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. Buffalo Guy

    Yes let him loose. He will be my preferred looser instead of a fear mongering cheat like you.

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Monica

    I will say it again...
    He does not need OH, PA or FL. But I will ultimately guess he will win some of them anyway.
    East coast, midwest, New England states and some in the south and he is the next president.

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Jack

    Yeah based on every analysis...except for the PRIMARY PROCESS ITSELF in which she's losing in EVERY category. And Hillary supporters who are claiming the popular vote due to the 'disenfranchised' voters in FL and MI. Look... I'm going to lay this out for you as simply as possible because I'm tired of the ignorance. Hillary claims to be the champion of these 'disenfranchised' voters but she signed the ruled that stripped FL and MI of their delegates just the same as everyone else. Now she's blaming Barack and the DNC. It's not their fault! It's FL and MI's faults for moving up their primaries when the knew that their delegates wouldn't be seated. And speaking of disenfranchisement, by claiming the popular vote she's ignoring (disenfranchising maybe?) EVERY single caucus state. But I guess that's okay because only big states (that vote Clinton) actually count. I'm usually not this angry but I've had it with her. Now she just keeps tearing him down when we should be uniting. She's ruining the Dems' chances as well as her own political future. See if she gets the VP slot after a stunt like this. Or re-elected to the Senate for that matter.

    Obama '08/'12

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Peg Robson

    I am in complete agreement with her. Obama has nothing but words and McCain has sacrificed so much for this country throughout his life and rookie Obama doesn't have the experience nor a plan.
    Angola NY

    May 28, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. HSNP



    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Diane

    Stop with the stupid scare tactics. Homer Simpson could beat the Republicans and McCain in this election year. Perhaps in 2012 they will have a more formidable candidate and a better vision for this country. Obama will do well, and the country will get back on a track.

    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Cindy

    She's right. In several state-by-state analyses of electoral votes in poll matchups between Democrats and McCain, Hillary wins more total electoral votes (today). Obama has a lot of catching up to do in electoral votes for the general election against McCain. He may not do it.

    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Mike in Columbus

    She is such a uniter!

    This is all Obama's fault! He went and won the primary, when he wasn't supposed to. How dare he!

    And, one of his supporters once looked at me cross... I will never vote for him because of that!

    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. bob, chicago

    Hey Hillary

    Think you will win Illinois in a general election.
    I doubt it.

    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. JJM, Oakland

    Hillary too bad for you he kicked your Clinton butt.

    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Greg, Pennsylvania

    Democrats are idiots. The republicans are idiots too. This is going to be the worst election in my lifetime, this is the begining of the end.

    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. The O

    This Hefer needs to go, does she have anything positive to say, she is so filled with hate and fear, we have had 8 years of this already we don't need another 8 years of this crap. and just becuase she says so does not mean a thing, can you really trust anything that comes out of her mouth I think not. Obama brings a new vision for America, hillary brings old division back to America. we need to break from the past. and move on to a new day.....


    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Clinton Support

    I do support you but is time you stop saying all this grab. Obama will win. You have a lot of informations that Republicans will use against you. Please respest yourself and stop saying this. I will not vote for you again because of all this things you are saying. I will vote for OBAMA. I have some friends that are Republicans that say they want you not OBAMA. they voted for you because they though OBAMA will be very hard to beat.
    McCain's not attacking you but OBAMA.
    My friend who is Republicans told me many things about you and Bill so I will not vote for you again.
    What about this case Paul V see this case# BC304174
    After all this I change my mind on you.
    Stop saying all this and just drop out now!!!
    Shame on you. Do you think Whitehouse is ment for you and Bush

    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Roger Evans Colorado

    The Clintons are a legend in their own minds. Rmenber this is Hillary and Bill, and they will do anything to get back in power. The Clintons will lie, cheat and try and get the rules changed so they can win, or maybe just play it out, till they find the right hit man. I feel sory for the people who buy into the Clinton B S, they are in it for themselfs, you people will be the first ones run over by the Clinton bus. For people who have spent their lifes lying, how can you buy into more lies, or maybe you like people who lie to you.

    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Venus

    Well Hillary – Obama got 2-more superdelegates this morning!!!

    45 more superdelegates to go!

    How can she believe the polls for the fall election?

    This is a very sad woman!

    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Dee


    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. JBY

    Have you ever wondered why you never seen Hillary Clinton and Robert Mugabe in the same room?


    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Frank

    Even though I like Bill Clinton and was going to vote for Hillary until I discovered Obama, I am going to have to say they did play the race card after they started to lose.

    You see, they though they had this nomination in the bag and was okay with Florida and Michigan not counting until they found out they were down and Then Obama blazed from behind and could not be stopped.

    She let her guard down because she was the leader... but forgot this is a race! She shouldn't have done that. You ran a bad campangine Hillary, and it's over and you lost.

    And trying to use hard working American aka white Americans is not going to change that. By having racist dummys vote for her is not a good enough reason.. I think Bill and Hill are the ones playing the white racist redneck card. To Hill Bill supporters, get over it and pick up a and call this OVER! Obama is going to be the next President.
    Keep your kids safer online with W

    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Female Independent

    What worries me is the remaining super delagates. What does Clinton have on them? Are they afraid to go ahead and support Obama? Or are they waiting for someone else to tell them what to do?

    Look super delagates. If you are for Obama – state your position. If you are for Clinton – state your position. You are the one's tearing the party apart. I think most of the remaining super delagates want to be on the winning side no matter how damaging it is to the party.

    Super delagages take a stand. Fridays decision on Florida and Michigan should not deter you from your position today.

    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. LMDJ

    Her comments are as silly as RNC going after Obama for mistaking the name of concentration camp which his uncle DID help free (Buchenwald sp?). Hilliary, Hilliary supporters and RNC are grasping for straws.

    Hilliary did not site any polls because there are many polls which show Obama strong against McCain in November.

    By the way, Marilyn, there is no large black population in Whyoming,Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Washington, New Mexico. You sound like Pat Buchanan.

    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. will

    If she is soooo electable why can/could she not beat OBAMA???? clinton supports just answer that one question...... they all knew the rules...... they all knew how to play the game......... why is she losing???????????? If she is so Electable????????

    May 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Jamaal Kansas

    Hillary is lo she is has sunk to a new level she will never be VP after this Scorched Earth Primary she has Run!

    May 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. STLCOP

    So much for party unity...

    May 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. Florida democrat

    Way to continue dividing the party Hillary. You and your supporters seem to care more about you than the party. We know who to blame for four more years of Bush politics.
    To Hillary supporters: if Hillary is 'the stronger candidate' then why did she not when the most delegates. Obviously she has not proven herself to the democratic party. This is why she will not be the candidate.

    To the Obama folks: Why does he not seem to be campaigning in the remaining primary states. I am a huge Obama supporter in FL but I think he is making a BIG mistake to spend all of his time in New Mexico and Colorado when there are still primaries coming up next week. November is a long ways away, does he really think he can win over new voters in NM or CO now and expect they will not change their minds (maybe multiple times) over the next 6 months. Obama, what are you doing?????

    May 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. KK

    MALARKY!!! America says no to a push-pull dichotomous legacy of 32 years–BUSH-CLINTON. It's just NOT going to happen. We're too late in the game to listen and be influenced by this bull.

    May 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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