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

Clinton: Obama more likely to lose

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)

    Obama more oil then the Bushes we all know how much thats helped the american people , hello

    May 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. PartyHeartyArtie

    Will somebody PLEASE tape her mouth!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Julie from MD

    Hillary is absolutely correct. Nominating Obama will give Republicans another four to eight years in the white house.

    The Obama-bots are too awe-struck to see this now, but watch... it WILL happen.

    May 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Mark

    Step 1. Hillary, bow out gracefully

    Step 2. Re-poll once unification and healing has begun.. Obama will lead by 20 points over McSame..

    Step 3. The nation walks into the polls on Nov. 7 and even people that have never heard of Obama will look for the giant "D" on the ballot.. Landslide.

    Step 4. The turn-around of the world begins!

    May 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Jaybrown NY/NJ

    She continues to poison the peoples minds about Barack Obama. I know the race isn't over yet and her chances are slim. She has every right to stay in the fight but her words to the people should be about the issues. Her words to the superdelegates should be about the stats and all the rest of the points she's trying to make. If you don't like her, you are not going to vote for her in the primary just because she says she's the stronger candidate. Suppose I don't like her stance on the economy, the war or whatever matters to me. Lets say I wanted Obama more. Beating into my head that you are the stronger candidate and how the polls in her favorite 3 states say she can beat McCain, that's not going to make me vote for her. Stop bashing and talk to the people about issues. Because you know what? One day soon, you're gonna want to be VP or at least support him. No one is going to believe your sincerity. I don't think I can ever believe you would truly support him if he wins. I'd be very skeptical.

    May 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. tigerakabj

    Here we go. So much for bowing out gracefully. This woman is reprehensible.

    These people, even after Obama gets 2026 delegates, aren't going anywhere.

    I truly feel bad for all the people she has deceived. Folks take a look at her campaign and how bad it was run. She didn't have a plan after Feb. 5. She is $20 million in debt and counting. She has baggage to fill up a 747 that has NOT been aired on the MSM (i.e. Clinton Chronicles, Peter Paul v. Clinton). She takes more money from lobbyists than McCain does.

    May 28, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Alan Boyer

    The fat lady is warming up! Hillary is tone deaf! The Clinton Farewell Tour is heading to the station on Tuesday. So long, Hillary!

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Switched Parties

    Hillary is correct. And the DNC should nominate the MORE ELECTABLE candidate.

    Obama started out strong but then there was a scandal exposing his racist views.

    Early voters were unaware of Obama's baggage and inexperience.

    Now Pandora's box has been opened.

    Obama is just surface fluff as far as a candidate goes–a charismatic
    orator with platitudes but no plans.

    The DNC needs to wake up and the liberal media needs to
    stop its Obama infatuation.

    I won't withhold my vote for Obama because he is Black; However, I won't vote for him just because he is Black. His race does not affect my vote either way. I will vote for the most qualified candidate and Obama is not the one.

    Will you please post this comment even though it doesn't support Obama? thank you.

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Kevin

    Enough already, Senator Clinton!!! In these critical months, comments like these are not constructive for the Party.

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Dave

    The only reason Obama is not doing well in the states she mentions is because of Hillary's attacks. Especially Florida where she has continued to say "Obama doesn't care about the voters in Florida". I've looked at polls in the "battle-ground" states ( and Obama outperforms hillary vs. McCain in the 19 battle-ground states they list.

    Where are these polls the clintons speak of?

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Sleepless in Florida

    To all so-called democrats who are saying "Hillary or McCain", guess what? YOUR CHOICE/VOTE HAVE VERY LONG TERM REPERCUTIONS... AND NONE OF THEM WILL BE TO YOUR BENEFIT:

    – When gas prices continue to rise.
    – When jobs continue to disappear because of off-shoring
    – When the number of killed or seriously injured soldiers continue to increase.
    – When universal healthcare and global warming continue to be just subjects in some documentaries
    – When the economy continues to benefit big business while "hard working, white americans" continue to struggle


    Btw, why don't you ask Hillary. "Why did you sign an agreeement that Michigan and Florida WOULD NOT COUNT?" She refuses to answer that question...

    Janet Napolitano or Kathleen Sebelius for Vice President!

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. diddy

    She has hit rock bottom. Pathetic

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. digita

    I would be proud to have the first black president, but not this one. Obama for Senate 2012 ReElection. Show us what you said you will do first in the Senate please.

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Heres the deal....Republican...Independents and literate Democrats will support Obama (I'm one of them) – what type of person would support Hillary?? One who is able to overlook the "misspeaks" – aka – lies....was she under sniper fire....did she support NAFTA....did she really support giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens....are the "12 million" people her universal coverage will support...illegal aliens?? and on...and on....and on.....HRC supporters....time to actually read about this mess...

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Diana New York

    GET OUT...GET OUT ...GET OUT.....



    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Folks.......I ask you............other than Hillary supporters WHO will vote for this women come Nov ???? She has lied ,twisted, attacked , recreated math, tried to ruin Obama's political future, envoked EVERY NEGATIVE possible trick since one week before OHIO. I am a good democrat and have supported Obama. I have however been willing to vote for whomever the nominee will be. After today and in light of Sat. IF SEN CLINTON ENDS UP WITH THI NOMINATION " I WILL NOT VOTE FOR HER NOR HER CROOKED TEAM" I just will not vote. I am a 60 yr old who has few years left in the working group so I have nothing to lose NOT TO VOTE. I will also NOT CONTRIBUTE; which seems to be A BIG PROBLEM with Hillary's supporters. SEEMS THE ONLY THING THAT THEY HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE IS NOT ONLY THIER UNINFORMED VOTES....BUT ALSO THIER "BIG MOUTHS" . Not much money here. I don't picture the Democrats winning anything in Nov. with out CASH.

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Sarah

    How is she more likely to win when she can't even win the primaries?

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Ron L


    I was a supporter of hers and had a GREAT DEAL of respect for her just 3 months ago. Now I hate to say it but she MAKES MY STOMACH TURN!!
    She has gone into FULL POLITICIAN MODE, which means she is willing to promise things that sound good but really are not good (the Gas Tax vacation), she is willing to agree to rules and then ignore the fact she agreed (Michigan and Florida primary situation); she was willing to be demeaning to her competition (stating Barack only would bring a speech to the White House, while she and McCain would bring experience); She is will to make the Caucus states seem less important that Primary states and at the SAME TIME say EVERY VOTE should count when now speaking of Florida and Michigan, 2 months ago she was pushing the IMPORTANCE of the SUPER DELEGATES and how they needed to have the flexibility they currently have UNTIL she now sees most of them are going to support Barack. All of a sudden they need to be gotten rid of.. I could go on..

    HILLARY HAS BEEN A REAL DISAPPOINTMENT… I and many other Americans thought she was smarter and better than this.. I really thought she was going to win, and in the event she didn't she would bow out with some GRACE and DIGNITY …she has done just the opposite.

    NEWS FLASH HILLARY...YOU, BARACK and JOHN agreed with the DNC what the rules would be for this contest..THEY ARE NOT GOING TO CHANGE THE RULES FOR YOU. YOU HAVE LOSS!!


    it would be BETTER for Barack to lose than for the DNC to change the rules at the the way BARACK WILL WIN!!!


    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Douglas -- Rochester, MN

    Like Roland Martin wrote in his column, if Hillary can't have what she wants, she will take the Democratic Party down in flames, just to spite Obama. She has fallen from a highly respected political figure to a pathetic sore loser/brat: and she will probably not be able to restore her (erstwhile) goodname. Hopefully she'll go back to Pennsylvania and drown her sorrows in another beer.

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. RAY IN NJ

    In her desperation Hillary will reinvent herself as well as rewrite recent history! She has no shame whatsoever. Is this the type of behavior we need in dealing with the world at large? Will she rant and rave at Congress, allies, and other countries when she doesn't get her way? This woman is dangerous to America and the world! Her self-serving attitude is a glaring indication of that! She makes up facts to suit the moment, and calmly excuses her "gaffes" the next day as unimportant! She ignores facts if they go against her desires. Again, this is a dangerous way of thinking with so many issues facing our country.
    The nomination process has been set to choose whomever wins the most delegates. Now, conveniently, that should not be the norm or rule according to Hillary's world! It's now the General election! Since WHEN did the primaries skip over the former process and go right into the General election? If that's the case, let's just stop the spending, the commericals, the name-calling, and just poll everyone in June 2012 and pick whomever wins it? HRC is ridiculous and I'm afraid may not have a long career in politics as we once thought!

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Dr. Powers

    Mr and Mrs Clinton can serve our Country by joing the peace corpes and staying out of the country until they learn to think beyon thier own interest and egos.

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. dave

    Someone please remove the batteries from her mic!

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Thad

    She wont stop until the party is destroyed!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. rumpusgoopus

    Although, Clinton is more likely to lose the Democratic nomination.

    ...And thank God for that. We don't need another President who twists logic, rules, and laws for personal gain.

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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