May 28th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton: Obama more likely to lose

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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. Kate

    then why have primaries? .. why not just research and poll then declare the nominee .. ??

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Jon

    Hillary is going to have the last laugh either way. If she gets the nomination, she'll laugh in Obama's face and if he gets the nomination, she'll fall over laughing in November when he loses the general election.

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Abaya

    If Hilary Clinton is very sure of her position, why is it that 17 of her senate supporters left her for OBAMA? Even if Obama is willing to give her the No2 job, she have now destroyed that chance too (Obama/Hilary ticket). Move on Hilary and look to the future. When one road closes, another one will open.

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. uma

    the name clinton has been in political scene for about 2 and half decade,but here is obama from do where depeating both othem in a primary who was known in just a year how can any body under estimate the was that this guy handle both politics and the legacy he,s buildind?the bitcth is full of events she likes talking and she couldnt handle her campaingn well how can she handle the presdency we can se how americans are hungry for change by voting for obama against the clintons

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Pete

    It is common knowledge that the Republicans are finished. My parrot
    would defeat John McCain this year. The majority of voters will vote for
    democrats this year. Even the republicans are tired of republicans.
    George W. Bush has ruined it for everyone.

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Give it up

    If she is so much better, why is she trailing in elected delegates? She's been outdone and she can't admit it.

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Gene

    Hm. Every poll? Every bit of research? Sounds like another misstatement to me, since Obama outpolls Clinton over McCain in southern and western states (even Virginia is polling in favor of Obama now!) And Texas is up for grans for Obama! Switch those two states, and it's a whole different map, Hillary. Quit living in the past, elections are about the future.

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. BARRACK ALL THE WAY

    JUST CALL HER CLEOPATRA EVERYONE KNOW'S SHE'S THE QUEEN OF DENILE

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Scott, Charlotte

    Blah Blah Blah Hillary....take your meds, and relax....isn't Matlock on now ?

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. RH

    MEG: "I WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE WILL LOSE."

    LOL!! Wow.

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. she can't shut up

    Just go away ! Admit defeat like a lady..Its not hard ! SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP ! Your starting to sound like one's crazy grandmother who needs attention ! GO AWAY ! WHAAAA WHAAAA WHAAAA....your starting to really sound like the whinner you are !!!!!!! WHAAA WHAAA I wnt to be president I want to want to want to.....ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ! Broken record ! over over over again. SHUT UP !

    May 28, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Michael from OHIO

    Like a gnat that won't go away!

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. latino

    Republicans are LOVING hillary's political sideshow.

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Nu,Bakson

    IF CLINTON IS SUCH A STRONG CANDIDATE, WHY IS IT THAT THE REPUBLICAN DON'T ATTACK HER?

    WHAT DO THEY THINK OF HER RFK COMMENT. WHY IS THAT NO ONE HAS ASKED MCBUSH TO COMMENT ON THAT?

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. cnnwatcher

    Let's get this over with and give Hillary the VP spot. Perhaps, that will shut her down.

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Koko

    THE FACT THAT HILLARY IS SPEAKING LIKE THIS MEANS THAT SHE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT DEMOCRATS WINNING THE ELECTIONS.

    SHE IS A POWER HUNGRY PERSON SHE ALREADY KNOW THAT BARACK HAS WON SHE JUST TRYING TO SAY THIS TO PUT FEAR INTO PEOPLE!!

    HAS SHE FORGOTTEN WHAT THE POLLS READ IN THE BEGINNING OF HER CAMPAIGN AND NOW WHERE IS SHE???????????

    SHE IS THE NUMBER ONE PERSON WHO SHOULD KNOW THAT THE POLLS AREN'T ALWAYS TRUE ESPECIALLY BEFORE YOU GET TO THE REAL THING!!!!! ON WHAT BASIS IS SHE BEATING MC CAIN WHEN BOTH HAVEN"T EVEN STARTED TO TRULY COMPETE.

    OBAMA FOREVER!!IF U CAN RULE THAT LONG.

    NO MORE LIES.

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Connie Sturgeon

    I was for Hillary before she started her lies and attacks. Then I recalled the Clinton years when they did anything to cover up their wrong doings.Last week when she brought up RFK , I did not think she said it to mean any harm to Obama, but after these remarks I am not sure. I believe she and Bill will do anything or say anything to win. Reminds me of Bush/Cheney administration say anything , doing anything .Obama 08

    Connie from Indiana

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Michael

    Oh, will you, at long last, have the decency to shut up? You make Michelle Obama look gracious.

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Kate

    It amazes me that with all the educated people who are voting in this election, how little original thought they put in it. When did the word "divisive" become the new "cool" or "rad". Stop using sound bites over and over. The primary season is not supposed to be all cordial. This is a competition not a hug fest. People are supposed to work hard for votes not praise other canidates. This notion of change is one big front for don't attack me on my policies because I don't have any. What fools everyone is being. Think about the process and the policies, instead of what the media is saying. I am a democrat who would love for Clinton to win and I am glad she is fighting on, that is what happens when you are campaigning. If she loses I will be just as willing to support Obama, if and when, he has actually won. Until then the primary is not over.

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. MJE WPG

    Hillary The only loser here is YOU. Why can't you get that through that thick skull of yours.
    ITS OOOOOOOOOOOOOVER. THANKS FOR COMING OUT.
    Take that other looser of a husband and PLEASE GO HOME to ???????????????

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Bill Brown

    And based on number of states won, delegates won, and perception, you can't even beat Obama in your own party.

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Dennis

    I'm not just interested in the "best candidate." I'm interested in who will be the "best President." In my opinion, and I repeat that is an opinion, the best president would be Barack Obama. Senator Clinton, as much as I respect what she has done in the Senate, is attempting to scare voters into voting for her. I suspect this nomination will be locked up for Senator Obama in the next week.

    One caution to Senator Clinton supporters, for months, the majority of you used to tell us that the polls meant nothing as to how the states would go in the primaries. Now, Senator Clinton is championing the polls in her argument that she should be the nominee. I'm not going to fall for that. The polls right now are flawed as supporters for both candidates are deliberately saying they won't vote for the other Democratic candidate in order to better their candidates appearance. That will change once the nomination is decided.

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. Disappointed

    Please just finish out your seven days and then leave us alone.

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Caroline

    I wish she would just SHUT THE #@*& UP!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Von Bismark VIENNA

    Those who have never taken this honorable Lady's words seriously should take a moment and reflect.
    She has all along hoped, in face of her handicap on all electoral fronts, for some thing dramatic to happen.Now she foresees Obama losing in November should he be the nominee.
    Not long ago Mike Hukabee fancied Obama being shot at.Did he let out the the cat out of the the bag?
    At every crucial turn in Obama's campain the (REV?) Wright rears his urgly head.
    Believe it or not there is a cynical conspiracy in the offing.Obama is not save.

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