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. V

    So the Hillary camp is saying this primary season and the voters who support her highlights Senator Obama's weakness? So the people who support her are the elderly and uneducated. Well, please, let's have them pick the next president. By all means.

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

    First of all he's been in the state like twice and he's not even watching the results there. How aggressive has he been – really? And does that include all that free press that you've been getting about how WV will be a slam dunk for you?

    Second of all, how troubling is a loss in WV when no one ever ever ever thought that he'd get more than 30% of the vote? We get it Hillary – poor uneducated white voters support you more. And guess what state is last in median income and 48th in adults with a high school diploma....

    Seriously? Every time she opens her mouth it is nothing but spin. Some people say they aren't sure where Obama stands, but at least he doesn't reshape every single statistic!!!!

    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. NGANGA,Austin TX

    What we haven't heard from the Clintons is just what we haven't heard!
    And it is coming!

    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Inevitable

    Everyday my respect i had for the Clinton diminishes bit by bit .....

    i was considering her as VP .. but she lies to much ........


    She treated Obama like he was a Republican .. Obama treated her with the utmost respect & he prevailed FAIR & SQUARE ................


    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Jason from Colorado

    Oh yeah... it's REALLY a bad sign if Obama loses a state that contains 99.9% uneducated white people. Oh wait... isn't that precisely Hillary's key demographic? Yeah, I think if he loses WV, he must be REALLY screwed in November....

    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Electricmen

    I do not understand why OBAMA supporter is trying to FORCE he out of race? By NO MEASURE , Mr. Obama has won the race, he is ahead of her.

    I admire Hillary and by tryimg to Force he out, you are ignoring all her supporter who is still coming to vote for her.

    let the race be over, Mr. OBAMA get that magic number. Is this not how it is to be decided. Agreed, both have their merit, even Mr. Mccain has.


    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Caras

    I can't stand Hillary anymore!!! Just go home already!!! We need to focus on McCain.

    Hillary go bye bye already!!!! You are hurting the Democratic Party with your selfishness!!! No matter what the Hillary Clinton Camp do, Obama is the winner, enough with the BS already!!!

    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Cnn

    When are you going to stop showing all the stupid things HRC and her campaign are saying??? There is so much crap coming from them and you fall for it all...

    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Dancindukes

    She is just throwing her money away and this shows leadership?

    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. frustrated in PA

    This has nothing to do with the article, just a fact. Obama DID NOT vote regarding the Iraq war as he was not even in the senate at the time. He has always OPPOSED the Iraq war. Please get your facts straight. By the way, it's spelled "loser" not "looser". And there are differences between McCain and Bush so please stop with the McBush, McSame digs. You claim there can be differences between Dems but not differences between Republicans. Hypocrites.

    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. TK

    vaw.. obama supporters are screaming in here, in their own house.. LOL

    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Not sleeping at the switch

    CNN you just moved off my home page tabs list. Your Shameless one sided promotion of Hillary Clinton has become so Blatant I cannot continue to pretend you are just covering the news. I am not alone but we have determined that you don't care anyway. So much for integrity in the news media. You make Fox look fair and impartial.

    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Southerner For Obama




    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. ok

    Superdelegates are not buying this illogical argument. Obama has the momentum and the superdelegate. You got none. Safe face please.

    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Lori in Nebraska

    FYI: On Feb 5th, the Republicans had the first part of their primary election. On the day that McCain essentially wrapped up the nomination, here was the results from West Virginia:

    Huckabee: 52%
    Romney: 47%
    McCain: 1% !!!!!!!!

    If Obama gets 2% then he will have done better in WV than McCain.

    Hellllloooooooo Spinmeisters!!!!!!!!! 😉

    May 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Birds of a feather...

    What world does the Clinton camp live in?? They can't even stick to the truth with an event that won't change any of outcome. I wonder can they handle the truth? Evidently they have been lying so much they have gotten caught up in their own lies. And this is the experience they keep pushing down our throats.

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Guido

    It is time for her to Bag-It.

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Spin, spin, spin all you want camp Clinton. This race is over!

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Chicago's Own

    Aggressive.....First they said he took the state for granted by not going. WHEN WILL IT END!

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Theresa in Minneapolis

    Ummmm... So she wants the VP spot? He's campagined aggressively in WV? Why is she still lying? I really don't understand her. I'm trying to warm up to the idea as not to disenfranchise all of you supportors of Hillary.

    But Guys... Do you want the Democratic party to lose the election all in the name of Hillary? Do you want the Democrats to blame her and make her the scapegoat because you woudn't support the party after she lost? Is that what Hillary wants? I don't think so.

    I do think she's being lead by blind ambition right now but once it's over she's going to rally with the party. I think she'll feel shame and regret if she got you guys to hate Obama that much that you're willing to vote for McCain.

    There will never be enough write in's to get her elected president, either. Come on now...

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Carolina Said it Best

    Why is it that every state that Hillary is expected to win is somehow a Crucial state? and when Obama is expected to's because of the large African American community? Caucuses don't matter, but Puerto Rico does? She herself stated "Flordia and Michigan broke the rules, so they are not gonna count"...she also stated after New Hampshire..."It's a delegate race". She is hilarious...and is more of a flip flop then John McCain. No WAY should Hilary be allowed to join the ticket. It's time for a change. If Obama needs to worry about the so called "Hard Working-Blue Collar White" vote..(as if the african american blue collar vote isn't hard working)...Then I suggest he take an honorable White running mate who has integrity. Hilary has no integrity.......and think about this......after what she's you REALLY think the african american community is going to support her should she become the candidate?...I was on board despite all else until her latest comments. I'm not about race or separation...but I can't in good conscience vote for her. I'll vote NADER, or BARR first.

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Bitter Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    What??? I thought Obama hardly even tried, and that reinforced the impression among some Clinton supporters that he's arrogant and doesn't care about a small state such as West Virginia. More grasping at straws from the losing campaign, I guess. One of the most fallacious arguments that we've seen in recent weeks, is that what happens in the primaries is somehow reflective of what will happen in the general election. This is just a continuation of that.

    The truth is, from a campaign strategy point of view, anyone in Obama's shoes would be stupid to pour resources into West Virginia. It's a losing cause and the stakes are so low anyway. His campaign is better off continuing to reinforce his delegate lead in states such as Oregon, and starting to work on the general election. Even the intellectually dishonest Clinton supporters who dismiss him as being arrogant for doing these things, would do the same if they were in his position. So would Hillary.

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Harrison

    Has someone tested her for drugs??? I mean honestly. She is normally too intelligent and poised to say half of the dimwitted crap that has come out of her mouth the past few weeks – from racist comments to a total loss of reality on the math.

    I like HRC but she is beginning to really hurt herself and her image.

    MCCain 08

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. L & I'm out peace

    Yes, CNN you to need wake up and understand that this is over. You need to start being positive and stop encouraging the Clintion people on giving them all false hope. Get real

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Someone please give her the meds!! She is suffering from a psychological condition referred to as 'denial'.....

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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