May 13th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
10 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. fairandstraight

    Okay, now this is just outrageous. Earlier, they were saying that Sen. Obama didn't campaign in WV, he only ran ads. This is just another lie to shoot the superdelegates in hopes that they will think he campaigned in WV and still loss to her. If he had really worked hard there, I think we wouldn't be seeing polls with her leading 30+ points.

    Since everyone in America knows that other races work hard and are considered blue-collar workers as well, this won't work. Now I don't know if Obama needs this liar as his VP.

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

    what the H lLL is she talking about an aggressive what he aggressivlye stayed out of there did she have her cherios this morning or what

    May 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Greg F :)...

    The tide is turning...hld on to the mast...Obama is a typical politician, make no are all being duped.

    May 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. susie

    Obama spent MORE money, had MORE offices and MORE people in the state of WV working for him and still can't win.

    May 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Directed at: Still 4 Obama:

    You are so correct!!!! As I read the article I was thinking of Terry McCauliffe in an interview stating that Obama is turning his back on the state and people of WV. Then I saw a top advisor (female... for the life of me I can't remember her name) on cspan who made the same claims as well as some ridiculous claims about why they think FL & MI should be seated now but they didn't think so at the begining of the primary season. The advisors answer was disingenuous at best...

    "we didn 't realize how many voters would come out to vote and when we got the final numbers we realized there was a large number and they deserve to be heard." She was shameless.

    May 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Coin's Other Side



    May 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Typical White Person

    A vote for obama is a vote for the prosperity of the black communities, which is needed, however...

    A Vote for Hillary is a vote for the Prosperity of All Americans.

    May 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Mike - Texas

    Let's face facts!

    If, and that is a big "IF", she gathers enough of the popular vote then she can make her case. And if you add Florida and Minnesota she will get there.

    And she won't quit until ALL of the votes are counted. And if Florida and Minnesota are not counted, you can expect OBama to loose both states in the general election.

    May 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Tony

    Any respect this old Bird left till today,,,, she's going to lose that today....bunch of liars...

    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. CFO

    Is WV the mountain state or bigot state?

    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. once again

    no comment needed, Hillary shows it all with her disrespect for the American people

    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. D.Kimbro OHIO

    I would ask the Clinton camp to stop spreading lies..They know that primary success in WVA has nothing to do with the general election. If it took racist rhetoric to deliver the state, what does that say about her. I would advise them to look at the new map that is emerging, that will include several RED states. That being said Obama has already picked up as many delegates in a week (super) than she is likely to win in this states primary.

    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Judy

    Hillary here you go again, making a fool of yourself.

    1) You told the news that Obama could win the white votes
    Blue Collar votes or old people,.
    2) Why should he spend countless time there if you have already
    braionwashed the people to vote for you.
    3) There comes a time when games should be played by kids instead
    of grown people.
    4) Grow up Hillary, you are making me look bad playing games.

    I wish the supers and Media would tell Hillary that this doesn't look good for the Democrat Party. She is trying to ruin and not unite this party.

    People please be aware that Old Hillary is backkkkkkkkkkkkk.

    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Debbie

    "Sybil" as she should be known – due to all her "personalities" – and her campaign have spread so many divisive, racist lies and misrepresentations during this primary race I'm surprised they can keep track.
    She changes her personality depending on which state she's in, and panders to those voters.
    I am thoroughly ashamed that so many women want to support such a horribly, nasty , liar is beyond me.
    A person who will say anything, do anything to win – isn't strong person, and it's not a "quality' it's a liability.
    To win anything by lying, cheating, and appealing to the poorly educated, least informed voter – to utilize their ignorance and fears is disgraceful, and to then have those lies repeated over and over in the main stream press and by her supporters is abhorrant!
    And she shouldn't even me mentioned in the same sentence for VP!

    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Celeste, OR

    First: Obama has not won the nomination yet.

    Second. If he does win the nomination, he will not win in November.

    Third: It will not be because of racism but because he is NOT qualified.

    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. David

    What's big deal about that?

    It seems Clinton campaign can't deal with there lost?

    They are looking for excuse for negatieve campaign.

    Sorry for Hillary Clinton, if she is wise and wants to make one time wise Jugement, she should just drop out because it is a race against time...

    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. fred

    Their stand on issues are not that different, but a racist, anti-america hater is a big difference!! And that is what Mr. and Mrs Obama are!!

    We will NEVER vote for Obama!!


    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Vince Los Angeles, CA



    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. nonny

    she can do with the v.p position..thats what she is routing for..

    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Daniel, Loganville Ga

    ...And the spin starts….I am exhausted, this campaign season is wearing me out.

    OBAMA '08

    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Marc Tacoma Wash

    I'm with you Marshall. I am though upset with the lies that is coming from the Clinton camp. It is time to end this and support Obama. We don't need another Republican in the White House.

    Obama 08!

    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Did Obama even spend a single day there? I thought from the beginning Kentucky and W. Virginia were to Clinton....and in the fall...they were always Red the end...does it matter?

    I'm a Republican....who contributes and supports Obama – (there are alot of us) – if Clinton is anywhere near the ticket.....theres no way we will support Obama – she is nothing that he embodies....a polar opposite – he is about the truth....and she is about "misspeaking" (anyone who supports her needs their head examined)

    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. larry

    I just don't get her. She will say anything to get elected

    May 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. All I have to say is..

    OREGON is still to come, and She need to tone this down a bit, especially before despertion causes her to say or do something that she,
    her remaining supporters on the ground and in the Senate
    the Democratic party
    the country
    will REGRET.
    Please Hillary, be careful out there. I support Obama, but I started with you and still believe you are more than qualified. Dont let desperation ruin your political potential for the future. The MSM never forgets, its all on tape.

    May 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Olivia

    The same Obama supporters keep coming back time and time again to diss Hillary every chance they get. I've never seen such venom towards a person these people have probably never met. Does Obama bring out the worse in people?

    Let's face it. Obama has a ground crew in WV and ran numerous TV ads, but he himself went there once the day before the primary. He joked that most of the people was going to vote for Hillary and that was ok. He sounded condescending towards Hillary and quite honestly came off as downplaying the importance of the primary.

    I know he is being treated as a rock star and some of the superdelegates are endorsing him early to push the numbers up. But, why should he win WV ? His people said he waged an agressive campaign there, and quite frankly he didn't.......that's all hillary's people was saying.

    May 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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