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. kaz

    This is totally senseless. Obama have good chance in general election, sen. Clinton have no chance, never.

    May 28, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Nancy

    Well, aren't we full of ourselves. Do you think Barack Obama got this far on his looks? He's smarter, more well liked, more trusted, full of hope, and he is kind of cute..... You and your hubby, Billary, will have to do better than that. The question is which one of you (Hill and Bill) will blow their gasket first? It's over....

    Obama can and will win the general election.

    May 28, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. BGIV in NC

    Interesting, RCP has him beating McBush by 2.4 and her by only 1.4. They do not have a dog in this fight, they just call it as they see it. Or maybe she is just saying what she has always said "Don you get it? He's black." I liked her more when I was still a republican.

    May 28, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Amber

    Ummm...why is no one reporting on the superdelegate who once backed Clinton, the switched to Obama, and is now switching back to CLinton???!!!! He"s an African American from the Virgin Islands. Come on your job. If the tables were turned and Obama was getting the support, this story would be all over the media!

    May 28, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. That's it!

    I can not take this woman any longer! She could care less about this country; she only cares about her own ambitions! It's so obvious to me now more than ever! I used to support her, but it seems to me now more than ever that she could care less that the Democratic Party is divided and that we lose in November. With John McCain will come more war, he will not adhere to the Constitution, more enemies, and more hatred of our country around the world. He refuses to conduct diplomacy with our enemies, so he would just isolate them even more. She knows what's at stake and she could care less. She just wants to be the President for her own ambitions! If people don't see that now then they're blind!

    May 28, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. tai

    Hes more likely to lose, thats why YOU cant even beat him. So be quiet and exit like a lady should with some dignity, if you even have any left.


    May 28, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Blackalot

    I think Hil"lie"ry is a subject matter expert on the art of the loss!
    obama 08!

    May 28, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. sozzi

    It's time that the Democratic party turn thier backs to Hillary & Bill. We all know that the Clintons do not want Obama to be the next president of the USA. They will go out of thier way to support McCain.

    May 28, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. mjc

    I know which state: The State of Denial, which is part of La-La Land.

    May 28, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Ed

    Super Delegates you need to act and make a decision to stop this nonsense before it gets too big to overcome in the General Election.

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Deborah

    And Hillary would recogize a LOSER since she is one . . . She just doesn't want to admit it and GO HOME!

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. DeeJam

    I'm sick of her rhetoric. "Obama is more likely to lose". Where I'm from that's called a player hater. She's hating on him because she is desperate. It's pretty pathetic to exude such desperation in a close fought battle where you "respect" the other candidate. I can't wait to see if she really gets behind his nomination and tries to help unify the party when this is all over. I respect her right to campaign and stay in untill all votes are cast. However, don't bloody up the canves on the way. Stop doing that Hillary.

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. jason twombley-missouri

    more BS from Hillary's mouth !! This woman never quits in her quest for power..HER power...she cares nothing about the party or the people of USA..just HER. Woe be America, if this woman gets the nomination after all her lies, spins, half-truths, and negativity. The Clinton era in government needs to cease immediately. Hillary, get your rocking chair, WE THE PEOPLE dont want you.

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Mike

    I like her style. She says that the Obama campaign is nothing but speaches. What is this then? To make statements based on nothing and ignoring facts sounds like empty rhetoric to me. It is brilliant though because most people like to be spoon fed information and will probably never check the facts. Let's just take her word for it.

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Venus

    WOW! This woman is really crazy! And people want her on Obama's ticket?

    So now... let's see – she can't and didn't Obama in the primary but she can beat Mc Cain... going by POLLS and not VOTES!!!

    One week to go! I hope Obama offers her nothing!

    Go Bam! Every time you say some thing nice about Hillary – she shows her true colors!

    It must be a real shocker that Obama has won! A man – a rookie beat the mighty Clintons!

    Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha........................ sad Hillary! The past weeks she should have been attacking Mc Cain with Obama if she is a team player!

    It's going to be nice after next week not to see her in the news!

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Marilyn

    Hillary is right. Obama has won many of the states he has won because of the large black population in those states, who have voted for him because he is black. This will not help him in November. Clinton is the stronger candidate in the general election.

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Ian

    Wasn't it just a few weeks ago she was saying he could beat McSame? If Hillary keeps up this mess the only political futures she's going to have is Queen of the Umpa-Lumpas...

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. RR

    Enough already woman!

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. Margie

    Hillary doesnt give up easily, why? she's a mother and mothers dont give up on their children..Think about that!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. i am not dump

    hilary, you are finished. NOone wants to listen to your BS because you don't even know what you are saying. you are pathetic. this is not sexism, you are out of touch of the people.

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Enlightened Voter

    I'm sorry, but how are you more electable when your losing? BTW I checked on Obama's senate record and then on Hillary's. His is very impressive while her's is superficial. He's been very busy in the senate.

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. PCB

    If Clinton is more electable then why can't she beat Obama?

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. James

    Were we to listen to Clinton, nomination primaries would be useless. We would only commission pollsters to do polls and then coronate the man or woman who comes at the top. Voters have spoken and want change not politics of division. Hillary is very contemptuous of Democratic voters, who have already said Obama is the stronger candidate to face John McBush.

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Vince in NC

    Why does she continue to attack Obama even when she's mathematically eliminated from the race? He should not pick her to be his VP, she would be a thorn in his side for the next four years.

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Char



    GET OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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