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. Patrice

    Wow HRC has done quite well and thanks Wolf for covering this 2008 campaign and Hillary with excitement, enthusiasm and obvious bias. During the last month on this campaign I would rush home from work to turn on the Situation Room. I particulariy enjoyed watching you, Jack Cafferty and Lou Dobbs while I didn't always agree with Lou. Fact is, at least Lou doesn't hide or masquerade what he feels or thinks. I truly enjoyed watching you every single day until it was so obvious who you support. And it is certainly your right to support HRC but as a professional and reporter with your own show, can you at least pretend to give equal coverage with the same amount of respect as you give Mrs. Clinton. Viewers give you that respect every time they tune in to your show.

    March 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. tsr

    The race is NOT over until one of the Democratic candidates gets the 2,025 delegates needed.

    I am happy Hillary won 3 state primaries Tuesday and is staying in the race. She is the most qualified to be President and I will continue to support her all the way to the white house.


    March 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA


    I guess we'll see the stuff that is coming out about Clinton in the next few days, we'll see if she still has her "mojo"

    "yeah baby, yeah" – Austin Powers

    March 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Michael in CA

    The Superdelegates seem as if they can't agree on what to do, but the controversy is simple...Superdelagates should follow the guidelines provided by the DNC. If these guidelines are so controversial they should be changed in time for the next presidential election. However, when appionted they new what they were expected to do with their vote.

    March 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Karen

    HIllary is splitting the party by actually stating that John McCain is more experienced in foreign policy than Barack! Whether that is true or not should be up to the OTHER party to discuss, not Hillary who will DO or SAY ANYTHING to get elected. Have we all forgotten the drama of the Clinton years and scandal after scandal????? Bill Clinton said himself years ago that we the voters should not trust the candidate that talks only about fear and tries to diminish HOPE. Sound familiar?? I wish Barack would put THAT in one of his commercials.

    March 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Marko, Chicago IL

    Hey Wolf, she will have less delegates from Texas than Obama. How is that a victory for the monster?

    March 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    Hillary will do anything to get John McCain elected.

    March 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Jeff

    if by "recaptured her mojo" you mean the media is bending over backwards for her, then yes she has. its really pathetic how easily you (the media) are manipulated.

    March 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Lopez

    I just viewed Senator Obama making a speech in Montana. Am I the only one who hears how he changes his voice? Depending on if he's in front of a minority crowd or white crowd? Now that he is getting more of the Black vote, his voice sounds more like MLK. But in Montana, his voice changed without the preacher slang. Whats that about?

    March 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. JR, PA

    How come James Carville is not on Sen. Clinton's entourage? He seems like a very smart man, Sen. Clinton can use him on her campaign. So far, he was correct on all his predictions or opinions.
    Good job Mr. Carville. Go all the way to the White House Hillary!

    March 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. mbs

    With friends/advisers like Rezko, Power and that NAFTA-economic adviser, Obama doesn't need enemies. They're doing more damage to him than the opposition will.

    Hey, this is the fight for the will be tough, it will be messy...get used to it Obama supporters...grow a thick skin and stop acting like 20-something over-indulged spoiled brats.

    March 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. brianr

    Wasn't she the only candidate on the Michigan ballot? She's obnoxious.

    March 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Harvey

    Obama supporters can yell as loud as they want but he will not have enough delgates for the nomination...and neither will Clinton..thats a if and when Fl and Michigan delgates are counted Obama can go back on the basketball court...

    March 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Bayou Joe

    Mojo, Chuspa, Gutsy, Cojones, Yep she has them all. Great presidential material. Hillary over Obama any time. Keep on going. Don't let these Obama fools take it away from you. Hispanics will deliver for you in November, TX, CA, AZ, NM, CO, NV, UT, FLA, NY
    Can't lose with those states. Oh I almost forgot OHIO.

    March 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Gregory Brown

    hillary clinton, go away. if you win the nomination i will sell my soul and vote republican.

    March 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Annie

    Hillary Clinton and McCain say they have experience, but we can’t trust their judgment. We cannot forget that we are still in this war they helped get us into because of their judgment. The women have to remember that it’s their husbands and son’s who are fighting. If Hillary fought Bush about going into this war instead of allow it as hard as she is fighting Obama, maybe we would not be at war. Taking someone else word is not enough, with all their so call experience it did help them make the right decision on the war. They should
    have done their own investigation. I don’t trust their judgment.

    March 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. After further review,Texas

    The three teams left in the race are now disqualified for cheating,lying and taking bribe money.The election should be canceled until new and trustworthy players can take the field.

    March 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Fernandez

    The time is now for Obama to bow out, he has shown bad judgement in picking is advisors. What will he do as President? The so-called uniter will be the divider

    March 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Bob G.

    Don't you wish this circus was color blind and all the clowns had make up on so you couldn't distinguish their sex , race, or color of their skin.

    So ask the questions:

    Would women be voting for HRC if she weren't a woman.

    Would men be voting for BO if he weren't a man

    Would whites be voting for HRC if she weren't a white

    And would Blacks be voting for BO if he weren't black (well half black and half white technically speaking)

    Need to look at the real issues – Economy, national security, and terrorism (Iraq).

    Who would be the best President without regards to race, color, sex, religion, etc.

    Still think Florida and Michigan should have a re count the same way they had their first election. No money spent, No campaigning, no tv or radio, no pep rallies – just American people exercising their God given right to vote! It's our FUTURE (short and long term)

    March 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Lynne B

    Mojo? haha. She used a fear bomb, (her 3am ad) she lied about Canada since it now is obvious it was her campaign who was doing the back door wink wink nudge nudge thing with the Canadians Fact is mojo or no mojo – unless she can somehow buy this nomination with all the money that those of us with inquiring minds would love to know how the Clintons acquired, she's done and you can poke a fork in her – the numbers don't work period .

    March 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Lou

    Unfortunately folks this is politics in our beloved country. HRC splits the delegates on the day she pronounced to meet her in Texas and meet her in Ohio. She won both popular votes primarily due to the release of the memo from Canada which as it turns out the HRC staff was also in contact with them. Of course they'll deny this until the culprit comes to light and then they will throw he/she under the bus. The bottom line is that she lost Texas & Vermont and won Ohio & Rhode Island. So a split puts her back on top, I think not ... Nice try Wolf.

    March 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. aware

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 and the smart choice! Yes, we will! 🙂

    Barack is losing his cool but he can run again in 8 years. Maybe by then he will be ready? That could give the Dems 16 years – whats so bad about that?

    March 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Ovitshio Branco

    : You know what would be a good idea – producing a program once a month entitled – “American History Night”. Keith Olbermann would be ideal as host.
    People in this country haven’t a clue. Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill Cunningham, Ann Coulter, Wolf Blitzer and their ilk. What’s dangerous is the following they have. From what I read on these threads, I can’t believe how ignorant people are in this country. What happened?
    Last night, Sean Hannity reminded me of the Judge in Berlin in 1944 when he tore into defendants who were accused of trying to kill Hitler. They never had a chance to answer the accusations.
    Sean Hannity, just what is your problem? Barrack Obama has distanced himself from Louis Farrakhan. Your guest told you those 15 times last night. Weren’t you listening? No, of course not.
    Let’s be clear here – Louis Farrakhan is not running for president. Barack Obama’s church leader is not running for president.
    Your bigotry and hatred is showing Sean. It was on full display last night. Congratulations.

    March 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Lydia

    I am getting so sick of Wolf and the Clinton News Network. Everything she does is viewed in a positive light. What happened to real, unbiased journalism?

    March 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. ABG

    Most of Obama's states he won were from caucuses and smaller states. Pennsylvania will only have Democrats voting. Hillary will win PA. because she has the credentials. Obama has no baggage because he has not done anything to show he can deliver effective change. He cannot even manage his campaign staff and was quick to say she was not a paid employee. She had been working for him for years. He needs to be VP!

    March 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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