May 28th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
6 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. JT Johnson

    Hillary, please leave this bunch of rambling, idiotic Obamamaniacs and run for President as an independent.

    May 28, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Mfelder

    Apparently, he was able to beat Senator Clinton, the most powerful name in this country. If Senator Clinton gets behind Barack as she says, then we will beat the Republicans this November.

    Regarding the seating of the FL and MI delegates. If we seat the original delegation, that would mean seating 368 delegates. If we split the delegate in half, each candidates will receive 184 delegates. Let's say that Senator Clinton receive 60% of the remaining primaries, 86 delegates, she will receive 52 delegates and Barack will receive 34 delegates. If the goalpost to accommodate the FL & MI Delegation move to 2394. Here is where the candidates stand:

    Barack
    Delegates and SD 1978
    FL & Mich Delegates 184
    Last 3 Primaries 34
    Total 2196

    2394-2196 = 198 SD Needed for Nomination

    Hillary
    Delegates & SD 1781
    FL & MI Delegates 184
    Last 3 Primaries 52
    Total 2017

    2394-2017= 317 SD Needed for Nomination

    199 SD Remaining

    If the goalpost is changed to 2210, then barack needs 14 SD and Hillary needs 193 SD.

    May 28, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Mar

    IT'S TRUE, IT'S TRUE, IT'S TRUE!!! Hillary is anything but dumb and she is right, Obama CANNOT win the general election. He is a defective candidate.
    Stay in the race Hillary!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Raven

    You Obamamorons are obnoxious. The obamantion that he is cannot beat McCan't! Hillary has the only chance to win the general. Besides whether you ppl like it or not, Hillary has the popular vote. Just like Presdient Gore did!

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

    Hillary will lose to McCain because unlike Obama they will expose her.
    The Republicans don't care about her and all of her baggage would come forth and she has a lot. The media doesn't even talk about it because Obama doesn't. Read your history people. Just because Hilllary can talk a good game, she knows how to play it, doesn't mean she would be good for this country. She will be spending more time dealing with her own dirty laundry than with the country's problems. As soon as the campaign is over whether she wins or losing she has a court case coming up.

    May 28, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Brandon

    Yes, lets go with hypothetical voting rather than listening to who the voters are actually voting for. That's BRILLIANT!

    May 28, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Ironman in CT

    Hey B-NYC,

    Why don't you tell us 5 successful things that HRC has done for this country?

    Whitewater? Rose Law Firm Scandal? Voting for the Iraq War? Failed Health Care 92-2000? Not Beating Obama in the Primary?

    If she is so great why is she behind? Because she is a behind and so are you!

    May 28, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. John

    She only polls better now because, at this moment, her followers are saying they will purposefully sabotage the democrats if Obama is the candidate. So in the McCain vs. Obama comparison there are many Hillary followers voting for McCain. Much less Obama supporters answer this way. After the primaries are over, you will see this all start to shift in favor of Obama.

    May 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Casey

    Yeah she also thought she was the DNC front runner at the beginning of campagin. It is a pity she has even lost her own self respect

    May 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. HillBillLogic

    "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."

    Based on the Clintonian convoluted logic, we should not have elections and only polling. In essence, she is now arguing that the votes of the people should not count, but isn't she also arguing that all votes should count (Michigan & Florida); the clintonian interplay of opposites to confuse non thinkers. She fails to recognize that polling is based on a small representative sample and voting is the real thing and the voters have given Obama an insurmountable lead in pledged delegates. OBAMA 2008 and 2012

    May 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Freedom of Speech

    I see once again that my pro-Hillary comment was not posted!

    May 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Joe

    Her math is horrible with campaign finances and the delegate count. Like the country would trust Hillary with the federal budget?

    I don't know what Hillary will best be remembered for – cowardly staying with Bill after the affair or trying to run the Democratic party into the ground in 2008.

    May 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Time to move on

    To be candid this woman is delusional.Its not her fault it is those superdelegates that did not declare for whoever they want on time and stop this her craziness.Infact DNC as a party needs to put their house in order,why did they penalise if they know their penalty is only an empty threat.Anybody calling this Hillary behaviour fighting is as delusional as Hillary.This is nothing but pure DESPERATION AND EGOCENTRIC.
    Let it be clear to you OBAMA is the next president of United state of America
    GOD BLESS AMERICA,GOD BLESS BARACK OBAMA
    OBAMA 08

    May 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. GoldenChica

    Why do we need to wait for Obama to make a mess so Hillary can clean it up. Just elect the best candidate in the ticket which is Hillary and avoid any mess.

    May 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Oracle99

    I guess if you repeat something often enough you believe it. I don't know about anyone else however. This woman is one of the lowest slithering excuses for a politiican that I've seen in years. Hillary is a pariah, and is hurting the Democratic party by her actions. Does anyone have the nerve to stop her? She is truly desperate, and is only allienating more and more people by her words in the past few days. She is pathetic, and doesn't deserve the presidency or VP spot for that matter.

    May 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Viper2076

    That is what politicians do. I don't think she should be talking at all. She is done. This is only hurting her chances for a run in the future.

    No leg to stand on. It WAS admirable. It has just taken a turn towards PATHETIC.

    May 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. BobH

    DUH? Will this woman tell any lie to get elected? What a shallow deceiving woman. QUESTION: why do pols spend upwards of $200 million doallars to get a job that pays $1 Million dollars a year?

    Answer: CORRUPTION. Why does any pol run.

    May 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. Ken in Denver

    If HRC gets the DNC nomination, not only would she lose the election but the Democratic party would be destroyed. Her old-style overt pandering has become extremely unpalatable to the American public.

    May 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Mary

    Hillary please take a look around and realize how stupid you look. You can't say you are more electable than the person that beat you.

    Also, if sexism is so bad and the only reason you lost the DEMOCRATIC primary is because the country is not ready for a woman, then how will you win in the general election? Are all the sexists going to vote for you rather than the White Male War Hero? You are grasping at straws, lying and trying to throw the election.

    I just hope and pray that the people of New York will throw you out of the Senate.

    May 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Tyrone

    To Florida for Obama,

    You say why waste time with Hillary and focus on McCain. Well, he's going to lose in Nov. anyway if he gets the nomination because Hillary's people will never vote for him. You all really should be careful with what you say about sen. Clinton. Her people are very determined and very ready to vote for John McCain. We are willing to endure 4 years of McCain until she can run again in 2012. He will never be president of this country. I will live in a swing state come the fall and I will not vote for Obama, and I'm black. Go figure!

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Jenny (former HRC supporter)

    I used to be a HRC supporter, but have decided that the same old routine really won't work any more. Someone said that if you keep doing what you've always done, you'll be where you've always been. America needs to head in a different direction.

    I think Obama is our last best hope. He'll now have my vote come November.

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Venus

    Hillary – Obama has just gotten his 3-SD today! Keep going Hillary!

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. Susan

    She is right!

    Hillary '08

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. balthus

    Ready on Day One? Day One for Hillary was when she voted to authorize President Bush to plunge our country into an unnecessary and disastrous war for oil.

    She's got blood on her hands, and they don't belong in the White House.

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Nick

    I see she's been consulting KARL ROVE again

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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