February 23rd, 2008
06:44 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: I'd get different treatment if I lost as much as Clinton

Obama said Saturday there would be more pressure on him to drop out if he had lost as many contests as Clinton.
Obama said Saturday there would be more pressure on him to drop out if he had lost as many contests as Clinton.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton's campaign says it remains upbeat about the New York senator's White House chances, but rival Barack Obama said Saturday he would likely be treated differently if his campaign had suffered a similar string of losses as her's.

Asked in Ohio by a reporter if he would be treated differently had he lost as many contests as Clinton, Obama said, "Yes."

But Obama said he understands why the treatment is different, saying it would require a knockout blow for Clinton to quit because she's "part of the Democratic network in Washington."

"Look, I'm the challenger, I'm the upstart," he said. "I'm the insurgent - she's, she's the champ. She's part of the Democratic network in Washington and, you know, if you're the title holder then you don't lose it on points. You got to be knocked out."

After essentially tying Obama in the string of states that voted February 5, Clinton has suffered 11 straight losses to the Illinois senator, most recently in the Democrats abroad contest earlier this week.

In a conference call with reporters earlier Saturday, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson denied reports some Clinton backers feel Obama has all but locked up the nomination, and said voters in the March 4 primary contests won't base their vote on his string of victories.

"The mood is upbeat, Sen. Clinton is working hard everyday," he said. "Momentum is a media storyline, but that is not an issue on which voters vote."

UPDATE: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated Obama said he would quit if he had lost as many contests as Clinton.

– CNN's Alexander Mooney

soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Laura

    No he wouldn't be treated differently. He's the media's darling.

    February 23, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. Jay

    Shame on you CNN. You changed the article headline and deleted all 39 anti-obama comments. Too much pressure from the Obama camp huh? I thought the first title was much more accurate.
    You changed the wording in the article too.. Where is his " I would quit" statement... Lame CNN, very Lame.

    February 23, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. John

    Wow, is this a mainstream media network? You should issue an apology for falsely paraphrasing what Obama asked. In the words of Billary, SHAME ON YOU CNN.

    February 23, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. hkitty

    Love how CNN is controlling the message!!

    February 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Margie

    You never posted my previous response on "Shame on You, Obama
    This tells me, that you are ashamed of yourselves for being so obvious in your support of Sen. Obama.

    February 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. U.S. Army Vet.

    Paraphrasing LL Cool J:

    I'm gonna knock you out.
    Obama said knock you out.
    I'm gonna knock you out.
    Obama said knock you out.

    Listen to the vote go boom.
    Exciting!
    Overpowering!
    Every time Obama speaks/Hillary's lead shrinks.
    Letting you know Democrats can’t win/unless they nominate him.

    I'm gonna knock you out.
    Obama said knock you out.
    I'm gonna knock you out.
    Obama said knock you out.

    February 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. tima

    Thanks for fixing the article. This will totally change the tone of the comments.

    February 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. Ian

    Hmm smooth move, CNN...

    February 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. Wesley

    The john glenn endorsement did it for me.

    Living in TX, I wil know vote for Clinton.

    February 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Ann

    Cnn, you disappoint me, changing posts to make it sound prettier for your favorite... sad to see this.

    February 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. Jordan Clinton

    Obama said Saturday he would drop out if he had lost as many times as Clinton.

    oopps CNN,you forgot to change your pic caption. Now what did Obama really say???

    February 23, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. independent

    this story sure changed in a hurry. i thought obama said he would quit if he "lost as much as clinton".

    the delegate race is still incredibly close and clinton has the popular vote. oh yeah, and some of the biggest states that she is strong in are still coming up.

    why would anyone call on her to drop out? no one did that to obama. this story is weird.

    February 23, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. changing times

    Ha! I told you they had misrepresented what Obama said and what he had been asked. Now if they would only change the caption on the picture; it's still incorrect.

    February 23, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. Derrick S. Douglas

    I am through with CNN...the most pathetic new forum. How the hell you post a story that was not true...and then within 10 mins...put another story stating that it had false information within the original article...you guys are sooooo sad.

    No one ever takes your news serious...because you are known to do what you just did.

    February 23, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Liliana Peterson, California

    I can't stand your arrogance!!

    February 23, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Linda

    Where are the other comments posted on this article? Did CNN trying to halt or expose these comments against Obama?

    February 23, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Eric S

    yeah, right. Obama is such an opportunist.

    February 23, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Erin

    You've gotten different treatment from the start. You have been given the royal treatment from the press. You act like you are beyond reproach. The press refuses to report your negatives or question anything you say or do--and it is that treatment that has made a delusional and misguided public vote for you.

    February 23, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. hkitty

    You would get treated differently because there is no substance to your campaign. Everyone would be saying the American people are seeing through this guy. Right now, Obama supporters are just grasping for feel good messages that are not going to solve our problems.

    February 23, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. gary

    right man wrong job

    February 23, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. eyeingtenure

    Never give up, never surrender.

    February 23, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. Enya

    Now your talking Barack!

    February 23, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. DLM

    UPDATE: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated Obama said he would quit if he had lost as many contests as Clinton.

    How do you incorrectly state something like that? Oh these writers trying to start sh7t all the time.

    Obama '08

    February 23, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Todd Simpson

    My previous comment to this story was:

    For such a strong headline and story, there are some key facts missing. I.E. the text of the question and the answer.

    Then it disappeared. And now it's back with an "update". I understand that 24 hour news means networks are constantly looking for stories, but I don't understand how someone could have gotten that first story from the second (correct) story. Did the author even hear the original exchange?

    In any event, thank you for the update.

    February 23, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. M

    The caption below the picture states 'Obama said Saturday he would drop out if he had lost as many times as Clinton', however your update states 'UPDATE: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated Obama said he would quit if he had lost as many contests as Clinton.'

    which is it?

    February 23, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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