Obama raises double of Hillary’s funds in March
Democrat Barack Obama trounced his rival Hillary Clinton raising $40 million in March, twice as much as the former first lady before their next key White House nominating clashes.
Despite Thursday’s news though, Hillary insisted she could still win the battle for the Democratic Party’s nomination to stand in the November presidential elections. Obama’s windfall, another staggering show of financial muscle following a record $55 million take in February, saw another 218,000 new donors join what his campaign called his national “grassroots army”.
“Today we’re seeing the American people’s extraordinary desire to change Washington, as tens of thousands of new contributors joined the more than a million Americans who have already taken ownership of this campaign for change,” Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe said.
Hillary raised $20 million in the same period, a campaign source said, boasting that it was her second best monthly take of the entire campaign.
And even though she is trailing in the key delegate tally, the New York senator insisted she could still win Pennsylvania on April 22 and beyond.
“I know I can win, that’s why I do this every day,” Hillary said after landing in Burbank, California. “I am in it to win it, and I intend to do just that,” she added.
Hillary’s campaign said that not only did it have enough money, it was also meeting its bills, following reports that some small vendors were waiting weeks for payment for services including helping stage rallies and cater food.Hillary also sidestepped questions about a report that she had personally told New Mexico governor Bill Richardson that Obama could not win the presidency, before he endorsed the Illinois senator last month.
ABC News cited sources with direct knowledge of the conversation as saying “‘Barack Obama cannot win Bill, Barack Obama cannot win.’Hillary said she would not talk about private conversations, but if true, the report would signal that her camp is now making blunt arguments to top party figures about Obama’s prospects in November’s general election.