February 23rd, 2008
06:44 PM ET
10 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. David

    Even Clinton supporters lashing out with hatred instead of submissiveness. Did he do somethin wrong to Hilary? Or did Americans cast their vote for who they rather support??

    Why are people that are Clintons supporters bashing Obama??

    Oh...I forgot ...he's winning!!

    If you don't want real 'CHANGE' ..vote McCain....He'll definately continue the Tax hikes, the wars, while starting another against Iran. Ask McCain what is going to be his plan for the Economy. Pun intended.

    February 23, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. jujub

    Its obvious that anyone who is supporting Hillary has never read Barack Obama's book...The Audacity of Hope. If they had read his book, they would not be supporting Hillary, because they would realize that three years ago he had a total and comprehensive grasp of our country, its problems, and how we can reclaim our rights as tax paying citizens.

    Hillary voted to authorize the Iraq war which has created a fiscal nightmare for our country. When she talks about sympathizing with hospitalized and returning soliders, she denies that their plight is the result of her vote and takes no responsibility for our country's debt to China and other countries who are lending us money to support the war she voted for.

    Hillary supported NAFTA. Her supporting quotes are found easily on the web in newspaper articles, her books, videos, etc. She only changed her mind about it when she decided to run for President. Her positions are about convenience and votes, not substance.

    Hillary said on George Stefanopoulis' show that, yes, it would be necessary to garnish people's wages to collect premiums for her mandated health care program. Her first attempt at universal health care failed.

    Hillary wants to seat the delegates from Michigan and Florida despite agreeing to the contrary. She cannot keep a commitment.

    February 23, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. S'danielle Clarke

    CNN has basically DONATED its station to Hillary to give her free campaigning coverage while she is short on change so I can't figure out what you Clinton supporters are complaining about.

    Incidently, while pandering at the "State of Black America Forum" (Obama skipped and Hillary took FULL advantage of) Hillary clearly stated that the VOTERS (that's us) should not be more important or more listened to than the party establishment who earned it. (Translation, the superdelegates should vote for her if the voters are too stupid to do so).

    After all, we would have to be stupid or in some trance-like state to like, support and be excited by this black man...wouldn't we.

    Funny, Reaganites and Keddy-lovers support or adoration of their candidate never had to be explained away as some sor of cult like, black magic, I wonder why.

    February 23, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. Jack

    When we lose or free press we will lose our democracy..keep that in mind CNN.

    Obama is arrogant. It showed in the debate and its shows in his rallies. Why CNN does not report this or show blogs from people who were there and critize is beyond me. Obama spends plenty of time using sly attacks and playing politics and this is why he lost my vote. He is no agent of change, but a master manipulater in the vain of "W" and this country will be sorry for electing yet another in-experianced leader while we face two wars and and a doomed economy.

    February 23, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Toni Risalvato

    Dry the tears Obama. Address the smears on Hillary. Received one of your e-mail smears recently. Comparing Hillary's contribution requests to the infamous Swift Boat Veterans For Truth. The email was from David Plouffe one of your team Obama. Sounds like you and your team are taking lessons from Carl Rove. The Ohio leaflets smear is Rove tactics too. Good luck your are on your way to being dubbed George Bush Jr.

    February 23, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. JMG

    CNN reporters, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Whatever happened to objective journalism to allow the audience to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions? Your obvious love and support for Barack Obama is so glaring that it makes me sick. Your type of reporting is not what true journalism is all about. As a lifelong Democrat, I will vote for Senator McCain if Barack Obama receives the nomination. I can only hope that Hillary will win Texas and Ohio, despite your slanted and biased reporting in favor of Obama.

    February 23, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. Rational Person

    People need to calm down! Think about how attached you are getting to these two candidates. They are both better than having McCain in office. As for Hil...it's about time you are fighting back. As for Obama...don't we want a president that has a little bit of an ego? That means he will get things done. Do we want a wimp in the White House? Both are stong willed and I can guarantee that Hil has an ego just as big!

    February 23, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. me

    CNN and Obama up in the tree
    First comes biased reports
    Then comes Clinton bashing
    Then comes the presidency on a silver platter

    CNN you make me sick

    February 23, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. Steve

    What is with that headline? First it was phrased in such a way as to make Obama look arrogant. I appreciate that it was corrected but it's still wrong and now is phrased in a way that makes Obama come off as whiny. What's the point in even bothering with a correction if his words are still going to be distorted to such an absurd degree? Especially when anybody can get the actual quote a few paragraphs below it?

    It's really nothing short of disgraceful on CNN's part.

    February 23, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. Alex

    How is he being "arrogant"? He told the truth: if he had lost 11 in a row, all the political pundits would be screaming for him to leave. Jon Stewart pointed out in The Daily Show that while Huckabee needed a miracle to beat McCain, according to the pundits, Hillary just needed to get some focus (after loosing Virginia, Maryland and Columbia). You are wrong about CNN supportng Obama, I wrote a comment criticizing the cover that the subject got and it wasn't accepted

    February 23, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. Linda

    if either get in, your taxes will go up, the best health care in the world will go away, you will pay for all the illegals to go to your schools and hospitals. too bay Romney did not get in

    February 23, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. Elly

    how can you say hillary is being picked on!!!!

    the court case going on this week with a fraud charge has NEVER
    I repeat NEVER been covered and she will not release her tax information
    people need to get their heads out of the fog!! you need to read
    Ghumans post above where a 12 year old is* intelligent* enough to see what is going on in american with these dynasties
    Whose next Jeb Bush and then chelsea
    I say go Obama at least your not old washington
    You can hardly call CNN biased ...whose face has been on the front
    page of their web site all day *Hillary*

    February 23, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. Jack

    But media love You.

    February 23, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. AJ

    I don't think I want to be a democrat right now. Both Obama and Clinton have made me sad. And it is both sides fault!

    February 23, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. Tony

    She has as much chance as winning the nomination as Huckabee – the only media bias is slanted towards the Clintons for not actually marginalizing her as much as Huckabee.

    February 23, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. averagejoe

    I still wonder why CNN continues to filter derogatory articles about BO but persistently investigates other candidates. For example, we now get a daily dose of McCain news about his denial of any relationship with a lobbyist. But CNN is still mum even when other news networks have already reported about BO's contradicting remarks a month ago that he didn't recall a lot about his dealings with Rezco when in fact, his camp now admits he even toured his home with Rezco prior to buying the property. How could one not recall anything about inspecting a house with his biggest financier??? Just like any traditional politician, he knew that if he admitted the truth, it would hurt his chances in the primaries. So he had to lie for a moment and hope that CNN won't pursue this story just like what is going on now.

    February 23, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. why o why

    Many of my messages have not been posted by CNN. why even bother having a blog if not all of the comments get posted or if only the one's that CNN like get posted.

    Why is Obama whining again??

    February 23, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  18. dave

    Obama wouldnt stay in the race because he would be intelligent enough to know that it would be splitting the party apart. Hillary just wont let it go because she had thought for sure in the beginning that would be no contest and now shes freaking out because her campaign wasnt prepared. Just like she wouldnt be in the white house she would always ask Bill what to do.

    February 23, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  19. Paula

    Jackie-stop showing your ignorance calling names because your candidate is not in the lead.

    Very immature!

    February 23, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. RedSea Foreign National

    Regardless of how he is treated, he is treated better than Hillary because his lies are and sneaky tricks are not exposed, at least not enough! Anyone hear the fact finding mission about the army captain he referenced speaking to in the debate? Well this army captain will never vote for him and knows the truth about Obama the liar! But Hillary dare not say anything, or especially Bill Clinton, else he gets called a bull dog for exposing the truth about him ! Even though he is ahead and winning, he is still whining like a spoiled baby! I'd rather see Dr Phil be the president!

    February 23, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Mary

    Here is my thinking...

    Obama wants this to end quickly b/c he knows that the media love affair will start to come to an end. So he throws this type of stuff out there to fan the flame. (he continually has an air of condescension when I listen to him, IMHO)

    The reality is that he has received incredibly positive media press that will not sustain. Clinton on the flipside has been the target of the media. I am amazed how she has kept it this close given that the media has tried to coronate him several times already. I woudl not count her out.

    February 23, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. Sam

    Look how CNN changes the title of this article, the first title looked bad for Obama and now it has been changed to look more in his favour. Obama is already becoming of those dirty politicians who take advantage of opportunity. We are blaming Bush for the bad economy and all the problems in the world, I don't believe Obama will win the nomination or against McCaine, but if he does, the United States will see the worst of economy and it's reputation in the world.

    Wake up voters, don't vote someone who had not achieved or done anything for the country. America will become the third world country under Obama. Obama is not better than rappers Eminen or 50 Cents who enjoy the attention by today's young generation who are utterly ridiculous.

    February 23, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |

    Obama publicly claims to take the "high road", then quietly sends out false mailers. He builds himself up by putting Hillary down for doing the same thing he does. If he can't stand the heat of Hillary's pattycake taps just wait until after he gets the nomination, and the Republicans go after him. The first thing they are going to bring out is Larry Sinclair. While I admit that I don't think that is really any of our business (except for the drug part, because that would prove him a liar) it will definitely turn off some voters.

    February 23, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. Frank


    February 23, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Sean

    Come on! Sen Obama. You just lost my vote. I am democrat but I will vote for McCain. You stole the speak from someone. When you got caught, then you said "it does not matter". Why didn't you say that your friend shared idea with you before you got caught?????????? You also said it does not matter. You meant it does not matter when someone steals something!!!! "SHAME ON YOU, Sen Obama"

    February 23, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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