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. Mel

    The best response to this claim by Senator Barack Obama is this: Hillary Clinton if you were the better candidate among Democrats, then why are you losing in the Democrat's own race? She can't even win the Democratic nomination and she is claiming Senator Obama will lose. She can't beat Barack Obama but she thinks she can beat John McCain? Please, give me a break!. As simply as I can say this Senator Clinton, you seem delusional and it must be the trauma from ducking sniper fire in Bosnia, or shooting guns as a child in Philadelphia, or all that whiskey and beer drinking. YOU ARE LOSING. Senator Barack Obama, while taking the high road, has won more pledged delegates, more superdelegates, more states, the popular vote, has out-fundraised you, and has ran a better campaign. Get a reality check instead of peddling fairy tales, sister. You have lost, so stop the silliness. Its tiresome.

    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. White Woman FROM FLA supporting Obama


    TO Hilliary Supporter: You guys disgust me, and don't know any thing about what you are talking about... I wish you guys had sense? but nope yall are idiots. DEMOCRATIC UNITY IS WHAT WILL WIN THE GEN ELECTION... WOMAN ARE STUPID TO BE STANDING BEHIND HER.. SHE"S A LIAR>.. and a disgrace to WOMAN in my opinion. I DON'T HAVE ANY RESPECT .. HILLIARY AFTER THE ALLL THE STUFF COMBINED THAT SHE HAS DONE IN THIS CAMPAIGN.

    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Let The People Speak.

    No Marylee, I don't believe anyone believes this anymore. All she is doing is dividing the party because she is the SOREST loser in history. Barack Obama had not once went negative, despite her constantly slamming him, nor did he violate or break any rule. However, Hillary here is portraying him week in week out that something unfair must have happened that she lost, (e.g. FL, MI, "Cover Up", She has the lead in popular vote (NOT) and now he can't win) Well, he beat you Hill, Fair And Square. So why cant he win in Nov? He could.
    The answer on why Hillary is losing is not because there's a "Cover-up" or anything, the answer is Barack won more pledged delegates, more states, and more votes. Thats why, and that is how the nomination is won, by winning those categories, which he did, and did NOT have to go negative or use the kitchen sink strategy to do, he stayed true to his word of running a honest and positive campaign.
    So we as Obama supporters, Hillary supporters, have to stick to our party's winner, Barack Obama, and back him up and get him elected in November. He is the real deal, he does stand for us, all of us. He wants to be President for all the right reasons, so its on us now to either end the war and bring our soldiers home safe, regain our allies, and get the economy back to normal OR vote for McCain out of spite and kill families children fighting for us because their current Commander-In-Cheif lied to them and us, and they are doing their job, even though over 75% do NOT want to be fighting that war.

    Let's make the right decision for all of us and just ignore Hillary at this point, she is doing herself damage, she doesn't need anyone to humiliate her, she's doing a good job herself.

    Democrats and Americans Unite.

    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Diane in Montana

    I am so sick of you righteous Obama supporters. Both candidates have lied like crazy! You hate to admit it but Obama seriously lacks experience. When Hilary had a slip of the tongue a few weeks ago you jumped all over her. When Obama did it on Monday you were so quick to defend, kind of like how the republicans used to defend Bush. This is really scary. Come on! They BOTH slipped because they are human and neither is perfect.

    And yes, Hilary is constantly being attacked by the press. Give her credit for being tough. Obama has backed down a many times in the last few months when things have not gone his way yet HIlary fights on. She NOW has my vote! She did not before.

    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Jonathan of Tampa, FL

    I understand not giving up, but at some point accepting the situation will have to occur. How can she say he can't win when she is losing to him? That's the bottom line. Have you ever heard a football team that lost the Championship game say they are the better team to win in the Super Bowl? And if so...if they really were the better team they would have won the Championship game.

    Have a beer Hillary and think about it.

    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Joe

    I want to take this opportunity as an open invite for all past Clinton voters to join all of us in Barack Obama's Campaign. We are stronger together than apart.

    We are all ooking forward to crushing McCain in the Fall!! Let's go in a new, united direction.

    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Larry in Boston

    And this is helpful to the Dem's chances in November how?

    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. bond

    I can't believe I have been beaten by a rookie. Who does he think he is? This was my nomination,,, I had this thing in the bag! What happened? You campaign team idiots are fired. I need a new team,,, a new game plan,,, I gotta win this nomination. I promised people stuff,,, I must deliver these stuff. If Obama is in office, he is gonna cleanup house. I can't have that,,, I need people in certain places. Oh dear.


    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. georgia

    Hillary ,Bill & their whole campaign are beyond desparate & disgusting & oh so self-serving. It's known that whatever funds that come in to them up til convention will help pay debt she's racking up. Some of that debt we also know is from paying for votes in Texas ,Pa.,etc. ! It doesn't matter that they are fracturing the party & the nation. She can always (& probably will!) go back to the Repub. party. I hope that also in the ruins will be any possible future for her as a politician after the next NY senate race. Her tactics & way of thinking are what I'm hoping the USA is trying to rise above. She & Bill need to be held accountable for the destruction they've set in motion.

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


    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. SB

    "You have to ask yourself who is the stronger candidate?"

    OBAMA 08!!!!

    Please Hillary. You are like a bad lover that won't go away. GOSH! what a troublesome pain.

    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Rex the wonder horse

    If we don't come together, come November we're screwed.

    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    Well, how come your losing then. Just another delusional comment coming from the senator from new york. I am tired of listening to her. Polls are not fact, they are just polls, and there are alot of them out there, so you can cherry pick the ones you want to prove a senseless point. Its too bad she is so polarizing and is causing so much divisiveness in the democratic party. I for one cannot wait for June 3rd, when all the primaries are over, and Obama is our nominee. We need to get on with the GE. Obama is the stronger candidate and will win the GE. He has proven he is the stronger candidate by winning in popular vote, by deligate vote, by more states won, by raising more money, by superdeligate vote. He has stood up to all the attacks on him, and has proven he is the stronger candidate. He has withstood attacks from the Clintons, the RNC, John McCain, the pundits, Cheney and Bush. He will be the president of the United States. He has more integrity, Honesty, diplomacy and the intelligence than any candidate running. He is the intelligent choice. No more Bush/McCain. Soon it will be over.

    May 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Lora B.

    She's right and she has the votes to prove it.

    Take it to the convention, Hillary!

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Bitter Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    Yeah, that's why Republicans were practically falling all over themselves to help get her nominated. I guess they like a challenge... Let's face it, McCain is like a deer caught in headlights with Obama coming his way. McCain is a dry and boring public speaker; many people like what he says but he can't engage an audience the way Obama can. Obama has the leadership style & qualities the people are looking for this year, as well as the policies.

    Hillary would have been a perfect opponent for the Republicans: dry and boring, just like McCain. Polarizing, you either love her or hate her, so very few if any Republicans and independents would vote for her. Can't raise money like Obama can. The Hillary campaign gives us the garbabe about the electoral college all the time, but the reality is there are many states that Hillary has no hope of winning but could be swing states with Obama. Lots of scandals to hold against her and her husband. What's that you say – Obama has Rev. Wright and William Ayers? So what??? They are really going to make a campaign of holding Obama responsible for what other people say and do? Good luck with that – most fair-minded people don't hold it against him too much. And good luck finding the non-existent Michelle Obama tape.

    Hillary is unelectable.

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Josh

    I am reaching for my earplugs. I know people who supported her in my state are tired of this , I know 5 people that are friends who voted for her, that are sick of this crap. I am sick of her and her husband. do you want to talk about a tarnished legacy. MAKE IT STOP, this is like a bad dream

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Tommy

    I lost my breakfast reading this b.s.

    Hillary: you are a disgrace, just like our current president. Pitiful really!

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. Enumclaw WA.

    If Hillary Clinton's doesn't get the nomination I am going independent form now on!

    I do not oppose an African American being president if we had someone like Colon Powel running I vote for him hands down over Hillary Clinton or John Mc Cain.

    Barack Obama is a pretty boy joke! I do not believe a word he says he changes his option on issues to the crowd that he is addressing.

    Wake up America!
    We need a third party!

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Daniel

    Hillary is a confused lunatic. She is too proud .

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Pete, TS FL

    Obama can't win!

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. southside

    She is so destructive and divisie. And so is her crazy husband. She is NO ROLE MODEL FOR WOMEN.

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. Donj, NJ

    She will never stop. He beat you. If he's more likely to lose, McSame would wipe the floor with you then. How can you lose to a weak candidate? That makes you weaker! Go away.

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Rashawn

    And then she chooses to use Karl Rove as a source to prove she is a stronger candidate.....This is a big joke

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Joseph

    Wake up America. Stop falling for the superficial. Obama will be another Jimmy Carter. He has not the experience to run this country. Just becuase he gives a good speech means nothing. These Obama cronies can never give a solid reason for this guy other than "He will bring change". God, look at his record America. He record shows extremely liberal with little evidence of crossing party lines. He is all talk and these idiots that write on the boards for Obama are one reason why this country is in the state it is in. They mistakenly think that hope alone will make a difference. Research and look at the facts. Clinton has a better record of working across party lines. She has a better record in the senate. She has been working for people since Obama was in grade school. Do not believe the liberal media and these obamanites. Do your research.

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. Sam

    Come on CNN, you're too slow these days. Obama has received two more super delegates today....46 to go!

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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