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October 28th, 2008
07:27 PM ET

Clinton to New Hampshire: "Jobs, Baby, Jobs"

Jennifer Donahue
Political Director, New Hampshire Institute of Politics

Senator Hillary Clinton spoke to a crowd today in Manchester that was more female than male, more above-forty than below. Many of the people there identified themselves as Clinton turned Obama supporters.

"I've got a slogan. It's 'Jobs, Baby, Jobs," Clinton shouted to a cheering crowd.

Clinton asked the crowd to work as hard for the "Obama-Biden ticket", and for Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen, as they did for her. She focused also on the theme of Bush-Sununu-McCain economic policy.

"We've had eight years of a Democratic President and eight years of a Republican President," Clinton said, not referring to her husband by name, although she often did during the Primary campaign. Many of her lines were well received and familiar to the crowd.

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me," Clinton said. "The question is not who are you for, but who is for you?"

"We love you, Hillary," said former Governor Jeanne Shaheen. "We love you, Jeanne," yelled a supporter. Shaheen is in a fierce race against Senator John Sununu, a re-match of 2002. With Obama perceived by many voters in both parties as being ahead of McCain, Palin still has a core of support among older female voters who are Republicans or undeclared voters.

While Obama and Shaheen both appear to have strong support from Democratic female voters, Clinton has the potential to help not only Jeanne Shaheen, but to bring working class female voters who may be independents to the table for both Shaheen and Obama. With over 40% of New Hampshire voters registered undeclared, both races are still in flux.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. stephen ling

    CNN has show such a bias against McCain in this election that is so clear to audiences worldwide. CNN maybe a democratic news agency but it has a responsibility to at least provide some balance in its reporting. Even the republican strategists that have appeared are missing the mark. Larry King's program last night that had Janine Turner etc. was the first time in weeks that CNN was on the mark. ALL need to redouble their efforts over the coming days and provide more equity and fairness in reporting.

    October 28, 2008 at 8:26 pm |
  2. Kim

    Go knock on doors and tell them Hillary sent you? She started thirty five years ago knocking on doors ! Times have changed and you forgot to say , take dog bones ! "I'm for McCain and have a great dane !" Uh oh ,now what do ya do ? I'm for Obama and that dog can't hunt but sorry to be so blunt !" "When you hear the hounds keep going !" We changed strategy and all rode bikes with Obama signs on our backs ! 18 million cracks and still cracking and so are our polar ice caps ! Good luck McCain's team and thank-you Hillary Clinton ! Go Obama and Biden ! Go national security and energy independence and not to mention innovation for the nation ! Go ring the door bell and run back ,ready to take off on your bike in case they have a dog ! When they come to the door, we'll all wave our signs and yell go vote for Obama ! We should have had that on video and it was a hoot and to funny ! Politics is dangerous ! Gees,they open the door and dog flies out and ya gotta have dog bones !

    October 28, 2008 at 8:25 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Hillary is a class act. I have never seen anyone who lost in the primary for the nomination do as much for the winner as she has done for Obama and hopefully the other Democrats running as well for Congressional seats. Democrats are lucky to have someone as capable, intelligent, and gracious as Hillary in their party.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    October 28, 2008 at 8:19 pm |
  4. Tif

    I'm two months shy of 30 and and started voting to try and get Bush out of office 4 years ago! WE need Obama more now than ever! In a conversation with my aunt who is in her late 4o's, I was shocked to hear her say She Voted for Bill Clinton, but will vote for Mcain...Urghh because SHE STILL thinks Obama is a Muslim and her comments were so disturbing I couldn't even respond! She agrees we need a change, but can't see beyond I was trying to tell her facts and help her understand a different side, but it seems once someone is so set that they like the other, there's no listening!
    I feel sorry for our Elderly people as I have many Elderly family members still alive living on the small monthly amount of social security and Everyone else (which is all of us)who suffer in these times! We are middle-aged, familiy of 5 considered to be middle income We live pay check to pay check debt coming out our ears, We have a Mortgage and outrageous amounts in student loans ( where would we be without the student loans...oh probably beyond poverty!level for income!) We can't seem to get reasonable health insurance and don't qualify for help! Does this not CRY FOR CHANGE or what!!! People NEED to Educate themselves and do the math! I hope Obama wins, and I hope he will stay true to his words, he has a hell of a huge mess to clean up after!

    October 28, 2008 at 8:10 pm |
  5. kenny huynh

    she's my president!!!

    October 28, 2008 at 7:39 pm |
  6. Larry

    I'd rather vote for HRC.

    October 28, 2008 at 7:36 pm |