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Hillary’s Letter and Supporting Documents to Superdelegates

This, along with supporting documentation, was sent yesterday by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to all superdelegates.

The campaign is making the case that Hillary Clinton will beat John McCain, whereas Barack Obama could NOT beat John McCain. The challenges facing our country are too great to risk a third Bush term under McCain –> we need Hillary!

WHY HILLARY IS THE STRONGEST CANDIDATE

In a letter and memo sent to superdelegates today, Hillary lays out the case for why she is the strongest candidate to put together a winning coalition and beat John McCain in the Fall.

*Hillary has earned more votes than anyone in the history of the Democratic primaries, and she will lead in the popular vote with more than 17 million ballots cast when the primaries conclude on June 3rd.

*Not only is Hillary the top vote-getter, poll after poll shows she fares better against Sen. McCain in large swing states than Sen. Obama. She is the only candidate winning in the battlegrounds of Ohio and Florida.

*Hillary’s candidacy has attracted a broad coalition of new voters. In fact, the highest increases in turnout have come among her core supporters—millions of new women, Latinos and people over 45 voted in the primaries for the first time.

*In the coming days, superdelegates will have a clear choice: who is ready to serve as President on day one and who is best able to beat John McCain in November? When you look at her wins in the important swing states and her strength against Sen. McCain in head-to-head matchups, there’s no question that Hillary is the strongest candidate.

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HERE IS THE ACTUAL LETTER SENT TO DELEGATES:

The stakes in this election are so high: with two wars abroad, our economy in crisis here at home, and so many families struggling across America, the need for new leadership has never been greater.

At this point, we do not yet have a nominee – and when the last votes are cast on June 3, neither Senator Obama nor I will have secured the nomination. It will be up to automatic delegates like you to help choose our party’s nominee, and I would like to tell you why I believe I am the stronger candidate against Senator McCain and would be the best President and Commander in Chief.

Voters in every state have made it clear that they want to be heard and counted as part of this historic race. And as we reach the end of the primary season, more than 17 million people have supported me in my effort to become the Democratic nominee – more people than have ever voted for a potential nominee in the history of our party. In the past two weeks alone, record numbers of voters participated in the West Virginia and Kentucky primaries. And with 40 and 35 point margins of victory, it is clear that even when voters are repeatedly told this race is over, they’re not giving up on me – and I am not giving up on them either.

After seven years of feeling invisible to the Bush administration, Americans are seeking a President who is strong, experienced, and ready to take on our toughest challenges, from serving as Commander in Chief and ending the war in Iraq to turning our economy around. They want a President who shares their core beliefs about our country and its future and “gets” what they go through every day to care for their families, pay the bills and try to put something away for the future.

We simply cannot afford another four – or eight – years in the wilderness. That is why, everywhere I go, people come up to me, grip my hand or arm, and urge me to keep on running. That is why I continue in this race: because I believe I am best prepared to lead this country as President – and best prepared to put together a broad coalition of voters to break the lock Republicans have had on the electoral map and beat Senator McCain in November.

Recent polls and election results show a clear trend: I am ahead in states that have been critical to victory in the past two elections. From Ohio, to Pennsylvania, to West Virginia and beyond, the results of recent primaries in battleground states show that I have strong support from the regions and demographics Democrats need to take back the White House. I am also currently ahead of Senator McCain in Gallup national tracking polls, while Senator Obama is behind him. And nearly all independent analyses show that I am in a stronger position to win the Electoral College, primarily because I lead Senator McCain in Florida and Ohio. I’ve enclosed a detailed analysis of recent electoral and polling information, and I hope you will take some time to review it carefully.

In addition, when the primaries are finished, I expect to lead in the popular vote and in delegates earned through primaries. Ultimately, the point of our primary process is to pick our strongest nominee – the one who would be the best President and Commander in Chief, who has the greatest support from members of our party, and who is most likely to win in November. So I hope you will consider not just the strength of the coalition backing me, but also that more people will have cast their votes for me.

I am in this race for them — for all the men and women I meet who wake up every day and work hard to make a difference for their families. People who deserve a shot at the American dream – the chance to save for college, a home and retirement; to afford quality health care for their families; to fill the gas tank and buy the groceries with a little left over each month.

I am in this race for all the women in their nineties who’ve told me they were born before women could vote, and they want to live to see a woman in the White House. For all the women who are energized for the first time, and voting for the first time. For the little girls – and little boys – whose parents lift them onto their shoulders at our rallies, and whisper in their ears, “See, you can be anything you want to be.” As the first woman ever to be in this position, I believe I have a responsibility to them.

Finally, I am in this race because I believe staying in this race will help unite the Democratic Party. I believe that if Senator Obama and I both make our case – and all Democrats have the chance to make their voices heard – everyone will be more likely to rally around the nominee.

In the end, I am committed to unifying this party. What Senator Obama and I share is so much greater than our differences; and no matter who wins this nomination, I will do everything I can to bring us together and move us forward.

But at this point, neither of us has crossed the finish line. I hope that in the time remaining, you will think hard about which candidate has the best chance to lead our party to victory in November. I hope you will consider the results of the recent primaries and what they tell us about the mindset of voters in the key battleground states. I hope you will think about the broad and winning coalition of voters I have built. And most important, I hope you will think about who is ready to stand on that stage with Senator McCain, fight for the deepest principles of our party, and lead our country forward into this new century.

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  • emma

    I am a Nigerian and have followed this primaries very closely.
    The issue at stake is not about just America, but the world.
    For a lot of us, the basic issue is, who can best bring the nations of the world to some understanding that we are one,in order to appeciate the attrocities going on in the less previllaged nations of the world. We believe strongly that a fresh person with new ideas would do the job just fine and we feel that Obama is the person. For the democrats, running off to another party to register your protest that your candidate is out of the race is just too bad and very unmatured a behavior.You do not shot yourself on the leg while competing in a race and still wants your opponent not to win.HC should give Obama all the required assistance to ensure that the democrats wins the election, doing this will finally show that she is really a stong lady and a force to work with. Its a tough decision but one that will single her out as the ultimate American hero.

  • skwellis

    Too bad there are so many Clinton supporters who have fallen in with the mob mentality that demonizes anyone who doesn’t agree with them. To be sure, there are similar cultists supporting Obama, but there seem to be more of them in the pro-Hillary blogs. I doubt that Clinton and Obama actually feel that way about each other. They each have real strengths and real weaknesses as candidates. On balance, I have concluded that Obama’s strengths outweigh his weaknesses, and vice versa for Clinton, but I’m willing to afford a presumption of good faith to anyone who has reached a contrary conclusion, as long as they don’t resort to name-calling.

  • Ramiro F. Esteban

    I appeal to all the super delegates: Please meditate on Hillary’s letter. This is the only window we have to avail of the sevices of a brilliant woman, a woman of experience, intellect and wisdom. This is the only opportunity. I don’t see anyone of her caliber in the horizon. Let us not lose the millions of votes intended to be cast only for her. Voting for Hillary will ensure a Democrat in the White House. Do not leave it to chance.

  • skeptik

    folks: Hillary is misleading everyone when she characterizes her self-serving position as defending the sanctity of the right to vote. neither FL nor MI should count, BECAUSE THE VOTE WASN’T FAIR. in particular, MI was a soviet-style one-candidate election. fighting to count an unfair election as if it were fair, undermines the legitimacy of the process. if Hillary weren’t so blinded by her own ambition, maybe she would see that. she and her people agreed that FL and MI would not count, before the election, but now since she got a favorable result, she wants it to count. sorry, that’s not the way the system works. and no matter how much she cries or throws a tantrum, she’s not going to get her way.

  • Daniel Montclaire

    This is the strangest election year ever. We’ve got an American war hero who everyone respects vowing to continue Bush policy that everyone detests. We’ve got a former First Lady who nobody likes very much who has a husband who was enormously popular within his own party and she is fighting tooth and nail against a charismatic black man who virtually came out of nowhere—the Illinois state legislature—just a couple of years ago and who looks like he’ll be the Democratic nominee. [note: beware those who are all 'charisma' and no substance] And as Hillary and Obama slug it out the reality is that there is little or no difference between them in terms of their beliefs or idealogy. At this point I have no idea who will win in Novemeber and nobody else does either.

  • Gunnar

    Senator Clinton has shown herself to be an egocentric, run of the mill politician who will use divisive tactics and racist innuendo to get what she thinks she somehow deserves. Let’s face it folks, if here name was not Clinton she would not have any of the aura people ascribe to her. She is not a leader. She is a front person for corporate interests, just like Bill was when he sold us down the river with poorly crafted “free trade” pacts, and set us on the path to continue our warmongering ways. So, if you want more war, more corporate control of our economy, our media, our schools, our farms, Hillary is the one for you. Sure, Barack has an uphill battle on all these same fronts and he will be under incredible pressure to sell out to the status quo; but there is a movement of newly energized people behind him that will be dogging him and Congress to do the right thing on a lot of issues. If he doesn’t he won’t have their support in 2012 and the Democratic Party will become much weaker. Clinton = more of the same; Obama = a small chance that we might actually make some changes. No rose colored glasses here but we know the Clintons and what they will or will not do, and they do not respond to pressure from Jane or John Q. Public. Despite all her recent pandering to “hard working, white Americans,” their style is “Let them eat cake.” They could care less what happens to us as long as they have power.

    Oh, and if you actually look at the substance of their policies and their approach to problem solving and management it is pretty clear that the feminist candidate is Barack Obama. Hillary’s feminism seems to be reduced to being “one of the boys.” That is not feminism. That is play acting – and it is so 70′s.

  • Zee

    “Thank goodness we have strong courts in this land. ”

    Oh, indeed. Courts that are taking SCUMLORDS like Obama’s pal Rezko down. Courts where in sworn testimony we get to learn about more of Obama’s links to scum, which he denies, always denies, before getting caught yet again.

    The sad thing, tho, Amy, is we have those like you, so willing to turn their brains off for their faux-messiah. Oh well. Thank goodness we have citizen journalists who are used to looking up all the FACTS themselves. You know, after 8 years of Bush I’m shocked to find so many of the left are just as gullible as the Bush faithful, but at least there are some sites left that are dedicated to the reality-based world view.

    And, Amy, if you think it’s MADE UP that Obama lied that his only connection to Rezko was about “five hours” of work when in fact they were friends and cohorts for years and he saw Rezko daily, then you obviously missed the South Carolina debate, huh? And missed all the subsequent times Obama was forced to recant his previous “misstatements” and “recollections.”

    Just for one tiny example of a reason why people hate the idea of a fraud, liar and friend to scumlords as a candidate running for president.

    Reality is not really your strong suit, is it, young lady, with your idea of democracy being a “delicate bloom” getting all twampled if Obambi is not the nominee!!!!!

  • JP

    Barak Obama has proved himself, he is an anti-American, terrorist lover and much more. Go to Savage Politics and read some of those articles along with the articles here. Nothing can improve him. He is what he is and that is garbage. Hillary will win if the DNC sticks to the rules they have. If not we’ll go to the convention with her. This time we will fight the fight. The election was decided by the Supreme Court and I personally think Gore gave up too easily and look what happened. No matter how difficult it seems we will stand by her because she stands for us. The Clintons are the best this country has produced. We need to stand with them.

    • Amy

      The thing is, all these sites peddle made-up crap by people who really can’t stomach the thought of Obama as President (for all sorts of reasons). These stories have as much veracity as the claim that Hillary still has a path to the nomination. I find it astonishing how many pro-Hill and anti-Obama people are willing to jettison Democracy to get the outcome they desire. Thank goodness we have strong courts in this land. Democracy is a delicate bloom and you people are so keen to trample it.

      • PATTY D

        GO SPEND YOUR WELFARE CHECK ON CRACK YOU LOW GRADE SUB HUMAN WIDE ORIFICE LOSER, OBAMA HAS A SNOW BALLS CHANCE IN HELL… I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE GOP DRILL HIM A NEW ONE….BUT HE LIKES DRILLINGS, ASK LARRY SINCLIAR, LOL LOL

  • IndayHill

    That’s what they excel! Pay them to endorse the incompetent! The country does NOT NEED a crook politician!My Congressman was “bought” even the state belongs to Hillary! They sold their soul to the devil!

    Because I love America, I will NOT VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA!HE NEEDS MORE TIME TO PROVE HIMSELF!
    HILLARY IS THE NEXT US PRESIDENT!

  • JP

    Obamabots are here again. Obama must be worried since he keeps sending his spies. Obama isn’t going to get any votes in Flordia at all. If the DNC says it has to follow the rules then it has to follow the rules because Obama broke them by advertising there and holding a campaign rally there before the primary ended. Talk Left has a great article. I’m feeling better right now. Hillary Clinton, the next President of the United States of America. My God that sounds good.

    • Martin

      Often Fairy Tales have happy endings. Only in a Fairy Tale will Hillary become President. Dream On! In the real world we’ll have President Barack Obama. Now that sounds good!

      • Andy

        YAWN…

      • PATTY D

        YOUR A FAIRYTALE FAG BOY… OBAMA HAS A SNOW BALLS CHANCE IN HELL YOU STUPID BOZO CULT MEMBER, WHILE YOUR DOING YOUR CRACK SAVE SOME OF YOUR WELFARE CHECK AND TAKE A CRASH COURSE IN MATH.. MORON… TAKE A GOOD LUCK AT KENTUCKY AND WV AFTER YOUR MASSA MADE HIS RACIAL REMARKS…. THAT RACIST LOW GRADE COON HAS NOW WOKEN THE WHITE GIANT.. SO GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR FAIRYTALES AND WHITE AMERICA VOTES THEIR RACE

  • Andy

    Great letter Hillary !!

    People there you have A WINNER !!!!

    Important:

    Hillary is on a “Double your Impact” campaign until Saturday night.

    Any amount you can contribute will be matched.

    Remember Sunday is Puerto Rico primary and she needs to win comfortably.
    Surely BHO is bombarding the airwaves. So she needs our help now.

  • hillarysmygirl

    Phew, I smell Troll Farts…

    WARNING: Trolls are present. DON’T FEED THE TROLLS. Obama pays them 10 cents per each response they get to their posts!

  • Martin

    WOW! Great letter! It even had immediate effects! 4 “automatic” delegates endorsed Obama today! I guess these good people believe that the voters should decide who the nominee is in elections and caucuses and that Clinton shouldn’t be allowed to use exaggeration and wishful thinking to bully her way to the nomination if she couldn’t get there fair and square by actually winning some delegates. Maybe they also think that changing the FL and MI rules right at the end to blatantly benefit one candidate is also stretching fairness to breaking point!

    • http://deleted AnninCa

      Heard 1 switched from Obama to Hillary today. Carry that bit back to Huffpo when you go.

      Seek the love.

      In the meantime, get ready. Voters matter in the “old Democratic” party, and there are still a lot of us around. The DNC can’t even rent the place for a convention right now because we’re that mad.

      So I suggest you get your friends to go raise some money. You’re going to end up alone in this “new” Dem. party.

      And I’m fairly sure your parents won’t be giving you money to send to Obama. :)

      • Martin

        That’s just mean. My parents are Clinton fans, inexplicably, though it’s for the usual reason that they hope they get Bill back. The one who switched from Obama to Clinton was that superdel from the Virgin Isles who switched from Clinton to Obama on May 10th. I think the consensus on this guy is that he either likes seeing his name in the press or he’s a little confused. Not even camp Clinton crowed about this one because chances are this superdelegate will switch to Mike Gravel before the week is out. Besides, just because a few loud Hillary fans are upset at her losing, that does not mean that Dems as a whole feel the same. In fact, “Dem Voters” (assessed by primaries and caucuses), on balance, would rather Hillary just left. Tell me – when Hillary endorses Obama and urges her followers to vote for him, will you? Join the love.

        • Martin

          Oh AnninCA, I remember you used to post an awful lot at HuffPo… what happened?

    • PATTY D

      AMAZING HOW STUPID OBAMA CULT MEMBERS ARE… SUPER DELEGATES GIVE IT TO OBAMA THEN THEY DESERVE 4 MORE YEARS OF GOP.. I FOR ONE, WILL VOTE MCCAIN IF OBAMA IS NOMINATED AND IM A DEVOUT SUPPORTER OF HILLARYS BUT I WILL DO MY PART ALONG WITH ALL HILLARY SUPPORTERS AND VOTE THE MUSLIM OUT.. WHITE AMERICA HAS BEEN WOKEN BY THE RACIAL SLURS MADE BY OBAMA, HIS FALSE STATES OF BITTER SMALLL TOWN WHITES HOLDING ONTO THEIR GUNS WHILE IS RACE KILL EACH OTHER IN CITIES ACROSS THIS NATION IN RECORD NUMBERS, WHILE HIS RACE ABORT 1400 BABIES PER DAY… THE PURE IGNORANCE THAT MAN SPEWS IS DISGUSTING.. OBAMA HAS PROVEN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IS YET ANOTHER FAILED WELFARE PROGRAM FOR THE BLACKS, ABOLISH IT IMMEIDATELY, MAKE THEM WORK FOR A LIVING LIKE EVERYONE ELSE DOES..

      • bob

        Patty D, there is no place for your bigotry in this world. It should make all of us sad.

      • Dee

        Patty
        You and the people like you (racist) are the very reason Hillary will never see the White House. In fact, her comments about hard-working White Americans who will not vote for Obama (racist)are the people who want to see her in the White House. Well, if she gets the nomination I am going to vote for McCain too. At least he has not tried to connect himself to attitudes of racism as the reason he is the best candidate.

        It amazes me how much she loved all the Black’s before the race got underway. One other thing check out your facts, are you working in a good job Patty or are you one of the low-income uneducated White woman working in America because if your not then your a benefactor of Affirmative Action, although White women did not get, hosed down, bitten by dogs and jailed to get, you got it for free!!!

  • llilytoo

    Because the cheats at the DNC f-ed with people votes, Hill is taking this to the mat. They made a mistake to make this about the right to vote, they have awoken a tigress.

    • Kinky Ogremann

      I don’t know why people are beating on Hillary for fighting for the voters like a tigress! or mother bear! – if Gore had fought for FL or Kerry for OH, we would be in a very different situation right now. Personally, I want someone who will fight to the bitter end, especially given the alternative of Obama or McCain! Go Hillary! Fight for our nation and the world!

      • http://deleted AnninCa

        Because they are embarassed. She’s still beating the pants off of him. It’s awkward. They want her to quit so nobody will notice just how many people aren’t going to vote for him.

  • T Jefferson

    Did you know that if you read this letter out loud, after about 15 seconds it starts to sound like the adults in “Peanuts” cartoons? Wa-wa-wa-wahhhh.

  • hillarysmygirl

    I chose to vote for Hillary, to donate to her campaign, to make calls for her, to campaign for her because I think she’s the best prepared candidate, the smartest, most savvy candidate and because I think she can win in November. What I didn’t expect in all this was to be so moved by her. My eyes welled at the line:

    “See, you can be anything you want to be.” As the first woman ever to be in this position, I believe I have a responsibility to them.

    I haven’t given up hope. Yesterday, Bill Clinton’s speech gave me a boost. Today it was this letter. There is no presumptive nominee. There is no clear winner. No matter what the press or the pundits or other politicians say, it ain’t over ’til the lady in the pant suit says it is! And she better take it to Denver!

    • http://deleted AnninCa

      Ditto here. She’ll be ready. And he’s not going to be the nominee until the convention.

      They seat….his number goes up. :)

      They seat….her popular vote is legitimate even jumping the stupid false arguments against it.

      They WILL seat. They have no choice.

      He will NOT get his way on MI, either. His proposal is absurd.

      He will NOT get 50/50.

      He will NOT win this argument, but he made a huge mistake to let it get here. This is all on his head. She’s the heroine in this story.

      And I’m writing to Nutter to suggest he consider running for Congress. Ditto for others I saw who had backbone this year.

      We need to get rid of the riff-raff in the party.

  • Big Tuna

    Nice To see Boadicea bringing on the heat.

    Nice picture: http://travesti.geophys.mcgill.ca/~olivia/BOUDICA/chariot.jpg

  • Milly

    Sorry Oprah I must have used ‘she’ instead of ‘he’, ah but you know you are a she!

    Oh, wait almost 8:00***

  • Milly

    Well put Sen Rodham, see that talks volumes about the preparation and maturity of this woman, and why she is the best qualified.

    Umm remembering Oprah said he gave her support to Sen Obama because he is brilliant and not because he is black. Well Sen Rodham is brilliant, smart a visionary too, why not give your support to her Oprah if you were influenced by a person being ‘brilliant’?

    Wishing the DNC respond accordingly with the dignity this great Senator deserves. Count us in that petition too.

    Larry I put my *** in the message, right now is the last one, so -roger and copy-

    • Mrs. Emma (Gran) Ford

      I agree that H. Clinton is the strongest politician in American history. She has reputation, and experience to become president. Go for it Hillary you have the voice of the people.

      I agree your point, you are most qualified to lead the country as president of Unites States. Democrates wake up, Hillary is more experience than Obama. If Obama would be the nominee I can guarantee that democrates would not win General Election. Put Hillary Clinton to be the leader, and Obama would be vice president. Then the Democrates against republican will win then. Attention superdelegates dont be carried away by the media. Look at on Hillary experience then you have to think about it. Obama has no much experience in foriegn policy. Go for it Hillary tell this uncommitted superdelegates that the have to choice the right person to run the country. If the Democrates would team up Hillary as president, Obama would be her running mate, yes the democrates would win this coming election. If you dont think very carefully if obama would be the nominee your party would not win, and you pay huge price losing this coming election I can guarantee you. Democrate would lost the general election, Republican will win. Listen to the voice of the people not your emotion. Hillary is more qualified to fight against John McCain. team up Hillary Clinton as President, Obama would be her running mate, yes 100% democrates will win.

      Go for it Hillary people telling you, dont give up fight for it until the end. The winner takes them all.

      Emma Gran Ford
      minag5054@yahoo.com.au

  • Denise

    I hope they listen carefully and make their decision with the very best interest of our nation at heart. She deserves this and will bring strength, prosperity and honor back to these United States.

  • http://texasdarlin.wordpress.com TexasDarlin

    Great letter, Hillary! You have my vote. Wish I were a superdelegate.

    There are nothing like facts to support a case. And the only “fact” that Obama has on his side is a slim pledged delegate lead. On Hillary’s side, we have the popular vote lead, victories in key swing states, fiercer debate skills, 100% chance of winning against John McCain, foreign policy credentials. Our list of “facts” is endless.

    The Democrats need Hillary! The country needs her. Wake UP people.

  • suskin

    Of course, it’s the things HRC can’t say, that make the strongest case for HRC’s nomination.

    • http://www.hillaryclinton.com **== President & Commander-in-Chief Hillary Clinton **==

      Those things are said in private.

      • hillarysmygirl

        Or on Fox News. ;)

    • Julie Miller

      Like the fact that many of her supporters are bigots?