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. youngdemocrat

    Watching her is like watching a train wreck over and over and over again...all the Clinton's do is lie and cheat and convince people that they are being attacked and the "victim" of the democratic process...Obama has more delegates, more states, and a better chance to beat Bush#3 in November...The recounts in Florida and Michigan need to be completely if ands or buts...then and only then can the true candidate be nominated (and we all know who that is)

    OBAMA '08!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Jim

    Hillary, you've become disgraceful. Sorry you have absolutely no care for the party. Talk about a self-centered way of thinking. You've clearly lost this thing. EVEN IF YOU COUNT states which broke DNC rules... go ahead, take those delegates you won in Michigan where YOU were the only one on the ballot!!! Take those delegates, and you STILL LOSE. How on earth can you say that you have a better likelyhood of winning the general. You need to win a primary before you are allowed to run in the general. Get a grip. Obama has won this fair and sqare. And you just can't let go of your ambition. I can't understand it. Even that dimwit Huckabee had the understanding of when to bow out. But you, you've committed to bringing down the ship... and everyone along with you.

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Tracy---Indianapolis, IN

    I am sooooooooooo sick of her. If for some reason they take this from Obama I WILL NOT VOTE FOR THAT SORRY EXCUSE FOR A WOMAN............She will not win.........Remember Hillary & and Hillary cult reap what you sow

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. mjc

    you obama people are so in love with barack you are failing to see that everything she is saying is TRUE.

    check out today, it proves her point is correct, as of now. and

    you people are kidding yourselves if you think obama can win in november.

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Emeka, Florida

    The true test to this claim is to check how both has performed in open primaries. The open primaries is a better pointer to the GE and he has won most of that.

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. usa


    clintons fight only for clintons.........................................................

    ....................i rather lose than vote for a person like hillary clinton.

    god bless.

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Marty

    Looks like Obama people are scared of Hillary or just do not understand the nominating process. If you are tired of it, don't read it, don't watch it, simple. Your protests have an edge of hysteria. This Democrat that will not vote for Obama. Hillary will be my write in.

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Obama has been doing the most intelligent thing he can do to bring the Democratic Party together. He is not being arrogant, like some people might think. He is smart enough to know that the more he talks about Hillary, the more it will cause a division in Democratic Party. He is trying to bring the Democratic Party together and turn his guns to the Republican Party, instead of shooting down another Democrat; which, by the way, is the honorable thing to do if you care about your party. Unlike Hillary, who is only hanging around, just incase something bad happens to Obama. She is lower than the dirt on an ant stomach!

    She lost! Game over! And by the way, with statements like this and RFK, forget about dream ticket! She would have Obama killed. Good ridden Hillary!


    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. renard

    whether we win or lose as democrats this election should depend on the issues not the candidate. If after 8 years of a trickle down economy,declining wages, record home foreclosures,rising health care cost, health insurance being stripped from benefit packages.gas cost and heating cost going through the roof, and food cost soaring we lose to the Republicans because the poor whites vote for a white Republican who is totally wrong on the issues as opposed to a black Democratic then we as a nation deserve the pain that a McSame Presidency would offer us all. Im voting democratic this election and i wouldn't care if he was Indian, Eskimo, Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese,Guamanian, Puerto rican, Cuban, Vietnamese,German, Russian, or Arab AMERICAN. Just as long as he or she is a DEMOCRAT.

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Dan , TX

    Well, he may lose the general if Clinton works hard enough to make sure he loses. But one thing is certain, he will win the democratic nomination. Even with FL and MI seated at 100% Obama still has more pledged delegates than Clinton after all the pledged delegates are awarded.

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Ed (New Orleans)

    The more Obama speaks, the worse this is going to become. Hillary's best bet will come after Obama loses, we have four more republican years and she can run again. Let's just get to November so I can vote for McCain.

    May 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Kim

    please step up supers and shut her down

    May 28, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. emmanuel

    i am fedup of such pondering on Obama by her. is time too step out of the race. you are twisted. first you say obama can win, then you say he can't??! you also want the number 2 spot for vice president and still want the president??!! ooh my gosh. i am not hating seriously but i liked bill clinton and i was going to vote for you but your negatives are too high and you are too lie i am voting for barack obama. cuase you say you lead in the popular votes you DO NOT. the man name was not on the ballots you campaigned and he never campaigned in the states of florida and michigan. it will be unfair too just hand thos over too you. and yet still you blame everyone. they were on Obama hard about his pastor he never nlames anyone he dealt with it. Moreover, the balck community say he was too white and now you he is too black cause of another man's word, you people are sick!! your husband did bad stuff too as a president did anyone use that against you no!! at first you say the delegates matter when obama had the popular votes lead by over a million, now they don't matter you want it change cause he took them back! and still he is leading in the popular votes check your maths please. there are more that bring us together than divide us and i am not going to trash talk anyone who supports you or John McCain , but, i seriously think it is time to give him a chance and see we had enough bill clinton and also bush (John McCain).

    May 28, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Deezy

    Then why didn't she win the nomination??? Hillary you are destroying this great party and i suggest you stay in the race as much as you want but stop hurting Barack and the party. He did better than you in the primaries and the whole world witnessed!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Brina jo

    Look, I'm not even old enough to vote, and its pretty obvious what she's trying to do. She's trying to make Obama look bad so she can win the nomination. And for what? To lose to McCain in the real election? Come on Hillary, you're supposed to pick you battles wisely. Sadly, you have chosen one you just can't win.

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Steve

    "Don't worry that I'm losing to Obama, I can beat the other guy."

    Why do we even hold primaries? This person is telling us to ignore the fact that she is almost 200 delegates behind with 86 left to go (in sports, that is called mathematically eliminated) but keeps up the rhetoric.

    I expect to read any day that the NFL referees have convened and reversed a call in the Super Bowl. The Giants will be notified that their last touchdown didn't count because it was unfair that Plaxico Burris was taller than the defender and the Patriots will be awarded the NFL Title. It's just as ridiculous....

    May 28, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Lars Larson

    Please state your polls, research and sources of information. I am tired of all people, parties and institutions saying that "these polls show" or "this research indicates". Which polls? Which research? If you honestly have the information to prove your point, state it so we can see it! Otherwise it looks like information is simply being pulled out of the air.

    A few people said they don't like raisins, so we should stop making them. Who are a few people? How many is a few? Did you only ask people that you knew didn't like raisins?

    Let's see these polls, research and information. Then let's see the questions that were asked to get the results for the polls.

    Oh wait, you don't have that information?

    That's what I thought.

    May 28, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. chitown lady

    Oh my God ! Does she ever SHUT UP ! First Bill now her.........My dear Hilliary, I would rather vote for MICKEY MOUSE then you. I have NO intention to vote at all if you get the nomination. Why are you so desperate to get into the white house? Just what we need, Hill and Bill show again. NO THANKS ! I rather NOT VOTE AT ALL, then to vote for you. Your politics stink. Your only for yourselves. The 8 years you and Bill had are proof of that. Gee, how many countires are you now making money off on your back door deals ? Hmmmmmm........Care to discuss that ? WIll you sever all ties on your money making entities if elected ? NOPE ! See yeah Hilliary. Your lost, why can't you just gracefully accept it ? Your showing what a loser you Clintons really are........

    May 28, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Frank

    I know that Obama supporters don't like hearing it, but the available evidence supports Clinton's argument.

    She has a lower chance of actually losing to McCain than does Obama. But Obama has a higher chance of winning big than Clinton does.

    That's why you see the pattern of red-state Democrats supporting Obama and blue-state Democrats supporting Clinton.

    Democrats in red states want him to fundamentally reshape their political landscape.

    Democrats in blue states want an election that follows recent patterns generally, but has one more state in the Democratic column than Gore got.

    It all comes down to how much you want to gamble.

    May 28, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. JOE-VA

    The difference between winning and losing is policy or propaganda. Obama is all about policy and Clinton is all about propaganda. There is no evidence, trending or otherwise, that indicates Obama will lose to McCain. It is just too early. Likewise, it is too late for Clinton to claim she could win because she has lost.

    May 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Dee Okla.

    If she truly feels she is the better candidate to win why isn’t she winning? And if she thinks she would truly win if for some out of this world reason the DNC took it from Obama and gave it to her that this would go over with the people that voted for him she has another thing coming. And before all of you hill supporters get started here are a few facts: Hillary started with the most money, the best campaign infrastructure, the most superdelegates, best known of the decorated nominees and the most support by party insiders. Despite the claim of so much support, she finds herself, through her own incompetence, to be $20 million in debt, behind in superdelegates, pledged delegates, and popular vote (If you want to count Florida, fine. Michigan was not a fair election. And you cannot ignore caucus states). How great of leader do you think she will be if she can’t keep her own campaign out of the red and continues to sink more money in a loosing battle?

    May 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. Paula in WI

    What amazes me is how she stereotypes her supporters in an insulting manner,and yet they don't see she has insulted them.She's have thrown out long ago if she were not running by using Bill's credentials.

    May 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. annie bowden

    Here we go again with all the lies from Hillary Clinton. Because of her skin color she truly believe this is something thats due to her.

    Again, I say to the CLINTON'S "ITS A NEW DAY." I just want people to remeber these are the same people who brought shame upon the White House. TRAVEL GATE, WHITE WATER, SEXUAL ACTS WITH YOUNG GIRLS, THE DEATH OF VINCE.. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.


    May 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Kim


    May 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. faye, NV

    Evillary please put a sock in it, you really think you are better than Obama, and not just for this presidency spot.

    When you mention RFK you stoop to the lowest degree a human being could. Yes, we know that you would like to see Obama dead, and that is why you openly put a hit out on him.

    You have become to aggressive and ego-centric and I would rather see the REPS win instead of you.

    This is from a very poor american.

    May 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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