A double comeback has dramatically reshaped the US presidential nomination race. Hillary Clinton for the Democrats, and John McCain for the Republicans, have both bounced back with wins in New Hampshire. For the former first lady, and for the one-time Vietnam prisoner of war, efforts to make it to the White House are still very much on track.
Predictions of doom had dogged her campaign in recent days, but Clinton has come out smiling, defying the opinion polls to narrowly beat Barack Obama.
“Now, together, let’s give America the kind of comeback that New Hampshire has just given me,” she told jubilant supporters. Putting domestic Democrat rivalry to one side, Clinton reminded her backers that the real battle would be against George W. Bush’s Republicans.
“The oil companies, the drug companies, the health insurance companies, the predatory student loan companies have had seven years of a president who stands up for them. It is time we had a president who stands up for all of you,” she said.
So, from third place in Iowa, how did Clinton turn things around? Some say showing a softer side had a lot to do with it, namely yesterday’s television pictures of a tearful moment with voters, which shattered the New York senator’s typically stoic image.