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. deb in az

    really folks i dont think sen clinton has run a dirty race.......... i mean sen obama wasnt in the senate to vote whether or not we should go in to iraq. i guess if you arent there you can say you would have voted no.......what a great way to say you never voted for the war.......i myself thought it was a bad idea....... but i cant vote in the senate...........i really think president bush would have done it regardless..........obama voters you want change and yes we can........change is what you'll get............your income taxes are going to be out of control........thngs wont be better they will get this mans tax plan..........more jobs will leave the the math

    March 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. California Voter

    People that believe Hillary should give up after 11 caucus state losses need to take a closer look at electability for a democratic candidate. Winning caucuses in republican states buys democrats nothing in the general election. As I recall the votes in the general election are winner take all - very different from this part primary, part caucus apportioned delegates that the democrats are going through right now.

    March 3, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. reader-of-many-sources

    Just getting warmed up? That's like driving until your car runs out of gas and saying, "It's just getting warmed up". It's over.

    March 3, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. CW in DC

    When am I going to see some CNN, MSNBC, or any other so called newsworthy reports about Peter Paul vs. Clinton. It's scandal at the highest level!!!

    March 3, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    you americans are so naive. i read that your knight in shining armour obama said something about cleaning up your washington from what ? the big corporation and lobbyist . who is he talking to ? oh yeah i forgot he's talking to his own countrymen , who also think that they can make the world a safer place to live. check your wallet first oba and see if there's no big corporation money hiding somewhere in there.

    March 3, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Tracy

    The Sun is setting on Obama.
    It's time for him to answer the tough questions now.

    Hillary Rocks!

    March 3, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. Jenny MA

    Who has right to call his opponent to drop out???? Who? How dare Obama call like this? If OBAMA is so confident in this race, he should say:" meet me in OH and TX." But how could you just ask Hillary to drop out?

    Come on, Obama, Do not fear to fight! You know you will be uncovered more and more dirty stuff????? You know people will wake up to choose Hillary!

    We will fight to the end..

    Hillary 2008!

    March 3, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. K.Celina from IL!!!!

    POOR and naive Obama's supporters !!!!!!!
    How Obama could handle the very responsible job ??????
    He wasn't able to handle well his start as a young politician !!!!!! here in Chicago, IL (link to Rezko), who know what els !!!!!! BAD START !!!!!
    NO !!!! TO !!!!! OBAMA !!!!!!!


    March 3, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Dave

    The fact is that Obama carried those small states that do not matter in a general election. He wins 11 states in a low and only up by 100 delgates. She could overtake him by winning Ohio and Pennsylvania coupled with superdelegates. I don't understand why Obama people telling Hillary to drop out. I imagine his weakness will be continuously exposed if Hillary stayed. That's ok. We would be better off picking a solid and strong president than picking a president with a lot of hidden agenda. When I think of Obama, first thing comes to mind is who is he and what has he done. I can't come up with anything other than he stood on the state senate floor where his voice didn't count and claimed against the Iraq war. Since coming into the national stage, he has continously voted just like Hillary. If he is so adament that he was right, why vote for all those fundings? This man is a double talker and clearly shows on the fiasco on the NAFTA case with Canada. Plus didn't he say he would unilaterly bomb Pakistan if he knows Osama is hiding there in the mountain. Well, we know he is so are we going to see the same thing from him that we saw from Bush. I can't trust this guy and what little I know is not enough to vote for him. We know Clintons and thier agenda and Clinton proved to be a great president which no democrat could deny that fact. I like Hillary and her stand in this tough time. That, I think far more presidential than some of the speaches I hear from Obama. You want to be uplifted, go to church.

    March 3, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. Leslie

    Hillary said today that she and McCain are experienced enough but Obama isn't – SINCE WHEN DOES A DEMOCRAT SUPPORT A REPUBLICAN OVER HER OWN PARTY!!!

    She is so negative. I was liking her before, but not any more. She is just willing to disrespect her own party to win.

    WIN FAIR AND SQUARE – don't play dirty!!

    March 3, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Sue Butterfield

    Hillary you are the real rock star . Keep fighting . The media have tried to stomp you out . stay in . America needs you . You will fight for all Americans not just the favored few . I will never vote for Obama . Keep fighting . If Obama gets the nomanation , I and many others will vote Mccain . Please keep fighting . We love you .A strong woman with heart .

    March 3, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. Mary

    I am glad that Hillary is in and I hope she stays in. Rezko and the Canadians. WHat the Clinton suppoters have said all along, TOO much unknown to take a chance on Obama.

    Did you ever see an Obama go this way and that way, and this way and that way?

    Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont get the vote out for Hillary.

    March 3, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Think before you vote

    Of course, the Obama camp must be wondering why ALL the negative stuff about Obama not come later when the nomination has been clinched. If he is the intelligent person you think he is, then he should realize that ALL DIRT will be uncovered SOONER or later
    If Hillary does not stumble into things like this, then, you can count on McCain digging even deeper, and finding out SO MUCH UNBELIEVABLY MORE to tell us about. It is tough to be in the public eye, since ALL CLOSETS WILL BE open. If Obama wanted to have closed closets, then you should not have run for office.
    Senator Clinton has already undergone that painful process. And , not only did she survive but actually thrived to the dismay of many who think a woman should not be involved in historically male dominated affairs. Clearly, Senator Clinton deserves to be the NEXT president of the United States.

    March 3, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. John Clinton

    Hillary is the first women to ....

    It does help when your husband has done all the hard work for you.

    Hillary is the wrong woman to be praising for the advancement of women in a man's world.

    March 3, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. Phil, Colorado

    Clinton is "just getting warmed up?" That's a funny thing to say after 11 straight losses. I thought she was supposed to be "ready on day one"...

    March 3, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. bond

    Further proof that this election is all about her. Its obvious she cares nothing about the strength of her party or the future of Americans who don't want to see another Repblican continue to screw up the country.

    Texans for Obama

    March 3, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. ww-New York

    I think Hillary has it in her mind, if she don't win she will "destroy" the party!

    March 3, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Bayou Joe

    Hillary you are a fighter not a divider. Shame on CNN and the Obama people for slamming you for what your husband has done.
    The best man for President is a WOMAN. GO Hillary keep up the good fight.

    March 3, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. Vig

    Put that game face on, girlfriend, and bring home the bacon! Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. aware

    Hillary the HOPE of 08! She is the Smart Choice! 🙂

    March 3, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. Gabriel

    OMG, she really isn't listenng to reason.

    If she doesn't win by 15% – 20% in all three states – OHIO, TEXAS, AND PENNSYLVANIA – , there is no way she wins the nomination. Even of she wins the states, she won't win the nomination.

    And she won't win in North Carolina or Mississippi – those states are not strong in her preffered demographics (low income whites, Latinos, and voters who can't bring themselves to vote for a black candidate).

    Oh well. GO (home) HILLARY! GO! Please. Just go.

    March 3, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. Fran

    Hillary you hang in there please!! We love you and want to encourage you because you are truly the one to do the job and get things done! The other party knows that too!! Please stay in there and don't give into the media and others who tell you to quit or drop out!! Please stay in there gal!! The convention coming up should be able to help things out too!! After all that is when the Democrats come together anyway!! Go Hillary Go!!!!

    March 3, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. Bill

    Obama claims Clinton has bad judgement..

    Where was his judgement with Rezko..Rezko was well known for his dealings in Chicago...Obama lacked the judgement to distant himself? Just saying its a "bone-headed mistake" doesn't cut it when you are President. I think voters should question his judgement on dealings with this man before it cost democrats the general election come fall.

    March 3, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. Barry IL

    What represents Senator Clinton is that "she is fighter". She fights everything under the Sun that she may think stand against her ambition. Don't utter the words like "unifier, change" in line with her name.

    March 3, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. J

    the race is almost over and she's just getting warmed up? she was supposed to win a month ago so she's not getting warmed up, she's cooked. it's over. call it what it is and let obama start running the real race against mccain.

    March 3, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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