April 22nd, 2008
03:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama camp: Clinton needs blowout win

 Obama's campaign said Tuesday Clinton needs to land a blowout.

Obama's campaign said Tuesday Clinton needs to land a blowout.

(CNN) - In their latest clear attempt to raise expectations for Hillary Clinton ahead of Pennsylvania's primary results, Barack Obama’s campaign said Tuesday the New York senator needs "a blowout win" to lay any legitimate claim to victory and change the dynamics of the Democratic presidential race.

"With all eyes on today’s contest, one thing is clear: Pennsylvania is considered a state tailor-made for Hillary Clinton, and by rights she should win big," stated an Obama campaign memo circulated to reporters. "She has family roots in the state, she has the support of the Democratic establishment—including Governor [Ed] Rendell’s extensive network—and former President Clinton is fondly remembered."

"The bottom line is that if Senator Clinton is going to make meaningful inroads in this race for delegates, she will need a huge margin in Pennsylvania."

Clinton has long held a lead in Pennsylvania, though polls last week indicated Obama had erased her advantage. But following a shaky debate performance in Philadelphia late last week, most recent polls have the New York with a roughly 9 point lead.

Essentially conceding a loss, the Obama campaign also said Tuesday, "Tonight’s outcome is unlikely to change the dynamic of this lengthy primary."

"Fully three quarters of the remaining delegates will be selected in states other than Pennsylvania," the memo stated. "We expect that by tomorrow morning, the overall structure of the race will remain unchanged—except for the fact that there will be 158 delegates off the table."

On a conference call with reporters Monday, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson dismissed that argument.

“I reject the notion in which we have to achieve a certain standard of victory other than victory. As I said in November you either win Pennsylvania by one (vote) against John McCain or you lose it, you either win Ohio by one vote against John McCain or you lose it. And assuming we win Pennsylvania it will again show that we are better positioned to win the big swing states that we need to win, that any Democrat needs to win in November.”

soundoff (371 Responses)
  1. Rachel

    Please,please;please CNN get this woman's face and voice off my tv. I can't stand it any more. I wish she'd just go away.

    April 22, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. big_puppy

    Hillary’s campaign likes to say that a win is a win but she forgets that she started out with a 20-25% lead before any votes were caste.

    Now that Bill has stepped back into the conversation about Obama, Hillary should be called on to answer just like she likes to call on Obama to answer for remarks or actions that he has not control over. The different is she can control husband Bill or can she. What a pair to have in the WH again. Hillary please answer for Bill and not try to just laugh it off

    April 22, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. the other jd

    Weathervane McCain is offering 4 more years of Bush's policies. EITHER Hillary or Barak would be better. Give me Hillary OR give me Barak, but give me a Dem in the White House

    April 22, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. gerry

    The fact is Clinton is behind by 171 elected delegates the prize of the primary elections. A 10 point win will only give Clinton a 12 delegate gain.

    Obama is 25 points ahead in North Carolina and 5 points in Indiana. If those numbers hold, and I expect Indiana will be stronger for Obama than 5 points. Obama will pick up 27 delegates in North Carolina and 4 from Indiana.

    Once these 3 contests are over Obama will have a 190 delegate lead with only 217 delegates left to be awarded in the final 7 contests.

    Obama is expected to win in in Oregon, South Dakota, Guam, Montana and with Richardson-Puerto Rico.

    Clinton will likely win in West Virginia and Kentucky.

    Should she quit. Well personally I think she helps Obama if she lays off the negative campigning, but of course thats what she is. She should have quit after Wisconsin, which is when this election was won b Obama.

    April 22, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. For the love of GOD.

    "Richard April 22nd, 2008 3:37 pm ET

    He's pathetic and stupid

    Hillary '08"

    Wow, THAT was brainlessly intelligent, just what I'd expect from a Clinton supporter. She's never going to catch him fool; Get over it!

    Obama RULES!

    April 22, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. clara

    come on hillary we need you for president not oboma .
    hillary 2008

    April 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Madison , PA

    Delegates count, Popular vote, states won... Barrack deserve the nomination.. Do not steal the nomination from him... That's will be called INJUSTICE...

    April 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Jean

    Obama has the money to spend. Why shouldn't he try to win an important populous state who needs the things he wants to deliver? I mean, why not, he's got the money and they didn't know his message. So why shouldn't he spend? That's waht it wsa given for...for the likes of PA, or whomever needs to meet him.

    It's important to ask WHY he has the money. It is certainly not from his bank account. He could not bail his campaign out of debt like Hillary did and will. He didn't need to and won't have to. Again, I say WHY? It is because people are crazy in love with his postiions, his values, his ways and his style. He gives them hope. Hope will win.

    April 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Mike

    Obama is to far ahead the question that needs to be asked is can the Clinton camp do simple math??? She need to win but more than 70% the rest of the way out she map pull PA by a few points but not enough to make a difference. I can't help it that old people im my state are afriad of a black man running the white house.

    April 22, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Bettie

    Clinton needs to get out of the way so that obama start preparing for his November election, enough already! give up and get out of the race and take your lies with you, there are no place for liar and manipulatior in our new democratic parties that obama build. Clintons watch and learn....

    April 22, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Mike

    Oh and Gary you idiot if the superdeligets do not submit to the will of the people be prepaired for 4 more years of bush agenda threw mccain.

    April 22, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. Shannon

    Obama has spent four times the money, run a negative, insulting campaign, why aren't we talking about him losing. If he loses by one point he still loses. She doesn't have to win big to win, she just has to win. Obama is a fraud, and a "typical" politician. Winning, is just that, with his hope and change, his big buck spending, he should have won, he won't because people are starting to figure him out. He can't win in the general

    April 22, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Clinton or McCain, but NEVER obama

    Obama voters........sit back ........... relax.........have a cup of kool aid. You can be sure the time will come when you will pay big time for the stupid vote you gave to obama. Poor America. I feel sorry for her.

    April 22, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. Jo

    Two candidates, closed primary, only democrats voting. Clinton wins. Now what does that say about the Obama candidacy? The decision for the super delegates is who is going to be the strongest candidate against John McCain. Both Clinton and Obama have better domestic programs but quite frankly Obama has not shown to date that he is tough enough to withstand the Republican attack. His message is non specific hope. He wants to bring change but has no specific plan to bring about that change and he just does not have the support to do it.

    Obama cannot win in November with just his base and he has not made inroads into her constituancy. His base won't go to McCain but maybe Nader. Her base would go to McCain. Hopefully most of both campaigns would support the other but his voters if not going to Clinton idealogically do not wind up with McCain.

    Sen. Clinton's supporters are just as committed to her as Obama supporters are to him. He continues to ridicule them and demean them. They won't support someone who calls them gun toting, bible thumping, bitter bigots.

    April 22, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Bettie


    April 22, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Bettie


    April 22, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Shawn

    HILLARY 08!

    April 22, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. True

    Screw Em! Obliterate them!


    April 22, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. A Moderate in Uniform

    How many mistakes in character judgement does Senator Obama have to make before he's recognized as the amature he is?
    Rev. Jeremiah Wright; former spiritual advisor to Sen. Obama
    Norman Yung Yuen Hsu convicted funds manager for Sen. Obama
    Antoin "Tony" Rezko Obama campaign fund raiser on federal charges
    If the list above reflects his judgement in character, then what kind of advisors will he appoint to his cabinet, the joint chiefs, or the UN?
    Sen. Obama's promise of change is an easy song to sing when President Bush's approval rating in the twenties. The executive branch, and whomever wins the drivers seat, has no where to go but up. My toughest decison will be between McCain-Rice or Clinton-TBD

    April 22, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Richard

    Lets go Hillary lets go. Obama pwned in the debate and pwned in Pen.

    April 22, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Wayne

    After the PA debate I'm thinking I'll probably write in Obama in the general election if the DEM party pushes Clinton. At this point I'm not seeing all that much difference between Hillary & McCain. I'm tired of not being given a real choice.

    April 22, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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