August 26th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
15 years ago

What she will say

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Hillary Clinton will deliver a highly anticipated speech Tuesday night."](CNN) - For a moment, the spotlight will be back on Sen. Hillary Clinton as she takes the stage Tuesday for her last solo "hoorah" of the 2008 presidential election.

Even though she's not Tuesday's keynote speaker, all the attention will be on her as she steps into a role that's a far cry from her original convention dreams. "Tuesday night is Hillary night," one Democratic source told CNN.

The next day, the Democratic senator is expected to release all her delegates to Barack Obama, bringing her White House run to an end.

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  1. EBC


    I graciously thank YOU for supporting me during my campaign. I appreciate all your support, however, we NEED to move forward and "DO THE RIGHT THING" for this country we love so much. This is NOT about me, or YOU, this is about LOVE for your country and your children's future. It's bigger than all of us. I'm not looking "back", and I hope my supporters focus on the future and not the past. The past is over and done. It's time we move this country that I love forward.

    So it is with my upmost hopes that ALL my TRUE supporters follow me and HONOR me by rallying behind Sen. Barrack Obama as our next PRESIDENT. I RESPECT him and I SUPPORT HIM 110%.

    I ask ALL my TRUE Clinton supporters to rally behind Sen. Barrack Obama because despite your disappointment and anger, the FACT is MY POLICIES are a LOT more in line with Sen. Obama than they are with Sen. McCain's.

    I ask that you PLEASE HONOR ME, if your are my true supporter and love your country as much as I do, YOU will all join me in doing the RIGHT THING.

    PLEASE don't allow Sen. McCain the opportunity to USE ME as his 'scapegoat". Please JOIN Sen. Obama and I in "CHANGING" the future of the country and moving our country forward, not backwards.

    For those of you who are "threatening" to vote for Sen. McCain out of spite, bitterness and hatred. YOU were TRULY NOT IN SUPPORT OF ME TO BEGIN WITH. YOU ARE NO DEDICATED SUPPORTER OF MINE!! I DO NOT SUPPORT John McCain's failed policies and if YOU do, then you are NOT a true Hillary Clinton supporter.

    A TRUE HILLARY CLINTON SUPPORTER WOULD NEVER BETRAY the one person they claim to love and support. That would be the ultimate betrayal.

    Are you a traitor or a TRUE Hillary Clinton supporter? Talk is cheap, are you going to HONOR me by doing the right thing or DISGRACE my name and destroy my political future and the future of our country?

    August 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |

    She will be the most hated women in America if she sidesteps ONCE
    in this speech. She has already caused a great deal of trouble have
    delegates signing petitions during the DNC Convention last night.
    To have her name on the Nominee list is outrageous!!!!! Can't make
    light of that. Just shows the true character of a woman who loves attention and power. Can't give it up!!!! It IS OVER, HILLARY.

    August 26, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. P.J.

    Maybe she'll tell John McCain to stop hiding behind her. . .and her words. If he doesn't have the courage to stand up to Obama without using Hillary Clinton as a shied, how can we possibly expect him to face our real enemies?

    August 26, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Tommy

    Whatever she says, I'm sure it will be the only positive words of praise that the CNN anchors will say during the entire convention. I had to change channels last night. I got so fed up with all the negativity from the CNN political team toward Obama, his supporters, the Kennedy's etc. You can even hear a lack of any enthusiasm in all of their voices. I'LL be curious to compare to the Repub. convention. I bet they are more excited for McCain. PBS has much more objective coverage. CNN is starting to remind me of FIX news.

    August 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. brenda

    doesnt matter what she says. i gave her money, went to see her and told all my family about her and drove everyone to the polls to vote for her in the primary. we were votong for her more than her policies ( may or may not have been wise to do). anyway, we are now voting for mccain. we want to drill for oil and become energy dependent in time. we dont want sub standard health care ( especially me cuase i have a tumor), we cat afford to survive noe really so we certainly dont want obama to tax us out of our homes. we like low taxes for small businesses because THREY are the ones that put 75% of america to work! anyone with sence will tell you that. if you noticed, like i do, it is the CONGRESS that decides how out tax money is spent and CONGRESS is DEM by majority. if we got economic problems, lets blame the dems!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!we do and so we will vote for mccain. dont really expect to see this posted because it criticizes the golden child. hhhmmm.

    August 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Max

    I remain convinced that Sen. Hillary's support to Sen. Obama is not out of her good will rather than her loyalty to her dream to become president and the party whose dignity and principles she feels committed to safeguard. In her strong determination to become America's first female president, accepting to be Obama's VP now would delay the fulfillment of her dream which she without doubt intends to pursue again in 4 years. Therefore supporting Obama now and urging her supporters to do the same is as wise and smart a move that could work in her favor if Obama wins this presidential election. But should Obama lose due to the rebellion of her supporters, she may as well kiss her presidential bid in the futur goobye as well, because Obama supporters will sure return them the same favor. Obama is under fire for not picking Hillary as VP. Who knows if he did not make her the offer and she refused out of pride and/or political reason. People need to stop making false critics and accusations. These politicians are one solid indivisible family. Aren't we, the voters, fighting each others for no reason?

    August 26, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. marvinj

    If we're lucky, she'll say goodbye.......

    August 26, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Addendum

    The first day of the convention was well done. The message was what it was planned to be and what everybody perceived.

    Now we can all be overly critical and tear the best laid plans to pieces, and we can all also offer supportive, diplomatic suggestions.

    What I do not understand is, Why was Democratic Strategist, James Carville even in the picture since he was so critical. And I couldn't believe Anderson was right there with him. What the heck were they thinking or not.

    Why would a Democratic Strategist openly talk the way he did, if he is a Democratic Party Supporter? Maybe he and Anderson will be all praise when they see Hillary tonight.

    August 26, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Olivia

    What will she say??????
    How can anyone ask that?

    Hillary will do and say ......graciously..... whatever it takes to help Obama and his supporters forget that he limped across the finish line to get the nomination with the help of some superdelegates.

    In my opinion, she will always be the best candidate.

    August 26, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Apollonia Creed

    Senator Clinton will undoubtedly give a great speech. She will let her supporters know that she has, and it is now time for them, to rally around the Democratic Presidential Nominee. And to do anything other than support Barack Obama would go against the interest of the party they have been selected or elected represent.

    Best wishes to the Senator from New York; in what will be a most historic speech.

    August 26, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Jordan Fitzpatrick

    Stop insulting Hillary by refusing to support Barack Obama.
    The issues that Hillary Clinton has worked so tirelessly for–expanded access to healthcare, a woman's right to choose, the restoration of America's standing in the world–have been just as tirelessly opposed by John McCain and the GOP. If you refuse to support Obama in November you are standing in opposition to Hillary and thwarting her lifetime of hard work.
    What's more, you will irreversibly damage her entire future. At BEST, Hillary will be seen as powerless and unable exercise leadership in regard to her supporters. At WORST, she will be seen as conniving to sabotage her own party at the most crucial political moment in a generation. Either way, her career will be over.
    Could you live with that?

    August 26, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. California Voter

    For those of you who complain about CNN (and I have been among you), a good place to watch convention events is C-Span. No commentary at all. Gives you a chance to make your own judgments before listening to the talking heads. Would also recommend that you go to the other stations, so that you will really get different viewpoints.

    August 26, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. A Woman In California For Obama

    Let's try and see Obama and Hillary as a "failed relationship."

    Most of us have had relationships that failed and we were mad as hell with the other person but after some time we came to realize IT'S OVER and it is time to move on i.e., (Trump and Ivana, Brad and Jen) the list goes on. They got through it and now are civil with each other. Having said that-I feel Hillary knew exactly what she was giving the republicans when she said the nasty things she did but it's time to move on. I am no Clinton fan but as a Christian, I am willing to forgive her. WE ALL make mistakes and we have ALL said things we were later ashamed of. The future of my two sons is more important to me than anything in this world and I am NOT going to give McWar the power to hurt or kill them. Obama supporters I am as mad as you are about what transpired during the primaries (many have seen my blogs) but let's try to see this as a "failed relationship" and try to MOVE ON. Something good will eventually come out of all this. It always does. After all, if you think about it we got what we wanted and the Clinton supporters didn't. Shouldn't they be somewhat upset? Let's not flame the fires by posting nasty remarks. I hope many of the Clinton supporters will come to realize Hillary will still be working for you and she WILL have a top notch position in Obama's cabinet (Obama supporters WE can demand that-not that I think we will have to). She will still be there for you just not in the senate. I'm sure Obama will give her every consideration. WE don't know what they have already discussed. He understands your anger but just like you, he didn't like being threatened. Do you?

    Starting today, I am not going to post anything negative about the Clinton's because it is just TIME TO MOVE ON. WE all need each other NOW and I don't want to wake up Nov. 5th trying to find another country to live. Please let's give it a try. I'll go first.

    Thank you.

    August 26, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Linda

    I'm voting for Obama because I am a liberal democrat and the election is about policy not personality. But in my heart I still know that Senator Clinton would have been the more outstanding nominee and president.

    August 26, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Chipster

    I don't know and I suspect that none of the above do either. That surely doesn't stop so many people from thinking they do or making something up.

    August 26, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Wendy Contos

    I think he will lose. The party will be sorry one day soon that they shoved him down our throats.

    August 26, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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