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To the Cheers of Her Supporters, Clinton Vows, 'I Never Quit'

A supporter holds up a sign saying "Don't Quit", left, as Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), campaigns at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., April 1, 2007. (AP.)

By Perry Bacon Jr.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Can the wife of an ex-president, backed by hundreds of people who have donated $2,300 to her campaign, really be an underdog?

Hillary Clinton is trying. She walked onto the stage here as the theme music to "Rocky" played, after earlier invoking the fictional boxer in a speech.

"I know what it's like to stumble. I know what it means to get knocked down, but I've never stayed down. I never will -- and neither will you and neither will America," she said Tuesday at meeting of the AFL-CIO in Philadelphia.

"Senator Obama says he's getting tired of the campaign. His supporters say they want it to end," Clinton added. "Could you imagine if Rocky Balboa had gotten halfway up those stairs and said, 'Well, I guess that's about far enough,'? That's not the way it works. Let me tell you something, when it comes to finishing the fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common. I never quit. I never give up."

At nearly every event now, Clinton or one of her backers her accuse Obama of trying to end the voting process, while her supporters shout, "No!" and "Don't quit!"

"He said it was like a movie that has gone on too long," Clinton said, referring to an Obama joke from last week about the long primary contest. "Well, we haven't even gotten to the part that includes Pennsylvania," she said here to loud applause.

Clinton may be an underdog in the Democratic race, but not here; she leads in every poll. And Obama advisers have encouraged supporters to stop trying to push Clinton out of the race.

They're right to do so. As Clinton campaigns around the state, nothing gets louder applause than her pledges to keep campaigning, which seems to have galvanized her crowds, which are full of women over 40.

"There's a sign over there which says don't quit," Clinton said. "I thought the Democrats and Americans believed in letting people vote. I am doing everything I can to make sure that, from Pennsylvania to Puerto Rico, people have a chance to vote."

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 1, 2008; 5:14 PM ET
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