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. fish

    Hillary; this is no longer about you. Please stop saying anything to damage your credibility next month when you're going to stand up to support Barak in the general election. Barak is nothing but generously nice to you everytime you insult (misspoke) him.
    Barak is the new fresh breath of the political spectrum who is going to bring common sense back to the American way of life. He is way ahead of you into the general election campaign mode; don't try to call too much attention for yourself now, but you may stay until June 3rd quitely if you still want me to vote for you, incase it wouldn't work for Barak.

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    She can speak her lies and deceit thousands of times (and has) but it doesn't make it true.

    She has so many skeletons there is no more closet room in the USA!!!!!!!


    No More Clintons !!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. kani


    that is ENUFF!! go homee and take alot of medicines!!

    obama 08/12

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Susan from Missouri

    We believe Hillary will win.

    She has the popular vote.

    She is experienced, and the one who can go up against McCain.

    She is for ALL the people, and a fighter.

    Just what we need for the president.

    I am not going to say anything negative about Obama, like Obama supporters do Hillary. Let's stop thie negative comments.

    Go Hillary!!

    For Hillary 100%

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Janice, Aberdeen, SD

    I actually think now that she will try to run as an independent if she doesn't get the Democratic nomination. If she's so sure she can win, this is exactly what she should do.

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Any

    It is only in her mind. He is winning. Get out Hill. I do not watch news anymore because I am tired of hearing the same arguments of the Clintons. She talks and the media loves to replay her comments. It is over. Can she get it?

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. No Hillary

    Obama will loose???????????//... YOU WISH!!!!!!! hahahahahha

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Come on HRC! Where is your love for the Democratic Party???? Your rigmarole is getting really irritating....

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Don't Vote


    100%. Obama cannot beat McCain. Hillary is a stronger candidate. I don't mind Obama for a VP. But if he is the nominnee and clinton is not on the ticket we don't vote or we will go McCain.

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. rada

    The Democratic Party has a long history of selecting loosers and If Hillary does not get this one it will be McCain, I guarantee it. Let's deal with reality people. You are in denial if you think that Obama can be elected. There is a significant number of people that will not vote for him in MERITs and unexperience rather than race but unfortunelly that will tilt the odds. THAT'S THE HONEST TRUTH AND WE ALL KNOW THIS!!! BUT GO ON ON YOUR HOPE HOOPLA...GO AHEAD!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. John

    SHE IS RIGHT! Come on and see the light, people!

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. DC

    who is that? seriously, who is that? Hillary who? does that human being actually think it is capable of not only running the country effectively for the future but also pulling it out of the mess and becoming a global leader... Big picture: a superhero would have trouble being even remotely succesful and she is barely succesful at running her little program in ny in conjunction with a family. Lastly, she can't even convince her peers anymore to support her. If you can't sell yourself to the people close to you, you certainly can't succeed outside your own arena. Her campaigning is a joke and she is a momentum slob.

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. No Way

    She is like Alice in Wonderland.

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Alan

    I think Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania have a few more electoral votes then Nevada, N.M and Colo...Another example of the media bias against Ms. Clinton....The Dems are shooting themselves in the foot again....

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Obama 08

    Ok Margie, then you vote for her. Good luck.

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Melissa, MI

    I just have one question for Clinton and her supporters:

    Explain how counting MI and FL fully isn't lying. I live in MI and I was told that my vote wouldn't count, so guess what, I didn't vote.

    If the rules are changed, Clinton and the Democratic party will have lied to me.

    Why do some people want to elect a blatant liar?

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Pat

    Obama has won the Democratic Primary. Time for the Superdels to move this to the general election. This has been hurting the party for a while and it is time for this to end.

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. It's the map, stupid!

    Hillary fares better on the electoral map. That's how the presidency is won.

    May 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Moses, Ca.

    Barack got three more SD's today. This thang will be over shortly.

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. robert ga

    May she is talking about the Rovian polls, that one has got her winning for sure.

    Lol , get a grip love , lets get behind the dEmocratic party.

    Repugnicans be gone.

    Do Dems.

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Cathy in MD

    The only thing I’m asking myself is, “What possesses you, Hillary Clinton?” This is all about proving you can win, isn’t it? And exactly how you win doesn’t seem to matter to you. Your ambitions don’t appear to have anything to do with what’s best for the country or uniting the Democratic Party. Yes, this is an “unprecedented historic election,” so doesn’t that mean it can’t be compared to past elections in terms of how we identify those crucial swing states? Just look at the “swing states” where Obama has won – NM, NV and CO. Have you considered that in your analysis? If these were the Olympic trials, you would have been disqualified by now.

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. A.M.

    What is she talking about, would some one wake her up. This is United States of America and not Phillipines or any other third world corrupted country where the will of the voters of pledged delegates will be overturned; come on give us a break.

    Enough is enough, be a mature politician.

    Houston, Texas

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Independant

    The difference between Republicans and Democrats

    Democrats promise

    Republicans deliver.

    Democrats think short term

    Republicans think long term.

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Venus

    Polls six months also showed Hillary would beat Obama in the primary!

    Go Bam!

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Amazed

    It amazes me how much Hillary supporters think just like her. "If she's not on the ticket I'll just vote for McCain". How does this make any sense to anyone?? You would risk the lives and future of your children to show your diehard support of Hillary? Come on! I'd love to hear you explain your choice to your son/daughter or granddaughter/grandson in 2 years when they're sent to Iraq or homeless.

    Also, I really can't believe the superdelegates would sit back and watch this unfold the way it is. I'm so scared for our country right now.

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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