February 11th, 2008
03:14 PM ET
9 years ago

Clinton dismisses weekend losses

 Clinton downplayed her weekend losses Monday.

Clinton downplayed her weekend losses Monday.

WHITE MARSH, Maryland (CNN) - Hillary Clinton on Monday explained away Barack Obama's clean sweep of the weekend's caucuses and primaries as a product of a caucus system that favors "activists" and, in the case of the Louisiana primary, an energized African-American community.

She told reporters who had gathered to watch her tour a General Motors plant here that "everybody knew, you all knew, what the likely outcome of these recent contests were."

"These are caucus states by and large, or in the case of Louisiana, you know, a very strong and very proud African-American electorate, which I totally respect and understand."

Clinton has publicly dismissed the caucus voting system since before Super Tuesday, seeking to lower expectations heading into a series of contests that played to Obama's advantage. His campaign features what many consider to be a stronger and more dedicated grassroots organization than Clinton's.

Noting that "my husband never did well in caucus states either," Clinton argued that caucuses are "primarily dominated by activists" and that "they don't represent the electorate, we know that."

The New York senator went out of her way to say she was "absolutely" looking forward to the Ohio and Texas primaries in March, where she believes voters are more receptive to her bread-and-butter message.

She also downplayed many of Obama's Super Tuesday victories, describing them as states that Democrats should not expect to win in November.

"It is highly unlikely we will win Alaska or North Dakota or Idaho or Nebraska," she said, naming several of Obama's red state wins. "But we have to win Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Michigan ... And we've got to be competitive in places like Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma."

Watch Hillary Clinton assess her weekend losses

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (705 Responses)
  1. Souza

    "Obama Nation" as stolen his speaches fron JFK and Dr. Martin Luther King. I am not aware of anything thing he has done since he became a Jr. Senator 3 years ago. He has no international experience but says he can stop the War.
    Would you make a CEO of General Motors with only 3 years experience. Please!!
    I know George Bush has run this country into the ground but is no reason for the American people to act desparate.
    I wish Hillary got half of the Media coverage Obama gets.
    Check out CNN and the rest of them it is all about Obama. No wonder he has a movement. The media has created it.
    Go Hillary!!!!

    February 11, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. stan pitts pa

    she cant be trusted and the American people are only now catching on to her lies and deception, why is HRC not releasing her tax records until after the election when its safe? whats she got to hide? where did she get the 5 million to loan her campaign? why did she fire her latino campaign manager and hire an african-american one? to try to court black votes? she cant be trusted!

    February 11, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Carrie

    Sore loser!

    Obama 08!

    February 11, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Axl, Boston,MA

    "they don't represent the electorate, we know that."

    this will come back to bite.

    February 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. James

    LOL.............This just goes to show how out of touch this woman really is. She is about to get a BIG wake up call.

    February 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. Randy - Denver

    His votes are nothing and all those who have donated to him are nothing we have the establishment behind us we will win.. sheesh woman don't you realize we want the people to chose our next president not the establishment

    February 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Sam Jr.

    Well Said Hillary. Obama may have won a few states but I don't think he will ever have a chance against Mc Cain. I am sure the republicans are looking forward for Obama to win the primaries!!

    February 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Joe

    Hillary! Release you tax return!

    February 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Tad

    She's too selective with states.

    February 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Jerica

    Keep you head up Hillary, I just donated to your campaign .. and more to come! You are the best candidate in the field .. just continue to fight the good fight!

    February 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Tim, MN

    Hillary got the $5 millions for her book in which she made about $8-10 millions. Stop the speculation!!!!

    February 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Betty

    You are so right, the media is all about Obama, CNN is soooooo biased against her. Everyone is afraid of the Clintons, GOOOOOOOOO HILLARY!!!!!!

    February 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. ChristopherM

    For someone so concerned about the party activist voices drowning out the electorate, she certainly doesn't have much to say about the possibility of her Super Delegates disenfranchising millions.

    February 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Davido

    Wow hillary, nice rationalization of loss after loss after loss for you......

    By the way, why is Obama trouncing you in raising money then? Those must be some billionaire activists, hillary.

    Guess what? The AMERICAN PEOPLE will no longer be silenced. We will be heard tomorrow and in Ohio and Texas next month. Prepare to be shocked. Obama represents the will of the people, not some fringe activists.

    February 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. DJ

    how bout some more clinton racism... thats just what we need

    February 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Never little o

    The truth finally comes out: Hillary 2008 or it will be McCain fellow dems...

    Cacuses are shams that do not allow working flok (who have to go to work) a chance to vote. Primary is a secret ballot and a true heart to heart vote!!!

    I will be contuously donating to hillaryclinton.com

    Thanks Hillary!

    February 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. John Hardina

    Time for the knockout punch and end her deperate campaign........OBAMA 08'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. matt, Philly, PA

    This is ridiculous... Hillary didn't write off her Nevada win as a caucus state... she had a victory rally... talk about spin.

    February 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Patty

    Go Hillary! We in PA are ready to vote for you in April!

    February 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Ron, TX

    There's absolutely zero chance of California, New York, Pennsylvania, and the rest of the exorbitantly blue states ever voting for a Republican. Hillary seems to be quite confused about this. The only place to bring new voters into the democratic ballot box is not traditional democrats, those votes can already be tallied. The only place to bring new voters to the democratic box is moderate dems, independents, and moderate Republicans.

    Her caucus excuse stinks like a skunk. Her racial scapegoating is sickening. Obama won Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, and Missouri, all of which are primaries, and the last four of which don't have disproportional represenation of minorities. So, I don't know, is she being honest? I don't think so...

    February 11, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. David

    Clinton still the best to lead the country. Without the black vote Obama would not be where he is at this point in time. I feel that the majority of the people dont want a black man in the white house .............

    February 11, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Roy Joseph

    "They don't represent the electorate" - The African-American vote. Wow. I am a bit disappointed that Hilary Clinton would say this.

    February 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Fay Sims

    Why is it that everytime there is a good article about Mr. Obama the Clinton supporters cry favortism? And actually, republicans are looking forward to Ms. Clinton becoming the democratic nominee. It would be an easy win. Obama '08!!

    February 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. obama 08

    ...so only states that she wins and voters who vote for her matter...I would be insulted with these comments...has she protested about caucuses earlier...this woman is losing it!!

    February 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. democrat_2008

    It will be hard however to overcome the Obama Cult-like obsession.

    February 11, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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