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. Ryan

    It appears Hillary is taking math lessons from Huckabee. Both Ohio and Texas are starting to look extremely close. In a poll that came out today Clinton leads Ohio by 2 points and Obama leads Texas by 6. If it stays similar and both are close, it puts Hillary in a very bad position. I am hoping she does manage to lose both Texas and Ohio just so this can be over with and we can move onto the general election.

    February 29, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Anne

    Yes, he does because right now he is behind. He spends more yet he says that he is the candidate of change, what change is that, that what you put in your pocket?
    We saw from ABC News that he had more people working for him, mostly white and young, what a surprise his headquarters in Chicago can't find any young African Americans to hire? What a fraud he is.
    By the looks of these websites their job is to sit around and write comments on the news sites and blogs. Nice job if if you can get it. The average American is out there working their behinds off while Obama supporterss sit on their behinds.

    February 29, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Waiting for 1/09

    It's funny how we hear people talk about simple math, when they are disregarding the simple math of the electoral college. We need the historical BLUE states (some wish to disenfranchise 2 of them from the get-go); and we need Florida and Ohio – states that mean the difference between winning and losing the electoral vote. so, who really cares which primary candidate wins SD or GA? The popular vote is not what takes the whitehouse. Do the "simple math." NY, NJ, CA, MA, etc......

    February 29, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Praetorian, Fort Myers, Florida

    Infidelity, child support payment and a co-presidency = drama. Drama America doesn't need. No thanks, Billary.

    February 29, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. William Davis

    Words of Wisdom from Bill Clinton in the 2004 presidential race on CNN!

    CLINTON: Now, one of Clinton's laws of politics is this. If one candidate is trying to scare you and the other one is try get you to think, if one candidate is appealing to your fears and the other one is appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope.

    Very good advice 🙂 TY for your support of Obama, Bill!

    February 29, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Again...who is dumb enough to continue to support Hillary?? (Maybe people who haven't watched the debates??)

    February 29, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. D Carr

    Just two weeks ago the Clinton campaign was in such a strong position that they claimed "We can lose Febuary but March will be a triumph for us." Now they want to claim this strange twisted expectation. Do they think our memory is so short.

    I am also really disappointed that Clinton is spreading a negative delusion among women that this is some sort of baqttle for women. Really you are hurting the many women who need the support of our communities to fight against abusive behaviors like spreading this lie. Women are going to be respected and supported to the fullest extent by either Democratic candidate and to delude women about this is a horrible crime. Look a little deeper at Hillary. She will do or say anything to win always has always will.

    February 29, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Michelle


    Is anyone else dizzy from all this spin? Senator Clinton please stop, I still have a little respect for you...

    February 29, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Goran

    This the most humoring comment of the day! Keep lowering your expectations! Will you Hillary keep lowering our expectations from the President if you are in the White House?

    February 29, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Joe Liani

    America needs to go ahead and vote for Obama if for no other reason than to finally flush the toilet called camp hillary. Good riddins. She is so carnal and desperate.

    February 29, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Hillary, money doesn't buy votes. Romney spent a lot more money, but he lost to McCain. You have name recognition from the beginning. Practically everybody knows about you without you do much advertising. And you have big plus – President Clinton, a popular presidient in the Democratic Party. I expected you to win. Many people expected you to win. You lead in the polls initially. Obama has to spend to get his message out because not many people know him. But ultimately, if Obama wins, it's because people prefers him. Before Obama emerges, I thought I would vote for you – it's like 2 for the price of one, but once I heard Obama speaks, I switched. I feel he would make a better president representing this country.

    February 29, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Mark

    I just hope someone is keeping an eye on those electronic voting machines and their "memory" cards.

    February 29, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Joe Liani

    Why is Bill Clinton yelling at people? Is anybody watching this stuff? How sad. This will definitely tarnish the Clinton legacy. No... wait a minute. He did that himself in South Carolina.

    February 29, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Liz

    Hillary is desperate again!! Here we go – I just hope she doesn't cry, I'll be sick. It's bad enough I have to watch her ads all weekend in Texas. I am a female voter that the media likes to say is for Clinton. No way!!!!!! Go Obama!!!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. Tiff

    She's seriously losing it. Not only she she losing any chance of the nomination but she's also losing respect from the public and therefore, making it more and more unlikely that Obama will choose her as his running mate.

    February 29, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Gayle

    The Hillary campaign just annouced "the mother of all spins." We've known the numbers for some time, and there is actually no way she can win without huge margins. or have superdelegates to send her over the top. The problem Hillary has is standing strong for the "women's movement." Otherwise she will get criticized for not going the distance. She is in a no-win situation....pardon the pun.

    February 29, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. king from toronto

    dont know bout you,but i can't wait to see obama battle mc cain,one on one.

    February 29, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Karta

    No doubt Hillary is the best candidate, but too bad she hangs around wrong people that gave her bad advise and wrong campaign tactisc

    February 29, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. sally

    Our country is in peril without and within. A leader for change is needed. Whoever is elected won't solve all the problems but knowing that they will try is enough to stir the hearts of every American. I love America and want change. Senator Obama represents a true change for the people – working on the streets, community organzing, a sincere desire to help, giving people hope and saying yes we can is great inspiration. YES WE CAN! With the nation's belief in God we can make that change – if we cut him out if will be futile.

    February 29, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Greg


    Can't win fair? OK, let's sue the Texas Democratic Party over the caucus issue. Right before the primary! Ms. Clinton hasn't done very well with caucuses so let's change the rules even though her husband won Texas...TWICE...under those same rules.

    That apparently is the Clinton campaign's most recent idea.

    February 29, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Ben

    Hillary please do the democratic party a favor and endorse Obama on march 5.

    February 29, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Ron

    HELLO...once again the expectation game rears it's ugly head. This Hillary campaign is starting to turn my friggin stomach!!! President Clinton actually did tell the truth Hillary needs to win both Texas and Ohio or she should drop out. It is really just the plain truth. But now we see the real deal...they don't care what happens they plan to go right to the Convention and it it destroys the chance for the Democrats to win against McCann...OH...WELL. If she can't have it ....NOBODY will. What a shame!!! Oh wait..she has NONE!!

    February 29, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. kathy

    Yeah – Clinton is right – look how much it is taking to make in impact on this amazing candidate. I agree with the amount of money he is spending and all the lies and negative campaigning he is doing (oh yeah we don't want to bring that up) he should be way ahead of the polls but he is not. That is because she is a fighter and I want her in the white house fighting for me.

    February 29, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. John Johnson

    I have never feared for a nation more than the USA, right now. How can you all fall so easily for this wolf in sheep's clothing. It's like watching good people fall for the Nazi regime! Please – WAKE UP and stop following this guy like sleeping zombies. Please – before our country pays the price

    February 29, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Matt B

    I think even a marginal win for Obama should be enough for Hillary to gracefully step out. The people will have spoken. Further bickering between Democrats will only help the Republicans in the big election.

    February 29, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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