Clinton: ‘This is the Exciting Part’

By Michael Elmore

Feb 13, 2008 1:14pm

ABC News’ Kate Snow and Eloise Harper Report: Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, once described going negative as the "fun part." Today in a press availability in Texas, she described the state of the race as the "exciting part." After suffering eight straight losses Clinton did not dwell on her losses in Virginia and Maryland, instead she spoke about Texas and the issues in this state that is critical to her campaign.

"I want to congratulate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illi., on his recent victories and tell him to meet me in Texas, we’re ready” Clinton said. “This is the exciting part of the campaign. Where you really get down to saying, ‘OK, what are the differences? how do we draw the distinctions?’"

Clinton said she is not prepared to give this up and recognizes that there is a long road ahead. "There are hundreds of delegates that will be in play on March the 4th, we are well organized and well positioned, this is a long journey to the nomination."

Clinton dismissed her opponent’s victory in Maryland, and used her husband to compare as she has done repeatedly in the past.  "I think everybody knew he was favored there.  My husband lost Maryland when he was running in the primaries."

Clinton refused to admit that the momentum has shifted toward Senator Obama, "Some weeks one of us is up and the other is down and then we reverse it."

Clinton rejected the notion that her campaign is currently joyless.  "That’s not what’s going on we have a tremendous amount of energy" Clinton said.

"This is the back and forth of a campaign. Now its on to Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin next week.  This is a very competitive campaign and we need to make sure that the people voting here in these states know what’s at stake."

Clinton informed reporters that she has not loaned her campaign any more money, and has no plans to do so.

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