader of the most powerful country in the world.

    2) He is or has been involved with too many people that questionable political stances. His former pastor spewing hate speach towards whites, Bill Ayers being the underground weather man blowing up gov. buildings, Rezko this week being convicted of many crimes. And now there may or may not be a video of Michelle Obama spewing "whitey" hate. There is too much here to ignore. I would never vote for anyone who supports or has supported any group that encourages racsism of any kind.

    3) The last time the country elected someone with little or no experience that person (GW Bush) was elected entirely on "personality", caused our country to be in the mess it is in today. The same energy and reasons that many are enamored by Obama today were the same for GW Bush in 2000.

    4) Finally, While Hillary was giving what must have been a very difficult speech to throw her support towards him and recruit the support of her 18 million supporters ( which he desperately needs to win the WH) he is out playing golf. That to me is the ultimate slap in the face.

    McCain is an Independent Republican. Yes he has made speeches in support of the war, but he has to play the politics this year to get elected. He has to keep his base energized, but I do beleive that once he is in the White House he will go back to being the maverick he was before this political driven election. He is a good man and although I am not a Republican, I do trust him over Obama to make the best decisions for the USA. No, I am not in support of this war, but I do believe that he will find the best solution for us to end it without failure.

    Tell The Truth- I hope I have answered your question. I would like to think that Obama is a good man. He SEEMS to be good in his speeches, but I have not seen any "fruit" to validate that he is a good man much a good leader.

    I hope he does not offer Hillary the VP slot, and if he does I hope she rejects it. She needs to show her support as she has to her fellow democrat and then be done with it. Regretably I will have to vote republican this fall but the siver lining will be that in 4 more years America will be truly tired of republican rule regardless of how good or bad the war is. And with that America will embrace Hillary as the true beacon of hope.

    McCain 08 --> Hillary 2012!!

    June 7, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Timothyt

    DEMS UNITE! Do not allow the media and the republican posers to divide us. They trying to manipulate their way into a victory. Not This Time!!!!

    Obama 08/12
    Yes We Can!

    June 7, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Jack

    I support a woman or black president, just not this woman ot this black. Giveme someone like Margaret Thatcher, Colin Powell or better yet, Condi Rice. This way we can get over the sexist and racist thing without ruinning the country like Jimmy Carter did.

    June 7, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Diane T

    To Tell the Truth:
    I will never, never, vote for McCain. I will never, never, vote for Obama
    either. McCain is for the war and I am against it. Furthermore McCain
    is a bag of broken bones, besides knowing nothing about the economy.
    Obama is a young, inexperienced, arrogant puppet. The only real qualified person was Hillary. Too bad the delegates all went against her. She was ganged raped! As for me, I plan to change my party affilliation to Independent. I want nothing to do with the Dems. ever.
    One more thing, the system is wrong. We need to elect on popular vote, not delegates, The system is outdated. Hillary won the popular vote.
    She was robbed.

    June 7, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Historic Moment that Hillary et al need to join

    There are those who will mourn. Let them lament the moment. But, please, please, let's keep our eyes on the prize. Our children's and grandchildren's future cannot rely on the continued Republican control of the White House – not JUST McCain, but the whole Bush cadre. The Obama team is bound to have Clinton members in it. The degrees of seperation between the two is sooooo little, if your values are truly Democratic, you'll vote Obama and the whole slate from local, state, to federal levels – we need a mandate and a sweep to bring socially responsible healthcare and energy self-sufficiency on- line. A vote now for Obama is also a vote for Clinton!

    June 7, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. sarah

    what i dont understand is why the hell the obama messiah and his lunatic supporters think hillary clinton owes them anything at all. and why should her supporters start worshipping the APPOINTED candidate. the DNC, obama and his zealots have been hateful, obnoxious and nasty. they call clinton supporters, ignorant ,racist, uneducated, and then have the nerve to ask ( or tell) the clinton peeps to come on over to the obama camp. here's a clue folks..... dont sling crap at people and then ask for their help, its a really bad idea.

    June 7, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. John Smith

    All these should have been OVER by Tuesday. Hillary was pushed to make this move.

    I DID NOT, and will NOT watch Hillary's speech. This primary was about the PARTY, not an almighty Queen. If Hillary supporters love her more than they love the DEM party, let them NOT vote for Obama as he REPRESENTS the DEM party. It is that simple! I want change, not coronation!

    June 7, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Mike

    And the media continue dividing people. This election cycle has taught me alot not even pay attention to the media cronies!

    June 7, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. justus

    I think Hillary blew it for the women. She made women look conniving, petty, dishonest...just to name a few. I'm glad she's gone and hope she won't get the VP nomination. I've heard they had to pay her to get her to get rid of her. Oh, and everyone is talking about how wonderful he speech was, well it's about time after months of her petty conniving and manipulations. McCain has a very good lead now thanks to her pettiness. Good riddance Hellary.

    June 7, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Rick in Arizona

    I am an INDEPENDENT voter here in McCain's home state and, myself and alot of voters here will not be voting for John McCain, the last 7 1/2 years is enough to explain that 1. alot of you on both sides seem more like stalkers instead of AMERICAN VOTERS.

    For those that state that you will vote for McCain instead of Obama are basically saying that you are okay with sending thousands of more young AMERICANS to their deaths in Iraq as well as willing to accept the continuing downward spiral of the economy.

    For those that say you'll sit it out.. It's sad to see that you will be willing to let others decide the direction of this country and the fate of yourselves and your loved one for the next 4 to 8 years. Your voices need to be heard also..

    For the Obama die hards.. You canidate won so you should be humble and try and untie your Democratic party because, another 4 years of this situtation in AMERICA is just not something we need.

    June 7, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. dwc

    She was made to concede by the Democratic bully leadership, everyone knows it. I will never vote for Sen. Obama. Nothing has changed for me since the beginning of the campaign, he is no more qualified today than he was a year ago to be President. I will be voting McCain, because character and experience do mean more than jumping on board a politically correct bandwagon simply because it will make history. And, how rude to go golfing while she spoke. If the situation was reversed, she would be getting called all kinds of names.

    June 7, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. The Clear Thinking Independent

    Hillary Clinton 2008 = Jesse Jackson 1984

    In 1984 Jackson ran for President winning a respectable number of votes and delegates. Granted he didn't achieve the almost near parity of Clinton, but it was his run that ushered in talk of Colin Powell running in 1996 & 2000 and culminated in Mr. Obama becoming the nominee this year.

    I think it also bears mentioning that the "Jackie Robinson" model will also apply for the 1st woman president. Jackie Robinson was the 1st African American to break into the major leagues and he was selected for both his talent and his temperment.

    America felt uneasy about Jesse Jackson as president. It is very at ease regarding Obama in this capacity.

    I expect there will be parallels for the 1st successfull woman candidate. In this way, Hillary has done her duty to pave the way

    June 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Mk

    First an jab to CNN. There are some posts here that are OBVIOUSLY baloney. Why don't you moderate them!!! (Bill Jay is particularly stupid)

    I hope everyone who saw Hillary speak today understands how insulting it would be to her if you were vote for McCain because you are angry. If you were planning all along to vote for him(As I suspect alot of the posters here who are trying to stir the pot were) then do it. But don't dirty up Hillary's name with your show of disrespect by voting for McCain.

    June 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Cindy

    I think just the opposite. Hillary has shown everyone that a woman can compete, toe to toe, with any man.

    I did not like the gender excuses that came out of her campaign near the end. That's the only part of her campaign that IMHO, set women back.

    I hope the next woman that runs... and there will be a next woman... and it won't take forever either... I hope the next woman that runs, will run a genderless campaign.

    June 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Andy...

    I don't understand Americans!

    This is not about "either Hillary or Obama" it's about the United States. The US has lost all its glamour... is responsible for the Iraq war, is responsible for the global monetary crisis...

    It can't get much worse! People should wake up and finally acknowledge the brainwashing that is going on in the US: No, the US is not the greates country in the world... so kkep on voting for a Bush alike... you did it a second time 4 years ago... just keep on doing it! You all deserve it!

    June 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. mn

    Bill Jay:
    Are you implying that you are somehow to be considered a thinking person???????.....Cuz,,,,,,,, it ain't workin.

    June 7, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Proud American

    Lets Go Dems!!!!!

    June 7, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. adm

    For those who thought Obama was rude because he went golfing. It was reported on MSNBC that Obama watched it from his Laptop. Also, don't you guys know that he and Clinton had a talk? What do you think that meeting was about. You guys take any moment to bash Obama.

    June 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. steveda - poconos, PA

    perhaps Obama was giving her the podium today by going golfing.... perhaps he was allowing her to have the spotlight alone for a day.

    If you vote McCain as a show of support for Hillary you will erase every stride she has made for women in this campaign. You will vote for a party that did not have a single female, or any other minortiy, on it short list of candidates for president. Everyone keep pointing to Rice as the token black Republican – even she is walking away from that farce of a party. Colin Powell was their black spoeksperson for a while till he quit after he realized they made a foll of him by putting him in front of the UN to use his reputation to spread their lies of WMDs.

    So go ahead all you female hypocrites.... vote McCain and put your aprons back on and get ready to make more babies. Under the Republicans, that's your role.

    June 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. Pepou

    As an enthusiastic Obama supporter I welcome all Clinton supporters to our campaign. It is historic to have a first Afro-American nominee and in the future there will be a woman nominee and who knows, an Afro-American or Native American woman nominee. The future, thanks to democrats is bright.

    June 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Erika, Wichita

    Bill Jay: Shut the hell up! It's people like you that are part of the problem! Take a look around. There have many many female leaders in other parts of the world. But not here in the good old U.S. of A! Men with your mentality are idiots.

    June 7, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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