June 7th, 2008
01:55 PM ET
15 years ago

Couple divided on what happens next

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton urged supporters at her final rally Saturday to back Barack Obama with the same enthusiasm they'd had for her presidential bid - but not everyone was ready to follow her instruction.

Arms crossed, David Rivera of Baltimore told a reporter that "it will be a cold day down there before I support - that man." The nomination, he said, had been "stolen" from Clinton. "She won the popular vote, the people wanted her. [Democratic National Committee chairman] Howard Dean didn't."

But his wife Maria said she was ready to follow Clinton's example. "In campaigns, there are winners, and there are losers," she said. "You can't sit and think about what went wrong forever. You have to move forward."

She said she belonged to a grassroots group of nearly two dozen Clinton supporters who called and canvassed for her in the days leading up to Maryland's presidential primary, and that nearly all of them have now decided to volunteer for Obama.

soundoff (314 Responses)
  1. No rigged elections in the USA

    All true democrats should speak out against the political gang raping that took place to eliminate Hillary Clinton from this race.

    From this day forward... SHE is the only democrat I will ever vote for.

    The politics of hate and vulgarity and insults must end NOW.

    Vote No to Obama and his fixed primary.

    June 7, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |

    Maria has the right atitude we need to move on together. I think her husband has the wrong ideas about what really took place, Hillary has as many votes, but those in Michigan and Fla. were counted true, but they were counted without Obama getting his fair share because his name was not on the ballot so we will never really know just how many voted he would have gotten. Hillary knew exactly what she was doing in keeping her name on the ballot because Bill had been through this before during one of his campaign races and got his way. Also Bill did in fact campaign for Hillary in Fla. although he was not suppose to, but he DID.So if we are to look at what went wrong I think the blame lies within Hillary's campaign, I know it is alway easy to blame others, but we must take responsibity for for things that went wrong to. What about those of us that once supported her until she proved herself to be divisive and dishonest, no one did that to her but herself, she mismanaged her campaign neither Obama or Dean had anything to do with that. What about the fact that she mismanaged her money? What about the fact that her supporters did not support her enough finanically, who's faught is that?

    Obama and Dean or Obama supporters are not to blame for everything that went wrong in Hillary's bid. Hillary was far more aggressive against Obama even to the point that many were calling him weak, he allowed her to get away with far more than she would allow him, you all declared her meaness and nasty tactics as strong and being a fighter. Which is it did she fight him the hardest or was he weak? How does this prove him to be unfair to her? Dean allowed her far more time than he would have Obama if Obama was in her place. Do you think Dean was to be unfair to Obama to favor Hillary even when it does not make sense to do so? How would you feel if Hillary was in Obama's place in the race?

    What responsiblity does her supporters lay at her feet?

    June 7, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Linda K.

    To Easy:

    I don't know which campaign you were watching. It was totally different than the one I saw. Some Obama supporters and surrogates were insulting toward Hillary, and that's nothing to be proud of, but Barack Obama has always been a gentleman.

    Freedom, equality, and fair elections. That's why I will vote for Obama in November.

    June 7, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Florida not for Barack Obama - Ever

    The speech was spectacular and a true nature in leadership all of you will regret turning your back on Hillary. I will vote for McCain

    June 7, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Erika, Wichita

    Never Obama. He's done nothing but bash Hillary. He has not earned my vote.

    June 7, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Theresa

    About his playing golf... Don't you think he had an advance copy of the speech or possibly helped her write it? It may have been part of their discussion. He won the nomination 4 days ago! Is he supposed to put his life on hold until after she's spoken? Give the guy a break. I don't think it's a big deal that he had a T time.

    Listen to your chosen leader and don't let sour grapes make this country continue on a horrible path. Also there are many Obama supportors who don't want her on the ticket and your divisive attitude does nothing to help that. I trust my candidate to make the right choice and will support him regardless of who he chooses.

    Barack Obama DOES respect Hillary. Or he wouldn't have ditched his press corp and head over to the home of her friend to talk to her. He was going home to the family he misses but went to her instead.

    She is a good woman and he is a good man. They are both great leaders that have come together. Let us do the same!

    June 7, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Love you Hillary

    I have lost all sense of loyalty to my party after witnessing the brutal treatment and the savaging of this good woman.

    I can not say yes to cheating at caucus, disenfranchised voters and trashing the female for fun.

    Bye bye Obama

    June 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Esther from Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    the only losers this year will be the ones who do not want change and will not listen to reason. we have a failure going on at the core of our nation and we need to fix it maybe we still have a chance

    June 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. name

    stop it CNN!

    June 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. kamgirl

    Just as Hillary dimayed Obama's victory and used it as time to uplift herself and her accomplishments , holding no reguards for his , her speech was suppose to start at 12 it started at 12:30 Obama had already been on hold since Tuesday. He had to wait for a meeting with her, before she conceded and as I said the speech was suppose to start 12. I'm sure Obama had some kind of way of listening to the speech. And I'm sure under the circumstances of this nation we cannot hold actions of Clinton on Tuesday or the actons of Obama today against either one of them. We should look foward to a brighter future ,healthcare for everyone, and a growing economy. They both said some things that has wounded what democrats stand for. lets stop looking at what was said and lets look at what our nation is going through lets think about our families and the issues , lets think about how we can get our country back on track our lives are at stake lets look at the issues and lets not hurt ourselves trying to hurt each other.

    June 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Puffy

    Living Home with golf club does not mean he dit not wach the speech live! This day you can wach TV any way you go on ur laptop if u have internet connect, ok ! Technologie my people!!!!!!!!!! Stop using this to divide the party that just finish to be unite few minutes ago. Anyway Obama wached the speech on the computer CNN just report now!!!!!!!

    June 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Dave

    Hillary's speach was exactly as expected. I will still switch to MCCAIN 08. No more of this Democrats forcing people to do what they want. The polls may have obama and Mccain in a dead heat BUT, Wait to us Hillary Dems vote for Mccain. Dean can't force us all to meet his DEMANDS!!!
    MCCAIN 08

    June 7, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Obama Supporter

    To all of you complaining because Barack Obama took the day off to play golf...

    Today was not his day. It was Hillary's. She had work to do and she did it admirably. She really changed my opinion of her, and if she's not real about helping the party, it'll soon surface. But I think she wants to get everyone over this hump. Rather than all of this hatred being spewed from both sides, we need to embrace the work that needs to be done. We can smooth over the hard feelings, but if everyone starts acting adult, we can get it done. And another thing...

    ...how do you know there wasn't a TV in the car Barack was riding in? They do have those, you know! And even if he didn't, don't trouble yourself. He's never going to do everything everyone likes anyway because he's human.

    June 7, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. indy dem

    She didn't win the popular vote. She didn't get as many votes as her rival so she lost. Simple as that.

    Lets talk about "stealing." The real theft was perpetrated by the republican administration and here's a short list:

    Bush/Cheney stole our right to privacy, our faith, our financial freedom, 2(!) general elections, our military supremacy, an independent judiciary, and on and on and on.... They were not patriots. They were gangsters with flag-pins.

    And you're so mad your favorite democrat didn't win that you'll vote for 4 more years? Did they steal your brain???

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