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. Appalled

    Should we really beat a dead horse??????? Everyone knows it's over, in all fairness, WV will make no significant difference in her numbers. I wonder if ignoring her rhetoric rants and constant crying will do more damage......maybe just maybe she'll anounce her withdrawal from the race to an applause. Even her supporters who don't have much education and old-er people have sense enough to know she is over. Someone needs to pull her aside and have a "Come to Jesus" talk!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Lawrence, a person of conscience

    Losing the state = not electable?

    Is it just me or is she suffering from mental problems?

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Dave

    Listen Bridgette-PA, it don't matter what Hillary dose because Obama will never be president!!!!!! He just can not win against Mc Cain!! HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Ben

    We all know that she is going to win WV so why Clinton people are complaining? “Obama has outspent us on advertising, has more staff in the state, and more than double the number of offices…” Is Obama asked Clinton team not to spend, have more staff and offices in the state? These arguments should not be taken in consideration by the press since we both know that at the beginning of this campaign Hillary was the one who has more advantage than anyone else. Can this people focus on the result and stop to play low?

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. michael in Seattle

    I think it would be funny if she won by a smaller margin.

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. honkey white guy from cali

    You have got to be kidding me he has only held what 2 small events there compared to the dozens he held in the other states. I mean the Clinton campaign have been lying or should I say spinning as they like to call it everything these day's. I wonder what they are going to say at Sen Obama's inauguration " We are allowing him the privilege of going through the event however Sen Clinton will actually be taken over after the village idiot leaves"

    These people are out of there minds! there is Delusional then there is the Clinton campaign!

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. David, Paducah, Kentucky

    Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Party's own worst enemy. She is once again lying to the American public, dispensing false information, and inflicting damage to Obama, who is without a doubt her Party's presidential nominee. I am really beginning to believe that Hillary Clinton's Party is the Hillary Clinton Party, not the Democratic Party. The superdelegates need to get her out quick. If the behavior of her and her campaign continue through another 5 primaries, she will cause irreparable damage to the Democratic Party's chances of being successful in November. That is obviously her goal.

    May 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. noemi in los angeles


    That is insane!!

    How can people fall victims of this Mad woman??

    White, Hispanic, Blue-Collar, Non-Educated people need to wake up!!

    Again, Political Pandering and Lies at its best.

    Nooo, I don't want this woman for V.P., thanks but NO thanks!

    May 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Debbie,NJ

    Whine, whine, whine. This reminds me of the Indiana primary and she won by less than 2 percent. I guess Hillary will find out that money can't buy everything. I bet she didn't count on it not buying an election. Why does she think white blue collar and white seniors and women only live in WV. They live in the entire country. The country that Obama has won 30 of the 50 contests so far, including 5 of 12 primaries where blacks made up less than 10% of the voters. He also won in caucus states that are overwhelmingly white – places like Iowa, Idaho and Wyoming.

    May 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Brenda

    Are you kidding me? CNN, what happened to fact checking your own stories / posts. A non-thinking person might actually believe you condone today's fantasy from Clinton's campaign staff.

    “Aggressive campaign” in WV by Obama? Man, I wish I knew what those campaign staffers are smoking! If today wasn't May 13th, I'd swear her campaign was trying to play another April Fools joke.

    May 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. real obama supporter

    lies lies lies

    she has no end to the rope of lies
    they just keep coming
    and she is so desperate she thinks if she can make people beliee she is ahead it will be. she is the only one who can't face the numbers.
    she is trying to destroy obama so she can win in 2012. well superd. said today she can't beat mcsain because of the negative she has put out. she has lost respect from ever one except the people who are elderly and she scares them in to believing her.

    cnn please post this
    i am tired of being kicked out

    May 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. DPZ

    I dont it.....Hillary needs to cut it out and give up it is wrecking her image and smahing her chances at VP.When Carville says that
    Obama is going to be the nominee I MEAN COME ON the only question now is when will Bill help her face the facts and stop lying to herself and the rest of the voters.

    She thinks if she wins the popular vote somehow the DNC will
    have no choice but to nominate her but the nomination is on the
    count off pledged delegates which is the rule she is trying to change
    she will inddeed try to play the people against the DNC and Obama
    if she does not get the nomination just watch.The sad part is that she
    will not win the popular vote either.....

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Fort Lauderdale, FL

    That is a very good reason why you, Hillary should not run as VP on the Obama ticket. West Virginia is another in a long line of primaries that Obama lost, including the big states. Obama needs to stand and fall on his own. The Party put him in there instead of you by manipulating behind the scenes – and notoriously, by refusing the count the votes of Florida and Michigan. Go back to New York, serve the people and run for Governor if you would like that job. Obama got the nomination by Party chicanery, not by the Democratic process. The Party and Obama both deserve to lose the election. And McCain is the better choice.

    May 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Worthy

    Hillry seems so bitter and hateful. Begala on your network is worthless. Have a nice day

    May 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Jackson

    Her spin is more dramatic than the Myanmar cyclone.

    May 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Peter Damoah-Afari

    So, you will win and that will change the minds fo the superdelegates? Any superdelegate who will decide on the results of WV is a liar. He or she has made his or her mind already.

    Obama will declare victory on the 20th.

    God bless Obama!!!

    May 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Rebecca

    I think Rebecca Sinderband needs to write about how Obama is going to become the nominee instead of all this BS.

    Will you show this or not?????

    May 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. mike

    still for obama is right.

    He did not stay in WV. One visit does not constitute competition.

    Oh what a web we weave-

    Unite the party- its over

    May 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. andy

    I wounder if he can get these people to vote in general? I think McCain will win

    May 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Matt

    Clinton is again trying to reframe the circumstances to make her victory more impressive.
    All those saying they are true Democrats and will not vote for Obama, but for McCain instead: how do you spell hypocrisy?!?! Obama and Clinton are closer in idealogy than either are to McCain. Why will you not vote for Obama? If experience is the only answer then look back at previous presidents with all of their experience and see what that has gotten us. I'm very afraid that the problem is that Obama is a black man with a name of middle eastern origin.
    If there are true policy issues with Obama, then back it up with fact. Not gut feelings, prejudice, and propaganda.

    May 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. informed voter

    You have to be kidding me!

    Why is this even news? I mean no offense, but any objective person should be able to see right through this one. Why even dignify it with a headline? This is a joke. Not even a funny one,it's one of those that make you feel bad for the poor sap whose repeating it.

    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Agressive?? He barely showed up!

    Maybe he should have better prepared himself for West Virginia by first speaking in front of a somewhat friendlier crowd – like a Klan rally, or something.

    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. sw

    Those mad Osama supporters need to shut up, and look at the facts. the person is spinning about WV result is your Osama.

    This race is not over, Osama has not got the required vote! if you call the superball when Patriots got the lead in late 4th quater, Giants will never got the chance to win.

    Be a man, Osama, win the race, don't ask others to hand you the race; why did you call the quit when you trail after super Tuesday?

    Democrats is about to screw up again, for whatever reason, they are about to pick the inexprienced weak candidate over a true leader, if Osama does steal the race, McCain will be the president!

    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. proud army and navy mom

    aggressive?!....see....just when you try to extend a kind hand to old girl, she comes out with this outrageous lie. he went to one campaign event, and she calls it aggressive....

    I take it back, it can't even hold my nose and have her on the ticket as VP.

    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. AC 360

    Whichever way you spin it ,Obama is no longer on the same page with Hillary. She should as a matter of start to address Obama as Mr. President. Case closed.!!!!

    Canada for Obama

    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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