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. Connie

    LOL! So if Obama needs to sweep March 4th, what does she need to do??? The best thing for this woman to do is SHUT up!! People are saying that the democrats wants Obama to win so that they can cast their votes to McCain?? Well anyone who is adopting that strategy need not waste their vote and just give it to McCain now because at the rate Hillary is going, she is doing a pretty good job creating her own loss, LOL. BTW, that theory was created by Hillary supporters to get anti-Hillaries to vote for her, instead of Obama

    February 29, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Anon

    How many typos can you have in a single news item, CNN? Get a proofreader!

    February 29, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Tami

    It's good to know that the Clinton Campaign has a sense of humor. How many contests has Hillary won since Super Tuesday? Oh yeah–ZERO. Not only has Obama swept the past 11 contests, but he has a 15 contest lead over Clinton. She is the one who needs to sweep the primaries on March 4.

    February 29, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. dmw

    Obama has spent more than double Hillary. Obama is the heir apparent; Obama is God come to save us from ourselves. Obama walks on water. At least that's what he and the media wants us to believe. He won 11 in a row; he is so GREAT! Yeah, then Obama should indeed win all of the States on March 4 because he is so wonderful.

    Hillary will go all the way to convention and not concede. She has no reason to because Obama is a saviour of the world and therefore, Hillary can do nothing to harm him, right??

    February 29, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. kenny TX

    With all due respect, the Clinton campaign's memo is to say the least LAUGHABLE. Complete and utter nonsense. Everybody knows that Senator Clinton was leading by more 30 percent in both states less than 2 months ago. Obama is only try to maintain his delegate lead as per his leaked memo – he expects to loose OH and TX but win enough delegates to stay ahead. The notion that his modest efforts to challenge the Clinton machine which has dominated the democratic scene for two decades, must sweep both states is LAUGHABLE. Even President Clinton has said that both states are do or die contests for the former first lady. Hopefully TX will end the contest and allow Obama unite the party to prevent a Bush-McCain 3rd term,

    February 29, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Connie

    sorry, I meant Republicans!!!

    February 29, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Nitin

    That is very funny coming from someone who has been on a losing streak for the past several primaries. Rather than focusing on their chances to win, the Clinton campaign wants to shift the media focus and raise a hula about Obama's chances of losing. The tactic is an old one for the Clintons I guess, as they have always tried to divert the attention of people when they faced major hurdles. Allright... keep wagging the dog!

    February 29, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. John from Canada

    I can't believe the naivete of Americans who support Obama. Sure he's eloquent and intelligent, but doesn't it take more than that to run a country, like experience? With Obama you will get change without experience and with Hillary you will get change with experience. Which would you rather have? Or are you Americans so caught up in the Hollywood mentality of image being everything? I hope you all wake up before next Tuesday!

    February 29, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Radmanaustin

    "(Future) Breaking news: CNN just announced Senator Hillary Clinton winning the state of Rhode Island. We have 16 delegates now going into her column. We have not called Texas and Ohio yet, with their 389 delegates at stake, but Senator Obama appears to have both of these states well in hand. " Now back to reality. Hillary, please do the math. It's time for the DNC to get on to McCain and start dismantling his "Geritol" express. Can’t wait.

    February 29, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Bram

    hahahha,.......hilary never learns

    February 29, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. J Gardner

    "If he (Obama) fails to garner big wins, there's a problem".....WHAT? Well, since the Clinton camp has failed to garner big wins, what should that be called....succeeding? LOL Whatever!

    Obama for 2008!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Charles

    Senator Clinton you intends to stay in the Dem’s race regardless of the People's vote on March 4th. Saying that Obama must win big, is just your modes operandi for; it just does not matter, marginalizing Obama's win and undervaluing and underestimating the voters in Texas, Ohio or any other state you do poorly in. End the madness Hillary! When you get voted out in the March 4th primaries, be professional and BOW OUT! Your comment "If he fails to garner big wins, there's a problem". Replace "he fails" with "I fail". You love dividing the people, Obama loves uniting the people. GO OBAMA!

    February 29, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Andy

    Doesn't this contradict everything Senator Clinton and former President Clinton have said so far?

    If Senator Obama sweeps Tuesday with big victory's, it's over.

    Just a puzzling remark trying to put more pressure on Senator Obama.

    February 29, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. kenny TX

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    With all due respect, the Clinton campaign's memo is to say the least LAUGHABLE. Complete and utter nonsense. Everybody knows that Senator Clinton was leading by more than 30 percent in both states less than 2 months ago. Obama is only trying to maintain his delegate lead as per his leaked memo – he expects to loose OH and TX but win enough delegates to stay ahead. The notion that his modest efforts to challenge the Clinton machine( which has dominated the democratic scene for two decades), must sweep both states is LAUGHABLE. Even President Clinton has said that both states are do or die contests for the former first lady. Hopefully TX will end the contest and allow Obama unite the party to prevent a Bush-McCain 3rd term,

    February 29, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Relevant

    The politics of desperation at its most blatant.

    February 29, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Kathy

    She is so pathetic. She's leaving the door open to remain in the race so that she can take the party down with her!

    February 29, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Mia, Stafford, VA

    This is comical, Senator Clinton loses 11 straight elections, is behind in the delegate count, but she wants to say what Senator Obama needs to do. Does anyone else find this amusing?

    I think her team should focus on what Senator Clinton needs to do.

    February 29, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Bing

    That's nice – unfortunately she doesn't need to catch up or tie Obama in pledged delegates ...

    That's why there are super delegates – cry all you want.

    Blank screen.

    February 29, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Aaron

    Seems the Hilliary Clinton is more and more comfortable with deceiving America for her own personal gain.

    February 29, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    Obama will win and Hillary will sue.
    surprise surprise

    February 29, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Ryan

    Are you crazy, Hillary? Obama is the frontrunner, your superdelegates are running, and you think HE needs to sweep???? quite a rediculous stance

    February 29, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Mark

    Seems the Hilliary Clinton is more and more comfortable with deceiving America for her own personal gain.

    February 29, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Chuck in Oregon

    No Hillary, you need to sweep all 4 states. That is the only way you can expect to be a viabable candidate. Should he sweep this Tuesday, three of the 4 states with the same margins or even with slight margins, you are the one that will be in serious trouble. You know that, the Democratic party knows that, the Republicans know that and so do the American People. Lately your comments and retoric is playing into the hands of the Republican Party; have you switched sides or is it you would rather see them win if you cant.
    Either way you will not recieve my vote, for no other reason than you do not inspire me, your speaches do not reach my spirit and they do not motivate me.

    February 29, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. john - arizona

    another excellent example of "silly-politics"! clinton desperation is swelling... let's hope this coming tuesday this can all begin to get behind us. more super-del's need to get off the fence or out of the back-rooms – is hillary working behind the scenes for the republicans – her obsession, fear and loathing will destroy the democratic party and that will be her legacy – the Lilith of the new age.
    god save us!

    February 29, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Dina

    Here we go again, I guess whining is contagious....now she has the rest of her staff whining like she does everyday because of her losses. If Obama wins, he wins! At this point, his message has been and continues to be well received by those who want to see chance happen in Washington. Obama continues to pick up superdelegates everyday, so he's closing the lead in this area also. I might add, superdelegates that once gave her their support are now rallying behind Obama. Yes We Can!

    February 29, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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