Clinton Hears Voices from Beyond: ‘Keep Going’

By Jennifer Parker

Feb 13, 2008 11:48am

ABC News’ Eloise Harper and Kate Snow Report: In McAllen, Texas this morning Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., said she wasn’t giving up on her race for the White House. 

Speaking about her work in South Texas as an organizer for George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign, Clinton said two strong Texas women inspired her — Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and Texas Governor Ann Richards.   

Clinton said they taught her about courage and determination.  Then she suggested that she is hearing from them even as her campaign struggles to compete after a string of losses.

"I can hear their voices saying, ‘You keep going!  You give the people a real choice about the future!’" she said at a campaign event. 

Jordan was the first black woman elected to the Texas state legislature and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973-79.  She died in 1996.  Richards, a larger-than-life Governor, passed away in 2006.

After eight losses in a row, Clinton sharpened her attacks on her rival today. 

"We need real results not more rhetoric.  We need to get back in the solutions business," Clinton said to the cheering crowd with a huge Texas flag behind her stage.

"There is a very important choice and a big difference in the candidates in this race. I am in the solutions business.  My opponent is in the promises business. I think we need answers not questions,” Clinton said.

Clinton continued focusing on what her campaign sees as her strength — substantive policy changes that she would offer as president. 

“I have solutions to these big economic challenges.  The question today is does Senator Obama? A plan that fails to provide universal healthcare, fails to address the housing crisis and fails to immediately start creating good  paying jobs in America again will not turn the economy around and provide the real relief our people need.”

In this new stump speech, Clinton made clear that voters in Texas should take nothing for granted and reminded them repeatedly that they need to come out for her on March Fourth — a day she called “a turning point day.”

“I have to be elected president to work to give you a VA hospital right here in the valley, I have to be elected president to achieve universal healthcare,” she said.

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