Clinton: ‘I Feel Like Paulette Revere’

By Ed O'Keefe

Apr 3, 2008 5:38pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper Reports: Senator Clinton says she feels like Paul Revere. Make that Paulette Revere.

"Senator Obama has been very timid and very unenthusiastic  with doing anything with the economy," Clinton, D-N.Y., said at a tarmac press conference in Burbank, California on Thursday, "I feel like Paulette Revere –  the recession is coming, the recession is coming!"

The candidate, who was outraised by rival Obama, D-Ill., 2-1 in March, and will soon release her tax returns, was asked if she felt like her campaign was in financial crisis.

"We pay our bills," Clinton said. "We obviously have to scrutinize them and ask hard questions about them but, you know, we are doing fine. We have the money to compete we are doing everything we need to do to keep the campaign going."

Moving away from the economy, Clinton was directly asked if she or her husband speak to superdelegates about Reverend Wright, whose controversial statements have caused woes for Obama.

Clinton declined to answer the question saying, "I think most people have made up their minds about what they think about it but certainly as you recall it was very heavily in the news and people you know sometimes have it on their minds. And I think though for most voters they have processed it they have figured out what they think about it."

When asked if Sen. Obama can win in November, Clinton demurred, "Well, I am sure that were going to have a united Democratic party that will do everything we possibly can to make sure we will."

Clinton denied an ABC News report that she told Governor Bill Richardson, D-N.M., prior to the Governor’s endorsement of Obama, that Obama "cannot win" a general election against presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

"That’s a no," Clinton, D-N.Y., told reporters when asked if she made the comment to Richardson.

"We have been going back and forth in this campaign of who said what to whom and let me say this, that I don’t talk about private conversations but I have consistently made the case that I can win," she said.

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos reported on Wednesday’s World News that sources with direct knowledge of the conversation between Sen. Clinton and Richardson, say she told him flatly, "He cannot win, Bill. He cannot win."

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Senator Clinton was California to appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and attend a Beverly Hills fundrasier.

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