May 28th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
7 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. skat

    Seriously this woman needs to shut up before she destroys the Dem. Party and any hopes for beating McSame. What's her problem??

    Obama '08

    May 28, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Mama for Obama

    Again, she's lying...as usual.

    I will be glad when this is over. SHE is the one in a fantasy land and this will be good experience for her to lose–to actually NOT get her way.

    Imagine this woman as a 2-year-old. I wonder what her parents did to her to mess her up like this.

    May 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. GG

    Careful Hillary linton. You are killing yourself. This is a last drop. You are done.

    May 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Debbie,NJ

    This is why she can't be on the ticket with Obama. There was never anything wrong with her staying in the campaign but why would you speak negatively of your own party rival? This in itself is unethical.
    If Obama wins she will not help him just like she and her husband didn't help Al Gore. She has caused the division that there is in the democratic party because of her tactics. If we lose to McCain it will be because of that.

    May 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Tim

    She's basing everything on research, on polls, on statistics. But people voting for Obama are basing everything on human instinct and gut. If an analytic computer were voting, yes, maybe she'd be the candidate. I like Hillary, but the best thing she could do is support the people's momentum behind Obama and give him a better chance to win. She's not coming off as much of a team player, but uncomfortably overeager just to get into the white house.

    May 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. H

    FORGET OBAMA – HE MAY GET THE NOMINATION BUT DOES NOT DESERVE IT. THE MEIDA , OBAMA AND HIS SUPPORTERS HAS BEEN SO BIAS AGAINST HILLARY. HATE, HATE, HATE – THAT WAS DIRECTED BY REV. WRIGHT. THE NOMINATION IS RIGGED IF OBAMA GETS IT.

    May 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Yayiye

    Hillary shouldn't be making such statments at the 11th hour. Such divisive stamenets shouldn't be made while it is evident that she should be sunsetting her campaign and usher the way for the likely nominee of the democratic party. What a selfish and myopic approach – very unexpected for somone nagging 280 million for more than 15 months as someone ready to be commander-in chief on day one. She never thought for a minute what her legacy will be after leaving the campaign trail. What will she do after all is over? All stuff has shifted around – national popularity, relationship with the black community and close superdelgate friends who ended up endorsing Obama.

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Ironman

    What a whinning cry baby...Florida and Michigan don't count...now they should.....The war in Iraq is good.....now its not......
    Lady, if you want to play in the man's world you need to stand by what you say....
    The only redeeming quality GWB is that he does waver on what he said...He may be stupid not see the other side of things but at least he stands firm...

    May 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Nancy

    This election has really impacted my opinion of the democratic process.I will reserve judgment but it appears that Democracy no longer provides for the "voice of the people" to be heard; just the voice of a few super delegates. Elections are "bought". Makes me question who is doing the buying and why.
    The entire process should be revamped. With the technology of today, the process should start and end in a specified time frame and campaign budget limit and then all of the states should hold their primaries within 6 – 8 weeks. Too many voters don't have the opportunity to voice their opinion. The Republican primary has been over for months. Numerous states didn't even get a chance to vote! Let's get back to majority rules!

    May 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. SlimSista

    SHE NEEDS TO CHECK IN A MENTAL INSTITUTION....OBAMA HAS REALLY ALREADY WON...

    PLEASE DNC TAKE THIS WOMAN, WHOM I USE TO RESPECT, OUT OF OWN MISERY.....

    OBAMA 08

    May 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Sharon Kitchen

    So, this person who can say anything "she" wants too, continues to spout off........Please.....give the VAST American voters a break......
    Go home. .....Go back to the senate......Just go somewhere else.
    Time is up.... Game over. Go.........Oh, take all the "mean spirited " comments with you. Thank you.

    May 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Concerned

    The RNC will run all over her with all of her baggage. Oh, don't forget her husband's baggage. They have too much that the repulbicans can stump her with:

    White Water
    White House travel office firings
    FBI background files of Republicans
    Monica Lewinsky
    Paula Jones
    Vince Foster
    Jennifer flowers
    Peter Paul (November court dates)
    Missing docments & the Presidental pardon of a fugitive friend.............

    May 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. David S

    Hillary has made the race about herself rather than the party. She had her chance to win and couldnt make it happen. It is now time for her to STOP DAMAGING the certain democratic nominee and get her supporters to go all out for him.

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

    Someone needs to remind HRC that by the rules of the contest, she has to beat Obama first for a shot at McCain. If she can't do that in the primaries and caucauses, we just can't turn around and hand her the nomination. If we did that, there would have been no need for all the primary contests. We could have simply asked all interested candidates to submit their CVs and a sample of polls supporting their strenghts, invite them for personal interviews before the Supers, and have the Super delegates vote. But, the reality is that we still have nominating contests that you have to win by established rules and HRC has failed in that regard.

    May 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. NYC Native

    In your dreams, Hillary.

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

    I don't mind her staying in the race until the end of the primaries, but Hillary is tarnishing her legacy every single time she opens her mouth these days. She and her surrogates' spin jobs rival that of the Bushies on Iraq. It's just sad.

    The bottom line is that in the nomination process, the popular vote, which Obama is winning anyway, is not the thing - it's the delegate count. This thing will be over June 4, and hopefully the Clintons will face reality so we can move on to the business of beating McCain and creating a filibuster-proof majority in Congress.

    May 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Deb

    Amen.

    The line I've been hearing a lot lately is:

    "No way a Left Wing Nut Job in Training Pants is going to win the General Election"

    Before Rev. Wright Obama had a chance-No More!

    Hillary 08

    May 28, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. She is sick

    I thought she said he could win? Now she's saying he is more likely to lose. The Democratic party is about to be obliterated due to selfishness.

    May 28, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. Dave

    yeah right! that's why the GOP was sabotaging primaries and voting for you instead of Obama. they want to face you because you turn too many off and are way to divisive and polarizing. and get a clue about these polls. they are always skewered to fit the purpose.

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

    First off, Mut you posses the grammar of a first grader to be a liberal posting on this story. These comments are rediculous.

    THE WOMAN IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. WHY WHY WHY WOULD SHE THROW IN THE TOWEL.

    Why would you!

    Oh thats right, because Democrats are weak minded and even weaker in the gut. This country needs backbone, something no liberal I have ever met embodies.

    The world is not the perfect little dream you want it to be, and it never will be. We have real problems and real enemies that aren't going anywhere with you liberal rants about diplomacy.

    McCain '08

    May 28, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. John B. From New Hampshire

    to Marylin,
    to say obama has only one states he has due to the black vote is just plain ludacris. and to say they're only voting for him because he's black shows me you're exactly the supporter hillary is looking for. do you not realize in both wv and ky alot of her voters voted for her because she is white? how much of a double standard do you recognize here? also with only 14% of the dem party being african american, it's mathimatically impossible to win with ONLY their support. Time to rethink your position here, Marylin...

    OBAMA '08

    May 28, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Sean

    "I WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE WILL LOSE." Well, if you voted for him he wouldn't lose. Democrats unite!

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

    The only way Hilary could win by anyone's math is if she get sthe DNC to change the rules. What does that say for the type of President she would be?

    Hillary doesn't like the numbers she sees for the national debt so she changes them to numbers she likes just by her say so? Oh wait! That's already been done.

    Hillary doesn't like the numbers in Iraq so she changes them to ones she likes better without actually ending the war? Oh wait! That's already been done.

    She doesn't like the vote count in FL so she demands a recount to numbers she likes better? Oh wait! That's already been done too!

    May 28, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. JS

    We know you will definitely lose considering the type of campaign you ran. Obama will do just fine.

    More and more people who already voted for Hillary have switched to Obama.

    What Hillary needs to concentrate on is to exit the race. She needs to leave campaigning to candidates that are viable. She is no longer a viable candidate.

    When she exists the Democratic Party can begin to heal from her NEGATIVE campaigning and come together.

    May 28, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    WE SE THE CLINTONS ARE AT IT AGAIN. NOW SHE AND HER HUSBAND ARE NOW FUTURE-TELLERS. THEY REALLY BELEIVE THAT WITH ALL THE GARBAGE THEY HAVE, THEY REALLY HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN THE WHITE HOUSE. IT IS OUR FEEL (ONLY) THAT NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY, THIS COUNTRY WILL NOT LET THEM BACK INTO THE WHITE HOUSE. SO MANY IN THIS COUNTRY HAS NOT FORGOTTEN THEIR ACTIONS IN THE 90'S. THEIR GREATEST SUPPORTERS (BLACKS) IN GENERAL HAVE WASHED THEIR HANDS OF THEM. THE PERCENTAGES ARE AGAINST THEM. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH BLUE-COLLAR AND OLDER WHITES PERECENTAGE WISE TO PUT THEM IN THE WHITE HOUSE. THAT IS THE REALITY OF TRUTH. WHEN YOU BURN DOWN YOUR BRIDGES THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS. FURTHERMORE, WHAT COUNTRY CAN TAKE THEIR WORD WHEN THEY KNOW THEY WILL LIE. THOSE COUNTRIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST FOR WHATEVER IT IS WORTH ONLY DEAL WITH THE TRUTH. THE SAD THING ABOUT OUR COUNTRY IS THAT WE WILL ACCEPT A LIE (MIS-SPEAK, LACK OF SLEEP, TIRED, ETC.)

    May 28, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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