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. TF

    "I have never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running." – Bill Clinton

    Well Bill if you didn't disrespect your wife first by having an affair in the Whitehouse then maybe we would respect her more.

    I think Bill is losing it, along with his legacy!

    May 28, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. An educated blackman

    I think the stronger candidate is obama. We really need to unite democrats if we are going to put this country back on track. I say whoever the nominee is we need to back him/her so we can keep another lier like bush out of office. WASP anybody?

    May 28, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Plainsman

    Who doesn't take into account the theoretical as apposed to the reality. It's kinda like how this time last year Clinton would have the nom tied up by super tuesday. So you know things always happen just as people predict they will.

    May 28, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |

    I'm getting tired of the same 'ol same 'ol. This is getting old. No wait this IS old. Im not following this election anymore until either Clinton announce her consent, or she miraculously pull this thing out. Until then, I'm done!

    May 28, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |

    BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA-What the hell is McCains middle name? AND WHO CARES? All you that keep throwing that in to be cute are racist and pathetic. Not racist against Blacks, but any one of Middle Eastern Descent. Hussein is a blessed name in that part of the WORLD! Like John, Mark, Paul....Get over it, read a book...ignorant backwards thinking people are tainting the herd.

    May 28, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Alex, Florida

    Everyone knows polls now mean very little in November.

    This is a smokescreen.

    She's lost the Nomination; now she's staying in (I think) to get more leverage to get whatever she wants (VP, Majority leader, etc) when she finally has to bow out.

    You had a good run, if kind of a dirty and nasty one Hill. Time to think about the country and not just HRC.

    May 28, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Lars Larson

    If Sen. Clinton were the front-runner, this would be over. Uncommitted superdelegates would have been falling all over themselves to make sure to back the Clinton wagon.

    As it stands, those remaining are a bit gun shy because they know what happens if you cross the Clinton's. They've seen it before and are afraid.

    Don't believe me? Ask Gov. Bill Richardson.

    May 28, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. RH

    So, at some point she's supposed to turn around, close ranks, and campaign for Obama in the general election after having for weeks screamed that he can't win? How can anyone really expect that from this woman? What good would it do even if she did?
    I do not understand how she can let everything ride on this virtually non-existent chance of winning the nomination. She must have had some sort of breakdown. I've been racking my brain for ANY explanation for her behaviour other than ego-driven delusion or an effort to sabotage Obama for '08. I can't come up with anything else that makes sense, and I hold a degree in political science from a respected university. Somebody help me out – what in the world is she doing?

    May 28, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. New York

    Now.. Which Hillary is saying this? Is it the one who recently denounced and rejected herself or is it a new personality? Would someone please let me know because I can't seem to keep track of the multiples anymore...

    May 28, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Bill in Rochester

    Hillary was ranting several years ago about a cover-up when Bill was running for President. Now it appears that Bill is returning the favor. I wonder if it will play as well. Hillary seems to have a hard time controlling Bill during these primary races. Will she have any control over him if she becomes President? She claims to have the majority of popular vote by including Florida and Michigan but what type of fuzzy math does she use to calculate the popular vote from the 13 caucus states? If Obama becomes the nominee, then the only way he will lose is because the pseudo democrats who support Hillary sold him and the democratic party down the river. That also applies to the reverse scenario.

    May 28, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. Ken

    Come on Hillary ... I've always liked Bill and I would have voted for you if Obama hadn't been a candidate, But I'm starting to see a side of you that I really don't like. Please stop making yourself look bad. By you losing the primary is not the end of the world. One day Chelsea might be the first woman president ... I think she has real potential.

    May 28, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Pappu

    Hillary is absolutely right. We didn't go through this long process only to lose in the fall. BO and HRC are running neck and neck. How dare he look for other VPs? If he ignores her, I'm not voting for this arrogant man. His campaign has used the race card and had him treated with kid gloves, while it has been perfectly OK to bash Hillary.

    Hillary '08, '12, '16, '20

    May 28, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. Drew, Central FL

    Yeah, well, some of us do have a brain. I did do the research and mine showed that Obama actually fares better than you a substantial margin. Like he is doing now with you. Add to the fact, that he keeps taking the high road to your scorched earth approach.

    You should've had this wrapped up by Super Tuesday, but you didn't. You miscalculated then, and you are still trying to subject America to your fuzzy math.

    I suspect that if you hadn't acted like a Republican, you would be the defacto nominee now. I guess that was your biggest miscalculation.

    May 28, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. A Real Democrat

    So, how can you be electable when more people voted for the other guy in the primary? I see that her coalition of "hard-working, white Americans" is not enough for her to win. (even though she calls that the broader base of the party). And for those who refuse to vote for Obama, for whatever reason, then he was right about his "bitter" comments. You don't vote on substance, you vote on other issues, rather than your own interest. He may misspeak, but he sure didn't lie.

    What is this about the DNC shoving Obama down your throats? You know,before the primaries began they all agreed to this system which has been in place for years. Her husband won with it, but now that she's losing its flawed? Please remember Clinton people, he is not stealing the primary, people voted for him, and continue to do so. Oh, and if you want to discuss FL & MI, the only way she's ahead in that vote is if she doesn't give Obama ANY of the votes out of MI... and does not include any of the caucuses... because since she lost those, they're undemocratic. All this blaming everything and everyone else rather than saying, 'ya know, we didn't organize or plan as well as we thought'. They even ADMITTED they had no plan after super Tuesday, because she thought she was going to be crowned the nominee because her name is Clinton. She's run as well as she can but at this point its a little late and its very old.

    May 28, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. independent voter

    Gee, the Obama supporters just don't like to hear the truth!

    Admit it, he is a weak, inexperienced candidate!

    Because of his mudslinging supporters, I will NOT vote for him. My vote goes to McCain.

    May 28, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    May 28, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. A CANUCK

    Sounds like she has added smoking to her drinking !!

    May 28, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Scott Glenn in Wa

    Go hillary show everyone you can take a licking and keep on ticking........... the end, however it will be Obama for Pres.

    May 28, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. MO Guy

    GE is still 5 months away..... A lot can change in that time. Of course, if Hillary riles her supporters against Obama (which she has already done in not so many words.) Hopefully people will come to their senses and realize that our country needs to be put first. Not Hillary's agenda. Not an illegal war in Iraq. America!!!!!

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Jen

    Over 100,000 people in Billings and the biggest crowd she could gather was 1,050 people. WOW Big!

    The more I hear her the more I believe this is about beating Bill. She wants to be 1st Woman President because he can't ever beat her at that. This will be her pay back to him.

    May 28, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Mike

    Yes , yes! Throw out every rule that has ever existed. Give the nomination to Queen Hillary because she 'thinks' she is the stronger candidate. Please go Girl, yay.

    May 28, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Marge Hibbing Mn

    SHE SURE GOT THAT RIGHT....the Democrats that are sick to death of the bunch of people who "hijacked" our party are going to vote for McCAin. Who in their right mind wants some one like obama to run this country.

    The so called Democratic male bloggers who peed and moaned about the republicans having their party hijacked by bush and his minions have been strangely quiet about the bunch of maniacs jumping and chanting and spewing nonense in our party.

    When the GE is over in November the Democratic Party as we knew it will be no more. We real Democrats are going to re-group and start our own and let the bunch of dancers who think all you need to be to be a candidate for president is a good hand waver, chanter and speech reader. This is the type of person our schools are turning out.

    May 28, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Sukie on the River

    If this primary process seems "prolonged," only the two parties can be blamed.

    This is how they set it up.

    They also decided ahead of time when they would start demanding losers to quit the primary circuit.

    They didn't consider that Hillary Clinton isn't a quitter, that she is admired for this trait, and that she will have many write-ins on the November ballot.

    Maybe the parties should upgrade their antiquated and unfair primary system that disenfranchises so many voters.

    May 28, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Glenn

    The "queen of self disllusionment" herself. What an sick ego!

    May 28, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Buddy

    Obama will win 7 of his 57 states. If Hillary loses Hello John for me.

    May 28, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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