March 3rd, 2008
03:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: I'm 'just getting warmed up'

Clinton is hoping for big wins in Ohio and Texas on Tuesday.

Clinton is hoping for big wins in Ohio and Texas on Tuesday.

BEAUMONT, Texas (CNN) - Hillary Clinton told reporters Monday she is “just getting warmed up” as she campaigned through Ohio and Texas on the eve of primaries that could determine the outcome of the Democratic race for president.

“I think I know what’s happening and I believe we’re going to do well,” she told reporters before a rally in Toldeo, Ohio. When asked how she would “measure success” from the outcome of tomorrow’s contests Clinton replied “winning, winning, winning, that’s my measure of success.”

Clinton said she would take her message on to “Pennsylvania and states ahead,” a proclamation neither she nor her aides have made much since Senator Barack Obama won 11 February contests in a row.

The New York senator remained mainly positive during her first two stops of the day, jettisoning much of the tough rhetoric from over the weekend about Obama’s lack of readiness to be commander-in-chief. Instead she referenced her “lifetime of experience” and pointed to the various endorsements she enjoys from former military officers as examples of why she is primed to occupy the Oval Office.

“They believe they would be well served if I were commander-in-chief, taking care of our sons and daughters,” she told voters in Beaumont jammed in an airport hangar. “...I know we face real threats in the world and you never know when that phone is going to ring at 3 a.m. in the White House. I believe I’m ready to answer that phone.”

When asked by a reporter what specific experience she has had that would make her ready to answer that phone call at 3 a.m., Clinton said, “let me say this - until you’re the president there is no comparison but I have been deeply involved in foreign policy decisions.”

–CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. Lioness

    Oh, Hillary is loving this moment, just as she was months ago when she said "Now the fun part begins" (paraphrasing). There is not a fight she doesn't love.

    So don't mistake this so-called warm up for a victory march. The warm-up is a threat to the Obama camp that says, "If you think this is nasty, wait until you see what I throw at you next!!"

    But wait: warming up, after more than half the country has voted? Talk about procrastinating, Hillary. You should have started planning way ahead of time. The trouble is that you and your minions goes so blinded by hubris that you did not bother to plan past February 5. It's too late, though. As usual, you are behind the curve, behind the times, and behind in the national polls.

    March 3, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. CA boomer for CHANGE

    So this means that her mudslinging has only begun. Don't count on it.... those financing her compaign might become a bit concerned about the likely return on their investment after Tuesday.

    March 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Ardnuas

    She has always been warmed up to FIGHT WITH EVERYBODY !!! She wants to be president so she can continue her fights with the Republicans...... I hope the voters REALLY listen to her words !!!
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    March 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Fay

    Will she ever stop?! OMG she is becoming a major migraine!

    March 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. RKE, Suisun City, CA

    Please don't leave everybody hanging. Hillary should specify what foreign policy decisions she has been deeply involved in. Otherwise, the only thing coming out of her mouth is words.

    March 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Tim, Texas

    She just warming up to tell more lies!

    March 3, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. MR CEE

    You GO Girl !!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Peter Canada Obama 08

    Yes she has to warmedup for tomorrow, when she fail to get all 4 states.
    Oh.. I just want to comment on the first sticker on Hillary's new ad.
    Eventhough Hillary ad portray Obama in a negative ways of he not chairing NATO subcommitee, the respondant are against her ad. 60% of the respondance rejected her tactice and called her too desperate.

    What can she do at this moment to get back her reputation.? She has lost her credibility since she went negative on her rival our next President of the United State Of America Barack Obama.

    I think she should step aside before tomorrow election and declare her support for Obama. That will clear the negativity people see on her.
    Remember, close to call is not enough for her to continue her campaign. She has to win big or dropped out of the race with respect.

    March 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Tom

    To all those spewing hate about Obama about Tony Rezko

    Clinton has Peter Paul scandal -Look it up–unless your scared to find out she's not perfect.

    March 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. EL NNINO

    She finally admits she has no foreign policy experience. Thank you Hillary, now John McCain can win in November because of your gratuitous attacks

    March 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. james martin california

    Show us your whitehouse calanders Hillary. Or are you still too busy to get around to them?

    March 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. AJ

    YAY!! I was hoping she wouldn't drop out – ALL THE WAY BABY!!

    Hillary 2008

    March 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. burnham scott


    March 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. Marc

    Whenever she is asked what experience she had at 3:00 am in the morning she never really gives the reporter an answer. I wonder why?
    Mrs Clinton please stop telling fairy tales of your past experience to your supporters. America is not falling for your lies in your desperate attempt to claim your rightful thrown. 11 straight victories for Obama and Texas will give you the knockout blow. Why have you not gotten the message that America wants Obama to answer that phone.

    *Please note in both ads that Barrack answers the phone right away while Hilliary lets it ring till the end of the commercial.

    I think that says it all.....

    March 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. david

    Clinton will survive the rude media and republicans

    Hillary 08 !!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Lou

    That's my girl... fight for us...

    March 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. Hillary 08

    ...and alot more voters are now getting warmed up to her. Thank-you for not giving up on the American people, Hillary. It took us a while but we're getting there. Onward and upward!

    March 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Just getting warmed up? Wasn't that you're line after NH?

    Good thing you're warm now. Obama's on fire. Knocked that 20 point lead right out of your hands, and he's really heating up.

    Perhaps you are referring the right-wing attack machine you call your campaign staff?

    March 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Harry

    I am from Beaumont... Hillary's Husband was the bomb. I like the Clintons however Obama is cleary better for the WORLD.... He will do more across the board for alot of people.... He is the People's Choice.... His Job will be hard with so many watching but God will shine on him like no other..... Obama this is your time....

    March 3, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. GA teacher

    My goodness, this woman is delusional!!

    March 3, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. OhioNate

    Incompetent. Delusional. Desperate. Enough said.

    March 3, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. mike

    soldier on, hillary. it's isn't over yet.
    if the obama camp thinks what it is out there against him is bad, wait until the republican attack machines start their own.

    hillary '08

    March 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Danielle, OH

    Get' em Girl !!!!

    March 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. smustaro

    YOU GO GIRL! Enough already!
    Let's just hope it's not too late.
    They let him go on & on, shuffling Rezsko, Kenya, his voting record on Iraq, his strongarming fellow but distinquished African-Americans for superdelegate votes, his attacks on you go unanswered. & shoved under the rug. We all fumed & shouted but they looked away.
    Please do not stop until we can get you this nomination. YOU are the President we NEED.
    He can't win against John McCain. I don't care what polls they spin. I admit tho as awful as he has been to fellow Democrats I'd love to see John take him to task rofl.
    Keep up the good work Hillary! See you in Oregon for my vote!!

    March 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Tom

    Yes, you go girl, go home and stop trying to wreck the Democratic Party. Her willingness to perform a torch and burn policy is hurting the Dem's, but she doesn't see that since she feels she is entitled to the nomination! Go Obama!!

    March 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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