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. J from Detroit

    Enough is enough, when this first started I was all gong ho about the democratic campaign, and now as I think about the whole thing it makes me sick. I was wondering and I know I will recieve flack for this and I am married to a caucasin with two beautiful children, If Obama was not African american would he be having such a hard time in this race? Would the Revern Wright issue be an issue, The Revern that endorsed Mccain said some bad things as well and hell that went away in 2 days. Does the HilBill crew (Hillary and Bill) understand that they are making this a race issue and they are and will divide the country and make things even worse for everyone. We need a leader who can turn this country around, doesnt have to be Obama but A leader who will take charge and not lie to us as a Country like Mr.Bush has. Gas 5.00 a gallon soon, foreclosures up like never before, taxes LOL what a joke, utilities Ha and food, family of for 300$ a week and thats just average. Florida and Michigan were no worries for the Clintons when she was winning now it is. Just because Obama has a different skin color that does not mean he is not a good candidate or does that mean this country still has a bigger race issue than i thought. Just think its time for us to tell the truth, CNN should do a pole on the race issue and I bet over 80% will say that is a major issue why some wont give him the time of Day. God Bless America and God Bless all of you

    May 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Judging by the average of polls over the last several weeks, the American people don't agree with you, Queen Clinton.

    Say hello to the leprechauns and the unicorns as you continue roaming in your fantasy land (but watch out for Bosnian snipers, they seem to live there too...)

    May 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Dolores

    Hilliary is so desperate to win this primary, there is nothing she wouldn't
    do or say. We are sick of her and Bill badgering the American people with innuendos and outright lies to vote them back into the White House.
    If Senator Obama does not get the nomination, she will not win over McCain. Why would anyone want the Clintons and their baggage back.
    Before the election, they would be trashed over and over by the Republicans. No more ignoring the terrible deeds they were involved in.
    So far, this has been a walk in the park for her. That would all come to an
    end, before November.

    May 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. lewc

    Slogan for November (Dems): UNITED WE WIN, DIVIDED WE LOSE!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Phil-Little Rock

    This is what most psychoanalysts would call, in so many words, the advanced stages of denial. You only see what you want to see, or believe what you want to believe, even when the truth is staring you plain in the face. I'll bet she still thinks there's WMDs in Iraq, too, since this dumb broad voted for it.

    Clintonistas, be careful. Do you want someone in office who ignores the truth, even though it's plain as day to everyone else but her??

    GO OBAMA '08

    May 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Swalker327

    Somebody please get this woman a prescription for insanity - what is she smoking? Didn't she just say that Obama "could" beat McCain - OMG - she's "mis-speaking" again!!

    OBAMA '08

    May 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Rugo

    Before the primaries started you were stronger than Obama, look where you are now, John McCain will drink in the cup you have dranken.

    May 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Debby

    I agree with Sen. Clinton, Obama can't even get his family tree right never mind lead a whole country. She is beating McCain in the electoral states which are the most important for the general. McCain is tough and he will be hitting those rural towns which he will probably win over like she did.

    May 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Concerned mother of a 14 yr old!!

    I am pleading with the remaining superdelegates to end this!!! She is ruining our party. She will stop at nothing to destroy Obama and the Democratic party. Get her out NOW!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Karen from Charlottesville

    This is also part of her "doublespeak" strategy. For example, yesterday she gave a speech about government waste and overspending and how SHE would put an end to it as President. Amazing!!!! This is the same Senator who got $2.3 BILLION in earmarks for the State of New York for 2009. That's triple the amount of pork barrel spending that any other Senator. So just how is she going to stop herself?

    May 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Montana is Obama Country

    In Montana Lee Enterprise polls show OBAMA 55% to Clinton 35%..

    Hillary is spewing incorrect messages and everybody in Montana is glad it will soon be over.. Hillary's crowds (1000) are nothing compared to Baracks message & crowds (8000). She got her late and it just doesn't matter. She is broke and cannot manage the economy with a indebted campaign.. Examples speak louder than words...
    HIllary needs to go ask kids for their milk money again.. What a disgrace.....

    May 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Give it up

    We don't elect presidential nominees using the popular vote and we don't elect the president in the GE with the popular vote. Claiming to have the most popular votes as for the reason why she should get the nomination is not going to work. Using wedge issues to split the polulation (race, sex and I'm just better because of who I am) and try to pressure your way into the top spot is going to do more to disenfranchise voters this fall than by following the rules everyone signed and admiting you've been out done. We have a representative democracy and HRC demonstrates nothing that represents me.

    May 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Typical bitter white person

    It is amazing how CNN can be so blatantly in Obama's camp.

    "It was not immediately clear which polls and states Clinton was specifically referencing."

    Try the Gallop Poll of 5/27 that shows Clinton with 48% to McCain's 45% and compare that to McCain's 47% with Obama at 44% in the General Election. And then they turn around and THEMSELVES say:

    "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."

    Note the word CRUCIAL in their own sentence.

    I'm with the crowd that says ANYBODY but Obama…

    And you Obamanations can keep telling yourselves that Indedpendents like me aren't important or are "closet" Republicans, but just remember in November that your own arrogance and blind acceptance of mediocrity wrapped in rhetoric cost you the election…

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

    Hillary needs to have her head examined and those who believe her is just as bad.

    From being the front runner to a lousy looser, she has proven that she is sick in the head.

    May 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Joel

    It's not your party, it belongs to the people. And the people have spoken. No spin, no half-truth, they have spoken. You are behaving like the psyco-stalker who says, "If I can't have her, no one can" just before the murder-suicide. You're acting as though if you can't have the nomination then your career is over (which, by way it is not unless you choose to end it) and you won't leave the Democratic Party in tact behind. You are not Bill (the Comeback Kid). You don't have to be. Be Hillary – and make that mean something. Be grecious. Be great. Do what's right. No one is saying that you can't get the nomination with a slash-and-burn approach, but at what cost to the party, the country, and your integrity.

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

    So much for trying to unite the party Ms. Clinton!

    May 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Hillary for President

    The facts are the facts.

    We have been thru this before. Lose every state in the South and Florida and Ohio and you lose. Example Gore and Kerry and many other 1970s and 1980s democrats.

    Win Florida, Ohio and Penn and you win the general election. Fact.

    Obama continues to lose the income bracket under $60,000. Democrats do not win elections if they lose those voters. People vote in November. There will be no caucuses.

    May 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Carmen, North Carolina

    Hillary you would lose because the Republican will make sure that all of Bill's mistress and you being a liar will hurt the Democratic. You and Bill needs to work on a 2012 campaign and maybe you and Bill will be nice and not ugly to the American People. Stop running a hateful campaign and manage your money. Now don't destroy the Democratic Party for 2008. Be nice not foolish and most of all be happy.

    May 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Randy - Denver

    Nope Ms. clinton YOU are GOING to lose. As simple as that, the count is almost over, all your lies and misdeeds are almost complete. no matter how oyu slice it Mr. Obama will be the next President of the US.
    Sorry but facts are as facts are.

    Do you not realize how much HATRED there is towards you in the Republicans? Do you not realize that, while you may have attacked Mr. obama on everything, twisted and distorted it to suit your purposes, that Mr. Obama has not attacked you a tenth as much as the Republicans will? Do you honestly believe that because Mr. Obama did not stoop to bring up all your past mistakes and foibles and outright lies that the Republicans will not? Do you really not see that the anger you generate WITHIN YOUR OWN PARTY is less tha 100th of the anger you will generate OUTSIDE your party? Ms. Clinton as much as I admire your policies I cannot believe, deep inside, that you would actually beat a full scale republican attack on you. Your manuvering within the party has been allowed, unchecked an barely commented on, but will not happen in the General Election. Your lies about NAFTA, CAFTA< Bosnia etc WILL be used against you there, not to mention your husbands lies while in office, your dealings with Whitewater and various other scandles that, while previously covered, are NOT forgotten. No Ms. clinton YOU are less electable and Mr. Obama has the better chance. Sorry but those are things in reality that someday you should face.

    May 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. A Call to Reason

    You know, when I look for a Presidential candidate to support, the LAST thing I want is someone who just gives up and goes home when the going gets tough, or when people who don't support him/her says to. You may not agree with Clinton or Obama, but you should at least give them credit for continuing to fight (even against the odds) because they believe in their causes and themselves. I wouldn't want or accept any less from the President of my country. I want someone who will work through adversity, not simply bow to it. And I don't want either candidate's supporters to simply "call the nomination" now because they've decided the contest is over. This hasn't been a landslide for either candidate - no matter who takes it, there are going to be a lot of unhappy, potentially disenfranchised voters. And that problem is made much worse by those supporters (of either candidate) who are trying to bully the other side out of the race.

    And on a related note, I'm simply amazed that so many of you choose to use hateful language, name-calling, and nastiness to get your thoughts across. People who disagree with you (whether they are running for president, posting their own comments, or simply minding their own business) deserve better - especially here in America, where we supposedly value freedom and diversity in thought. It will be a great day (and a truly unifying event for us Democrats) when people stop turning on their champions, and stop creating enemies out of people with different points of view.

    Let me spell it out for a little more clearly: You can't change the world with hate. So why not try some calm, reasonable dialog and respect? It'll build a bridge across this growing divide in our party (which is probably going to cost us the general election), and is likely the path to restoring America's place in the world.

    May 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Tammy - KCMO

    Is must be using that fuzzy math again. If she could beat him she'd be in the lead now. However she can only be in the lead if you include MI & FL where not all of the voters voted because they know they wouldn't count and you don't include caucus states.

    She should be sent in for a mental evaluation along with Bill.

    I can't wait for this primary to finish.

    Independent 50Y/O white female – NEVER voting for a Clinton again!

    May 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Michele C

    Hillary is dividing the Democratic Party by continually saying that only SHE can win in November. What will her strategy be when Obama is nominated? Will she still be saying that he can't win? It makes no sense. I always felt she was good Democrat, but now, i think she is just for herself, and that is very disheartening to me.

    May 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Spirit of America

    The handwriting on the wall is crystal clear. It says that Obama has a snowball's chance in hell of winning in November. He is the best candidate Republican money can buy.
    Every day it becomes clearer that Clinton is being sabotaged from inside the Democratic Party by its ruling elite. She is the candidate of, for and by We, The People, not the corrupt and prostituted pundits.

    May 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Philip

    This is just beyond words. I am so sick of the Clintons now I could vomit.

    Hillary, GO THE HELL HOME!

    You don't care about anyone but yourself and all you foolish followers are falling for your BS. If the Dems lose this fall, it's your fault, no one elses. Just shut up and go away.

    May 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. JC

    Well, she is right – Obama has very little chance to pulling in the Reagan democrats because he is too far left. Without the support of the moderates, Obama is more likely to lose. Hillary who is a moderate most likely will already have the moderates support and clearly won't lose to the left to McCain. Why do so many Obama supporters spew so much anger and hatred on these blogs? You would think the Obama supporters are the "uneducated" ones based on the way they act.

    But, Hillary and Obama are not destroying the democratic party – the DNC is doing it themselves. How can they seriously expect any support from Florida and Michigan when they tell them their opinions don't count or matter in the democratic nomination?

    The 2nd reason for the destruction of the democratic party is the superdelegates. Get rid of that stupid concept. Why does one person have more input than tens or hundreds of thousands of voters? Let the people decide who they want (all of them) and do away with the superdelegate concept. What value do they even bring?

    Whoever wins the most state delegates deserves to be the nominee. Of course, people aren't robots and still have the right to vote for who they want in the general election. I am one democrat who won't vote for Obama – he has no foreign policy or international relations experience and bad things tend to happen when presidents take power with little or no experience in matters outside the United States. I don't vote for a party, I vote for a person and to me McCain (even though I disagree with some of his platform) is much more competent to run this country.

    May 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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