COLUMBUS - Jubilant Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton on Tuesday vowed to go all the way to the White House after winning the Ohio primaries in a huge boost to her faltering campaign.
"The people of Ohio have said it loudly and clearly, we're going on. We're going strong. And we're going all the way!" the former first lady said to huge cheers.
Senator Clinton won nomi- nating contests in both Ohio and Rhode Island on Tuesday to break a damaging winning streak by her rival Barack Obama and give fresh momentum to her bid to be the country's first woman president.
"For everyone who stumbled and stood right back up and for everyone - everyone who works hard and never gives up, this one is for you. You know what they say. As Ohio goes, so goes the nation."
Clinton pressed her case that she was the best person to lead the country as it tackles wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and again sought to hammer Illinois Senator Obama for his lack of experience.
"We have two wars abroad, we have a recession looming here at home.
"Voters faced a critical question. Who is tested and ready to be commander in chief on day one? And who knows how to turn our economy around?" she said.
"When there's a crisis and that phone rings at 3:00 am, in the White House, there's no time for speeches or on the job training. You have to be ready to make a decision."
Clinton congratulated John McCain on winning the Republican party's ticket. - Sapa-AFP