Clinton Camp Unveils Victory Blueprint

Plenty of time to turn this thing around, advisers believe
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2008 3:04 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., makes a campaign stop at Hunter College Auditorium in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As Barack Obama continues to bask in the glow of a string of impressive primary victories, Team Clinton is pulling out the stops to capture important wins in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania. Clinton advisers have hardly given up hope. They're optimistic Hillary can accomplish the latest victory blueprint: nail pending debates against Barack, exploit the extra time to convincingly re-present her appeal to voters, and win over the super delegates they believe will ultimately determine the Democratic nomination.

But Obama won't be on the same page. Clinton hopes to capitalize on the 13-day break between Tuesday's Wisconsin primary and Ohio and Texas' March 4 double-header—though it could just as easily help Obama, cautions the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza. Clinton and company are also crossing their fingers that Obama's lead will bring much closer scrutiny—although "if there were a hidden land mine, It would have been surfaced by now," Cillizza notes.