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. Shannon in Galesburg, IL

    If "winning, winning, winning" is her measure of success, then by her own logic her campaign is failing misserably.

    March 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |





    March 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. LadyLeo

    Hillary wants to ask Obama where is his beef, he is not the one running his campaign based on experience she is. Since she is running based on experience when is she going to put her prime rib on the plate, I haven't seen it yet. If she has so much more experience than Obama why is does she keep hitting below the belt, his religion, taking speechs from his co chairman, his 20 year old drug experiment. You should not have to bring someone down to make your self look good. What experience does Hillary have besides being Bill Clintons wife. I can not get a job based on my husbands resume why should she?

    March 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. mw

    GO HILL GO WE ARE WITH TAKE IT ALL THE WAY Fight Fight for whats right!!!!

    March 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    It is beyond me how can any Democrat doubt who is more prepared and capabale to lead our nation. Hillary Clinton was fighting for civil rights, women's rights and children's rights when Obama was still in grade school.

    Since when is the candidate with the least experience at the national level (having been in the state senate is NOT the same thing), the one who is fit to be president?

    Wake up Americans!!!! Actions speak louder than words, speeches and platitudes will not solve our problems.

    Democrats, please vote tomorrow for Hillary in TX, OH, RI and VT.

    The nation is counting on you!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Texas4Obama

    Hillary is NOT fighting for the American people – she is fighting to get the nomination and get elected so she can get her Peter Paul lawsuit booted out of court! The Peter Paul vs. Clintons lawsuit is currently in the California court system and the media is not reporting on this! Wake up everyone and do a search for Peter Paul vs. Clintons and be informed before you vote!

    March 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Indiana Bob

    By his own admission, Obama has done nothing as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee. His excuse is that he became chairman January, 2007, the same time he started his campaign for president. Then why didn't he turn down the chairmanship since he knew he couldn't perform those duties? Simple. He wanted to be able to put on his resume that he was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee. That amounts to the extint of his foreign policy experience. So he put his personal ambitions to become president above what is in the best interests of our country and the American people. And that is change we can depend on?? That is how he provides leadership on foreign policy issues??

    March 3, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Y.Lee

    CNN – Bash, Slam, Hammer..."Trading barbs" is another one. Can't you guys think of any better adjectives to use? When such adjectives flood the headlines day after day, they soon lose their meaning.

    March 3, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. nyindependent

    Obama fans: if you are so confident in your candidate, then why all the screaming for Hillary to get out? What are you worried about? The Democratic party being "torn apart"? If Obama wins, it won't be his fans who will be upset.

    I give Hillary a lot of credit. Whenever she tries to attack his positions, (yes, that's what happens in campaigns), then you all talk about how unfairly she's attacking him. Case in point: the "three in the morning" ad....right after it came out, Obama himself said she was trying to use fear as a tactic..... Then not 24 hours later, he comes out with virtually the same ad!!! I'm not complaining. I'm just pointing out the fact that your candidate is a politician too...not the risen messiah.

    Let the election process take its course. I'm sure people of Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont (not to mention any other state yet to hold a primary) want their voices heard too.

    March 3, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. MC in TX

    She's just getting warmed up? The time to "warm up" was back in December, before everyone started voting. Half the country has voted already. She's lost the last 11 straight primaries. Forget warming up, Hillary Clinton needs to drop out.

    March 3, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Eith

    If running a simple campaign staff became such an issue, how much more difficult will it be for her to run an entire nation, or can she even hire a campaign staff that can BEAT Mr. very credible McCain and his armies of Republicans and Independents?

    In comparison to Mr. Obama, Mr. McCain so amazed by Mr. Obama's talents in hiring highly qualifed campaign staff is trying to hold Mr. Obama to a pledge even Mr. Obama now realizes he made too early, long before he discovered his own talent in a) hiring qualified people for the particular job on hand, b) managing them extremely efficiently into a highly productive dynamic team and c) mastering the art of message and bringing people together across all walks of life.

    If I was a Democratic voter, I'd hire Mr. Obama with his campaign staff, Democrats and independents to match upto and even better than Mr. McCain.

    The Question is: Will Democratic voters speak tomorrow as have all the previous 11 States have?

    March 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Mark, Austin, Texas

    You Go Girl!....right out tha' door that is!! Obama 08!

    March 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |

    JUMPING SHIP Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.................. HELO Hillary

    March 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Ohio

    Ohio for OBAMA!!!` Give it up Hillary! You are so nasty. She is so negative. Obama has run a positive campaign!!!!

    March 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Eith

    Hillary is throwing the Kitchen sink at Mr. Obama. And she is playing the "fear card" in the last hour. Will it succeed? The voters shall speak tomorrow.

    March 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. Joe Alaniz

    Is it me, or does Obama and Clinton resemble the characters from the movie Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, where Sally Field portrays a power, arrogant, egotistic congresswoman and Reese Witherspoon plays a lawyer that is seen as a delusional, ignorant, and Capital Barbie doll. How could a blonde political virgin come to Washington D.C. and think that she could make a difference among the elite policy-makers. Of course, in this case Obama is not a mindless or an air head individual, but is still seen as a Capital Ken doll. Now, the question that needs to be asked, can Obama pull a win like Ms. Witherspoon.


    Pensacola, Fl

    March 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. M. Martin

    Where has she been for the last year?
    Every day a different message and moving the gold post, that is a straight shooter for you.

    March 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Shane Canada

    NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement . The whole time she is talking about this she is saying CHINA. China is not in North America Mrs. Clinton.

    March 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. beckstone

    “let me say this . . . I have been deeply involved in foreign policy decisions.”

    Elaborate Hillary. Exactly which foreign policy decisions? Well, there was the Iraq war and giving Bush more power to invade Iran if he wants. Those you were involved in. What else? The Bill Clinton years? What sort of involvement? did you make the good decisions but Bill made the bad ones?
    Are you gonna run on your experience against John McCain too if you win? That'll be a real winner Hillary. Your a real winner.

    March 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Natalie NJ

    Let's give credit to Obama and to McCain for each running a very dignified honorable campaign to date. The CLintons are the Clintons and will never change, they represent politics as usual, lies, tricks, throw the "kitchen sink" anything to get ahead at any cost.
    This is the first time our youth have been so engaged and they have faith in a new kind of politics but since this may not advantage a CLinton they will destroy this enthusiasm and take their party down at the same time. Why can"t the candidates just point out their strenghts and present their positions, STop with the rumors the nastiness etc. I have watched cut throat politics for 50 years and am so tired of it!! I hope we see am OBAMA- MCCain run and I think we will see a new day!
    it's so sad to watch Obama keep defending his religion and now this GloriaS insulting John Mc Cain. SHAME ON HILLARY!!

    March 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |


    March 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. Marie

    Good for you, but American peoples are not stupid. The NAFTA as it was reporting to blame Obama to play on double side is something that you should not believe. Our prime minister is a 'pro-bush' and hope McCain win against you if you are the nominee. No offense but this, is a old ad, .deja vue'............

    March 3, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. BG - Texas

    I've seen so many Obama commericials on TV in Texas – I think I am finally brain washed and will switch to Obama. He knows what to do.
    It's 3 am and the phone rings and Obama answers and says, "wait a few minutes, I need to ask Hillary what she would do!"

    March 3, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. EFabian

    I thought Obama was uniting the party. All of this vitriol states otherwise. Talk about hypocritical. But then again I am not surprised since Obama is ALL talk (just ask CTV In Canada) and no substance.

    GO GO Hillary


    March 3, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. Shayne

    Obama has run such a deceptively negative campaign. Just because you engage in petty politics and political posturing but hang up big signs that say "HOPE" and "CHANGE", that doesn't change the reality of your dirty campaigning. How about you print up some more deceptive mailers to send to voters in Ohio? Or you could LIE in more debates about having disclosed your earmarks. Or you could tell Canada one thing, and tell Ohio voters another about NAFTA. While you're at it, buy a house in Chicago for $300,000 below market price from a future convict AND go work for a slumlord.

    Obama is WORSE than the politics of old It's time for REAL CHANGE and REAL SOLUTIONS- Hillary '08!!

    March 3, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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