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. Scott

    Hillary has run a terribly negative, mismanaged, campaign that changes it's strategy every time they understand they have really screwed up on strategy once again. She disses every state that she didn't win. She puts that fakey smile on in the debates and trys to roundhouse Obama, and then cackles like the arrogant and devious person she obviously is. She's better than hothead Grandpa McWargeiser, but not by much.

    February 28, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Lulu

    Has anyone watch her performances especially on the most recent debate. I don't think so, we don't need a CRY BABY POPO PANTS. Obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Sean, Detroit MI

    How is this news?? She's basically saying what every newspaper, magazine, news program, milkman, barista, and shoe shine boy has been saying for weeks now. Perhaps a better headline would have been "Dee Dee Myers can read!"

    February 28, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Lulu

    and that comment was from Houston, Texas
    Obama 08

    February 28, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Tony

    The Clintons desperately need to be back in the White House. They have a lot of people pardon and of course what an impact to Bill's foreign business interests. Keep in mind people Slick Willy was the one that was vigorously helping Dubai try to buy our ports. What other hidden deals has Bill promised once he is back in the White House. Wake up Clintonites – This is not about you – it is about them helping themselves and their friends. They don't represent change they represent cronyism at it best.

    February 28, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Dominoid

    ARLINGTON TEXAS SAID

    "LET US LOOK BACK AT THE 200,000 NEW JOBS SHE PROMISED NEW YORK.

    YES IT DID NOT HAPPEN. HER ANSWER SINCE GORE WAS NOT THE PRESIDENT SHE COULD NOT DELIEVER ON THAT PROMISE."

    I thought that was the poorest answer of the debate. So Hillary, your word to the American public is only good under certain conditions? Or should I say PERFECT conditions?

    I agree, take some responsibility.

    February 28, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. LadyVoter

    Obama new theme song should be "I've got a spell on you", I forgot who's song that is taken from but I put it in quotes to give the author credit.

    He lives in a house that was purchased under a foggy agreement with a foggy character, and no one seems to notice. He is for nuclear power, he goes back and forth on putting troops in Iraq and taking them out and my personal feeling is that he cannot be trusted.

    February 28, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Jay

    Marge, stop drinking the Obama Kool-aid. almost 11 million votes have voted for Hillary. Counting ALL the votes she is only 300,000 votes behind, and will make that up and more in Texas and Ohio.
    How dare YOU attempt to speak on behalf of the 11 million people who voted for Hillary

    February 28, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. B. Smart

    Thank you marge. Make no mistake, the numbers are doing the talking.
    When are people going to wake up and realize that the voters are thinking for themselves. People are "realizing" that Hillary is the only candidate
    capable? The polls do suggest otherwise, and when the final numbers
    come in , only then we will see.

    OBAMA 08

    February 28, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. sickofhill

    HILLARY NEEDS TO QUIT..DROP OUT AND SAVE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY..IF SHE REALLY CARES ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY...PROBABLY NOT SINCE SHE WON'T WIN..IT'S REALLY ALL ABOUT MRS. CLINTON. UUUMMM!!!!

    February 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. piecrust

    It's the Kennedy family's fault, John Kerry, and of course who else? – Oprah!!!! Everything went downhill since, unbelievable!!!!

    February 28, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Sarah Jane

    All of you are living in never never land if you think Hillary will win Texas and Ohio.

    February 28, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Sharon

    Any word on RI and Vermont? Last I checked they were states too.

    February 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. sarah

    As Hillary has said herself "GET REAL" people! The bottom line is that Hillary will NOT get elected President even if she were to somehow steal the democratic nomination. Those voting for her in the upcoming primaries might as well be casting a vote for Nader or McCain. Don't let her become the spoiler of the Democratic race. The best way for Hillary supporters to get her ideas and philosophies in the White House is by voting for OBAMA.

    February 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. finana

    Hidden dirt on Obama????

    There is enough hidden dirt on Hillary to fill in the Senate chamber.

    This will add to all the bodies that they have un-covered already.

    February 28, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. RT

    Its amusing how the Obamites are spewing their venom against Bill Clinton. Not very long they were lining up to get his John Hancock. Go McCain! and Obamites the change....

    February 28, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Rich

    First it was the right-wing conspiracy, now it is media bias. When is it just your fault? We need a President who is in control, takes responsibility, and stops blaming other for their mistakes.
    Hillary it's time to take responsibility for a failed compaign and go away!

    February 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Jed

    It's amazing how radical and scary the supporters of Obama are, I would never vote for someone who motivated people without reason or clarity on where he stands, plus he's so inexperienced. Even if he lead sthe Dems in the pres race, he won't win, the special interest groups will make sure he'll eat dirt. Wake up people, this isn't about voting for the most popular, this is politics, and Obama doesn't know what he's doing.

    February 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. HP Boston

    Dnelson February 28th, 2008 1:12 pm ET

    Is there anyone who DOESN'T understand that Hillary, "must win, and Must win BIG" in these states? Not that this has any chance of happening…
    -------------------------
    Hey we understand dude! we have HOPE and we DREAM and WE see the glory in CHANGE! We are united in a a real candidate for America. We will never say never or stop fighting. We will take our ballots come November, if Hillary is not on it... WE will put her there!
    The spaces for write in are there for HILLARY!

    February 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. T Weller

    I am very annoyed by everyone who keeps telling me to "WAKE UP AND VOTE FOR ..." I am very much awake thank you. I see the same things you see, I read the majority of the same articles you read. This notion that people are asleep and do not understand politics because they disagree with your choice for nominee is absurd.
    Another thing that annoys me are the conspiracy nuts who all claim that Obama will lose in the general because a small group of republicans have voted for him because they believe he is an easier target to beat come November.
    This is not the america that I would like to believe exists. The hypocrites, the cheats, the liars, the swindlers. People stepping on as many people as necessary to get their slice of the american pie. What causes this?
    This is exactly the change I am hoping for, the change I hope Barack can bring. Barack Obama may not be as experienced as Hillary, and he may not come from a well connected family, and he may not even get half of the things he says he will done, but he can get people excited about living in America. He gets people to not just hope for a better tomorrow, but to want to participate in making it a better tomorrow.
    I am one of those pissed off young americans who feels underrepresented and ignored. For once I am starting to see that the world is not the scary place that I have been told all my life that it is. This is not because of Barack Obama, but because of the inspiration he has given to people. When we all work together and want to make a difference, there is nothing that we cant do.
    So instead of telling people to "WAKE UP" I say "GET UP AND SUPPORT A CANDIDATE THAT MAKES YOU FEEL ALIVE."

    P.S. Obama '08

    February 28, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Bliss

    Time will tell how wonderful and powerful is this moment God has give to the americans to elect the right person who will be able to restore the lost glory and also lay the foundation for the 21st century.This moment should be taken as a matter of opportunity to elect wisdom and experience which is the hall mark for change. This wisdom and experience is well endowed in a personality and this personality is well known for her leadership role in our nation building.Therefore permit me to say that this person which bears all these qualities is Sen. Hillary Clinton. A woman blessed to be a blessing to her generatin and her world at large.

    February 28, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Shirley

    To Taran, SD, CA, I too would like an answer to your question regarding Obama's lack of attention to the subcommittee on Afghanistan on which he is chairman. This subcommittee was initiated in early 2007, yet he has not convened a single meeting. Evidently this campaign is his priority. If Hillary was chairman instead of Obama, you know the media would have been all over her. Maybe Obama should have advised the committee members to taka "time out" while he ran for office.

    February 28, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Can You Digg It?

    Hilarious Clinton needs to stop complaining about the media unfairly reporting on her over-hyped, over confident, ego based campaign that had a poor strategy from the start and has made numerous mistakes throughout!
    What would happen to us if she ran our country like she ran her campaign? – YIKES!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. H

    NO ONE CAN SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN VOTERS. WE MUSTTHINK AND SPEAK FOR OURSELVES. DO NOT LISTEN TO THE MEDIA. THEY ARE SO BIAS AGAINST HILLARY. LISTEN TO YOUR HEART. SHE IS THE BEST.

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!08

    February 28, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Derrick

    Hillary has Texas and Ohio all wrapped up and she will win, NO DOUBT!

    Just a reminder to all the negative nay sayers... Just when people think the Clinton's are washed up and have lost, they ALWAYS make the GREATEST comebacks! This is a fact and this TIME IS NO DIFFERENT!!! She will pull the rug out from underneath Obama's feet. The Obama campaign should be very worried and keep both eyes peeled!!!! The Clinton's are famous and well-known for nothing, you know!!!

    Go HILLARY 08' 12'

    February 28, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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