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. La Cruz for Obama

    She is going to give him advice? I have some for her, go home.

    February 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Stacy

    She needs to denounce and reject her own candidacy.

    February 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Censorship for what reason?

    You keep taking out my comments. The press does not want to be censored or moderated but its ok for you to do it.

    February 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. kathy

    Has anyone noticed how pro-war Obama has become lately... take a closer look folks even DemoracyNow has been noticing how much closer to Bush he is moving – talk about saying and doing anything just to become president.... that is Obama for you.

    GO HIllary – GO Hillary – GO Hillary

    February 29, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. matt

    HILLARY 2008! if not.. MCCAIN 🙂

    Just say NO to Obama
    SHame on you barack obama! for tearing the Democratic party apart

    February 29, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Andrew

    This is a blatant attempt to reset the rules in the minds of all those not paying attention for the past week. It was Bill himself who highlighted her need to sweep Texas and Ohio, not some "propaganda" spread by the Obama campaign (unless Bill is a covert Obama aide). To the previous posters who have decried the sexism of not voting Hillary, you might not want to post nearly identical comments at the same time. It kind of kills any veil of authenticity you previously had.

    February 29, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. B DEEZ

    That’s one mean spin, maybe her campaign staff should think about joining the PBA. They’d probably get better results

    February 29, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. shamous mc

    Oh I understand now...if you discount the 11 wins in a row, count the results of contests that were not official, exclude the small non-important states, discount all those silly caucus's that didn't go your way, then Yes Hillary, you are in a huge lead.

    Are you sure YOU never did drugs or more appropriately, ever stop doing drugs?

    February 29, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. Bernard

    HAHAHAHA....this woman and her campaign is so foolish, they need to stop worrying about what Obama has to win, and start focusing on how they win Texas and Ohio.

    February 29, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Clintonfatigued

    Amazingly small amount of Clinton supporters sticking up for the Queens campaigns latest stupid "throw everything at em tactic".

    For them to even say this proves two things:

    a) The Clintons believe they have succeeded in dumbing down the electorate that started in 1992 and has continued since (their thought)

    b) The ones that believe this "spin they are putting out today" fit in the proven polling results that have shown over and over again that the "majority" of ones voting for "her" lack education

    I respect Obama greatly (though I don't agree with much of his policies), but he has tried to stay above the hateful, slimeball, 1990 Clintonian tactics.

    I await her concession speech so I can tape it and watch it over and over and over.................

    February 29, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Tom St. Louis

    Perhaps all the Obamabots need to think a little more long-term. If Barack Obama has outspent Hillary Clinton two to one in the states voting on March 4, he needs convincing wins in all of those states to prove that he will be viable in November. If he can't beat a candidate as divisive as Hillary by a wide margin in a swing state like Ohio, do you honestly believe he'll beat McCain there in November, when both candidates are fighting for the people in the middle?

    February 29, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Crystal in CA

    Hillary should try and worry about her own campaign. She is truly giving us women a bad name with her pettiness and cattiness. She complains entirely too much. Her behavior has been nothing short of immature and corrupt. She is not the WOMAN for the job....not this time and not ever.

    February 29, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Ashley


    Obama is spinning this and creating propaganda to make it look like this is a must win for Hillary?????


    Bill Clinton and James Carville (Hill supporter) both said it loud and clear "She must win both Texas and Ohio."

    But that's ok... I would probably be a little bitter if I were you.

    February 29, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Cameron

    Wait, I thought Clinton was the one who was "concentrating on Texas and Ohio" when Obama was winning the 11 in a row?

    I really don't understand this at all. This has me very concerned about a candidate/campaign I used to have a lot of respect for in the beginning.

    February 29, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Nuwan Samaranayake

    Seems like Obama may have even spend money to hire some bloggers here. All I see is 'Hillary Hate' blogs that has no substance. This is funny. But for sure, I can see that he is running a huge campaign and wasting a lot of money too.

    Lets see what he can deliver on March 4th for the money he spend. It will be an interesting game.

    February 29, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Will

    Ha! She's planning on taking this thing all the way to the convention! Good for her! Go Hillary.

    February 29, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. MC in TX

    Sen. Obama needs to sweep all four primaries for it to be a "win"? He's swept the last 11 – that wasn't a "win" enough for the Clinton campaign? This is getting absolutely ridiculous.

    Sen. Clinton is the one who needs to sweep all four primaries – by wide margins – if she is going to be able to stay in this race. If she doesn't sweep all four March 4th primaries by wide margins, then she needs to graciously step out of the race before she becomes as big a joke as Mike Huckabee. Or even worse, before she and her husband become best known for tearing apart the Democratic Party.

    February 29, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. eliza

    Wow, that is the strangest logic I have ever seen. And might I say that I am glad that Obama's campaign has worked so hard in these states. Everything they listed, getting endorsements and making speeches, is what campaigning is all about! No wonder she has lost the past 11 primaries...

    Oh, and the reason he was able to get more tv time is because he has so many supporters who are donating and believing in him. Once again, the Clinton camp are showing their desperation...

    February 29, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Steve

    Hillary is living in Fantasyland. What will her lame-brain comment be if Obama DOES sweep the 4 states? Get real, lady.

    February 29, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Craig

    She has a point, doesn't she?

    No one has ever spent more than Obama...

    February 29, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Rick, Maryland

    Either need's to have 2025 delegates to win the nomination or
    it will be a brokered convention.
    We need to have the democratic party split, seriously so these
    Obama dreamer's will wake up when they realize that the GOP
    get's another 8 year's in charge, and they will be the one's who
    did it.
    They picked Obama over the well being of the U.S.

    February 29, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. enoch needles, jersey city nj

    Texas and Ohio are unimportant states to Hillary. Rhode Island is the big prize. And with the Clinton campaign's pizza expenses, it may be the most affordable.

    As for making speeches – while Obama continues to inspire, Hillary puts on her little freakshows where unfortunate families expose their private misery for Her approval.

    How did someone so close to the master strategist Bill run such a pathetic campaign?

    So much for "The Audacity of Inevitability"

    February 29, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Jerri Curry, Ph.D., EcoBroker

    If Obama was a woman, he would never have been considered as a presidential candidate and certainly with his lack of experience he would never have been taken seriously...on the job training doesn't work for me. As a lifelong Democrat I support Hillary who is clearly a woman of substance with the knowledge and experience to be our President.

    February 29, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Michigan

    Hillary is strong in Texas, Ohio and RI. Michigan and Florida will be counted to some extent. Obama has made a huge gaff with his comment about IRAQ. It will be really fun to see Hillary win the next round. Watch how the media play it: THE COME BACK KID. The superdelegates will be jumping on Hillary's wagon like their lives depended on it. GO HILLARY! OBAMA you can try again next time.

    February 29, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Ray - NJ

    I guess Obama and His cult are worried now. I wish people would STOP saying Hillary should drop out! WHY??? She is not that far behind and he is FAR from winning this.

    Hillary will fight until the end. Thats why I want her to be the next President!

    February 29, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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