Clinton touts wider white voter support than Obama

In a gaffe sure to continue igniting the racial discussion throughout the Democratic Primary, Hillary Clinton argued that her appeal goes beyond Obama’s in terms of pulling in more white voters.

Here is her interview with USAToday:

The report from USA Today:

Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Wednesday to continue her quest for the Democratic nomination, arguing she would be the stronger nominee because she appeals to a wider coalition of voters — including whites who have not supported Barack Obama in recent contests.

“I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on,” she said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article “that found how Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.”

“There’s a pattern emerging here,” she said.

Clinton’s blunt remarks about race came a day after primaries in Indiana and North Carolina dealt symbolic and mathematical blows to her White House ambitions.

I’ve chronicled, somewhat, how the vote has been splitting between Obama and Clinton. She tends to take less educated voters while Obama tends to take more educated voters. Theoretically Clinton’s above statements are correct. However, Larry Sabato points out why it doesn’t matter:

Larry Sabato, head of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said Clinton’s comment was a “poorly worded” variation on the way analysts have been “slicing and dicing the vote in racial terms.”

However, he said her primary support doesn’t prove she’s more electable. Either Democrat will get “the vast majority” of the other’s primary election votes in a general election, he said.

I agree with Larry, this will all change once a nominee is chosen. Although that time seems to be getting further away, not closer.

  • Michelle


    I can’t believe she would say that.

  • Indi

    She is showing her true color. Very sad for America. After her husband’s racial comments after SC primary, her statement make full circle.

  • Dreadsen


    glad you brought up the s.c primary because that’s what knocked me off of her boat. First I was with her, then I was backing Kuncinich until he was unelectable then I went back to her again and BLAM Bill said some things that I just couldn’t believe and further down the road more and more intentional dirty talk/tactics just made me jaw hit the floor even harder.
    And dig this.

    She’s pulling for Michigan and Florida. Even asking Obama to Help seat them.

  • This is Hillary’s bittergate in the sense that it may be true but she could’ve worded it better. Except this time, the other opponent probably won’t pounce and instead the media will do the work. At this point, you’re starting to see Hillary trying to separate and divide while Obama is doing the opposite. All Obama has to do is call for the party to rally behind him to make Hillary look bad in this situation.

  • Craig

    This is not a gaffe…and what she said it true.

  • Debbie from Modesto, Ca 56yr young w/female

    Nobody is mentioning what a bigger percent of the black vote he is getting, ok he’s only getting 30-40%, shes getting less than 20% of the black, and after the racial comments by her and Bill,.. I don’t think it will go thru until June now.

    I hope the democratic party will see this as a real blow to human unity.

    !!GO OBAMA!!

  • Michelle


    True? I’m a hard-working white American and I am supporting Obama. I find her generalization offensive.

    Jared said it best, this is her “bittergate” and she will most likely suffer in the polls for it.

  • Babs

    However poorly worded it was, the statistics are there. 30-40% of the black vote? In NC alone it was 91%. What’s interesting to me is that 91% of ANY race can agree on one person for any reason – other than race. Highly unlikely. There are racial divides in the voters, that’s just a fact.

  • IndiMinded

    Yes, except that Hillary didn’t say a word about the black, latino, jewish, asian, or native american vote, though it’s important to take note of those statistics as well. The very fact that Hillary speaking about the white vote makes you consider the black vote draws my mind to Michael’s article on the role of race in this election.

    Hillary simply pointed out that her base is made up of people with 3 traits: 1)Working (HARD-Working!) 2)White 3)not college educated, and that Obama’s support was weakening among this voter block.

    As a working (HARD working) white male who supports Obama, I have to wonder if I’d be supporting Hillary now if I hadn’t gone to college. That seems to be what Hillary’s implying, isn’t it? That for whatever reason, employed whites who haven’t gone to college will never vote for Barack Obama.

    Strange thing for her to exclaim if you ask me. But when your ship is sinking, why not go ahead and set your mast on fire?