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. Doesn't matter

    Unfortunately he will lose W. Virgina but we are talking overall he is leading in EVERY category, this is the kind of thing that makes Obama and Clinton supporters upset, stop trying to make this about race!!

    W. Virgina and Kentucky can become democratic wins in Nov regardless of who the nominee is. Hillary needs to step aside and start backing the nominee so we can gear up for the fall.

    I'm not Hillary bashing but the race is over!!! Stop trying to devide the party for your own selfish reasons!!! Obama picked up 4 delegates today, if W. Virginia made that much of a difference why didn't she get those 4 delegates?

    May 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Marie in California

    I've supported Hillary and I want her to win. As for her being Obama's VP......I doubt she'd want to play second fiddle to him. Besides, all the VP does, it seems, is hang around waiting just in case the president should Cheney does.

    If he gets the nomination I will not vote for Obama, no matter who he chooses as VP. No experience, no track record....and lots more negatives.

    The only vote I would give Obama is the vote of.....NO CONFIDENCE.

    Hillary or McCain – 2008

    May 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Mary

    Are they all liars? When did he run an aggressive race in West Virgina? A loss for him there will only let me know that there are more people like Hillary than I care to know about. This lady is a trip without any luggage.

    May 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Venus

    This is why I don't like her and I now take back all my nice words!

    Hillary – take WV – it's yours!

    By the way – Obama got five new superdelegates today!

    He has gotten almost 30 since your narrow win in IN last week!

    OK. So now it's time to push her out of this race!

    Go Obama! We are getting ready to beat McClintionbushmccain!

    May 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. gerald strother

    CCN GET LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT IS OVER FOR HER

    May 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. mndharmas

    dissapointed in CNN to be a mouth piece for divisive forces!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Go Hillary

    May 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. martin

    UMM furiosdee- Have you done the numbers? Hilary needs to win 90% of the rest of the states. Also the reson people are telling her to sit down is beacuse they want to bring the democratis party together not further devide it. She cannot win the numbers needed. It is simple and clear- think with your head not your heart- and yes of course it is perfectly acceptable.

    May 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Paul

    Sure, sure. Count the votes, yadda yadda yadda. Ever wonder why sometimes at the end of a football game, the players are meandering around the field and one coach is drenched in Gatorade before the clock is done ticking down to zero? It's because at that point, there is no play big enough to change the outcome of the game. (Unless of course the losing team can ask for a review of a play back in the first quarter.)

    May 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Pedeen

    Phew! Obama campaigned aggresively? only in Hillary's nightmares. Please Hillary it's over! save the party and go back to New York. Who knows you might not even be able to retain your senate seat in New York. New Yorkers are getting impatient with your arrogance towards the Democratic Party. Your last card was Jeremiah wrongs and you lost it! swallow your pride go home and take care of your husband!

    May 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Tjaye

    OMG!! They JUST said on the Sunday shows that he was NEGLECTING West Virginia because he didn't even bother to come there knowing there was an election.

    They will lie when the truth will do.


    Obama O-8!

    May 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Randy

    It is too early to say anything.

    May 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Ron Las Vegas

    All these comments about Hillary being a tough lady. I remember al the complaining she has done. Being picked on in a debate, unfair press, men ganging up on her, crying in New Hampshire. Is this the measure of toughness? Just remember that those who support Bush also call him tough and I can see the similarity between the 2.

    For the person who has the math about popular vote, you are not counting caucuses and are counting Michigan. If you are going to count Michigan, the give Obama the 4o+ percent that di not vote for Hillary. I am sure that if it was Hillary ahead, you would saying the race is over and everyone would be calling for Obama to quit.

    May 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. No Hillary

    Obama had an aggressive campaign in WV???? U see this is what angers me about Clinton...lies lies lies ..pretending as if we Americans are stupid or blind and didnt see anything. Obama barely campaigned in VW... we all know this.

    May 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. tinawina

    I agree completely with furiousdee. Obamaniacs: if you are so utterly confident that your candidate will win the nomination, why are you so utterly afraid to let the competition go to the end? Bad sportsmanship to say the least. I'm sure the Clinton camp would have liked to have Obama bow out when Hillary was on top for MANY months. So who's whining and complaining now? Hillary Clinton has every right to campaign through to the very end of the competition. You folks make the democratic party look like it can't handle it's own nomination process. Yikes.

    I'm not voting for either Clinton or Obama. If I do vote I'm going with Nader who is the only candidate who - for starters - is for single payer national health insurance and shouts a resounding NO to nuclear power in any form. Too bad that any discussion of the actual issues are being lost in the democratic nomination circus....

    May 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. america first

    go Hillary

    May 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Jeanne

    I thought he made one stop in WV, spoke with supporters, and basically conceded the state to Clinton. She is so full of nonsense, I don't know why anyone listens to her. I sincerely hope Obama does NOT choose her as his VP.

    May 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. The Deal

    Look, the deal is...if Clinton can damage Obama enough in the primary season that he can't win in November, then she can run again in four years. If he wins in November, she's done. She can't run again. It's not about the party, it's about her winning at any cost, including to the party.

    What's the most important?

    May 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Thanks for all the Fish

    No more Clinton and NO CLINTON FOR VP!!

    So she wins West Virginia? She isn't winning where it matters (not that WV doesn't matter but ya'll only have 28 delegates or so and I have a feeling Obama's race is playing a HUGE factor in this game) and that's all that counts.

    Sorry love, roll it in and let America ease on down the road with some new politics. NO MORE CLINTON/BUSH DYNASTY!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Debra, Alton

    please leave!

    May 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. WV won't matter in Nov no matter what

    Hillary, you'd be better off spending your time trying to raise the $20 million your campaign is in debt. There are plenty of bribes from Columbia and the Sultan of Dubai to be solicited.

    Obama has been severely criticized by all other observers for the exact opposite – conceding WV too easily. But I think he did exactly the right thing – all analyses show WV will go red in November no matter who the Democratic nominee is. Dems are better off spending our time on close states we can win in November with greater electoral votes than WV - like Colorado, New Mexico, Iowa, etc.

    May 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. tom

    CNN please stop reporting that is not favorable to emperor Obama. We all know from drinking Obama flavored kool-aid that he never makes any mistakes.

    May 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Cindy in California

    Why does her staff think this is something we don't already know. Of course he ran an aggressive campaign, did she think he was not going to try. His staff has always said they will campaign in every state, regardless of what the polls say. That is why they are ahead in the popular vote, delegates and cash on hand.

    She is 20 million dollars in debt, (by the way where did she get 20 million from, oh I forgot she won't be releasing her tax returns until August, how conveineint) So no matter what he spent he was going to outspend her. I too think she will win, but I am also glad he put a lot of effort into that state.

    May 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. BrokerDealer

    Sean Hannity pushed reverend Wright into the mainstream media and they ate it up. That's what moved the lower income white vote to Hillary. Before that, even in Texas, Barack got his share of that vote. The PA Gov. Rendell, Hillary, Bill and a host of talk shows drove it home. I would allow that one more week of the gas tax holliday idea and Barack would have won Indiana. It showed Hillarys' two faced approach. So what happens then, she pulls out once again the white thing. No better place than West Viginia. Add those to the hard core womens vote and there you have it. That's why the superdelegates are going to Barack. It's morals, stupid.

    May 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. God Bless America

    Wow you are so Right Hillary's Camp. Any man or woman for that matter would who is not not a good ol' REDNECK HICK whose cousin is not his Mother will have Huge problems getting elected in any office. Your white uneducated blue coller worker supporters aren't voting for you because you are the best canadidate. They think you are their COUSIN/SISTER!!!! So, they think they're are voting for a FAMILY MEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!! (LOL)

    To the Rest of West Virginia, today your full 28 delegates will be divided accordingly. Your voice is being heard.

    May 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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