February 23rd, 2008
06:44 PM ET
7 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. Ed, CT

    Love Obama...he's gonna win..sorry, guys...

    February 23, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. Carl

    Hilary won't quit because she's too arrogant. She believes the millions of voters supporting Barack is somehow "delusional." But she's the delusional one. I hope she drops out after March 4th. She's tearing the democratic party a part, and it seems as if she doesn't care. She's blantantly lied on Barack about his honest mailers, believing Ohio residents didn't watch the Texas Debate. Shame on you, Hilary. Shame on You. You're becoming a disgrace to women, to politics, to our country. SHAME ON YOU!

    February 23, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. Zach

    Obama would have been written off as dead if he was in the same situation as Clinton. Clinton has the establishment behind her and they cannot surrender gracefully. All the big shots who backed her when she was the inevitable nominee are going to look like fools, they just want to postpone that as long as possible. If other campaigns were in the same position as Hilary, they would be ridiculed in politcal cartoons and Democratic movers and shakers would be calling for them to throw in the towel in the name of"party unity" and doing what is best for the fall elections. The Clinton myth continues in it's latest format and the end of this chapter is near.

    Zach

    February 23, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Mike

    Capri- you are correct about the Clintons. The Clintons represent the Washington establishment at its worst. But Obama just did the same thing with the mail outs and by hanging out with the Kennedy's, The same old Wahshington and he will say anything to get any body's vote.

    February 23, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. DemoCain-HillaCrat

    If Obama is the Democratic nominee, I'm voting for McCain (but I really want HILLARY!). I think Obama is a fraud and a crafty and cynical Washington insider. He is so NOT who he says he is. That is so apparent to me. I think Obama supporters are using some of his leftover drugs.

    February 23, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. Marina

    All you Clinton fans, do you really want to wallow in yesterday? How could you live with yourselves for putting her in the White House, to represent your country – she may be a role model but she isn't a leader. Pull your heads out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    February 23, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. GK

    On Obama's commet: It is because you didn't get such treatment from the media as Hillary that you haven't lost as much as she did.

    February 23, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. Kevin,FL

    I BET THIS WOULDN'T GET POSTED.. BECAUSE ITS NOT PRO OBAMA!

    CNN WHY DID YOU CHANGE THE HEADLINE? AND THE WORDING I JUST LOST TONS OF RESPECT OF THE NETWORK... VERY LAME CNN VERY LAME...

    February 23, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. Diane in Dallas

    Sure he would, he would be saying that it is because he is black. He would have new reason to believe that America has been a failure and give his wife new reason to not be really proud of her country.... all the while not supporting the party that he claims that he is there to defend. Joke, total joke. America is in serious trouble and it needs serious people to fix what Bush has broken. Obama is not the answer.

    February 23, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. David

    Sen Clinton is going to lose. The question is, does she try to smear an honorable democratic candidate out of spite?

    This is why Obama has so much momentum. I believe Americans are tired of the vendictive politics in Washington. Can we change Washington..."Yes we can".

    February 23, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. Denis, NJ

    Obama is a hypocrite. The more I listen to him, the stronger I don't like him. I am not voting for him in November, even if it means voting for McCain.

    February 23, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. gail slater

    he would get different treatment if he were white

    February 23, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. Marina

    Arnod, the only whinning I've heard is from Hillary, oh and you.

    February 23, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Wow! As a Republican, I hope that the bitterness continues on both sides. So much for a united party....

    Go John McCain!

    February 23, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. justin

    is it possible hillarybots realize how whiny they sound? you really need to learn how to think objectively.

    think about it. if obama had lost 11 straight contests by an average of 33 points, THE ENTIRE democratic establishment would be going nuts that he's pulling a huckabee. and most imporantatly, HILLARYBOTS would be screaming for him to leave.

    THINK...

    February 23, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. btmore

    Hey CNN,

    Why not get the story RIGHT before posting it? The difference between your earlier version and the current version is not some minor nitpick. It changes the WHOLE thing.

    February 23, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. Mel from LA

    Okay, BEFORE this UPDATED version of the story became available everyone seemed to be knocking Barrack – calling him 'arrogant' and questioning his character and such. Now that we KNOW his comments were EXAGERATED, particularly the part about saying he would have QUIT by now, lets all just tone down the rhetoric a bit.

    The truth is, HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! When you're dealing with a Clinton you need a TKO – anything less, everyone continues to casually ignore an imbarrasing "0-11" record.

    Look, don't FEEL SORRY for her, ok? America is picking a WINNER.

    February 23, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. Craig, Wa.

    So now I'm confused

    Was the first article true ......and then censored?

    or is this latest true and the first a result of bad reporting?

    If Ted Turner were in charge......he would post a reply, and heads would roll publicly to maintain CNN credibility.

    Please post an answer

    February 23, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  19. Mc Daniel

    OBAOMA IT'S TOO LATE TO THINK OF LOOSING INFACT THE VOTE IS CASTED AND ANOUNCED; "BARACK OBAMA THE PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATE"

    February 23, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Patrick

    SHAME ON CNN!! THIS IS BIASED REPORTING!!

    February 23, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. Eli

    If you watch long enough every con artist slips up. This is what you are seeing. I am a life long DEMOCRAT but I will not vote for OBAMA if he gets the nomination, he has no substance and will fall from grace fast.

    February 23, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. Yen

    Obama isn't receiving special treatment because he's "winning," he has received special treatment from the very beginning.

    Also, aren't Ted Kennedy and John Kerry part of the "Democratic network in Washington?" Obama seems to have no problem accepting their endorsements.

    February 23, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. Luis

    SHAME ON YOU CNN! It is freighting to see all of the voters who are voting for him because the media is basically telling them to. I also love how you folks try and paraphrase everything he says to make him seem like an angel. He is complaining but of course, he is the media darling so it doesn't matter, he can count on the media to make him look perfect. His speeches scare me as well because they are a WHOLE LOAD OF NOTHING. Yes, all of this "yes we can" which he took from Caesar Chavez by the way, the "change", every single part of his speeches can be described as a balloon full of air. Please, now he is saying he is the underdog, when has he had to answer to any criticism? The media covers it ALL for him!

    February 23, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. Marina

    I can't wait until she starts pointing are cartoons of her and Barack protesting how she looks!!! Enough rage Hilliary – go home.

    February 23, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. John, Racine, WI

    What high school journalism from CNN!

    Obama is the candidate who should quit: he is destroying the Democratic Party, plays race – 90%+ of all black people is his real base – and if nominated will self-destruct because of his emptiness and childlike: HOPE, CHANGE and UNITY!

    You have already set race relations back 25 years! Do you want to try for 50 or McCain's 100 years of war?

    The United States of America does NOT need an EGO as huge as yours!

    February 23, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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