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. NorthAmerica

    Hilary is a broke gambler. Now she wants to carry on until her campaign debt is paid off.

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

    And again the old crone has to spin in her useless logical fashion.

    Obama and his staff, even his supporters knew that he wouldn't win WV. The same can be said for Kentucky but that's next week's issue.

    Hillary should know that you can fool some of the people some of the time, but she can't fool all of the people all the time.

    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. v.ananthan


    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Tim

    Agressive campaign? Who does she think she's kidding? That's a serious question, because if there is someone out there who believes it then I've got a Nigerian friend who's looking to invest in a US company.

    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Dave in Vermont

    NO VP spot for the H-Monster. Please Barack, for the good of the Party! Keep the Clinton-Beast out!

    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Ok you have no more money to spend. That means if Obama spent money on 10 ads he sure will have out spent you 10 to 1. What kind of spin is this? You've camped in W V all of last week pandering.

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

    someone is definately lying and i know who it is but i am not saying.

    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Lee WV

    Give me a break,the man was here 2 times.She and her family have lived here for over 2 weeks.

    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. bill


    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. TK

    Obama supporters need to argue somewhere else, not CNN blog. It sounds like Dog barking at the people from his own backyard.

    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Wow CNN

    More lies from Clinton?

    CNN just loves the bickering among the two camp's supporters. Hillary will never stop until you stop, so stop CNN–for the good of the country, not your ratings.

    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. carrie

    i am now sure this evil wicked woman is crazy
    i actually felt sorry for her last week
    and to say this?
    does she think the american people are foolish?
    this woman must never hold any public office.
    these people are crazy
    i am getting sick and tired of this rubbish already

    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Victor, NJ

    America May 13th, 2008 2:24 pm ET

    I think the day after Hillary Clinton loses the nomination, she will file for divorce from her husband Bill.

    Therefore, this election year will be a win-win for Bill Clinton!

    LOL!!! The only reason she stayed with him and ran for NY senate was to get the white house. This chick is so power hungry it is ridiculous.

    May 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Lisa

    Thank you Hillary you are right. I cannot believe the Democrated Party is doing this to us. Half of the people wants Hillary to win and Half wants Obama. The DNC haven't even counted Michigan and Florida's votes either. I think it is so unfair to select Obama and he hasn't even won. I think i'm going to change my party to Independent. The professionalism the Democrated Party has shown is so sad. They are trying not to count all of the votes. They are going to select an inexperience empty suit wearing guy that is scared to debate against Hillary. If he is scared to debate her how is he our strongest candidate to beat Mccain. The DNC is bascially saying forget all the remaining votes we are going with Obama. It's a sad day in Politics if Obama is their best choice. Obama will lose in the General Election to Mccain and I cannot wait to say I TOLD YOU SO!!!

    May 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. J.S.

    Many of Hillary’s feminist supporters have proudly proclaimed that they would vote for John McCain when Obama wins the nomination.

    I wonder if they would feel so high an mighty if they ran the risk of driving over a road-side bomb on the way to Starbucks in their Volvo.

    May 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. democrat

    Unscrupulous Delusional Shameless Liars!!!

    How can anyone even stand to listen to her anymore? Everything that comes out of her mouth is one lie after another.

    May 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Robb

    The best argument from a loser I've ever heard.

    May 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. real obama supporter



    May 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Chris

    The GOP is going eat Obama alive in November.Obama has more skeletons in his closet than you can imagine. The Wright controversy isn't going away, the Reznik trial will be heating up and that's just the beginning, those of you in the Windy City know this guy is "dirty". Way to go Dems, three blown shots at the White House!!

    May 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Gary Mialocq

    Aggressive campaign? While Hillary played the race card in one of the most racist states in the Nation, Obama picked up 27 Super Delegates. The Clinton campaign spin with Wolfson and McAuliffe has become a joke. Who can ever take these people seriously?

    There is NO WAY Obama should even consider Hillaroid for Veep. She is NOT TRUSTED by 2/3 of Americans and would only be a burden. In addition, anyone who voted FOR the War in Iraq is automatically disqualified.

    See ya Hillary!

    May 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Toni - Atlanta

    Someone, please help me to understand why Senator Clinton's campaign continues to incur debt in her run for the Democratic nomination, and simultaneously trying to convince the voters that she can make their lives better by fixing the economy when she becomes President. Campaign vs. United States?!!

    May 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Sean

    Yes, he ran an aggressive campaign. And he closed the gap! End of story. This raises no questions or concerns. Why is it that every race she wins raises concerns, but every race she loses "doesn't matter".

    May 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. raine169

    Is Senator Clinton ok??? Has she been having Obama-mares in West Virginia? His campaigning in that state has been far from aggressive-ssems she is seeing Obama every where she goes..LOL poor Hillary- drop out of the race and maybe the Obama-mares will stop

    May 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Texan for Obama

    I saw one televised Obama rally in W. VA. The media does not miss many.

    May 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Jai in PA

    Of course this is political spin and it has been done on both sides. We all need to unite, there is no reason to disrepect Senator Clinton or her supporters. All of us are necessary to defeat John McCain in November. Please be aware that most of the attacks on Clinton and Obama and their supporters are being waged by Republicans trying to drive a wedge between the Democratic Party. Don't fall for it – we all must unite.

    May 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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