February 23rd, 2008
06:44 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama: I'd get different treatment if I lost as much as Clinton

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(CNN) - Hillary Clinton's campaign says it remains upbeat about the New York senator's White House chances, but rival Barack Obama said Saturday he would likely be treated differently if his campaign had suffered a similar string of losses as her's.

Asked in Ohio by a reporter if he would be treated differently had he lost as many contests as Clinton, Obama said, "Yes."

But Obama said he understands why the treatment is different, saying it would require a knockout blow for Clinton to quit because she's "part of the Democratic network in Washington."

"Look, I'm the challenger, I'm the upstart," he said. "I'm the insurgent - she's, she's the champ. She's part of the Democratic network in Washington and, you know, if you're the title holder then you don't lose it on points. You got to be knocked out."

After essentially tying Obama in the string of states that voted February 5, Clinton has suffered 11 straight losses to the Illinois senator, most recently in the Democrats abroad contest earlier this week.

In a conference call with reporters earlier Saturday, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson denied reports some Clinton backers feel Obama has all but locked up the nomination, and said voters in the March 4 primary contests won't base their vote on his string of victories.

"The mood is upbeat, Sen. Clinton is working hard everyday," he said. "Momentum is a media storyline, but that is not an issue on which voters vote."

UPDATE: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated Obama said he would quit if he had lost as many contests as Clinton.

- CNN's Alexander Mooney

soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Jane

    It's crazy how you people follow Obama simply because the "Media" has favorite him. It's practically an a cult following that will lead to the down fall of the US! He is all "promises" without any real answers! If you stop and actually to him for once, you will see he's empty. Exactly what good would that be for the US? Get real the President cannot make ANY real changes without Congress!! He's running a smear campaign "off' camera.... how is that change??? Same old politics.

    February 23, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. Stacy

    I saw the interview on CNN this afternoon. He NEVER said he would quit if he was her. CNN-Post something official on this, please. The video of the interview would be good, for starters.

    February 23, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Jim Wagner

    God/Allah, he is really over-confident for someone only ahead by 100 delegates, give or take. I hope his worst fear – that one – comes true.

    February 23, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. Joseph

    Wait until Hillary wins Ohio and Texas and probably Vermont and Rhode Island. If Obama lost CA, NY and NJ and if he loses Ohio, Texas and possibly Pennsylvania, why should he be the nominee?
    Hillary won FLorida even though Obama has commercials on in Florida. If Ohio and Texas go for CLinton, Obama will have to fight to get the nomination. There is no way the Democratic Party big shots will not back Clinton as nominee if she wins Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.

    February 23, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Old Artillery Man

    Obama accuses Hillary of being “part of the Democratic network in Washington.” Is he saying he is not part of and/or is not going to be part of it? May I ask how does he propose to achieve the great “Change You Can Believe In” he speaks of? Is he going to do it all by himself without any help from fellow members of the Democratic Party? The previous administration will have left many, many problems to be solved.

    I do expect Democrats to pick up some more seats in both houses in the coming elections but I do not think it will be enough for the 60 votes required in the Senate to force a vote on a bill. He is going to need every Democrat vote and more. He is going to need votes from Republicans if he is to make any change that amounts to anything.

    The Republicans will still be in the Congress and they will still have their agenda that they will try to push. To get their help, what Democratic issue is he going change or drop in order to get support for some other issue? Does he really think that Mitch McConnell is going to help get the Republicans to hold hands with the Democrats and make “Change You Can Believe In”?

    Obama says he will sit down and talk with the Health Care, Pharmaceutical companies and other corporations. Does he really think that talking with them will really have any effect? They will do nothing until they are forced into it.

    Obama makes great speeches but he seems to want to get along with everyone, even Republicans, too much to be a dedicated fighter for Democratic positions. He has spoken very highly of both the Republican Party and Ronald Reagan.

    John Edwards is one who I would have had complete faith in to fight with everything he had and he has demonstrated that he can and will fight. Hillary Clinton would fight for she believes in. I just cannot get that faith for Obama. He is too much like a river that is a mile wide and ankle deep.

    Can anyone explain to me what that catchphrase “Change You Can Believe In” means? It must be a marketers’ dream. It is easily repeated and has a certain. rhythm. No one can tell you what it means but anyone can make it mean anything one wants.

    February 23, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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