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. rachel

    I wonder if this will get posted. Obama is getting very arrogant. What that saying about you should beleive your own hype? Even if he gets the nonimation its a long way to the white house and he's stepping on fingers and toes that he will need to help him win in nov.

    February 23, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Lee, Barack Obama wasn't at the State of the Black Union address and refused their invitation. Your statements just confirmed why Obama didn't attend because he doesn't play the "race" card. Further, if that's what you got out of it while watching, you should have turned it off, just like Obama refused their invitation. Obama is simply the.

    February 23, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. Independents for obama

    oh cnn loves Clintons.

    please stop mis-representing obama words and position.

    Did clinton pay you to distort Obama's words

    Go Obama

    Texas loves you

    February 23, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Vinnie

    Glad to know that I'm not the only one that thinks CNN is biased toward Obama.

    February 23, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. lin

    The fact is when he was 100 delegates behind he wasn't getting bad treatment in fact quite the opposite. Guess what he's not even more than 100 delegates a head, its a tie. He likes to leave many things out like facts. Hillary's health coverage will be affordable to all. Instead he's insinuating like in his new flyers that it won't be affordable, leaving out the facts that it will be. Its just more of the same. Imagine a democrat who's not for universal health care. Egobama fans are really getting dillusional GO HILLARY-EDWARDS

    February 23, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. Marina

    Can we just tell Hillary to go back to where she came from, NY, Arkansas – anywhere, just GO!

    February 23, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. QuietStormX

    I'm glad CNN corrected that mistake. I thought they were trying to start some talk that Obama would quit if he lost that many contests in a row. Maybe on the night of March 4th or morning of March 5th, we will get that answer and the pundents should be calling for her to give it up.

    February 23, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    OBAMA would not be treated differently... the media loves him........ i will never vote for him!!!!

    February 23, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. mili vanili

    Obama is correct, Hillery Clinton is slowly becoming the new Mike Huckabee. She wants to remain for no obvious reason, indefinite idle, purposeless pause. By remaining in the race, Hillery is destroying the Demo Pty. She is a Modern day delila, trying to find the sorce of obama strenght in the polls. Its clear to me the longer she stays in the more huckabeefied she becomes. Mccain has said he hopes castro dies, and has become bush all over again. I demand you stand down hillery.

    February 23, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. Marina

    VIC, get a clue!

    February 23, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Hoops, CNN

    Obama will hate you, infatuated LOVER

    February 23, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. What u Cando

    The American people feel as though they have been abused by Pres. Bush, so they pick a candidate who is the exact opposite of him in Obama. This is very dangerous if we let anger and frustration guide our vote. Many Americans' judgement maybe clouded because of this. The country is in need of healing and picking someone who makes pretty speeches is irresponcible on our part. Obama didn't even know who commands a battalion, he thought it was a captain , no, it's a lieutenant. If he knows that little about the military during a time of war then we really need to wake up. American must be strong ,smart and cautious...

    February 23, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. FromTheGroundUp ...

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win”. (Gandhi)

    February 23, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. mike

    CNN when are you going to get us this facts on whether John King's statement or Obama's answer was correct about his non-reporting of ear-marks?

    February 23, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. anytown

    He is trying to play the underdog card. Everyone likes to root for the underdog. He's David, she's Goliath. He has been treated with kid gloves during this entire campaign. For heaven's sake CNN, paractice some real journalism instead of constantly fawning over Obama.

    Bush has left the country in a shambles. Charasmatic leaders like Obama are most likely to be able to cast their spell on people under times of crisis. Wake up and snap out of it America! Clinton 2 is not perfect, but we need her experience and strength to get us out of this mess. Obama needs more seasoning and testing before becoming chief executive of the free world.

    February 23, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. DHS

    Enough is enough. Are the harsh commenters really Republicans trying to split the Dems? It certainly looks that way. Fact is, you can't blame Clinton, and you can't blame Obama. And the fact is Obama offers a fresh approach. However, we must ensure that Bush Democrats are defeated in all congressional elections or no matter which Democrat wins, it won't matter. Obama's victory will not be complete unless we can do that.

    February 23, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. Jack

    This is becoming a bigger issue than Obama and Clinton. CNN changes the story to favor Obama. This is not journalism. Did CNN correct its misleading stories about Clinton? NO. The previous article is typical Obama. He says something then goes back to try and correct it. CNN is following suit and its problematic either way you look at it. CNN corrected the story to make Obama look better. Wake up America. Is this what we need after Bush. I don't think so.

    February 23, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. NC

    nice job CNN, you should post the correct informaition the first time around

    February 23, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Jared

    Obama is right about this. I actually think the media has been too soft on the 11 losses.

    February 23, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Peter S, Georgia

    Obama is right. He would be treated differently. His many fans in the media would keep his campaign alive right up until the moment the Democratic National Convention adjourned no matter how far behind he fell.

    February 23, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  21. mk

    Obama, you become the nominee and i"ll quit the democratic party. Quitters can't become leaders.

    February 23, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. Arlene NY

    CNN,
    Why wasn't the name of the Ohio Reporter mentioned in your article? The person does exist??? Right???

    February 23, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. VT in CA

    "I'd get different treatment..." You sure would. And you DID, when you were down in the polls. Media were calling on Hillary to quit after Iowa!! What a joke. Poor Barack.

    Your true colors will now begin to shine. Alluding to beating Clinton for the nomination being "a knock out." As if you're going to actually punch her in the face, huh? Charming.

    February 23, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. linda

    By the way somebody tell me what experience Hillary has?
    She has already been in the White House, what did she do?
    Bill made her head of some health care program . Did it ever make to the congress or senate? Someone tell me please. Hillary said "if I knew then what I know now, I would not of voted for the war in Iraq"
    What does she know now about health care (her 8 years of working on it while she was in the W.H ) now that she did'nt know then?

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

    Obama whines more than anyone I've know. Get over yourself!!!

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