Clinton Savors 'Great Victory'

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity & Colmes," January 29, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

CHRIS WALLACE, HOST, "FOX NEWS SUNDAY" HOST: Alan, thanks so much. And let's welcome Senator Clinton, who won a big victory tonight in Florida. And Senator, it's always a pleasure to welcome you to FOX News.

SEN. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON (D-NY), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Thank you, Chris. It's good to talk to you.

WALLACE: I wanted to ask you about the Obama campaign, which put out a statement this evening that said that they tied you in Florida tonight, zero delegates for Clinton, zero delegates for Obama.


WALLACE: The point seems to be that whatever happened here tonight was basically a beauty contest.

CLINTON: Well, I don't think the people of Florida believe that. They turned out in record numbers because they want their voices to be heard. I have said that if I'm the nominee, I will ask all of my delegates and all Democrats to support seating the Florida delegates and the Michigan delegates.

You know, Chris, for any of us, Florida and Michigan are key states in our effort to put together the votes we need to win the presidency in November 2008, and I am committed to making sure that the voices of Floridians are heard. They certainly were heard loudly and clearly tonight. And this is a great victory, and we're going to go on from here to the rest of the Super Tuesday states.

WALLACE: Senator, let's talk about, as we look forward toward Super Tuesday, the track of the race tonight. The exit polls indicate that among people who made up their minds in the last month that you won by an overwhelming margin, 57 percent to 32. But among those who make up their minds in the last week, it was a dead, flat tie, 35-35 between you and Obama. Doesn't that indicate that he is closing the gap with you here and perhaps in other big states around the country?

CLINTON: Well, I don't know about that. I really don't pay a lot of attention to anything but the final numbers, and the final numbers were overwhelming. But what's really at stake here is who could be the best president for our country and who can be the best nominee for our party. And I think voters of Florida joined voters of New Hampshire, Nevada and Michigan in saying very clearly that I'm that person.

We're going to work hard in the next week to cover as much ground as we possibly can, to make our case in the states that will be voting on Tuesday. But ultimately, Chris, this is about the American people. It's about, you know, their hopes, their dreams, what they believe should be done.

And I've been very specific in this campaign about what I would do as president because I want to be held accountable. I want you and the press, I want the voters to say, Here's what she said she would do on the economy and on health care, education and energy because we need to build a strong base of support for the tough decisions that the next president is going to face.

You know, whoever is sworn in On January 20, 2009, is going to walk into that Oval Office, and there's going to be a stack of problems waiting, and a lot of ones we can't even predict right now. And I think that if people ask themselves who would be the best president, I'm going to do just fine.

WALLACE: I want to ask you about the endorsement by Senator Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy yesterday of Senator Obama. One thing is that Kennedy said that Obama was ready to serve as president from day one. Perhaps even more significantly, he said this campaign is a choice between the old politics of polarization and the new politics, and basically laid the mantle, the torch of new — passing the torch to a new generation, on Barack Obama. On some level — I know you've all had endorsements, but on some level, does that sting?

CLINTON: No. You know, Chris, we all have had endorsements. I was endorsed tonight by Senator Bill Nelson here in Florida. Earlier in the day, I was endorsed by Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California. And I'm very proud of my endorsements, as I'm sure other candidates are of theirs.

But ultimately, this is not about our endorsements. It's about the American people. It's about what they want in the next president. And my overwhelming sense from having traveled now more than a year around our country, having represented New York, having been privileged to serve in the White House, is that the American people want a problem solver. They want somebody who, when the cameras are turned off and the speeches are over, is going to get up every day, bring the country together, run the government, manage the economy, and really help them get the tools they need to fulfill their own potential.

And I think the longer this race goes on and the more people really look at our records, what we've done, what our positions are, I think that more and more people are waking up and saying, you know what? This is a choice that is very important for me, for my family, for my future. And I feel very comfortable when that's the way it's posed.

WALLACE: Finally, Senator Clinton, there was an incident last night at the State of the Union Address that's getting a little bit of attention. When you came into the hall — we put the picture up — you reached out. Senator Kennedy and Senator Obama were standing side by side. Senator Kennedy shook your hand. Senator Obama says that he was looking away to talk to somebody else. Some people are saying that he snubbed you. Do you feel that you were snubbed last night?

CLINTON: Well, Chris, I reached out my hand in friendship and unity, and my hand is still reaching out and I look forward to shaking his hand when I see him at the debate in California. But what's important here is that, you know, any differences between us as Democrats pale in comparison to the differences between us and the Republicans. And I think we'll have a unified Democratic Party. We will come together not only as a party but as a country in this election year. And I am confident that we're going to present a very strong case to the American people as to why Democrats should once again be in the White House.

CLINTON: Senator Clinton, we want to congratulate you again on your victory tonight in Florida. And thank you for talking to us.

CLINTON: My pleasure. Thanks, Chris.

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