May 6th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama, Clinton aides spin primary results

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(CNN)–The spin wars are heating up.

Tonight won’t do much to change the delegate gap, say Barack Obama’s senior aides – and any day they break even makes it that much tougher for Clinton to make up the shortfall.

"We think we won a really big victory here tonight - it insures that regardless of what happens in Indiana that we are going to extend our delegate lead," senior adviser David Axelrod told reporters. "We have taken another big step down the road here… The important thing is that this was not a game changer, folks, in any way, shape or form."

Earlier in the week, Clinton had said a win in North Carolina could be a “game changer.”

But Deputy Communications Director Phil Singer reminded reporters that Barack Obama had said that Indiana might be the “tiebreaker,” given Clinton’s victory in Pennsylvania and his expected win in North Carolina.

Indiana may not be in the win column at this point in the evening, but they say the exit polls out of both states Tuesday night have bolstered their electability argument: they show Obama’s supporters are more likely to support Clinton in the fall than vice versa.

At the heart of their thinking: Florida and Michigan. Together with Ohio, says the Clinton team, those three states are vital to any Democratic win – and the New York senator has claimed all three.

soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. southnh

    Bye , Bye Billary....if you don't believe it yet you never will know the truth.

    May 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  2. Jonathan

    PLEASE STOP THE BIASED REPORTING AND DECLARE HILLARY THE WINNER IN INDIANA. STOP THE GAMES, STOP THE SPIN. IT IS A CRUCIAL WIN, RIGHT IN OBAMA'S BACK YARD, AND SHE NAILED IT. COME ON, CNN!

    May 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. Karen in Ohio

    I began to think that Clintons are delutional. When she said that her "campaign is full speed to the white house...," is she out of touch with reality??

    May 6, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  4. JRC

    Billary is making a speech stating she won Indiana. I am going to laugh so hard if Lake County comes in and it's Obama that wins the state.
    I don't know how she can "call" it when none of the networks have.

    May 6, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. mitchell

    bill's face is so red .i can't tell if he's mad,or crying,or just sunburnt.

    May 6, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  6. Peter T

    Obama didn't stumble today, but that was what Clinton needed. Math is overwhelmingly against her now, and she isn't stupid, so what is her goal now? Being candidate for vice president? She has many delegates at the convention, and Obama couldn't deny her this wish, because he needs her voters in November. Or does she want Obama to loose in November to keep her chance in 2012?

    May 6, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  7. Jeff

    For a Democrat to win in November, they have to win all the states JK did in 2004...plus Ohio. Gloat all you like, Obama-ites, but Ohio already spoke, and Ohio said it didn't like him. The GOP could run a talking purple duck smoking a Cuban cigar dancing the conga against him–he still won't get THE state in the fall. Enjoy your night, because you earned it....you won't get a night like this come the general.

    May 6, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. Martin

    I'm not sure why this thing not being a game changer is important: with the remaining number of primaries a big-margin victory in each of those primaries is of an extreme importance to Hillary, so it was the game changer in a way that it says loud and clear "Hillary, stop pretending that you can win."

    May 6, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. Tony

    Super delegates, it's now up to you before the party is further divided. If you care about the party. Please end this now.

    May 6, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  10. bevie

    Laney just said on Anderson Cooper that the Clinton Campaign wanted Senator Obama's Campaign to help raise money to re-do the Michigan and Florida Elections. How in the world can she expect to raise money to re-do the election when she can't even run enough money to finance her own campaign. That's rediculous.

    And..........her excetance speech sounds just like Senator Obama's!

    May 6, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. Educated White Man for Obama

    Watching the spin now!

    I wish everyone could be respectful of opposing views during this critical point in the primaries. I am confident Obama will win, but will support the Democratic nominee no matter who it is. Please, fellow Democrats – let's not be hostile towards one another. Let's focus that energy on defeating the Republican machine that has controlled and damaged our country here at home and in the eyes of nations around the world. We must unite!

    May 6, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  12. Don, Birmingham, Alabama

    "Here we go full speed to the White House" Has she completely lost touch with realtiy. She might not even win Indiana tonight. If she steals this with back door convention tricks, does she really think she will get the necessary African American support in November?

    May 6, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  13. Sam

    HA.. I find it funny that Obama narrows a 30 point lead in PA to 9 points and it wasn't a big deal, but when Obama wins NC by only 14-16 instead of 25 Hillary did a great thing. Hillary has been up in the polls in Indiana recently and Obama has it tight... SHE CAN NOT WIN. The numbers don't lie... going on is just hurting the party.

    May 6, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  14. MB

    Is Hillary giving a victory speech for results that have not been declared??????????

    May 6, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. Makeshift

    Anyone see Hillary's speech? I wanted to kill myself it was so terribly angering. What a joke. Her supporters have even stolen Obama's "Yes We Can" line.

    May 6, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. Karen in Ohio

    Obama sealed it tonight!

    May 6, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  17. Ada

    Hillary supporters won't support Barak because of the message they are receiving from her. Barak has always said he would support her, and his followers are taking the same step. Hillary on the other hand is not doing the same. Instead, she is busy recruiting racist people.

    May 6, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  18. mitchell

    i love how hillary fans can't spell or do math.

    May 6, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  19. Buck

    I've heard the Clinton campaign people talk about how Hillary carries the "rural under-educated" counties and how Obama carries the college educated crowd. I live in Indiana and I can tell if Hillary is fooling the "under-educated rural" counties it means very little. It means that she was able to fool the people that she was trying to fool, Obama's supporters are just a little too smart to fall for all the BS that the Clinton camp keeps putting out. Taking advantage of someone that's RETARED isn't a great skill it just means you aren't as retarded as they are.GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. Don, Birmingham, Alabama

    Andrew from Illinois. There is a picture of Clinton and Rev. Wright together at the White House. You can probably find it with a google image search.

    May 6, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. Drew, Central FL

    As a Florida voter, any way you slice or spin it, I'm voting OBAMA!!!!

    BOOYAAAHH!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. Jay Shah

    CNN, can you get any more stupid. Why would the Obama campaign have anything to spin?? They have this nomination wrapped up. Please start focusing on that and how the Clinton campaign should see the writing on the wall and bow out.

    May 6, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. Paul

    oh poor hilary..
    the longer this goes on the more pathetic she looks!!

    her arguments are ridiculus!! "we do so well even though our openent
    out-spends us by so much"... yeah um, thats because NOBODY WANTS TO GIVE MONEY TO YOU- A LOSER! after all you CANT win...

    have some dignity! drop out..

    May 6, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  24. Chris in Va.

    "As President-Elect Obama takes the platfrom for the Oath of Office there is a disturbance in the crowd Wolf".......(camera pans to disturbance, it's Hillary Clinton shouting "Gas Tax Holiday.....Bosnia snipers.....Yes I can.....Wall Street and Main Street....Screw 'EM!!!!!!)

    May 6, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  25. Buck

    oh boy if we take a gas tax holiday will I get the day off Hillary ???

    May 6, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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