May 7th, 2008
11:10 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton camp says Tuesday results 'represent progress'

(CNN) – To some observers, it may seem as though Hillary Clinton has had a disappointing 24 hours. But on a conference call with reporters Wednesday, her senior campaign advisers insisted that her loss in North Carolina, razor-thin victory in Indiana, and the revelation she had lent her campaign another $6 million over the past month - for a total of more than $11 million since the primary season began ­ all represented positive developments for her White House run.

Clinton strategist Geoff Garin said the nail-biting Indiana contest ­ which CNN was not able to call for Clinton until after midnight ­ "was an outcome about which we feel very, very good."

He added that North Carolina, where Clinton lost to Barack Obama by a double-digit margin - does "represent progress for us" and "strengthens the case that she will be the strongest nominee for the party in November."

The key, said Garin, lay in Clinton's gains among white voters since the demographically similar Virginia primary. "When we began in North Carolina, our internal polling and in much of the public polling we were running exactly even with white voters," he said.

While the campaign did not do as well as it would have liked among black voters, Garin said it was significant that Clinton "ended up earning a significant win of 24 points" among North Carolina's white voters.

Spokesman Howard Wolfson said Clinton's decision to lend her campaign several million additional dollars since April 11 demonstrated her personal commitment to keeping her presidential bid competitive. He said he did not know how much the campaign had raised in the hours since her Indiana victory.

(In the hours following her win in Pennsylvania last month, the campaign had sent regular updates to reporters ­ eventually claiming a staggering $10 million haul in a 24-hour period.)

Wolfson, pressed on whether Clinton's $11 million in loans had exceeded her own income and some might have come from her husband Bill Clinton, said there was "no distinction between her share of their joint assets and their money."

The New York senator, he said, is "legally is entitled to use up to 50 percent of their jointly held assets for her campaign" ­ though she has long tried to avoid making the former president's income an issue in the campaign.

Wolfson conceded to a reporter that pundit speculation on Clinton¹s electoral odds might hinder their quest for superdelegates - "obviously, superdelegates watch TV and read the newspapers" ­ and said the New York senator would be meeting with uncommitted superdelegates on Capitol Hill later Wednesday, in a previously scheduled session.


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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Carl III

    I'm really beginning to think that she is dillusional...

    May 7, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Sue F

    Was she wearing her coal miners helmet and carrying a pick?
    She really needs to be put on reality meds right away.

    May 7, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Seth

    Hello, Obama supporter here. Enough with the Clinton bashing, ok? She is out, and it is time to bring the party back. Stop being childish and start focusing on November. We welcome all of Clinton's supporters to the overall Democratic cause.

    Just like we say Clinton supporters who go to McCain are shooting themselves in the foot, we will do the same by alienating her supporters. Guess what? We CANNOT WIN WITHOUT HILLARY'S SUPPORTERS.

    May 7, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Melissa

    to: we need the truth- Yes, Hillary congratulated Obama on his victory in N.C.

    May 7, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Tired of W, OH

    I don't think Clinton's in it to win it anymore. I seriously believe that Clinton is working with the Republicans to try to damage Obama enough that he loses to McSame. Her intention is to try again in 2012 and she won't be able to do that with Obama in office.

    Don't be blind, Hillary supporters! It's time to admit that she's not the person that you thought she was. It's time to throw your support behind Obama, even if he does not fit your ideal personality. Just as I would hate to vote for Hillary, but I would do it to make sure that McCain does not get his hands on the Presidency.

    Don't let pettiness and/or racism cloud your judgment.

    VOTE ON THE ISSUES! VOTE DEMOCRATIC!

    May 7, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Jack Mpls

    I can't wait till McCain beats Obama during the general election and then I can tell everyone I told you so. He can NOT beat McCain. Get real.

    May 7, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Jed in Texas

    It was enough to make Wolf cry in his wine last night.

    May 7, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. ken

    The best thing Obama supports could do is shut up and stop the divisive comments about Hillary supporters. We will need all Demarcates in the fall. This is America run as long and hard as you can. We have nothing to fear from the sharing of ideas or counting all Americans except Florida. Maybe McCain wants us.
    uncounted in Florida Ken

    May 7, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Janet WV for Obama

    You gotta know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em. It's like a basketball game when the score is 110-50 and there's a minute left on the clock. You can play till the end of the game but it's really over. Maybe it would be better for her to be the vice presidential candidate and for the party to unite.

    May 7, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Tim

    To some observers, it may seem as though Hillary Clinton has had a disappointing 24 hours. But on a conference call with reporters Wednesday, her senior campaign advisers insisted that her loss in North Carolina, razor-thin victory in Indiana, and the revelation she had lent her campaign another $6 million over the past month — for a total of more than $11 million since the primary season began ­ all represented positive developments for her White House run.

    Represents positive developments??? Come on!!! What can you possibly get that's positive from that? That dog doesn't hunt!!!!

    May 7, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Gillis

    Where are the Clintonites on this blog? Where are her gains in Penn?

    Completely "Obliterated"

    May 7, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Nita

    what world does she live in????

    May 7, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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