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. Margeaux

    "She's right…Obama is nothing more than a clean "front man" in the Chicago political machine. A pretty face with no experience and no depth – never voting out on a limb, always non-confrontive and "safe."

    How true. He will not win and we will be called racist and then we will see who is dividing the nation.

    Oh, for those educated Obambites, it is "I coudn't care less", not "I could care less."

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Rick in Florida

    Her own people have admitted that its Hillary 1st, Party 2nd. The DNC has screwed up FL and MI and left the door open for Hillary to take the fight all the way to the Convention, which she has SAID she will do.

    So its up to the SuperDelegates to CHOOSE next Wednesday, once and for all, and to give Obama the majority of undecided so that the numbers are SO LARGE against Hillary that she has no choice but to finally quit.

    DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Sue Z

    I have voted Republican in most elections. I am a registered Independent. I don't LOVE any of the candidate's platforms completely, but I do know that I want a President that I can trust, that represents our country well in the world. I support Obama, and was actually considering voting for Clinton, but her continued lies and manipulation of our less educated population have turned my stomach. She continues to say what she thinks will get votes, rather than focusing on what we, as citizens, need to do to lift up this country. How sad.

    Right now, my voting order is Obama, McCain...stay home. Both Bill and Hillary have lost this Independent voter.

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Scott, Wichita

    It's so true...

    "No you Can't!"

    McCain '08

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Electability

    The electability thing is "crap" everyone is unelectable until it's time to vote. And if Hillary would get out of the race and stop dividing the party we can get behind one candidate and push them forward.

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Dandelion.

    This woman needs to sit down. I've been trying so hard to be polite about her but really, SIT DOWN, CLOWN.

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. RJA_4_Obama

    To B NYC

    Are YOU SERIOUS. Sen Clinton has done NOTHING for our state. She has not authored ANY REAL legislation (I discount some of her legislation like Support the goals of better hearing and speech month and of naming the courthouse after James L Watson as being REAL..some may disagree)

    She has brought no jobs to our state as she campaigned on in the upstate NY area. My only hope is after SHE LOSES (YIPPEE)...she decides not to run again and moves out of NY.

    PS Any one know for sure what THE FAT LADY will be SINGING??

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Anna, SW Missouri

    DNC sent memo to all Rules committee that it is imposible to seat all of the delegates from MI and FL. Can only seat 1/2 of delegates. Game Over!!!

    Go Obama 2008/2012

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. ron

    Who does this women think she is!

    If they take it away from Obama now McCain will most definately win and big. So many people will vote for him just out of spite for her. She is a cheat and a liar. She can not even support her own party. Get lost lady.

    May 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Mike D

    It’s amusing to watch this drowning campaign continue to kick, struggle, and gasp for air. What makes it even more amusing is to watch Clinton supporters do the same thing. Sorry things didn’t work out for you this year… NOT! It’s time for a change in America, and the only candidate capable of launching us into the 21st century is Obama.

    May 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. FP

    If it were not for the undemocratic caucus system, if all 50 states would have had primaries with popular votes (direct popular vote) counted then, Obama would not be winning. Obama does not represent the will of the democrats, Obama represents just the ability of extremist activists that are disconnected with the American people. As it happened with McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis, Kerry and even Ted Kennedy that fought Jimmy Carter at the convention with only 700 delegates the Democrats will: loose the election.
    To win, the Democratic party needs a candidate from the center not an extremist left wing liberal.

    May 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. pamplin clayton

    I mispelled lose

    May 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Obama 08

    Three superdelegates who have already pledged to Obama today don't agree, Hillary

    May 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Jerry

    It's obvious that Senator Obama's compensated bloggers are out in full force. And as rehearsed, none of them have anything but idiotic comments about Senator Clinton.

    Isn't it grand to have lots of "American dollars" and a few networks in your pocket? No wonder Mrs. Obama recently discovered that the good ol US of A has been good to the Obama family.

    Also, why does it seem that CNN only allows negative comments about Senator Clinton? Very few, if any, about Senator Obama. Is it just my perception?

    Stay tuned!

    May 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Concerned

    Hillary is speaking in CODES. She's actually telling her voters not to vote for Obama in the fall. If they don't voter for him come fall, they will get wha they deserve:

    4 more years of Bush
    100 more years of war
    Job losses
    high food and gas prices...........

    Go ahead-make my day!

    May 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Crazy Broad

    The crazier this broad Clinton gets, the nuttier her supporters get too. Whatever insane leaps of 'logic' she makes, her supporters are right there, pretending like it makes sense.

    I used to wonder how anyone could support such a hypocritical, deceptive, delusional nut-job, but it's become clear through this nomination process – her supporters are just as nutty as she is.

    May 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Annette

    Wow, do she really think most of the American people can't read, hear or think? She has convinced herself she is the only one to win in November, is this a team player or what? or a self indulger.

    May 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. KHAL Houston, Texas

    It not in the have paid...for your and you are crying "sour grapes" can't you tell you've been outfoxed in this race? You're losing your touch....the Clinton Era is over! women often say get over it...!..face it over.

    May 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. David

    Just pathetic, saying anything she can at this point. The republicans are going to eat up all of those words she used today. She's hurting the Clinton legacy, she's hurting the democratic party, and she's hurting your overall country. Don't disappoint the world America, lead us. She is not the leader to bring that morale you once had.

    May 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. No Hillary

    No way Billary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...

    1) So far you have been the one loosing and not Obama.

    2) So far anything you predicted happened to be wrong so why should we give any credit to your new prediction that Obama will loose

    3) If Obama was able to win against Hillary and Bill combined, I am sure he will win against McCain as well


    May 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. john williams san diego, ca.

    you have to give her credit, she is a leader in fuzzy math.

    May 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. mmo

    Didn't every Poll, analysis and bit of research say that Clinton would win the Democratic nomination by Feb 5th. Wasnt the well known, well funded Clinton suppose to crush her opponents including Obama? If the unbiased forecast from the analysts were off the mark, do we really expect the biased Clinton comments to be correct?

    May 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Hilda

    Hillary dearest dreamer, you can't beat Obama, so how are you telling lies about how you are going to beat John McCain. Your magic math is not working now, you are such a pathetic loser, I am so disappointed in you, I always supported you and I thought Bill treated you so badly, now I must I have rethough the whole thing, Stop telling Lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Victoria

    You can't get the nomination just because you have a self perceived "better chance" of winning. You have to actually have the delegates. That's the way it works. That's the way it's always worked. Get over yourself.

    May 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. FedUp!

    Look, the veil has dropped Hillary. Let's unite the party and win this thing in Nov. The People HAVE spoken. Barrack is 48 away from clinching the nomination. She's still about 300 hundred away from it. The math didn't add for her then, and it sure isn't adding up for her now. All of these claims that she's the better nominee aren't helping the Party heal. Get over yourself Hill (like it or not) and swing your support to Barrack for a victory in Nov. Let's get this over with.

    From a Soldier whose served 3 tours in Iraq and a tour in Afghanistan. Let's bring our Troops out of Iraq and focus our efforts where the real issue is. Afghanistan.

    May 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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