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. Tom Wittmann

    Sen. Menendez:
    you say
    “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.”

    So why 5 days before the primaries Obama is each day getting more support and already inching ahoad in ALL THE POLLS ???


    February 28, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. elizabeth flores

    i think people shouldnt under estimate Sen.Clinton, there's been alot of people throughout her career in saying that she can't do this and she can't do that. She has proved them wrong every sinlge time. I think that the media has treated her unfair they only show her attacking Obama but they don't say why. She is fair more the better candidate and we will see her as the democratic nominee despite Obama's momentum. When I heard she was running for president I knew she would be the one still. If any woman can be president its her! Vote for Hillary!

    February 28, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Sara

    Yes, she is very experienced, in deceit.

    February 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. What Clinton Machine?!

    Billary keeps whining about a biased media (she's just mad because this thing didn't turn out the way she planned), and continues to force her gender on voters. She tells Obama to stick to issues yet, all she's doing in her rallys is talking about how he's not ready. He didn't whine when Billary sent out flyers. He didn't whine in the debate. People like him because he's likeable. Call him what you want. But this white Republican female (me) will vote for Barack! Yep ... Barack H***n Obama! Billary is ready on Day One? Really? On Day One will Billary whine about what's not fair? The Clinton Machine didn't think a "novice" (as they call Barack) would be a challenge. Too bad they are grasping now that they are in the 13th hour. The unethical Clinton Machine underestimated their opponent. Never a smart thing to do.

    February 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. mario flores

    Hillary is the best commander in chief. She has experience! She was the First Lady for crying out loud! She knows what to expect in the White House, she knows how it all goes down. She is a very smart woman and. She WILL be the one to get the White House.

    February 28, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. vivian

    Hillary, why don't you denounce and reject your suporter Callejo for her controversial statement. Let me see you reject the latino votes. Go ahead make my day!

    February 28, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Keith

    Neither of the democratic candidates have been honest with the American people. All the promises on domestic issues will cost! Unfortunately the war on terrorism and the energy problem will require quite a lot of our resourses. Wake up America. Dont believe everything you hear.

    February 28, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. An Agnostic Democrat

    Can one Clinton cocktail drinker please tell me what her superior experience is FACTUALLY, not the same bunk she keeps perpetuating as (vague) fact – and what superior knowledge (emotional instability) she possesses that makes her more qualified? Shouldn't we be deeply concerned if we can't even be secure in knowing which of the many her mercurial personalities will surface at any given time? Is this type of borderline insanity and instability what we need to project to other leaders and countries?

    I've done my research and found zilch. She just happens to be the second least experienced candidate in total based on time in public service. Her debate performances have been petty, peevish and vindictive ... abysmal really. Her campaigning is full of the same empty "plans" and "solutions" her husband unsuccessfully offered a decade or more ago. So what the hell is so new and promising about a Hillary Clinton presidency other than more of the same?!

    February 28, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Susan

    Give it up for Obama and the country, Hillary!

    February 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Lesley

    A vote for Clinton is a vote to wait another four years for anything to get done in Congress...Texas for Obama in 08!

    February 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Sara

    Please, how does Clinton have more experience than Obama? Being first lady does not count. OBAMA 08

    February 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Clinton

    GREEN?? OBAMA CONTINUES TO STEAL HILLARY"S MESSAGE..CLINTON WILL WIN March 4th. People like OBAMA, but more LOVE Hillary. They are quickly coming to her aide.

    February 28, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Dennis

    As a Texas voter, I'm glad that our primaries will actually mean something this election cycle. They usually don't. I've noticed a few Clinton supporters, and I'm sure there are Obama supporters doing something similar, that are just cutting and posting the same message in every forum, such as AmW's post about asking us to choose her choice. I also find it amusing that so many people here claim to be able to speak on behalf of what everyone else is thinking or starting to realize. But back to this article, I don't think Myers has told us anything we don't know. Clinton needs to win big here. We've heard that from the media, from Obama's campaign, from Bill Clinton, and from Hillary's campaign. I'm glad she agrees. I think we all know that Hillary isn't going to win big. She may win, but it'll be close.

    February 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Patricia

    Everyone should google Maureen Dowd's article today regarding Ms. Clinton, it is very telling.

    February 28, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |

    I am Curious why CNN has closed the Comments so quickly for :
    Obama still battles Muslim myths and
    RNC denounces use of 'Hussein' in Obama's name

    Wasn't this the same CNN that enjoyed the Romney/Mormon Comments...

    I find this very telling of CNN and it's infatuation with Obama and its reluctance to allow debate or comment on Muslims.

    I will be very surprised if CNN Posts this. Rarely will CNN Post if comment calls them out.

    February 28, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Dennis

    Vig: We are coming into the Eastertime. I find it curious that Hillary's journey is akin to a crucifxion. She has been betrayed by those she counted on (John Lewis), lashed by the press, the media, late night tv & talking heads, mocked, ridiculed & scorned by the public, in a word, nailed to the cross and buried. But you know the end of this story –

    Her story is not akin to a crucifixion. She has not been sent here by God to die for our sins. She is not Christ. She is not perfect, and she is not without sin (far from it). But, I take your point. You believe she is "going to rise from the dead" and win the nomination and "ascend" to the Presidency.

    You know what is ironic about your characterization: it smacks of the mockery Clinton made of Obama's campaign last weekend when she mocked his speeches and how everyone would get along and everything would be perfect. I didn't believe that, and I don't believe this.

    February 28, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. John - Spokane, WA

    Look, Hillary in worst case scenario is in a virtual dead heat in Texas, She will win Ohio (Thats a chunk of delegates), She will win RI (Few more delegates) but she'll lose the lightly awarded Vermont. She will also win Penn (Another big chunk of delegates), that puts her in front. Even with Obama taking Vermont and North Carolina, he's nowhere near close enough to having the needed magic number ! If you think Florida & Michigan are going to be left out of this scenario – you better think again.

    February 28, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Patricia H - Las Vegas

    For all you people who are voting for Hillary just because she is a woman are idiots. Why would you want someone with a personality disorder in control of the country – multiple personalities, control freak, pathological liar, compulsive spender (check out how much of your campaign contributions she blew in Las Vegas on hotel bills), etc. And for the people who think white people should not support Senator Obama, get real, we are supporting him because he is intelligent, honest, experienced, charasmatic, and doesn't lie to or insult his suporters or his opponent's supporters. And all the people that make uninformed comments, i.e., regarding nuclear weapons, DO YOUR HOMEWORK, and stop telling lies.

    February 28, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Jdona

    Gee, what do you think will happen if the voters of Florida and Michigan win their court case the end of March and all the delegates from Florida and Michigan that Hillary won, do in fact end up counted? Who will hold the lead then? Not Obama!

    February 28, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Claire, Austin, TX

    Marge, did you read that endorsement? Did you read the paper the next day? It was a terrible piece of writing on inaccurate information (Obama has ignored Austin, wrong, it is Hillary who has never stepped foot here other than the debate). The writer was torn apart by students over it.

    February 28, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. J

    Independents (Republicans) and Republicans (Republicans as usual) want to go up against Obama in November 08. Their best poly is to vote against HILLARY.

    February 28, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Tony

    Experience is such a weak argument. Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz had vast experience but it did not make them have better judgement. Sen. Clinton would just keep the status quo. I am so baffled by Democrats. You have a nominee that is bringing more and more to the table including Ind. and Reb that want to see change in Washington and move America to a Democratic platform yet because of power hunger from the Clintons you want to crush some one that could truly bring change. Experience does not bring change. Solving the problems this county has can only be done by changing how the system works.

    February 28, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Brian

    If she doesn't win with the convincing margin that everyone (including her own advisors and husband) say that she needs, will she drop out or will she continue the mud slinging to drag the party down further?

    February 28, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Christine


    February 28, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Steph - NC

    Sen. Clinton claims to have all of this experience...yes experience at making the wrong decisions and then back-tracking or regretting what she's done. We need a new leader that will create smart decisions the first time and not bad ones.

    "Stick a fork in Hillary"...she's done!!

    Go OBAMA '08

    February 28, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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