February 28th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
12 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

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Ray - NJ

    You have this Hillary dont worry. People are starting to snap out of the Obama Spell and take notice.

    February 28, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Ohio Democrat

    Wow something positive about Hillary.

    February 28, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Arlington Texas






    February 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Ogbo

    Hillary,What you stand for will endure triumphantly in the end.Hope will be rise from the ashes of defeat on tues march the 5th.

    February 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Dimitri

    Clinton gave it her best shot. She is the better canidate, but she has been treated unfairly by the media and those in her own party. She has been there for them in the past and present but they have decided to jump ship on a wing and a prayer. We will see what happens between now and November. The Republican party is already chipping away at Obama's armour. By August he will probably be a shell of the formidable opponent we saw in the primaries.

    February 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Tom Swift, NH

    QUOTE : " ... 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... "

    And we needed Myers to tell us that ?

    McCain '08 – A Change We Can Live With

    February 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Randy - Denver

    Umm so what does this article say that is newsworthy?
    Basically it says she must win and win big in Texas and Ohio or she is pretty much done, whether she leaves or not.
    It also says that supporters of Ms. Clinton support her and believe (I almost said hope but that word is verboten in Hillary land) she will win. Nothing new here waste of time and space.

    February 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. vl

    If there weren't so may republican and independent "spoilers" all of this would be a non-issue.

    I live in a small, republican community. There are only a handful of true democrats here, and I'm talking maybe 10 or so. We have heard so much from the republican base here regarding this election it makes me wonder why I took the time to vote. At least 70% of the people here went out and supported Sen. Obama, not because they'll vote for him in November, but to skew the process for democrats. I can't tell you the number of times people have told me (not knowing I was a democrat), "that newbie is gonna be shut out come election time".

    To that I say, may Sen. Clinton continue her work truly offering solutions for the American people...... ALL PEOPLE!

    February 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. NickNas

    Psssst Don't tell Hillary or the BillaryBots! We want to let them live on their bubble for a few more days.

    February 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Ron

    On last night's national news, the CTV network in Canada reported that several Obama campaign officials had informed our government (about 1 month ago) that NAFTA was going to become a campaign issue as the primaries moved into Ohio and Texas. They reportedly said that Obama would have to make anti-NAFTA comments for political reasons, but that Canada need have no fear about an Obama administration re-opening NAFTA.
    This seems like a major issue given Obama's adamant declarations in the MSNBC debate. Why is it not being covered by CNN? Is the Clinton campaign right about your anti-Clinton bias?

    February 28, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Debbie Delegate

    439 is a great number. If the national polls are any indicator, then Senator Obama should walk away with a bulk of the delegates. Giving him his 13th straight win.

    February 28, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Jacob, DC

    Hillary is going to win because of her ability to speak? Menendez knows who Hillary is running against, right?

    February 28, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. beans in Belize C.A

    Even though Hilliary ship is sinking people are still staying on deck with her. Only a miracle could help her win the nomination.

    Obama '08 Now!!!!

    February 28, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. AmW

    I wonder if this will get posted 🙂

    TEXAS – OHIO – and all of the remaining states –

    Senator Clinton can get the job done to help with jobs, housing, mortgages (has a plan – Senator Obama does not), overall economy, foreign affairs! Name it – she can take care of it.

    I am asking that you make a choice to have someone as President who CAN and WILL get the job done. Someone who does not support nuclear weapons, someone who takes care of her job in Washington (even while campaigning), someone who knows the HOW to get things done. Someone who will not knowingly disenfranchise millions of voters (Michigan & Florida), someone who will not leave anyone behind with healthcare, someone who after being around Washington KNOWS HOW TO GET THE JOB DONE. IT IS THIS EXPERIENCE THAT IS REQUIRED TO GET THINGS ACCOMPLISHED.

    No pie in the sky – no telepromters – nothing but ACTION!

    Senator Clinton will work for you, me and all the people of the United States. A vote for Senator Clinton is a vote for progress! It is a vote for significant improvements! It is a vote that will take the Democratic Party to the White House in November!!!!!!!!

    Go Texas, Go Ohio, GO GO GO Hillary Rodham Clinton for President!

    February 28, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Vivian Torregrossa

    Well That is specifically why Hillary Clinton did not denounce, or according to her, reject the negative and contoversial comment made by her supporter, prominent leader, Adelfa Callejo. "Obama simply has the problem that he happens to be Black," Adelfa Callejo said when asked if it was smart for Senator Barack Obama to reach out to Latino voters. Funny, when Obama was asked about his reaction to Farrakhan at the debate, she jumped and took the opprotunity to say how" holy" and "perfect" of a politician she is to reject the support of a controversial leader. What happened now? It's the same old song and dance with Hillary. It's ok for a Clinton to do those things, but not one else is allowed. She is the biggest hypocrite that we have in american politics(actually) Bill is right up there also. Hillary, I dare you to reject your supporter Adelfa Callejo. I double dare you! you are nothing but a liar! Obama 08!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Cali guy

    What is even more important than this story and question, what is not being talked about here is Obummers failure to do anything in the position on the subcommitee he heads. It's about National Security and others in the campaign have managed to take care of business while running a campaign, the same should be expected of him. His lack of interest and petty excuses don't give him the right to ignore his obligations to his position. He didn't get the position under the stipulation oh well if you have enough time Mr Obummer, it's more important than that and should be covered by the media as such.

    February 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. HP Boston

    The people of Texas and Ohio are aware of the danger in voting for a inexperienced Barry.
    They are so ashamed of the airhead bush that will be ever vigilant in being fooled again.
    Vermont is very leery of LIBERALS so BO has a fight there ,, people in Vermont hate to give any free rides to people.
    RI is small but very much for an experienced Hillary than a pie in the sky flimflam man. Pretty is as pretty does, Bo ain't doing pretty he just talks about it!

    February 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Damon

    I hate the experience arguement, because it's all Hillary's group has to grasp at.

    I would rather have someone who can bring everyone together. Not a 'Fighter' who will tear everyone apart. That is the kind of experience I think that matters most.

    February 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. RPF

    ...this is all very exciting.

    February 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. anne in wisconsin

    I like Obama a lot, but this current economic crisis is really scary. Of the three candidates Clinton is best prepared to handle it. Obama would be my second choice. But McCain will run us into a ditch.

    February 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Shock Value

    Hillary Rodham should conduct a televised event in which she too... endorses Barack Obama.

    February 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. GO Hillary!

    Pennsylvania will give her the margins needed in the end!
    I wish our election was today!... but our day will come!

    Go Hillary!

    February 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Eleanor Grace

    Hillary Clinton must look the voters in the eye and tell them that she wants to see that everyone in this.the richest country on earth, has the right to go into a hospital without someone telling them that they have to have insurance or they have to go somewhere else.......also how about that she wants to raise the minimum rage.....also that she is in favor of stemcell research.....and that she wants to do so much for the American people.....but....they have to put her in the White House so she can see all these issues fulfilled...because she wants to do the very best for all.

    February 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Dnelson

    Is there anyone who DOESN'T understand that Hillary, "must win, and Must win BIG" in these states? Not that this has any chance of happening...

    February 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    I think that Hillary is by far the best candidate with the best credentials.
    I also think that the media is biased in favor of Obama, particularly MSNBC. This bias was cofirmed by the Abrams report.

    Wake up America! Lets make Hillary our next President!!

    Lets have unbiased and balanced reporting of both candidates.

    I think the Saturday Night Live performance of the debates was right on! Obama would you like some mild and cookies and a pillow?

    February 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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