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


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soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. vl

    You know, in reading all this hype from both sides (Clinton & Obama), I now want to hurl. You people have done more to tear this party apart more than the candidates have. I can't believe all the name calling and mudslinging that I'm seeing.

    Geeze, I wish Al Gore would team up with John Edwards and run as independents.... I'm getting sick of the trash from the rest and wouldn't waste my time or vote on Nader.

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

    Do we really want Clintons for another 8 years? I wonder if Pres Clinton underestimated the danger of Osama Bill Laden's warnings. And, if this is the ‘experience and judgment’ we all are paying for now.

    February 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. maca

    GO TEXAS ,GO OHIO, GO Hillary Clinton for President!

    I WISH YOU THE BEST. AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL BE PROUD TO HAVE YOU FOR PRESIDENT.

    February 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. suzy

    HILLARY IS THE ONE I WANT TO HIRE FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!

    TEXAS OHIO RHODE ISLAND VERMONT FOR HILLARY!!!!!!!

    THE SMART CHOICE!!!!!!

    My God people, did you watch the debates???
    Be honest with yourselves...she is the better choice!!!! hands down.
    She is strong she is tough, she is ready, she is a fighter for all of us
    What more do you want???
    She has been backed by so many people that the media NEVER shows you. If you dig deep, you will find out all you want to know about Hillary the person, Hillary the leader, Hillary – THE CHOICE for America.

    February 28, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Justice 4 All

    Yes, Hillary needs to win big, but I am worried about her. She is crumbling under the effects. I was a Clinton (i.e. Bill) for years, and wanted to see Hillary run. However, watching her repeatedly attack her own Democratic opponent made me realise that she is not ready to unite anyone. If she could behave this way with her own party member, I am afraid to see how she will act with others. Hillary would end up starting her own war, if she became President.
    Between the mood swings and the negativity, she is bringing herself down. Obama is calmly watching her hurt herself.
    i am so sick of hearing about her experience. Please none of them have experience in being President. Furthermore, with all that experience she should be able to run her own campaigh much better.
    For the Clinton supporter's please stop the hate, it does not help your candidate.

    Obama 08 – Yes We Can – You are the Change that I Can Believe In.

    February 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Spare me in Austin

    "The widely popular student paper, The Daily Texan?" Are you serious? It's popular because it's free. It's a really bad publication. Who cares who they indorse. It's a self important publication written by student hacks.

    February 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Stephina

    Marge

    Exactly what change do you want???

    Do you want me to pay higher taxes for your health care ??

    Do you want take money from CEOs and give it to the average worker and why would anyone even think of doing that??

    Do you think a College Education should be funded to those who can't afford pay for one themselves and why??

    Do you think people who can't afford homes and signed-up for escalating mortgage payments which they KNEW they could not possibly pay should be given aid to help them with their Mortgages??

    If your answer is YES, then you support SOCIALISM.

    McCain in 2008!!!

    February 28, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Ilse

    This is what I have to say about polls: Remember Nevada and New Hampshire? Boy coming out of Nevada was sweet revange , CNN and MSNBC. Did anybody see Chris Mathews face when the results came in from Nevada? Priceless!

    February 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Spare me, in Austin

    Hillary has no experience!!! She has 4 years on Obama. If this is her selling point it's REALLY WEAK!!! She couldn't even bring up that point until ALL the other candidates dropped out because she is herself "green." She's quoted 35 years so often she has started to believe her own propaganda.

    Talk to anyone in NY (not living in NYC) and ask them how things are going? Ask Hillary if she even knows where Buffalo is located? She has done zero for 95% of the State. The ONLY reason she is even a Senator is because she married Bill. There are plenty of female Senators who made it on their own merit. Hillary did not but she does claim her husbands experience as her own.

    February 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Goran

    Clintons are soooo desperate! Clintons' definition of winning is always changing so that she does not look as a big loser. Loosing 11 states in a row speaks for itself and it does send a clear message. Even if Clinton wins Ohio with very small margin she'll claim again that she found herself! How many times does she have to find herself? Chameleon is more consistent in its appearance then Hillary Clinton!

    Vote her out on March 4!!!

    February 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Dan Wouk

    I orginally would have supported either Obama or Clinton as the Democratic nominee. After listening to the snide, half-truth remarks this woman is capable of spewing, I'd rather sit out the general election than vote for her or the greater of two evils, John McCain, who will keep us at war and who despite his own torture didn't have the courage or decency to vote in favor of the elimination of the use of torture by America in last week's Senate vote.

    Obama offers the only real hope for a future of decency, restoration of world admiration for America, and a chance to turn back the horrors that have been heaped upon us by Conservatives particularly over the last 7 years. If the way the U.S. has gone over the last 7 years is any indication of what the Conservatives can do (And make no mistake about it despite the popular belief-McCain is NO centrist but a Bush-hugging Conservative) then it seems to me that "Conservative" is the real dirty word, not "Liberal" as has been so effectively promoted by Conservatives.

    February 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Bendo

    To Oren in California: I got news for you: Hill LOST Super Tuesday, EARLIER this month, where have you been hiding? This tues is NOT super tuesday, you are in total denile and delusional, you will be very sad late tues night or wed of next week, you will proably have to call in sick because y9u will be sick! We are all sick if Hill. All you so call Dems who say they will vote for McCain are traitors to the cause and a lot of secret repubs post on here trying to get Dems to vote for Hill, we all know that Hill cannot win in November. The only way a Dem can win is for the nominee to be Obamba and perhaps a right wing nut casde like Ron Paul to get in and siphone votes away from McCain or we hope the far right wing nuts just stray home. A Obama/Bloomburg ticket would be awesome and a Obama/Powell would be also. But a more realistic ticket would be Obama/Edwards, Obama/McCaskill (female sentor form MO) Obama/Baye( senator from Indiana) or Obama/Richardson. If for some disaster, Hill wins all three or four next week, just hand the keys over to McCain, Dems think, think and think some more about your presious vote!

    February 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. SB

    The actual Superdelegate count as of this morning is Clinton 256 Obama 201.

    February 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Joseph

    Clinton's poverty program that she discussed today..I think is a good indication that John Edwards will support her and endorse her but also pledge his delegates to her. He stated before that poverty is the key issue for him.

    February 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Cyndi

    I am from Maryland.

    I would love to hear from people in Texas, ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont. Who are you all voting for?

    February 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. vip-tours@hotmail.com

    tick tock.... Hillary do you see the light at the end of the tunnel..... it's a train move out the way.... where comes the Obama Express Chew..chew chew on that

    February 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. vip-tours@hotmail.com

    this is just as bad as the OJ trial...... we need to get along

    February 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Why?

    Dee Dee ... experience? Experience doing what? The only experience is "on the job". That's why you have experts in different areas as "friends". Hillary's "experience" is her husband's. Y'all really need to stop with that experience thing. You see where it has gotten Billary.

    February 28, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Lucky

    GO HILLARY!

    February 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. suzy

    To several people on here who have commented about Hillary and the debates – Obama rides on her answers!!! All the time!!!
    That's OK though – she gets dogged for it.
    I think the media missed the overall point – let him answer first to see IF he knows how to answer.
    He always says "i think Hillary's right" – and the moves on to basically give another campaign speech. They cut her off several times, but he just went on and on and on.....
    Hillary DID have her green plan out before him, as with MANY other plans she had before him.
    No one notices all of this because we have seen nothing but Obamamania through the media outlets.
    Even today she has announced her new plan for Child Poverty.
    But that has made it to the news front.
    She has had so many endorsements that NEVER get mentioned.

    If you hope for a better country, VOTE FOR HILLARY!!!!!!!!!
    If you want to still be hoping for hope in 4 or 8 years, vote for Obama.
    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LET'S GO TEXAS OHIO RHODE ISLAND VERMONT!!!!!
    THE TIME IS NOW!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. gene

    Three Texas polls out today. Insider Advantage, Public Strategies and Belo. All three had Clinton leading. Record number of early voters. Six days ago there were 360,000 early Democratic voters. My wife and I have alreay voted, my son and daughter, along with spouses also voted yesterday. THere will be a large black vote, it might not make his early averages, but the hispanic vote will come out in much larger numbers, The Texas Hispanic population is 8,392,000 and the black is only 2,385,000 (those numbers are millions). Ohio and Rhode Island looks good. Help get your neighbors and family to the polls.

    February 28, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. suzy

    TO MARGE...
    Sorry to disappoint you, but here is no way Obama can get all the delegates either.....

    February 28, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Bill

    Hillary needs to win. I work in retail and the economy is hurting us badly. Clinton is the only canidate with the agenda that will solve our problems. We cut 10 people from our staff today because sales are down. We only had 20 to start with. Gas prices in SC are high and people are scared. We don't need hope, we need results and Clinton can provide those results.

    People please look at this issue past personalities. We need strong leadership. This country faces many issues at home and abroad. The next presidency will be the most important in our life times and its no time to choose a leader on likeability. We need change that only and experianced and yes, women, can make.

    I urge all who are about to vote to please think hard. Think back to 8 years ago when another canidate told us he would bring us together. He did not and has created a diaster that only true experiance can clean up.

    A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for a better future.

    February 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. lIZ

    FOX NEWS IS SCARED TO DEATH OF HILLARY AND IS DOING ALL THEY CAN TO ELIMINATE HER FROM BEING THE CANIDATE TO STOP THE RIGHT WINGER. FOX HAS CONVINCED ME THAT THE BEST CANDIDATE IS HILLARY.

    February 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Sue

    After the last debate, I thought of Mel Gibson in "What Women Want". She had all the great ideas, he co-opted them and got all the credit. Gee, have we ever seen that before?

    February 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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