April 22nd, 2008
09:32 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton camp: 'There's still a long way to go'

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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Camp Clinton, buoyed by its Pennsylvania victory, plans to take what worked here and take it on to Indiana and North Carolina.

Spokesman Mo Elleithee held a gaggle with reporters a short time ago. He said that said heading into the May 6 contests, the campaign would continue to push the themes that Hillary Clinton is the most equipped to be commander-in-chief and to lead the economy into recovery. He said the campaign would continue to raise questions about Sen. Barack Obama’s ability to beat Sen. John McCain in the fall.

Elleithee said Obama has built-in advantages in both North Carolina and Indiana, which he dubbed a “battleground.” Indiana’s proximity to Illinois makes him a known entity in much of that state and North Carolina boasts a large African-American population.

“There’s still a long way to go until a nominee is decided,” Elleithee said, noting the campaign feels very good about the upcoming contests in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oregon.

soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Smittie

    I am confused by the media's coverage of the primaries. I was told and have read that Sen. Clinton needed to win be 25 points in Penn and by 20 points in a few other states and to break even in the rest of the states to be able to argue electibility to the superdelegates. Now, it is a whole different game. Sen. Clinton was initally set to win in Penn by 25 points, but it looks like less than 10 points. Where is she going to make up the gap? I think both are good candidates, but in all fairness, how can the superdelegates give up vote to the person losing in both delegates and popular votes?

    April 22, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. Jane

    The first female president of the US will not be Hillary Clinton. More than likely it will be Governor Kathleen Sebelius from Kansas who endorsed Barack Obama earlier this year. Governor Kathleen Sebelius will make a fine first female president.

    April 22, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. john williams san diego, ca.

    FOOLS for HILLARY..we all thank you and the regressive state of Pennsylvania for subjecting us to 3 more months of that CACKLE and those 'lying eyes' and bubba and that big pant suited bu......

    April 22, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aren't we Pennsylvanian's smart?!!!!!!

    April 22, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  5. Judy

    There is no hope for a Dem. to win the White House unless ALL voters are ready to support the candidate that wins the nomination. Some of the comments that I have seen; "If Clinton wins I will either not vote or will vote for McCain" or "If Obama wins I will either not vote or will vote for McCain". ANY DEM. CANIDATE WILL BE BETTER THAN ANOTHER REPUBLICIAN IN OFFICE.
    For both Clinton and Obama supporters; please don't give our country back to the Republicians; no matter who wins VOTE DEMOCRATIC

    April 22, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. CL

    Sure looks like Obama supporters are bitter, very bitter. Don't lose sight of the fact no matter who wins the nomination the object is to defeat John McCain.

    April 22, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Frank

    If the pundits and exit polls are basically correct that either Democratic nominee will only lose about 20% of the others supporters, why the constant argument he or she can't win "this state or that state" in the General Election?

    April 22, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. Peter

    What should this slogan "Hillary wins the big states" mean? That is nonense! Hillary won nearly all HER big states at a very very narrow margin and in an election against an other democratic candidat... Obama didnt lost with +10, 20, 30 or more percent behind her as outsider und not liked person!

    Obama has the lead and Clinton can't get more votes at total.

    At the real election against McCain the narrow wins of Clinton doesnt matter. The voters for change, the DEMs would clearly vote too in the states which Obama didnt win for him...

    Obama is the leader at all results in total, nationwide polls and becomes the candidate. All other is stupid spin PR from the Clinons.

    April 22, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. Jay

    I just gave $$$ to Hillarys campaign!! Hillary 08!!

    April 22, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. CNN Contributor

    CNN is very upset.

    April 22, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. v.ananthan


    HILLARY 08.

    April 22, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. Sara from Arizona


    April 22, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. same ole stuff.

    oh my gosh. people vote for who they are familiar with. Both of these candidates are about the same. Nobody even reads half the time, they just vote for who looks like they do. Anyway, after the whole Rev. wright fiasco, no white person will look past that. regardless of what Obama says or stands for. (i'm black by the way)

    He (rev wright) cost him this election. white people were willing to "consider" him, but now forget it. It's back to the same ole stuff. He's totally gonna be pushed out. and that's bad for black people because people wont listen to us and will lump us together in a catagory. AGAIN!(which is why, if he wasn't up to snuff, i didn't want him to run) cuz it makes us all look bad. PLUS, PEOPLE ARE A LOT LESS FORGIVING IF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN MAKES BAD COMMENTS. But if Hillary said bad comments(she wouldn't) I doubt it would cost her the election.(black people would just be mad, that's all) it would be unpopular but they wouldn't call her anti-american. people would still forgive her and vote for her.

    People vote for what they are familiar with. And now they are gonna sterotype him. Bottom line

    ....but if Hillary was so schooled about this economy, why can't she manage her campaign funds more wisely. She's running out of money.

    at least Obama has been very strategic about his campaign. Which contray to popular opinion proves he has a brain.
    Why can't people see that. DUH!

    April 22, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. steveda - Poconos Pennsylvania

    All I hear is that Obama can't win from the Hillary people. Tell me, when McCain talks about her support of NAFTA, the money her husband receives from Colombia, the lies about Northern Ireland, the imagined sniper fire, the lies about gun ownership (she has voted for every gun control law proposed), the vote for Iraq, Whitewater, Monica her illegal commodity trades, the Peter Paul lawsuit alleging illegal campaign fundraising, and last but not least ... Bill's wholesaling of pardons as he left office – including Marc Rich. What is the response? the "sorry, I misspoke" line doesn't cut it. I generally don't trust politicians very much, and once they lie it's all over as far as i am concerned. And she has lied WAAAAAY more than once.

    April 22, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. JC

    To be a doctor a person has to spend 4 years getting a BA degree. Along with this they have to maintain an excellent GPA as well as score extremely well on the MCAT (a test that is considered so difficult, there is virtually an enormous market devoted to manufacturing books to help prepare for it. If they do one without the other or neither they won't be accepted into Med school. A typical med school will accept 20-30% of its applicants meaning for every one person admitted, thousands are denied. They will spend 4-6 years in med school working on extremely difficult material as I'm sure you can imagine. During this time they will work up a total of over 200,000 dollars in loans to pay for school. After all this they receive an M.D. but are STILL not allowed to practice until they can complete a residency and fellowship, some taking up to 8 years depending on the desired specialty. This is what it takes to be a doctor and these are the people that get screwed with universal healthcare.

    Just thought someone would like to know.

    April 22, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. Brad A

    And clintons background is just wonderful too.

    April 22, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. Patrick

    The numbers still say she is not the democratic nomination for president. How can she and her minions argue that she will not stop campaigning until the last votes are counted, and on the other hand run for victory stating only she can win the "big" states? (Never mind the fact she lost Texas.) A month ago her group stated she needed to win by double digits in penn., now that she hasn't she moved the goal posts again. It is still virtually impossible for her to win the delegate count. How could a "Democratic" party nominate someone for the presidential campaign who hadn't won the most elected delegates, elected by the people.

    April 22, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Snowman

    This is a really a loss for Hillary. At one point she was ahead by 30% in PA and her margin of victory will be much less than that in a state taylor-made for her demographics. It's really hypocritical for her to talk about Obama not being able to close the deal when he outspent her even though she was a household political name who was supposed to walk away with the nomination several months ago. Obama was a relative unknown when this process started, and now he still leads in both the delegate count and popular vote. Clinton is a failure and will be sent packing in June. The only people who refuse to realize this are the stubborn, petulant Hillary supporters and closest racists who wouldn't vote for Obama if Jesus endorsed him.

    April 22, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. MM

    Pennsylvania I am bitterly disappointed in you.

    April 22, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. Toot

    Go Hillary!! We need and respect her as our candidate for President. The changes that we need to focus on for the future is with her. Sorry Obama fans he is not the real person you think he is and it is starting to show.
    Go Hillary!!

    April 22, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  21. Trini Calma

    I am glad a candidate like Obama is running for the presidency. It showed how biased the media can get. Obviously, CNN favors this man. I no longer watch CNN. For the last 8 weeks, Fox news it is. Call Hillary whatever name you like, I will vote for the LIAR I know.

    April 22, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. Kaci

    "built in advantage" sounds kinda racist to me. Since Obama is 1/2 white, do you mean he has an advantage among white voters? when will you people quit trying to label him the "black candidate?" this kind of thought is inherently racist. Obama is the ONLY hope in this election to bring this seriously divided, racist, sexist, broken country together. Even Bill Clinton today injected race into the contest again by making racist statements – that were recorded mind you – and then claiming he never said them. The Clintons will not only now through the kitchen sink, but will throw the whole bathroom at Obama. He has, however, for an inexperienced candidate, remained very professional, very presidential. Meanwhile, HRC has pandered to the lowest common denominator of our citizenry, saying aything (really, anything) that will increase the fear and racist attitudes already in a lot of people. She counts on the fact that the dirty politics will resonate with these folks – and it has. How black people ever thought these two Clintons were in their corner escapes me. Shame on HRC, shame on this country. These posts on CNN and other sites that go beyond just preferring one candidate and her policies over another candidate – to pure, racist, hate. They denigrate the person posting, their candidate as well as all thinking people. No wonder other countries find Americans barbaric. Wake up people, this country, our future and the future of our chldren are on the line. Quit fighting and namecalling like school kids and vote to take your country back from those who have raped and mutilated America.

    April 22, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. Linda Cummings

    Why is no one taking about her comment which said that she would Nuke Iran if Iran nuked Israel? Good grief she's going to start WWIII. I'm not ready for the end times. I have grand children! Her comment scared the wits out of me. I pray that she stops knee-jerk comments like that and begins to look at the consequences of off her careless remarks.

    April 22, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  24. Sherri

    It is a sad day for America. I had faith in Pennsylvania, and I'm very thankful for those who were wise enough to cast their ballots for Obama. She lost her 20 point lead...that counts.

    If Clinton keeps on slinging mud, she will destroy the Democratic Party and McCain will win. It is truly a shame.

    This is one white, middle aged woman who thinks Hillary Clinton is a dishonest con artist. Just check the facts. It is easy to see.

    Maybe it is time for a new political party in the United States?

    April 22, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. rose

    Penn voters said Obama supporters would vote or Hillary, but let me tell you this Obama supporter will NEVER vote for Hillary. N E V E R !!!

    April 22, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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