May 9th, 2008
11:28 AM ET
6 years ago

Clinton camp presses electability

The Clinton campaign continues to press the electablitly issue.
The Clinton campaign continues to press the electablitly issue.

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton’s campaign stepped up its efforts to convince uncommitted members of Congress to back her campaign Friday, releasing a memo signed by more than a dozen congressional Democrats that argues she is “the strongest candidate to have at the top of the ticket this fall” and sending a PowerPoint presentation to legislators detailing her ability to carry swing districts.

The representatives – including Kendrick Meek and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, one of the states at the center of the party’s heated delegate dispute – say the party will unite around Barack Obama if he becomes the nominee, but point to her wins in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania as evidence she can “connect with voters we must deliver in the fall, including blue collar Democrats who can sway this election as they have in the past….

“Hillary has won rural and suburban districts which we as Democrats must carry to maintain our edge in Congress.”

And in a PowerPoint presentation e-mailed to every Democratic legislator on Capitol Hill, along with the rest of the party’s superdelegates, the Clinton campaign detailed instances that demonstrated how Clinton had beaten Obama in Republican-leaning congressional districts, and had consistently topped him among key voting blocs like seniors and Hispanics.

“In 2006, the Democrats retook Congress by picking up 31 new seats. 20 of these freshmen Democrats are in Republican-leaning districts that voted for President Bush in 2004,” says the presentation. “These freshmen need a nominee who can compete in their tough districts.”

soundoff (285 Responses)
  1. Michael in Seattle

    I would really like to see Hillery win, but looking at the numbers I do not see that happening. I will not, however cross party lines to vote for someone jI do not believe in ust cause the one I wanted didn't win. I do not want another four years of the same stuff we have been dealing with for the past eight years. Please Hillery suppporters, back Obama in Nov. We need to UNITE!

    May 9, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Dian Mo

    Every One the finishing line is 2025 delegates.

    If no of both can get 2025, Let Super Delegates have two choices:

    1.) Hillary/Obama
    2.) Obama/Hillary

    May 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. vicki

    If Hillary really wanted to save Americans Money WHY DOESN"T SHE STOP ASKING PEOPLE TO SEND HER $ 50.00 WHEN SHE IS WASTING THE MONEY ON A LOSING BATTLE. WE DON'T NEED A SUMMER BREAK ON GAS TAX WE NEED A BREAK FROM HILLARY WASTING OUR MONEY AND HER OWN .

    HILLARY DON"T WASTE ANY MORE MONEY !!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. lou

    She and her camp are the only disillusioned people who think this. The rest of the country is ready for OBAMA. shut up ,you lost,deal with it.

    May 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. joyce

    HILLARY
    please quit begging people to support you
    it is so unbeconing of you
    stop and think
    go for the vp spot
    obama is a nice guy and he will treaat you good and he said he will give bill a important job if he wants it. so help our usa and lets beat mcsain

    May 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Generation X

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS- Don't blame Barack Obama for the FL and MI votes NOT counting, sure he turned down a revote in MI that was presented by a Michigan Senator backing Hillary that was unfair. Just two days ago Hillary turned down an offer presented by the Michigan DNC that would give her 69 delegates and Barack 59 delegates. It is a two way street and HILLARY COULD CARE LESS ABOUT FL and MI after the Democratic nomination.

    May 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. white dude

    I especially love her argument that blacks are a bunch of lazy hottentots. Not like the hard working white folks.

    May 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Hypothetical Question

    If the tables were reversed and Obama was trailing Hillary in pledged delegates would he be asking the superdelegates to still give him the nomination?

    We will never know the answer to this, but I don't think he would be handling it in the same way she is. Maybe I'm wrong...but I just think it would have been political suicide for Obama to say he is the "more electable" candidate even though he got less votes than the other person. Nevertheless, Hillary is trying to get away with just this. I wonder why might the standard be different for her if it is different at all?

    May 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Boston for OBAMA

    Hillary Clinton has shown the world she is racist. Clinton cannot represent the USA with her views. Latinos....watch out. She's not your friend. I could never vote for a Clinton again in life. What a waste.

    May 9, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Prof. from El Paso

    II totally agree with Tom, St.Luis. I am a University Professor and having a PhD degree consider myself educated without putting anybody down. The way Obama supporters including media putting down Clinton and her supporters are totally undemocratic and that really make me think not to vote for Obama. I am a democrat and like to vote for a democratic candidate who surrounds himself/herself with people who respect other individual. I sincerely think media should screen what Obama supporters are writing. This is causing lots of division within the party.

    May 9, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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