One-on-one with Hillary Clinton

March 25, 2008 7:50:46 PM PDT
On May 6th, North Carolina voters could be a major player in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be in the state this week ramping up their campaigns.

Last week, we spoke with Senator Barack Obama and this week we talked one-on-one with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Anchor Larry Stogner asked the senator from New York if North Carolina is a must win state. "I intend to do as well as I can in North Carolina," Clinton said. "I'm excited about coming on Thursday. I'm looking forward to campaigning across the state, I'm sure it is so beautiful now that spring has come. I think that North Carolina is a challenge for me, but I like challenges and I'm going to work really hard and I think I have both a record of accomplishments and a message of making a difference for the people of North Carolina that a lot of folks will find appealing."

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Raleigh, Fayetteville and Winston-Salem this week.

In a recent speech and interviews, the New York senator described a harrowing scene in Tuzla, Bosnia, in which she and her daughter, Chelsea, had to run for cover as soon as they landed for a visit in 1996. But video footage of the day showed a peaceful reception in which a young girl greeted the first lady on the tarmac.

Clinton told reporters in Pennsylvania on Tuesday that she erred in describing the scene, which she now realizes after talking with aides and others.

Clinton went on to explain her mistake to Stogner, "Well, I said that was my mistake, I did mis-speak and you know, it was one of those slips that we make in life," Clinton said.

A lot of 82nd Airborne troopers at Fort Bragg are wondering what you'd really do as commander-in-chief. Would you pull all the troops out of Iraq? How quickly? And how should these men and women in uniform feel about it?

Clinton answered, "I believe that we should honor the dedicated service of everyone of the men and women in uniform, especially those whose lives have been lost, now 4000." The presidential hopeful adds, "It's time for them to come home. They have fulfilled the obligations they were asked to meet."

The Clinton campaign said Tuesday that the New York senator will begin her North Carolina tour with an economic policy speech at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh on Thursday.

Later, she'll later hold campaign events at Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville and Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem.

Clinton rival Sen. Barack Obama has already announced plans to campaign in Greensboro on Wednesday.

North Carolina has 115 delegates to divide in its May 6 primary.


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