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. HomoSapien

    LOL!!!!

    That's all I can say!!!

    Has it come down to this, Hillary?? How sad and pathetic!

    May 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Lorna, NY

    Please go AWAY!

    May 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Brad

    HOW CAN YOU ARGUE THAT YOU ARE MORE ELECTABLE THAN THE PERSON THAT IS BEATING YOU!!!

    May 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Cammi317

    She probably should have withheld that little tidbit until the votes are counted. She's going to look like a donkey if the margin of loss is not as much as she thinks it is going to be.

    May 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Lisa dean

    We need a VP with integrity, not a Queen or any of her Court.

    May 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. FedUpDem

    Well once again as you can see the kiddies are out in force!

    By the way for the blog that closed, I don't want HRC on any ticket with obama because I will vote for no slate that has him on it.

    May 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Firm Supporter of Obama

    She did not even have to show up in WV and she would win...come on...ENOUGH ALREADY!!

    May 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Mike

    These guys should sell AMWAY products! They are very good at selling!!

    Stand
    Strong For
    Change!

    OR

    Fall Hard
    for the Same!

    May 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Rob

    Haha! All the OBAMA-MANIACs are getting scared! I Love it! GO HILLARY GO!

    May 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Kel in Auburn, AL

    Really, CNN? This is just a bunch of Clinton campaign rhetoric. It's no wonder she's stayed afloat for this long, with folks like you guys helping her out

    May 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Hillary for President

    For all the Obama supportes! you think that Obama will win in November? dream on , he will lose against Mc Caine , is the truth!!! Why you guys of Obama you can't digest????

    May 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    oh yes,
    do you know why Hillary is even close to the popular vote,
    becasue the caucus states (5 of them) did not count as a popular vote

    SO STOP THIS CRAP

    you want to run Hillary, ge be Naders or Bob Barrs VP.

    May 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Joe

    I had no idea Rockefeller was from WV!! The media should be highlighting that. I thought he had no one in that state but Rockefeller has been campaigning for him since February. Plus the Clinton campaign has a point I heard he had over 20 offices statewide and he outspent her 3 to 1 in WV. Don't tell me the voters don't know him enough. He's known worldwide, the WV voters know him just as much as anyone else.

    May 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. Joanne

    Obama supporters I wouldn't brag this information if I were you afterall he is only running to become the President of the USA. LOL LOL LOL

    So you are allsaying WV does not COUNT. Wow!!!!! Nothing more needs to be said.

    Hillary 08

    May 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Ever since news became a money-making proposition, CNN and others stand to profit from attracting viewers. Stories like this one only serve to keep this race alive and therefore generate ratings for CNN, much like the other networks use racy material during sweeps.

    That is the only context in whic this campaign coverage makes any sense. There is no true "repoting" of the facts and circumstances. People read there's still a race, so like sheep they keep tuning in to CNN to find out what happened. This race has been over for weeks, if not months.

    May 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Matthew from Houston

    An "agressive campaign"? One visit is an "agressive campaign"? Please turn off the stupid juice in the clinton campaign's water supply

    May 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Pro-Democracy

    You're kidding..right???!!

    May 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. kim in portland, oregon

    everyone-including clinton and her camp-knows these losses dont mean a thing. yes, it would have been nice to win, but it doesnt matter that he didnt. obama is the democratic nominee.

    as for having her as his VP. part of me thinks it's a terrible idea cuz i'd love to see richardson or edwards (my #1 choice for pres) as obama's VP. however, the MOST IMPORTANT thing is that we DO NOT have a republican president! so whatever it takes to send mcsame back home to be cindy's nightmare again and not ours!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. msk-

    yes Obama has outspent Hillary i every way.

    May 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. nate

    He conceded three says ago and visited ONCE.

    May 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Disappointed

    On Fox Networks Sunday program Howard Wolfson said that Obama was not campaigning agressively in West Virginia or Kentucky- which one is it?

    May 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Extinct Snipe

    The Clinton camp must be getting ready for either a loss or only a close win in West Virginia. Either case it's not what they expected by what they deemed "hard working whites." Hillary would have spent even more than she did in WV only she doesn't have the money. And we all know the saying, "Show me the money!" The only person whose willing to invest money in a losing cause is Hillary because nobody wants to invest their money in her, only her. If Obama loses WV then it won't be unexpected. The Obama camp predicted they would lose WV, but what's going to be interesting is if it's closer than predicted and even better if he actually wins. Obama for President!

    May 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. NC4Obama

    I thought hillary's campaign and her staff were saying that Obama didn't pay WV enough attention....NOW she's saying that he ran an "aggresive" campaign....just WOW.....this is why people don't like her, she is such a liar and has no integrity.

    May 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. smokesignals

    That's it!
    She's a nut case and the Dems who think she would be a good VP must be delusional as well.

    May 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. fred

    OBAMA WILL NEVER WIN!!!

    HE IS A LOSER!!

    HIS BACKERS ARE LOSERS!!!

    TED KENNEDY IS A LOSER!!

    JOHN KERRY IS A LOSER!!

    ALL LOSERS!!

    May 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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