May 1st, 2008
02:25 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton adviser makes superdelegate pitch

Clinton's campaign says she has 'automatic delegates.'

Clinton's campaign says she has 'automatic delegates.'

(CNN) - Following a surge in the pace of superdelegate endorsements, senior Clinton adviser Harold Ickes released a memo addressed to the Democratic Party’s “automatic delegates” that points to several new polls that suggest Hillary Clinton would be tougher to beat than Barack Obama in a general election bout.

(Ickes refers to superdelegates as “automatic delegates” because he says that term better reflects their status as party leaders and elected officials who are entitled to a vote at the Democratic convention.)

At least dozen superdelegates have publicly weighed in so far this week. Of those, roughly two-thirds have supported Obama, and one-third have backed Clinton.

“A spate of new public polls out this week confirms what we have been arguing for some time: Hillary Clinton is the strongest candidate to beat John McCain in November,” writes Ickes.

He points to results in recent national and swing state surveys testing hypothetical head-to-head matchups with John McCain which show Clinton performing slightly better than Obama. He also notes the New York senator’s showing in “the all important subcategories that serve as bellwethers for a candidate’s overall strength.”

Ickes says relevant results in those categories include Obama’s rising unfavorable ratings, and Clinton’s greater strength among independent voters and seniors – and among young voters, a group that has been a vital part of Obama’s base in many of his previous primary wins.

In the latest AP-Ipsos poll pitting each Democratic candidate against presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, both candidates win a majority – but Clinton fares better, pulling in two-thirds of those voters against McCain, while Obama receives the support of 55 percent in a hypothetical matchup with the Arizona senator.

soundoff (520 Responses)
  1. Dan Lee

    Hey Queen Hillary supporters I hope you can read better than you can add. Since PA primary : At least dozen superdelegates have publicly weighed in so far this week. Of those, roughly two-thirds have supported Obama, and one-third have backed Clinton.
    Hillary is TOAST!

    May 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. EC

    Are you kidding me Mr. Ickes? Ha! Ha! That funny because right now, my own grandson can BEAT McCain!!! I don't think you realize your comments are insulting to your own candidate who is behind in pledged delegates and the popular votes, AND is only 19 super delegates behind. So how can the second place candidate be the strongest? If she was, she would be in the LEAD!!! DAH.

    For this idiot to even suggest that Sen. Clinton is the strongest candidate is just a bunch of HOGWASH.

    IF she was indeed the strongest candidate she would be in the LEAD from the start wouldn't she? YOU can't claim your the strongest candidate when your are losing or behind the person in the LEAD!! What's wrong with this statement, it doesn't even make any sense.

    This is nothing but another disgusting ploy by a Clinton advisor to try and plead Sen. Clinton's case.

    HOWEVER, when has the second place candidate ever been the STRONGEST candidate?

    If you think about the FACTS and not the FANTASY. Sen. Clinton was deemed the "favorite candidate" by everyone under the sun. UNTIL Sen. Obama proved that to be nothing but a "myth". His ability to capture the lead early on and to widen his lead is NOT a myth, but Sen. Clinton's reality!!

    The Clinton camp continues to spew how she is "more electable", she's the "stronger" candidate when it comes to beating Sen. McCain. But the American People know better.

    Like I said, my 3 year old grandson can BEAT McCain. For the Clinton camp to suggest Clinton can beat Sen. McCain because she's the stronger candidate is truly an insult when you think about how "out of touch" Sen. McCain is.

    The Republican Party has NOT been attacking Sen. Clinton because they KNOW she's is NOT in the lead and therefore is not even a contender. It's Sen. Obama who they keep attacking because they KNOW he's the one they have to face in November and they KNOW they are in for one hell of a battle once the voters unite.

    May 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. George

    The Clinton campaign only seems to believe in the polls that favor their candidate. As we have seen, polls change everyday. Sorry Hillary – the nomination will not be handed to you – you will have to earn it.

    May 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Chriss

    With McCain, the vast right wing media, Hillary, Bill, et al constantly attacking Obama, he has fared extremely well and the SDs need to recognize that.

    Of course, there is much new dirt as well as old irt on Clinton, which, when it comes to light, will make her unelectable.

    Hillary Clinton: Ready for impeachment on day 1.

    She won't be able to get anything done!

    Yes folks, she has a court case set for her to testify about her criminal activities in November, after the election.

    Isn't it nice to know we may go back to the Clinton presidency era with an impeachment to boot?

    May 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Sammy


    Totally destroyed the United State's International Image, US Economy, Record Gas Price, High Unemployment, Record Profits for Oil Companies, High Food Price, Thousands Dead in Iraq, Billions spent and wasted in Iraq, do not have enough space to list all his accomplishments !

    May 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Unshrub

    Why are we wasting our time voting in the primaries? Let's just take a poll and whoever wins the SD should pick them to run in the general election. Why should my vote count? I am not supporting Queen Hillary so it shouldn't matter how I vote. This is ridiculous. It the results aren't what Clinton and her cult followers want, they just change the rules. How arrogant can someone be to expect Obama to quit and let Hillary run for president like some of the Clinton cult followers! She is ahead by one point so we should just void the results and let her run. The runs MUST stay the same from the start to the finish, rules that she agreed to.

    May 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. john

    maybe you had to hear of Mr. Paul on youtube because the mainstream media doesn't report on ridiculous nonsense. If you google Mr. Paul's name, you also get several videos showing what a liar he is, and how his claims are bogus.

    Google Larry Sinclair if youre interested in stupid nonsense.

    May 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. marek

    Corporation owns media and corporations decides on a news of the day as I have not hear from news organizations that April 2008 was the most deadly month for our soldiers, did not hear but a blip on Pentagon lying to American people thought retired military officers
    so to conclude corporation are the deciders Paul vs Clinton not news worthy but pastor Wright is.

    May 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. LucieLee

    If Harold Ickes says it's true,,,It must be true~!? Right? Give ME a Break~!! he's been doing this for months~!! And not only this Peter Paul thin, but everytime something erupts with Obama....just pull back the layers and you'll find a Clintonista in close ABC News debacle-George Stephanopoulos, Jeremiah Wright event at NPC-Barbara Reynolds, ect. Hillary's negatives are still too high for my taste.....I couldn't care less what Ickes says......When are folks in the MSM gonna truly "vet" Clinton.....Peter Paul election fraud case, and her "membership" in the "Family" Fellowship of Douglas Coe......let's have some equal vetting going on here.......John McCain should be next as well~

    May 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Matt

    The Hillary supporters will never go for Obama. If it is not Hillary, then it is McCain and Hillary can take it in 2012. Wait and see.

    May 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Steve in DC

    CNN ...why no reporting on the Peter Paul controversy? you spend months on Rev Wright...but ignore a story that has election fraud and federal crimes attached to it? Why not expose Hillary for her past involvements?

    May 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. White Independent

    Blah. Blah. Blah. Usual Clinton tactic. Take any poll and skew it until favors their position. So far she is not winning in any poll that puts her head to head with Obama. We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.
    But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.
    Yes we can.

    May 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. isaac

    Obama's different view about how to control rising gas price is differfent from others and have been approved to be what we need. Others are stuck into their wrong ideas. He's bee battered by both parties just like Josh said. All this means something. He is gonna be our next president! Only my school and Politics makes my heart pumping like this. I am voting Obama!

    May 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Gary Graves

    President Bush = Worst president Ever
    Hillary Clinton = Worst Campaign Ever

    They both need to be gone. Now.

    May 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Nick

    Obama as a nominee will be the end of Democratic Party aspiration for the presidency...

    May 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Dan (Kirkland, WA)

    Agreed. Look it up. PETER PAUL vs. HILLARY CLINTON

    May 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. DemocracyNow2008

    Hillary is losing now delegates and she will lose May 6th in Indiana and North Carolina.

    What a desperate lady she is now

    The CNN photo in the story says it all she looks sacared .

    She should be scared her campaign will now be defeated by Obama once and for all.

    May 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Go Hillary



    President !!!!!!

    She WOULD beat Mccain – Obama has too much bad publicity now 😦

    May 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. tara

    This is another despirate attempt by the crooked Clinton campaign to mislead voters. These polling numbers are soft and they know it, and will change given the environment of the General Election.

    If you really want to talk about electability, you have to consider the consistent high negative and low trustworthy numbers Clinton has carried since her husband was elected president.

    May 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Dreaming

    If Obama is the nominee I will not care one bit if McCain gets in and I will help him by giving him my vote. Just speak for oneselves when you say everyone will get behind Obama – wrong!!!

    May 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Tom

    I wondering why CNN is always talking about Hillary is the strongest candidate in the poll when Obama was the strongest candidate CNN was not reporting as he was the strongest candidate they was saying is was just moving up in the poll

    May 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Steven

    Polls don't include Republican and independent support!

    May 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. SCC

    Let's wait a couple days and see how the public reacts to her lies surrounding this Gas Tax Holiday she keeps bragging about. The only other person who actually supports it is McCain. I'm betting the polls will turn around in the next 2-3 days once people figure it out.

    With all of the negative press this bill is now getting, her supporter's are saying "hillary doesn't need experts to tell her whether the bill will benefit American's" . How egocentric can you possibly get?

    She gonna run the country without the congress, senate, financial advisors, etc.. WAKE UP PEOPLE, THIS WOMAN IS A MONSTER!!!

    May 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. mama4obama

    The only reason these polls show John McCain doing even somewhat well is because the democrats are split. Why...I dont know because for me it is clear which direction this country needs to go we have not gone before.

    OBAMA 08.

    May 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Garlin Vidal of Memphis, TN

    The only way we can see McCain beating Obama is that all those who support Hillary jump ship simply because she don't get the nomination from the party. Other than that... I think democrats are larger than the republican party with the independents sitting in the neutral zone!

    So, stop the madness... PEOPLE use your OWN HEADS to think and stop letting the PUNDITS and the MEDIA play you like a un-tuned instrument!


    May 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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