March 10th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
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Clinton-Obama battle heads South

Sen. Barack Obama campaigns in Laramie, Wyoming, over the weekend.

Sen. Barack Obama campaigns in Laramie, Wyoming, over the weekend.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama Monday focused on Mississippi, which holds primaries on Tuesday, while Sen. Hillary Clinton keep her eye on the next big prize on the Democratic calendar, Pennsylvania.

Thirty-three delegates are at stake Tuesday, and in the tight Democratic race, every delegate is critical. CNN estimates that Obama leads Clinton by less than 100 delegates, 1,527 to 1,428. A candidate needs 2,024 delegates to win the nomination. Obama won the Wyoming caucuses Saturday, where he picked up seven delegates. Clinton won five delegates.

Obama was scheduled to hold rallies in Columbus and Jackson, Mississippi, while Clinton was set to hold campaign events in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania holds its primary on April 22.

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  1. Helen

    I don't see any difference between Obama and other politicians, and I don't understand those Obama supporters who speak so unkindly about Clinton and use the word like "that woman". Isn't your mother a woman? Cool down. Obama maniac.

    March 10, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Lets Get Ready for Change!

    Go Mississippi.... Vote Obama and don't fall for those Clintons tricks. From these comments, no longer can Hillary supporters say Obama supporters are mean!
    Cheryl, if your statement is the basis for your argument then both candidates cannot be qualified because I KNOW YOU DON'T THINK HILLARY OR BILL HAVE ALWAYS MADE ETHICAL CHOICES. BILL & HILLARY BOTH RECEIVED CAMPAIGN FUNDS FROM TONY REZKO!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Kim

    Every time Hillary spoke this week she bragged about her great experience and that Obama has a speech he made in 2002. What speech? What the heck is she Cackleing about?!

    March 10, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Ken Warren

    vl, Check roll-call for the actual tally of senate democrats who knew what H. Clinton should have known and voted appropriately. When you spread false information, you loose credibility. Ask both Hillary and Bush.

    Does anyone on this blog really feel that electing old incumbents is really the way to change the face of politics and government? Isn't it way past time to elect someone not so tainted by the politics of yesterday and corporate donors? I know I am.

    Go Obama!

    March 10, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. loveAll

    Clinton = Rove = Monster

    Pennsylvania please DON'T vote for Hillary when your time comes.

    March 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. mir

    People, Clinton spent 2 full days campaigning in MS, where she also attended the Jefferson-Jackson-Hamer dinner. She has the judgment and the record according to the 30 odd military men and women (generals, admirals, etc), who have publicly endorsed her. McCain will have no problem beating Obama on national security since he voted against surveillance of terrorists here in the U.S. SUre, that makes me confident that he'll have our best security interests in mind at 3 am. Or any time, for that matter.

    March 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Cheer

    I do not understand why CNN never came out to clarify its report on the Canadian NAFTA memo. Canadian PM has denied the report of Obama campain's NAFTA talk and pointed out that it was the Clinton campaign that had double talk about NAFTA. The initial wrong report from Canadian source, as well as from CNN and other US media, has costed Obama's votes dearly in Ohio and Texas. Shall we say, Clinton cheated the voters, especially the late breakers, in the two states. CBS, Foxnews, MSNBC have all come out to clarify the matter. But CNN never did. WHY??

    March 10, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Elaine MA

    AMERICANS in Mississippi, & PA stand behind HILLARY she has the knowledge to run our Country...We don't need a TrainingWheels President in Our WhiteHouse...or rigging votes in FL & MI by Old Washington Politic's which Obama is playing with.

    March 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Betsy from OH

    Hey Dave, Santa Barbara CA:

    If you are going to try to insult Hillary using $5 words – at least spell them correctly.

    March 10, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Teresa

    Sen. Barrack Obama just annouced that he not running for Vice-President position. He stated that is the front runner currently in this race. He has the most delegates right now. The McClinton campaign is trying to "hoodwink" the voters. The statement that Bill/Hillary made as to given a ticket to the "unstoppable team" is contradicting to their campaign. How could the McClinton campaign say Sen. Obama is not ready to be Commander and Chief but yet the offer the Vice-President roll. The McCinton campaign is a confused, dishonest, and totally wrong about changing the votes in their favor by using the Superdelegates to make a decision for the people who went out to make the own decision. This is what Republicans do. Sen. McClinton has shown negative reaction to her being in second place time and time again. She's also displayed that she will cheat as a solutioin in the democratic race to win. The whole world is watching. If, she wins that race by cheating in any form, she will go down in history as the first woman to cheat her way into the US President's office. She has totally lost my vote and respect as former first lady.

    Go Obama. We need change, now.

    March 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Debra

    Obama is out -spending Hillary throughout the country. Sometimes 3-1. Don't let him buy your vote. The Clintons have donated millions in fund raising to help the people of Mississipi. Lets tell Obama that we remember who helped us when we needed it. Actions speak louder than words.

    March 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. BK

    I just heard that Al Sharpton is in here in Florida playing the race card and trying to make sure our votes aren't counted. He is trying to find people that would have voted for Obama if they thought their vote was going to count. Our votes should stand everyone was on the ballot. If it had been two whites running they would have already seated the delegates. Al needs to go home and mind his own business.

    March 10, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Rebecca - CA

    Hillary Clinton, THE DEMOCRATIC ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATE. For everyone that will fall for it she and her posse are setting her up as the inevitable candidate. How insulting that she has the audacity to keep the conversation about the possible "Dream Ticket" going...and in doing so, shape voters' opinions.... WHEN SEN. OBAMA IS THE CANDIDATE THAT IS AHEAD IN PLEDGED DELEGATES, POPULAR VOTE, AND STATES WON!!
    The world is watching and if you read the news from Europe and Canada, they are more balanced in their reporting.... Besides all of Hillary's enhancements about her so-called Foreign Policy experience...essentially LIES (too bad CNN has not done a better job investigating this), she has a history of divisive politics, questionable financial dealings, and a history of following the political tide (not a fighter, as she claims)....her campaign, like the Carl Rovian GW Bush campaign, has twisted his message and successfully manuevered the media to the point where now, only one side is being heard. As far as the "Politics As Usual" is concerned, she is the crafty veteran. No one with an ambition as strong as hers could be expected to run a respectrful campaign about the issues.
    Sen Obama clearly has the money, intelligence, and opportunity to play the same political games, but from what I can see, he refuses to do it. Wake up America...this is our chance to begin to change the way things are done in Washington...... Hillary Clinton is the establishment "politics as usual" candidate... a woman with an ambition, not to change Washington, but to achieve a personal goal!!

    March 10, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. aware

    The black vote will hand Mississippi to Barack but he will lose Pennsylvania. The world is watching, and the Brits...choose Hillary big time.

    Barack's youth mania can't win this one. The demographics and the issues are not in their favor. Money can't buy it this time either.

    But, a movement of the poor and disenfranchised will win. It will take a strong, experienced person of action to win in 08.

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 and the wise choice. Yes, we will ! 🙂

    March 10, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Gobo

    Some people seem to be have bought into the idea that Clinton is a fight because she claims she is, because she keeps on throwing desperation shoots such attacking unfairly and crying when things do not go your way. That is not the definition of a fighter who fights for public service. Maybe that is the definition of a fighter who fights for power to fulfill personal ambition.

    A fighter for a good cause needs to be one who stands up for the cause on the basis of principle, justice, and honesty.

    March 10, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Gracie

    Clinton supporters... don't hold your breath. Obama has Mississippi, especially after the degrading comments YOUR candidate made about Mississippians. Do you really think they are going to just what? Wink-Wink back? Ha! Ha!

    Oh sure she tried a series of back peddling speeches, but really, do you really think the residents of Mississippi are that stupid when you claim how important their votes are to YOU after you bashed their intelligence? Get real.

    Sen. Obama's speech earlier this morning in Mississippi was case and point. He shot both Clintons down in regards to "the little dog bone" they disgustingly have been throwing out to Sen. Obama. He shot it down BIG TIME and put them on notice in the clearest way possible. GO OBAMA!! I'm with you and I'm NOT confused by the Clintons low-life political tactics.

    NOW...let's see how Prom Queen Clinton PANICS or WHINES again about how unfair everyone is towards her, how she's mis-understood... blah...blah...blah...

    Hey if Hillary does lose will she resort to crying again? or will she turn around and "eat her young" meaning her campaign staff?
    Won't be a lot left to chew up on since the Hillary camp is already turning on each other per the CNN morning reports. Hummmm.
    It appears the warning signs clearly proves that not all is "peachy" in the HRC camp. Her own staff can't even behalf on an decent level. What a surprise. When all goes bad for her, she'll turn and blame everyone on her staff, everyone in the world but HERSELF!!!

    March 10, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Mentor

    Do you accept a doctors wife doing an operation because she lived with doctor for 35 years? Do you accept a air hostess driving a jet becuase she flew for 35 years?

    If living in white house translates to experience, the guards whitehouse will be better candidates?

    Obama 2008

    March 10, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Elder

    I heard both candidates, then I find out Mr. Obama has nothing to offer to the nation, no plans how to deal all the issues our nation face.
    You can see, he only gives speeches and nothing else, I want to see more of him. I want him to address all the issues concerning our nation.

    March 10, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Peter

    Actually, Arnold from WV, you are about 1 million votes off in your math on Hillary's popular vote. You might want to check your sources.

    As far as how many states Senator Obama has carried, my copy of the Constitution says "We the people," not "We the states." We fought a war over that. You Obama supporters might want to check that out as well.

    Peter S.
    Georgia

    March 10, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Arnold, WV

    Here in the little "don't matter"'state of WV it is kind of like the show,
    Whose line is it
    ?,"and the points don't matter"!

    March 10, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Linda

    Clinton is getting truly desperate and is looking pathetic. She should bow out and save some dignity. If she still loses after all the dirty tricks, it will really look bad. If she does get the nomination, no way in ***will most Obama supporters vote for her after attacking him the way she has.

    March 10, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. chris

    Hillary and bill and Chelese have all been campaingn in Mississippi.

    March 10, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. Frank

    Billary's proposal for a Clinton-Obama ticket is a sly way of winning votes. If Obama becomes a Vice President under Billary, it will be like a mouse training to be a RAT.

    March 10, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Velle

    NOONE should cast another single vote for Hilary until she releases her tax returns and white House records! Voters should know That Bill is paid by the Dubai Investment Group Ltd and that would give the Emir an "in" right into the White House! The Clinton Hypocracy knows NO BOUNDS! Foriegn Policy? Human Rights? Worker's Rights? Unions? Would The Emir mind his $1 million to the Clinton Library being spent on Union Workers I wonder?

    March 10, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Ellie

    Hillary Clinton left the MD/VA states as soon as she realized she was NOT the winner...

    She did the same thing in Vermont, Delaware, DC, Alaska, Connecticut and again in Mississippi....

    This is her pattern.... she doesn't give a dam about the "people" only the people who kneel and call her "Prom Queen".

    March 10, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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