February 29th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
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Clinton campaign: Obama needs to sweep March 4

 The Clinton campaign says Obama needs to win big on March 4, or else he has a problem.

The Clinton campaign says Obama needs to win big on March 4, or else he has a problem.

(CNN) - Seeking to raise the expectations for its rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign said Friday that Sen. Barack Obama needs to sweep the March 4 primaries.

The Illinois senator should win all four states - Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont - decisively, given the amount of money and resources he has devoted to them, the Clinton campaign said in a memo circulated to reporters.

"If he fails to garner big wins, there's a problem," the memo states.

"The Obama campaign and its allies are outspending us two to one in paid media and have sent more staff into the March 4 states. In fact, when all is totaled, Senator Obama and his allies have outspent Senator Clinton by a margin of $18.4 million to $9.2 million on advertising in the four states that are voting next Tuesday."

"Senator Obama has campaigned hard in these states," the memo continues. "He has spent time meeting editorial boards, courting endorsers, holding rallies, and – of course – making speeches."

The memo came out moments after Obama campaign manager David Plouffe finished a conference call with reporters, during which he said the New York senator needs big victories in Texas and Ohio Tuesday if she hopes to chip away at Obama's now 153 pledged delegate lead - according to CNN's latest estimate.

"The Clinton campaign needs to begin wining big states by big margins to have any hope of eliminating this delegate lead they are facing," he said.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. Todd in AZ

    Nice try!!!

    February 29, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Jessi, Fl

    Wow, this goes beyond spin...it's verging on delusion. Clinton is the one who needs to sweep to stay in the race. Obama is winning, he can actually afford to lose a couple of states and still stay in the race.

    February 29, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Jay

    The Clinton campaign continues to live on the moon.

    February 29, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Joseph

    Hillary please just bow out gracefully now.

    I was a supporter of yours, but your run is done. Just end it now.

    February 29, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Vince - Phoenix

    Brace yourselves.... Hurricane Hillary is gonna be HOWLING all this weekend!!!

    February 29, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Anon

    There the Bill and HIll go again. Lowering the expectations for themselves by inflating those of the opponent. Its good they didnt say OBAMA needs to sweep 11 straight contest after super Tuesday....

    February 29, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Claire, Austin, TX

    Funny. I thought loosing 11 states in a row was a problem.

    February 29, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Anon

    because thats exactly what happened!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. what?


    if he only wins three of four, he's a loser???

    But he's not if he loses 11 of 11. Then he's still in the game.

    This is like voodoo math or something.

    February 29, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Bert

    Right, because only winning 3 states, making it 14 out of 15 straight for Obama means that he has a real problem.

    And he doesn't need to apologize for working harder than she does.

    What a joke!

    February 29, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. JK

    Sounds like another excuse. I hope you lose Texas and Ohio and then I want to hear another excuse. Like Bill and James Carville said "Hillary needs to win both Texas and Ohio or she is not the nominee" Your campaign has been the most pitiful out of the Republicans and Democrats always an excuse for a lose. I did not hear anyone else complain when they lost except you Hillary!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Justin

    You must be kidding. Hillary, you're losing and losing badly. If you should happen to pull a state or two out, that's wonderful, but you'll still be so far behind you'll never catch up. Obama's nomination is a foregone conclusion, and yet you still choose to divide this party with hopes of winning out only by securing enough superdelegates to override the will of the people. Up until this point, I have said that I would happily vote for you to support our party should you receive the nomination, but this kind of ludicrous rhetoric is turning me against the idea entirely.

    February 29, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. leah

    hillary is pathetic. her campgain needs to win both texas & ohio to stay alive. and she's no longer the frontrunner and is way behind in delegates. sad, sad hillary.

    OBAMA '08

    February 29, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. bond

    Obama has to sweep March 4th? What the? Isn't Obama the one who's up 153 delegates? What a bunch of spin doctor morons Billary has working for her. No wonder so many have been fired, quit, or switched sides. Just concede to save face and unite the party.

    Texans for Obama

    February 29, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Al C.

    Hey Hillary, how about you worry more about your own campaign and let Obama worry about his? He seems to be doing pretty good without your advice.

    February 29, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Nau

    GO HILLARY!!!!
    We are sick and tired of speeches and CNN support for Obama.
    Go Hill!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. RP

    There you have it. She will never give up. She wants to take it to the convention and continue to tear the party apart. I think it is now time for Edwards, Gore, Dean, Pelosi, Reid and the remaining uncommitted superdelegates to come forward and tell Hillary to quit.

    February 29, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Mike

    Interesting take by the Clinton Campaign. What isn't surprising is the total lack of logic behind it. Say Hillary wins Ohio and Barack wins Texas. Basically, next to nothing changes and the Clinton Camaign must rely on only one big state, Pennsylvania, to garner a significant number of delegates. Whether or not they have taken notice to the 150+ delegate lead that Obama currently enjoys is mesmerizing. Of course, we all know that these memos are sheer lip service. We most likely wont hear them saying the following, "we are currently way behind in delegates and with current polling information, its appears nearly impossible for us to chip away the Illinois Senator's lead." Its more proof that Tuesday is it for the Clintons and they are pandering for the votes of people who havent followed closely enough to understand the reality of the situation. Good luck Hillary, but this ones all over...

    February 29, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Bob

    Wow! The Clinton Campaign once again spinning, spinning, spinning. This is outrageous. They can't keep changing the stakes. Its over if Barack wins Texas OR Ohio.

    February 29, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Apham Nnaji

    No. I think Clinton needs to bow out gracefully, if she wants to maintain any respect after this is over. Does she want to be seen as the person who distroyed the party? The differece between her and Obama is very small. what that says to me is that this is presonality issue. This Clinton you are seeing now at these final days is the real person and that's why most people don't like her. She will be more respected if she drops out in the intrest of the party.

    February 29, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. An Agnostic Democrat

    Memo (reality check) to Clinton campaign: Hillary needs to win by
    W-I-D-E margins in order to remain viable ... Like 75% to Obama's 25% ... and she won't. Might go the other way ... Like 60% to her 40% ... So say buh-bye!

    February 29, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. jfs


    February 29, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. MD

    It's funny how the Clinton camp can lose one contest after another for the last 11 contest and still think that Obama will be in trouble if he doesn't swipe the March 4 contests.
    Whose problem it is if you don't campaign and don't talk to voters, editorials and just "hope" that your name brand will garner you votes? It is also clea that Sen. Clinton is doesn't have any strategy, other than drag this race, after March 4 contests just like she thought it would be over by Feb. 5. If the March 4 contest come close in terms of delegates, Obama will sweep the next few contests just like he did in February.

    February 29, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. California Independent

    Why, yes, ye he does. But in 'sillyland' he's an underdog.

    February 29, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. Randy - Denver

    Trying to spin her defeat into a victory already wow she must be nervous!

    Let me explain a little thing called MATH to the Clinton teams, if he beats her at ALL in these four states he will have done well, she seems to forget that just a few short weeks avgo she lead in ALL of these states by over 20%, so if he beats her that means that during this campaign he INCREASED HIS SUPPORTERS by over 20%. If they had entered these four contest even she would have a point they did not and she does not.

    Nice try at a spin though

    February 29, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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