Hillary Clinton Says Focus on Delegate Count Is About Learning from ’08 Mistakes

The Democratic candidate says she isn’t trying to scare off any current or potential opponents with her show of strength.

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Hillary Clinton says her efforts to rack up the support of top Democrats are about learning from the mistakes of her previous presidential campaign and not about trying to discourage Vice President Joe Biden from entering the presidential race.

“This is really about how you put the numbers together to secure the nomination. As some of you might recall, in 2008 I got a lot of votes but I didn’t get enough delegates. And so I think it’s understandable that my focus is going to be on delegates as well as votes this time,” Clinton told reporters Friday at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting in Minneapolis.

She was responding to questions about Bloomberg’s report that her campaign has the commitments of about 440 Democratic insiders known as superdelegates, taking her one-fifth of the way to having enough delegates to secure the nomination.

Clinton said that she isn’t trying to scare off any current or potential opponents with her show of strength.

“I think it’s more a result of the lessons that I learned the last time—how important it is to be well-organized and focused from the very beginning on delegates and those who are superdelegates,” she said.

And, she added, Biden’s private conversations about whether to run and the media attention they’ve garnered haven’t stopped Democrats from committing to her. “I haven’t seen any evidence of that. We picked up additional supporters yesterday and even today,” she said. “So I can only run my campaign. I cannot speak for other potential candidates or current candidates.”

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