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

    DEMS `08!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Vicki

    Hillary is right and as a Democrat, I would like to win in November! Florida,Ohio, and Pennsylvania are a must for the Democrats and Obama won't win them.

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Judy, South Carolina

    Hillary you need to stop being so stupid. If you were out front then you wouldn't want Obama to do this. Obama have not attacked you at all about who is the best and you would lose. I hope the DNC just tell you to fade away into the sunset. You are pathetic and crazy.

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. mib

    To the undecided super delegates....you could have stop this!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    It's all about Hillary...screw the party. Let's all get together and make these people go away before they do even more damage...please!

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

    OBAMA WILL NEVER GET FLORIDA!
    THERE ARE TOO MANY OF US HERE THAT ARE PISSED, BECAUSE HE IS STILL BLOCKING OUR VOTES!!!

    BE A MAN AND PLAY FAIR!
    OR ARE YOU SCARED OF A WOMAN?
    YOU SHOULD BE!!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. TAHARI in CT 4 OBAMA

    DIDNT they say Obama couldnt beat a Clinton? CHECK THAT OFF
    NOW they are saying Obama cant beat McCain? Cant wait to check that too!!

    Everyone who doubts the strength of the Obama Campaign has had to go back and reflect. They are strategic and they understand the rules! There is a WHOLE NEW ELECTORAL MAP OUT PEOPLE!

    McBush is in for a real treat if he gets pompus like Hillary did at the beginning of the primaries!

    May 28, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Alice

    I believe that Senator Clinton is correct in the fact that she is the better candidate to win the White House. We still have Race Issues in this country that are not being openly and honestly addressed by the media and, sadly to say, I am hearing it more and more from my circle of friends, co-workers, and family members who say they will not vote for Obama and will probably vote for McCain or not at all. And these are individuals who are strong Democrates who are disgusted with the Bush Administration.
    So what does that tell you?

    May 28, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Angie

    This is why Hillary SHOULD NOT be picked for Vice-President. Who wants a running mate that thinks they are not capable of winning the Presidency. So, what is Hillary trying to say? She is either too arrogant to realize that she has already lost the primary or she thinks she will run the White House in Karl Rove fashion. I would not want her on my team under such circumstances.

    May 28, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Chandler in NC

    Is Hilary psychic now? No one knows what the future holds- a year ago many predicted that she would be the Democratic nominee. She was leading in the polls, it was inevitable.

    I find it interesting that the person that can't win-the person with the least experience- has run a better campaign, managed his campaign's finances better, has beaten the Clinton fundraising machine- he** has beaten the Clintons period. And he didn't have to lie, cheat or duck sniper fire to do it.

    May 28, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. maria el monte

    The Clintons have lost all credability with the majority of Americans. The silly argument that she is more electable (but I lose to Obama) is a sin against the poor slobs who do not have the awareness or education or whatever it takes to see the truth.The Clintons careers are over.

    May 28, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Realistic

    Delusional

    Hillary just doesn't understand that while she has a loyal core of supporters, the other 60%+ of the nation absolutely despises her - thus rendering her totally unelected in the general election. But of course her plan now is to gut Barack's '08 campaign so that she can run again in '12.

    Clinton / Lewinsky '12

    May 28, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. james

    Obamaidiots –
    Hillary was setup to lose and it is clear. You obviously have no idea what the 'establishment' did to her. Morever, you will not admit that the caucuses are a joke.

    It is a fact that Hillary is the stronger candidate and most informed to battle McCain. Obama is a loser only running on the promise of change. I have news for you cult followers – – anyone is going to bring CHANGE. The kind of change one brings is what's important. Obama will be another Carter but only worse. He is a radical and extremist.

    CLINTON SUPPORTERS – UNITE FOR HILLARY. If Hillary doesn't run as an independent WE MUST NOT WRITE HER IN – THAT'S A WASTED VOTE. WE MUST VOTE MCCAIN FOR HER TO HAVE A CHANCE IN '12.

    We can do this.

    May 28, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Brian Seattle

    This is awesome! I am now an Official Independent. I now see how Democrats eat each other up and will never be able to rally around your party. You are more willing to tear each other apart with negativity and nasty comments rather then support each other.

    This November will be a clear case of I Told You So!

    No More Two Party System. It Doesn't Work!

    If Obama seriously wants change, shouldn't he be an Independent too?

    May 28, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Jeff

    First you suggested that white hard working are so racist that they can only vote for you. Next you said that he might get killed.Now, he just won't win. You and your husband have been a disgrace for our party. It's all about the Clinton!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. denise

    Depends on what polls you are consulting.

    May 28, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. independent OBAMA Supporter

    How can you win when you can not even manger your own campain.
    How much did you own now!!.
    Your red must be increasing more and more.
    Please get over this and support OBAMA. You said in ABC that OBAMA will win (YES YES he will beat MCcain) Now you are saying something different again.
    If you love your party you should not say any things again OBAMA.

    Did you see any Republicans saying anything to MCCain when they were running. Stop saying anything that Republicans will use agains your party.
    I use to respest you and your husband but now i have no repest for both of you.

    May 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. CNN REPORTS

    WHAT ON EARTH ARE THE SUPERDELEGATES WAITING FOR???? WHY CAN'T THEY DO WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO DO?
    PEOPLE ARE GETTING TIRED OF THEY HIDE AND SEEK GAME.

    COME ON!! AND LETS GET PUT THIS THING TO REST.

    May 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Realist

    First, polls do not include people with cell phones. Second, HRC is doing everything she can for Obama NOT to win the general election when nominated. If all the superdelegates move to confirm the majority of the pledged delegates (as they should), Obama will have over 2210 delegates after June 3. Come on ladies and gentlemen superdelegates, DO YOUR JOB!

    May 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Tolu

    I can honestly say that I feel soooooo sorry for Hillary, what with her most prized dream almost completely faded; as with any human, desperation sets in is such situations. But also as with most humans, you've gotta learn when to say when. HILLARY. PLEASE. SAY WHEN!

    May 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Independant from MD

    I really doubt that is true.

    States like WV and KY will swing for McCain in the Fall whether Hillary or Obama is the nominee. The same people who voted for Hillary in the primaries because she was running against a black man will vote for McCain in the Fall because he is a white male – and "white male" is their profile of choice for the presidency. I expect that the same will happen in FL.

    I do feel that states like CO and NM are more promising for the democrats to win in the Fall and those are the states that Obama does well in – better than Clinton in fact.

    Furthermore, Clinton's negatives are very high now – I don't think that Obama supporters would be so stupid as to vote for McCain if Hillary were the nominee, however I do feel that they would be less than motivated to go to the polls come November. They would not boycott the polls on purpose though, its just that there is nothing about Hillary that excites and motivates young people like myself to bother voting.

    May 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. max

    Go Obama!
    Obama 2008, 2012

    May 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Tai

    Anyone with half the common sense of a dog can see that she is a manipulative liar who doesn't care about this race or this country. When she was winning she said Michigan and Florida should not be counted. She would be a democratic Bush. I'm not saying Obama is the savior to the democratic party, but she is definately the worst thing to happen to the party. If she steals the nomination (which is the only way she can win), then I'm voting for McCain. At least I'll know how I will be screwed.

    And for those in Michigan and Florida, you should be mad at your local government who knowingly screwed you. Sorry but to seat those delegates as is would just be stupid, period.

    May 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. mel

    hillary is hurting the party by trying to steal the nomination from
    Obama,She need to step down now. after june 3rd,someone please
    stop this.Clinton are trying to change the rules to benefit them. I
    will not vote her for anything.But this is Bill work,she is listening to him,he want a 3rd term.

    May 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Typical bitter white person

    Belle – where are you? We need you? Keep posting to counter the vitriol being spewed by the brainwashed Obamanations...

    May 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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