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. Carl

    Strong character and unafraid are two attributes that Hillary has and that is why I continue to back her. Stay true to yourself and to the Democratic Party's values and you can't go wrong.

    March 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Texas

    Well a lot us saw the writing on the wall regarding Obama – But how sweet it is that the writing is now on a memo to the Canadians regarding NAFTA meeting. Which Obama said did not take place and come to find it did take place but that the context of the memo was taken out of place.

    And where was his judgement when it came to Rezko? And is this all he has judgement on Iraq – he had no responsibility. However he does have responsiblity to chair a committee which has not had any meetings cause he's too busy with campaign? Is this going to be his line if he becomes CNC.

    I am watching CNN right know and it's one thing the Obama campaign is down playing all this but it pissed me off that CNN is also down playing the "funny little land deal" and everyone is tried of Hillary.

    They are all chuckling over how bad she is... wow. After many people appear and speak on behalf of Hillary – they have no respect for her.

    This is why she comes back fighting harder....

    March 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. davey not still in the Navy

    Hillary would be the downfall of our country as would Barack. Hard to believe so many blind wishful fools in the U. S.

    March 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. jr.

    In our history books at the library ,fifty year from now it will tell us that Hillary started the war acording to Mr.Obama. He mention it so many times ,but the truth will prebaile it was our president who started, and Hillary was just a senetor.That was mislead like all of us.

    March 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. SP

    I'm sure everyone on this blog has answered today's poll question. Once again Obama wins. Don't worry Hillrary, maybe he'll pick you to be his VP

    March 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. Hope In Action

    Interesting how every time it looks like she is going to lose, they change the rules. What happened to the firewall? What happened to having to win both Texas and Ohio? Now all of a sudden they are trying to say Obama has to win all four states? She is going to cling to this until she chokes all the life out of the Democratic Party.

    March 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. Hillary McCain

    Unlike Hillary and Bill, there are no big *scandal* about Obama that is going to explode. Hillary and Bill have a long list of scandals.

    The reason nobody has gone after Obama about Rezko is because one, Obama did not do anything illegal, but two, more importantly, a lot of politician have ties to Rezko, including the Clinton's and their buddies.

    One thing is for sure, the Clintons and their Chinese connections are real.

    March 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. K Fergus

    Don't give up the fight girl!! We are counting on you. It is time to let a woman take charge. After all, the men have had their chance to rule "wisely" for hundreds of years and they have made a mess of it. If you want something done well, then you give it to a woman. That's a fact!!

    Keep up the good fight! Hillary in 2008!!

    March 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. MickyD10


    I'd like to know where you got your numbers on how many bills each one has sponsored cause neither one of them are correct. Not even close.

    March 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. souza

    When I go to the Dr. I want someone with experience. A person that has actually worked in the medical profession for more than 2 years as a junior Physician.
    8 years experience and a gives a person a pretty good handle on a job.
    Why didn't they ask Obama to quit when he was behind. Please the Race is not over til to total of 2025 have been counted.

    March 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Christie

    Given that Obama lacks experience (including some that he could have gained by actually doing his job as chair of that sub-committee) and knowledge (i.e., yes, Canada has a prime minister, Obama, not a "president," per your last debate), he just lost his only "value-added"–judgment. He lacked the judgment to avoid buying a "discount" house from a less than ethical person and allowing a senior staff member to speak loosely with representatives from another government–especially in a way that clashes with his public statements on the matter. He keeps touting that an Obama administration wouldn't be "business as usual" in Washington... hmmmm... doesn't sound like a change to me, certainly not one that I can really believe in!

    March 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Hillary McCain

    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 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Wayne - Texas

    It is time for Clinton, and the Billary Supporters, to realize that this bickering smear campaign is not going to slow down the Obama Express. Obama will win Texas, Vermont, and Rhode Island, and even if she takes Ohio it will be by a slim margin and not enough to overcome the gap. She should bow out gracefully and save some face if she plans to salvage her career, and get onboard the Obama train because it is headed to the White House.............. with or without her!!!

    March 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. Robert

    My whole family including kids, wife, parents, brothers, sisters, all voted for Hillary for March 4 Primarty in Texas. She is the best qualified of the two candidates. The only experience that Obama has is on giving good speaches some of the times. He may fool some people some of the times but he will not fool all of the people all of the times.

    Go Hillary Go

    Hillary 2008

    March 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. Reality check

    Here comes the Hurricane Hillary we have been waiting for! You go girl!

    March 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. jr.

    Latinos of texas you'll were in the rigth trak suporting Hillary but all the sudent Mr. Obama shows up with a lot of money and brain wash you all that his going to take care you'll ,all the suding you'll be leave that.

    March 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. Gary

    Never underestimate the power of the woman with 35 yrs of experience and with millions of thinking and smart supporters!

    She is a fighter and WE WILL BE WITH HER!!!! Your day is done Obama!

    March 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. Grif

    Keep that smile glowing Girl!!
    You give out your own addition in the:

    Prevention to Global Warming.

    March 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. applecrispbetty

    What has McCain promised you to keep up your hopeless candidacy in an attempt to make the eventual Democratic nominee look weaker?

    March 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    YOU GO MRS. PRESIDENT-GET STOKED UP HILLARY. YOU ARE ABOUT TO BE A 3 STATE WINNER TOMORROW. Sorry about Vermont-they have been played for fools and bamboozled by Barack. You stay positive and tell your aides to maybe put on a happy face too. You are great, but your campaign sucks big ones!!

    March 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. CC

    The Clinton campaign has succeeded in only one major effort; to get the media to help her attack Obama. Since the Saturday Night Live skit, the media has bent over backwards to ensure that it was not favoring Obama. This includes using headlines that imply that both Clinton and Obama are attacking each other. Before that, the media was much more likely to simply lay out the facts. From these facts the American people came to realize that Clinton is the attacker, the win at all costs politician, the self-involved divisive hack, unconcerned about the welfare of America. This campaign is not a test of Barack Obama, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul or any of the other candidates. This election cycle is a test of the American people. Are we tired of the direction we've been led in for years, or are we going to tolerate a deteriorating national existence (with a few ill managed crises thrown in)? The media is now contributing to the latter by allowing themselves to be easily manipulated. Tell the truth media types: is the nastiness truly coming from both sides, or are Hillary and Bill Clinton and their minions responsible for all of it?

    March 3, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Joan


    March 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. Tre

    Hillary Clinton is a such a clown. Obama has been serving up some steaming hot arse whoopings and she claims she is just getting warmed up? She is delusional.

    March 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. david graham

    Keep pushing through the "Old Boy's Club"... Even the tight one found on CNN. I have been a supporter of CNN for years. But now, I'm done! No longer have I been convinced that CNN is fair and balanced. I still and will always beleive in you and your ability to run this country. And yes you're right. Obama has a speech that he's taughting as experience...

    March 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. azdem

    She is so done. I just can't respect her any more. If she's so smart why would she stay with a man who globally humiliated her?? Seems to me there must have been some kind of deal made and their marriage turned into a business arrangement so she could further her political aspirations and save his butt. But hey that's just my opinion....... She looks ridiculous with that finger pointing thing and the bobble head thing. She doesn't look or sound tough or experienced just petulant and whiny. Come on Ohio and Texas, give her a strong dose of reality tomorrow and end this madness!!!!

    Obama 08

    March 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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