May 13th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton campaign: Obama ran an 'aggressive' WV race

Clinton campaign said Obama should stop downplaying expectations in West Virginia.
Clinton campaign said Obama should stop downplaying expectations in West Virginia.

(CNN) - As voters headed to the polls in West Virginia in a contest Hillary Clinton is expected to win, a memo released by her campaign argued that Barack Obama had waged an “aggressive campaign” in the state – and that a loss by the Illinois senator there would raise troubling questions about his general election chances.

"In the face of grim poll numbers, the Obama campaign has attempted to dismiss today's outcome despite the fact that Sen. Obama has outspent us on advertising, has more staff in the state, and more than double the number of offices,” said the campaign in an e-mail sent to reporters Tuesday.

“He has also benefited from the support of the most high-profile endorsers in West Virginia-Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Congressman Nick Rahall. By every measure, the Obama campaign has waged an aggressive campaign in the Mountain State," they said.

The Obama campaign has been looking to downplay the results of West Virginia’s vote, spending the evening in Michigan, a fall battleground. Obama trails Clinton by 30-40 points in recent polls of the state’s primary voters.

soundoff (331 Responses)
  1. Carmon

    This Lady is really funny.

    Ashton Kutcher come out. This must be "PUNKED".

    Obama "08"

    May 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    furiousdee:

    I agree. I think that Hillary should stay in it until June.

    That way Obama gets more practice spanking her, so he'll be in shape for McCain.

    May 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Ron, TX

    Clinton lost by INCREDIBLE Margins in Idaho and Hawaii, but I guess those states aren't all that important. They're no West Virginia after all!

    May 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Jodie, Idaho

    He went there for one day. Wow! Thats aggressive? Hillary, give it a rest. We all know that 80% of the state loves your husband, so of course you with all your political ties are going to win. But, your fake promises weren't enough to blind everybody. Some of us saw straight through you and chose not to accept anymore deceit and corruption in the White House. Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye. White house interns are safe for another 4 years.

    May 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. SAM

    The Clintons are so arrogant they feel they can say anything and make up the rules as they go along. If she were to win the Dem nomination she'd have much more trouble getting the A.A. vote, the educate vote, etc. I've had friends in West Virginia working for Obama and they all say tey have never encountered such racism, that many voters say they just won't vote for a black man. Same happened in Indiana. And, ironically, many of the white W.A. males say they won't vote for a woman- so it will be interesting to see how the polls play out.
    I just know I will be glad when the Clintons just go away. I'm sick of them. BUT- they won't; they'll try to strong-arm Obama into putting her on the ticker as V.P. And by doing so he will lose my vote and, despite what the so-called latest polls say- a great many votes.

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. felice, Fredericksburg, VA

    What majority did you poll? Bill, Chelsea, her mom and the dog?
    Get real.... I was a Clinton supporter until it became so apparent that her goal was to satisfy her ego and became so negative that it may tear apart the party. I wish that she would go AWAY fast!!!!!!! I'm tired of her and any story related to her. it's time to unify and rally around our nominee Obama and set our sights on McBush ( I mean MCain).

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Independent

    What aggressive campaign? The Clinton people just won't stop spinning. He was there yesterday – not six days like Hillary was pandering for votes. I wonder if she paid for some votes like she paif for the in Texas and Ohio? Look it up!

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Anne

    Maybe she meant aggressive as far as the amount of money
    he spent on advertising.....geez.....could you not pick apart
    every single word the woman says?

    By the way...there's NO WAY I'd want Senator Clinton to be VP.
    What a waste of talent and intelligence. It's President Hillary Clinton
    or nothing!

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. william

    hillary needs to take a math course its over so get a dress

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Lisa

    Health Care is important to Me, Domestic programs for the Children, the economy is important. Barack has no health care plan for all Americans and the DNC and the media decided to chose him and try to throw Hillary under the bus.

    Obama supporters are right for the first time in their lives. The Democrates are destroyed. I don't care what happens but I am not voting for Barack. We don't even have the same beliefs and I don't know this guy at all. He refuses to debate so we can find out more about him. Something is just not right about this guy and the whole process.

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Von Bismark VIENNA

    CLINTON ALSO CAMPAIGNED AGGRESSIVELY IN NORTH

    CAROLINA! WHAT A PARK OF CLOWNS!

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Jamaal Kansas

    Hillary Enough is Enough Now I am Getting Angry Hillary do you have no shame she is the most Desperate women on the Planet. Call to Hillary:Hillary this Stevie Wonders I can even see your Losing Hillary!

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    GOD HELP HRC. SHE KNOWS IN WHAT LITTLE HEART SHE HAS LEFT THAT THIS MAN DID NOT RUN AN AGGRESSIVE CAMPAIGN
    IN WV. IT FOLLOWS HER MINDSET THAT WE THE PEOPLE ARE TO
    DUMB TO THINK FOR OURSELVES. HER AND BILL WILL DO OR SAY ANYTHING TO GET THEIR WAY. WE HAVE TO GIVE HER CREDIT FOR SPEAKING TO HER BASE. FOOD FOR THOUGHT - IF WE FALL FOR ONE LIE THEN WE FALL FOR ANY LIE AS LONG AS IT FIT OUR BASIC BELEIFS. THE TRUTH IS HARD TO FIND IN A LAIR.

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Fedia

    Billary, you better look how to pay back your big debts.....bye see in 8 years..

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. CNN loves Hillary

    Obama has 1879, Clinton has 1699. He is 146 delegates short of the nomination. There only 200 (ish) delegates left in the primaries and the rest are for the supers to decide. He has gotten over 30 superdelegates since Indiana.

    There are no kingmakers, this race is over. Clinton should really gather the few remnants of political dignity she has left and go home.

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Marshall - well said! I'll stand with you.

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. diamond965

    In regards to WV and KY, everyone knows that regardless of Obama's education, intellect, and good decision making abilities, some people are not going to vote for him because of his skin color and race card playing Hilary knows this, but the people of these states don't know she'll play what ever card will benefit her, yesterday it was the african american card, so today it is the un-educated white americans. This is why we need a change, so that this type of mind set can be destroyed. GO OBAMA!

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Jacob

    As we all read through the sea of posts following all of these stories it's hard not to notice some of the stark comments made from supporters of both candidate, occasionally getting down right belligerent. It's become increasingly clear exactly how divisive this primary season has become and I start to wonder exactly what it is we are so vigorously defending? Both Hillary and Obama share very similar ideologies on the "issues", both have similar voting records (sans Iraq war vote of course), and both seem to have little real experience, although plenty of exposure. More than anything I am scared this attitude we have begun to adopt is deterring us from the realization that the country stands on a very precarious cliff with 8 years of momentum driving it into a downward spiral. If we can all agree on we’ve had distaste for the last 8 years why can't we decide on a future for the next 4?

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. SAM2008

    Obama Supporters you have no idea what are you doing, you are voting for McCain without you knowing that, Voting for Obama means McCain in OFFICE, you all voting for Obama because you hate CLINTON not because you believe in OBAMA.
    OBAMA Nominee = McCain President
    Clinton Nominee = Clinton President
    you do the math id***

    May 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Tom A

    I don't see Obama as having campaigned hard. Sure, he campaigned there, but the Clinton spin would have you believe he was treating WV like it was a must win. HRC's camp is treating WV like it is this major deal, but blow off bigger deals like last Tuesday. IN and NC were just as big, but Hill-Billy wants you to believe that WV is make or break.

    Uh...no.

    May 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Mike

    I can't how hateful people are for a woman trying to make a difference. Show some respective for both of them.

    May 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Linda. Boston, MA

    "In the face of grim poll numbers, the Obama campaign has attempted to dismiss today's outcome"

    No, more like 'in the face of a mathematically guaranteed victory". WV doesn't matter, it's too little too late.

    And where in the world did she get the idea that Obama was "campaigning aggressively"??? He's only given one speech.

    May 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. jimmy velman

    OPEN LETTER TO MR. HARVEY WEINSTEIN , SUPER POWER MOGUL , HOLLYWOOD, CA.
    PLEASE MR. WEINSTEIN : NOW THAT IT APPEARS LIKELY THAT OBAMA WILL WIN THE NOMINATION FOR THE DMEOCRATIC NOMINEE. , PLEASE LET THE SUPERDELEGATES AND THE DNC
    AND THE DELEGATES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE THEM TO PICK HILLARY CLINTON TO BE THE VP RUNNING MATE FOR OBAMA.
    ISRAELIS (THE JEWISH COMMUNITY) , HISPANICS , WHITE RURAL AMERICA WANT HILLARY AT THE TOP OR IF NOT THERE , TO BE ON THE SECOND (VP) SPOT. IF THEY DO NOT DO IT, PLEASE SUPPORT HER FOR A RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT, WHICH MANY OF US SUPPORTERS OF HILLARY WILL WANT SHOULD OBAMA
    THINK HE CAN DISREGARD US AND OUR STRONG SUPPORT
    FOR HILLARY. THERE ARE HUGE NUMBERS OF INDEPENDENT OUT THERE BESIDES HILLARY'S STRONG SUPPORT BASE.
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. HARVEY WEINSTEIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT THUS FAR. AND MORE POWER TO YOU, SIR.

    May 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Independent99999

    Is this lady suffering from Insanity or what?
    She and her husband/daughter team campaigned there for days after days including Mothers' Day!.

    And Obama spent less than a few hours and given the benefit of his non-presence in the state to Hillary.

    Now, only an INSANE and MENTALLY INCAPABLE LIAR like Hillary can make an argument like the one she put out

    Shows her DESPERATION and CLUELESSNESS on how she lost this ELECTION

    Good riddance for America

    May 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Terry, Butte, Montana

    Aggressive? He campaigned there Yesterday. Before and after he has been campaigning elsewhere. Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea have been up and down the state over and over again for the past few weeks.

    I am sure she even says she had to campaign under sniper fire.

    Stay Possitive Hillary

    May 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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