Clinton Supporters Unsure About Obama

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

He could be one of Hillary Clinton's biggest supporters in the mountains.

We caught up with the Pike County 12-year-old and his mom to ask who they want in the White House now.

He can't vote for another six years, but Dalton Hatfield has no regrets about selling his bike and video games to donate money to the Hillary Clinton campaign. He was disappointed she didn't become Barack Obama's pick for V-P.

"I believe that if he would have chose her as vice president I believe that he could have won very easily. I think it's a tight race now," says Dalton.

The Belfry sixth grader talks politics with mom - a lot.

"The T-V is on MSNBC or CNN or FOX, all the time," says Vicki Hatfield.

Dalton's ideas are similar to many other Clinton supporters, who political analysts say will have the most influence in Kentucky this fall. Right now the Hatfields are leaning towards John McCain.

Dalton says, "He has a lot more experience than Senator Obama."

The Hatfields think Sarah Palin adds appeal to the GOP ticket.

Vicki Hatfield says, "I like her. She is assertive; I think she knows what she wants."

"She's more qualified to be the vice president than Barack Obama is to be president," Dalton adds.

Vicki Hatfield says Clinton's speech at the Democratic convention convinced her to vote for Obama, but the feeling didn't last.

"There's something about Obama that I'm just not sure about. When you meet people sometimes and you think, 'I don't know, there's something about him,' ... and I don't know," Hatfield explains.

Vicki Hatfield adds she still could vote either way.

Hillary Clinton thanked Dalton Hatfield for his support when she visited Prestonsburg in May.
Dalton says she called him back three weeks ago to ask him about school, and there was no mention of the presidential race.


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  • by sharilyn Location: cantrell on Sep 10, 2008 at 10:22 PM
    I love Barack and I love Hillary I want to voice my questions and am having a hard time doing it online
  • by Obama all the way on Sep 10, 2008 at 08:56 AM
    please get your facts right.Obama was born here and he has not turned his back on the flag,,you do not have to wear a pin to be patriotic.Do you walk around with a pen on your shirt all the time? There are alot of ignorant and raciest people in ky,,but thank God we are all not like that
  • by Melissa Location: Kentucky on Sep 9, 2008 at 07:48 AM
    TO Tasha, how can you say that voting for Mccain would be the same we have had for the last eight years simply because they belong to the same party. History shows us that each Presidency is always different from another's Presidency. McCain is not Bush,his plans are not the same as President Bush's. I think you should get more information on this for yourself. The Obama camp is trying to scare people by saying things like that. But history shows us, that is not true.
  • by Tasha Location: Pikeville on Sep 9, 2008 at 05:05 AM
    O.K. then vote republican if you want more of what we have had for the last 8 years---are you better off now or then?
  • by yvonne Location: new mexico on Sep 8, 2008 at 09:06 PM
    Dalton Hatfield is a wise young man, I totally agree with him, Obama should have picked Hillary as VP. And Vickie, I too feel the same thing about Obama, there's something about him, his inexperience? But I do plan on voting for McCain, he has the experience and I just feel I can trust him. "McCain/Palin 08" "Dalton Hatfield 2042"
  • by concerned american Location: somewhere on Sep 8, 2008 at 08:31 PM
    I would like to know how anyone can vote for a man that turns his back to flag!! I sure can't, I don't see how he can even run for president. I always was told that you had to be born in this country to run for president, is that right? If so how can obama run? Something is not right about him, and if he is elected president, I feel so sorry for us and our country. I am a democrat all the way, but Mcain has my vote, I will not stand behind no man that turns his back to my flag. You shouldn't either in my opinion. If obama is elected, then may God have mercy on all us, for the this country will never be the same. People just think about it, and I really think that needs to be checked into about him not being born in the usa. How did he get to run??? How can you be a president when you can't even salute the American Flag. Someone Answer that one for me!! God Bless you all in whatever decision you make, hopefully the he will help us make the right choice!!!
  • by Gramby on Sep 8, 2008 at 08:06 PM
    we will never overcome racism as long as one shred exists. thank God our vote in KY does not count in the new political movement for change. If you are unsatisfied with our status in this country vote correctly.
  • by Cindy Location: London on Sep 8, 2008 at 08:04 PM
    I still think there is something fishy about Obama, his so-called mistakes about "his muslim faith" with George Stephanopolos on ABC's This week, and the fact he has said he would campaign in all 57 states( for the record there are 57 islamic states)... makes ya kinda wonder....hmmmmmmmmm
  • by Jay Location: KY on Sep 8, 2008 at 07:58 PM
    Out of the mouth of babes...
  • by sick Location: KY on Sep 8, 2008 at 07:04 PM
    I think it is time to move on. I am sick of hearing about this poor little boy.
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