February 29th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
7 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. Michael Mee

    I think if he wins two of the four, she should drop out. If she wins three of the four, I'd like her to drop out because in reality she can't really win, but she will most likely stay in.

    If Obama wins texas and Hillary stays in, it will be bad for the party...

    February 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Let's get one thing straight, BOTH Senators Clinton and Obama need to sweep the March 4th primaries if they want to win the nomination outright.

    If they split Ohio and Texas, there is a good chance the Democratic National Convention could start with neither Clinton nor Obama having a majority of delegates.

    That wouldn't be the end of the world and it might be somewhat more entertaining than most of the Republican or Democratic conventions in the last 48 to 52 years.

    February 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Ted

    Is this some kind of joke? How many states does Barack Obama have to win in a row before the Clinton organization throws in the towel? Twenty? Thirty? Sixty? Every time you turn around, they shift and weave on any issue of importance. Let's get this sorry campaign in the rear view mirror, please!

    February 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Gene

    I do not understand. I thought Hillary was the one that had to win. Well if she looses Texas then she will say " Texas is realy not that big a deal.

    According to Hillary if she looses it's Ok as long as Obama dosent sweep. I sure hope she dosent think like this if she becomes wins the national election. Well I lost the vote on health care, but it was'nt a sweep?

    February 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. James

    Hillary should stop worrying about how Obama's campaign needs to perform.

    February 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. RED, NY, NY

    The Clinton Campaign seems to be at lost on what
    to take on the Obama Campaign.

    They have engaged in almost everything just to be
    considered in contention still, at the least.

    Its over, madam.

    February 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Greta

    Usual spin. They say this because they sense defeat as always. I wonder if they are actually campaigning for him to win. The Clinton campaign have run the most shameful and confused campaign. I am tired of their hankering. They have poisoned the Democratic primaries.

    February 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Rob L.

    Clinton is so desperate she has her campaign resorting to some reverse psychology type Ads...Obama needs to "sweep" the four March 4 th primaries? Everyone including Clinton knows that's an outright lie. Billary try, try and try again...you just cannot beat Senator Obama who is destined to be the next, and by far the best, President of these United States of America.

    February 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Latino Voter from TX

    i just can't wait for march 4th were this will be all over for the clinton campaign. and we as a democratic party can focus on the general election as a whole.

    February 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. bolt

    Clinton campaign has lost it's mind. Winning margin should be the other way around.

    February 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Tim, Seattle

    So the desperation shows again. All Obama needs to do is tie or win in Texas and be somewhat close in Ohio. He has Vermont already.
    Math doesnt lie. It is Hillary that is under the gun.

    Hillary not only has to sweep all 4 states, she has to win them big to even have a chance at catching up.

    4 more days and her nomination run is over. Unless of course she is going to do an indepentant bid with Huckabee

    Clinton/Huckabee 'change nobody wants'

    February 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. gina simpson

    Here we go again! The Clinton Attack/Spin machine.

    Doesn't Billary and their campaign see that the Voter' are tired of the lies/spin/dirty Politics and that is we are voting (in record numbers) for Obama?

    Watch out Hillary.....my prediction is that Barack will take at least 3 of the 4 States.

    I believe that he will take Texas AND Ohio with no problem.

    Hillary should just pick up her ball and go home. The voter's are showing her who they prefer. 11 wins in a row!!!!

    February 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    i think its actually Clinton that needs to win big...but not to focus on silly things like that, we need to win for the country!!! and Obama can do that for use!!!

    stop the hate, vote obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Lindsay in Utah

    Surprise, surprise... more spin from the Clinton campaign. How novel.

    February 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Damon

    Desperation manifested. Way to turn the mismanagement of your campaign funding and strategy into Obama is outspending us.

    February 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. B. Smart

    Like he did in February?

    Obama 08.

    February 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Grif

    Obama! Is the begining of the fall, of the American Empire.

    February 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Bloomfield NJ

    I can’t wait for Tuesday so we can get rid of this nonsense and start concentrating on John MCcrazy... Clintons are power hungry... We are tired of the Clintons and the Bushes in the Whitehouse. ime for a new direction.

    Yes we can...

    Obama08

    February 29, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. lb

    This is typical spinning and misstatements by the Clinton campaign and Hillary – it is actually Hillary who needs to make a sweep March 4 like Obama did in February. I for one am tired of her politics and campaign as usual – we need honesty and fresh ideas companied with good judgement and commitment – that is what Obama brings to the campaign and to public service.

    February 29, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Hoosier

    It is very interesting to see how the Clinton campaign continues to raise the bar, after all, they thought their work would be done after Super Tuesday.

    February 29, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. FROM TEXAS

    Looks like Hillary wasted $9Million! Was $5Million of that her own money? Pulling at straws!

    Obama-08

    February 29, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Thinker in KY

    Sounds to me that Obama knows how to run a campaign and efficiently spend his money.

    February 29, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. D HUSSEIN

    Can ya GRASP that STRAW? oops...nope...try again Hill.....Did ya grasp THAT STRAW??? ....oh sorry.... HEY HILL....your phone is ringing....what? Let Bill get it? ....

    February 29, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Lisa

    What planet do people in the Clinton campaign live on. They have lost 11 straight contests and are saying Obama needs to win all states on March 4? These people are insane.

    February 29, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Robert

    Huh? How does the person who is behind in pledged delegates and soon to be duperdelegates tell the front runner that he needs to win and win big on march 4th? Hopefully, all that comment did was motivate the Obama supporters to go out and vote!

    Obama supporters, don't take it for granted that he will be the nominee! Every vote counts! Make sure you are there March 4th to support him!

    OBMAMA 08

    February 29, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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