Obama Pushback on the New Clinton Math

By Ed O'Keefe

May 6, 2008 10:08pm

What’s the number of delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination?

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., today said 2,209 — including Michigan and Florida, states whose contests the DNC does not recognize.

But on "Good Morning America" on February 22, 2008, Clinton said, "Each of us has to get to 2025 delegates."

(Watch HERE.)

Then there are a series of statements from top officials of the Clinton campaign.

Communications director Howard Wolfson in a memo January 26: "This remains a delegate fight, with 1,681 delegates at stake on February 5th, and 2,025 needed to secure the nomination — and we are ahead in that fight."

Wolfson, February 12: "We don’t think either candidate will be able to get 2,025 delegates without the superdelegates."

Wolfson, February 14: "Neither campaign is in a position to win this nomination without the support of superdelegates. No one is going to get to 2,025 without the superdelegates."

Wolfson, February 17: "Neither of the candidates will get to the number needed to secure the nomination, 2,025, without the support of superdelegates."

And on and on.

- jpt

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