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. Kim, PA

    She'll clean up in Pennsylvania!
    or, i'll vote for McCain!

    February 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Tammi

    HaHaHaHa....here's a little advice for Clinton. How about spending more time on your own campaign and not on Obama's? If you campaign just as hard, you might actually win!! The more the Clintons talk, the more turned off I am.

    OBAMA 08 🙂

    February 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. C

    I really laughed out loud when I read this. Is this a real story?

    February 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Pepe Le Pue

    Clinton wants more time to cause whatever damage she can to Obama to loose to MCcain so that she can have another chance to run in 2012.

    February 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Bill Larry

    Don't you see how much Hillary 's hated from media&Obama?
    Wake up and do not be delusional from Obama&Media Co.
    She is more than you think the other guy is !
    Listen carefully to his empty speeches, his endless controversies!

    February 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Scott in Boston

    Relax. Hillary will win Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, therefore the nomination. Moreover, enough with the personal attacks on Hillary. Show some respect, folks. She's still a Democrat.

    February 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Manuel TX

    The Obama-bots are howling.

    February 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Dave in Wisconsin

    Why does CNN even print or restate this blatantly obvious spin?

    February 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Rev. Christine Glover

    Stop the projections. Wait and see. Nobody knows what is going to happen. I know you think you have to have polls, but I think it jinkses the election. Did you not learn anything from New Hampshire? Nobody should be so confident about anything.

    Many Republicans are voting for Hillary because they think that she will be easier for McCain to beat. They think that she will motivate the republicans to vote for McCain because she is so disliked by the republican party. They plan to vote for McCain in November. They have been encouraged to do this as a political strategy by the conservative talk show hosts.

    Others will vote for Barak Obama to defeat Hillary because of their dislike for her. They will also vote for McCain in November.

    The figures do not tell the real story!

    February 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. LOL

    Speak for yourself Mrs Clinton. Because I hear that if you lose texas, you are the the mix of Rudy Guiliani and Mike Huckabee of the democratic race!

    February 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Jazz

    Obama needs to prove he can win states with big electoral college votes. You can win the popular vote and still lose the election. Just ask Al Gore. Spending the most money doesn't guarantee a win. Just ask Mitt Romney. Having the youth vote hyped doesn't guarantee a win. Remember George McGovern!!
    Take it to the convention Hill. Real Democrats Don't Quit!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Len from Toronto

    I am intrigued by Mr. Obama and like the hard work of Hillary Clinton. I also like Mr. McCain. You guys have tough decisions to make down there. Good luck.

    February 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. EBC

    When is the Clinton camp going to GET IT!!!

    Enough already..... Hillary please just bow out gracefully and let's pull together and support Senator Obama. The democrats need to start thinking about what's best for the party and quit enabling Sen. Clinton and all her whinny theatrics. It's utterly disgusting.

    We need to get ready to stump McCain and his BUSHMAN mentality and failed policies!!!

    February 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. freddy maton

    Instead of wasting her time in making inappropriate comments about Obama who is making his way up and forward, she should concentrate on what can get her to connect to the people she want them to vote for her. I'm wondering how can someone who describes herself as the most intelligent and experienced can’t understand that people today are not interested in that kind of comments that are nothing else but divisive and will certainly weaken the democratic party and benefit the republicans who now use those bad comments to attack Obama who is seen by may democrats as their best presidential candidate

    February 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Neil

    you have got to be kidding...boy is she desperate!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Martin in PA

    Oh dear... there's those poor Clinton campaigners off in their own special "alternate reality". How stupid do they believe the American people to be?

    It's Hillary that will have lost if she doesn't sweep all 4 by wide margins. And last I looked... it ain't gonna happen!!

    Let's get REAL, Ms. Clinton, despite how depressing it may be for you!

    February 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Vic in Hawaii

    Oh Hillary, get real! We are tired of your spinning and whining!

    February 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Mothers in Ohio For Obama - MOFO

    Give it up already Hillary! You became annoying a LONG time ago.

    OBAMA '08

    February 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. bdc

    wow, I hope Hillary wins the presidency we can look forward to these kind of analyses on topics of national security and the economy. They probably make everyone feel so good. Probably just like Mr. "the economy is fine" Bush.

    February 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Forgetful?

    Did Mark Penn forget to tell Hillary she LOST the past 11 primaries and more than half of those Barack did WIN BIG?

    The arrogance of the Clinton's is seriously outstanding.

    February 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Thomas

    You Obama supporters are so blind, Obama would have won 4 of the 11 last states if only Dems where allowed to vote in them... Republicans are pushing Obama over the top and in the national election they will not be there... and guess what the millions of Hillary supporters who watch Hillary get cheated of the vote like Gore then they will not vote or vote for someone else... simple...

    No BO in our white house it already stinks

    February 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Rex

    I believe that Clinton's true character is right out there for all to see, including her supporters. She needs to gather her staff together and make a concession speech so we, as Democrats, can focus on beating the neo-con warmongers come November, but she refuses. I think that in itself truly shows what HRC thinks of the people she claims to represent.

    February 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Trey

    does CNN post any hilliary supports comments. yeah hillary can bow out then who will you people hate. you love to hate her and once she's outta the picture whom will you hate. you hate her because you hate your mothers. McCain is gonna be the next POTUS. Us Democrats are fickle. Oh well i'll vote McCain at least he has experience.

    February 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Kristin Cieslak

    I wish the Clinton campaign would understand that the more they spin and twist the truth, the more people become turned off to any positive message they have. In effect, they continue to insult the American peoples' intelligence and belittle our abilities of reason when they feed us lines like these and expect that we will buy them.
    I, for one, have had enough (8 years) of being fed nonsense by the administration in the expectation that I will believe them. It is insulting!
    Clinton would do better to level with the American people and let the chips fall where they may!

    February 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Bryan

    I'm officially tired of the Clintons. I was a big Bill Clinton fan but Hill is detroying the Clinton legacy. This is a huge example of someone who will sacrifice the effectiveness of the party for their own gain. It's pathetic.

    February 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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