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. sue from canada

    Give it up, Hillary. You are pathetic.

    May 28, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Marie from Canada

    He IS going to lose.in November. BIG TIME. Sorry. And the more you Obamaniacs insult Hillary, who by the way you're lucky to have, the more her base will desert you in November. So keep it up, peeps. You make your own bed, you lie in it.

    May 28, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Jim-Saint Paul Minnesota

    Hillary, say it like it is.

    May 28, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Christopher in Seattle

    The Superdelegates need to step in and end this.

    May 28, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Unshrub

    Give it a rest lady, polls show you are the most disliked politician next to Bush. Go home, we don't want you any more. And that your old man with you.

    May 28, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Zlatko

    If Hillary is a such a strong presidential candidate, how come that she has not been able to convince and inspire sufficient number of voters to support her financially?! Hillary's campaign has been broke for months, saddled with huge debts, and kept alive only by infusions of more than $10 million of her personal money. If she and Bill were not so rich, her campaign would have been over long ago. What an irony, that the wealthy Hillary presents herself as the champion of the blue-color working people. And they seem to buy it.

    May 28, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. White, hardworking, bitter, woman for Obama

    A black man beat a white woman in a race, is anyone surprised?

    May 28, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. George

    Hillary's idea of unifying the Democrats is to belittle the chances of her party frontrunner because she think she is more deserving of the nomination. How could she possibly be the VP candidate. Kick her to the curb she has fallen back on her Barry Goldwater roots and is trying to destroy the Democratic Party.

    May 28, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. whiteloveforobama

    yes but you have to beat obama first !

    May 28, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Teresa C

    Well it really is too bad that we have to endure another mistake with electing Obama for President. Americans never truly learn a thing from their past...we allow ourselves to be fooled everytime along with some media brainwashing.. Hillary Clinton is the only choice for the democratic party and the seat in the white house... But I guess we all have to find out the hard way...

    May 28, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Bartt from NYC

    This woman is mentally ill !

    She and her husband are DESTROYNG the democratic party ! Where are the 'supers' to stop this thing HRC from poisoning the election and the country? This thing should be put to rest! FOREVER!

    May 28, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. John

    She is looking increasingly desperate.

    I began this election with favorable opinions of both Dem candidates, but now Hillary's continued negative attacks on her own party and refusal to accept reality are just painting picture of a slightly deranged, power-mad person.

    May 28, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    HILLARY SHUT THE HELL UP AND GO BACK TO THE SENATE

    May 28, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. PW

    Wow, it seems that she contradicts herself every other day! It seems that she is tearing the party down. Obama campaign has been professional throughout; but Hillary is filling the crunch so she is bringing out those "Devil Horns". She want Florida and Michigan to count now, but she agreed with it for earlier. Obama name was not on the ballot for one of the states. So this would not be fair. Rules are rules and should not be broken. I believe she will try to take it to the convention! It is amazing what one will do to get power! She had a taste of it when her husband was in office.

    May 28, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Roxanne NY

    CNN, Hillary beats Mc Cain in Nevada, Obama loses to him. Get your story right!

    May 28, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. QuietStormX

    I don't know why people don't call her on those numbers. Ask Hillary and Bill to prove it. What poll? Every day I hear some comment from them that are lies. There are no reasons to still be in the race far behind in delegates for the nomination. I hate sore losers and cry babies.

    Washington, D.C.

    May 28, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Joe McCallum

    WHY IS IT THAT THE CLINTONS THINK THAT THEY ARE ORDAINED TO BE IN THE WHITEHOUSE? THEY HAD 1 GOOD TERM AND THE 2ND TERM WAS MARRED BY CONTROVERSY. IT IS DISGUSTING TO SEE HOW SELFISH THEY ARE. THEIR DISHONESTY AND LACK OF INTEGRITY IS HARD TO TAKE, AND EVENTHOUGH MANY WOMEN WOULD LIKE TO SEE A WOMAN ELECTED, HILLARY SHOULD NOT BE THAT WOMAN. NOTICE THAT WHEN SHE TALKS, SHE NEVER LOOKS ANYONE IN THE EYE. HER EYES WANDER AROUND, AS IF SHE IS LOOKING FOR THE "PROPER" LIE TO SAY. I WON'T BE VOTING FOR HER. SEEMS AS THOUGH MANY AMERICANS ARE MASOCHISTS. MANY AMERICANS ARE 2 STEPS FROM FALLING UNDER, AND THEY SAY THAT THEY WOULD NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA. WHY NOT? SOUTH AFRICA ELECTED MANDELA, AND I HAVE NOT HEARD MANY COMPLAINTS. OBAMA IS IN THE SAME VEIN, PAY ATTENTION!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. Allen Jimerson in NY

    This is getting out of hand. I was once told that the "Super Delegates" main responsibility is to maintain order in the party. If this is not disorder, then I don't know what is. Shame on the uncommitted delegates. I don't care who you vote for, but sitting on the sidelines is destroying our chances in November. Let’s stop doing McSame's work for him and bring this party together.

    Dems 08

    May 28, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. nancy kelly

    What a sad case she's become. How could such a bright, accomplished woman degenerate into this? Women of America, take heed. Her manipulative, backstabbing, two-faced performance is exactly why no one takes women seriously in the real world.

    May 28, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. JIM

    Without Hillary ,no choise but vote for MCcain,much better than Obama not a Muslem!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. felix c

    There is no other option for the Democrates rather than putting Hillary and Obama on this year,s presidentially ticket. Any of them can be at the top but should take the other as a running mate. It is very very undemocratic to ask a candidate who is campaigning and winning (eventhough still behind with delegates) to step down. They are all very good candidates. It is rather unfortunate that they both came up at the same time.

    May 28, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. David, Silver Spring, MD

    By "every analysis" we mean every analysis except counting the number of delegates, the number of states won, the number of votes cast....

    Hillary has shown herself particularly adept in one area: she has managed to exploit her credibility with Democrats to tarnish the best hope of the Party to win the election at a time when a Democratic victory was virtually guaranteed and desperately needed.

    Is there another politician in the country who could, like a viper in the bosom, poison the Democrats in the time of their greatest opportunity and in the country's time of greatest need?

    May 28, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Kyra

    Hillary needs to learn when to just let it go. She has gone so far that it is impossible for her exit with any grace or dignity. She and Bill have completely ruined their relationship with the black community. We've heard a lot of talk about Obama's inability to court the white blue collar worker but no one is talking about the fact that Black people have grown to despise the Clintons during the course of this election and it is impossible for any democrat to win the Whitehouse without the Black vote and trust me when I say Hillary won't get. She gone too far and said too many damaging things. A lady always knows when to leave the dance unfortunately Hillary has given up her lady status.

    May 28, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Sean

    Well, this certainly is one for the ages.

    Look, if Obama Loses to McCain, it won't be for lack of trying. At least he's been attacking McCain on Issues, instead of whats supposed to be his teammate. Hilary fans, if you seriously think that Obama is that different from hilary, you have been deluded beyond hope. Don't vote for McCain in November, it would be cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    May 28, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Elaine, HK

    Hillary, please STOP now. Even my eight years old girl asked why are you still in the race since Obama is the winner. You cant even win Obama and what makes you think you are a stronger candidate to beat John Mccain. You have missed your chance to exist gracefully and you will go down the history as the worst candidate ever.

    May 28, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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