May 28th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
6 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. shirley

    Hillary is a disgrace to the Democratic party and a disgrace to the women who have supported her. The Clinton's are planning to steal this nomination through back room deals with super delegates and pressure on the DNC from big donors. Otherwise, Hillary would have conceded defeat based on the real math instead of her fancy spin where she calls for all votes to be counted except caucas votes and whatever else she hasn't won fairly.

    May 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. wwf

    Lady, you lied again. Did you not say that Obama could win? Guess you mispoke again, and again, and again, and again.

    May 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Nate in Mpls

    So awesome. This was so deadpan it was like an SNL sketch:

    "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.

    Hahahahaha... well I think she was specifically referencing every bit of research and every poll that's been taken.

    May 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Len Smith

    Hillary is correct. She is the only one that can beat McCain in the general election. Obama just does not have the credentials or experience to be President. And, if he thinks he can dream change, he has a lot to learn. I am not sure why it seems to me that the American people like the sizzle and not the steak.

    May 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Toni - Atlanta

    My take on this at this point is if the election is for Obama to lose then so be it. At least he will have run an outstanding campaign and did so honorably. He didn't cheat or steal or whine to make any deals!! Can anyone say the same for Hillary? NOT!!

    May 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Shane

    HE WILL LOSE. WE NEED OUR WHITE HOUSE BACK. IF THE SD UNDERSTAND THE TROUBLES WE ARE IN, THEY WILL BACK HILLARY. SHE HAS OVER 300 ELECTORAL COLLEGE, HE HAS 217. AMOUNT NEEDED TO WIN GENERAL ELECTION, 270

    May 28, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Kenneth

    She's right. She has a better chance of winning the general election. Obama hasn't won ANY of the battleground states. She has an advantage in big and small states that have determined who wins and who loses in previous years.

    If Obama loses in November, at least you can't say that she didn't tell you so.

    May 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. R.C.

    Wasn't it Hillary who said just a few weeks ago "If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen"? And her husband said something to the effect if you don't want to get hit then don't put on the pads. Now the Clintons are complaining about everything-a sexist campaign-they are disrespected-everyones taking things out of context-the media is so much for Obama, everyones trying to push her out-the old boys club is siding against her etc. All that crying and trying to play as if she is somehow not the reason why she's losing. Enough already!

    May 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Lisa

    I knew she would continue to be a pain. She has lost the battle for me as a strong woman. It is so sad that she is such a low down person. I can't stand her and hope that she is put away soon!

    May 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. John Democrat

    Hillary is the MOST DIVISIVE person. She will be the REASON FOR UNDECIDED AND UNCOMMITTED REPUBLICANS presently to come out and support McBUSH if she is the nominee...

    May 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Curliss

    Time for Hillary to run as an independant! We need a new course and new strong third party in the US.

    Go Hillary! Go Hillary!

    May 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Avinash

    This argument is like a baseball team saying "Yes, we know we lost our League Championship Series. But we will be the better opponent against the champion of the other league. Therefore we should be sent to the World Series anyway."

    May 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. wisdom

    Hillary is joking, what she mean? when she said she is batter than obama? she must go and rest because fighting for her husband not for her self. she must live Obama alone hs is batter than she, b4 the election people who want to change there mind and vote for Obama

    May 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. James

    She WON in New Mexico and Nevada !!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. No, you are

    TOO MANY PEOPLE HATE YOU HILLARY!

    May 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Janelle

    This is getting so tiring.

    May 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Rebecca

    Good Luck Obama.

    May 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Simone

    It is absolutely horrifying that the DNC is letting her get away with this. We are losing sight of selecting a nominee for the presidency...this process is blowing my mind!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. jake1492

    no mystery here.... simply the political axiom that "if you say it enough, it becomes true in people's minds" .... very tiresome. Hillary has been beaten by the better politician.... and the better human being.

    May 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Eleanor

    With all these war lies being rehashed by an insider who knew the truth(Scott McClelland) you would think she would want to unite her party
    Instead she goes around at every turn thinking of nothing but herself and her own big EGO for power!!
    She needs to get *over herself * and think about whats really important
    uniting the country and democrats to get this pack of liers and criminals out of the white house!!!!
    MCBush will just continue this huge LIE!!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Mike

    Hillary is not uniting her party. What would you expect in the general election. I doubt she has a cross over vote to win or the ability to bring this country together.

    She creates a strong negative in many peoples mind.

    I want a positive outcome for this country in this election..

    May 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Barbie

    I don't want her ~ she speaks with forked tongue

    May 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. mm

    Who is the Hillary person?

    May 28, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. JB

    I hope when she reruns for her carpet bagger senate position in NY, the NY voters show her exactly what she can do with her ridiculous, care for no one but herself attitude. This woman (after this primary) doesn't deserve to be the President of the PTA.

    May 28, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. whiteloveforobama

    yes i agree clinton you are stronger than obama against macain but

    we want to you to beat obama first please thank you !

    we only having 3 states left so i am not sure if going to beat

    obama

    May 28, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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