Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Barrack Obama's Campaign Attacks Clinton In wake of Indiana / North Carolina Primaries

News broke this morning that Senator Clinton made three separate loans
to her campaign in the past 30 days -- including one as recently as

These loans total more than $6.4 million, which combined with her
previous personal loans, add up to at least $11.4 million she's loaned
her campaign since February.

A spokesman said she may continue to "loan the campaign additional
money out of her jointly-held assets" -- which include more than $100
million in income since her husband left the White House.

Meanwhile, by winning a double-digit victory in North Carolina and
closing the gap in Indiana, Barack won another 100 delegates.

Barack Obama is now just 169 delegates away from winning the
Democratic nomination. It's within sight.

This is a decisive moment in this race.

Barack has already won more votes, more delegates, and more than twice
as many states as Senator Clinton, whose path to the nomination has
grown extremely narrow. But these loans show that her campaign will
continue to contest the remaining primaries vigorously.

Here's the math of where we stand ...

There are only six contests remaining on the Democratic primary
calendar and only 217 pledged delegates left to be awarded. Only 7% of
the pledged delegates remain on the table. There are 253 remaining
undeclared superdelegates, for a total of 470 delegates left to be

With North Carolina and Indiana complete, Barack Obama only needs 169
total delegates to capture the Democratic nomination. This is only 36%
of the total remaining delegates.

Conversely, Senator Clinton needs 326 delegates to reach the
Democratic nomination, which represents a startling 69% of the
remaining delegates.

With the Clinton path to the nomination getting even narrower, we
expect new and wildly creative scenarios to emerge in the coming days.

While those scenarios may be entertaining, they are not legitimate and
will not be considered legitimate by this campaign or its millions of
supporters, volunteers, and donors

We want to be clear -- we believe that the winner of a majority of
pledged delegates will be and should be the nominee of our party.

And we estimate that after the Oregon and Kentucky primaries on May
20th, we will have won a majority of the overall pledged delegates.

Evidently, the Clinton campaign agrees. According to a recent news
report, by even their most optimistic estimates the Clinton campaign
expects to trail by more than 100 pledged delegates and will then ask
the superdelegates to overturn the will of the voters.

But we have our own case to make: that millions of Americans
volunteering their time and donating in small amounts have built a
campaign that has won the most delegates, the most states, and the
most votes.

And this campaign -- your campaign -- will be the one that wins the
presidency in November and delivers a wave of support for Democrats at
every level of office.

We'll be in touch as the situation evolves.

Thank you,


David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America