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. Trent, Miami FL

    Clinton is a flip flopping on this message and I speak as a former Clinton supporter. I recently remember in the PA debate when asked can Barack Obama win the General Election she flat out stated YES. Clinton campaign officially a circus is really not thinking in what is best for the party. Her campaign twists, spins, and use divisive tatics to win her case, but clearly none of her deseparation acts are working in her interest. As I am from Florida we know the truth Hillary, we know Obama obide by the rules, and clearly your behavior and characteristics is not what I seek as a leader for this country. Hillary cannot not demand to be on Obama's ticket after these past months stunts. It really appears to me she is a closeted Republican. If you can not financially manage your campaign, how in the wold can I trust you to manage our country's monetary welfare.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Terrance

    Its time for the party to unite under Barack, Hillary keeps shooting her self in the foot, she will now have virtually any shot at even the VP job, she keeps bashing Barack saying he cant win those states. He could work on those swing states if after June 3rd ,this primary ends. Hillary keeps talking making RFK comments, she is ridiculous, why should she be the President ? She thinks she is entitled, the Clintons have lost their bearings.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. james ssss

    this woman dont get it.................................please hrc,do your family a favor and quit this nonsence....................................obama all the way

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Obama 08

    The Clintons and their supporters are never going to stop until they get the nomination under whatever sleazy means possible. What a frightening demonstration of what democracy is NOT.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Bily Davis

    To Hillary's question as to who is the stronger candidate. UNDENIABLY, it's BARACK OBAMA. Why don't this loser Clinton just go away. She doesn't care about the American people nor the Democratic party. It's Hillary first and only. That message is clear yet, she continues down this negative path. If she can't have it she will do whatever, to destroy Barack's chances. I guess she's learning that she isn't as well liked as she is in her own mind.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Michael

    She's back to her wicked ways yet again!

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. seah

    Hillary would beat McCain in a landslide.

    Obama will lose

    Anyone with any sense to them, or has not lost their mind to obama, will never vote for him and should not

    He should never be president of this Great Country.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Animal Farmish

    I remember when she didn't believe in polls in back in February and March.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. NoObama&McCain

    YES YES, We agree! Democrats not for Obama!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. thomas shiverdecker

    she is starting to make me believe she is beyond desperate. Is she trying to keep a democrat out of office this election so she can run again in 4 years. It's over, get over it

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. Kenneth M

    5-28-08 – Added DNC Pat Waak (CO) for Obama
    – Added DNC Meredith Woods-Smith (OR) for Obama

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Kentucky

    What makes this woman think that she would win? Does she realize the number of people that she has upset over the past number of months that will not vote for her -regardless of a number of polices and procedures that Senator McCain might impliment.

    Obama has just as much of a chance to become the next president as she does. I just hope that people will not buy into her talk.

    OBAMA 08

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Joel King

    It doesn't matter who is more likely to lose because you cannot determine that now. Even if you could you still have to let the person who won move on. They still let the Bills play in all those superbowls even though the team they beat may have had a better shot.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. HillarySkank on myspace

    Ms Clinton, had you not been afraid of running against George W Bush 4 years ago, you would likely be president today. You were afraid to take on W and thought you'd have an easier time this go round. You misjudged the situation and now instead of running for reelection, you are losing your last chance to get back into the White House.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. Thompson

    Why does she continue to trash Obama? If she truly was the stronger candidate, why is she not leading the popular vote or delegate count? HRC went into the nomination battle under estimating her opponent and got taken down like Goliath. Accept the fact that not all democrats think you are the strongest candidate–except for the "HARD WORKING WHITE VOTERS". While on the stump, talk about your own strengths and keep Obama's name out of your mouth.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Sean

    Opinion presented as fact. You have to love it.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. BIG PETE SR.

    when this is over ,and we now understand that Sen. Clinton would not be a good V.P. for Sen. Obama,because she has already said that Sen. McCain ,would WIN! which let us know that she or her husband will not do anything ,but to make sure that Sen. Obama LOSE! so that they can run again in 2012.The Democrated Party has changed , and the Clinton's still do not get it! this country ,which we call America,refused to be divided by the OLD POLITICS! of their time.To all of the leaders of the DNC,former President Clinton has been saying that there is a COVER UP;BUT THE ONLY COVER-UP IS THAT THE CLINTON'S HAS NO LOVE FOR THIS PARTY ,ONLY FOR THEMSELVES! and we do not need that type of leadership in our party.This is a sad!!!! day for the Clintons ,because everthing that we thought they were is so untrue! and now we as a country must ask her supporters ,when will you stop accepting anything they say , and look at how they are behaving.For the past week ,all Sen. Obama has done is reach out to them ,and all they have done ,is to try and destroy who he is and how good of a change it will be in Washington ,when they ,and everyone like them are voted out. trust me on this 'A NEW GENERATION OF PEOPLE ARE ABOUT TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK ,AND HOLD THOSE WHO HOLD THESE OFFICES ACCOUNTABLE!

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. B - NYC

    Look at the polls people... When Senator Clinton is not being attacked she always leads... Why? Because she is the one that can beat the Republicans!

    Someone, PLEASE just tell us five things that Barrack Hussein Obama has done for his state or our country in the very short time he has been in public office?

    Two things?

    Thought so... He is a great speaker but we can not afford four years of speeches diverting us from mistakes...

    Think People!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Alex in TX

    Careful Hillary. Your legacy is beginning to be impacted.

    The actual election in November is very different than a poll in May especially after all your angry supporters come to grips with the fact that Obama is a much better option than McCain.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Madana

    I must agree with my friends – superdelegates who are afraid to take a stand – because of their own self interest- are a burden to the party and will be the reason we loose – if we loose. If I have a cancer on one part of my body, the kindest thing you can do for me is to cutoff that part. I know, you will have to use a knife and it will hurt. I voted for Hillary in Florida (when I did not know enough about Barack and about Hillary)- but I think Hillary has become a cancer to our paryt and the longer we take to cut her off, the more damage cells we will have.

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

    This campaign is totally different from any other we have ever had. How can she say she can beat McCain and Obama can't. We have never had a black candidate come this far running for president. You cannot go on past history as to which states will vote which way. This is a very UNIQUE election.

    Time for Mrs. Clinton to either support the party or just come out and tell the American people how she really feels. We know she is in it to win it no matter what. She does not care about the party. It's only about HER - HER ULTIMATE GOAL TO BE PRESIDENT AT EVERYONE'S AND ANYONE'S EXPENSE.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. rumpusgoopus

    I can't wait until she's gone.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. tmd1104

    Apparently the Clintons are finally inhaling!

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. SN in MN

    Obamabots need to chill. Some of us are as sick of them as they claim to be of Sen Clinton. If this bugs you so much go back to watching cartoons or playing video games. Your bile stinks.

    May 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. appleboat

    "waaaaaah,.....waaahhh,......I can win the election fairly! Its not fair! Change the rules!! Change the rules!! Billy,...Billy!! I want to be president!! That mean old black man won't let me win fairly!! waaaaah!!. " Hillary should stop crying. Grow up and accept defeat like an adult!!

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