February 11th, 2008
03:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Clinton dismisses weekend losses

 Clinton downplayed her weekend losses Monday.
Clinton downplayed her weekend losses Monday.

WHITE MARSH, Maryland (CNN) - Hillary Clinton on Monday explained away Barack Obama's clean sweep of the weekend's caucuses and primaries as a product of a caucus system that favors "activists" and, in the case of the Louisiana primary, an energized African-American community.

She told reporters who had gathered to watch her tour a General Motors plant here that "everybody knew, you all knew, what the likely outcome of these recent contests were."

"These are caucus states by and large, or in the case of Louisiana, you know, a very strong and very proud African-American electorate, which I totally respect and understand."

Clinton has publicly dismissed the caucus voting system since before Super Tuesday, seeking to lower expectations heading into a series of contests that played to Obama's advantage. His campaign features what many consider to be a stronger and more dedicated grassroots organization than Clinton's.

Noting that "my husband never did well in caucus states either," Clinton argued that caucuses are "primarily dominated by activists" and that "they don't represent the electorate, we know that."

The New York senator went out of her way to say she was "absolutely" looking forward to the Ohio and Texas primaries in March, where she believes voters are more receptive to her bread-and-butter message.

She also downplayed many of Obama's Super Tuesday victories, describing them as states that Democrats should not expect to win in November.

"It is highly unlikely we will win Alaska or North Dakota or Idaho or Nebraska," she said, naming several of Obama's red state wins. "But we have to win Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Michigan ... And we've got to be competitive in places like Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma."

Watch Hillary Clinton assess her weekend losses

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

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  1. Ron

    This is to Jon,
    Does this also mean every woman is voting for Hillary only because she is a woman!! That is ridiculous!! If Obama had a crappy message Blacks would not vote for him. Also how do you explain Obama winning predominately white states. MESSAGE, MESSAGE, MESSAGE. Let's all grow up and keep both RACE and GENDER out of this.

    February 12, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Fiona Kennedy

    I am a Hillary supporter but I'm almost hoping in a way that Obama wins. Then all the naysayers that are supporting him will see the real person. How will CNN react when the Republican attack machine turns it's guns and hits him with both barrels. If he thinks that Hillary is beating him up he hasn't seen anything yet. CNN will have a lot of explaining to do to his campaign when they desert him in order to show the country that they've changed their policies and are only going to report the facts not favor one candidate of the other (a total opposite of what they are doing now to Hillary).

    Barack Obama has no clue what will happen in the general election and I can tell you he will not beat John McCain. McCain will nail him on everything from his lack of experience to his not supporting the war but somehow voting to fund it. Weird how that works. If Obama wins the nomination I will vote for McCain and I know alot of others that will do the same.

    February 12, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Cynthia

    By electing Senator Clinton, we will have a President ready to tackle the almost overwhelming challenges facing this nation. She will bring her intelligence and experience to the White House—but far more important, she will bring discipline. She is a self-described workhorse and in my experience discipline and hard work are the most critical factors in achieving any goal. Unfortunately, because our nation’s focus is far too often on style over substance, we have not been able to make so many needed changes. I believe that Senator Clinton’s determination, experience, and work ethic will help us to shift that paradigm.

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Rosado

    Hard to belive but in this era of image and sound bites I hope the substance will prevail. Go Hillary!

    February 12, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Ron

    Could someone please tell me WHY so many Hillary supporters believe Obama is going to wither and /or crumble if he wins the nomination when the BIG BAD REPUBLICAN MACHINE...oooooohhh, comes after him!! You guys need to SNAP OUT OF IT!! While he may be young (compared to Hillary) he isn't stupid!!! I am sure he expects and has actually anticipated how they are going to come after him. One other question..WHY ARE ALL OF YOU SO FEARFUL??? I believe it reflects more on you than the candidates.

    February 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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