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Clinton: Campaign has ‘turned a corner’

(CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton Wednesday said her campaign had turned a corner with dramatic wins in Ohio and Texas Tuesday night.

She also hinted she would consider a joint ticket with her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama.

The New York Democrat broke a 12-contest winning streak by Obama.

Clinton also won Rhode Island, while Obama won Vermont. Clinton’s victories mean the Democratic race will continue at least through the Pennsylvania primary on April 22. Watch a preview of the fight ahead

The next two Democratic contests are the Wyoming caucuses on Saturday and the Mississippi primary on March 11.

Clinton attributed her wins to the belief of voters that she would be the best candidate to protect the nation and that she could go toe- to-toe on national security issues with John McCain. CNN’s political team weighs in on the results

McCain locked up the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night by winning Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island.

People who voted a month ago didn’t know who the Republican nominee was going to be. They didn’t perhaps factor in that it will be about national security because, indeed, with Senator McCain, that’s what it will be about, Clinton told CNN Wednesday. Watch Clinton say she can beat McCain

I have a lifetime of experience. Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience. Senator Obama’s campaign is about one speech he made in 2002, she said, referring to the Illinois Democrat’s speech in which he announced his opposition to the then-pending invasion of Iraq.

Obama on Wednesday challenged Clinton’s claim that her experience better prepared her to be the commander in chief.

In fact, Senator Clinton hasn’t cited any particular experience that makes her prepared to make that — to make that call, Obama said. When her advisers were asked about it, there was a deafening silence.

Despite the heated back-and-forth over the last few months, Clinton Wednesday hinted that she would be open to a Clinton-Obama ticket in the fall.

Well, that may, you know, be where this is headed, Clinton told CBS Wednesday. But, of course, we have to decide who’s on top of the ticket, and I think that the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me.

Obama, who won the Vermont primary, had built up a lead in the delegate count before Tuesday. He leads Clinton in delegates 1,451 to 1,365, CNN estimates. A candidate needs 2,025 national convention delegates to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Illinois Democrat said Wednesday the results do not fundamentally change the race.

It goes to Wyoming and Mississippi, which we’ve got coming up this week, and then on to Pennsylvania and a series of other states — North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, he told CNN Wednesday. We are confident that after last night … we end up emerging with essentially the same delegate count that we had going in and feel confident that we’re going to be able to go on to the nomination. Watch Obama say what he’s focused on now

Delegate-rich Texas and Ohio were considered must-wins to keep Clinton’s campaign alive.

In Ohio, Clinton received 54 percent of the vote compared with 44 percent for Obama. See county-by-county results in Ohio

In the Texas primary, she won with 51 percent of the vote compared to 48 percent for Obama.

Those figures were based on 99 percent of the precincts reporting in both states.

Texas also held Democratic caucuses Tuesday, but the results were too close to call.

Tuesday night was a historic one for McCain, who swept all four Republican contests on Tuesday to become his party’s presumptive nominee. Read about McCain’s victory

McCain primary wins gave him more than the 1,191 delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination.

I am very, very grateful and pleased to note that tonight, my friends, we have won enough delegates to claim with confidence, humility and a great sense of responsibility, that I will be the Republican nominee for president of the United States, McCain told supporters Tuesday night. Watch McCain claim victory

Mike Huckabee dropped out of the Republican race after the results came in.

It’s now important that we turn our attention not to what could have been or what we wanted to have been, but now what must be — and that is a united party, Huckabee told a crowd in Dallas. Watch Huckabee bow out

McCain is slated to go to the White House on Wednesday to receive the endorsement of President Bush.

The Arizona senator’s campaign — his second run for the White House — was largely written off for dead last summer amid outspoken opposition from the party’s conservative base, a major staff shakeup and disappointing fundraising.
Clinton: Campaign has ‘turned a corner’ – found here.


March 5, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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