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. Vermont Dem

    Tim Dc... he may lead in Delegates, but not superdelegates start reading a bit more.

    February 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. R.M.

    Well Well.. now that all of the Caucuss states are done with, Hillary comes out with this comment. If it wasn't calculated move, then what is? Sorry Sorry state she is in right now. I wonder what she will say after the losses tomorrow..

    February 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. EricTx

    We Latino's in Texas need to come together and vote obama. I was leaning toward hilary till I see she forced our fellow latino Solis Doyle to step down (fired for all purposes). Is this what we can expect. Hilary giving us Latino voters promises and then when she gets our vote, throwing us to the side because she got what she wanted. We need to come together as Latino's and make a stand. I am voting obama.

    February 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Tim

    I actually like both Candidates. I am supporting Hillary because of experience. We Dems should be careful of the biting comments- our division is why Bush is in the White House now. When it's over I'd like to see Clinton and Obama running together. The only way we'll see change is by one of them winniing.
    We need to stick together.

    February 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Paul

    It's a little silly, yes, but I'm sure Obama would be making a similar statement if he'd lost all three. You can support Obama without hating Hillary and vice versa – remember, either of them is better than McCain, and come November we must unite behind the nominee if we want to take back the White House.

    February 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. frank

    if these states mean nothing why did her campaign mgr resign?? or was she really fired?

    February 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. anonymouse

    Hey David, any half-intelligent person could see that she has earmarked money for the general election. Seriously.

    February 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. E

    I cant believe how ignorant some of these people are in here. Hillary Clinton is a loser and that was proved this weekend. Caucus or no caucus. African-American or no African-American. Hillary is a sleaze bag and always will be. Don't forget about her situation with Peter Paul. Google that and see what you get. You will see that Hillary is a liar and shame to our country. You want Hillary in the race verses McCain you are seriously mistaken if you think she will even come close to winning that. I will vote for McCain if Hillary is the nominee because honestly anyone is better then her. I would vote for Bush before her. Her values fall short of a con mans. She will do anything to win and this article is evidence. This just shows America who she really is and i hope she continues to fail. Hopefully she will take this as a hint and quit politics period. That would be a dream come true for me. OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Mayen David

    There are many comment posted and some happen to negetive on Obama side, I just want to point one thing out his preformance in this campaign. He stood up to be the Man of the house not by color but he fielded in his heart that he can deliver this country out nightmare.

    He break the record in American history, and according to my asumption, Clinton will not win through voting, Democrate will sit one day and nominate the candidate because what i see through Obama is a real competition and he is a man of destiny and everybody seem to like Obama.

    So for you those who are filling bad about Obama's victory, you can go to hell and he is not going nowhere. "Don't judge a book according to its cover"

    Obama Born to Rule.

    February 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. HP Boston

    People the DNC will soon lift the sanctions and go with Florida and Michigan. The voters voted the delegates will be counted, do you not see the handwriting on the wall?

    February 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Linda

    I think her campaign manager was helping Obama instead of her thats why she dropped out now before Hillary found out what she was doing.Thats what I think .Its kinda fishy she drops out right after Obama won all 4 states in a row.

    February 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Jennifer

    I am so glad that even if Obama doesent win, Hillary will have no chance to beat Maccain. So If you want a democrat as president the next 4 years vote Obama

    February 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. ana

    oh,ur people are very much prefer to be conquered by the black? history is going ahead

    February 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Ado

    Also, we should be fighting for states that Republicans have traditionally won. We should not be conceding them. Anyone who thinks this way is not a true leader. Ultimately this election needs to be about vision and fixing the country, not about squeaking by an election and the presiding over a divided Washington. Hillary supporters, this is what is meant by inspiration: the belief that Obama can appeal to reasonable Americans to move this country forward, no matter their state or party affiliation. Hillary is about calculating the odds. But let me ask, does she plan only to lead "blue states" if she were elected? This is the divisiveness that people hate. She has no clue of what the people want. On any given day, if you throw out extremists from either party, you can sit down a Republican and a Democrat and they can get along and they will probably have similar views as to what America's priorities are or should be – education, jobs, security, a better future for all. Hillary does not want this dialogue. She has a vendetta against the Republicans. Obama is not a savior (and you Hillary supporters need to put the "cult" talk to rest), but he does have the potential to bring Americans together so we can all roll up our sleeves and fix the decaying politics of the last 20-25 years. Given the choice, I will always side with an activist over a complacent, lazy follower of the status quo.

    OBAMA '08!

    February 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. justin mcroberts

    The idea that the 'media has created' the Obama movement is as comical as it is unoriginal. The role the media plays in elections is always odd. But blaming the "movement" on the "media" falls into the same category as blaming the media for any kind of hype. CNN and others don't so much create hype as they follow it. They cover Obama because it creates buzz for CNN.. and THAT because more net savvy persons find Obama interesting/inspiring.

    February 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Curtis L Walker

    Looks to me like Hillary Clinton has created another firestorm that they will be spending the next week trying to explain!

    Pretty much everyone at this point involved is an activist in more than one campaign (but apparently not Clinton's) or she would not be trashing them.

    The bottom line: Primary and Caucus voter/participants are at a all time high, and keep breaking records for INVOLVEMENT.

    Something the USA has needed for years!

    February 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. josh

    David from NJ, relax...I can understand why people hate the Clintons' with all of the media garbage.

    Hillary still has TONS of money, but that is a large pool RESERVED FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION.

    I wish that Hillary haters would do their own research instead of buying into media conventional wisdom, and lies.

    February 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. marigel

    media in love with Obama, but voters loves you
    Well said Hillary

    February 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Troy-Boston

    Obama has two things going for him 1) He is a male and 2) he is black. Many support Obama for those two reasons and have absolutely no idea what he stands for. Many people I have spoken with think that it is so cool and progressive to vote for a black president, and have absolutely no idea why. Just go on YouTube and search for "name one accomplishment of Obama" you will see the truth there. Also, the American public does not shock me by blindly supporting him, after all G.W.BUsh was president for two terms. Lets be realistic here, it is the states that voted for Bush that are voting for Obama now. Obama and Bush even share the same campaign song. Bizarre!!!

    February 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. austin

    i really dislike the fact that people are afraid to say that this contest has come down to race or gender. get real people and stop looking blind to what is in front of us. it is not a horrible thing to say as it is not meant to be negative in any way. now come a general election and we get people who will not vote for him because of his background even if he is the better candidate or gender, then there is something negative there and wrong.

    but then some could say it is wrong that he is getting the votes of the african american community because he is a part of that community but not to some peoples best judgment on who should win. same goes with people voting for hiliary because she is a female. these are not people voting one particular way trying to do harm in any fashion to any one group of people.

    both of these candidates are going to give this country something we've never had before. it is only right and fair that people belonging to the african community would rally behind one of their own who can attain one of the highest positions in the world. same goes with women.

    yes there is race motivation behind obama, yes there is..for lack of better world..woman power..behind hilary. this is in no way racism for negative reasons or feminism for negativity.

    February 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Josh

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

    With you running, Hillary, we can't expect Republicans to cross-over. You're way to polarizing for that. This sounds so much like Giulianini's 'those arestates that don't matter"


    So lt's vote for the candidate that can make this possible. Barack Obama.

    February 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Linlo

    Hillary saying these states don't matter should come as no surprise to anyone. No one matters to her unless she can get something out of them. Hillary left Iowa without paying her cleaning bill – over $8000 the poor guy is trying to collect and finally had to go to the media. She also stiffed the landlord in New Hampshire for rent for her campaign building. Hillary cares about no one but herself – make no mistake! This is the second time I have tried to post this and keep getting deleted by CNN "moderators." I guess only Clinton supporters get posted.

    February 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Bukky

    Clinton supporters claliming they will go Republican if Obama wins... what does that say about you people.... Obama and Clinton are almost exactly alike while McCain is looking forward to 100 years in Iraq. Please use your brains. I support Obama but if he is not nominated i will cast my vote AGAINST the republican nominee. seriously your options are Obama or Clinton OR McCain or Huckabee.

    What are you gonna do if Huckabee gets his 1 in a million miracle?

    February 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. MG

    So all those people that turned out this past weekend were either activest, black or don't represent the electorate? Wow this woman is way out of sync and I guess only those that vote for her are the right voters. What ego! Going in to this past weekends contests I had heard from the media that they would all possible be tight races except New Orleans. I was expecting her to win Washington and Main. I guess you have to make some kind of a statement when you get your clock cleaned. For the person who is the self proclaimed candadate that is going to be ready on day one she sure does not exemplify that in her ever changing campaign. I guess she will be able to decide which terrorists attack us and which economy she chooses to deal with as well. She is sounding more and more like W. I've lost all respect

    February 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Freedom Seeker

    Even though HRC has that plastic smile on her face it's easy to see she's angry that Obama is beating her. The cat claws have already come out in her campaign ( what with her campaign manager stepping down) and pretty soon her own claws will be showing when she becomes frustrated about losing. She showed them briefly in the debate in SC and seemed dismayed that people booed her. They will come out again.

    February 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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