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. Suzanna

    Wolf is sure showing his true feelings about this campaign. He needs to let the campaign play out and stop trying to destro Obama and favor HillBillary. Wolf you're ridiculous when it comes to being partial to Hillbillary.

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY !!! No matter what you do Wolf Blitzer

    March 7, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Joe

    How can you say that she won Texas? They are still counting the delgates. Also North Carolina should be considered a "big" state along with Penn.

    March 7, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Dan

    Karl Rove became a genius when he learned the art of negative campaigning (how to lie and deceive and play to voter fears). Some people might call it Hillary regaining her mojo, but to the rest of us it is not the way we wanted to see this campaign precede. The remaining question is, will Hillary’s campaign continue to succeed? If it does, the voters have learned nothing about the destructive influence of Karl Rove’s brand of politics and have ignored the prospects of the politics of hope.

    March 7, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Jeff K. / Galena, MO

    Wolf, here's the bottom line:

    As much as Hillary is loved in this country (whatever amount that is) if she is the candidate for the fall, the Democrats will have a real fight on their hands. Right now they are looking at the voter turn out this year and falsely believe they have mojo for the general election and it doesn't matter who they put up as a candidate. It's Obama that has brought out the numbers and can again in the fall. Hillary can count on maybe 50% of the numbers now if she runs in the fall.

    This issue will put a wedge into the party and the excitement will be gone if she is the candidate. She is simply "the old guard in a pant suit" and will not bring the refreshing change this country needs. I know the polls say that most of the supporters from each camp can comfortably crossover if needed when one of the two is chosen, but the polls have been wrong before this season already. A young person who is fired up for "their candidate" will answer a polster in a positive way because at that moment they can't imagine "their candidate" losing at that moment. Once "their candidate" does lose in the election, they mope for a while and then they join the race. But if "their candidate" is not chosen for the sake of backroom party favors and loyalities, that will leave a bitter taste in their Democratic and Independent mouths and the excitement and turn out numbers will leave quickly. It could cause a flood of new registered Republican voters by the fall. They're young and dis-illusioned... who's to say?


    If the DNC allows FL and MI to do anything that allows the primary votes to count, including a "do-over", it will be just another example of the party caving in like it does in the Congress. The rules are the rules and everyone knew them going in. Like Lou Dobbs is always saying " We are a nation of rules " , and I happen to agree with him, but are we? Time will soon tell.

    It doesn't matter if the primary is close or not, or, if the fact they chose to break the rules will send this primary into a convention to be decided. As long as the votes don't count, this won't happen again. If the votes do count, look for much more confusion in the future because all the states will now see they can get away with it.

    March 7, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. suzieq

    I really wish the media would remind people about the debacle called the "Clinton Era". Especially Mr. Bill and his adventures under the desk where he would have received his '3:00am phone call' Does Hillary always wear dress suits and pearls to bed? She has no mojo-just underhanded low down politics which, as an American taxpayer, am sick of.
    I believe America is ready for a president who will take care of America first. The Europeans learned their lesson from WWI and WWII. Why can't we? The United States is becoming the biggest joke.

    March 7, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Sarah

    I'm watching Wolf right now and he's really pushing for these Florida and Michigan re-dos with Carvelle and Wilhelm (how come he's not on Clinton's side this time..hmmm). Why does Wolf continually show bad news for Obama over and over again during his 3 hour shift but when there's anything to rebuke Clinton,. it get's shown once or it doesn't appear at all? Wolf is supposed to be a reporter but, in essence, he's campaigning for Clinton. How many times does Ed Rendell of PA have to be on his show? Why isn't he repeating the segment about Clinton's foreign experience wherein it shows she's lying about it? Why isn't the FEC irregulation case about her Senate race that's on the November, 2008 calendar in LA being reported? Hillary, Chelsea and, yes, Ed Rendell are supposed to be subpoenaed soon. Let's hear about that along with "Rezko"!!! Also, report winnings as they are. Caucus results in Texas aren't even in but you don't hear Wolf talking about that. Come on – let's have some IMPARTIAL and factual reporting. Leave your own choices at home.

    March 7, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Jon Shutt

    I fully agree with your thoughts that Hillary got her mojo back.

    James Carvel (sp) just creamed Obama's spokesman on your show. Carvel made it sound so simple when he said that Hillary will put up 15 Million, how about OIbama? Obama's man stuttered for 5 minutes after that.

    March 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. David

    Obama flip-flops on Iraq???

    What about Hillary?? ...She voted for the war ..or maybe CNN seems to forget..

    March 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. cheryl're an adult fair. ....or we'll have to take your show away. The only thing coming from the Clinton campaign is "dirt" and you're spreading it.
    A Democrat that will vote McCain if Hillary is on the ticket.

    March 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. Marie

    You really make it hard to watch CNN. What happened to your objectivtiy? It is obvious to your viewers that you are surely supporting one candidate over another. I have always considered you as one of the best journalists in America. Don't let this election tarnish your reputation.

    March 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Corey S

    Let's just say we're in the general election, if you count the electorial votes for the states both Hillary and Obama won so far, Hillary does come out the winner with over 200 electorial votes since she won most of the bigger states while Obama's would be around 160. This means Hillary is more electable. Superdelegates want to vote for a candidate who's more electable, and that should be Hillary Clinton.

    March 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Wolf, I'm disappointed in you agreeing with James Carville in reference to Hillary and Obama both putting of $15 million each. Let Hillary put up the $30 million, she created this mess.

    March 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Charles

    I hate that argument that Senator Clinton is making about winning Iowa. Is she saying that we the free voters in the state of North Carolina should not vote because the people in Iowa have already decided for us? I don’t care how many "big states" she wins, has anyone remembered all the states Obama has won. Should we all forget about that because Iowa has decided for us? Every super-delegate should withdrawal their vote until the vote is within grasp of a candidate or whoever wins the popular vote.

    How can Senator Clinton really suggest that we should count the primary in Michigan when Obama wasn’t on the ballot. That sounds like a vote that takes place in Cuba! Does she really want to stoop that low? I’m all for everyone’s voice being heard, but we had rules and we should follow them. I think Dean was right to say either re-vote or we are going to follow the rules. As for Florida she has a little argument. Every name was on the ballot, however, that was early in the process and the "clinton" name is well known. You can’t say you had an election when you don’t have a campaign. As far as I see was a name recognition test.

    As for the attacks, Clinton came out and said she was always being attacked. At the same time attacking Obama. Now she has the press afraid to attack her. And when Obama raises legitimate questions about her tax returns...rather then releasing them, they call him Ken Starr. I guess you can’t ask the Clintons a tough question or you’re going to be told that you’re either being too easy on the other person or you’re the equal vent of Ken Starr! However, since she did bring up his name can the press start "vetting" her on these issues or are they afraid of being accused of working with Kenn Starr or being too easy on Obama.

    This monster comment from Obamas campaign was a stupid comment, no one has asked how Clintons campaign gets away with calling Obama the equal vent of Bush, Kenn Starr and Karl Rove. I can take an educated guess why she is doing this! This is because we all know these me to be the political enemy of the Democratic Party.

    In closing! I’m so glad that the Republican party has its first commercial when it shows that Clinton decided to support John McCain rather than her fellow Democrat when asked about the ability of all the candidates ability to lead as President! Way to go Hillary

    March 7, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Miguel

    Would you please crunch numbers and report on the to-date count of "Real Democrate" votes for Clnton and Obama to-date – i.e., only counting "registered democrates" and not Independents, Republicans, etc., who actually voted and these Democratic Party primaries. Who leads? Thanks...

    March 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. John

    Why don't they go ahead and give Hillary all the Texas delegates? She won them. OH,I forgot they're still trying to find a way to make Obama the winner. That's why they still haven't turned in the caucus count.

    March 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. keg

    the american people will decide,not cnn.We want Obama

    March 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. James from Texas

    Go Hillary!

    You're at the top of the wave now. Keep the wave going into the presidency.

    Obama is the biggest false prophet of our time. He's being carried like he was the person who made the winning goal, winning basket, touchdown, etc.... But why is he being touted like a hero... I can't honestly think of anything that he has done... and apparently some of his people can't either.

    As for voting, we all know the rules.... I don't disagree with them.
    But let the superdelegates do their thing and vote for who they think is the best. Quit saying that the delegates majority should win.

    The delegate system is undemocratic and doesn't even fit the system that we use know... Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in Nevada and still loses the delegate count (may happen in texas).

    March 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. likeable

    I hope FL and MI have a revote and I hope Hillary kicks some $%%! Obama keeps talking about delegate counts. Well, since he is sooooo fastidious about rules, in order to be the nominee you have to have the magic number 2025 delegates! BUT the superdelegates have to decide who will be able to win in the general election. Obama is winning GOP states small states that will go to the Republicans. That won't do nothing for the democrats. Hillary has won almost all the big democrat states!!! That is what counts. Get real Obama peeps.

    March 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. sharran

    I don't see why Hillary's taxes are so important. Will this information help our economy, get us out of Iraq, save people from loosing their homes, improve our standing around the world. Give me a break! Obama needs to stay on message because he not good at this kind of fight.

    March 7, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Cathi

    Wolf Blitzer, her "mojo" as you call it is toxic and venomous to the party, let alone Obama.

    So, you think mojo consists of a woman who throws tantrums, sides with the Republican candidate - HEY, she should talk to HIM about running for VP on HIS ticket!), chides her opponent as if she was his mother, flip flops on issues and statements, plants seeds of disgrace to her opponent's fault when in reality it was SHE who was "wink-winking" - and just in time for the primary election in one of the states that "matters" (because she won it - not fair and square, but she stole it). So much for your praise of the monster and her "mojo."

    March 7, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Thom

    Yeah, right !!!! Ask Al Gore about winning the popular vote. It's the states baby !! The BIG ones.....Hillarys' camp is correct..........

    March 7, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  22. A Hunter

    It seems like a little before the TX, OH, RI and VT primaries, the news agencies started balancing out their coverage of the Clinton/Obama battle. Prior to that, the media bias to Obama was simply palpable.

    But now that the coverage has balanced out a bit, I can't believe the amount of rancor I see on these forums from the Obama people, who are irate that 'their' candidate might actually be portrayed as walking on terra firma and not water ! The responses from these people come across as purely rabid, frankly, and turns away people like myself from the Obama candidacy.

    I think starting from Iowa, Obama has benefited from a significant portion of registered republicans crossing over and voting for him, to deny a Hillary nomination. Especially visible during the caucauses, which by its very nature are a pure sham. That is a fact, whether these republicans are true "Obamacans" or not. These people will simply cross back in the general election and vote for a republican.

    Based on the above, when people state that the Super-delegates have to vote for the 'will of the people', it is essentially the 'will of the republican people' that they are talking about.

    I think the democrats should have 'democrat-only' primaries like the republicans and these primary contests should be winner-take-all like the General election. Without a winner-take-all, this process is, by-design, tailored to drag on.

    March 7, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. Pam

    The media gave her who obama mojo!!! Why did you not report the story on her conversations with Canada? Why are not reporting the truth about her? Her camp calls names and thats fine. The media sure does not want a black president. Thats fine lets get Bill back in the white house. We need the scandals of the Clintons. Since everybody wants the rules to bend for Clinton, why not just forget the election and just give it to her. The youth didn't come out for her and it is their future, but what the heck.

    March 7, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Doom.

    Hillary supporters will support the democratic candidate, regardless of who it is.

    Obama supporters will jump ship and vote McCain or stay silent.

    Why is this continuing?

    March 7, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. Jen

    I dont see any mojo... I see deceit, I see political favors, I see secrecy. What kind of power will she have to control things when in the white house? DONT VOTE FOR HILLARY!! You will regret it I guarantee it.

    I will be saying I TOLD YOU SO once again!!

    March 7, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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