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. Terri

    She is the biggest joke around. Just watch, her henchmen are going to try and stongarm Barack for the VP slot. I really don't care for her because she has a lack of integrity and will stop at nothing to be on top. She is not a team player and all of her reasons for staying in are purely selfish.

    I didn't care at first, but now I want Barack to win so we will have someone in the WH who will tell us the truth.

    McCain is insane and Hillary is not truthful.

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. KJ

    Someone, please tell me – how can Clinton make the argument that she's the stronger candidate when Obama is in the lead? If she were in fact the better candidate, the voters and the superdelegates (especially those who have switched their allegiance from her to Sen. Obama) would clearly have her in the forefront. If she were the best, her campaigning would have been effective enough to leave her with most pledged delegates and popular vote.

    And please don’t use the Michigan and Florida thing – they knew party rules and violated them anyway, so they are responsible for any of the consequences. She agreed not to campaign in those areas just like Sen. Obama did because they did not follow the rules. Now, perhaps because she is not in the lead, she’s demanding that the votes be counted, and seems to make the argument that somehow, someone doesn’t want their votes to matter.

    Sen. Clinton, you have done an excellent job campaigning and paving the way for women everywhere, in all areas of life, to pursue their goals and dreams. This historic campaign has been amazing to watch and has already set precedence. So please, bow out gracefully and allow Sen. Obama to focus on the general election. That will cause the party unity we all talk about.

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Somewhere in Texas

    "SHE IS A LOSER"! If for some reason, the Democratic Party steals the nomination from Barack Obama, the whole party will go up in flames. Just as 92% of African-Americans feel that Barack is the best candidate, I feel they will abandon the party if the DNC steals it.

    May 28, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Frankie in the South

    She's also better with National Defense.. I don't remember Obama ever having to dodge sniper fire in a war zone and then have taken machine gun nest from the enemy with Sinbad at his side.

    Please. This is nonsense. All politicians lie, but only the real slimy ones tell blatant lies (as opposed to half truths) and then have a cocky 'Whatever, so I mispoke, get over it' attitude about it.

    Sorry HRC. We don't trust you. Most of the country doesn't. And that's why you'll never be President.

    May 28, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Ticker Shock, Richmond, VA

    I will vote for Obama if he wins the nom. But I am worried that he might not be able to beat McCain. I am hearing more and more middle-aged people (my age range) starting to consider McCain as an alternative to Obama.

    I do believe that Hillary is the strongest most well-rounded of all three candidates.

    Hillary '08

    May 28, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Mike, Ontario Canada

    How could she campaign for Obama after these remarks? Instead, she would try to make a point that she has been right all the time; therefore, I think that she cannot conceive that she'll be left out of the future Administration, and she'll play her brainchild: either with her, or McCain wins; no reconciliation, no healing, take me or lose it.

    May 28, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Hillary or McCain

    Seriously folks, all of your are so caught up in the delusion of Obama being our next Commander In Chief. It is not going to happen. I, like so many others, will shift from Hillary, straight to John McCain, if Hillary does not get the nomination. Obama is nothing more than a young W. No experience, High Brow, and no idea on how to pull this country up. Keep dreaming Obama supporters. Your dream will die soon.

    May 28, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Another view


    Labelling yourself a "fighter" against all logic is sheer stupidity. Hillary has been counted out by all measure. Close yes! but she's been long out of this equation.

    Hillary is like the prized fighter who has way past outlived his usefulness, but just think one more lucky punch can land her the prize.

    The naked truth behind her persistence is all about Hillary's RAW AMBITION AND THIRST FOR POWER – ME, MYSELF AND I nothing else.

    There can never be any graceful exit for her now. She has exhaused that privelage. She deserves to be boot in the rear end out of the door. And please don't forget to slam the door after her.


    May 28, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. SB

    If you look at this logically, she has a point. She is more of a moderate were Obama is much more extreme. If she wins the priamry most likely Obama supporters will vote for Hillary, If Obama wins the primary I think Hillary supporters will be split between McCain(who is also a moderate albeit a Republican) and Obama.
    It comes down to this...Obama Supporters won't vote for McCain, but Hillary Supporters might.

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

    Is she really the bEtter candidate? She seems more like the bItter candidate to me. Is she really the strOnger candidate? I don't know, but in the past few months, she has certainly become a strAnger candidate...

    And for those of you who won't vote for Obama because he won't win, think about that for a second...that is if you are capable of thinking. Could it be he will have lost because you DIDN'T vote for him, you OWN PARTY'S nominee? Could all of those either withholding their votes or voting for McCain be the very REASON he doesn't win? DUUUUUH...!

    May 28, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    As a 54-year-old woman, I want to see a woman president in my lifetime. But I want that president to be someone who will be an example for our young women, not someone who will allow her daughter to be complicit in her lies (i.e. Bosnia sniper fire). Not one who agrees to the rules, but then protests when she is losing. Not one who distorts facts to prove a point.

    Please don't tell us, Bill Clinton, that others are being disrespectful to your wife. What you did with other women is the ultimate disrespect! I was a big defender of the Clintons until the presidential pardons – that was very telling about the character of these two, and this race has proved the point.

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

    Clinton's biased opinion regarding Obama's electability
    is a n o n i s s u e!

    The media is complicit with her for repeating this divisive garbage.

    May 28, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. brettjay

    I thought she was playing nice.

    May 28, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Chuck R

    Both of the last tracking polls Rasmusen and Gallop have Clinton beating McCain and Obama losing.

    Of course all of the Obama people are convinced this is not because of the failings of their candidate, but Clinton's fault. Heck, they sound a lot like Karl Rove... no matter what goes wrong, blame Clinton.

    May 28, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. granforchange


    May 28, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |

    HILLARY IT IS OVER !YOU HAVE NO SHAME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL ABOUT YOU . YOU HAVE LOST BY THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE PLAY BY THE RULES IF YOU KNOW HOW ? IF YOU COULD OVER RIDE THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE DO YOU THANK THAT WE WOULD VOLT FOR YOU? YOU CANNOT WIN WITHOUT THE AFRICIAN AMERICAN AND THE YOUNG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!VOLTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. JJ in NY

    Tortured logic, fuzzy math.... the fact that hillary is starting to believe her own lies indicates an emotional disturbance and an underlying mental imbalance. She is dangerous AND unelectable because so many people hate her .

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Raymond Hei Man Leung

    As a candidate, Hilary should put the Democratic Party before her. If Obama's point of view are very different compare to hers, then this race would be well-worth it. This, however, isn't the case. She should've just dropped out months ago. Right now, because of her selfishness, the Democratic Party is well-divided and chances of winning over the Republicans in November are down to nil unless she willingly runs for VP, which I don't think she would accept.

    She's so desperate that she'll do absolutely everything to discredit her opponent in every way. She didn't raise her voice when the votes were discarded for Florida and Michigan back then; now she's begging for them. Hilary was overconfident, and as a result, the Democratic Party are now paying price. I ask you Hilary: "What guarantees do Americans can count on that you won't be overconfident again against McCain or in the White House?" Her selfishness is enough to convince me that she is not THE ideal Democratic Party Representative.

    If the roles were reversed, I would've say the same thing to Obama.

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Nathan

    Obama will never win. My family and I will vote republican before we vote for Obama.

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Broken Record

    Hillary is sounding like a broken record. No matter how many times you state "the facts" they do not become true. This election is not going to be your old school election. You can't base what may happen on history. People are tired of the Republicans and most of all, we're tired of the Clintons. I couldn't be more nauseated to hear Hillary and Bill continue to pull nonsense out of the air. GO HOME! YOU LOST!

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. susie

    Dean should listen to Hillary's supporters.......we will vote for a person who is patriotic...........Hillary or McCain.

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Tom,West Michigan

    Should we not be asking the question if Hillary and Bill have
    'lost it'?... it meaning their good senses? Why does she not see
    what she's doing to her future as a a good Democrat...
    as an honest, sensible human being? The party leadership needs
    to shut her down promptly.

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. JD

    Sen. Obama agrees to lay off the attacks of her to allow her a graceful exit, and she continues her attacks and false claims. This is why you don't make a deal with the devil.

    If you only count the people who voted for her, by the way, she is winning this nomination unanimously! That shows how strong a candidate she is.

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. Sylvia

    SHOCKED – My daughter gave me a Book saying,
    This is OBAMA's BIBLE. The Title, "Rules For Realistic Radicals"
    by Saul D. Alinsky. OBAMA studied Alinsky and totally fashioned
    his campaign on this Book.

    CHANGE – HOPE – How to make your competition (Hillary &
    John McCain) Look Like The Establishment.

    Obama has NO ORIGINAL IDEAS of his own.
    WAKE UP VOTERS – He reads a good speech, period.

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. Miguel Filomeno

    I am beginning to wonder if the heavy sniper fire taken during her trip to Kosovo has something to do with her recent delusional behavior.

    Oh that is right... it never happen. It was her telling us stories again!

    Let's bring the troops home from Iraq and focus on serious problems facing the United States on the years ahead.

    100% Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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