February 13th, 2008
02:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton: ‘This is a long and winding road’

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/13/art.clinton0213.ap.jpg caption="Clinton is looking to Texas to deliver a win."] MCALLEN, Texas (CNN) - Hillary Clinton on Wednesday denied her campaign is in trouble after three more bruising losses, telling reporters that this phase of the campaign is "exciting" and that "everyone knew" Barack Obama was favored in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. primaries.

"My husband lost Maryland when he was running in the primaries," she said. "So we go on." Bill Clinton did win Virginia and the District of Columbia during the 1992 primary season.

A Clinton campaign memo sent to reporters Wednesday included lists of the states lost by three past Democratic presidential nominees - Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale – as evidence a string of losses often proves meaningless in deciding the party’s nomination.

"This is a long and winding road," Clinton said, "and we're all picking up delegates as we go. The key is to end up with 2,025 delegates. 2,025. That's our objective and I feel good about what we're going to be doing in the states."

The New York senator pointed to the March 4 contests here in Texas and in Ohio - as well as upcoming votes in Wisconsin, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania - as places where she would be competitive against Obama.

For several weeks, her campaign has been trying to focus attention on the states that vote that day, largely dismissing the results of February’s contests.

"I want to congratulate senator Obama on his recent victories and tell him to meet me in Texas. We're ready," said Clinton.

On an afternoon conference call, Clinton staffer Guy Cecil also highlighted March 4, telling reporters that the campaign would be within 25 delegates of Obama after that date.

The current CNN count has Obama leading Clinton 1,253 to 1,211, a difference of 42 delegates.

Cecil said the campaign would now be hiring staffers and opening field offices in several states with upcoming contests they had not devoted resources to before, including Montana and Wyoming – and admitted that they regretted the fact that they largely left the field to Obama in similar contests to date.

In the wake of several top-level staff departures, Hillary Clinton rejected reports of internal bickering among campaign staffers.

"That's not what's going on," she said Wednesday, pointing to recent success in Internet fundraising. "We have a tremendous amount of energy and focus."

- CNN's Peter Hamby and Rebecca Sinderbrand

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  1. Long and Twisted Past

    It may be a long and winding road but it isn't as long as Hillary's long and twisted past.

    The Obama campaign is on the freeway...in the HOV lane and coming to Texas.

    Oh yest we can!

    February 13, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. Cdfa

    Hillary,........... I just donated you $50.00 please fight for us

    February 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Tim

    I'm gonna skip my usual rant here because everyone already knows of Clinton's character; the lies, the scandals, the flip-flopping (look how many times her campaign strategy alone has flip-flopped in the last few weeks), the political manipulation, and her ambition to destroy anyone who gets in her way.

    Instead, here is another take on the situation: when it comes down to it, the President really is the top salesman/woman for the country. He/she is selling the public policies and the parties ideas. He/she is also a salesman of American ideas to other countries. His/her job is to bring people together to accomplish things.

    Hillary can not bring people together. She is the most divisive politician ever. Women want to make this into a woman's issue, but really it's not about that. These comments every day display people's utter contempt for her and character. The Republicans want to go up against her b/c they know they can blow her out of the water. Only Hillary can give McCain a win. Only Obama can bring out the Republicans and independants to the Democratic side. Think long and hard people of Texas, Penn., and Ohio.

    Obama 08'.

    February 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. Candy

    me too, just sent Hillary $75

    February 13, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. JohnB

    Hillary had her chance to fix health care for eight years.
    She does not deserve to be President, she thinks that we owe her that job. The Clinton campaign, which depends heavily on wealthy contributors who have already reached the $2,300 legal maximum they can give to a candidate, Obama relies more on small-dollar donors who can keep giving. No more money for General Hillary.
    Wake up America! Vote for Obama 08!

    February 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. marianCA

    Obama delivers great prepared speeches but when u listen on debates with Hillary he flunk big time, such a big differrence! This nation do not know much about this Man giving Promises /Hope – stupid people who voted for Bush have not changed, media has been SOO bad with Hilary (most are men) , black people very sensitive on any mention of race on this campaign, and i'm sure race will follow Obama & will be devisive , where is this country heading? Go Hilary!

    February 13, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. Jerome

    I keep reading about all these years of experience Hillary has. Hillary has basically only won one contested election, that was her first Senate race. Besides her 1 and a quarter terms in the Senate, she has no elected experience. Obama has won more elections than Hillary and served more years as an elected official. What we are seeing is that Hillary is not a good campaigner, and she never has been. Even when she was running for Senate, while Bill was working crowds on her behalf, she was off to the side telling him to get going. There is a huge difference between Bill and Hillary. He was capable of communicating a vision for the future. She is not a very inspiring person except perhaps for women who are inspired by "girl power." Basically every one of Hillary's supposed strong points has been shot down...she is not the inevitable candidate, she does not poll well against McCain, and her lack of experience is revealing itself. She does not connect with voters. People understand we are electing a President for an unknown future, we don't know what problems it will bring. We want to know their philosophy for leading. Either she has none, or she is incapable of communicating it. The only thing inevitable here is that as people have more time to compare Hillary and Obama, the less appealing she becomes.

    February 13, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. Carol

    Does anybody know if it's true that Senator Obama refuses to pledge allegiance to the American flag? If so, why? I would really like to know before I vote for him.

    February 13, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. Bea

    I would like to say that I did vote in the primaries in my state. The important thing to remember with the presidency is that yes, they want to make lots of changes, promising the moon and stars. BUT, when in the White House, it isn't just the president's decision, it is also covered by the senate, the house, etc. Both candidates have good ideas, it would be nice to be a "UNITED STATES" again instead of the control that is ever present today. Healthcare needs a boost, without sending healthcare itself into a frenzy.

    Yes I did vote for a candidate, but good luck to both. It will be interesting to see how all this plays out.

    February 13, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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