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. Max


    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. john





    OBAMA 08.

    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Ron, LV

    To Margie. I also believe that mother's do not send their children into known danger where they may be hurt or killed. If the Bosnia trip was so dangerous, why would she take her only daughter who was still in school to a place where she can be shot at by snipers? The other point is most educated voters do not need to be treated like children and told what to do. Hillary is not my mother and does not have the right or authority to tell me what to do. Finally, its all right to fight for a just cause and your country, but to fight for your own ego at the expense of these is out right wrong. People who do not support or agree with Hillary are not throwing her under the bus. Calling someone a traitor or Judas because they support the other candidate is throwing someone under the bus.

    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Sorry

    Alright people let us not turn on each other by saying ugly thing about Ms. Clinton. It is hard to lose( and if we were all honest we have felt the way she is feeling at sometime when things did not turn out like we thought it would). The only thing I want to say to Ms. Clinton is let it go there is a bigger plan for you. Everything happens for a reason. Let's all get behind our nominee and kick the RNC out of our White House.

    True Democrat

    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. sharon scarborough


    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Dr. Truth, Boston

    Yes he will lose West Virginia – so will Clinton.
    Yes he will lose Kentucky – so will Clinton.
    Yes of course he will lose Arizona – so will Clinton.

    I don't care that he's running behind in the polls vs. McCain. I would rather put up an honest smart upstanding American against him than a plotting deceitful manipulative arrogant liar like Clinton.

    Clinton please tell your racist supporters (obviously a minority of your supporters) to grow up and accept that a capable non-white male can take care of things better than McCain. Also admit that a substantial number of voters voted for you because they wanted to stir trouble and will certainly be voting McCain in the fall.

    She is just so used to things coming so easy to her she can't believe that this half black guy named Hussein Obama can be beating her even with the benefit of the "Clinton" lable.

    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Felly

    This woman is bipolar. She needs to go away. How can you win the general election without wining the primary?

    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Yogi

    I am an Obama fan, but I have to say poor CNN trying to twist her words. It might be inaccurate but She didn't say Obama is likely to lose instead She was saying She will do better. Well that what all of them are saying. I am better against John McCain.

    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Joe, Ottawa, Canada

    Why do I have this sinking feeling in my stomach that the Democrats are going to self destruct. Afterwards, I guarantee you there will be gobs of analysis, and HillBilly will accept NONE of the responsibility for sinking what many American's and most of the rest of the world has viewed as America's last chance to change itself, and the world.

    If McCain gets in, prepare for war with Iran, which will make Iraq look like a picnic in the park. If Hillary gets in, prepare for at least 4 more years of no-accountability, no-responsibility, spin politics.

    Obama is our only hope. The worlds last hope.

    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Generation X

    Hillary is a sell out to larger corporations like Walmart, drug companies, and mideast investment groups. She is a Republican in a democrats suit pants can't you tell all her supporters are actually Republicans...they all want to vote for McCain! Her campaign is full of lobbyists like Mark Penn which are expecting to be payed back with power that Hillary WILL give him! There is a reason why they have been investigated so many times.

    45 Delegates to win!

    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Sam

    Hey Hillary !!!!!!!!!! Stop dreaming and get out of the race like a good old lady ....... People of USA can no longer enjoy your funny jokes like this ... Two of your jokes like " I WILL WIN THE NOMINATION " and " I AM THE STRONGEST CANDIDATE " may also win the best jokes award for this year .... ohhhhhhh no i cant ctrl my laughter .... So shut up and sit down

    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Katty_Brums

    Hillary! you go girl! They tried so hard to get rid of you, but NEVER GIVE UP! That is terrifying for Obma´s people because they know he does not stand a chance against you!
    We will never ever vote for Obama. We want Hillary and Hillary it will be!

    Katty, San Diego, CA

    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. done with nuts, yea for hil!

    maybe we should just all be backing ralph nader. half the nuts that are voting for obama could easily be swayed to vote for nader, he's as crazy as they all are! then obama wouldn't win either.

    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. FedUpDem

    Enlightened Voter May 28th, 2008 10:32 am ET

    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.

    Nice try obamidiot, but not even the most biased obamedia outlet
    would try to say that, omg, that is too funny!!!
    The senate record speaks for itself mr obamas "present" votes well documented. Are you an absolute idiot trying to compare the two records in the senate?

    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Stop Hill Stop


    I'm so tired of this, why because she slept in the White House?

    If she was so involved, she would have known about Monica...

    If she's so involved, then she HELPED get NAFTA

    If she was so involved, then she should be accountable for the impeachment as well...

    So she has 1 more term in the Senate than Barack?

    Please, she's riding her husbands coat tails...

    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Mark in Mpls

    Fortunately, the primary system has done what it is supposed to do.......separate the contenders from the pretenders. HRC and Bill are so power hungry that they have become incapable of telling the truth. It must be difficult to look in the mirror before going to bed knowing you are a fraud.

    May 28, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Justin

    And you're point is?

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. Monica

    She is not still standing because people are behind her or supporting her. She is still standing because she can afford to loan herself a little money.

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. No more Clintons

    The Clinton's Legacy:

    Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Whitewater, the White House travel office firings, White House coffees and Lincoln bedroom stays for donors, FBI background files on Republicans, missing documents and the presidential pardon of a fugitive friend.

    Anyone But Hillary!

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. David K in New York, NY

    I want to know who will challenge HRC for Senate in New York. I'm ready to throw them my support. Hillary obviously is interested only in herself- not the American people, and certainly not the democratic party. I am disgusted with her win at ball costs attitude. She has some major fences to mend if its even possible.

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. Phil Newton

    Just stop.

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Waiting on June 3

    So much for party unity. This woman has done nothing but spew hatred and divisive comments. There is no place for her in any party but for the love of God I don't see how she can call herself a democrat.

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Tony

    Great, so Obama polls better in a few states worth, what, 20 electoral votes total? Florida is a very important state and Obama has a high risk of losing it. Clinton will win it easily. If the superdelegates weren't so caught up in the media's interpretation of things they might do well to listen to her.

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Necie

    I'm sick of hearing her....Fla & Mich are only issues because Hillary is LOSING!!!! End of Discussion. Hillary agreed to ALL the rules and she is not playing by them. How can I trust her to stand by all the promises she's making....I can't and I won't!

    Go home already Hillary and take Bill with you!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. Wayne Atlanta

    I see Senator Clinton continues to try give the Democratic Party an arsenic cocktail. Though in the beginning I was a strong supporter, she has now alienated me as well as a host of others. It does appear that Senator Clinton has lost any regard for the Party and now is looking to set herself in the cat seat for future references. Unfortunately for you Senator, you will have burned so many bridges that any attempt at another run would possibly be considered a joke among a lot of us. For her to keep up the rhetoric and continue to slap @ Senator Obama though it appears he is the likely nominee clearly shows where her loyalties lie. She should stay in the race if she choses but every day that she is, is one more vote of confidence that she loses..

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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