Clinton's talking points on Georgia

The campaign looks awfully eager to get out in front of an early Obama win.

Published February 6, 2008 12:58AM (EST)

The Clinton campaign just sent out two e-mails to reporters, one labeled "Surrogate Alert: SUPER TUESDAY TALKING POINTS" and one labeled "Surrogate Points." They look awfully eager to get out in front of what appears to be a resounding win for Obama in Georgia.

Was it a mistake? Or is this the newest form of campaign spin -- don't bother sending anyone on TV to say all this stuff, just drop it straight into our in boxes?


"We're excited by what we're seeing.

"We have 21 states that are still outstanding where we expect to pick up a significant number of new delegates.

"To be sure, both campaigns have a long night ahead of them -- but we feel very good about the numbers that we're seeing.

"It's very important that people in the states where the polls are still open get out and vote.


"Unlike the Obama campaign, the Clinton campaign never dedicated significant resources to Georgia.

"Sen. Obama spent over $500,000 dollars on ads on television and radio; we never went up on TV.

"The Obama campaign has 9 offices in Georgia. The Clinton campaign only has 2.

"Sen. Obama has had staff and significant campaign operation across the state for 8 months. Sen. Clinton only deployed staff to the state in the last couple of weeks.

"Polls have consistently showed Sen. Obama with wide lead over Sen Clinton. That lead has only widened over time."

By Mike Madden

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