May 1st, 2008
02:25 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton adviser makes superdelegate pitch

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(CNN) - Following a surge in the pace of superdelegate endorsements, senior Clinton adviser Harold Ickes released a memo addressed to the Democratic Party’s “automatic delegates” that points to several new polls that suggest Hillary Clinton would be tougher to beat than Barack Obama in a general election bout.

(Ickes refers to superdelegates as “automatic delegates” because he says that term better reflects their status as party leaders and elected officials who are entitled to a vote at the Democratic convention.)

At least dozen superdelegates have publicly weighed in so far this week. Of those, roughly two-thirds have supported Obama, and one-third have backed Clinton.

“A spate of new public polls out this week confirms what we have been arguing for some time: Hillary Clinton is the strongest candidate to beat John McCain in November,” writes Ickes.

He points to results in recent national and swing state surveys testing hypothetical head-to-head matchups with John McCain which show Clinton performing slightly better than Obama. He also notes the New York senator’s showing in “the all important subcategories that serve as bellwethers for a candidate’s overall strength.”

Ickes says relevant results in those categories include Obama’s rising unfavorable ratings, and Clinton’s greater strength among independent voters and seniors – and among young voters, a group that has been a vital part of Obama’s base in many of his previous primary wins.

In the latest AP-Ipsos poll pitting each Democratic candidate against presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, both candidates win a majority – but Clinton fares better, pulling in two-thirds of those voters against McCain, while Obama receives the support of 55 percent in a hypothetical matchup with the Arizona senator.

soundoff (520 Responses)
  1. Christine

    To Reality Check who said "shut the hell up" and called Senator Clinton supporters "idiots" - yeah, that's the CHANGE I'm looking for.

    May 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Proud American

    This time around its three against one, McCain, Clinton, Wright against Obama, and he's fighting in a fair decent way. Who is srongest, the one with three against him or the one with only one against her? Hillary only want to steal the nomination, i guess when you break this down, a liar is also a thief.

    To Hillary: Why do you want to steal the nomination from Obama Hillary? Drop out and don't do it because a lot of people will hate you for it and may never vote. You can't win unless you steal it, i ask you please to reconsider out of the once goodness of your heart and drop out of the race. Thank you

    To Cnn: Please post this message... Thank you.

    May 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Tim Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    I wonder why Obama will not use his middle name. Makes one think. Hillary will be a MUCH better President than Hussein Obama. She has what it takes......GO HILLARY 08

    May 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Kim, PA

    i'll take Clinton's sniper fire over Rev. Wright anyday....
    Obama's campaign is a fraud and hopelessness over Change.

    As a matter of fact, the ony CHANGE should be the Super Delegates he has stopping the puppet wagon and supporting Hillary.

    Hillary 08 or bust!

    May 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. CB

    Everybody keep talking about polls. Remember they only reflect about
    1000 people.

    May 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Neil

    So Jeremiah Wright goes nuts all over the media and for the first time in months, Clinton is polling favoribly compared to Obama . . . so it's time to jump ship? Say anything, change nothing. If she loved this Country, or her Party, as much as she loves Power, she would have taken the high road since February. Scorched earth . . . .

    May 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. 28 year old White MAN in FLORIDA

    a REPORT the PETER PAUL vs CLINTON trial

    May 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Cindy

    From: Jack Levin
    To: Jack Levin
    Sent: Thursday, May 1, 2008 12:25:53 PM
    Subject: Obama New York Times advertisement

    A group of Jewish Americans all across the U.S. believe Barack Obama would make the best president and hence are in the process of preparing a full-page New York Times ad - to be signed by all of us who would like to be included - showing the U.S. Jewish community?s widespread support for Barack.
    We would like you to join us by (1) agreeing to have your name (and home town) listed in the ad and/or (2) by contributing between $500 and $5,000 towards the cost of the ad.
    So please now notify either me (email address above) or Nancy Grant ( that:
    (1) Yes, include my name (and home town) in the ad, and/or
    (2) I agree to contribute $______ (maximum per donor is $5,000, which amount is separate from the $2,300 maximum primary and $2,300 general election donations to Barack), or I am sending my check, payable directly to New York Times, to Nancy Grant at 429 Provident Avenue, Winnetka, IL 60093.
    If you would prefer to wait until you see the draft ad (which is in preparation and when published will appear under the umbrella name American Jewish Patriots), please so notify Nancy or me and we will send the draft to you as soon as ready.
    Please help us show our community?s solidarity with Barack by responding ASAP.

    May 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. JC

    Hillary is the only one who will win in November!
    We are Hillary supporters, not Hillary supporters that will vote Obama! We will switch to McCain! The move is on! We will not have Obama!

    Obama : Disgrace to America

    May 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Yves larochelle

    Simply put: Hillary is not truthful! She is fake, her smile is fake, her laugh is fake, the way she shakes her head when she thinks she made a deep meaning statement, everything in her person is fake.
    She doesn't qualify as a janitor!

    May 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Mike

    Some women favor NObama because they find him handsome and charismatic (give me a break), these are REAL reasons to vote for a candidate?

    Some men dislike Senator Clinton because she is tough as nails and has a set of B-S!!!!!

    Senator Clinton will be able to get the job done!!!

    You NObama supporters, I mean followers!

    Go Hillary!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. JR Veteran from New York City

    CNN needs to show some integrity by releasing all the news on Hillary just like you have been on Obama. After all, everything is on YouTube. Go ahead and conceal everything about Hillary.

    May 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. John

    Lee From Treasure Island Florida May 1st, 2008 3:06 pm ET

    Hillary Clintons baggage has not been aired. Her Pastor has been charged with Child molestation and sentenced to 7 years in prison. What will the Republicans do with that!?!?!

    Lee, you are miss informed, the paster that you refer to was a paster from a town named Clinton, NY, and has nothing to do with Sen Clinton, and i will not say you said that on purpuse just to hurt Sen. Clinton.
    . CNN should correct this miss statement.

    May 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Rick in Boynton Beach

    How accurate do you think these polls are. No matter who you favor, if a pollster asked an Obama or a Clinton backer who they would vote for McCain or the other canidate. They will say McCain now because it will help their canidate. Once we have a nominee and a few weeks go by. They will come to their senses and support the Democrat and these polls will change bigtime. These polls are less than meaningless, they are grossly inacurate.

    May 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. MDM

    The Clinton's have been conning this country for years, it is know time that we let them know that we have had enough. Sure, I gues to some point we have forgiving them for their past, but that does not mean we want to go through it again. Just look at our current situation and then look at the characters involved: Reagan/BUSH, Reagan/BUSH, BUSH/Quale, CLINTON/Gore, CLINTON/Gore, BUSH/Chenny, BUSH/Chenny, For the last 28 years two names stand out in this list. How stupid can we be, if we contiune to vote in this manner, than we deserve what we get.

    May 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Sara Berry

    Did anyone ask Lincoln about the beliefs of his pastor? Or Roosevelt, or Washington? Or any other presidential candidate?

    I mean, this really is such a trivial issue when compared to the real problems we face. I actually get a pang in my stomach when i see the number of people who are persuaded by this manufactured issue.

    Obama's church and his former pastor are pretty irrelevant to the type of president he'll be and the type of policies he'll implement. And I know i'll probably take heat for this, but i really believe that if Obama was white, this wouldn't be an issue. John Hagee, who is white, has said some pretty inflamible, disgusting, divisive things and no one's holding John McCain accountable for him. Why the double standard, i wonder. Is it racial? I'm sure for the fox news crowd it is, but for the rest of it, maybe its because there is nothing else on Obama. They've got no dirt, no affairs, no shady practices, all they have is a wack job former preacher, so they're running with it. For reasons unknown to me.

    I just wish for once we could have a political debate about the serious issues we face. Not the process, or politics. But Issues. And i really thought that Barack Obama would give us that campaign. And much to his credit, he's tried.

    But political opponents and the corporate media have decided its more important to sensationalize their news coverage, much to the disservice of America.

    May 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. mehrnoosh

    I agree RG and deb, it seems that everybody has forgotten all problematic issues related to Clintons like, impeachment of Bill Clinton as a result of lying under oath, white water scandal, pardon gate (Bill Clinton pardon controversy), Mark Penn, Bosnia sniper fire, … and media is not interested in Peter Paul case (Hillary’s fundraiser who has been convicted of fraud) and Clinton’s ex pastor Rev. William Procanick who has been convicted for sexual child abuse.

    These are the issues that will be raised by republicans in the general election.

    May 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Lisa

    I thought she didn't track polls silly witch...She is such a liar. I can't stand her.

    May 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. voice of reason, NC

    Too bad the Michelle ticker is now closed. I was going to ask her if Barack made good of his promise to quit smoking once he starts his campaign.

    May 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Please! The polls change every week! Next week Obama numbers will be better. It would not surprise me if the Clinton campaign paid Rev. Wright to look like an complete idiot in front of the National Press Conference. Why was he invited away?

    May 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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