June 8th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton's new job: Persuading diehard fans to back Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/08/art.clinton.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Hillary Clinton suspended her presidential campaign on Saturday."]

(CNN) - With Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign officially over, she is focusing on making sure her supporters back Sen. Barack Obama's bid.

Throughout the primary season, Clinton and Obama expressed confidence the Democrats would unify once a nominee emerged.

As Clinton closed her campaign Saturday, she urged the cheering crowd of thousands to support Obama in his run for the White House, saying she and supporters should "take our energy, our passion and our strength and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama ... I ask all of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me."

Her endorsement was met with a scattering of boos and thumbs downs from the crowd at the National Building Museum in Washington.

In a CNN poll released Friday, 60 percent of Clinton supporters said they would vote for Obama, but 17 percent said they would vote for McCain and 22 percent, said they would not vote at all if Clinton were not the nominee.

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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Sofia

    Can someone explain where the guy who posted the first comment gets his facts? When did Obama say "I want all of my followers to spew hatred!" ? He didn't. Why do women hate Obama. It's not his fault if there are sexists out there. He didn't campaign on "HILLARY'S A WOMAN" He campaigned fairly and won. WHy hate him, he hasn't ever said or done anything to disrespect woman.

    June 8, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Lyonn from SF

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Wow! Everybody is praising us "Clinton Supporters". Let's not forget how they treated us during the course of the primary election.

    As a Clinton supporter, I will not vote for McCain but will simply just stay HOME. Now is the time for all OBAMA supporters to WORK. After all they have disowned and ridiculed us before. They have to fight for their man alone just like we did for Hillary so they will experience how hard we struggled for our candidate!

    Now that she is out, I am wondering why Hillary is still in the news frontline. I bet this website will never have the same number of visits without her. I guess they still need her just to keep Obama's name sound good!!!!

    Now CNN, you better post this. Hillary will get my vote and nobody else. We beleive that she is the strongest most dedicated candidate and been a victim of media and Obama supporters insults!

    June 8, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Voter

    Obama has been the most hypocritical candidate not just of this campaign, but in all campaigns in American politics. Now he has become the most hypocritical nominate in America. If elected, he will have become the most hypocritical president in US history. Hillary is out. Although McCain is old, abrasive and so boring, I still feel more comfortable with him.

    June 8, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. king from toronto

    cnn!! if u continue this?ur goin to lose a lot of bloggers!an viewers!!

    June 8, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Kim PA

    it is a tough decision....

    McCain for 4 years means Hillary can run in 4.....

    Obama Pres and Hillary VP means dems are in and she can be in for 16 years....

    I'll vote for the Obama/Hillary ticket. But NOT for Obama and anyone else.

    I want her to be ON the TICKET, or wait 4 years for a come back.

    June 8, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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