February 29th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
10 years ago

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. Anton

    At last! The Harold Ickes effect is beginning to make itself felt – I feel real hope that the Clinton Campaign (which, admittedly, has not been half as good as the candidate) is turning the tide and creating momentum.

    Whether it is too late for March 4, one can only pray this new energy and focus can change minds effectively and in a focused manner.

    Here's hoping for the biggest comeback since John McCain.

    February 29, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Tim B, KS

    This is funny and COMPLETELY beside the point. It doesn't matter how much money you have–ask Mitt Romney. It is all about what the people in particular states believe in, and you can have all of the money in the world, but if people's values are elsewhere, you can't win them over, unless you change your message. Sure, Obama wins over people in most states, but it is nearly impossible to win over everyone–especially in areas where Hillary has been campaigning at for many, many weeks unchallenged.

    February 29, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Josh

    Poor Billary Campaign,
    Whiners!!! The days of the Clinton's are over. Lets get really democracy back to the USA. The white house should not be a family affair between two families, only. Plus, Hillary said during Sunday's speech she will release her tax returns and congress file during her time has first lady. I don't think she will. She is a habitual lie jumping back and forth btn issues. Be really with voters, and we will be really with you. You can not connect with voters, that is your problem. You are riding on your husbands days in the white house, picking the good time and dropping the bad. BE REALLY!!!

    February 29, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. BVAL

    This is a desperate cry, let it go

    February 29, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Lana L. Baysinger

    Why leave a comment? Sexist CNN isalready trying to make Obama the democratic nomination

    February 29, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Changing times

    I really think Hillary is losing her mind. She keeps changing campaign slogans and tactics with the wind. Obama has stayed the course, steady as he goes. She changes her emotions to suit the situation to drum up votes and he's just as calm and cool, very Presidential

    Hillary is a very smart woman, but it's clear to me if she becomes President she is gonna be trouble. She has no clear direction except on healthcare.

    February 29, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. College Student, TX


    and....thats just not going to happen. Clinton can win the remaining games but we've already won the war!

    Obama 08!

    February 29, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Dominoid

    "KC" at 12:06 PM. This has nothing to do with gender bias. I accept all of the points you made and agree whole heartedly about the state of gender bias in America. But this issue and this presidency is currently the way it is because your candidate has done a poor job. Period.

    February 29, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Jon McKinney

    She and Bill were President. She already had 8 years in the White House. Amendment 22 says she's done.

    Her time has come and gone...no lame spin will change that.

    February 29, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Garth

    Anna –

    The Clinton campaign was the first to say it needed big wins in Ohio and Texas to secure the nomination (Bill Clinton himself said it at a rally in Texas). Its not the Obama spin machine making everyone so dizzy right now, but Clinton's. Obama is predictably riding the wave right now. He has little need for spin except in very specific circumstances, and is doing a good job of letting the Clinton campaign impale itself with its own hypocrisy.

    My biggest concern is if we actually elected Hillary Clinton, is this the kind of melodramatic rhetorical nonsense we should expect to see from the White House? Haven't we had enough of that through the last 7 years of the Bush Administration?

    Let's actually try to move forward. This country has some tough times ahead, and I think we all agree we can live without some of the tactics and rhetoric we are seeing from the Clinton campaign at this time.

    I wonder what the next year will bring, with the race between Senator McCain and whoever wins the Democractic nomination.

    February 29, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Linsee Loanhand

    Beware of the Billaries. Besides, who is REALLY running for the co-presidency? We can't risk that. Her campaign is in the toilet. It needs to be flushed once and for all.

    February 29, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Brendan

    "And of course, making speeches."

    What does she want him to do? Not make speeches? Just stand in front of thousands of people at his rallies and just eyeball them?

    Why insinuate anything in to this? That is such a lowball form of mockery. Insinuation gets you nowhere, as Bill Cunningham can now attest.

    February 29, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Terry, Dallas Texas

    The campaign does understand that Democratic primaries are proportional?

    That means that she needs to blow HIM out to just catch up much less take the lead. The polls had better be WAY off.

    February 29, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. sascha

    Well, I thought Mrs Clinton needs to sweep, to be back on track. What's the purpose of this announcement? Shall we feel sorry for Mrs Clinton? Is it another try, like in New Hampshire, to play with emotions?

    Mr. Obama did a better job during his campaign, and Mrs. Clinton seems to be angry about this fact...

    February 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. MJ

    Listen up Haters, she's basically saying that with all the money he's spending, he should win all of these states. Obviously, that's not going to happen, because of the slow unravelling of Mr. Obama! See you on Tuesday!

    February 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Big D from New York

    Is this article for real? Hillary needs to win BIG!!!! Desperate times results to desperate measures. 'GO OBAMA 08'

    February 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Linsee Loanhand

    Watch CNN right now to witness the Billaries' plea for a co-presidency. Can't trust them.

    February 29, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Jose

    Here we go again with fuzzy math. Mrs Clinton, maybe is high time you inform us that you did not major in mathematics but on word joggling.

    February 29, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Henry Hardcawber

    Whining big rather than winning big is more likely from the Clinton camp on March 4.

    February 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Gym Jones

    Who is running for president BIll or Hillary? Can you tell? Watch CNN right now and see if you can answer this difficult question.

    February 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Praetorian, Fort Myers, Florida


    February 29, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. LENA


    February 29, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Emma Becker

    So much magical thinking in the Clinton campaign. Is belittling an opponent predictive of how Sen Clinton will handle national security
    and international relations?

    February 29, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. WAlter Alvizures

    Mrs. Clinton has to question her self how is it possible that we the American people did know her for so long, we even felt compasionate, because as a woman she went trough a lot, ( no details) she had my vote, until out of no where Mr. Obama shows up I know almost no one had a clue who he was, now I see a very smart guy full of energy and with goog ideas sorry Mrs Hillary but now you're my second choice I still think you can be a good president but I still think he would be better..

    February 29, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. voter in akr

    hmmmm... I wonder what it means when you lose 11 in a row.

    February 29, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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