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

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. IA4Hillary

    Eric: How do you know this? I have yet to heard of anybody from Chicago to be a Packers fan. It goes against their nature. Oh wait, did Obama say this at a rally in Wisconsin? I'm sure he was a huge Seahawks fan at the Seattle rally as well.

    February 13, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Margi

    Your congratullation would have seemed more sincere had they came on yesterday instead of when the media exposed you for not acknowledging not only Obama, but the people in these states that did vote for you. Not very gracious.

    I live in Ohio and I voted absentee.
    Hail to the Chief – President Barack Obama!

    February 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Cph9680

    Does HillBilly actually think she can last that long, March 3 is still over 2 weeks away.

    February 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. KM

    King Oblah-ma supporters should probably do a little more research.

    February 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Sarah

    Yes, a long and winding road that I hope ends with Clinton out at the end.

    February 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. James ( Independent )

    LOL.........Someone hide the happy pills from this woman before she over doses.

    February 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Illinois voter

    Today at a General Motors plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, Obama pointedly did not include one of his biggest applause lines, that he would require vehicle manufacturers to raise fuel economy standards. Obama often points out that he delivered that message straight to the automakers during a speech last year in Detroit.

    Obama tells people what they want to hear. Don't drink the Kool-Aid!

    February 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. paul

    Obama?? watch what you ask for–it may come back to bite you!!

    February 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Monica, Wisconsin

    I felt a moral need to donate to the Clinton campaign...my intentions are that she uses it to enhance her clap and point routine. I feel that how she presents herself is very important, and frankly....my kids have been watching the post primary speeches and when they see the point and clap they cannot go to sleep. Go Hillary 08'!!!

    February 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. RfromOhio

    There is just no way. It's either Obama or McCain for me.
    I am looking at both of them right now.
    This Ohio voter would vote republican before voting for Hillary.

    February 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Sharon

    Keep going! There are enough of us in this country that are not being swayed by the media! Hang in there! If TX, OH and PA come through as we think they will, then all the hope that is being "promised" will become a reality! Hillary, you are our hope!!!

    February 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Joe

    Obama is down in a poll in Ohio by 17 points and over 10 points in Texas. Obama's "change" ship is going to sink!

    February 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Joe

    As a 38 year old white male who has his masters degree...yes college educated do support Senator Clinton...I have never felt more strongly towards a candidate in my voting lifetime. I am very focused on the issues between all the candidates including, Clinton, Obama, McCain and yes Huckabee. I strongly believe that Clinton has delivered specifically what her plan is for this country on foreign policy and the economy, which are my major concerns. I have never donated money to a campaign before but I did today to Clinton. We are in serious need of a competent, intelligent and experienced person running this country and I truly believe Clinton will provide that to us.

    February 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. kevin from alaska

    Rudy already tried this strategy. We all remember how that ended, right?

    February 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Amy in Iowa

    Hillary is running for President, but she keeps chanting her husbands wins and losses in primaries and caucuses. Is Hillary running for President or is this campaign really a third term for Bill?

    February 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. paul

    Obama can talk the talk--–clinton walks the walk

    Clinton has been there–saw that -and did that -while Obama was doing the talk-talk-talk

    February 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Anthony

    LOL at Zein froma earth who can't read news stories. Salis Doyle resigned. Not fired. You Obama supporters turn a blind eye to the news and regurgitate empty prose huh?

    I'll vote for obama if he wins the nomination, but Hillary is the more qualified candidate.

    February 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. conquer08

    Fellow Democrats,

    Please do not let this campaign divide our party. WE MUST STAY FOCUSED–THERE ARE TWO SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SEATS UP FOR THIS PRESIDENCY. Vote for who you want in the primary, and if they lose, lick your wounds and support the one who wins. WE CANNOT AFFORD MCCRAZY IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!

    February 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Mike

    COME ON. Why does she constantly mention BILL! I thought she was running on her OWN MERITS! NO MORE BILLARY IN THE WHITE HOUSE! Time for true change! The Democratic party does not owe the CLINTONS a free ride.

    February 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Duane SC

    Why is Hillary using Bill's past experience in Caucus States and Potomac Primary's to somehow compensate for her DEVASTATING LOSS. News Flash Bill is not running , so take you loss like a stand up candidate, and stop making excusses.

    February 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Joyce

    I still don't get it, why oh why are you Obama supporters blindly supporting someone who voted 133 times in 2 years as present in the Senate. How on earth would he bring about change if he can't make up his mind and make his position known?

    Has he run for re-election as a Senator? No. Hilary earned her 2nd term in New York and has in fact debated her rival.
    Obama spent 3 years in the Senate mostly campaigning to be President. Are you folks seriously thinking of handing over the control of this country to someone like him?

    You all could throw mud whathave you to the Clintons, they're far from perfect. But I know for sure Hilary can and will deliver and get us out of this mess. While Obama might take a year or so to figure things out.

    Please media, be fair. Don't call results when other states are still voting. And don't call Hilary's add negative. People think it's actually right on.

    Folks you have no idea what the Republican machinery has stored for Obama. Hilary has been thru it all, seen it all and lived it all and more importantly, survived it all.

    February 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. paul

    If Obama is the nom.----the republicans will grind him up for a snack!!!

    February 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. JC, Hot Springs, Arkansas

    If you want more terrorist attacks on US soil, vote Obama.

    February 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. California Independent

    Bloomberg are you watching? The dislike of Obama is growing day by day. There is a HUGE gap in between the Obama supporters and the McCain supporters. Get in the race!

    Run Mike Run

    February 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Diana Garcia

    Let's meet her in Texas...and buy her a flight back to NY

    February 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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