Clinton: 'This is very personal'
In the final day of campaigning before New Hampshire's presidential primary, the Democratic race continued to hinge on change, with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both describing themselves as best-equipped to bring campaign promises to fruition. But much of the day's political news was dominated by something Clinton did rather than said.
In a Portsmouth restaurant this morning, a voter asked Clinton how she keeps going during such a difficult campaign. "It's not easy. And I couldn't do it if I just didn't, you know, passionately believe it was the right thing to do. You know, I've had so many opportunities from this country, I just don't want to see us fall backwards," Clinton said, getting choked up. "This is very personal for me. It's not just political; it's not just public. I see what's happening, and we have to reverse it.
"Some of us put ourselves out there and do this against some pretty difficult odds," Clinton continued, her eyes welling up. "But some of us are right and some of us are wrong. Some of us are ready and some of us are not. . . . So as tired as I am -- and I am -- and as difficult as it is to try to kind of keep up with what I try to do on the road like occasionally exercise and try to eat right -- it's tough when the easiest food is pizza -- I just believe so strongly in who we are as a nation so I'm going to do everything I can to make my case."
Clinton's campaign described the emotional moment as evidence of Clinton's depth of feeling for the nation's future. "She was expressing how strongly she feels," said Clinton spokeswoman Kathleen Strand. "She's obviously very passionate about the direction of this country."
- Sarah Liebowitz