May 28th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton: Obama more likely to lose

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Clinton campaigned in Montana Tuesday.
Clinton campaigned in Montana Tuesday.

(CNN) – With only three primary contests remaining in the prolonged race for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton is stepping up her efforts to convince potential voters and the party's superdelegates that she is a stronger general election candidate than Barack Obama.

In a particularly spirited speech Tuesday night at a Montana campaign event, the New York Senator suggested Obama is much more likely to lose to presumptive Republican nominee John McCain next fall.

"We have not gone through this exciting unprecedented historic election only to lose," Clinton said at an event in Billings, Montana.

"You have to ask yourself who is the stronger candidate?" she continued. "And based on every analysis of every bit of research and every poll that’s been taken and every state that a democrat has to win, I am the stronger candidate against John McCain in the fall."

It was not immediately clear which polls and states Clinton was specifically referencing.

Recent polls out of the crucial swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida have indicated she has a better chance of beating McCain in those places than Barack Obama. But the Illinois senator performs better is several other swing states that Democrats have historically had difficulty winning, such as New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado.

soundoff (955 Responses)
  1. j

    Broken record... broken record... I'm tired of hearing this broken record.

    May 28, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    She just doesn't give up! Why????

    May 28, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Creative Woody

    Apparently 5 months of the primary process says otherwise, Mrs. Clinton.

    I can't believe she and her supporters think Rush and all the other republican talking heads support her. She's delusional, methinks.

    May 28, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga

    LIES,LIES,LIES

    DOES ANYONE BELIEVE THIS CRAP?

    WELL,EXCEPT FOR PEOPLE IN WV,KY AND PR

    May 28, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. tina

    All I can say is...she must be mis-speaking again.

    Barack 08/12

    May 28, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Chris

    This is irritating to say the least.....Look the reason why Clinton's doing so well in the polls compared to Obama is because of the fact that NO ONE IS ATTACKING HER. She's been going around the country convincing everyone that she is the stronger candidate with no opposition. McCain's not attacking her and neither is Obama.

    May 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Anna

    Hillary, you don't realize it, but if you had gotten the nomination we would have lost because all Republicans would come out of nowhere to vote against you.

    Democrats unite.

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. trellskig

    OMG! She's back at it again! Does she ever stop...wonder what her supporters, on this blog has to say now?

    May 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. JJ

    Now didn't she say in a previous interview (or the last debate on ABC) that she believed Obama can win against McCain?? She needs to stop and close her mouth. Talk about the issues at hand and stop tearing down Obama.

    I am really getting sick of her back and forth statements. She is making herself look bad.

    May 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. David Goldman for OBAMA

    YEA, THE BUT YOU ALREADY LOST.

    YOUR MATH LIKE YOUR MILITARY SERVICE, DELUSIONAL.

    May 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Jackson

    "In the subset of polls and research and states and people that I pick and choose, I am soooo crushing the competition."

    May 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Chris

    IT'S TIME FOR HRC TO GSD!!!

    GSD: GO SIT DOWN!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. NY for Hillary

    Hillary we love you but be careful on your attacks on Obama please

    Hillary 08'

    May 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. chicago chris

    How can Hillary supporters stand there and let her bring down the party? She may believe this but she does not need to BEG and GROVEL. Not only is she losing any of Obama's supporters that may have crossed over but she is more than likely losing her own supporters by putting HRC first and not the Dems. Honestly, who says this about their fellow Democrat?

    May 28, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Rich

    You can't even beat Obama! How do you expect to beat McCain??? That isn't something you say about your team mate anyway. Oops I forgot, she is playing for team Hillary and not the Democratic Party. How can anyone like her? I guess that is why her ratings are so bad. I mean, come on people.

    May 28, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. Chris from San Antonio

    A>B DOES NOT EQUAL C>B.

    Just because you won California and New York DOES NOT MEAN McCain will beat Obama in those states. Stop with the fuzzy math and spinning poll data. It's getting ridiculous.

    May 28, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Margie

    Hillary you will always be my hero. They threw you under the bus, called you every name in the book, and your still standing. I admire you for that .Your not a quitter. To all the superdelegates that jumped ship---we will remember them!!!!! Win or not, you will always be Madam President!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. lol

    he is more likely to lose, she wins blue states needed for democrats to win, obama wins red states that mccain will win in the general. she beats both mccain and obama on the electoral map. many early voters for obama have buyers remorse. they voted before the rev. wright flap hit the main stream media. obama is a liberal extremist, hillary is more moderate, that is why she holds the traditional base of the democratic party. the dnc pushes their liberal agenda candidate on the public, and they lose the general.(mondale, dukakis, gore, kerry)

    May 28, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. PH in OK

    he will lose...but not in the General Election...he is going to lose in the Primary election. Hillary is the best person to run against John McClain.

    May 28, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    BILLHILLI SHOWING THE SAME LOYALTY TO PARTY THEY

    DID WHEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE, NONE.

    May 28, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Cammi317

    Let me get this straight...SHE CAN'T BEAT OBAMA IN THE PRIMARY, but SHE BELIEVE SHE CAN BEAT MCCAIN IN THE GENERAL? Either she is off of her medication or needs some prescribed.

    May 28, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Angus McDugan

    What happened to "yes, yes, yes he could win?" What are we to believe from this person? The only thing she has said that is the truth is that we are not sure who Obama is and how is he going to enact this huge change.

    May 28, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Rich

    You can't even beat Obama! How do you expect to beat McCain??? That isn't something you say about your team mate anyway. Oops I forgot, she is playing for team Hillary and not the Democratic Party. How can anyone like her? I guess that is why her ratings are so bad. I mean, come on people.

    May 28, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. KiloWhiskey

    She's right...Obama is nothing more than a clean "front man" in the Chicago political machine. A pretty face with no experience and no depth – never voting out on a limb, always non-confrontive and "safe."

    But she's not the one to beat him. By and large Americans do not trust her and have little respect for her. Democrats need to get past the talk show mentality and try and pick candidates based on competency, integrity, and experience.

    May 28, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. That's it!

    I can not take this woman any longer. She could care less about this country; she only cares about her own ambitions! It's so obvious to me now more than ever! I used to support her, but it seems to me now more than ever that she could care less that the Democratic Party is divided and that we lose in November. With John McCain will come more war, he will not adhere to the Constitution, more enemies, and more hatred of our country around the world. He refuses to conduct diplomacy with our enemies, so he would just isolate them even more. She knows what's at stake and she could care less. She just wants to be the President for her own ambitions! If people don't see that now then they're blind!

    May 28, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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