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. CP - Texas

    Another excuse. At every turn the HillBilly campaign comes up with another excuse...........sexism, popular vote (the ones she counts),phase of the moon is wrong, yada, yada, yada......enough already, your making me thirsty.

    May 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Alice in Florida

    The Dems will only win in Florida if Hillary is the nominee. We won't forget who blocked a revote here, and that was OBAMA.

    If Obama is the Democratic nominee, I hope Florida is the state that sends him back to Chicago where he can "organize a community" or back to the Senate where he can vote "present" for the rest of his career.

    What poetic justice that will be – the state that he turned his back on will be the state that defeats him. It'll be worth four more years of a Republican Presidency just to watch him and his cult followers cry like the babies they all are.

    May 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Loni P.

    Supporters of Hillary seem to forget that Republicans absolutely cannot stand the Clintons and will come out in droves against her. I don't see how she can be expected to beat McCain in November when people in both parties can't stand her more so than they do Obama. Most people think she's unlikeable and dishonest while at least McCain does have the respect and likeability factor for him from both parties. She can't beat that at all.

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

    This is a plea to Hillary. Please stop the madness. You are the only one that can unite this democratic party. Stop being selfish and stand behind Barack. If not then we as a nation will be forced into a 100 years war by the putrid old man who calls himself MCCAIN!

    May 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. catcake

    If McCain wins over Obama in the fall we'll know who to blame, Hillary!!

    May 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. K. Mitchell

    Hillary it shows that you don't want the democrats to win if you keep
    trying to urge voters to vote against Senator Obama, instead of rallying
    your supporters to the obvious winner. The winner of the primary is
    the stronger candidate. That would be Senator Obama. If you were the
    stronger candidate, then why did you lose the delegate count, popular vote, and number of states won? Just declaring yourself the stronger
    candidate doesn't make it so. Otherwise, we wouldn't need elections.
    you may "think" that you are the stronger candidate, but the voters have
    stated that Senator Obama is the stronger one.

    May 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. obama - supporter - arkansas


    May 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. DD

    Tell me how is this good for our party??

    The Clinton's can not see beyond themselves....very sad.

    May 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Jim

    Blah, blah, blah... same old tripe from the old, worn Clintons. Time for a change and Obama is that change. Will be curious to see if Hillary continues as the Senator from New York after this is all said and done. It is clear that her primary reason in running for the Senate here in New York was to run for President. Those that said this back when she first ran here are now vindicated!

    May 28, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. larry King Live

    obama did not win the contest fair and square he just did his used the math in this favour the black vote that people should not cry foul if hillary would take this the convension....please give mea break this is politics.......nothing bad .... i think koolaid kids want instant sucesses without a fight...what a wuss generation in the making.....sad times for america.......go vote obama....good for the world we would bet youll in every other field....lololol....koolaid kids....

    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. DW

    If Obama was losing like Hillary, they'd booted him out of the race a long time ago. This is really outrageous. This woman has gotten away w/ so many outrageous things. It's unbelievable. No wonder Billary think their entitled to the nomination.

    That GAFFE she made on Friday regarding RFK, is exactly what she's waiting for. That's the only way she can win. That's sad how she and Bill have brought themselves down soooo low. Desparation really has settled in w/ them. She is definitely NOT the person I want to represent this Country. She's a BIG LIAR, schemer, conniver, etc.

    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. NoMcSame

    Now I understand why Bill disrespected her and went after all of those other women, this woman is crazy. They are both crazy. A bond held together by a love of politics. Obama is beating her but yet she claims to be the one that can beat McSame. Her people won't put their money where their mouth is but she thinks that she can beat McSame. Rush has done a good job of brainwashing her into thinking that a Clinton has a better chance of winning than anyone else. Hillary check this out, they hate you and it will all come out if you was to get the nomination. Don't be fooled.
    NAVY Vet. for Obama08 NoMcSame As Bush

    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. John, OH

    Unsupported statement alert! Unsupported statement alert!

    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. R. Cooper

    Hillary has lost!! So she needs to let it go. She is constantly insisting that Obama will lose because she cannot perceive losing this race to a Black man. She believes she has a right of ENTITLEMENT to this nomination. There is no other reason why she is still campaigning. She also believes that the superdelegates are OBLIGATED to endorse her due simply because of her entitlement. Obama not only can win, HE HAS WON! He out performed her in this campaign by an overwhelming majority and unless the party CHEATS HIM OUT OF THE NOMINATION, which Hillary intends to do, he will also beat McCain. So, BARACK has WON THE NOMINATION and will win the ELECTION. Sorry Hillary, but this not a fairy tale after all! Is It??

    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. Jaci

    Hillary is more likely to lose the nomination....So what sense does she make?

    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. After further review,Texas

    Lying and pandering to American indians while wearing a medicine mans necklace.Well the three remaining candidates were chosen as if it were "Star Search" and this is what happens.Im glad Ron Paul is still running.Hes my only option now but at least hes honest.

    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. David Goldman,Los Angeles, CA


    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Mark


    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. vic nashville,Tn

    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Alice

    Look, I know Carville is one of your (CNN's) political consultants, but don't you think dignifying these kind of arguments in articles like this is stretching it a bit, CNN?

    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Roz Jones

    Hillary's argument is flawed, to say the least. This is a PRIMARY, where only Democrats are casting votes. In the general election, Democrats, Republicans and Independents will be voting and there will be many who now support Hillary (because she's there), switching to Obama. November is 6 months away – an eternity in politics. There is plenty of time for the heat of the moment to cool. Calmer heads will prevail and Obama will be our next President, thank God.

    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Matt in Ohio

    Hillary is correct. This democrat will not vote for Obama and there are many, many more like me.

    No Hillary = No VOTE!

    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |

    in the words of Motley Crue:


    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. CWatson

    Obama wins states Hillary can't in polls. Why can't Hillary be honest about that? How does Hillary explain polls like California? She's also relying on polls of states Obama hasn't campiagned in until very recently like michigan and Florida.

    If she's so much better than Obama, why can't Hillary beat him in delegates, states/contests won and legitimate popular votes tallies?

    It'll be good to get this Clinton nonsense over next week.

    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. Greta

    To "I have a dream"-

    I take issue with your conclusion that the "uneducated poor" are the only Americans voting for Hillary Clinton. I am sure there are comparable numbers of 'uneducated poor" who have/will vote for Barack Obama.
    However, your apparent elitist condescencion is quite telling. Don't forget that is is the "uneducated poor" who perform the hard work in this country , so the elitists can squander its rewards.
    At least Hillary Clinton is real enough to acknowledge these uneducated poor enough to stand up for them.

    Go Hillary!!!!


    May 28, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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