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. kellie

    what a pathetic attempt to downplay Obama's victories. Clinton is the one who needs to win by at least an 8 point margin to even come close beating Obama. She can't outspend him because the Democrats who want to donate money to the campaign are donating to Obama because that's who they want to vote for. The lack of her fundraising and inability to match Obama's spending should be a huge indicator to her that the people have spoken and they want Obama. Obama has raised 15 million more dollars then Clinton this month, thats close to 50% more, but I wouldn't be suprised if he didn't win by huge margins.

    February 29, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Ti_tina

    I think that Clinton should concentrate on her own campaign. CLearly Tuesday is much more crucial for her. In addtion, with Obama out raising them they are doing what any smart campaign should do: Make sure they hold onto their lead!

    February 29, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Jade

    LOL. He NEEDS to sweep?! No, he probably WILL sweep, but I agree with Jay–this seems to be just another way to for the HRC camp to deflect their own predicament re: what they NEED to do.

    February 29, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. carlo

    What the hell?! First it was she needed to win Ohio and Texas and win them big. Now, if she Ohio or Texas, she's okay but Obama has to win all of them to be viable? Is she serious? He is fighting her, McCain, and now Bush, along with her surrogates and the right wing, all without the Clinton brand and the name recognition. He had better spend it.

    Hillary, stop hating. If you and your supporters didn't eat as fast as you all campaigned, you too could have had some money to campaign.

    February 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Canadian Neighbour

    Oh give it up Hillary ! The utterances of your campaign team is becoming more and more irritating. It is annoying !

    February 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. patricia

    to me this sounds like the cclinton campaign is jeaolous that Obama is outspending them. I got news for u, you are the ones that need to win this not Obama. he already won i2 contests in a row, and u need to win big. which will never happen, because pipo have seen you for who you are Hillary. You need to be ashamed of yourself.

    February 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. JJM

    Jay, you're missing the point. What they're saying is that it would be bizarre if Obama doesn't win by large margins in these four states given the amount of attention – monetary and otherwise – he has given to them. Indeed, Clinton's campaign isn't claiming he NEEDS to win by large margins; rather, they specifically say that if he fails to do so, "there's a big problem." Got it?

    February 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    Hilary's campaign thinks there's a problem if Obama doesn't win all 4 primaries next week. hmmm!! Perhaps Hilary's campaign should have said that they have a problem because they have lost 11 states in a row.

    Personally, I hope Obama does win all 4 states because then Hilary can keep quiet instead of joining forces with McCain against him.

    February 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Catherine

    As a devoted Democrat if we must win back the white House; Obama is the best option we need;enough of the Old cargos; 4 Years of papa Bush; 8 years of the Clintons and another 8 years of the Bush. We need a new blood. in the white House. If Clinton wins; the Democrat will loose my Vote.

    Go Obama

    February 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Craig

    The Clinton's are dishonest? I never heard that before. Well, there goes my vote for Ms. Pantsuit.
    Craig

    February 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. txpoodoo

    Hillary loves to spin doesn't she?

    February 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. brian lucas

    This is great. I hope that all of these nuts (liberals) keep fighting among each other. I think that this race will go all the way to the democratic convention and that Hilliary will win the nomination. In the end the republicans will win back the house and retain the white house in spite of the liberal media.

    February 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Mk

    I hope this isn't the prototype for Hillary's Math education plan.
    Wondering what will they try next. I guess there isn't anything else for them but voodoo math

    February 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Candi

    Who is really running Clinton campign. A eight grader. Those people done have clue as to how to run her campign. Fired some people and still they are stupid. The telephone ring and who will anwser it? Of course George W. Bush. I think the Clinton is in silly season for real.

    February 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. WHOSE FAIRYTAIL IS IT NOW ?

    As badly as she is doing, one would think she would spend her time on her campaign, not giving advice to the leader. At the same time I don't want her to worry. He will.

    February 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. karl

    He needs to sweep all four states, but he is leading in delegates, pledge and superdelegates. This is another of Poor Hillary's failed campaign, in which is using scare tactics. We need grown ups, and intelligent people who know how to manage their campaigns, as they move forward to being the nominee and then elected to offfice. We need and respect Barack Obama.

    Hillary please pull out of the race, because the situation gets even worse for you. You're destorying your political career!

    February 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Blossom

    Aren't we done with Hillary yet? I will take the "blank screen" over Hillary's screen; hers is filled with scandalous blue dresses, racist and divisive tactics, supremacy, and emotionally manipulating ploys. Enough of the Clintons. I can't wait for unity in America again! Vote Obama!

    February 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. JJM

    Btw, a vote for Barack is a vote for John McCain. We need to wake up and look beyond the primaries.

    February 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Houstonite for Obama

    I'm a woman and I would never vote for a woman just because she is a woman. I vote for the best candidate. I early voted for Obama.

    Clinton is acting desperate. She has lost 11 in a row. If Obama had done the same, he would have been told to pull out of the race. Now she is losing again and can't handle it.

    As a woman, I am shocked and disappointed in her behavior.

    February 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. MaineDem

    Is this some kind of joke? Maybe the Obama campaign should give Hillary some money to stop all this ridiculous whining.

    February 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Emiel

    "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."

    I am nominating this as the most useless comment of the year. Replace Obama with Clinton and it is equally true.

    February 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Liz, Atlanta

    So Rhode Island will count if Obama loses it, but won't count if Clinton doesn't win? The logica can be hard to follow, that's for sure...

    The math here is simple. Clinton needs more than 55-60% of the remaining delegates to overtalke Obama. Anything less than that is a failure for her campaign.

    February 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. jason

    Am I to guess that Clinton winning Rhode Island will turn the tide? This is over ... she cannot win unless the superdelegates sell out the American people. This is just another attempt to appear relevant when she isn't any more.

    February 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. KJL

    What a joke! Hillary was way ahead in these primaries two weeks ago. OBAMA has done an amazing job to make it close in such a short time. Once again trying to spin the American people. It doesn't matter if he wins all four, what matters is the delegates.

    How much damage will she do to the democratic party if she succeeds in spinning her delegate loss into an excuse for 7 more weeks of her negative ads and dirty politics. The republicans will be thrilled.

    February 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. EDW

    simply ridiculous Hillary.

    February 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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