February 11th, 2008
03:14 PM ET
8 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

soundoff (705 Responses)
  1. Joss

    She should be congratulating him on his wins. He would (and has) congratulated her when she won.

    Not to mention how she pretty much says a large portion of American voters simply don't matter.

    How anyone could support her after reading things like this and knowing what we know about for example that she voted for the Iraq war. That should give all Americans a moral obligation to not vote for her.

    February 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. David

    Hey Billary...the US is more than NY and California!!
    How can the rest of the country not matter!!! No wonder you're losing.

    February 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Freedom Seeker

    HRC's campaign is starting to self-destruct. Obama isn't getting anymore coverage than she is, and if he is it's because he is winning more states than her.
    I too wonder why she is afraid to release her tax records. ......if you don't have anyhting to hide...what's the harm?

    February 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Fredda

    Dear Texas,
    Obama has great judgement and leadership skills. He was against the war, he inspires people and is managing a strong campaign filled with excellent people. He is not broke, Michelle has not behaved badly and he is fighting the most deadly political machine out there, The Clinton Machine.

    Anyway, this is what I really wanted to comment on...

    Hillary is downplaying Obama's successes because she is a DOWNER.

    Note to Hillary:
    1. If you need campaign money perhaps you could sell some of the furniture you took from the White House in 2000 (or did you return it all)?
    2. Re-hire Patty. She is not the problem. The problem is all of the infighting amongst your team.
    3. When you use former Clinton Administration as an example of your success, please highlight (in detail) how successful your husbands administration was in uniting the country and washington, dc. (bringing the republicans and democrats together).

    Fredda, NYC

    February 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. park more

    What change oabma is offering. Make sure that if obama is elected, your life will not change anf even if so, it will be worse. Too much talk with no rational

    Go Hillary

    February 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. kcohio

    Let us not forget that Obama, a self-proclaimed African-American, is half white or does not his mother count at all? But I agree that as a Jr. Senator, he does not have the experience to be president. Had he been a governor, then perhaps. I do agree that he has an energy & excitement around him & he's a great motivational speaker but president & commander in chief? I have yet to hear detail or even high level plans on his agenda in his speaches.

    February 11, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. James, Minneapolis, MN

    The Minnesota caucus is much like a primary. There is no hand raising or persuading for the presidents office. He won hands down primary style in my state.

    February 11, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Troy-Boston

    CNN never posts my comments. I guess I don't praise Obama enough! What a ridiculous news agency...

    February 11, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. LatinoNation

    I Like how you laugh now but, Obama's people like you do not cross over to the republicans so if hillary dose not win the nomination be ready ! 🙂 and McCain may have promise and he knows that , so be careful for what you wish for !

    February 11, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Tia

    Who the does this woman think the electorate IS?

    February 11, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Vermont Dem

    Just the fact that he said he can get National Health care in his first year, can tell you he is a lair. And he lied about not voting for the war thing, since he could vote in the first place. He is the one that cannot be trusted. At least she is not touting things she cannot do.

    February 11, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Sadie

    Dang those community activists! How dare they work tirelessly for their country!

    Also, I think the CEO is a tired comparison... but for the sake of argument, the founders of Google weren't exactly known, or "experienced" in the status quo way, either.

    Ask Senator Clinton who her donor base is... then compare with Obama's. Ask her about taking federal lobbyist and PAC money. Ask her about the founding fathers' views on dynastic rule. Ask why she won't just admit to a grave mistake with Iraq. Ask her about becoming more and more Cheney-like in her foreign policy. Ask her exactly how long she actually spent at the CDF(less than a year). Then ask why Marian Wright Edelman no longer speaks to her. Oh, and might as well find out about all those years at Walmart!

    The truth is Barack Obama scares her. And enrages her. It's been fascinating listening to what she's been willing to say as a result.

    February 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Independent

    This ia a huge mistake and there will be backlash.

    February 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Jeremy

    Hillary- release your tax records. Release your records as first lady. Try telling the truth for one whole day. It would help your campaign.

    You sued to shut down polling places for working people in Nevada.
    Now you complain caucuses don't work for working people.

    I am very happy to see that the majority of folks that aren't poor, uneducated and racist are flocking to your opponent and seeing through your reliance on the ignorant to feed your stumbling campaign.

    It will be a great day when you concede this race.

    OBAMA 08!

    February 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Eric

    I can imagine that she would want to change the rules to have FL and MI delegates seated when she was the only one on the ballot. She almost lost Michigan to "uncommited" and she wants delegates from that state? I love the smell of desperation in the morning!

    Obama '08!

    February 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. JW

    "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"

    Meaning these are the po' folk that make up those who have been voting for her all along.

    February 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Carl III

    WOW!!! This makes me lose a lot of respect for her...

    February 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. anonymouse

    Wow. It's scary how many of you regurgitate what you read in an extremely biased website like CNN. And they're letting you all vote? Well, if Obama gets into the office and our country turns into a giant sinkhole, I'll just clap you on the back and say, 'Aren't you glad you voted?'

    February 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Paula in Virgina

    Her broke campaign could have saved some money by not traveling there if the states did not matter much.

    February 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Justin

    I am SO, SO, SO tired of people saying Obama is not specific enough and just makes good speeches. Go to his website and click on the "Issues" tab at the top. That should answer ANY questions you might have. He clearly and eloquently lays out his opinion, what the problems are, and what he intends to do for every topic imaginable. Also, you can read his book, "The Audacity of Hope," which gets very specific. Please do your research before you say he is just a pretty face. You don't get people's attention by discussing statistics and policy. Hillary has that luxury because she is already very well known. He, at the beginning of this campaign, was not, so he had to draw people in with his inspiration and hope in order to compete.

    February 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Linda

    Did this actually happen ??

    I think she lost it now ....

    For one she is calling the African-American racist because they vote for Barack Obama (discounting that she was lwading by large margins in that group in December).
    Then she says she is doing bad in caucuses just like 'her husband' (Who is running here? He also won big with the African-American vote. What about your victory-caucus-dance in Nevada?)
    Finally she says Obama won also in 'red states' that' Democrates will not win anyway'. Wrong – she would not! Obama is a fighter and does not accept 'red states' to be 'red states' – that's how you win an election. If she just aims to win the same states like in 2004 we know where she is heading.

    She has gone insane, I think. I expected her to cry on March 3rd – but I almost think this will come before to make up for the nonsense and racial slurs she is spitting out today.

    Linda

    February 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. frank

    if these states meant nothing.. why did she have her camoaign manager resign??

    February 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Superdelegates for Hillary

    Reality is that the Superdelegates represent the Institution and Hillary will get most of those votes. Those votes will make the difference in a close race. Hillary will get the nomination people, and the 3 year experience Obama would get slammed in a general election against McCain.

    February 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. dale

    It's a shame that she thinks caucus state voters are note worthy of her time....IS she going to dismiss us IF she wins?

    February 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Go dems

    PA, Texas, Ohio, NC will show Florida, Michigan, CA, NY, NJ, MA, NM, AZ, MO split are correct. Hillary just stating the facts. The Clinton Caucus voter know what she says is true.
    Rock on Hillary

    February 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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