May 6th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
7 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. Anonymous

    MB. Hillary is gone. I agree with you. I love this country that does not like the Clinton s to bring back scandals in the WH. Good buy HIllary.

    May 6, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  2. mike

    It's over. For the good of the party, Hillary should step down. But, she won't. In the end, this is a competition with rules, and Hillary is losing fair and square. All the spin in the world won't change that. The Dems need to settle this and the unite against McCain.

    May 6, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  3. Sean

    This is your new politics? One district trying to delay announcement of Hillary's victory to make it seem like it is closer than it is.Read the map and wake up! Every surrounding district has been won by a 2-1 margin.Just trying to deceive people into thinking it is too close to call.

    New Politics?! Same playbook,same page, as Bush in West Palm Beach,2000!

    May 6, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  4. Linda

    One thing is true: Hillary believes in her own spin.
    She is giving her speech right now. Indiana is close to call, but she has the indecency to claim it!!!

    May 6, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  5. marcelo

    I can't believe it. I'm listening to Hillary's Indiana speech and I hear her people chanting "Yes, we will" (a clear rip-off of the Obama campaign's "Yes we can"). Her message is paraphrased from Obama's earlier speech and she's trying to blame the entire Michigan and Florida mess on Obama rather than admitting that she agreed to the DNC rules in August 2007, saying on video in December 2007 that she agreed that neither race would be awarded delegates. But conveniently, she forgot to remove herself from the ballots, when Sen. Obama, Edwards and other candidates removed themselves from the Michigan and Florida Ballots.

    I'm soooo dissappointed in her. I REALLY do want to vote for a democratic candidate in the General Election, but she makes it sooo hard to get over her dishonest character.

    And now she's ripping off the theme of his whole NC speech... awesome... She'll probably claim that he plagerized her tomorrow... and claim that he's an elitist for going first.

    God, please give me patience.

    May 6, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. JC

    If Al Gore and John Edwards cannot or do not take their stands, they don't have what it takes to be a leader.

    A leader leads, not follows. Governor Richardson took the lead far ahead of you two. John Kerry is another leader, who endorsed Obama early on.

    May 6, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  7. JOJO

    Anyone else notice how in Hillary's speech she is stealing all of Obama's talking points & rhetorical techniques?

    May 6, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. Melanie, Texas

    For all the Clinton supporters who say they won't back Obama, ummm, who cares? There will be more intelligent Republicans who will, believe me. :) Vote against your own interests. We'll still take care of you. :) Because democrats and honest folks take care of the weak and downtrodden. That's what it's all about.

    May 6, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  9. Joe

    People who are still with Hillary at this point are not very bright. Mathematically, she is just about eliminated. She is too busy with CNN trying to spin the facts. She is down too much, too late. I will not ever vote for her. She has been caught in lies numerous times during this campaign. Lies directly to the public. She is part of an active fraud investigation against her and Bill. CNN seems to ignore this all as if it doesn't exist. The republicans would rip her a new one. She is such an easy target, it is not even funny. Obama has been polite. McCain would not show her the same coutesy.

    She is 100% unelectable. Maybe Nancy Reagan would like to run next.

    May 6, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. Rene in PA

    Well, I'm listening to Hillary's speech right now... Sounds to me like a bunch of Charlie Brown's mom... "Wha-wa-wa... wha... wha..."

    Dear lord help me (and I'm an atheist) but this woman's voice makes me nuts.

    Bet she is still incapable of simple math, even after this trouncing.

    May 6, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  11. bevie

    Sheanne, I remember when the conservatives said that they would not support John McCain. You can't believe what people say. They change just like the polls.

    May 6, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  12. B. Hughes

    After hearing how Hilary's supporters will vote if Obama wins, I've changed my mind about how I will vote if Hilary wins. I'd like to be just as obstructionist in my disappointment as her supporters. Thus, I will vote against her and I'll also try to get Black voters to change from the Democratic party so that our support isn't discounted as expected. I don't know if it would be as independents or as Republicans, but I will begin to work on it immediately after the outcome.

    May 6, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  13. Hemlock

    Further evidence that nothing is going to change. The few remaining adults at the DNC (that doesn't include Dean) better get working on a solution or the Convention will be something to behold.

    May 6, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  14. Keith (Grand Bahama Island - The Bahamas)

    The people of the Bahamas are watching the Democratic race with keen interest. Most if not all Bahamians think Obama would be an ideal president and just what America need in these troubling times. It appears to us as we watch the delegate and superdelegate count closely, we don't that Clinton does not have a chance to win unless all the super delegates suddenly changed their minds and voted her as the nominee.

    Bahama for Obama – The next President of the United States of America

    May 6, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  15. EJ in TX

    I wonder how many people that got turned away in Indiana were planning to vote for Obama. We heard about the 98 year old nun. But, how many college aged students that overwhelmingly support Obama were unable to vote? With her only leading by 4 pts. it is a question we should all be asking.

    May 6, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  16. G.R.

    That makes a lot of sense Laura. Vote out of spite. Good for America.

    May 6, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  17. Stephen David

    Sounbds like a bowing out speach... don't ya think? I think, yessssss....

    Go Bama, Go Bama, Go Bama

    May 6, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. John Smith

    "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." But Obama wasn't even on the ballot in one of those, and didn't really campaign in either... so is it that much of a shock that Hillary took them?

    May 6, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  19. JE

    If Obama is the Democratic nominee, my family will be voting for Ralph Nader!

    May 6, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  20. Jason, Texas

    Clinton is giving a victory speech?!!?!?!?! what the heck?! She is delusional.

    May 6, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. Buck

    In the morning after all the Indiana votes are counted everyone can celebrate the INDIANA VICTORY that Obama has acheived. Can you say BUH BYE HILLARY, BUH BYE !!!!

    May 6, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    THEY CAN SPIN IT ANY WAY THEY WANT. SHE LOST.

    SHE LOST IN BOTH STATES, AS WE WILL FIND OUT BY

    TOMORROW.

    May 6, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  23. brandi scott

    obama has the vision needed to lead s in the right direction and also repair our image with the rest of the world!

    OBAMA 08

    May 6, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  24. Proud American

    What morons!! Obama was never on the ballot in Michigan. How in the world can anyone count that! Morons!!

    May 6, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  25. Chris in Va.

    A point that has so far been missed is that even with "Operation Chaos" Hillary only won by 4 points (that is so far).

    May 6, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
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