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. Abby

    I thought she had promised not to damage his chances in exchange for the ‘supers’ to hold their floodgates till the end of the primaries? As if her word meant anything anymore. What damage to women! What a reputation she’s giving us as unreasonable, nagging sore losers.

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

    When will they 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 |
  3. marie

    She's right. This will be the second time the democrats will put up someone who can't win in November.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. NG in DC

    Clinton is a far stronger general election candidate - that is evident today. Whether it's too late to change the course of the race, is most likely the unfortunate case. Let it be clear, that the African American vote is what's driving this decision. To not nominate Obama is too great a risk to the party long-term. I like them both, Clinton and Obama, but have no doubt she's a stronger candidate and more seasoned politician. However, there will be race riots in the streets if the superdelegagtes decide in her favor.

    Obama/Clinton 08

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Reality Check

    If Barak pick this woman as his vice president, he better count me out. I am a young adult working for him because of his message of change. With Hillary as vice president, Barak message of change won't make any sence. He would become another politician to all the young people working so hard for him.

    The Democratic leaders better don't make that mistake of choosing her as his vp. We are going to go away if that happens.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Sal T. New Orleans

    At one debate, she was asked if she thought Obama could win the election. Her answer was an unqualified "Yes, yes, yes!".
    Now she is going back on those words for her own personal interests, and not those of the Democratic party or the nominee of the party.
    I think superdelegates should also take this ungraceful exit into account to make a decision as to which candidate better reflects the ideals of the Democratic party, and the ethical principles we all strive to live by.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. MD for Obama

    It's amazing how many people are so sure that Obama will lose to McCain SIX MONTHS before the general election. If the economy gets any worse and the war takes an ugly turn, I guess he willl still lose, huh?

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. paul


    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OBAMA 4 PRESIDENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Debbie in NJ

    And yet Obama keeps getting superdelegates. Go figure. He got 2 more this morning – one from Colorado (a swing state itself) and one from Oregon.

    Obama '08

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Becky

    I use to have a lot of respect for the Clinton but now I'm so sick of them. Please go away Hillary.

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Lorenzo

    Hillary we need to talk. Have you lost your bearings, you will do anything to win. Bad Habits produce Bad Results.

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. lulu

    She is absolutely correct. The Ovomitnites are surely educated enough to realize that if the Rev. Wright tape had come out BEFORE half the country had voted, BO would be back in Chicago by now. His misspeaks are occurring on a daily basis. She has the support of half the democrats in this country....HALF OF THEM...and they're getting ready to switch parties and vote McCain if BO is the nominee. Once the republican machine gets in gear, they will chew him up and spit him out. BO is in way over his head, and we don't want this man anywhere near foreign policy issues. The male-dominated DNC and party reps have screwed their party big-time, so much so that many of us are through with DNC and switching to the Independent party.

    By the way, kudos to Lou Dobbs for being the only male on CNN to defend Hillary...we won't forget your support, Mr. Dobbs.

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. RB from NH

    If stronger means most likely to lie, complain, whine or use fuzzy math, than yes, she is stronger.

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Monica

    48 to go
    minus 33 from the upcoming primaries.
    15 more supers to go!
    Hip hip hooray!
    I find it interesting that the loser is calling him a loser.

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Bilal

    Interesting that she doesn't mention Obama still beating McCain in Pennsylvania, Ohio, etc. although by smaller margins. There's no extra credit in the General Election, 50% +1 is a win.

    I really thought that Hilllary was going to peter out gracefully and reffrain from attacking Obama as the campaign winded down. Instead of respect for her working to unify her party after this painfully long fight, she's pushed this Independent into the anti-Clinton crowd now. Sad.

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Lenore Z.

    Hillary Clinton, if you are the most likely candidate to win, then how come Obama is beating you?

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Mary Sue

    How does Hillary's statement help unify the Party? How does the statement not damage the frontrunner?

    If Hillary wants to stay relevant and be helpful to the Democratic party, why can't she attack McCain? She could have talked about his rigid foreign policy or how the Democrats have a better economic plan.

    I'm really angry with the DNC leaders for allowing this kind of divisiveness to continue. Our Party is being irreparably destroyed.

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Understandable?

    So she can beat McCain, but not Obama? I don't see how that fact doesn't negate her theory.

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Lindsay

    Will someone please tell her she sounds like an idiot? I'm sorry, but this is getting ridiculous. Hillary Clinton is going to go down in history as a conniving, self-serving, sore loser. Is that really what she wants to be remembered for? Doesn’t she see how this all looks to the rest of us? She really doesn’t care about the Democratic Party. She cares about the Clinton Party.

    Hillary, how, and in what parallel universe, are you the stronger candidate? If you were stronger, wouldn’t you have more pledged delegates? How about more super-delegates? How about more votes? Wouldn’t you have won more states? Oh, that’s right… the states you lost won’t matter in the fall anyway. The only states that matter are the states where you won. The rest of them are unimportant. Right?

    How sad.

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Kim

    One word - delusional!

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. DEMOCRAT FIRST, supporter second

    What absolutely amazes me is the fact that she is still arguing that she is the stronger candidate. Has she looked at the popular vote, the states won, delegates won, and other information that suggest otherwise? I used to be a supporter of hers but, this constant attack on the nominee is not helping her causes (either to be the VP or the candidate in 2012) nor persuading me to change my decision back.

    As Democrats we need to support OUR candidate. For those that suggest they are going to vote otherwise is to say that you are truly not Democrats. Don't go unnecessarily attacking people because they differ in opinion from you. I used to be confident in her abilities just like you, but this is making her sound a bit bitter. Simply put, she should have prepared better and must now support the candidate if she if to make herself relevant in future politics.

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Joey

    Hiliary can't win GA, CO, NC, and VA. But Obama can win those states. So what is your point Hiliary? She is getting handled by Obama in Montana. And who is voting for him? The so-called rural white voters she claimed he couldn't pick up.

    Clinton is all about spin and that's all she ever will be.

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. Larry from LA

    Good job Hillary keep dividing the party by putting Obama down as a weak candidate. I just hope that the democratic party finally realizes what Hillary is all about, HILLARY?????????????????

    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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    May 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. John

    She keeps asking it because it is painfully obvious that she is indeed the better candidate to beat McCain. Heck, she's just the better candidate period.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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