Bill Clinton: West Virginia Vote Can Make ‘Earth Move’

By Ed O'Keefe

May 9, 2008 1:48pm

ABC News’ Sarah Amos Reports: Bill Clinton continued his two day tour of West Virginia Friday, stressing the importance of a huge win for Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., in Tuesday’s primary.

Speaking to a full firehouse in Madison, the former President told the crowd that those against her are trying to discourage people from caring about the election because they realize if enough people come out to vote, she could still win the popular vote.

"You have to realize that if you show up in enough numbers, and your neighbors in Kentucky do, and we have a good run through the rest of these states," asserted Clinton, "We gotta have your help and get the largest number of people to show up on election day. See all this stuff you are hearing about is an attempt to discourage you. That’s what this is, pure and simple, hoping, well, Hillary can get eighty percent of the vote in West Virginia, and if only 100,000 people show up it is not enough. But if 600,000 people show up, and you say we want a president than you will see the earth move. You can do it."

While the crowd gave Clinton an extremely warm welcome, many in the crowd seemed to lose interest as he began his speech — even during his appeal for a high voter turnout.

Clinton also brought superdelegates into his argument, a part of the primary process he usually avoids talking about while on the campaign trail.

"She can win the popular vote, she is clearly the most electable according to all the national polls, and between now and August, the superdelegates are gonna have to think long and hard about how badly they want to win. If she is clearly the most electable with positions that people have finally focused on, the real difference I think is, I think she has got a real shot at this and let me just tell you something, all those folks who are telling you on television that she can’t win – they weren’t for her in the beginning," said Clinton. 

During the course of Clinton’s hour long speech, many people wandered out but those that did stay listened intently to Clinton discuss his wife’s energy and education plans for America.

As he wrapped up, the former President left the crowd with the idea that crowds like the one in Madison were best hope Hillary had at winning this nomination.

"So, that’s my case. You think that is a good enough case for West Virginia? Is it a good enough case to get a lot of people to go vote? Will you do what you can to get more people to vote for between now and Tuesday?  You just remember what I told ya. This whole deal is riding on how you perform. We are walking out here on a ledge. They have tried to push her off of it and she’s still walking for you, toward tomorrow. Don’t you let anybody discourage you. Don’t you let a single soul stay home on Tuesday," Clinton told the crowd.

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