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. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    If I am not mistaken without republican and the so called independent registered voter Clinton would be in the led in states and delegates.
    Those Obama followers are not Democrats, if Obama is the nominee and he wins the general election which I doubt it will be telling if Obama has any coattails to bring along other Democratics from those Red States he has boast that he can win.

    Mothers of America's daughters, you are sending a message to your daughters that a woman is not capable to be the President of America.

    Hillary in '08.

    February 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. kingley88888888@hotmail.com

    Yes VIG, we know the end of that evalasting epic story. May God bless you. You brought tears to my eyes...AND I cry for America.
    This vilification of Hillary! It is darkest before dawn.

    But from the ashes, SHE WILL RISE! SHE WILL RISE.

    Unfortunately CNN will not publish my comment, since it is in support of what is right: HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT!

    February 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Taran, San Diego, CA

    What I want to know is the following:

    At the debate in Ohio, Hillary brought up the fact that Obama is chairman of a subcommittee that is PARAMOUNT for the progress in Afghanistan. Obama has not convened a single oversight meeting of this subcommittee. I think we can all agree that if it were Hillary, Tim Russert would have pressed the issue, and would have probably asked the following question (to which, I would like to have an answer to):

    "Senator Obama, you talk regularly on the campaign trail about Afghanistan and the U.S. being distracted from Afghanistan because of Iraq. You note that you have not held any oversight meetings of this very important subcommittee which you chair because you have been on the campaign trail. This being the case, and you knowing the importance of this subcommittee, why didn't you resign as chair of that subcommittee so that someone with more time could actually lead it and convene the necessary meetings?"

    February 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. concerned and worried.

    In response to "kevin"s comment, the only thing polarizing in this campaign is true democratic introspect versus opinionated generalizations like yours.

    February 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Jacob, DC


    How can you blame Obama for polarizing the country after Hillary has attacked a fellow democrat and his supports repeatedly? I'd vote for Obama over Hillary any day...but if she wins, I'd support her over McCain. But you're right, I guess I and other Obama supporters are pulling this country apart. Shame on us.

    By the way, "Since we know all blacks are voting for Obama"? You may also want to include that all Mexicans are too lazy to vote and that the Jews have already rigged the election if you want to really throw out these kinds of comments. That’ll surely get people to support your candidate.

    February 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. JC

    Okay it is down to the wire and if all goes well, there will be no more petty stuff to talk about. forget the evil man in the white drab and forget hillary not wanting to be asked the first question, we just need a united front on the democratic side and whip John Sidney McCain come november!

    February 28, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. terry

    When those who are closest to you start abandoning you, usually that means you have serious ISSUES.

    Kerry, Gore, Kennedy, all of those senators and so many others are so tired of Hillary and don't trust her. Think about it.

    That should tell you something. Hillary is a mess!

    February 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Insightful and Intelligent

    The only REAL way hillary can regain power is through the self-ventillating power of concession. Psst, it's okay hillary. Just let it go so America can move on with its election.

    February 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Stephanie

    The statement that Obama is polarizing the nation is ridiculous on several levels. First, nothing in his campaign indicates that he is "for" one group over another. In fact, he celebrates that his supporters are a true melting pot of African Americans, Caucasians, Latinos, Asians, men, women, young and old. Take a look at those in attendance at any of his rallies and you will see just that. Second, take note that he has won in states with very a small African American population. Third, he has reached out and captured the Independant and even some Republican voters.

    So, please explain how that is divisive and polarizing.

    February 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Melany Markland

    NIce to see some positive press. We all have to, Bottom Line-Vote For Hillary!

    February 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Stan

    It's over. It doesn't matter which side you view it from, Hillary won't win enough delegates 3/4 to close on Obama. Starting 3/5 we'll see a steady stream of Politicians publicly backing Obama-he's ahead, and they want to unify the party and get ready for the big race. November.

    February 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. LostFigs

    This is all Hillary supporters were asking for. We didn't want her sheltered or treated with silk gloves; All we wanted was a little fairness in coverage. Thanks CNN.

    February 28, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Marie

    CNN since I am a female and a supporter of Hillary most all of my post have been deleted or "awaiting moderation". Please allow my voice to be heard.
    Hillary still has a chance to win and she should not be counted out just yet. It would be very difficult for McCain to win if there is a Clinton/Obama ticket. Hillary has the experience and would be a fine president. We cannot afford to have another experienced president now or ever.
    Hillary works well with Republicans, Obama is extremely liberal which could ultimately prevent anything from getting done.
    It is curious that so many Independents and Republicans have voted for Obama in the primaries since he is so far left. Will their vote be for McCain in the general election?

    In the debate Tuesday, I had caught a couple of things that haven't been discussed.
    1) Obama said Clinton's campaign has "constantly sent out negative attacks on us..we haven't whined about it because I understand that's the nature of the campaigns."
    In light of this quote...would it not appear that Obama was whining as he was speaking in the debate?
    2) Tim Russert had posed the question regarding Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's first deputy prime minister.

    Shortly after the debate, Tim Russert told Chris Matthews and others that there were only a few who would have known the answer to this.
    Tim was asked who the question was for and he said that he looked at both Hillary and Obama to answer the question.

    It would appear to me that Hillary answered the question and Obama did not know the answer. Again Hillary does have more experience.

    Thank you

    February 28, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Menzsa-holic

    With Hillary's savvy and tact (LOL) she will always have employment...just not in the White house.

    February 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. marge

    Dnelson February 28th, 2008 1:12 pm ET

    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

    LOL! Her supporters do not understand the process.LOL! They just want her to WIN...they do not understand that the margin by which she wins is what's important!!!
    This fact seems to go right over their heads. It's all over but the crying!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Obama Supporters....

    I only ask that when you do your math.........how do you think Obama will take the White House without Michigan and Florida? Have you all forgotten about the disenfranchised voters of those two states? It was Obama that abandoned them – not Clinton. They will support Clinton – not Obama – and the Democratic Party needs those states to take the White House.

    For the betterment of the entire Democratic Party, Senator Obama may want to consider stop being a devisive candidate, get on board with the Democratic Party and the principals of the Democratic Party. It won't matter if he gets the nomination and looses to McCain because of his selfish goals of disenfranchising millions of voters for his own personal SHORT TERM gain.

    February 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Diane

    All this talk about experience reminds me of how former President Clinton did not have Washington experience, foreign affairs etc. Why is it that Obama's experience should come into question?

    Time for a change, which is probably why slick Willy got elected, this time we want real change.

    Obama '08

    February 28, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. Annie from California

    February 28th, 2008 1:08 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    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 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. H in New York

    I love all of the closet republicans who eagerly state here that they only supported barack obama in the primaries to wipe him out in november – that simply just does not make sense.

    February 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. RealityKing

    Is this the same Dee Dee Myers that is currently a political commentator on cable network MSNBC, and oh yeah, the commentator on PBS's To the Contrary.

    Nothing like these unbiased media sources pimped to us today huh.. 8)

    February 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. CHERYL





    February 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. rick


    February 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. marge

    tin, Texas February 28th, 2008 1:14 pm ET

    Clinton was also endorsed by the widely popular Daily Texan, a student newspaper from UT.

    As one student said (We need a leader, not a cheerleader).

    Clinton has a firm grasp on the problems we face. As I read on another page (The new president will be stepping in with 2 wars and a nuclear threat on their hands). People are starting to realize that Hillary, as of right now, is the only candidate capable of dealing with this, along with McCain. Obama, maybe in 4 – 8 years he will be able to handle it. But right now, we don't need the light shows, the hard rock, and the glitter. It's not change we truely want, it's solutions, and Hillary is the nominee to do it.

    She needs to get a firm grip on the fact that she's losing!!!!! WHAT people are you LYING about?
    The polls paint a very different picture than your statement suggest!!!!
    How dare YOU attempt to speak on behalf of the American voters!!!!

    February 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Georgian

    To all Hillary supporters, if Hillary does not get in, you will vote for McCain, that will really show your state of mind. What is happening to America ? Are we all nuts? Don't we believe democracy any more ?

    February 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. ME

    Obam COPIES Hillary's answers....the news media gives him the second spot to answer questions so he can copy her paper...reminds me of a loser I knew in school......

    February 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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