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. Stephanie

    As many have said, the Clinton campaign should focus on the Clinton campaign. Obama has outspent Clinton by using funding from the American people–not lobbyists or special interests, and certainly not $5 million from his own pocket. I'm so exhausted by the Clinton campaign grasping at straws to get some kind of last word (we all know that she resents–or does she love?–having the first word). Let the results of March 4th send her packing so we can end what Obama aptly described as the "silly season" in politics.

    February 29, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Michele

    Desperate to the bitter end.

    February 29, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. 1love

    I don't get it. So now the fact that Obama has been better organized, campains hard, and has large monetary support is negative for Obama? As this column substantiates, the Clintons have always been excellent spin doctors.

    February 29, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Joe "Hussein" Powalski

    Actually, any wins of any kind by Obama in those states are a big problem for the Clinton campaign.

    Remember that Clinton was "sure to win" these important states decisively. All Obama actually has to do is keep the delegate count close in these states.

    But after Hillary's "Red Phone" debacle of today, it's probably not even going to be close. Obama's response to that destroyed her.

    February 29, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. AZ

    Actually, for anyone who's been paying attention to Clinton's win-loss record and the delegate count, it's clearly Clinton that needs to sweep March 4.

    If Obama wins either Texas or Ohio, or if he holds Clinton to a single-digit victory, there's really no math that can give Clinton the win in delegates, unless the superdelegates overturn the will of the voters and line up behind her.

    From what I'm hearing, that seems extremely unlikely. Hillary is doing her best, but her campaign is in trouble.

    February 29, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Aaron

    These people are Bi-Polar. You heard Bill say just the other day that SHE needed to win both, now they're trying this BS. Come on, are the news organizations really that dumb? All they have is one more excuse. After he wins the nomination they will still be saying just wait for the primaries in 2012, then we'll see who the true winner is.

    February 29, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. BB, Dallas, TX

    It's time to stem the biased tide. Wake up America. We're letting 20%-30% of the African American community, who are voting solely on race, decide who our Democratic candidate will be. This is reverse discrimination at its worst. TX, OH, RI and VT – don't be sheep, vote for the best candidate.

    February 29, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. dave

    He needs to sweep in order to do what? He is in the lead now, and he will be in the lead on Wednesday.

    February 29, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Eric

    Looks like the goalposts have, yet again, been moved. HRC seems to be broadcasting her messages from an alternate universe. Let's hope the superdelegates shift in a landslide to Obama and her money train dries up so we can get the more important work of unifying the party behind Obama as we head toward November. Give it up Hillary...

    February 29, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Chuck Lauria, Suwanee, Georgia

    Obama needs to sweep all four states??? Oh please !!! Something has gone terribly wrong for "Queen To Be Hillary" after she was prematurely fitted for her crown. Her head grew too big.

    February 29, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. michael, ny

    Hahaha, this is getting silly.

    First the Clintons needed to win big on March 4th to stay in the race.
    Now, their expectation is not a big win, nor a narrow win, nor a narrow loss, but a big loss?

    Uhm.... This looks fishy to me.

    February 29, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    This one is so easy to see through. Hillary's campaign is trying to lower expectations by declaring that Obama needs to win over 80% (or some other outlandish figure which anybody and everybody knows would NEVER happen) so that whatever happens on March 4th, they can say he was a disappointed.

    I am truly SICK of Hillary Clinton's campaign, and I am a loyal Democrat who voted for Bill all four times I had the chance to. It's clear that she will say or do anything to win.

    February 29, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Egan - Dallas, TX

    Considering how far behind Obama was in the national polls just a few weeks ago, and the pre-Super Tuesday "inevitability" of the Clinton campaign, I'd say he's exceeded even the most far-fetched expectations.

    She is the one who needs to sweep all 4 primary states by a double-digit margin in order to preserve her candidacy. If I were her, I'd be focused on my own performance.

    GG Hil, it will all be over soon.

    February 29, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Steve, Hartford, CT

    So according to the Clinton camp, overcoming 20-point deficits isn't enough; he needs to win by double digits besides? LOL, ok, if you say so.

    But be careful what you wish for, Hillary.

    February 29, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. SLO Bear

    This say anything/do anything to win or pull your oponent down is neither inspiring nor helpful. That being said, I do hope Obama sweeps the states, as anything less that 3 or 4 victories on the fourth would probably keep Senator Clinton driving her demolition derby car. Hopefully, the superdelegates can provide some measure of sanity and selflessness–which would truly represent "change" here.

    February 29, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Chanda

    I Have a problem with Obama Supporter Obama and superdelagates saying that they are voting for what the prople want. Look at the above poll 48% want Hillary they are pretty much 50/50 with poll errors and so everyone saying the superdelagates need to vote\for what the people want are saying if you vote for Hillary your vote dont matter!!! They say it only matters if voted gor Obama!!!!!Guess what 50% of Democrats want Hillary!!!!

    February 29, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Fundamental Question

    Change Question: What has Obama done while in Senate to bring Democrats and Republicans together?

    February 29, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Johnson

    If Obama sweeps these 4 states it will be an insult and a political slap on Hillary's face. They can raise his expectations all they want, but they are going to have to RAISE their own if they think they can compete for this presidential nomination.

    February 29, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. HillarySupporter

    Yes, the races has just begun!! Hillary will win!

    February 29, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. J Bailey

    We here in Florida had no say in when our primary was held. We did vote and polls show our minds have not changed. It seems that Obama does not want our votes counted just as Bush did not want our votes counted. He surely will not expect us to vote for him in November if he becomes the Candidate.

    February 29, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. cc, Chicago

    Isn't it time Hillary Clinton stops focussing so much on Barack Obama and spend more time and revealing herself to the voters? She's an intelligent and competent woman with a steely exterior that has only given glimpses of herself to the voters. She's spent way too much time talking about Barack and not enough about herself. She's attacked the electorate by calling people who don't vote her people who vote with their hearts, not their brains. She's attacked the media for unfair coverage (note, George W. Bush got elected with mainstream media overwhelmingly painting him as an idiot). If you run a good campaign and provide a compelling case, the media's coverage might wound you, but it won't doom you. She's even attacked the DNC by wanting to change the punishment to Michigan and Florida that she supported initially. The bottom line is she's done the biggest disservice to herself by not leading her campaign into showing her to be as strong a candidate as she really is. She has enough to offer on her own merits that she didn't need to, and thus shouldn't have spent so much time attacking everyone.

    February 29, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Chris

    Because apparently the last 11 states weren't enough of a streak?

    February 29, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Marina Moonlight

    Leave it to the Clintons to complain about Obama's superior ability to accomplish everything as a reason for minimizing his accomplishments!

    February 29, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Dave

    What I would really like is for CNN to actually report NEWS!!!

    This isn't News, this is reprinting propaganda, which is virtually all CNN (and most other media outlets) does. I am sure there are people over at the network old enough to remember that people used to write stories.

    People (and "articles") here and elsewhere keep asking if this media outlet or that media outlet is biased, which is a ridiculous question when all they do is display whoever has the snappiest come back on that particular day.

    Here on the website, these comments are "moderated" not to weed out vulgarities or hate speech, but to frame the "battle" they are trying to portray today.

    This is why people actually get more NEWS from the Daily Show. Jon may lean so far to the left that he is in danger of falling off his chair, but his discussion with his guests are so much better than anything else, anywhere. The whole aspect of his show, to point out the stupid things done and said by the governments of the world (particularly ours) and the way the media outlets miss every opportunity to actually have a discussion on actual issues instead of just parroting the PR releases they are fed, that show is more of a service to our society then nealy every media outlet in America.

    CNN, I know you were at the White House Press Dinner with Stephen Colbert, but you may not have noticed he was being SARCASTIC!!! Go back, watch it again and take some notes this time.

    February 29, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Aaron

    Yes, he WILL, and she needs to find something else to do with her time this august since she hasn't won a primary in quite a while.

    February 29, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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