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. Stephen

    No V.P. spot for Hillary. Obama praises her she puts him down. I don't know how Obama continues to take it.

    May 28, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Adrienne

    Hillary is such a LIAR!!!! As a matter of fact, so are the other "Clintons"

    Go Obama!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Moses, Ca.

    Is she not thinking about the other states. Why is everyone hun-up on the States she's talking about. If i'm not mistaken we have 50 States that votes.

    May 28, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Go Obama

    Stop that nonsense that Hillary is stronger.

    Any democrat wil beat McSame by a wide margin sinse he represents Bush's 3rd term and a continuation of failed politics.

    There is no way that americans will aloow this to continue.

    And for you Hillary? Shout as loud as you want, the whole world knows its over for you !!!

    May 28, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Mark from IL

    Why don't we just skip the whole primary process and randomly select 1000 people from each State ask their opinion (poll) and select the nominee in this manner.

    It seems Ms. Clinton is suggesting that the opinion of roughly 1000 people per poll greatly outweighs the votes of nearly 35,000,000 people and the nomination process the DNC has in place (which it seems to me all candidates agreed to before this whole process even began) .

    It would certainly save alot of campaign $$. Wouldn't be nearly as time consuming either. (of course I personally wouldn't have as much fun reading all the comments!!)

    May 28, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Ali

    Well, this is baffling since when the primary started she was the front runner and she has managed to lose anyway. I can't wait until she is gone from our screen, and our life...bye bye Hilly.

    May 28, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. jeremy

    note to HRC,

    you are losing the popular vote
    you lost over half the states
    you are losing in delegate count
    you are losing in super delegate count.

    GIVE IT UP ALREADY

    Obama 2008

    May 28, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Christopher Kahandaliyanage,

    Hillary! You are such a shameless woman that will do anything in this world to beat a path to the Whitehouse – no matter what! You are talking nonsense to scare supporters of Obama by saying that he cannot win the general election, so that you could be placed as the candidate. Such desperate comments can only damage your already weak position and the party’s current momentum that leads in popularity. Why don’t you just quit and then shut your husband’s big mouth that serves no purpose what so ever.

    May 28, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Ryan

    Of course she looks better now that no one is paying attention to her. Obama and McCain have set their eyes on the general election and are going back and forth ignoring her. So of course with no candidates attacking her, she would do better in polls. But people forget Hillary is the most divisive politician out there, and many people would show up in November just to vote against her. Not to mention, Obama did not attack her on many things that the Republicans would bring up in the general election. So while she may look better when she has no opposition, if she actually were to be the nominee, she would lose.

    May 28, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. SHAKE MY HEAD

    WHY DON'T SHE JUST GIVE UP? SHE SAID SHE HAS MORE EXPERIANCE BY DUCKING FROM SNIPER FIRING.. PLEADING AND CRYING YOU HAVE TO BE STRONG TO BECOME P PRESIDENT AND VOTING FOR A WAR IN IRAQ... YOU ASK ME THE CLINTON DID'NT DO ANYTHING FOR PEOPLE THAT I CAN REMEMBER. SHE WAS THE FIRST LADY SHE DID'NT HAVE NO SO SAYING..... SOMEONE NAME ONE THING DID CLINTON S HELP U.S... STIMULUS CHECK... NO ... I CANT BELIEVE WHAT IM ABOUT TO SAY BUT ITS TRUE.....I NOTICE THAT BUSH DID GIVE 2 CHECKS STIMULUS CHECKS AND BOOST THE ECONOMY CHECK SINCE HE BEEN IN OFFICE ....

    May 28, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. fred2..since another stole my name

    All the Obamabots must just be getting out of bed!!!

    LOL, Obama is a loser!!

    Wake up sooner and you will find that out!!

    Hillary, take it all the way to the convention!!

    May 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. NC for Obama

    Can you name one thing Hillary has done for the people in NY? I am so sick and tired of Hillary saying that she is the most electable. If she was she would have the most delegates.

    As for the whining and complaining about how she has been unfairly treated, If I recall correctly, wasn't she the candidate throwing everything including the kitchen sink. Give me a break.

    Hillary, if you can't stand the heat, we certainly don't want you answering the phone at 3AM.

    May 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Johnny

    If she is that good, how come a newbee from nowhere handed her the biggest beating of her career?

    In order for her to beat McCain, she must win against Barack first. Its like saying. "I am not able to win the playoffs but I can win the championship game". What a joke!

    May 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Dominique

    Only in Hillary's alternate reality.

    May 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Dale

    WE ARE SO TIRED OF THIS BIG MOUTH "I'M SUPPOSE TO BE THE PRESIDENT" MESS!!!!. When she was ahead it was ok for FL/MI to not be counted...BUTTTT as soon as she got behind and started to LOSE it was "I WANT FL/MI votes counted" and YOU people don't think this is WEAK!!!! SO WHAT...HER BLUE COLLAR WHITE VOTERS DONT THINK THEY WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA...THEY HAD BETTER THINK HARD ON THAT ONE OR ELSE IT WILL BE MORE SUFFERING FOR ALL THOSE POOR FOLKS IN WV/KENTUCKY OHIO/PENN...DONT VOTE FOR OBAMA BUT WHEN OR IF JOHN MCCAIN WINS IN NOV...DONT BLAME NO ONE BUT YOURSELVES...

    HILLARY CLINTON IS A SORE LOOOOOSER!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Casey

    I encorage all those who will either write in Hillary or Vote for John McCain to go ahead, why bother telling us how bitter you are. Whatever you do or say, Obama is the DNC Nominee. That us a clear fact. good luck and good night

    May 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Ree

    She is right. There is a big chance with obama that McCain will be president.

    His true colors are starting to show. His lies are going to come back to haunt him. They have started already keeping his wife quiet. People are starting to see how he just wants to be the first black president. You think Sen. Clinton don't care well Obama and his wife are worse.

    It's really not going to be about party but who has the most experience.
    John McCain cares more about his country then Obama.

    I am not an angry supporter of Sen. Clinton or a racist who is going to vote for John McCain. I just don't like the Obama's.

    May 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Rich C

    What is it with Hillary? Why does she think it should matter that she believes that she's the better candidate? Every candidate believes that he/she is the best but that isn't what counts. If we follow her thinking, why bother to have any kind of contests any more? Let's just declare the biggest ego as the victor and dispense with trivial things such as elections.

    May 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Lori

    RISE HILLARY RISE! We are so proud of you!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. EWE

    Ah, the cruel, dismissive words from "head in the sand" BO supporters. Sen. Clinton–the NOMINEE (even though somebody claimed it withou proof in the pudding).

    BO's pledged delegate lead is from southern states that he will NOT win in Nov. SHOULD he be the nominee. His lead is also from red state caucus results.

    Get real–look at the states Sen. Clinton won. She is clearly the popular vote winner (Florida and Michigan pop votes were certified by each state) and can "turn blue" many states that will not go for BO.

    Super D's can step in, exercise independent judgment, and make the stronger GE contender our nominee. That is the purpose of the Super D.

    BO has been downhill since late Feb. There is something to mometum and getting it right as the BO smoke and mirrors fade away. If he is the nominee, he will lose and it will be HIS fault and the DNC's fault–not that of Sen. Clinton. Lord knows she is trying to stop certain defeat by running against McCain in lieu of BO.

    Seriously–great lake in Oregon, 57 states, Arabic in Afghanistan, uncle liberated X german camp–whatever. He also mis-voted or voted present SO many times in IL that this guy is just a prop.

    May 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Kimberly in Texas

    Good Bye Clintons!

    May 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. roger in va

    May 28th, 2008 10:40 am ET

    She's winning the hypothetical votes and he's winning actual votes.
    MARKO IS RIGHT. IF OBAMA IS MORE LIKELY TO LOSE THAN HER, WHY IN THE WORLD IS HE WINNING AGAINST HER. MORE OF HER FUZZY MATH.

    May 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. VF

    I truly believe Hillary will need therapy to her get over this " LOSS". She is such a brat and feels she's entitled to have her way no matter what! even at the expensive of the party. Hillary YOU DISGUST ME!!

    May 28, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. DJ

    Most polls show Hillary as the stronger candidate to beat John McCain this fall. If the superdelegates pick Obama to be the democratic nominee, we can look forward to John McCain as our next president. More people want Hillary to be president then they do Obama. She leads in the popular vote.

    May 28, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Frances

    Hillary..GO HOME..it's OVER..I'm tired and sick of you. You're EVIL and a WITCH.. I would NEVER vote FOR YOU..

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