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. sacto joe

    Can there be any more doubt that this woman is pulling out all the stops to force herself onto the ticket?

    And can there be any more doubt that putting her on the ticket would be precisely the wrong thing to do?

    If she plays "my way or the highway", then take the highway, Senator Obama.

    There is no room in the Democratic Party for this kind of viciousness.

    May 28, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Jason, Texas

    Hilary is grasping at straws again!

    May 28, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Rave

    Hillary will loose if she is the nominee.. Not only loose, she will loose big time. She will loose even with Ralph Nader.
    She is the last candidate standing in this race who is corrupt and desperate. McCain may not be as much corrupt as Hillary, but he has his big issues..staying in Iraq(because Bush said so)..
    Think, Think, Think... this is not about Obama , McCain, Hillary.. we are deciding our future. The decision taken in 2004 resulted in job losses, gas prices, soaring ecomony, more troops dying... who should we blame ?? I think we should blame ourselves.
    What is blue collar workers, white collar workers ?? This is just a diversion for the Media companies like CNN to extend the race and enjoy. I think the current issues are affecting every collar (blue, red or white).
    Hillary is a tough fighter?? For what ?? She is fighting for nothing but her white house chair.
    OBAMA is the only stable candidate and you all know it by heart.. let's not make an other mistake.
    OBAMA / AL GORE 2008

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

    Hey. Didn't those same polls that show she would beat McCain this November ALSO show her easily winning the nomination and running against Rudi Giuliani this November as well?

    May 28, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Lana, California

    I think, that after giving her the benefit of the doubt, that is is extremely clear: She KNOWS she cannot logically win so she is trying like hell to destroy not only Obama's but the Democratic Party's chance of taking the White House in 2008. Her logic regarding these imaginary polls and statistics are courtesey of someones rectal cavity.

    What a sad, sad way to end ones political ambitions permanently. There will be a lot of people in this country that will remember Hillary. Your legacy, instead of using your superior knowledge and abilities to change this nation for the better, will be instead that you used manipulation to take down this country.

    Super D's, please end this national nightmare on June 4th and declare one way or another.

    May 28, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Glenn

    Only 48 delegates or superdelegates needed to clinch the nomination for Obama. Thanks Billary for having the Democratic Party have all primaries. You have helped Obama to gather the required 2026 delegates to secure the nomination. Hillary will be saying after Obama wins the nomination and then the presidency: "I am ahead in all categories, I should have won and it's still not too late."

    May 28, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Robin

    Hillary Clinton has no shame....

    I suspect that those who are voting for her, do so based on her husband's likeability which is still very high and is based on emotion more than logic. She definitely gets a sympathy vote from certain core women groups who want to see a woman President in their lifetime, no matter who that woman is. Hillary Clinton is a name they know. Barack Obama on the otherhand is someone who Americans are just coming to know and one reason for his rapid rise to the forefront of this primary is because of a deep hunger in the majority of people to have a President and a government that is 'for the people'. Neither Hillary Clinton nor John McCain can bring the kind of change needed in Washington because they are part of that old Washington system that is not working for the people.

    Barack Obama is the only logical and sensible choice for President. He is the breath of fresh air needed in America and the world... Wake of Hillary and Bill supporters... we have had enough of the Clinton dramas to last many lifetimes and don't need another Clinton in the Whitehouse...

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. David

    The truth hurts and it hurts the Obamites in particular. Go Nader.

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |

    Attention Democrats – IF Obama loses in November please remember the way Hillary is now running her campaign and do not support her because of that in 2012. I'm not saying he won't win and I hope he does, but Hillary Clinton has hurt the democrats chances this November with her smears, attacks, and victim playing for months now and we need to rememeber this next time.

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Proud1of 26% in WV

    Hillary is saying that people all across the country don't know what they are talking about.All those people who voted for Obama and all of those pledged delegates.Obama will re-write the map for electoral votes and win in Nov...4 or 5 states should not be the only ones involved in picking the president ,It will be a nation wide effort.They are talking about this major cover-up that she is really winning.They are wanting to move the goal posts.She will cry all the way to the convention.

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. No more Rigged Elections in America

    Here's the fuzzy math some of you are referring to:

    After everyone has voted in all states in territories, Hillary will have the popular vote, with/without FL and MI.

    No more rigged elections in America. Popular vote is the vote of the people. Superdelegates need to vote based on the popular vote period. Isn't that what all Dems were screaming in 2000?

    Hillary 08

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. MaryK

    Way to bring the party together Hillary!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Carl from va

    This woman will say and do ANYTHING to try and become president of the Unites States. She does not care about the Democratic party or getting a Democrat elected (other then herself).
    When Obama becomes the Democratic nominee, I believe she will do everything in her power to undermine his candidacy.
    Then she can say "I told you so...".

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. The Truth


    If Hillary had been with General George Custer at the battle of the Little Big Horn she would have been trying to convince him that she thought they had a chance to win.

    If Hillary was with the Germans on the shores of Normandy while thousands of allied ships and planes approached she would have said "I think we can win".

    If Hillary was with Saddam hiding in his little dirt hole she would have told him " I think we are stronger than the American military and we can still win.........

    OBAMA "08!

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Fla Sam

    What a sore looser! She is going to do her best to make sure he doesn't win in November so she can try again in 2012. Hillary JUST GO AWAY!

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Sadie

    Oh my GOD just make it stop already! Hillary, just stop, nobody with any sense believes you anymore and no one wants to hear it!

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. 'Nuff Said

    I thought she would have given up the rock->paper->scissors strategy long ago. She would be a disaster as president. She'd make Bush look like Albert Einstein.

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. michael

    You couldn't keep your man from another woman. How will you keep the White House? Hillary will just be a puppet with Bill hands up her, (you know what) running things again the way he wants too.

    May 28, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Ralph

    Gulping water and grasping breaths against the inevitable tide that will drown her in bitterness, this woman will resort to saying anything to cast doubt. I only hope people are seeing her true colors...

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. Caroline

    . . . If elections were based on who we "think" would win, we would just
    depend on fortune tellers instead of voters.

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. JM



    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. TF

    HP Boston

    Poor BO has gaffeinitis of the moth and brain and is exhausted just reading a speech! He wants to be the peacock in the WH, prance around and do nothing as he does and has done daily!!

    I'd rather have someone with gaffeinitis then someone who can't admit they were wrong on so many things and has been found to straight out lie to the people. Maybe Hilliary would of won if the current Prez, G W Bush!T wasn't such a liar as well. Sorry but this country is sick and tired of liars and that is what Hilliary has shown the people time and time again.

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Dan

    Actually Hillary, you have a 0% chance of winning. This has been the case since early March.

    The way it works, is you have to win the primary to be in the general election. So Obama's approximately 55% chance of winning right now is higher then her 0% chance of winning...

    It shouldn't be suprising to see the Clinton campaign continue to struggle with math.

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Joshua College Station TX

    Apt comments, coming from a loser.

    Hillary never ever ever. Not '08, not '12, not '16. Never! She is one of the most corrupt individuals ever to run for/hold office.

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. h

    Obama may lose but the Clinton's are sore losers!

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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