March 7th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Blitzer: Clinton 'has recaptured her mojo'

Clinton bounced back this week, scoring wins in three states.

Clinton bounced back this week, scoring wins in three states.

(CNN) - This was a strong week for Hillary Clinton. It was not such a strong week for Barack Obama. Her campaign could have easily collapsed if she had lost the primaries in Texas and Ohio. He had all the political momentum going for him. Now, having won those two states plus Rhode Island, she has recaptured her mojo, even as she still remains behind him in the all-important delegate count.

Her friend and supporter, James Carville, our CNN political analyst, says that she must now win the Pennsylvania primary on April 22 and then go on to win the re-votes in Michigan and Florida – assuming they can be organized and paid for. He says that if she does win those three major states, she will get the nomination because the super delegates will flock to her. Her campaign’s argument has been that she carried the biggest states – New York, California, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Florida, etc. – and that would make her more likely to beat John McCain in a general election.

Obama’s supporters have argued that the candidate who has won the most elected or pledged delegates should get the nomination. It’s as simple as that. Even if Hillary Clinton were to run the table on those big upcoming states, he might still be slightly ahead in pledged delegates, because of the proportionate way the Democrats divide up the delegates in the states. (The Republicans, in contrast, have a winner-take-all rule in many of the states.)

Here’s the bottom line: there’s an excellent chance this contest is heading to the Democratic Convention in Denver – August 25-28. Mark your calendars.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (391 Responses)
  1. N

    Yes Wolf, it was a strong week for Hillary but those of us who had a caucus in Texas are still recooperating.
    What a mess–and the reason for a caucus is "to meet and mingle with your neighbors"???
    Your first step was to vote in the primary/then go back at 7 which was a total disaster for many people. My 87 year old mother could not go back at that time due to her disability. The caucus is a disadvantage for the elderly , disabled and parents of small children.
    Also, anyone could sign in on the caucus sheets and noone would verify names, ID, etc. Even if the state would verify the names written on each sheet that would take months.

    March 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. J Mullarney

    Wolf, why dont you propose this as a solution to the predicament we are in. 60% of the US clearly wants either Hillary and Obama – aka the dream team. Shouldn't they both sit down and cut a deal – let Hillary take the first 4 years with Obama as her VP – during that time Obama can learn on the job. Then let Obama take control for the second 4 years with Hillary as the VP.

    March 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Blackorchid

    It was recently reported on MSNBC that it was actually the "Clnton Campaign " who had contacted the Canadian Government about NAFTA and told them not to worry . It was also reported in the Canadian paper as well . Why isn't CNN reporting this ? Why do you keep bashing Barack ?

    March 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |


    March 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Ron R

    The canadian goverment now says the whole NAFTA thing started with a phone call FROM THE CLINTON CAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! as if we didnt already know this!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. rosemarie

    Hillary is not splitting any party, stop listening to all the silly news on TV they just do all this garbage to sell their tv stations.

    She has as much right to run for the presidency as anyone else.
    She is a brilliant woman, and you should be proud of her. THIS IS POLITICS no matter what he says and he can't change that.
    By the way why don't you ask him why he accepted the endorsement of Sen. Kerry, when he also voted YEA to the iraq paper #114, is that fair or playing dirty politics, what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    March 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. gwen

    She never had it. She got her "MOJO" from negative campaigning and the repub. party. The repubs are quaking thinking about facing Obama and they know many poeple will not vote for her. This favors McCain as he can attract independents and other repubs that might vote for Obama. The ONLY reason she got where she is, is due to her last name. Don't you find it interesting she was the only one on the ballat in MI other than Dennis Kucinich and she only got what 55%, the other 40% was indecided. Her "victory" in Fl is primarily due to many NY'ers are there. This is really silly and the dem party is losing with the American people being the real losers.

    Oh Roger-Being that you are from AK it is looking like your under the Clinton spell-The inspiration for "worst attittudes" is what HRC inspires with her childish rants, supporting the other party and putting her opponent who is in her own party down. Very UNPRESIDENTIAL. Don't you recognize after ST she couldn't win nothing?

    March 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Tammy

    Well the Mojo is that the republicans voted for her in Ohio and Texes so the race can go on and we republicans feel that McCain will beat the pants off of her in the General Election.

    March 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Katherine Oliveira

    You guys are losing me... David Gergen and James Carville..political analysts and both former employees of the Clintons. Do you really think that those of us listening believe you are anything but biased? These two men seem to very cleverly sway the conversations in favor of the Clintons. It's becoming a joke and doing nothing more than making a contribution to the huge amount of cynicism out there.

    March 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Arthur-Texas

    With her big wins in Texas,Ohio,and Rhode Island,Hillary is indeed on her way to the nomination.
    A new Rasmussen poll shows her 16 points ahead of Obama in the state of Pennsylvania..
    Given all the wins in big states she has accumulated,She cannot be denied the nomination.If Obama wins the nomination he will have a hard time winning in California,Florida,New Jersey,New Mexico and Arizona,because Latinos and Asians will not vote for him.New York state will also be put in play because of Latinos
    dislike for him and the large Jewish vote may not vote for him especially if Senator Liberman campaigns for Senator Mccain in the state.
    The Democratic leadership know this thus it will be easy for them to select Hillary as the nominee.

    March 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Susan

    This is great – I don't normally post just read – but I've got to admit this is better than a soap opera. So here I am taking names – those who hate Clinton vs those who hate Obama – I'll come back after the convention and invite the losers to join us republicans – see you at the end of August.

    March 7, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Katherine Oliveira


    March 7, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Karen G.

    Hillary has 'mo' and 'jo' if that;s interpretted Mean, Over Bearing, and Just Obnoxious. Sorry, do I need to resign now?

    However, I see 2 major problems with Hillary winning the nomination.

    1. In the general election, Hillary voters would support Obama; Obama voters will NOT support Hillary. Therefore she won't beat John McCain.


    2. If by some chance she were elected President, there would be NO change in our government. There are very few in Congress that like or respect her well enough to work with her, especially on the other side of the aisle. Her platform doesn't mean a whole lot if she has no where to go with it.

    March 7, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. Political Jonze

    As has been mentioned Hillary Clinton has a 20 point lead in Texas and Ohio before Obama turned his focus to those States and started campaigning there. The fact that he WON Texas is somehow lost on Hillary and her MSM sycophants who like to champion it as a huge comeback when she'll end up with a net gain of 6-7 delegates. Barack should win those delegates back after Mississippi and Wyoming so essentially they're back where they started a week ago.

    March 7, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Jenny

    I voted for Hillary this past Tuesday because I felt strongly we needed a woman in the White House. What I've read all day on the net is something else, I must admit. Perhaps the Obama folks are justified to call her a liar and cheat for her alleged involvement with NAFTAgate? I'm so confused...

    March 7, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Hillary Supporter

    Get real, Wolf. Obama's followers call Obama their Lord. He uses others to go out and slander Hillary and make back door deals, then he chastisedsthem and they go away. He blames Clinton for leaking stories that his team planted – for reaping a harvest his staff has sown. He works the press, he preys on the disillusioned and he blinds even the very elect.

    Who is the REAL beast here?

    He that sows the wind will reap the whirlwind.

    Hang in there, Hillary. His throne is crumbing.

    March 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. michael

    Obama is Bi-racial, stop insulting his mother who happens to be white and father who black. I'm African and we acknowledge people who Bi-racial. Because it takes to two blacks to have a black child, Two white to have one and one black and white to have a Bi-racial child. By the way I'm 100% Black and can't understanding why African-American want Bi-racial only to be black

    March 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. Jim, American in Paris

    Hillary is sure to wrap this up and before the convention.

    Obama's campaign is faltering and his protective bubble burst last Tuesday. I don't even think another pillow could save him now.

    Go Hillary!!!

    March 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Dennis Wolfe

    Hillary will win. She is the only who can take McCain and win the general. The super delegates know this, Obama just can't close a deal, he's all talk without the political chops necessary for the fight ahead, he's light and fluffy – no match for the Republican machine.
    A few days of pressure and he crumbled like a cookie. He had all the money, momentum and yet Hillary rolled over him.

    March 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Melissa Atlanta, GA

    Both Clinton and Obama have strong arguments to make as to why the superdelegates should go with them; Clinton did when the 'big' states and Obama does have the most pledged delegates. Obama should get the superdelegates because it is unamerican for 30 years of this nation's history to be decided by two families.

    March 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Grace Strong

    Wolf, I love your show and love listening to you and Jack. That said, I have to tell you, I have NO idea who I am going to vote for, I do know it will not be, more yrs, of the Bush Administration, renamed the McCain Administration, I do not want any part of that blame when it starts if he gets elected, I do live in Michigan, and because Clinton did not take her name off of the list and stuck it all, along with McCain, Clinton should get the delegates. Obama will just lose out here, he could have shown up as she did, it was Obama's choice to remove his name. The fair and only way to do it, is give them to Hillary. I fail to see why Michigan or Florida is talking about do overs, no one wants it, according to Howard Dean, Dem's can't afford it, Republicans don't want it. I didn't vote for Hillary in the primaries, but she won Michigan fair and square. Now, can we just move on???

    March 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Ron R

    Check into the CARLYLE GROUP and see who sits on the board and their curious connections between THE BUSH'S AND CLINTONS....check it out.

    March 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. INDEPENDENT, Wyoming

    I would like to quote Sen. Obama's own Samantha Power; During an interview, she told a BBC program this week that Obama "will of course not rely upon some plan that he’s crafted as a presidential candidate or U.S. senator" to remove U.S. troops from Iraq. Unquote!
    Okay, can anyone tell me why Sen. Obama keep saying he has a plan before and now he is saying he doesn't? He must be in a lot of CHANGEs lately – Change on his position on NAFTA, IRAQ and what's next HEALTH CARE? We know his health care plan is a disaster for AMERICA.

    March 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. Al


    How did Hi- LIAR -y win Texas. Can you please explain????

    Oh! because she only considers the primaries not caucuses...

    Please don't give wrong statements.

    March 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Carolyn Galsterer

    I would just like to let you know how much I appreciate the great way you have been covering the political campaigns this year. You ask great in-depth questions without resorting to personal attacks. I was a daily viewer of MSNBC"s Hardball and Keith Olbermann's show but I've stopped completely and my husband and I are now strictly CNN and PBS viewers when it comes to politics. Thank you for your hard, substantive work.

    March 7, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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