May 6th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama, Clinton aides spin primary results


(CNN)–The spin wars are heating up.

Tonight won’t do much to change the delegate gap, say Barack Obama’s senior aides – and any day they break even makes it that much tougher for Clinton to make up the shortfall.

"We think we won a really big victory here tonight - it insures that regardless of what happens in Indiana that we are going to extend our delegate lead," senior adviser David Axelrod told reporters. "We have taken another big step down the road here… The important thing is that this was not a game changer, folks, in any way, shape or form."

Earlier in the week, Clinton had said a win in North Carolina could be a “game changer.”

But Deputy Communications Director Phil Singer reminded reporters that Barack Obama had said that Indiana might be the “tiebreaker,” given Clinton’s victory in Pennsylvania and his expected win in North Carolina.

Indiana may not be in the win column at this point in the evening, but they say the exit polls out of both states Tuesday night have bolstered their electability argument: they show Obama’s supporters are more likely to support Clinton in the fall than vice versa.

At the heart of their thinking: Florida and Michigan. Together with Ohio, says the Clinton team, those three states are vital to any Democratic win – and the New York senator has claimed all three.

soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Peter T

    > The only way to unite the Democratic party will be an Obama/Clinton ticket and I know Obama will never let that happen.

    Why not? The only constitutional power the VP has while being VP is breaking a tie in the senate. Ask Al Gore if he felt powerful during the Bil/Hillary terms? That, on the other hand, could be a reason for Hillary not to seek second place behind Obama.

    May 6, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  2. Obama 2008!!!

    Why is she giving a speech like she has already been declared the victor in IN? Is she serious???

    May 6, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. Nancy from MA

    Lake County in Indiana should be suspended from all voting in the future.

    They are a pathetic county, who should not be counted.

    The Lake County votes should be investigated, because this area is known for their back room politics and make up votes. I am sure they used the hours they had to make up absentee ballots for Obama. They compared the lists of people who did not show up to vote and made up an absentee ballot for those people. If your candidate cannot win on his own, then he should not be our President. NO MORE CROOKED ELECTIONS!

    There is no excuse for their actions and it is disgusting to have had to wait for their pidley votes.

    Hillary Clinton better win this nomination or I am not voting at all. That includes 20 family members as well.

    May 6, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. Bill

    So if more Clinton Suppoters would vote for McCain over Obama than Obama supporters would vote for Clinton, only two conclusions can be raised. Not only are Obama supporters true Democrats, but the Clinton supporters are more racist than the Obama supporter are sexist. I hate to agree with Limbaugh on anything, but I think he's right this division and Clinton refusing to do what is best for the party is taking a landslide Democratic victory in November and giving the Republicans a chance. If the democratic nominee loses to McCain (a three time loser), then we can only blame Hillary

    May 6, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. Yasriel

    Boy! Clinton sounded down beat in her speech! What a blowout from NC.
    HRC does sound like a loser.

    May 6, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  6. drew

    She's going to ask for money in the first line of her speech.


    She is delusional. DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN part 2? She hasn't even won Indiana yet and is claiming the WHITEHOUSE?

    And why is it "Yes SHE can" and Obama's says "Yes WE can".

    This tells you allot about this woman.

    I once supported her. But some of my good friends are at Dover Air Force base in body bags. For a war she authorized after not reading the inteligence report.

    She is still supporting a "gas tax" holiday that will cost the US $10 Billion in lost highway taxes and for what, a half a tank of gas?

    This is irresponsible. She voted against gas efficency regulation because she takes money from oil lobbiests.

    She has lost credibility, and lost the nomination.

    May 6, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. Damon in VA

    Did anyone notice that Hillary's speech in IN, seems like a rewrite of the earlier given Obama speech in NC?

    May 6, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  8. Phil

    All you Obama supporters don't forget you can't win the White House with out Hillary's backers so just keep spewing all that Hate !!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  9. linda from South Dakota

    the differnce between cliton and obama is she charges for her rallies and he doenst,, he gets funds from donations from simple people,, she has bill turn over his funds he raises for her campaign.. and she would do this if shes elected, so is this what you want from a president? i dont,, shes a fraud and so is her family,,, They wouldnt know how to tell the truth if it slapped them in the face,,,,,, but it doesnt matter cos obama will win,, honesty pays out in the end,,,go obama!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. James Y in Saipan

    Who cares if Obama doesn't win the general election, though to the contrary I am confident he would, but the bottom line is he is winning the democratic party's primary. Since when did any of you ever saw a black man come this far? HOORAY to Barrack Obama. You are one of a kind and keep on moving brodda.... Keep on and write the new chapter of this nation's history. You are the next president of good ole USA.

    May 6, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. Dave in Ohio

    For those Hillary supporters who won't vote for Obama but expect Obama supporters to do so if she "wins" the nomination at the convention, the entrance to the GOP's "big tent" is over there.

    May 6, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  12. thecandypoem

    Donna Brazile is showing her anger far too much tonight. Why is she there pretending to be an objective reporter? She wants Clinton out so badly, but cannot control her temper at all. Patience, Donna. Please.

    May 6, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. Cee

    We love you, we worry about you a lot..we have so much concern on you because you are on a wild goose chase..
    We really Want you..TO GO HOME!!!

    May 6, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  14. G.R.

    I lost respect for the Clinton's a result of this campaign. I think the people of North Carolina and Indiana have seen through the pandering and mud slinging. The gas tax hoax was busted. Desperation is a very poor quality for a President. Pander and stretch the truth now and you will do it later. Look at the Bush years, painful and disappointing to his supporters i am sure. Please think before you vote again.

    May 6, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  15. bill

    why to go cnn your man won nc. you guys are so full of it you pretend to be impartial but we can see right through you.cnn for obama

    May 6, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. Charles

    I don't get why people don't see the ultimate outcome. There is no way she can catch up in pretty much any category. Count Florida and Michigan as is (which is in no way democratic) and she's still behind. Do you really think the supers are going to go completely against the will of the popular vote and the delegate count? Quit fooling yourselves. She stays in because it's her right to do so. But at some point, the rest of America needs to realize this is a done deal.
    And I've said before, if McCain wins in November, it's not the fault of Obama supporters or the GOP. It's fools who held a grudge because their anointed champion fell that will be the reason McCain has a chance.

    May 6, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  17. Doug, Florida

    Please you all go to and donate some money so she can paid off her debts and drop out the race.

    All she is running for now is to raise money to paid off debts.

    Obama 08

    May 6, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. Laura

    What makes the Obama supporters think that Clinton's supporters will support him? Never in a million years would I vote for Barack Obama. In fact I will vote Republican for the first time in my life.

    May 6, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  19. Chuck, Oregonians for Obama

    One very important thing that the Clinton team forgets is simply this. Although in the past a state may have voted Republican, that does not completely rule out that state come this year. They could just as easily vote Democrat this year. You just never know. Americans are upset with the way Republicans have handeled the past 8 years. This is very true by the numbers of new Democrat Voters this year; so dont be so quick to say they are blue or red or any color. This is America and Americans are for the first time in many years finding their voice and making it heard.

    May 6, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  20. Sarah

    This woman is completely delusional. The race has not even been called. Enough, go away. OBAMA 08'

    May 6, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  21. d

    Obviously Hillary STILL does not get it! The best she can come up with in her speech is that she has won Indiana, which she has NOT won yet, and secondly, can you send me more of those hard earned dollars to a losing cause campaign. Hillary, should they be sending you the $30 they will save from the gas tax holiday.
    It IS over Hillary, the Clinton machine is done.
    The popular vote has spoken. Obama is up 200,000 votes in NC.
    She is only ahead by 40,000 votes in Indiana. DO the math, the voters have spoken Hillary. Listen to them, you are done!

    May 6, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  22. Norman


    I completely agree that with Clinton's negative campaigning and her self-martyrdom that has led so many people to believe that Obama represents centuries of female repression, Obama is going to have an uphill battle. Both candidates would though, for I don't know an Obama supporter anymore that would cast their vote for Clinton.

    Here is something to think about though, if you are a really voting with a feminist chip on your shoulder: John Paul Stevens in well into is 80's and probably won't last in the Supreme Court through the next presidential term without retiring. Now, McCain isn't very conservative on many issues, but one that he is is abortion. A McCain victory could very well mean a new conservative justice and the overturn of Roe v Wade. Food for thought.

    May 6, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  23. Eugene

    Peace, brothers and sisters. Things are becoming clearer.

    May 6, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  24. jack in Louisville, KY

    What do you all think the conversation was like back-stage before Hillary was introduced tonight? I hope to God that she came out too early. She continues her presumptuous attitude and I don't like it?

    May 6, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  25. joe

    she is losing NC by over 200,000 votes!!! HIllary suporters must be delusional.

    May 6, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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