May 28th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
6 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. Andrew

    As I watched the general election start to take shape over the last couple of weeks, I fear she may be right.

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. clevin

    This is like watching that chic on the marta train-if you've got a heart you must feel sorry for 'em.

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Deb

    Enough already! Superdelegates unite and put Hillary out of her misery!
    Obama '08

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Pol

    I am speechless. What a woman – monster!

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. ROBERT

    WHAT IS SCARY IS THESE COMMENTS. WHEN YOU READ THEM IT IS LIKE HEARING A BUNCH OF KIDS EXPERIENCING THEIR FIRST NIGHT OUT ON THEIR OWN. THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE ASKING FOR, THEY JUST WANT TO BE IN CONTROL. THEIR COMMENTS ABOUT HILLARY ARE AN EXAMPLE OF THIS, VERY CHILDISH AND INMATURE. THIS IS THE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO ELECT A PRESIDENT THAT ONLY HAS THE EXPERIENCE TO MATCH THEIR CHILDLIKE BEHAVIOR. PEOPLE, WE BETTER THINK ABOUT IT. YOU MAY NOT LIKE HER AND YOU SAY WE ARE TIRED OF THE CLINTON'S BUT DURING THE CLINTON YEARS AMERICA WAS RESPECTED IN THE WORLD, WE WERE NOT AT WAR, WE WERE NOT IN DEBT, WE HAD MORE MONEY IN OUR POCKETS EVEN THOUGH WE MADE LESS. I FOR ONE DON'T SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT. IF ONLY WE COULD GO THERE AGAIN.

    GO HILLARY MAY GOD BLESS YOUR EFFORTS.

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. nathan from CA

    I think it's really funny that she says ALL THE VOTES MUST BE COUNTED! but her "math" is possible because she argues that you dont count the caucus states but Florida and Michigan Do count.

    Also, just because New York and California voted for her doesn't mean they will go to mccain should obama be nominated. The democratic states that she won will probably vote democratic in november regardless of who the democratic nominee is. Same with voter groups. For example, Hillary's Latino base would most likely vote for Obama in november.

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Priscilla for Obama

    The Clintons are the ones who have tried to kill Obama's influence and his chance at the presidency. With Hillary out of the way, Obama will win over the voters. Hillary would like for Obama to lose, as Congressman Clyburn stated in the CNN press conference a month or so ago, so that she can win in 2012. Hillary is trying to take the Democratic party down with her. She, indeed, is working with John Mc
    Cain.

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Paul

    Is anyone out there that can shut HRC up? Why will someone from the news media simply tell her the truth. She is not winning the campaign because most people to not want her to be president, most people do not trust her, she is a liar, her presence is one of a "self served, egotistical spoiled young child who wants her way (I want me way, I want my way) or she will blame it on everyone else. Why can't she simply realize she is a victim caught in her own web and can blame only herself. She is the one who talked about her Bosnia experience (more than once), she is the one who mentioned RFK in 1968 then blamed Obama for "exploiting" her comments (hello, Hillary, did you or did you not milk the "gun and religious" comments to get every inch out of that one), she is the one who "implied" Obama was a Muslin, she was the one who time and again presented herself negatively and then whined when people saw through her. We are dealing with a person who has no concept of reality so let her continue to scratch her head and complain in a room where no one can hear her.

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Carl Dupont

    does Hillary know what is happening?
    I hope somebody can tel her today's news:
    Colorado Superdelegate for Obama; Delegate Countdown – 48 To Go
    Oregon Superdelegate for Obama; Delegate Countdown – 47 To Go
    Guam Superdelegate for Obama; Delegate Countdown – 46 To Go

    To win, Obama needs only;
    20 delagates from PR
    10 delagates from SD
    10 delagates from Montana
    and 6 superD

    Can somebody inform Hillary about this reality???

    May 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Lie to me....

    I promise I'll believe
    Lie to me
    But please don't leave

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Karen from Charlottesville

    Obama can win against McCain. let's face it, either candidate will beat him in November, but Obama will be a more collaborative President who will get the Republicans and Democrats working together for a common good. We saw Hillary's failed health plan in the 90's and the "vast right wing consipiracy" that they complained about during Bill's Presidency. She is divisive – look at the superdelegates in the House and Senate and who they have overwhelmingly selected. They know that they can work with Obama to move this country forward.

    Even Senator Byrd from West Virginia, who was courted by Hillary for years on the Armed Services Committee, chose Obama.

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

    Obama 08. We don't need a whiney harmonal president!

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. ben

    This woman selfishly puts her own power hungry interests before her party and her country. She has proved time and time again that she is a liar and untrustworthy. Her policies are more republican than democrat – political theater & lies

    Obama 08 – save the country, save the world from the impact of Bush/McCain/Hillary

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. Ryan Daugherty

    No Hillary, I haven't asked myself who is more likely to win the general election. I did ask myself, who would make the best President and based on the value of your past experience and the methods you use in your campaign, you are at the bottom of the order.

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. james from brooklyn

    what else would hillary say. i've been doing some reseach on politics, though i won't reveal what i came accross but i will tell you one thing, that hillary's arrogance and deceptive tatic resemble the one of a political figure in the 20's and 30's. he way of destroying the democratic parties is rooted in that era.
    OBAMA has prove to us how unfit of a president hillary would make and for some people to call her none sense effort as couragious is obsurd. last timei check, arrogance was a weakness. i've never seen so many ppl give credit to someone that is so selfish. the nomination was handed to hillary before it even started, now that she sees OBAMA has the inevitable nominee, she is crying foul. there aint no ref in this game hillary, man up

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    SHE IS SO RIGHT!

    THE MEDIA IS ALREADY TRYING TO WRIGHT HILLARY OFF,
    SAYING THAT SHE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RETURN TO THE SENATE ETC!

    NOW YOU TELL ME THIS ISN'T BIASED REPORTING!

    OBAMA HAS TOO MUCH DIRT IN HIS PAST AND PRESENT, TO WIN IN NOVEMBER!
    HILLARY CAN WIN!
    IF WE PUT OBAMA IN THE NOMINATION, WE WILL LOOK LIKE THE BIGGEST FOOLS EVER!
    IF HILLARY DOESN'T GET THE NOMINATION, I WILL BECOME AN INDEPENDENT!
    I NO LONGER WANT TO BE PART OF A PARTY THAT GETS SNOOKERED OVER AND OVER BY THE REPUBLICANS!!!!

    HILLARY CLINTON 08!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Edward, CA

    She needs to quit, stop restating the rules every time it suits her, and start demonstrating that she's more loyal to her party rather than to herself.

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. DEMOCRATS UNITE

    please Montana unite around our nominee HILLARY HAS NO CHANCE TO WIN THIS BUT ONLY TO STEAL IT. Don't listen to this MAD woman please stop this drama and vote Obama !!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Generation X

    Hillary supporters, Generation X will not....get this...VOTE ON HILLARY CLINTON!!! If she steals this for Obama, McCain will be are next President.

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. usa

    hey hill...............................

    flash back================================

    didn't u say (2 months ago) on ABC news: Yes YES YEEESSSS.

    he will win agianst mcain!!!

    everyone knows by now, what a sick person you are.

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

    One week and we will be relieved forever from listening to this crap...
    We will have a big rally next week..
    Change is coming soon

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. obama - supporter - arkansas

    BREAKING NEWS

    courts in fl thrue out the fl votes case
    said dnc has right to disinfranize them
    poor hillary

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. ittango

    Hillary...
    You have become a spectacle.
    A sideshow rife with rants and reality deprivation.
    You knowingly mislead your supporters with everything from partial truths to total mendacities.
    As their "Leader" (in one way or another) your responsibility is to pull your base together in an effort to unify the party and secure a Democratic victory in November.
    But alas...

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. cda

    The trouble with Ms. Clinton's logic is that the voters decide who will be the Democratic candidate, not she. Every candidate in every campaign will say he/she is the most electable or they would not be running for office. In a democracy, the voter makes these decision, not the person running for office.

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. MaryK

    She obviously does not want to be VP, she wants to run against McCain in 2012. I hope democrats are seeing though this.

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39