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. Ben

    I think Hillary is trying to play mind games here. She is going to come back and say I am the only one who can MAKE Obama win, so pick me as the VP. That wouldl be blackmail that Obama should not fall for. The Clintons are indeed very shrewd and their selfishness and ambition knows no bounds!

    May 28, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Honest man for Obama

    Why don't Hillary leave the democratic party to form her own party?

    She wants to decide for the leader of her party, instead of following rule that was strongly agreed upon.

    Her actitdue is disgusting, the Clinton are eager to go back to the White House by all means.

    If it is possible for the Clintons to buy their way into the White House they would have done just that.

    It very clear that she can't win the nominee ,but yet she continues to push and criticize the leader of her party for not agreeing with her or not following Her own rules.

    She doesn't take no for an answer, either she have it her way or no way. Now she is waiting for negative possibility to happen with Obama so she can steal it from Him. Is't that desparate to suggest that something negative might happen along the way and that will give her the nomination?

    DNC please follow Hillary/Bill Clinton's rule so that we will have rest of mind.

    Hillary have you found someone to do your dirty laundry?

    May 28, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Jeff

    I think the Polls that senator Clinton is referring to are the NORTH and SOUTH POLES, GET A GRIP OF CONSIDERING DEFEAT HILLARY.

    May 28, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |

    what a shame hilary has been reduced to this! Shame Shame Shame. I am glad to be a free woman who has the brain to understand Hilary is suffering from problems. You want to proof you can do the same job men do, yet ordinary criticisms and a loss in the primary has reduced to this?


    May 28, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Debbie

    Might want to check out Real Clear Politics poll numbers. They are considered more accurate because they average several polls.

    Obama out performs Hillary in the 20 swing states.

    The only state Hillary wins that Obama does not is Florida.

    On the other hand, Obama wins Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Oregon and Hillary does not.

    May 28, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Sylvia from Oslo Norway

    It's not the math, it's the map. We must admit some states are more important than other due to the electoral vote, and Buchenwald is nowhere near Auschwitz. Those are facts.

    If Obama has to talk about relatives he don't know to cover up the record he don't have, Obama is not ready to be President.

    Last spotted in Puerto Rico I think I could here an admission of sorts: Obama campaigns; this race is not over!

    May 28, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. I Wish It Were Only a Movie

    Obama's campaign appears to me to play out like a bad movie–a movie in which a candidate who looks good and speaks well and
    gets treated with kid gloves by the press –travels around the country
    and gives speeches in a controlled environment while flocks of adoring fans live and breathe on his every chant of hope and change.

    Meanwhile, the candidate has no clue of how or what he plans to do and the public is in the dark about who he really is.

    I wish it were only a movie.

    May 28, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. fred2..since another stole my name

    Obama.... it is totally over for you!!

    You are the liar and have been since day one...getting all your people to do the dirty work (like Bush).

    Take it all the way to the Convention Hillary!!

    We will NEVER UNITE behind Obama!!

    GO HIllary!!

    May 28, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. joaquin

    what is she trying to do?

    She is so obsessed with being in power that she wants McBush to win to run again in 4 years.

    She is pathetic.

    Hillary cares for one person only and that is Hillary Clinton only.

    She does not care that we get 4 more years of McBush as long as she can run again.

    I am sick of this, she must drop the race.

    May 28, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. John B. From New Hampshire

    To Marylin,

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Zion

    I'm sorry, but I am tired of whinny liberals screaming about FL and MI. THEY BROKE THE RULES. I mean let me translate in liberalese, "If someone does something that is outside the bounds of the rules, they should not be forgiven just to "spare" their feelings." There are consequences when you misstep. FL and MI voters should realize that Clinton did not care about their voices when she was winning, but now their votes somehow matter. FL and MI voters with a beef should argue with their state leaders because that is who made their votes invalid.

    I have many Republican friends that would vote for Obama, but not for Clinton. Oh yeah, Hillary, I know we as African Americans are not high on your list, but good luck with that demographic, oh and the "educated white vote" who obviously does not count in the Democratic party.

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Vote Hillary

    Good job for Hillary for not giving up. She is definitely the best candidate for the job. She definitely has more experience over Obama and if he wins the primaries, this will be a big issue in the general election. Also, Obama always speaks so vaguely about issues. He never gives a solid answer. Hillary 08

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Lynne - Seattle WA

    I must say that I am very disappointed in Ms. Clinton's behavior. I use to think she was an intelligent strong woman. Now all I see is a petty petulant child trying to get everyone to pay attention to her by any means possible, including trying to make others look bad so she looks good. It is very very sad!

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Bob (Pittsburgh, PA)

    Shut up Hillary, nobody likes you.

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Cindy

    For all who are curious as to why Clinton won't give up.....including the "I am voting for Hillary no matter what group" should go to CNN Commentary Rolland Martin. That will give you your answer."Clinton second" She is disgusting and should be ashamed to call herself an american and stand there and lie about how she cares for the people of this country.

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

    groundhog day AGAIN?!?

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. No more Rigged Elections in America

    to Tom.

    What this article fails to mention is that CO, NV, and NM were swing states for Bill Clinton, and not the far left liberal democrats that the democratic party keeps nominating.

    We Cannot win with a candidate on the left.. Hillary is a moderate democrat who can win the swing voters. You people are so stubborn.

    The funny thing is if you would have voted Hillary, she would have picked Obama as VP and we could have had 16 years of democrats in the White House.

    You liberals, blacks and youth are so self centered that you cannot see past your nose.

    Superdelegates wake up. Force a Clinton/Obama ticket.

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. What if?

    Hillary is so sad, she claims she can beat McCain in November, Please DNC leaders remember that Obama has won this nomination fair and square. To continue to let Clinton go around to different states making claim that can’t be predictable, especially the claim that Obama can’t beat McCain in November is unfair and wrong, wrong, wrong. So every voters who followed the rules and voted for Obama are to believe she can predict the future now?

    In “2004” we loss when everyone thought we were going to win with John Kerry and John Edwards on the ticket as our STRONG nominees for the democratic party, WE WERE WRONG. That’s why we the voters feel these so call claims by Clinton that she is the strongest candidate between her and Obama to beat McCain are not legit. Let’s suppose that most of the votes she received during the past primaries were mostly republicans that will vote for McCain in November anyway, this questions should leaves a lot of room for doubt for such a candidate to claim since the election in November has not taken place.

    DNC leaders I hope and pray you do the honorable thing on Saturday and give Obama our winning votes that he be our nominee. If her claim of him losing in November happens then she would be the reason for our loss. The democratic voters victory would have been totally different if she would had did what she said she would do, and that was to support the winning nominee and help unite party. The democratic, new republicans, new independences and ects… would have voters democrat in November….. THE ENDDDDDDD.

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Harry Crumb

    As proof of how stupid the Clinton campaign is getting, they honestly want Superdelegates to overturn the will of the people and pledged delegates by nominating HRC based on the MOST RECENT POLLS????

    Hey Billary, its MAY, polls dont mean SQWAT!!! Polls change as frequently as the goal-posts your inept campaign has set up.

    But hey, Hillary is leading in SOME polls (not all) now, so we should definitely throw out the ENTIRE PRIMARY PROCESS and just elect "The Monster" based on gallup polls!

    – Democracy at its finest.

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Environment

    She's sure trying......

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Lorna, NY

    Can someone give her a tranquilizer! I am really sick of her. i don't know about anyone else, but, the more she talks, the more I dislike her. I have lost all respect for the Clintons.

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Independent white woman for Obama

    Doesn't this woman hear herself?
    She always plays the victim, is so divisive, and her negative rating so high. Hillary and McBush are the same old Washington insiders.
    We need new blood in Washington.

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Joe in Winnetka, IL

    I want to invite all past Clinton voters to join all of us in Barack Obama's Campaign. We are stronger together than apart.

    Let's go in a new, united direction!

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Bridge Tender


    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Cathy

    I repeat the same comment I posted the other day that was removed by the CNN comment police:

    Would someone please show her the door!

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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