June 8th, 2008
04:58 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton adviser reflects on failed campaign

Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson said Obama’s campaign can learn from their mistakes.
Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson said Obama’s campaign can learn from their mistakes.

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton’s communications director Howard Wolfson spoke about the New York senator’s failed presidential bid on CNN’s Late Edition - and acknowledged: “There are things that we would have done differently.”

“I think Barack Obama did a pretty good job of learning from whatever mistakes we made,” he told host Wolf Blitzer. “If his campaign wants to study ours and see what we did right and wrong, I'm sure they're going to do that.”

The outspoken adviser also defended the fact that Clinton waited until Saturday to give her concession speech.

“I know we live in the minute-by-minute media culture,” he said. “I think it's a little unrealistic and frankly unfair to expect somebody who's been running for president for 18 months and has done as well as Senator Clinton did – [she] was winning states in the last several months by 30, you know, 40 points to - on the last day of the primary - immediately come out and give a concession speech.”

Despite Wolfson’s admission that the campaign made some slip-ups, he insisted that not highlighting the history-making aspect of being the first female president was not one of them.

“It didn't seem to hurt our ability to get the votes of women who were Senator Clinton's strongest supporters. We overwhelmingly won the woman's vote in this race… African-Americans as a whole tended to vote for Senator Obama in overwhelming numbers, a great credit to him. But white women and Latinas did vote overwhelmingly for Senator Clinton, over 60 percent.”

And what about Wolfson’s immediate plans?

“I'm looking forward to a summer of some relaxation. I'll miss talking to you on a daily basis. But I'm going enjoy talking to my family more,” he said with a smile.

soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Sympathy

    There are too many hurt democrats out there who are willing to cut off their nose to spite their face.

    June 8, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. ginny, wa

    It seems to me that these Hillary supporters are ignoring her plea for them to support Obama so that democratic principles are protected - which they certainly would not be by the GOP.
    Use some common sense before you vote - engage your brains rather than emotions.

    June 8, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. New Day

    Polly – Howard Dean, Dem Senators, and media bias made the Clinton campaign end up 20 million dollars in the hole? Did they make the country split the popular vote and give Obama 100+ more pledged delegates? Obama's campaign was ready for a war and Clinton's campaign was ready for a coronation. Thats the reason she lost.

    Feel free to vote for whomever you want but, when the republicans are invading your uterus, destroying ur financial future and killing ur sons and daughters in Iraq, take refuge in knowing that you, atleast, were able to vote out of pride and bitterness.

    June 8, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. hillary's stay home

    i am one of the thousands, if not miiions, who will stay home or vote for McCain to DEFEAT OBAMA.. lip service is not good, deed is far better.

    June 8, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. John, NC

    Hillary lost beause she is a typical politician.

    June 8, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. paranoia

    Hey Ed from Santa Fe, NM, i'm shutting up, and going away...but i'll be back in November....HAHA!

    June 8, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. MereMortal

    I like these wonderful anti-Obama comments. Keep them coming, folks. We must not reward the Democratic Party with a win this time. Let's try to get a good nominee next time! We can handle McCain for four years.

    June 8, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. the hype

    People got swept away by the hype and lost their common sense.

    But WHEN did HE win? I missed it. They were both right at the finish line.

    By the end, the superdelegates had to carrry Obama across the finish line.

    Even beating up on Hillary and swiftboating her and maligning her did not succeed in getting Obama solidly past 50%. Even Oprah and all the many celebrities singing all his praised did not do it.

    June 8, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. The Truth Hurts

    Inequity June 8th, 2008 3:05 pm ET

    "We won't vote for Obama even if he WERE the savior of the World."

    That's obvious. We all know it was never about the issues with you, but instead it was something of ignorance don't we? What's comical about that is that it proves you were never even a true supporter of Hillary's either.

    June 8, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Yasmeen

    oh yeah and Mccains got my vote, I'm not for a party that schemes and jockeys for position around the freshest horse out of the barn.

    June 8, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. attacked

    Yeah...

    You could have demanded fair play.

    You could have gotten out there and put a stop to the hate attacks.

    June 8, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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