February 28th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Former Clinton press secretary sizes up March 4 contests

(CNN) - Former Bill Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers is the latest to join the chorus of those claiming that Texas and Ohio are must-win states for Hillary Clinton.

Echoing the former president's sentiment, Myers told CNN on Thursday that Super Tuesday was initially must-win for Clinton, but “looking at Texas and Ohio, it’s a do-or-die test.”

She also added that not only does Clinton have to win those states, but she also has to win by large enough margins to chip away at Barack Obama's lead in the delegate count.

According the latest CNN estimates, Clinton trails Obama by 102 delegates with 1,267 to his 1,369 . However, Clinton leads in the superdelegate race with 236 to Obama's 185 .

Myers, who has not formally endorsed a presidential candidate, said Clinton holds overwhelming support among voters who view experience as “the most important credential.”

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, a Clinton supporter, said he believes the New York senator will win in Texas because of her ability to speak on the issues.

“I think it’s Hillary’s message that is going to achieve victory on that day, ” Menendez told CNN on Thursday. “In Texas, she’s been talking about the foreclosure crisis. [She is] the only candidate that has a plan to deal with it.”

There are 439 delegates up for grabs in the March 4 contests - which are being called the "Second Super Tuesday" - in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island.

–CNN's Emily Sherman

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soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Bo

    Here is what i dont understand. During the Clinton Administration did Hillary run the US or Bill? She keeps saying 35 years of experience from where? I remember the Clintons trying to walkoff with everything not nailed down in the White House including the Lincoln china. Do we want this again? Sorry she does not have what it takes to do the job. read "Deraliction of Duty" that might open some of your eyes to what she and Willie are about. she is not change she is same old. Barack is fresh, new and not tied to anybody in DC. Roll on BO 08

    February 28, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Angelina

    What this election really ends up coming down to is electability. I know that for me and many of my friends, we have all said that we will vote for obama and if it becomes Clinton against Mccain we will vote for Mccain. McCain is just liberal enough so suit the Christian crowd that is on the fence between right and left wing. Meaning, those who support Obama will not likely support Clinton. Most people seem to like Obama and will support him if their candidate doesnt win but it seems from national surveys as well that this same premise does not hold true for Hillary.

    Hillary's campaign overspending and running out of money is a clear indicator that she is not fiscally responsible and may not be with our country.

    Her touting of "experience" of 30+ years is a fallacy. My husband is in engineering management at Intel. Does that make me an Engineer? I may understand it better than someone whose husband is a teacher but thats it.

    Hillary and Obama have the same experience in the Senate. I like that Barack finally touched on that point in his debate that Hillary is counting in her years of experience the years she was first lady of the United States and the wife of a governor. While i think this may give her an edge in knowledge of the white house, i dont think she can say its her experience.

    Hillary has continued to campaign on a state by state basis rather than on a national platform. She says what each state wants to hear. I like that Barack has held steadfast to his guns not matter what state he is in. That is why he is so popular. And Hillary is continuing to make a fool of women and lend credence to the statement that women are too emotional. Hillary calls it fighting...I call it bickering and becoming overly sensitive and emotional. I want to know that my president wont disrespect a room full of diplomats when he/she doesnt get her way..."fighting" . I call it mocking, interrupting, arrogant and Smug. She is smug. Her face is always smug. I hate that about her.

    February 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Shawn

    Sen. Clinton is the BEST hope that Americans have! I hope people will realize that before it is to late. Please look at the issues. Obama is too inexperienced!

    February 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. John

    I will be glued yes glued to CNN next tuesday night.
    I want to see if the Clinton dirty tactics about Obama's faith, that Photo and the continual use of his perfectly acceptable middle name will sway many voters. It cannot be the miserable campaign Hillary has run, or her different and confusing persona's she has displayed, from the Bug eyed angry monster to the emotional cry baby, from her whine at the press (what will she have to deal with if she does become President) and TV/Radio media. She has fired her top two staff loaned her campaign money AT INTEREST the double dealings with dubai ports and Kasac Unranium interest for a CANADIAN firm.total lack of honesty over the Whitehouse papers and her TAX returns
    DO we really want another Clinton scandle in the Whitehouse.

    February 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Bullfale

    When we look at Obama in the eye:
    We see the future in the present.
    When he looks at us:
    He sees many hands, many minds, and one goal: change.
    America back to its glory days.
    America for Americans, then America for the rest of the world

    February 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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