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)
  1. Jack

    Unfortunately, we only have two choices in this great country – Evil or stupid. Republican leadership is about creating wars to benefit corporate greed and Democrats are too stupid to win an election.

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Eugene

    Another reason to leave Sen. Clinton out of consideration for VP.

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Lynne

    Delusion: a fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact

    I think she's delusional.

    May 28, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Martha, Georgia

    HRC continues to take jabs at her Dem. opponent, while allowing the Rep. opponent to roam free of criticism. The Clintons are so hell bent on winning, it all about them, not the American People. This woman should have remained in PR. I hope the people of NY are watching this fiasco and ready to give her the boot also.

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

    Hillary is the master of deciption. I think she is the one that groomed carl rove. Last weekend we saw how she avoided the press over her calculated comment by running for cover in Puerto Rico. You have lost so get out of the race Hillary you have no shame.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Trezy

    Hillary is finished,she just have to realise that. She cannot base her arguments on polls in those big states that she won! We want facts. and the fact is that Barack Obama is leading in delagates, number of states, popular votes and he has more money than she has!!!!!!!!!
    Which superdelegate won't vote for Obama?
    Good bye Hillary, see u may be in 2013

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Toots

    Seriously. When is this woman going to stop spinning the truth and face reality??? Her fuzzy math is just as bad as certain Republicans. It's time to face facts: she can't win the nomination. It's time we all got behind one candidate and that candidate is Obama. Let's focus on coming together as a party and winning in November rather than this petty garbage. Clinton needs to stop trying to write her own election story. The results speak for themselves.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Nu,Bakson

    How can you win the general election if you can't even be elected as the nominee? Before you walk, learn to stand. At the moment, it doesn't look like you can stand.

    McCain is not worried about Hilary. They got enough against her. If in doubt, check "The Clinton Chronicle" on youtube.

    Edwards dropped out, not cause he is not good but because he saw the odds against him and thought bigger; because he has something Clinton does not have: wisdom.

    Loosing today doesn't make you a failure. Ambition and desperation is not the same.

    Hilary has no honor, I am not the only person who think like this. The media is too soft on Hilary for some reason.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. WillHancock

    When will thry pull her plug? The reason why Obama might lose the GE is because of the negatives the Clintons have push on him. I don't know whose worst her or her husband. She have to remember if she was that strong of a candidate she would have run a better campaign.
    She is in debt, she flip flop on everything she says we don't need another foor years of BS. We need a straight forward person like Obama. Hillary after the primary go home.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Jen

    There she goes again. She needs to step down, and support Senator Barack Obama. All she is doing is dividing our party. There are only 3 primaries left. I wonder what she is going to say if she looses this nomination. Blame Obama? Blame the DNC? It's ridiculous. She knows that she doesn't have the numbers to get the nomination. I can't wait until June 3rd so I don't have to hear her negativity anymore.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Animal Farmish

    One positive thing from that has come about from this primary – I'm a much more educated voter.

    I actually care about the policies and who can enact them (no pandering please – keep the gas tax holiday) rather than my traditional position which has been to maintain the status quo and vote between the lesser of two choices

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. JustMe

    Can someone please explain why she keeps doing this ? She´s just giving the Republicans videos e speeches to use agains´t Obama should he be the nominee. The DNC should shut down her camp once and for all.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Carl Dupont

    I wish Obama could say something about this nosense from Hillary.
    One day she is waiting for him to be killed, the second day she is believing she is the stronger candidate.

    My quest is this: Are so called hard-working white people in OH, VA, PA,KY eneghouh to elect a President? Howe about other white who love Obama for meaningful change? Does Hillary think that we are not true white because we are for Obama..

    I've never seen a family like Clinton's.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Anna

    This lady is desparate.....wonder what promises she and Bill made to all those donors to the Clinton Library.....must be really something since she is fighting so dirty, etc.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Chris in VA

    Hillary is right. CNN's analysis is deficient:

    Any ONE of Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania have more electoral votes than puny states like Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico COMBINED.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. D

    Hillary is delusional....and anyone who truly believes what comes out of her mouth has fallen prey to delusional ideas...It almost makes you wish she really was under sniper fire....

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. GDC


    No matter who I support, or who anyone supports, you have to be in agreement, or just covering your eyes and ears (hear no evil, see no evil....I can't say speak no evil in this case) that she's (as well as Bill for remarks made at the end of last week) showing some true colors of being willing to throw the Democratic party under the bus come November if she doesn't win.

    How do you gracefully step out of the process and still show support for party's nominee, after you've so recently claimed he can't win in November (though he is currently and if all continues on the current path will win against you)?

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. CB2

    Please Hillary!!! Of course, you can make this argument because it will be with your help that makes him unelectable. You are trying your hardest to scar Obama for the general election.

    I'm sure that Hillary wants to be on the ticket with Obama, but she would prefer to be president. Well get over yourself missy. If you were to clinched the domination, then we wouldn't vote for you either. Besides something maybe happen in June...where Barack Obama would end up being president anyway. Right Hillary????

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Jeremy from Houston

    I'm curious to see how she is going to try and flip flop her stance on Obama once he officially receives the nomination. How believable will she actually be in the event she actually campaigns for Obama and the Democratic party once the primaries are complete? But the real question is, will she support him at all?

    If she wants to stay in the race simply out of principle, then so be it. But why slaughter your fellow Democrat in the process when you have to realize that the writing is on the wall? I don't like Senator Clinton, but I respect her enough to believe that she's not that delusional.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. YK, Damascus, MD


    You were strong candidate 10 months ago against all dem candidates. What hapeened to that?

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Super tracker

    Come on CNN, more supers are coming in for Obama today, let's get to some real news......

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. TESAP

    I hope this rules committee meeting ends HC's daydreaming, with candidates like these te Democratic party will never unite...... RULES COMMITTE PLEASE PUT AN END TO THIS FATAL ATTRACTION BETWEEN HC AND THE PRESIDENCY...

    Honestly she should be fined for breaking the rules, SHE CAN NOT BALANCE HER CAMPAIGN DEBT HOW IS HE GOING TO HANDLE THE NATIONAL DEBT???


    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Doris,Memphis, TN

    June 3, is by birthday.I have asked the man up above for one present.
    Please send Senator Clinton back to New York. She has lost the
    African American vote forever!!!! She will never be President.
    I simply do not understand the Superdelegates and the DNC.
    If the roles were reversed, Barack would have been kicked out
    of the race months ago.The democratic nominee will win this
    race. This is why she wants to take the nomination from Senator Obama at any cost.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Satch

    Geez..... Get out already..... Pathetic..... No one is listening...... BLAH, BLAH, BLAH

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Bush was never elected

    Hillary loves the republicans because they voted for her in the primaries, but those votes don't count in the GE. It's a whole other ballgame after that.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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