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. Nikki, Florida

    um...or he made a speech over a week ago practically conceding WV and KY...which is why he has been campaigning in other states.

    I don't understand the need for twisting and lies...

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

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL PulEEEZZZZZZ She is so trying to make it look like Obama even thought for ONE Nanosecond that he had a chance in WV so she can pump up her win LOL C'Mon Billary!!! The whole WORLD knows who lives there and there is NO WAY they would have voted for him. Get over yourself. WE HAVE!!

    May 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Lisa CA

    Unfortunately for all you Obama supporters who don't want to see the TRUTH.

    Yes, Clinton will not be the nominee, but what does that say for Obama???

    HE CAN'T WIN, even though he has this nomination in the bag.

    This is not Clinton, it is the VOTERS in West Virginia and Kentucky.

    Good Luck with Clinton supporters in the FALL!!!

    May 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Danny in Pittsburgh

    One campaign event isn't exactly aggressive...and the Obama camp shouldn't be PENALIZED for being better organized, both with manpower and campaign finances. In fact, shouldn't the person flush with cash and supporters be considered a better "ground up" Presidential candidate?

    Fact of the matter is, it's not a very SMART constituency in WV. (That's a fact, not an insult).

    Hillary's done very well with the less intelligent voter. And the older voter resistant to change of ANY kind.

    But If that is the constituency that REALLY should decide our Presidency, then this country has more problems ahead well beyond John McBush McCain or Hillary "lowest common denominator" Clinton.

    The democratic nominee is nominated by delegates, don't forget...Obama has a virtually insurmountable lead in the only measuring stick the party uses for the nomination. Sorry Popular Voter conspiracy theorists–those are the rules.

    Oooops...that's right...they only apply if they BENEFIT the Clinton machine.

    May 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Brandon

    What a joke... Why continue to make such silly arguments?

    I don't know what is more laughable, that Hillary cared about Florida and Michigan all along (even though she agreed to the punishment in the beginning), that Puerto Rico popular vote should put her over the edge (Puerto Rico doesn't have a vote in the general), or this non-sense.

    May 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Does she think that if she repeats 'he's not electable' often enough it might come true? Is she trying to convince the electorate or herself?

    Hang around through June 3, HIllary. It's your right. But please, do so with some dignity and without trashing your opponent.

    May 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Terry

    It will be over in November when the fat elephant sings and McCain beats Nobama. Obama can't win in November without Hillary. I won't vote for him without her. Noway.. No how. Nobama..

    May 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. tam

    The Clinton camp is what sickens me about politics. It was widely expected that Obama would get trounced in W. Virginia. Now,, with a primary defeat certain, the Clinton camp wants to say "Obama gave it his best in W.V. He was aggressive. Yet, the people have said 'you can't win Obama.'" How ridiculous. If she doesn't win by 30-40 points, I'd say she lost W.V.

    May 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Chris

    Is her camp whining again? He's been campaigning in other states all week, I'd hardly call his WV campaigning "aggressive" – and she also has every demographic advantage... more so than in her other "big win" states

    PA – Obama brought her 20pt lead down to 9.5 even with 3 controversies going on and her having every demographic advantage, 3 campaigners (her, Bill, Chelsae), bigger backing in the states but less money

    NC – Hillary brought his 20 pt lead down to 14

    IN – Hillary obtained a 4-8 pt poll advantage but came out with a ~2 pt win which "may" have been helped by 7% of her votes being Republican which may have been trying to keep the race going

    Primary results are MUCH different than Dem vs Rep in the fall. Additionally, we've all seen how off Polls can be – I'm amazed how much weight her camp places on "some" but not others.

    May 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Other States

    Will Obama's win in Oregon and Montana mean that Hillary can't get the people in those states to vote for her so we will lose those states in November. Get a state has no bering on the november election...especially WV.

    Ok...for all those saying if Obama is the nominee you will vote for stupid...that we be like me saying if Hillary won I would vote for McBush...are you democrats or not...

    May 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Thom Seattle

    I find it very sad and somewhat pathetic that Sen. Clinton feels the need to continue to build a case for the Republicans in the general election or that her supporters would rather vote for four more years of McBush than vote for Sen. Obama. I trust this nastiness is only because of the heat of the moment.

    Sen. Obama won this nomination because the majority of Democrats support who he is and what he has to offer, not because we have "turned our backs on Hillary".

    I pray she will stop this madness soon and wholeheartedly support and campaign for Sen. Obama. Anything less will terribly diminish her authority within the party. Let's put the nation first and come together behind our new Democratic nominee. Pres. Obama will begin to imrove this country on Day One.

    Let us heal and come together.

    May 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. John Buck

    The most intellligent people on this earth are the rural Farmers who know how to manage – they have common sense which Washington does not have. Washington is a selfish greedy bunch.
    College kids these days are easily manipulated too.
    Kentucky and WV will tell us how the nation goes in November. Include Pennsyvania, Ohio, Indiana w/that as well.
    I don't care who wins as am retired and if it is they want Dems to raise the tax to the moon, so be it. You guys can pay for it.

    We need a good independent as none of these candiates are worth much more than a brush of the hand.
    JOhn B

    May 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Nita

    He didn't even make an appearance until Monday, (yesterday)

    why?????? Just stop already, I can't take it anymore, she's making my head hurt.

    May 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Obama 08

    Oh, my God! She is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!
    No respect! She`s so ugly! It seems to me Clinton even does not respect herself. The madwoman.

    May 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. jAYjAY

    Me thinks the Clinton campaign should use every free press moment to speak for themselves.

    May 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Hillary should be congratulated for her pending victory in WV – well earned. This being said, to say that Barack aggressively campaigned in WV is just another example of why people have issues with hillry and her tendency to stretch the truth. She beat Barack in the state fair and square, don't make it out to be anything more than that. Why lie or stretch the facts when the truth will do just as well?!?!

    May 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Kaire Richards

    What is the meaning of aggressive. seems like the whole Clinton camp is losing some marbles not to mention dropping stitches like an old sewing machine. The media is to be blamed for printing such rubbish. SHAME ON YOU CNN! SHAME ON YOU for turning the knife in deeper. When it isn't Lanny Davis like he has lost his tail is James Carville the Clinton campaign pit bull talking pure S**t. I want to puke.

    May 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. NLC - NYC

    What a lot of crap by you NOBAMA crybabies. Remember it ain't over til is over. Do not underestimate the voters in this situation

    May 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Former Hillary Fan

    Hillary's determination despite the results is troubling as a possible candidate for Vice Presidency and really for any Presidency. Is this how she would run the country? – pushing her own agenda never listening to other voices besides her own. I am so disappointed in her.

    May 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Joe Regis

    What is the different...........Hilllllllllllllllll

    Either way this win is insignificant and futile.

    At least it is not tinted.

    May 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. oil rules

    The drive-bys are already trying to discount WV by showing a low percentage are college graduates. Why would that bother the Dems? It really doesn't matter if Hussein or Billary gets it, McCain is looking so weak right now he couldn't beat either. He's pandering to the global warming hoax and environmentalists. We'll never tap our own oil reserves and become foreing oil independent.

    May 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Rob

    He was there like what 3 times??

    May 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Stop that Woman

    Yeah right...he barely ever campagined wanna know why....because its that???? It's over!

    More spin from the Clinton camp

    May 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. robert ga

    WHat difference does it make, really, if hrc wins wv with a big margin. With only 28 delegates at stake who cares. Yes dems will like to win West virginia in Nov, but this is not going to give you the nomination. You are making a great case for the vp slot, which i think you should do.

    Hrc never cared about the small states, all of a sudden you are now championing small states because you are desperate.
    give me a break.

    May 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. judesuper

    what a liar!! No wonder she's lost her bid for the white house.

    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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