August 27th, 2008
07:30 AM ET
13 years ago

The first speech of the second Hillary Clinton campaign?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Was Clinton’s speech the starting point for another presidential run?"] DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - Like nearly everything else Clinton-related this week, Hillary Clinton's convention speech remained a question mark until the last minute.

Its content was a mystery to even some of her closest advisers, who told CNN hours before the speech they weren't sure it was finished quite yet.

It was a work in progress until the very end - and one of its strongest rallying cries appeared nowhere in the prepared text.

"That is our mission, Democrats - Let us elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden," the New York senator told a capacity crowd waving signs that said "unity" on one side and bore either Clinton's or Obama's name on the other.

So far, the Democratic convention has been dominated by news of the Clintons. What would Hillary Clinton say Tuesday night? And what would her husband, former President Bill Clinton, say Wednesday night?

Would daughter Chelsea introduce her mother onstage, fueling visions of another Democratic dynasty? And what will happen Wednesday, when the convention roll call will either provide the "catharsis" Clinton predicted it might - or reopen primary season wounds?

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  1. Ken

    What else can Hillary do since her loss to an inexperienced candidate just support him and hope for the best. If the writing is on the wall there's only one person that has the last word which we don't want to accept! Ken Victorville, Ca

    August 27, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Phil in KC

    Wouldn't it be nice if everyone just took her speech at face value without trying to read too much into it? What if she said exactly what she meant? I think the media has done more to create and/or perpetuate a schism than anyone else.

    August 27, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Denise

    Nut on HRC. This is suppose to be about Obama.

    August 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Dem for Unity

    It is clear Hillary is still bitter however, she knows that we need a dem in office. They both have the funamentals that make a staunch dem. Lets Unite...except for the backward Hillarepublicans.

    August 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Hillary was wonderful. McCain is wonderful. Obama will be the new president. This is about more than our feelings, it's about our country.

    August 27, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Hillary was remarkable and get this, Hillary will definity be one Obama's cabinet members, she won't be sitting in the Senate.

    August 27, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Le'Dia

    I am disapointed in Anne Price-Mills, and other deligate's that feel the same as she does, she stated on national TV that she May not Vote come November? This is a Deligate for goodness sake. This election is about the people who are loosing or have lost there job's, this election is for the working single mother who does not have health care and can not pay the her bill's, this election is for our men and wemen in the millitary, who are not able to come home and under a republican have no Idea when they will come home. To say you may not vote is to say you you don't care about all of us who are living in a broken economy, or you don't care about the family who had to loose there home because there job went over sea's, or you don't care about my daughter getting the health care she need's. To say you may not vote, even if you said " I will not vote for MCCain", no vote is a vote for MCCain!!This is not about you you feel gender played a roll in it. for good ness sake. You are suppose to be a roll model to those first time voter's. If you really honored Sen Clinton and this country. Then you will vote for Sen. Obama, plain and simple. NO WAY...NO HOW...NO MCCAIN.

    August 27, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Monte Brown

    Gloria Borger and Jeofrey Toobin are both very hateful, bitter and miserable people. Hillary Clinton did what she had to do to keep haters like Borger, Toobin and Cafferty from shooting their mealy mouths.

    I voted for Hillary, and I will still vote for McCain. Let's see how CNN and MSNBC will blame Hillary.

    August 27, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. rightytighty

    Funny how that catchy phase of hers is even more effective against Obama! By design!?

    No how, No way, No Obama!!??

    August 27, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Ellie, Boyds MD

    GOD BLESS YOU Sen. Clinton.

    Finally you have come full circle in your speech denouncing all these nay-sayers who claim to support you.

    These women should be ashamed of themselves. Like you stated in your speech.... ARE YOU IN THIS FOR ME? Because this is NOT about YOU or Sen. Obama. It's ALL ABOUT being a TRUE and LOYAL DEMOCRAT, and VOTING A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT IN OFFICE!!! Bottom line.

    As a women and as an Obama supporter, I would have been sad and somewhat disappointed if Sen. Obama had lost the Democratic nomination during the primary race. BUT I would have PROUDLY VOTED for Sen. Clinton HAD she won the nomination back in June. AND I would have supported her and her race ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE. But that is NOT how the political primary process played out. It was a race and someone had to LOSE and someone had to WIN. WE all KNEW THIS REALITY.

    But I would have NEVER, EVER BETRAY MY DEMOCRATIC LOYALTY because my personal choice did NOT win the nomination!!!

    All these "bashers" making threats against Sen. Obama, and blaming him for this and that is just utterly disgraceful. All it's doing is STABBING SEN. CLINTON IN HER BACK!!! It's providing JOHN McCAIN THE TOOL TO USE SEN. CLINTON AS HIS PERSONAL 'SCAPEGOAT" AGAINST THEM!!!

    HOW soon these same women have forgotten that the REPUBLICAN PARTY accused Sen. Clinton of murder during the Clinton campaign.

    AND here you have these so-called "Clinton supporters" giving John McCain ample ammunition against their own candidate whom they claim to love and support. What's wrong with this picture? Where is the loyalty here? You would think these very same people would be OUTRAGED that Sen. McCain is using Sen. Clinton against her own party!!! Where is the outrage? Where are these people's voices denouncing McCain's TV Ads using Sen. Clinton in such a disgraceful manner? WHY aren't they raising KANE here? Hummm?

    I have a NEW respect for Sen. Clinton, she said it clearly, this is NOT ABOUT ME, it's about the future of our country, it's about the FUTURE of your SISTERS, MOTHERS, AUNTS and DAUGHTERS....


    I think if these same people who are causing all these "negative and divisive" bashing DO NOT SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE, then they were NEVER A TRUE DEMOCRAT, they are NOW traitors and a DISGRACE to Sen. Clinton's legacy and we need to STOP WASTING TIME AND ENERGY on trying to appease them, because NOTHING will satisfy them. They are set on destroying Sen. Clinton's political future and her legacy for their own selfish reasons. Bottom line.

    Sen. Obama is NOT going to "please all the people, all the time", there are those that are just miserable in their own lives and will continue to "complain about this or that... he didn't do this, he didn't do that, he didn't say this, he didn't say that, he pick him, he didn't pick her, he didn't kiss butt, he kissed too much butt, he didn't bend backwards, he bent too much, he wasn't nice, he was too nice, he did not vet her, he vetted her too much"..... What a bunch of miserable people. Miserable to the point they WANT everyone else to be miserable just like them.

    There's just NO pleasing these self-righteous folks. They will NEVER do the RIGHT THING even if it's in the best interest of this country that we love. Jesus, Sen. Obama is dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn't, he can't win no matter what.

    August 27, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. carm

    it was a great speech...she said what she had to ...I love Hillary..Obama will not get my vote..I'll either vote for McCain or not vote at makes me sick to hear all this talk about how great Obama is when it should be Hillary

    August 27, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Ken

    Everyone can see why Hillary Clinton should be the nominee instead of Obama. Without Hillary Clinton on the ticket, the Democrats are going to lose in November and McCain will be our next President. Every democrat can thank Obama and the "Super Delegates" for losing come November.

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter that will NEVER vote for Obama/Biden! I would rather see McCain win for then we would at least have a President that has the talent, skills, knowledge and experience to make the right decisions.

    No Way, No How and No Obama!

    August 27, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Suzanne

    Hillary and Jphn Warner together hit it out of the ball park (especially the way the state of Virginia put its arm around the western VA town that looked like so many others in America and yet they brought it back into the mainstream!). Hillary and John put the Republican Party on the defensive talking about the past and the future and likening Bush McCain to the twin cities. Now Bill needs to go get 'em with his best speech ever on national security and the economy. He also needs to comment about readiness...his own to support and Obama's to lead. When Obama comes to the stage, he needs to be more specific than he has ever been and as authentically inclusive about using all the brilliant resources that he has at his finger tips. This is the first time in my life that I feel such a sense of urgency in changing America and brining it back to the people.

    August 27, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Pat F

    Obama is LOSING SUPPORT during his convention! Dukakis was ahead something like 17% after his convention, only to get the stuffing kicked out of him in the general election.

    Get ready for the riots....

    August 27, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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