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. Kjetil

    Maby she do get more votes in those three states. So what? Should the democrats just take the one that is best in those states even if that means sircus and negative politics? No.

    The best a party should do is too get a candiate that makes people belive and get hope that everyone can do greate if they work for it. I think Obama gives that kind of hope and i like his positive message.

    If Clinton does better in states like Pennsylvania i really sont care. Same that Obama is better in New Mexico. What i do belive is that when it is election Obama will win, because he has a message for change in many different areas that will improve the politics. And he does it with a positive and hopeful message.

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. AJ

    There’s no chance that anyone will realize that Obama has no chance of winning. The zealots have taken over the Democratic Party without a thought as to the damage that will be done with Obama as the nominee. Democratic moderates need to flee the party now. Once into an Obama presidency, it will be too late. The people who make the "don’t blame me, I didn’t vote for him" bumper stickers better throw things into high gear. If Obama is the winner, there will be plenty of buyer’s remorse to go around.

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Molly

    All I have to ask is, with what money does she think she is going to win anything?? She's BROKE. She already lost because she ran a terrible, short-sighted campaign. She WAS the presumptive nominee, and managed to lose it. And she's going to beat who, again? Also, name the last Democratic president to win a GE without the support of black voters. Does she seriously think they will turn out for her after her racist dog-whistling? She is finished, and now she is just poisioning the well. This is over on Tuesday. Obama will be the next president.

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Pa-lease!

    Hillary is shouting in a room with nobody but herself in it.

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Alex in TX

    When asked on stage in a debate her answer to this same question about Obama's ability to beat McCain was "Yes, Yes, Yes."

    Flip flop, Flip flop, Flip flop.

    We need a leader with character not someone willing to say anything to get elected.

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Darryl

    More likely to lose, what planet is she on? "Earth to Hillary, earth to Hillary, you are losing as we speak!" Get your headout of the clouds, pack it up and pack it in.

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Less, Austin Tx

    There she goes again, referring to herself "I am . . ."

    Doesn't Hillary see what she is doing? Talk about being self-centered. Hillary takes the whole cake, all the plates, spoons, napkins – everything on the table. And it's all for herself.

    She is to the point that she has lost the meaning of performing any type of representations for the Democratic party. She has put all the important issues aside and is focusing on herself ONLY.

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Anita

    Senator Clinton needs to leave stage because she is being destructive in this continued endeavor. I think what she is doing now is not good for our Democratic Party and ultimately for the country.

    Her efforts are now so totally self serving that the harm will be felt by our country and not just her supporters.

    She has not managed her campaign well and unfortunately the ending is no better than the beginning. I think well of Senator Clinton and Former President Bill Clinton; however, it's been time for a few weeks now.

    Exit Stage Left - I'm not a pundit, a news reporter – just a Democrat and thought the world of them both and want them to hear.

    May 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. GaRy

    Oh no..she's becoming more and more irritating.
    Hillary-desperate-clinton..if you have any hope of being the VP.. Give it up and go home..
    Barack will never offer you! Shame on you hillary shame on you!!

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

    That's right. Throw out all of the results from actual votes and the DNC rules and go with polls research as your basis.

    Now that is the Democracy that she is promising Puerto Rico? What a joke!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Stop Hill Stop

    THIS is why people want her to DROP OUT OF THE RACE...

    The longer it goes on, the more hard feelings, the harder it will be to get a Democrat in office...

    They just keep crying about new things, she had every opportunity to win, she didn't do it!!!

    I see why her base is the uneducated, everyone else can see through her BS...

    The BS popular vote argument that excludes caucus states and adds states that they BOTH AGREED would not count. This lady is DESPERATE!

    They actually buy all of this bull that she feeds them everyday. The polls say that both her and Barack would defeat McCain...

    The electoral map is different now, new states are in play with Barack, she won't quit, the kitchen sink is coming in again.

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Picture this....

    While losing by 42 points in the 4th quarter with 90 seconds to play the head coach of the team walks over to the referee and says " so I know we are behind and cannot win but you need to forget all that and declare us the winner because i think we are more popular and will bring bigger ratings in the Superbowl. Ok?"

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. AJ

    I've added some emphasis to her statement:

    "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."

    Really? Absolutely everything points to you being the stronger candidate? Because, from what I understand, you stand little chance of winning the Upper Midwest. That's just one example. Why bother with more.

    Looking forward to next Tuesday/Wednesday when it's all over.

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. Nelson

    I am not sure what scares me more, that Senator Clinton says the things she does or that she actually believes them. In Senator Clinton, you have a candidate who was a prohibitive favorite to win her party's nomination. By all reasonable measures, she trails in the popular vote, the pledged delegate count and in superdelegate support.

    The obvious math notwithstanding, she has the audacity to claim that she is a better general election candidate. She is effectively saying, although I can't seem to beat Senator Obama in the primaries, trust me when I tell you that I can do better than him in the general elections. This is nonsense and her continued efforts to bolster her candidacy by attempting to weaken Senator Obama is beyond shameful.

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Matt

    If Clinton would stop her attacks on her own party, Obama would be and have been well ahead of McCain in the polls. It would be Clinton's own fault if we lost, and if Dems are going to lose in November, I think we will lose regardless of who our candidate is. Clinton has messed things up so horribly. Do we really want a candidate that can not run her own campaign, much less the greatest country in the world?

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Karen

    If you look at the electoral map logically and not emotionally, she is correct. What should be a landslide victory for the Dems is going to turn out to be a slight loss due to the Dems doing what they usually do......putting up their weakest candidate as the nominee. The least experienced one, the most liberal, and the least substance one = Obama. Same thing happened with Kerry and he was an actual war hero. You haven't even begun to see what the RNC has on Obama. They will unleash his past, his questionable ties, his racist wife and so on after the primaries are over. Maybe you Dems will learn after this election, this time.

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Amazed at Work

    "In the subset of polls and research and states and people that I pick and choose, I am soooo crushing the competition."
    -first of all, that statement is hilarious.

    While I admired her initial persistence in refusing to existing the race, it is now becoming an irritant. Her supporters say that she has the right to stay in the race as long as possible, however, if she pushes this to the brink, and he gets the required nominations after next week–she will look like a fool.

    Sadly, she is playing into all of the stereo-typical comments that have plagued women for a while.

    I think that she has not yet considered the fact that her legacy as a politician is now on the line.

    She's like Michael Jordan when he went to play with the Wizards, after all the glory years with the Bulls.....DONE.

    Oh, and all that talk about Senator Obama needing to put her on the tickets is bullspit as well. That would be the most dysfunctional ticket in the history of the American political system.

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Reggie

    Do we really want some so one selfish to be our leader. It's one thing to have desire to win, but at what point does it become to much to bring everyone together. Weather she admitts it or not she doesn't want the DEM. to win if she is not the the candidate. She would much rather sit back and watch us lose so she can say I told you so. She may have the same stubborn ways if she was the Pres. and let her ego get in the way of makeing the right decision for all of us (DEM and rep) If she was a better leader and less persuasive she would be a better person. Her chances would have been better to be the Pres. or V.P.

    Desperation rarely turns out well.

    A Change is Coming 08!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |


    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. bringin the pain

    obama never
    hillary knows obama is weak, he did all his big winning before america found out whom he really was

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. R.I.F.

    Amen Chris. No one's challenged Hillary on one issue in over a month. Plus, there a many polls that show that Obama is doing better than Clinton against McCain as the article states. in fact, in the biggest prize of them all, California, all polls out show Obama running better than Clinton.

    Hillary, please remember that all polls showed Dukakis winning big and he ended up losing 40 states. They also had you and Rudy Guliani winning the primaries in blowouts and we how accurate those were.

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Hanging Chad


    When will this primary end?


    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Cactus Joe

    This is a non-issue. Don't take the bait Obama supporters. Keep focused on McCain.

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Emeka, Florida

    This woman is just pathetic. The hard fact that she also knows is that no matter who the DNC fields as its candidate, the Democrats would win the November General Elections.
    Even the elderly Hillary supporters wont vote Mcain because none wants Social Security to be privatized. Most people are fed up with the war in Iraq.
    Some voters would only be voting agaisnt Bush and not neccessarily for the Democratic nominee.
    The DNC should bury Hillary's obsessed ambitions on Saturday, once and for all.

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. People are you listening

    You know if this was the Hillary than ran in the first place she would be the nominee. However, it seems that the one the Hillary has shown is she hardly ever gets it right on day one.

    War in Iraq
    Universal Healthcare
    Campaign Strategists
    Campaign Strategy

    However she has proven herself to be more than a capable candidate. I don't think the superdelegates will overturn the will of the people for the candidate who one the pledge delegates. Just think if the roles were reversed what would woman think if a bunch of white men in backrooms decided to take the nomination away from Hillary if she lost primaries in SC MS and NC. I believe if we unite both Hillary and Obama will be presidents.

    Let's be serious if Obama does not win in November Hillary will never see the white house. But if we unite Hillary can come clean up any mess Obama makes.

    Obama '08 '12 then Hillary '16 '20

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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