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. Collins

    IF HILLARY WINS NOMINATION, McCAIN wins the Presidency. Why? Because Hillary has REACHED a Divisive Point. IF somehow she gets nominated, it will turn alot of people off (except retarded supporters); most people will stay home on election day or just vote for Republicans or Nader for the sake of it. (especially if the economy starts to pick up before November)

    WINNING Texas and Ohio should NOT be a barometer in any way. Texas will NOT go Blue in November, and the Latino vote won't matter in Texas come November. Ohio is unpredictable come November. It has gone RED the last two elections.

    Also it is very difficult for Hillary to catch up with OBAMA on Pledged delegates because the NET gain in each contest is very little. She can still win Texas and Ohio but ONLY gains 10-15 delegates; at this point she is short by 150. PA could give her no more than 12 at 54% win of the State. Those who know the math understand better. Also she has NEVER blown out Obama in any State except Arkansas. Texas and Ohio are not Arkansas.

    THE ONLY WAY for HILLARY to win is by Superdelegates, which will break the Democratic Party, and give the advantage to the Republicans.

    February 28, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. lisa

    no we won't.. hrc is the only dem for the job.. if she doen't get the nod , and since the bo supporters don't need our help anyway..( they can take the world with hope and nasty remarks).. alot of us will vote for mac..
    that is the ones of us who understand how dangerous a little knowledge and a big ego can be.

    go hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Marlene


    I am a middle aged woman that has lived through both the Clinton and Bush administrations, and I would love to see a woman in the White House during my lifetime, but it will be a well qualified woman that I trust. I regret to say that neither of the Clintons inspire any trust in me. I would vote for anyone that ran against a Clinton!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Rick

    I think all the democrats posting their "if my candidate does not win" nonsense on this blog is incredible! So, all the people that are now supporting Hillary are going to vote for McCain if Hillary loses. And, all the Obama people will support McCain if Obama loses. You are all making it incredibly simple – why not have them both withdraw now and let McCain run unopposed. You all have been whinning for 8 years that you hate Bush and want a Democrat in the White House and now you have the opportunity to do that and you are going to throw it away. How stupid can you all be?? If you want another 4 more years of Bush – vote McCain. Who, by his own admission knows little about the economy. Good luck, all. You will all get exactly what you deserve!

    February 28, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. bg

    Clinton has done nothing on her own, except getting elected as a senator by a state where she never lived. Oh way, she got that gig because her husband was president. She needs to stopping lying that she has 35 years experience. She was a corporate lawyer in Arkansas. That makes her presidential material......

    February 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Max Grubb

    As a life-long Democrat I was going to vote for Hillary, but her campaign has been so bad that I will even vote for McCain if she is nominated. I am so sick of her crying, and begging for sympathy and whining. She after all is the one who voted for the war, she is the one who agreed to give George Bush a blank check about going into Iran. She is the one who denied for many months that these votes were mistakes. It was her husband who raised the race issue in South Carolina, she is the one who lied about her support for NAFTA. It is no wonder the Republicans say you can not trust her. We need to stop the Bush-Clinton – Bush – Clinton ownership of teh presidency. We are trying to get rid of a president who said he couldn't recall making a mistake. We don't need to replace him with Hillary who can't make a mistake.

    February 28, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Dee from Texas

    Don't tell Hilliary she has this, don't build up her hopes for nothing. Texas is FIRED UP AND READY TO GO. She cannot win Texas and Ohio by large margins. I read in the New York TImes today that Hilliary said if she doesn't win Texas and Ohio she will stay in the race. Stay in the race for what Hilliary? to destroy the party?

    February 28, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Murry

    Hillary, bow out now for the good of the Democratic party.
    People want unity not fighting.

    Obama 08

    February 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Dee from Texas

    Folks need to ask Hilliary, how can she bring Republicans and Democrats together, when she could not get along with the people in her campaign. The turnover in HER CAMPAIGN is worst that the turnover at WALMART.

    February 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Randy - Denver


    "February 28th, 2008 1:49 pm ET

    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 ... 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. "

    Once more I will TRY to explain it to you the DEMOCRATIC PARTY (DNC) told Michigan and Florida to move their primaries to a later date, they gave them over 6 months to do so, they told them that if they did not do so they would lose the right to seat their delegates at the convention. The STATE DEMOCRATIC parties of Florida and Michigan decided not to make the move. The DNC asked ALL candidates to remove their names from the Michigan ballot, Ms. Clinton refused all other MAJOR candidates removed their names. this could not be done on the Florida ballots because of Florida law. MANY Michigan and some Florida (less because there were other important things on the ballot in Folrida that brought out the voters) chose NOT to vote at all in these contest or, in the case of Michigan voted UNAFFILIATED (I think that was the wording). Ms Clinton has since repudidated her word and is now asking those delegates be set at the convention, Mr. Obama is stayng to his word. So the question is do we disenfrancise those voters who, ignoring the DNC (which controls the selection process for candidates and therefore set the rules) or do we disenfrancise those voters who followed the request of the DNC and accepted the rules as they were?
    For me the decision is simple those who chose not to follow the rules should face the KNOWN punishment. My sympathy is NOT for those who voted but for those whose votes were lost because the STATES Parties did not follow the rules.

    February 28, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Training

    Obama is not experienced enough – if he gets in it will be ON THE JOB TRAINING. Now with the way the world is today, that really scares me. If Hillary does not get in, I could not vote in a rookie. That is like training a new bus driver – heading for a great big disaster.


    February 28, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Jean

    People are so concerned about Hillarys records;this totally amazes me. Which is the most important Hillarys Papers are is Obama Muslins ./,we all know Obama is lying about his back ground he proved that when he didn;t want to discuss it on the debate.He sure not smart he can't even answer is own questions in the debate it was I agree with Hillary-NOW WHO HAS THE BRAINS AND WHO JUST WANTS IN THE SPOT LIGHT. I have not seen ONE thing that he has said that would make anyone vote for this man.HE HAS NO ACCOMPLISHMENTS to offer.What the heck are you people thinking. I think you are all going to be amazed of the voting in TEXAS How can he handle being a president when he doesn't even no anything about foreign countries ;he showed that at the debate. He made a fool of himself.(oh excuse me -He showed his real side DUMB

    February 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Pia

    Don't believe anything Sen. Menendez says. I live in NJ and he hasn't done a thing for us since he's been in office. Our property taxes went up another 20% in 2007. As a senator, he is supposed to go fight for us New Jerseans in the senate, but he hasn't. I suppose we will get clobbered again with another tax raise this year , perhaps 30% this time around.

    February 28, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. mdo10025

    A real change, I mean a radical change, would be for Americans to elect a woman leader for the first time in its history instead of voting in another man.

    February 28, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Ron

    The largest reason Hillary is in trouble is a POORLY PLANNED campaign. They NEVER anticipated a STRONG candidate to really challenge her in a way that the Primarys after Super Tuesday would be important. She also has made a few DUM errors that makes her appear as if she is looking for sympathy, which is not very Presidental. I believe it is too late for her to turn it around.

    February 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Soonie

    It's OK to degregate a woman but not a black man. This is a gender thing pure and simple. Obama will probably get in because most men privately don't want a woman at the helm so they'll volt for the man, even a black man to make sure that she doesn't get in.

    So it's the lesser of two "evils"

    February 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Mike

    Obama must believe the press that he is going to win... He is all ready starting to debate with McCain and now attacking Bush... I think Ohio and Texas need to send him a message and vote for Hilary!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. venue

    This candidate paid 100,000 fo cheeze in iowa , put up her employees up at the belliago in Vegas and paid one staff member 3.5 millon dollars for his service in january. Who did this? Now I ask? Our country is in debt,our housing market is shot, thier is a credit squeeze, banks are going under...I ask do you want a person who mismanages money to handle this crisis? Hmmm....

    February 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Gavin

    DEE DEE is confident of Hillary's supporters....

    There are so many of us...

    The IN – THE – TANK media does Not want you to believe that

    but it's true...

    We are with you Mrs. Clinton !!!

    February 28, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Cali guy

    I can't help but wonder how the polls would reflect Obummers bid for the White House, if those in Texas and Ohio had known a month ago that the statistics clearly show that news stories on Obummer were 84% of the time favorable toward him, and at the same time more that 50% of the time unfavorable of Hillary Clinton. The bias is documented now and had folks in those states and others(since this has been going on well before December) had that info a month ago things could well be different. in the polls today. When in history of the US has a candidate had to run agaisnt her opponent as well as the media. Instead the media did the best they could to continue running negative stories and ignore that this was being said of them

    February 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. ORK

    All those crying out loud about hillary's experience, remember that good judgment almost always triumphs experience! All the same, the experience point is actually moot for hillary, she doesn't have either substantive or the right experience for the bid she is making.. and the lack of temperament just compounds her experience crutch she keeps waving!

    February 28, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. ml

    standing behind Hillary!
    Hillary, do not abandon us people!

    February 28, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. California Independent

    I guess CNN is on the "Clinton must drop out' schtick.

    February 28, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Anna

    People – this is not a sports contest and we are not fighting over a trophy. There are no foam fingers to wave in the air shouting we are number one... If you want to hate a rival football team, fine. Get your frustration out any way you want. But when it comes to choosing a president, it's time to decide to rally around the democratic party and change the course of this country. I have voted Republican in the past, and even I am weary from the last seven years. I will vote for whatever Dem candidate is left standing. Can we just quit with the name calling and the sophmoric side taking? We have two REALLY great candidates who differ very little on the positions on very important topics. When I read the moronic rantings of some of the respondents on these blogs, I just want to slap some of you upside the head. This is not a football we are batting around! It is our children's future.

    February 28, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Jeanna Salamone


    February 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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