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. dodes

    Please stop now, Mrs. Clinton. Be graceful. I know it's hard. I have a personality like yours; so I do, in fact, know it's hard. But just do it. Please.

    May 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. OneWhoCares

    Yes, this spin game she plays is an insult to the intelligents of the American people. I just went over to RealClearPolitics and found the following poll results:
    General Election: McCain vs. Clinton - Clinton 45.9% , McCain 44.9%
    General Election: McCain vs. Obama - Obama 46.6%, McCain 44.3%
    She's playing an ugly game that will come back and bite her. The American people in this new internet age have access to more information. These same old political games won't quite work the same way anymore

    May 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. FromTampa

    What a sore loser.. Hillary will lose to McCain – nobody want to elect a liar..

    May 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Caryn, Washington DC

    Of course Clinton is coming out saying that Obama is more likely to lose but that doesn't make it true.

    The truth is that Clinton IS losing and by June 4th she WILL have lost. So all of her what ifs and shoulda, coulda, wouldas aren't going to amount to a hill of beans.

    May 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. fred2..since another stole my name


    Obama will NEVER win in November!!

    Obama would only be another George Bush....another no nothing!!

    Hillary or McCain

    May 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. ADAM


    May 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    Yet Obama gained 2 more superdelegates today, 46 delegates away from clinching the nomination.

    Hillary, you probably are stronger against McCain, but you didn't earn the right to fight him by not competing from February to March.

    May 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. prakash chand

    She is correct...Democrats please wake up.

    Obama is another Dukakas.

    He is loosing the electoral collage and he will loose in Fall.

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Ken

    What a surprise: "It was not immediately clear which polls and states Clinton was specifically referencing."

    Keep telling lies. That's what you do best.

    Simple as ABC: Anyone But Clinton.

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Dave

    It's all rigged for Obama to win! The DNC has something against the Clintons and have been trying to fix the whole thing since Iowa....

    Hillary DESERVES to be the nominee! She is leading in the popular vote.... IF you count FL/MI! But, the DNC is trying to pull the wool over our eyes to make it LOOK like Obama has Won!

    At least that's what Bill wants us all to believe!

    The jig is up...... You simply LOST the contest! Go Away HilLIARy!

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Pat H.

    Being a registered Independant, I belive she is the stronger candidate overall. When voting day comes I will either write her in or vote for McCain (I do disagree with his Irag policy), Obama is all about pretty speeches with no real solutions to offer other than change, how many times have we heard this before form a candidate? But we all have and deserve our own opinions.

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. arun

    Miss denial

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Scott Glenn in Wa

    She is the lemming leader.........let her do what she came to do, may they all jump off a cliff HA HA HA

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. rajah kahn

    Is she the FIGHTER??? Looks like exaggerations to me..Not a GENUINE person to be President...SCARY!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. JJ

    Truly...non-avian animals will begin flying before I ever vote for that pathetic woman (and even then if she's the only choice, I'll stay home). What few feminist sensibilities I have...she offends every single one, and sets us all back 50 years. After her pandering BS, crocodile tears, whining about the media (actually Bill is equally responsible for that one), and overall disgraceful and fiscally irresponsible way she has run her campaign, Hell will be a mighty frosty place before a woman will be a viable presidential candidate in this nation again.

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. HP Boston

    Yes he will lose! This dem is going to vote for McCain or write in Hillary on my ballot.
    BO Barry is the worst thing that ever happen to the DNC and they can try to shove him down our throats till the cows come home, never going to vote for him. NEVER.
    The media and the DNC have savaged Hillary, they have cooked their own goose. We are appalled at their stupidity. Daily gender blasts have seeped into every inch of this campaign. BO has been carried to ALMOST there by the big boys. Well the BIG GIRLS are never going to vote for your loser guy, NEVER!
    I hope the repubs blast BO'S butt back to Chicago, lots of change needed there!

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Independent for Obama

    I am so sick of this. It is OVER! Stop trying to destroy the democratic nominee! Even if you get FL and MI you don't get enough delegates, game over – GO HOME!!

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Bob in Illinois

    Good grief, Senator Clinton. It's time for you to face reality and bow out. The rules committee is not going to buy your whining plea! All 12 members on the committee who support you AGREED that the sanctions were appropriate. Why do you insist on rewriting history?

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. bob

    The Republican party would love to have Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Presidentail candidate. They would have pages and pages of quotes and hours of video to use against her showing how she is lying today to get votes. Her claims of experience - what has she done??? Other than take tours and listen to speeches. What decisions did she hepl her husband with?? - the one to bomb the factory in the Sudan, the one to run like scared dogs from criminal gangs in Somalia when they ambushed our soldiers??? She needs to get real and look at the numbers saying a majority of the Democratic party who voted do not want her as our candidate.

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Kiah

    Yes the one who is winning NOW will lose later. How does she explain her losing now...

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA



    CAN'T ADD.





    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Soupy

    The only convicing argument I've read recently demonstrates that Clinton has a weak support base and Obama is likely to challenge in more states.

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. ele

    She needs to go back to New York/Washington (not the white house) and stay...why is she living in both states? She's the Senator of New York, and after each primary (after she loses), she always go home to Washington! What's up with this?

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. PJ Independent, New York

    Like her or not, she's right.

    The Democratic party is VERY divided still and will not unite before the general election, no matter what anybody says. There will still be a lot of 'bitter' Clinton supporter's who will not support Obama. Also, Obama is MUCH more liberal than Hillary Clinton. Therefore, some Democrats will vote for McCain for that reason alone.

    Obama will lose HUGELY in November, just watch.

    May 28, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Rich

    She is like a spoil little kid. Whining and crying to have her way. Wanting to change the rules and cries when her parents tell her to follow the rules. Her parents probably gave in to her whining and crying, but I hope the DNC doesn't. Grow up Hillary!

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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