February 28th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Former Clinton press secretary sizes up March 4 contests

(CNN) - Former Bill Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers is the latest to join the chorus of those claiming that Texas and Ohio are must-win states for Hillary Clinton.

Echoing the former president's sentiment, Myers told CNN on Thursday that Super Tuesday was initially must-win for Clinton, but “looking at Texas and Ohio, it’s a do-or-die test.”

She also added that not only does Clinton have to win those states, but she also has to win by large enough margins to chip away at Barack Obama's lead in the delegate count.

According the latest CNN estimates, Clinton trails Obama by 102 delegates with 1,267 to his 1,369 . However, Clinton leads in the superdelegate race with 236 to Obama's 185 .

Myers, who has not formally endorsed a presidential candidate, said Clinton holds overwhelming support among voters who view experience as “the most important credential.”

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, a Clinton supporter, said he believes the New York senator will win in Texas because of her ability to speak on the issues.

“I think it’s Hillary’s message that is going to achieve victory on that day, ” Menendez told CNN on Thursday. “In Texas, she’s been talking about the foreclosure crisis. [She is] the only candidate that has a plan to deal with it.”

There are 439 delegates up for grabs in the March 4 contests - which are being called the "Second Super Tuesday" - in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island.

–CNN's Emily Sherman


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. ariel

    I sincerely hope that Hillary Clinton will stop spoonfeeding attack points about Obama to the Republican party that the Mc Cain campaign will gleefully use in Nov.

    February 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Austin, Texas

    Clinton was also endorsed by the widely popular Daily Texan, a student newspaper from UT.

    As one student said (We need a leader, not a cheerleader).

    Clinton has a firm grasp on the problems we face. As I read on another page (The new president will be stepping in with 2 wars and a nuclear threat on their hands). People are starting to realize that Hillary, as of right now, is the only candidate capable of dealing with this, along with McCain. Obama, maybe in 4 – 8 years he will be able to handle it. But right now, we don't need the light shows, the hard rock, and the glitter. It's not change we truely want, it's solutions, and Hillary is the nominee to do it.

    February 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Inquiring minds of Central California

    Question:

    Would Hillary be interested in running for Vice President or Secretary of State?

    February 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Oren Ovadia, California

    Hillary will win on Super Tuesday!!!! In Ohio and Road Island she will win big, In Texas she will win by 3-5% Margin, in my opinion. She slowly stopping the Obamamania. We are slowly learning that Obama has a lot of faults like his unknowledge about overseas, his lost of support from the Jewish community, his mistakes on Pakistan etc...

    February 28, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. seektruth

    she has plan? everybody get a plan. the point is who can unite the country and get jod done, who can lead the country with the will of america people not special interests, who have good judgement on the crisis of wars, who will be right on day one not just ready on day one (to make mistakes then says I will take that vote back after cause treasures lives and millions millions $ debt). America people can't offord that again, the america people suffer from her bad judgment! no more please!
    by the way, where is her tax return ? who will vote for her if we don't know where her money comes from? what she hides ? it only take 50 second to get this from her accountant! nobody will be fooled that she doesn't have time.

    God bless America! God bless America people to make right choice! right on day one! Obama!

    February 28, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Vig

    We are coming into the Eastertime. I find it curious that Hillary's journey is akin to a crucifxion. She has been betrayed by those she counted on (John Lewis), lashed by the press, the media, late night tv & talking heads, mocked, ridiculed & scorned by the public, in a word, nailed to the cross and buried. But you know the end of this story –

    February 28, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Lilia, from MD

    I don't see how she can wing big. Obama is already ahead of Clinton in TX, and they are in a dead heat on Ohio, RI maybe hers but VT, is Obama.

    So the Hillary campain needs to start packing their camps.

    February 28, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Inquiring minds of Central California

    Since Hillary wants to be in the White House so bad, would she be interested in a Groundskeeper position should this whole campaign thing not work out for her?

    February 28, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. anita mason

    My prediction. Obama will take Texas and Vermont, and will lose Rhode Island. If he gets Ohio it will be by a narrow margin. Hillary Clinton will drop out of the race, but not gracefully.

    February 28, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Tjstelten

    The Clintons have complained that the media favors Obama and I strongly object to that WHINE of theirs. If Obama was where they are now in votes,ect. the media would have long before now written him off. I feel the media even as of today are still careful to mention that you can never count out a Clinton. I contend the media has held back out of respect and the Clinton's hopefully in retrospect appreciate how the media gives them this much room to make a come back.

    February 28, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Randy Snyder

    I think Hillary will win big time on March 4Th, and once the hiden dirt on Obmama comes out he's out of it.

    February 28, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Wallace, Sacramento

    Folks,

    If you do a moratorium on foreclosures, you're going to drive up the rates for everyone else. You can't put a band-aid on the issue like that. "Every action has a reaction."
    No one wants to here this, but we just have to weather the storm and hold the lenders and purchasers accountable.

    I understand Senator Clinton has to say something that sounds good to appeal to voters, but a moratorium will lead to serious problems.

    February 28, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. jt

    Rep Lewis change to Obama because he is scared of losing his seat.

    What kind of political courage is that?

    The media seems to favor Obama but Hillary will win!!!

    Hillary is more polished on all issues.

    February 28, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Josh C

    We'll have Hillary on SNL's Weekend Update before long...instead of Huckabee.

    February 28, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. wild schield

    forget texas after that rascist remark by the 84 yr old female hispanic rights leader who supports hillary that "OBAMA HAS A PROBLEM HE'S BLACK ".
    hillary had to REJECT and DENOUNCE her supporters statements TWICE!!

    February 28, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Vociferous and clairvoayant

    One word for the Billaries: CONCEDE.

    February 28, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Jim, American in Paris

    Hillary is the only candidate that suggests any concrete solutions to the country's problems. This has been true from the beginning of the campaign.

    We never hear Obama come out with a detailed plan to change things.

    Every week Hillary presents her programs and her rival presents a speech. Speeches alone are not sufficient.

    We need real plans and well thought out strategies and here the contrast between the two candidates is striking.

    February 28, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. marge

    It's very telling when some people that were a part of The Clinton admins. chose not to endorse Hillary. seems to me they would be her most loyal supporters!

    February 28, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Texas & Ohio for Obama

    The only state Hillary Clinton will win is the "state of denial"!!!

    Obama '08

    February 28, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Kirk

    I THINK IT WILL BE EITHER HILLARY OR JOHN MACCAIN THAT HAVE THE REAL CHANCE OF WINNING THE WHITE HOUSE HOUSE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION ,

    IF HILLARY GETS THE NOMINATION WE AS HILLARY SUPPORTERS HAVE THE POWER TO DECIDE WHO WILL TAKE THE WHITE HOUSE IF HILLARY DOESN'T WIN THE NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY . THIS WILL SPLT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BASE IN HALF .

    WE BECOME "INDEPENDENT VOTERS" MILLIONS OF US . BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE A CANIDATE OF CHOICE , HALF OF DEMOCRATIC BASE A HUGE VOTING BLOCK

    WE HAVE ALREADY REJECTED OBAMA . AND THOSE VOTERS BACKING OBAMA ARE LOCKED IN THAT'S ALL THE SUPPORT HE'S GOING TO GET

    AS "INDEPENDENTS" WE ARE FREE TO VOTE ANY WAY WE SEE FIT. FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY WE CAN ONLY PLACE OUR INDEPENDENT VOTING BLOCK FOR SEN. JOHN MCCAIN

    February 28, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. V in Ca

    Go HIllary!

    Of COURSE she couldn't get 200,000 new jobs in New York. Uh... don't you remember the economy crashed on 9/11????? Was that Hillary's fault? Her husband's administration greated MILLIONS of new jobs.

    Give me a break.

    February 28, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Damon

    UNITER not a FIGHTER!!!!

    February 28, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Chuku, Ndubueze

    It's time for CHANGE, Unity and prosperity in America and Obama will deliver. God is with him and hence no man can stop him. May God bless PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Judy b

    I think the news media, MSNBC in particular, are the most biased, destructive peolple I have seen in a long time. CNN has been fair in that they have given fair representation to all candidates. I hate to think that the news media is deciding the next president of the US. It will be a great loss to the US not to have a brilliant women like Hillary serve her nation as President.
    I have decided to protest by not watching MSNBC. Tucker,Mathews,Andrea Mitchell and David Gregory are huge disappointmnets as human beings. THe only one I respect on MSNBC is Pat Buccanahn. He seems to be fair.
    Talking about fairness I have also cancelled my subscription to the NY Times permanently and let them know why.
    I would love to see this e-amil read on CNN. I bet there are many viewrs who feel like I do.

    February 28, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Easter Lilly

    Vig, the end of the story is crazy hillary's concession.

    February 28, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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