Booed by Voters, Clinton Plows Ahead

Candidate endures heckling at West Virginia speech
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2008 3:54 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., autographs an Obama '08 sign after speaking at a rally in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Wednesday, May 7, 2008.    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton had on her game face in West Virginia yesterday, but the crowd at the hastily arranged rally wasn't helping her keep her faltering campaign alive amid a torrent of talk that it's time for her to drop out. The crowd booed her proposal for a gas tax holiday, and greeted her statement that she'd end the Iraq war with catcalls. An Obama supporter turned on daughter Chelsea, calling out “End the dynasty!” when she introduced her mother, writes the New York Times.

While the candidate never let the smile drop from her face, her remarks were primarily a cut-and-paste abridgment of her normal stump speech. As the media largely pronounced the race over, Clinton gave only a slight hint that her time might be up: She modified her usual "when I am president' to "if I am president."