February 29th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
6 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. Anna

    I think the Clinton campaign is right. Obama has put an interesting spin builting up voters and the media's expetations of a must win big senario for Clinton in Texas and Ohio. Obviously, this is spin and propoganda created by the Obama campaign to discount a win by Clinton unless it by huge margins.....well, this is not so. As Obama and his staff know well, a win is a win and Hillary Clinton will reap benefits if she wins by any margin. The Clinton campaign is right.....if there are any expectations here....it is for Obama to win by big margins (with him outspending her 2 to 1) in Texas and Ohio...and if he doesn't.....that does mean a lot!

    Dear Moderator: please post my comments...I've written several times and never see my comments posted.

    February 29, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Republicrat

    Now she is using reverse psychology. And she pays her advisors millions of dollars to come up with THIS?

    February 29, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. KMAN

    What absolute nonsense ... if there is anything her campaign is good at ... it's shoveling BS, not sweeping primaries ... and of course they excel at changing messages everytime there's a little gust of wind! I don't think there has been a campaign in history that has changed it's message more often and more times than this feeble group!

    February 29, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Pete

    "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."

    And Hillary has been doing what exactly? I get that he spent more money, but he is also raising more money. And he doesn't need to win by big margins, he just needs to win, thats the goal of the frontrunner. Hillary is the one that needs to make up ground fast to catch up.

    Even Bill said she needs to win both Ohio and Texas. What kind of lame spin is this?

    February 29, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Ty

    This is just nonsense...now Barack has a problem if he doesnt win??? This is an insult to our intelligence...

    February 29, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Ron, TX

    She does realize that he has a rather substantial lead in the delegate count, right? Because he's won 24 out of 35 primary contests to date. She's only won 11. She's actually only won less than 33% of the time.

    Mathematically, she has to sweep Texas and Ohio by 20% to even come close to catching up...

    I'm sure the media will get suckered into her expectations game though

    February 29, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    Let's look at this latest Hillary statement... Obama needs to sweep? Hillary dear, Barack Obama is 11-0 since Super Tuesday....That means HE'S WON and you've LOST eleven in a row. Just do the party and the Country a big favor and go away. Your fear and hate mongering has had it's day. You sound more and more like King George these days! Who is "delusional"?

    February 29, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Willey

    keep going clintons, you will losse anyway. I am wonder when she is gonna start crying

    February 29, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Max

    Are the Clinton campaign mad? They are down 160 delaegates. If they don't make up 50 delegates tomorrow (as in 60-40 wins in both Ohio and Texas), they will get swept the rest of March (Mississippi, Wyoming) and fall further out of it.

    They need 60-40 victories EVERYWHERE from now on. If they can't provide that in their firewall states, they should just quit on March 5th.

    February 29, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Patrick, Indianapolis

    Now the Clinton Campaign is just making things up. This is just patently dishonest. What a joke!

    February 29, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. April in Texas

    I voted early and yes it was for Obama. He has not changed his political views and he shows maturity that others seem to have forgotten. Lets change how Washington works together as its time to stand firm and let them know we don't like how washington is working currently.

    February 29, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Gerry

    Hillary-be careful what you ask for, it might come true.

    Obama 4 for 4

    February 29, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. keith

    Hillary might've made a good president but she's an awful campaigner. They're both politicians, they both play games, they both use spin, but at least Obama's makes at least a lick of sense. She's trying to use money as an indicator of where this race is going but I've got a better indicator: delegates. He's got 'em, she doesn't. Yes, it is that simple.

    February 29, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Patty

    You Go Hillary!

    Obama has too many issues hiding to be president. America better wake up and wonder why there are questions about his background. Not presidential material if you have wonder about his patriotism (we already know his wife is not proud of America).

    February 29, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Thomas

    HAHAHA!! Now he needs to sweep? I thought she had to win Texas and Ohio? What if he does sweep? Will she drop out?

    February 29, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    Beware leaders who have the ability to envelope desperate people with uplifting phrases and presenting unreal visions with hypnotic ease:

    Putin–has the touch.
    Rev. Jim Jones–had the touch.
    Adolph Hitler–had the touch.

    February 29, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Barack Oprah

    No. Obama need to win to lose.

    February 29, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. corey

    Apparently all of the mathematicians on clinton's staff quit when she stopped paying them. After she pays herself back, she should use whats left of that 35 million she's bragging about to buy a calculator.

    February 29, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Frank

    Ha Ha Ha ... Is that not HER ? Does SHE not have to sweep ?

    Obama is sweeping EVERTHING since Super Tuesday :)

    Even if he loses by a decent margin Billary is 'toast'. She had a huuuuge lead in TX and OH.

    Maybe she should check with Bubba when he comes back from his girl friend. Even Bubba said she has to win BOTH contests and all analysts agree she has to win BIG in order to even bother going on.

    Fear mongering, distortion ... maybe she even claims to be the front runner and that she actually has not lost EVERY election since Super Tuesday.

    February 29, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Wers

    Good one Mark Penn! Do you not know the delegate count? Maybe you should learn how to count.

    CLINTON NEEDS TO SWEEP – NOT OBAMA!!

    Even then, she still is toast if she doesn't win 70-30 in every state.

    February 29, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Waaaahhh

    Clinton spins again.

    What happened to the March 4th firewall?

    The Clinton campaign has wasted money and resources(Pizza and donuts anybody?) and now are crying, whining and stomping their feet because Senator Obama has spent his money wisely.

    "We're being outspent. Waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!"

    Please.

    February 29, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. G

    What happened to her!!!! She is still trying to keep up with Obama...hmm

    Obama'08

    February 29, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. kc

    Thousands of women are beaten each day by their spouses and asked to keep in silent. Numerous women across america are overlooked for their experience and qualifications when competing against a male candidate. Millions of women in america are doing twice the work and get half the paid comparing to their male counter-parts. Many women are criticized and mocked when act outside the box of what a demuer & quiet female should be. This is the reality of women today....yet we laugh as gender bias is being highlighted by SNL...yet we sit iddle, stroking the heads of our daughters while we see sexism play out in the media...yet we take no actions while we dream of success and respect for our daughters. Folks, women did not inject gender into this race. Gender bias injected itself into our living room, our telivisions, our kitchen table discussions, our newspaper headlines and our lives in this election. I fear that sexism has turned into an american past time and has become an entertainment in 2008.

    February 29, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Maryland

    We all have a female in our lives that has worked hard, perhaps raising children alone, perhaps working multiple jobs to make ends meets. We all have femals in our lives that we know juggle multiple things just to address the needs of the people they love. We all have females in our lives that commands the household and its the protective guard of the family...yet these very women are paid less, listen too less, get less credit and expected to be silenced...all because they're females. It is a testiments to all women that we have all come this far while living life going uphill. For you people out there that know of a female like this...I urge you to not sit iddle by and allow the gender bias to continue any longer. Our brilliant daughters need our actions today in order to hope for a brighter future tomorrow. I urge all of you who can relate to what I am saying to visit Hillary's website and donate to get this experience, hard working woman ahead. Donate, $5, $10...whatever you can give. Consider your donation as an investment in a brighter future for our daughters and an investment in providing an awsome, strong and admirable femal role model for the yound women of today. Donate folks...lets not sit iddle by and watch sexism become an american past-time and a hobbie for the media to entertain themselves with.

    February 29, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Boy George

    AHAHAHAHA! give me a break hillary, you are the one that needs to sweep....whoever has the most pledged delegates at the end will win the nomination

    February 29, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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