Clinton Strategists to Media: We’re Not Walking Off The Court

May 9, 2008 10:27am

ABC News’ David Chalian Reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton’s two top strategists attended a breakfast with political reporters in Washington this morning to make the case for her continued candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"We are not oblivious to the environment in which we are operating," said strategist Geoff Garin.

He went on to compare the contest to a tennis match — of course, a best of five set men’s tennis match.

"If someone was down a few games in the third set, I think you would be disappointed if the person walked off the court," Garin said.

"And sometimes even when people are down two sets to love and down a couple of games in the third set, they end up winning by the fifth set," he added.

Communications Director Howard Wolfson and Garin made a two-fold electability argument they hope the remaining uncommitted superdelegates will find compelling enough for Sen. Clinton to win their support and upend the nomination race.

The campaign looked at all the most recent general election match-up polls in the 50 states and claimed Clinton leads Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., by 42 electoral votes compared to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., trailing McCain by 8 electoral votes.

They also cited Florida, Ohio, and Missouri as the key differences that tipped the map to Sen. Clinton’s favor.

The other argument put forth by the struggling Clinton campaign Friday was an attempt to paint her as the stronger candidate for critical down ballot races.

They offered a power point presentation looking at 20 competitive House districts currently held by freshmen Democrats that also went for President George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election.

Of those 20 districts, Clinton has defeated Obama in 16 of them during the course of the nomination battle and Obama has been victorious in four of them.

Eleven of those 20 members have yet to endorse in the Democratic presidential race. Five have endorsed Clinton – including two this week – and four have endorsed Obama.

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