March 3rd, 2008
03:50 PM ET
7 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. juan Dominguez from Texas

    ARE YOU KIDDING??? AT THE END?? BE HONEST HILLARY

    WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM HER??

    Get what she wants and then throw us to the side. We are smarter then that. We need to stick together and vote Obama.

    March 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Daniel White

    The comment about knowing where Your husband is.. That's the same kind of mentality that that put our current president in office twice..You should be ashamed, but then, we don't see shame from that side do we?

    March 3, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. John

    She is the RIGHT and BEST choice for America. Obama won't always have his kids with him to tell him what to do.

    March 3, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. linda

    IN SOUTH CAROLINA SEN OBAMA MADE IT SOUND LIKE HE HARDLY KNEW REZKO, NOW WE FIND OUT THEY'VE BEEN FRIENDS FOR 18 YEARS. AND THAT HE'S HELPED REZKO OBTAIN MILLIONS IN TAX PAYER MONEY, LETS CALL THIS MISLEADING AT BEST. NANANANAH HEY HEY HEY

    March 3, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. VOTER FOR TRUTH, DIGNITY

    GET THE BLANKETS AND GO HOME HILLARY.

    WARMED UP FOR MORE ATTACK. DIDN'T YOU HAVE
    SOME VERY BAD LAND SCAM DEALS IN ARKANSAS???
    WAS IT THAT YOU SCAMMED PEOPLE AND LEFT TOWN?

    TALK ABOUT A BAD REPUTATION

    LET'S ALL READ UP ON HILLARY'S PAST BEFORE
    THE PRESIDENCY OF BILL.

    WHAT YOU ARE TRUDGING UP ABOUT OBAMA, MAY
    REALLY COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU.

    OBAMA 2008

    March 3, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    That's right Hilary...do what you have to do to get what YOU want. But guess what? The superdelegates will NOT vote for you. You will be abandoned and you will be finished. And I will laugh my head off. You are a disgrace to the democratic party.

    March 3, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. Ozz

    I'm not in politics and I know that if the fire alarm go off in my APT.,The first thing I will be doing, is running to the outside to see what is taking place.

    You don't have to be an expert to answer the phone. Kniowing why a specific phone ring when it should not be ringing, the first thing come to your mind is, something must be wrong and that put your mind on AUTO ALERT right there. Would Clinton go to the American people first to tell them the seriousness of what is taking place? Or would she drop the BAM, BAM, BAM BAM first and then informed the American people?

    LA, CA....

    March 3, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. jr.

    Latinos you'll young ones don't know what happens at work . Mr. Obama made promisis but let me tell you, I'm liven her in the U.S.A. the best Nation in the World but the promisis his making it's not going to happen, ask your folkes an see if all people think like him.Vote for Hillary take it from some one who lived her for over fuorty years an know what I'm talking about .All candedates promis you the world but it will never happend.This is a recomadaition from a friend.

    March 3, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. ChicoSez

    Its hard to take a posting that ends with "Obama rules' in caps seriously. How juvenile can you get. And yes, you go to the doctors wife because she also is a doctor,and probably a better one than her husband. She also was a community organizer and while in Arkansa, worked closely with the state legislature on education, chilrens issues and health care to name just a few. And to minimize her experience as a do nothing first lady at the same time you criticize her for how her health care initiative failed is talking out of both sides of your mouth. But Obama supporters don't have to be logical, they're part of a movement. Most movements used to have a goal, like the anti-war movemnet, or the civil rights movement, or save the whales. But Obama only preaches change without telling us where he wants to take us, other than heavan on earth.

    March 3, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. t

    harry K,
    yea dude, you have no idea what you are talking about. HOw about the Peter Paul lawsuit against the clintons. There is actually proof she commited federal campaign fraud. Obama made an a bad politics move, he didnt break the law.

    March 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. slim

    GO HILLARY!!! i'm so sick of the media and obamafans telling her to drop out "for the sake of the party" and obama saying just a couple of weeks ago that she should quit. do oyu think that obama would ahve quit?

    hillary's not a quitter and (unlike obama) she's used to people criticizing her and knows to ignore them and listen to herself. how come no one's calling for huckabee to quit when he doesn't have anything near a chance? if he can stay in to give voters a choice, then so should she.

    March 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. DAC

    Barack will be ready not only at 3AM but any time the phone rings.

    March 3, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. emmy

    i can feel it now..a hush has come over the Obama crowd..Hillary wins the nomination...and all is well in the world

    March 3, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. Ron

    Yes Hillary will get back to were she needs to be in your face Obamanuts

    March 3, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. JOHN

    THAT WAS A GOOD ONE. I'M JUST GETTING WARMED UP, AFTER TANKING 11 TIMES IN A ROW, YOU BETTER BE WARMED UP. A LOSS IN TEXAS AND YOU WILL BE FREEZING COLD.

    March 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. Obamacan

    6 yrs senate experience
    Obama 3 yrs senate.

    Wheww..she has tons of experience. She should have been presdent a lont time ago.

    March 3, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Col. Nathan Jessep

    What's this? Hillary won the "big, Democratic states" while Obama won the "small, always-go-to-the-Republican states"?

    See, they're called "Democratic states" because they will consistently vote for the Democratic nominee, regardless of who the nominee is. It's not that a state that Hillary wins in the primary can't vote for Obama, it's that a few more people wanted Hillary than Obama at that point in time. They'll still vote for whichever Democrat wins come November, and anybody who thinks that all of Hillary's voters won't show for Obama is as delusional as she is.

    Whereas Obama, by getting Democrats excited in closely contested Dem/Rep states, increases the chances that the Democrats carry those states this year. So...he'll still win...even if the three of you who say you'll vote McCain sink the Democratic party with your idiotic spite.

    March 3, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. Goodheart

    Hillary is running against the cable TV networks, Obama, and women haters. Go Hillary... don't give up.

    March 3, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. CA boomer for CHANGE

    More inuendos, statements taken out of context from third and fourth parties........ Geez.... is that all they got???? The Clintons have been digging and digging for something to throw at Barack Obama, and so now at the 11th hour, when she feels the most pressure, instead of discussing what is important to the voters, she is concentrating on tearing down her opponent. Is it any wonder why more and more women are walking away from her. We hold a higher standard for ourselves than this ....

    March 3, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Sharon

    "She's just getting warmed up" *Big Smile* Take him out Hillary!

    March 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. maggier

    I was a strong admirier and supporter of the Clintons (both the president and senator) ....until Hillary Clinton threw her hat into the ring. In my opinion, her doing so has been the height of arrogance and selfishness.
    Our Constitution limits presidential terms to eight years. The Clintons (a team with the much touted éxperience) have already had their eight years in the White House and merely switching roles titles is a distasteful (if not unconstitutional?) way to get back in the White House for another stint. .
    The USA is not a dynastic nation. I personally have had enough of families who feel that the mantle of leadership is reserved for their gene pools only.
    Sen Clinton's ambition is a disservice to the Democratic party and to our country, in my opinion.

    March 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. Goldy Lyons

    Obama cannot make a good decision....Look at his CORRUPT friend that was just indicted...Show me your company and I'll tell you what you are!!! How true that adage is!!!
    Good Luck, God Bless...I believe in Angels and I know God's Angels are out there working for you Senator Clinton and they always come thru.
    Senator Clinton has done so much for the young girls and women all over...what's the matter with you American women.....Vote for Hillary!!!
    WAKE UP AMERICA!
    None of the Media picked up on Obama's wide mouth smirk when Obama said he rejected Farrahkam. Now, Farrahkam's grinning & Al Sharpton too!! MEN OF AMERICA VOTE FOR HILLARY!!!

    March 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  23. victor/ california

    way to split the democratic party sen. clinton!
    making fun of sen. obama supporter isnt the best idea... considering you need all the vote you can get if your the nominee. if u happen to lose one state tomorrow and still continue on. it just validates how power hungry you are. you speak like a republican and your ad's look like they were taken right out of the republican handbook. as a long time supporter of you and your husband i am now ashamed of the clinton name and will never...ever...ever vote for a clinton again.

    March 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. Jacque Bauer

    It's 3 am. Ring Ring. Hillary answers "Can Bill come over?"

    March 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. rd

    Bea from Hoboken,

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but when Senator Obama was in grade school, wasn't Hillary the President of the Young Republicans at her college? Believe me, she has not been fully "vetted" yet.

    March 3, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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