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May 14th, 2008
09:33 AM ET

After big win, Clinton vows to push forward

Sen. Hillary Clinton used her big win in West Virginia on Tuesday to make her case that she has a better chance of beating the Republicans in the general election.

"I am more determined than ever to carry on this campaign," she told supporters in Charleston, West Virginia.

"I am in this race because I believe I am the strongest candidate. ... I can lead this party to victory in the general election if you lead me to victory now."

With half of the results in, Clinton was ahead of Sen. Barack Obama by a margin of more than 2-1.

Clinton has faced calls to drop out of the race because she trails Obama in delegates won, states won and the popular vote this primary season.

Clinton also now trails Obama when it comes to the support of superdelegates, and her campaign is $20 million in the red

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  1. claudia

    Respond to Lydia.
    You and your son could go ahead and vote for McCain but i am telling you this. i am not prepared to pay $6 for milk, $5 for gas and the list could go on. Well thanks to your son we had to deal with Bush for 8 years wish tells me a lot about his knowlegde of politics.

    But i will tell you this people said the same things about Bill Clinton he is young not enough experience to run the country but look what he did when he got into office he balanced the budget and left a surplus which is wife had nothing to do with.

    Senator McCain reminds me of my Dad who was an accountant. and business owner. In his day accounting was done by hand but nowadays everything is done by a computer. My dad refused to learn how to use the computer and was still doing everything by hand. This would take him days eventually his business ran into the ground because he was afraid of change. Yes he has experience but not for the changing times. He was a great accountant in his day. That is how I see Senator McCain.

    My question to you and eveyone out there is Does McCain have the experience to handle all the changes that this nation has undergone. Does he have the wit to come up with fresh new ideas of how to get this country back on tract. What are his realistic and attainable plans for American to decrease their dependency on foreign oil and how are we going to pay off our HUGE debt to China.

    May 15, 2008 at 6:11 am |
  2. claudia

    Respond to Cynthia in Florida.
    I would like for you to explain to me Senator Clinton's Experience. Has she balance a budget. Has she personally dealth with world crisis. Not because her husband did it, that doesn't mean she has experience doing it. Hillary is not Bil. If your husband is a surgeon does that make you an expert surgeon. Senator Clinton can bearly raise money for her champain much more to run a country in crisis. I don't want this country to be in furthur debt like her champain.

    How can you say Senator Obama has a black agenda do you forget that he was raised by his single WHITE mother. You sound like one of those 22% in West Virgina that said race played a role in their voting choice. Don't let the color of his skin fool you. With a slight change in his DNA he could have been white too.

    Do you think that with the culture and beliefs of Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East that look down on women do you think they would listen or respect the opinions of Senator Clinton, keeping in mind that they control the oil fields. I am not going to mention her gas tax proposal it speaks for itself.

    Don't be affraid of change it is new and inventive ideas of young and inventive people that got us as far as we are in technology, medicine and farming just to name a few.

    The white house need the change of a new and inventive person to get us out of the crisis we are in. To me Obama signifies OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:47 am |
  3. claudia

    I am from New York and was a BIG Clinton supporter but as the race went on I listened and watch Senator Obama speak and was drawn to him.
    I think the primary worked in Obama's favor because like myself hardly anyone know who he was but as the primary went on we got to know and respect him as a candidate.
    I did not vote in the primary and I know quiet a few people that didn't either but most people I talk to have changed their mind about Senator Clinton and cant wait to vote for Senator Obama and no one else.
    My boyfriend who has just registered to vote is so enthusiastic about voting for Senator Obama in the general election.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:52 am |
  4. Mike

    BEWARE......the same group (white working class males) would also NEVER vote for a woman for President.

    If Senator Clinton is so passionately supported by her constituency, why is her campaign 20 million in the red ? Show me the money !

    May 15, 2008 at 3:39 am |
  5. claudia

    West Virgina showed america that we have a tremendous race problem in this country.
    22% of the voters who voted for clinton admitted that their choice was influenced by race.
    I wonder how many more of her white collar voters are willing to be honest and admit that they are also influenced by race.
    I was also very surprised that Obama got more than 2 votes there

    May 15, 2008 at 3:28 am |
  6. D. Weaver

    I am very doubtful if Obama would be so popular if he were a black
    woman instead of a black man. In that case I think people would be
    saying she does not have enough experience. The people she is
    associated with are too radical. She is not ready. It would not matter
    that a black woman Obama was inspirational.
    Sexism in the U.S. is far more prevalant than racism.
    Hillary is the best candidate and the one who can beat McCain in the
    general election.
    I will not vote for Obama in the general election.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:13 am |
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