Hillary Clinton's South Carolina Speech

Hillary is speaking from Nashville, Tennessee. Chelsea is with her. (Update: Video here.)

She talks about "Fighting for a new future for America."

She congratulates Obama and thanks the people of South Carolina. After that, she says now the eyes of the country turn to Tennessee and the Feb. 5 states...including Florida.

She says the crowd is bigger than they anticipated. She wants to continue the conversation she started a year ago. She wants the election to be about the next generation and the young people.

Her voice drops, she's really hoarse. She's speaking very conversationally, CNN cuts her off, saying she's into her "stump speech" and says you can finish watching her on cnn's website.

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    Clinton Speach (5.00 / 2) (#14)
    by beefeater on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:03:07 PM EST
    Reminds me of the dog act that had to follow the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show.

    Brilliant strategy: She's at an African American (none / 0) (#25)
    by Cream City on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:16:43 PM EST
    campus, historically black Tennessee State.

    A CNN reporter there just held up a bumper sticker, "African Americans for Hillary."

    Kudos to her campaign for scheduling this tonight -- brilliant counterprogramming for conceding SC as bygones but talking about the future.


    Ouch (none / 0) (#26)
    by Molly Bloom on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:24:04 PM EST
    well that sure dates you! (none / 0) (#36)
    by Judith on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 10:45:00 PM EST

    and..uh...dates me (none / 0) (#40)
    by Judith on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 11:55:17 PM EST
    too since I knew what you meant. :-)

    BREAKING! I mean, BARKING ... (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by Ellie on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:06:32 PM EST
    Just when you thought that the punditry had achieved maximum insanity:

    Carl Bernstein declared this the worst night of Hillary Clinton's life.

    He's quite mad, you know ... barking mad.

    Carl Bernstein (none / 0) (#19)
    by chrisvee on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:12:05 PM EST
    has been a disgrace tonight.

    see my new post on the worst pundit (5.00 / 2) (#18)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:11:07 PM EST
    It's carl bernstein. Did you hear his monica lewinsky story tonight? He brought it into a discussion of the music that played during Barack Obama's speech.

    Listening to her speech (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by chrisvee on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:24:44 PM EST
    I have to admire her resiliency.  It's almost 10:30p, she's just gotten thumped in SC, and she's doing a town hall meeting even though her voice is about to give out any second.

    Of course (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by chrisvee on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:33:55 PM EST
    I could be wrong, since Margaret Carlson just told viewers that Hillary's resiliency may be the reason that voters think she lacks heart.

    she was on? (none / 0) (#37)
    by Judith on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 10:46:53 PM EST
    geez, they are dredging the bottom. :-)

    does this mean (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by Kathy on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 10:17:16 PM EST
    that the deep south is no longer racist?

    I can't wait for Florida--I think that'll not some of the steam out of the train.  Clinton is still polling way ahead, and suddenly, polls are right again.

    I couldn't listen to any commentators because they annoyed me so much.  Even more so when they cut her speech.  They didn't cut Obama's gracious concession speech in Neva...

    oh, wait.

    apparently (none / 0) (#43)
    by athyrio on Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 02:06:16 AM EST
    in Florida they are allowed to start voting early and they are having a huge surge of voting....much higher than expected....Florida is an enormous state, bigger than other states combined I would imagine but not sure....so this will give us some really good insight into what the country is thinking because no one demographic is dominant, just kinda mixed....

    Giving up on the chattering class (5.00 / 1) (#41)
    by BluestBlue on Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 01:44:38 AM EST
    After tonight's episode in punditry on MSNBC, I think I see a lot more CSPAN in my future. I turned there when MSNBC cut Hillary's speech off. I was already pretty pissed at their comments that she wasn't following the rules, she wasn't being gracious, everyone knows you should congratulate the winner in a speech...

    Kind of hard to congratulate Obama in a speech when you haven't given your speech yet! How blatantly biased can you get! They knew her speech would be on after Edwards, they discussed that it was unusual because she came in second.

    Hillary called Obama to congratulate him, she issued a statement that congratulated him, and then she also congratulated him in her speech. I call that pretty darn gracious, but then I'm not a southern "gentleman" like Joe Scarborough. As if. Someone from her campaign had to point all this out to them before they would STFU.

    I'm about done with MSNBC. Can't take Tucker, Can't take Joe, and since Keith sat on his rear and didn't say word one when Margaret Carlson and Joe Scarborough were spewing for their baseless and irrational hate, I don't want to take Keith either. Dan Abrams I may tune in for on occasion.

    But I think you can call me a CSPAN junkie from hear on out.

    oh good (none / 0) (#1)
    by athyrio on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:44:41 PM EST
    a class act....

    Really hoarse......losing her voice. (none / 0) (#2)
    by oldpro on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:48:39 PM EST

    they're all so tired (none / 0) (#3)
    by Klio on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:49:30 PM EST
    can't imagine how grueling it is ...

    Drugs. We all need drugs... (none / 0) (#4)
    by oldpro on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:51:45 PM EST
    ...think I'll get some coffee...

    Already off MSNBC (none / 0) (#5)
    by PlayInPeoria on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:52:23 PM EST
    had to go to CNN to see it.

    CNN cutting her off now, too -- (none / 0) (#9)
    by Cream City on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:54:57 PM EST
    "she is going to her stump speech," etc.

    Don't you just hope she goes off the stump speech and says something, in a couple of minutes, that they don't expect?  

    There must be a missing girl or a freeway chase somewhere to go see.


    outrageous! (none / 0) (#6)
    by Klio on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:54:00 PM EST
    both cnn and msnbc cut away from her speech.

    am I just worked up? or was that truly insulting?

    lol, I thought they were the "Clinton (none / 0) (#10)
    by Teresa on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:56:33 PM EST
    News Network". That's what I've been told. What a sham this all is.

    She's still talking ... (none / 0) (#20)
    by robrecht on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:12:29 PM EST
    ... they announced ahead of time that it would not be a concession speech but a 45-minute long stump speech.  You cannot really expect them to cover that.

    She's in Gravel-land now. (none / 0) (#39)
    by Ben Masel on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 11:17:27 PM EST
    "Why won't they let me say what I wanna say?

    But isn't the Obama campaign (none / 0) (#42)
    by oculus on Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 01:59:20 AM EST
    going for  those Alaska delegates on Super Tues.?

    wow (none / 0) (#7)
    by cdo on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:54:09 PM EST
    2nd place getting alot of press coverage...hahahaahahaa. no wonder i'm such a political junkie, and the clintons are like crack.

    ohmigosh! (none / 0) (#8)
    by Klio on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:54:36 PM EST
    the coverage is so bad, we've turned to fox news here.

    (and they've been banned for at least 8 years :-)

    glad to see edwards getting some air time (none / 0) (#11)
    by Klio on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:56:58 PM EST
    but it's disgusting that it's done at the expense of HRC's speech

    it doesn't really matter (none / 0) (#12)
    by cdo on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:02:20 PM EST
    CNN and MSNBC producers know they have been played...thats why they are cutting away. but to most people it doesn't really matter, they're attention spans are only about 15 seconds anyway. what did they see? Clinton, Obama, Clinton.

    That is my take... (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by Stellaaa on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:47:54 PM EST
    We get worked up, but most people,  it's their Saturday night.  How many people care about all the nuance etc?  

    it's kinda like the oscars... (none / 0) (#13)
    by lilburro on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:02:33 PM EST
    Seriously.  And now they're analyzing her speech.  As if it were over.  Or properly aired.  And seriously, is it over?  I can't get the CNN site to play video for me.

    Ok, now I am flat out outraged. Joe (none / 0) (#15)
    by Teresa on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:04:02 PM EST
    Scarborough just said that Hillary congratulated Obama on a piece of paper and then sent her husband out to speak for her. I cannot believe this. I'm am truly angry.

    Carl Bernstein just said it's the worst night of her life. I doubt that Carl.

    LOL, you beat me to it (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Ellie on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:13:15 PM EST
    I was sneaking a look at the speeches with a fellow poli-geek -- who was also sneaking a forbidden smoke -- in time to catch that new low in what passes for "context" among the bobbleheads.

    Anyone who TIVO'd it, please please please put it up on YouTube. It deserves to be pilloried by "A" Daily Show or the Colbert Report.


    I hope Crooks and Liars or someone (none / 0) (#24)
    by Teresa on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:16:05 PM EST
    catches that. Flat out lie. I think my blood pressure is rising! Now I'm looking for alcohol.

    Me, too (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by chrisvee on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:32:50 PM EST
    Time to get Media Matters et al. on the case.

    in my opinion (none / 0) (#17)
    by athyrio on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:08:42 PM EST
    the more the media and the whiners pile on her the more support she will have...

    She's not likeable enough for them, huh? (none / 0) (#22)
    by Cream City on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:13:22 PM EST
    Well, we saw how that played before.  I think you may be correct here.

    NC is the new Iowa (none / 0) (#31)
    by Xeno on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:51:33 PM EST
    The pundits will never learn. Thank God for that!

    news is about whats NEW (none / 0) (#23)
    by cdo on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:14:06 PM EST
    The discourse will change, thats the one thing you can count on, and the more it goes off in one direction...and who was it who said there is no such thing as bad publicity?
    Is Obama actually getting any coverage, besides the minute or so he got after his speech?

    lwell Obama is getting (none / 0) (#45)
    by athyrio on Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 02:09:00 AM EST
    the constant raves of the pundits and his opponent is getting criticized constantly...so that is good for Obama I would think....

    yup and on monday, it begins again. (none / 0) (#32)
    by hellothere on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 10:04:14 PM EST
    i wonder if the obama supporters are ready for what will happen in the rest of the country on super tudesday. but somehow i don't think they are. the media hacks will try and find a way to spin it. when all the media hacks, many of the same ones, attacked the clintons during the monica saga, the average american paid them no mind.

    i remind all that if they tick us off, then there is a darn good chance the tick off the average voter. obama i don't believe will win super tuesday.

    the polls show (none / 0) (#44)
    by athyrio on Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 02:07:42 AM EST
    Hillary with a lead in most states but maybe he will get a bump out of south carolina...

    the bump will have to come from (none / 0) (#47)
    by hellothere on Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 10:34:22 AM EST
    young voters then. i don't see his getting any other votes.

    I have a question: Inspiration (none / 0) (#34)
    by Stellaaa on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 10:33:13 PM EST
    Everyone calls him inspiring.  But, how are people being inspired?  What and how are they changing how they live to live the inspiration?   Are they giving of their time and money?  Do they want to quit their private sector jobs and work in government?  Are they reaching out to fight injustice?  I know they are voting, but this is your basic obligation as a citizen.  Has anyone seen what the inspiration is doing?  

    to be fair (none / 0) (#35)
    by Kathy on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 10:44:31 PM EST
    Obama can truthfully claim that he took a very disenfranchised slice of America and today made them proud voters.  Look at the turn-out in SC.  Everyone was predicting it would be lower than the repub turn out.  Everyone was saying that SC was a state that would never be in play for the dems.  If you take just that one accomplishment, you have to admit that he actually did something positive today.

    Now, what else has he done beyond that, I cannot say.  I've never bought his unity crap-mostly because I am a democrat and I do not want to be united with the republican party.  I want to win against them.  I want to repeal all of their stupid laws that are crippling the country.  Hillary has spoken to the dem base and talked about our core values while he's talked about puppy dogs and butterflies.

    But, he did something today in SC.  Would make a great VP.


    Past inspirations (none / 0) (#38)
    by Stellaaa on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 10:48:37 PM EST
    JFK inspired people to work in science, public service..MLK to work for social justice.   Are "the inspired" telling us anything like that?  

    nope (5.00 / 1) (#46)
    by Kathy on Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 08:26:06 AM EST
    not inspired by any stretch. Unless you count college kids inspired to get off their couches for five minutes (which won't last).  I'm just giving the man credit for the one thing.  The majority of those voters turned out for him.  Does that mean he can lead the country?  Heck no.  Does that mean he's going to inspire anything else?  Ho-no.

    This is a perfect example of the difference between the two candidates:  Obama calls for unity between blacks and gays while he gets to of the most homophobic preachers in the world on his team.

    Hillary Clinton was the first first lady to march in a gay pride parade.  This was 16 years ago--before Ellen, before Will and Grace.  She lost a lot of political standing but she did it because it was right.

    He talks the talk.  She walks the walk.  Or marches it, as the case may be.