May 28th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
7 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. Irene

    If you want to see someone lose, put Hillary on the ticket. She has very high negatives, and these types of irrational rants that play to our fears–in this case fear of losing this election–are the reason why.

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    Why doesn't Hillary take the VP slot under McCain.... it seems she's working for the GOP at this point anyway...

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Brandon

    Yeah, screw democracy and the democratic primaries... Lets pick out nominee on polls from two states taken a half year before the election... Yeah, Those are definitely more important than this 5 month primary process! Hope the sarcasm is obvious

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Ron, LV

    If Obama does lose to McCain, it will be her and Bill's fault. This sounds like a Bush statement to me. Pick the things that you think support what you want people to believe and ignore everything else. With all the propaganda and manipulation of the truth and facts that have gone for the past 7+ years, do we really want more of the same?

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Jim

    This is so sad. She can't have or do it her way so she is spoiling the mix. I can't imagine the Democrats asking her to be a V.P. after this she is toast.

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Ohio Observer

    "mjc

    I know which state: The State of Denial, which is part of La-La Land."

    Ha ha ha Go away Hillary...

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Melissa- OHIO

    Delusional, but thats nothing new.

    HillBillary will be the laughing stock of politics for years to come. Talk about ruining a legacy. I used to respect them.

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. KIKI

    Clinton is just Bla bla bla. You've got to recognize your defeat with calm and resignation.
    You've been crying for months now and no Superdelegate is buying it.
    Can't you just stop crying Hillary. You played and loose get over it period.
    Is that typical of women or am i being mysoginist here. OMG "The Clintons".

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. will

    For Obama to still be doing pretty well with the republicans and the Clintons going after him is pretty good.... I think when the Democratic nomination is over he will begin to do better in the pools. He is in a tight spot time to just wait it out.... trust me if Hillary wome how tricks the dnc to make her the nominee you can bet she will lose resoundly....

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    IF WE CONSIDER, SLEAZE, SLIME, DISHONESTY, BIGOTRY.

    LACK OF LOVE, LACK OF INTEGRITY, LACK OF HONOR, A

    CATEGORY YOU WIN HANDS DOW.

    THE PRESIDENCY IS ANOTHER WIN.

    IN THAT YOU HAVE SHOWN NONE OF THE QUALITIES WE WANT

    AND ALL THE QUALITIES WE DON'T WANT. ESPECIALLY YOUR

    WILLING TO DIVIDE THIS NATION FOR A VOTE, YUST LIKE THE

    GUY WE HAVE IN OFFICE NOW. YOU HAVE LOST.

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Jeff

    Hey Hill, here's how this works. You have a primary election season where the different parties advance candidates. The candidate that wins the most delegates, gets to go on to the general election. The one that doesn't, you in this case, gets to mend their ego in private, put on a good face and support the winner. Time for you to move on.

    Democrats 08. Time to fix this mess.

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Steph

    I voted for Obama in FL. And not many people came out to vote due to the votes not counting. So, I don't know how she figure that Florida is all for her. And she has destroyed her own creditability over and over with negative comments. I will not vote for her. She brings no hope no peace. She truly has a difficult time being truthful and sincere. I vote for Obama because he's honest and admits his mistakes. And he always says " We" our "Our". Making everyone feel as one.

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Animal Farmish

    I can't believe all the rhetoric and spin coming from this woman. I can respect each American's right to the vote, but to become a follower and not an independently thinking voter is not living up to our civic duty.

    As of yesterday Obama is beating McCain in Ohio as well as Pennsylvania – Hillary wins. This means the Democractic platform is what American's are interested in, not Barack, not Hillary.

    If she manages to somehow change the rules and become the nominee, then this will strike a serious blow to those groups, minorities, women, and immigrants who have been told that American achievement is based on hard work and merit, not maneuvering and relationships.

    This primary nomination is much more serious and important from an American morale than supporters in either camp realize.

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. oldoregon

    Isn' the "stronger candidate" by definition the one with the most delegates, superdelegates, states, and voters?

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Ann

    Who believes her anyways? Give it up, Hillary, and stop trying to steal FL/MI. You're reduced to begging, and that doesn't help women.

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Rashawn

    She is a stronger candidate but is losing in her own primaries by more than half the states, losing in the pledge delegate and super delegate race, and the popular vote?

    She wants to do some funky math to proclaim her victory?

    Nobody is donating to her campaign. She keeps lending herself money but yet she is running still for the will of the people...

    Stronger candidate...? This is a bit selfish to me

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Addis - observer

    ... Only in America: u can say i am winning when u r losing!... Funny America!

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. ademocrat

    You go -Girl !

    Hilary '2008 – there is no other CHOICE

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. ROBIN CEDAR RAPIDS IOWA

    OBAMA IS A WANTA BE, WHAT HASENT HIS FAMILY NOT DONE, WOOPS HERE HE GOES AGAIN HIS PEOPLE, HECNEVER SPEAKS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, HE IS SO WRONG FOR THIS COUNTRY,CANT AFFORD ANOTHER OPPS

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    Sen Clinton needs to wake up it take more than three states to win the election

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. CMitch, FW, TX

    Also, if Obama is winning in primary he will be winning in the general election. Please Hillary get a clue, the people have spoken, we want Obama. NO MORE CLINTONS IN WHITE HOUSE; I voted for Bill twice.

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Javone

    NY for Hillary: I think you are right! I am an Obama supporter and have no problem with Hillary except that I think her need for the nomination is threatening to lose the election for ANY democrat. I think both sets of supporters are having the same concern. It's time to come together democrats and get this thing done!

    May 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. mike

    Rep. Karl Rove used Clinton to divide the Dem party, and Clinton agreed by stirring up the hate in FL. Let's pray for Saturday, Clinton and Karl Rove both wanted to see some bloodbath, let's hope no one get hurt

    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Typical bitter white person

    It is amazing how CNN can be so blatantly in Obama's camp.

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

    Try the Gallop Poll of 5/27 that shows Clinton with 48% to McCain's 45% and compare that to McCain's 47% with Obama at 44% in the General Election. And then they turn around and THEMSELVES say:

    "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."

    Note the word CRUCIAL in their own sentence.

    I'm with the crowd that says ANYBODY but Obama...

    And you Obamanations can keep telling yourselves that Indedpendents like me aren't important or are "closet" Republicans, but just remember in November that your own arrogance and blind acceptance of mediocrity wrapped in rhetoric cost you the election...

    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. kim portland, oregon

    wow, this is actually getting pathetic. i understand that when you go for something you go 100%, but hillary, you have lost this nomination.

    please start working at repairing the horrible rift you have helped create in the democratic party-you OWE us that after all this!!!! if you love your country as much as you say, you would do whatever it takes to help obama defeat mcbush in the fall. and sadly, i dont believe that you will do that, and that says a lot about what kind of person you are. you have really let us all down with your lies, betrayals like saying mccain would be better than obama, your and bill's nastiness throughout this whole process, etc... DISGRACEFUL!!! i would have LOVED to be abe to vote for the first woman president, but you ruined that by shwoing us your "politics as usual" ways!!!

    DEMOCRATS UNITE to end the mcbush years; 8 years is more than long enough!!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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