February 28th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
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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. Revelation

    The first shall be last and the last shall be first. From the mire of underdog status to the championed voice of the American people, Senator Obama is both stately and very presidential.

    February 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. LostFigs

    Well folks, it's Obama's turn to feel the heat of the media. What are the odds that he'll be able to stand it like Hillary has?

    February 28, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. MRPLAAY

    IM A HILLARY CLINTON SUPPORTER AND I SUPPORTED BILL IN HIS 8YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE WILL SUPPORT TO THE END BUT TO BE HONEST THIS IS THE END ITS OVER NO WAY CAN SHE WIN TEXAS AND OHIO BY BIG MARGINS IM A REALEST ITS NOT POSSIBLE SHE CANT WIN THEM BY 10 POINTS OR MORE BUT I WILL SUPPORT OBAMA IF HE WINS THATS THE DEMOCRATIC THING TO DO

    February 28, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Georgian

    Mrs Clinton, I have to admit, is a very polished speaker, a skilled diplomat dealing with other countries talking from both sides of her mouth. Her problem is that she tried to apply the same skill to us. Her position on NAFTA is a clear one. We need a leader who is strong enough to dare to say " I was wrong" Nobody is perfect. Not even God. Didn't He creat Devil ?

    February 28, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. vk

    What a pity, Americans cannot see the advantage of having an intellectual woman president in trouble times? And, they talk about CHANGE!!

    February 28, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. O Canadian

    If Hillary brought to the White House the same type of experience she used for her campaign, I'd be afraid.

    February 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Jeff the Black Guy

    Kevin

    The only people that are pushing away from Obama are people who would vote for Hillary no matter what she said or did or people who never would've voted for him because of whatever prejudices they have (against blacks, men, hatred for anyone or anything that can be tied to Islam no matter how loose those ties are). You can't explain how he has brought together people of all colors and creeds without using nonsensical rhetoric or just plain bigotry and hatred. I do not have a problem with anyone choosing HRC but your words are just not true and you know it. Make sense man and be honest with yourself. I dont know if you are racist but saying all blacks are voting for Obama doens't help you look not racist. I dont know if Hillary will win, but more sooner than later you staunch Hillary supporters are going to have to face the facts and stop lying to yourselves. Her win of the nomination is not even remotely probable.

    February 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Brian, Ohio

    “In Texas, she’s been talking about the foreclosure crisis. [She is] the only candidate that has a plan to deal with it.”

    Too bad all the experts have said her plan will not only not work, that it will make things worse.

    February 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. aware

    Hillary the HOPE of 08

    What a contrast! Britain's Prince Harry is in Afghanistan in combat, and America is swooning over a politician who promises change but is just another status quo politician with a sneaky feminine brand.

    Do we want a president who makes women faint at emotional rallies or a president who can get the job done! At the moment its an American meltdown.

    Wake up America! Issues count more than arrogant charisma!

    Hillary 08 or McCain 08

    February 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. The New voice of the American woman

    CNN POST THIS:

    ***NEWSFLASH***
    HILLARY IS THE NEW NADER: A PARTY DIVIDER.

    She is in the way.

    February 28, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. marge

    Hey Jay.....You're right...He who laughs Last laughs Best.
    I doubt that you will be laughing.... When you come to realize the impossible task ahead of Hillary.

    BTW are you aware that she's behind in pleadged delegates by 150??? Are you aware her super delegates (whom she counted on) are leaving her??

    February 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Jim, Carbondale, IL

    A big "thank you" to the Clinton supporters who write their entire message in CAPS. I wasn't sure who to support, but since you wrote out your message in CAPS, you've convinced me that you're right.
    Thank you so much. That is really true leadership in action.

    February 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Tiffany

    The issues she speaks on men nothing. She would stand up and criticize Bush but vote right along with whatever he asked in response to the Iraq war. Please let's be real – she in no more capable of being President than our current president. Her business is politics and making money – She is the old Democratic Party. The party that lost to Bush in the second term of a presidency that has destroyed this country! We need a new face to this party!! Come on Democrats stand up for something different. They have been unsuccessful here-to-fore. Let's make a difference in this world – there is too much at stake!!!!

    February 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Kirk

    "OBAMA " THE HILLARY WAN-A-BE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HILLARY 08

    February 28, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. aware

    Barack has the bucks and a cool feminine brand but Hillary speaks to the issues and the ability to get the job done.

    Will Texas and Ohio fall for the "American idol" or will they vote for the candidate who can do the job?

    Hillary 08 or McCain 08 🙂

    February 28, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Maria Sandoval

    With the exception of Hillary Clinton, all candidates have been professional and dignified in their campaigning. With the exception of Hillary Clinton, we should be proud of all candidates regardless of party affiliation.

    Maria Sandoval
    San Diego

    February 28, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    I remember and respect very highly Dee Dee Myers. She is intelligent, carries herself well and communicates in a way that all can understand her. I believe Obama will be the nominee, and I hope Ms Meyers is a part of his administration!

    February 28, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Ken

    Hillary cannot run her campaign properly or with any vision of possibly of maybe it wont be over after super tuesday. Make no mistake, her inability to run a campaign is what we will get as a President. Not to mention she doesnt even have her tax reports in order. Yeah looks like she is ready on day one! Same old back room politics. That is why she is losing, not because of the media or that she is a woman or anything else she wants to whine about.

    February 28, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Joyce (Pennsylvania)

    Obama's campaign has disenfranchised voters?

    Let's get this story straight. The DNC made the choice to not seat any delegates from either state as a sanction for holding their primaries early without the DNC's approval. All the democratic candidates signed an agreement not to campaign in either state, however it appears that the Clinton campaign did just that. (Individual supporters could of course promote their candidate, but the official campaigns were not to do so.) Clinton agreed not to participate in the primaries, as did Obama, in support of the DNC decision. Clinton however changed her mind and did in fact leave her name on the ballot.

    So, if you want to be angry about the DNC delegates and their disenfranchisement, then you need to look to the DNC.

    Oh, and for those who think the Florida and Michigan delegates will ultimately be seated at the convention....don't count on it. The DNC remains adament about it. Also, if this nomination goes to the wire, there is no way they could allow those delegates to count when all parties were not on the ballot at the DNC's own request.

    February 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. marge

    WOW!!! A student newspaper endorses Hillary....What a boost!!!!!
    That should stop Obama!!!!
    LOL!LOL!LOL!

    OBAMA08!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. G.F.

    I supported Bill Clinton back in the 90's but I can't support this other Clinton. I don't trust her. She seems sneaky. She has too many personalities ( The nice Hillary we see on televised debates and the demonic man-hater we see on TV ads). Too bi-polar.

    Jennifer Flowers

    February 28, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. Josh

    Why is CNN delaying to update Obama's superdelgate count in light of recent switches and endorsements?And you call this favoring Obama? Give me a break.

    February 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. jessica

    Marge you are too full of Obama and both of you will shut up after Tuesday.

    GO HILLARY!

    February 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. marjorie barnes

    I have been a registered republican all my life but this year, I've been inspired to make a change. For the first time in my life, I'm breaking party lines to vote for Barack Obama.

    February 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Let us think before ving, shall we?

    Hillary Clinton has the potential of being the best Commander in Chief we ever had. I was sympathizing with Obama before, but unfortunately, once he got my attention, he lost me with his inspirational speeches. What I want is the candidate to show me his skills. Not to point out my skills, and what I can do, but what he can do for this country. Hillary Clinton KNOWS what the issues are, what to do about them, what needs to be done, and how to get it done. Cheese your topic she knows about it, and HAS A PLAN to deal with it.

    February 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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