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. Plee

    Hillary, If you believe in and respect democracy, then you understand that the people didn't vote for you as the democratic nominee.

    Regardless whether you think you're the better candidate, clearly the people have spoken with their votes. It's not about what you want, it is about what we want.

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Whiteboy in PA

    I will never cast my vote to such a liar, evil and disgraceful woman in America........Hillary the game is over.

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Raleigh

    Keep positng the Clinton bashing comments CNN. Being the mouthpiece for Obama-bot Nation is making it alot easier to consider a McCain vote this Fall for Clintonites. I mean 4 years goes by so fast. Then Hillary can run again.

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Carol

    The more she talks – the more I hate her. I do not want McCain – but I would never, ever, ever, ever vote for Hillary.

    By the way I am a mid-50's woman so pollsters would say I should be in Hillary's menopausal support group and book club – never in a million years. If the Dems choose her they are in for a surprise: we are not all as dumb as you think.

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Give it up

    When will this nutjob give it up?
    It is a scary thing to think she would be in the Whitehouse with her hand on the nuclear button,


    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Edwin, Fayetteville, NC

    If the Clinton supporters believe it or not, she has lost. Since she can’t win the Democratic nomination, what makes her think she can win the GENERAL ELECTION??????

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Jaime

    It always amazes me to see the number of people saying that they'd vote for McCain over Obama if Hillary doesn't get the nod. It shows that these voters are clearly not voting based on issues, since there is little substantive difference between Obama and Hillary.

    Either these people are:
    1) willfully ignorant of the issues
    2) willing to vote against their own positions on the issues due to other reasons (racism, ageism, irrational emotional involvement with a candidate).
    3) genuinely unable to research and understand beyond platitudes.

    Democracy works with a voting populace that is educated enough to vote with some rationale. This is why the first amendment is so important. The level of stupidity of many of the posters here makes me question the viability of democracy in America.

    Still I have hope. I have hope that manyu of these posters are just trying to make a point and spin their views rather than actually beliving the idiocy they are spouting. I mean disingenuous people will eventually be rational actors in the voting booths. Idiocy – on the other hand – well we've had that for 7.5 years now.

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Fav

    People it is NOT about the party anymore. STOP bickering on who is diving the party!! It is about our COUNTRY'S FUTURE!

    We CANNOT afford a rookie, i.e. Obama as president – even if he has good intentions (i highly doubt) – the mans knows bugger all about being in any governmental office!!! HINT HINT!!! He is NOT capable.
    Listen to him talk - he's only slightly better than Bush when it comes to public speaking!

    Put him against McCain – and i guarantee a 3rd term for Mr. Bush through McCain!

    Please people, STOP BEING SOOOOO NAIVE – this change you're being promised is NOT about making America a better place, quite on the contrary –

    HE IS DIVIDING US – that's why these Blogs a full of people filled with hatred – full of people with no American pride – that's the Change he's talking about – he's dividing our nation!!!!


    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. vic nashville,Tn

    Obama create a uncle to get votes same as G.W.Bush
    I never forget my family members so Obama made up the story here
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Tyrone

    Alex in Tx,

    You're a fool. We are angry and we will never vote for Obama. It doesn't matter what the DNC says in the end. He will never see that White House with my vote! That's a promise.

    May 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |

    A judge has ruled that the Democratic National Committee has the right to determine whether to seat Florida delegates OVER FOR HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Nikki

    I am so sick of this women already! Continue to run if you must, but stop being so negative and desperate! It's depressing and irritating. I have had enough of her. Someone should tell her what my mother use to say, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Just, think – silence for once from her!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Bill

    by your request,
    Senator Obama was instrumental in bringing healthcare to all the children of Illinois.
    Senator Obama was instrumental in bringing transparancy to government.
    Senator Obama was instrumental in bringing minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.50
    Senator Obama was instrumental in bringing interrogations to be video taped to protect the accused.
    Senator Obama was instrumental in bringing a major ethics/lobbying reform bill

    May 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Lorna, NY

    When the Republicans describe Hillary, they say she is a polarizing and decisive individual. Why do you think they feel this way? And for her supporters, please get a dictionary and look these words up before you vote.

    May 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Andre' of Maryland

    I am so glad she made that statement.........she will not be the Vice Prez. She just washed away that option.

    This needs to come to an end fast...we need to win in November.

    May 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. SlimSista

    TO DAVE...


    May 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Obama 08

    Obama will win the general election. Let's say what it really is...
    He will not have problems with the white votes, most of his voters are white. He will only have problems with the racists votes.

    May 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Amy, Kazoo

    Forget polls. Forget what the MSM says. If she really WAS the better candidate, wouldn't she be out there in front, ahead of Obama on all fronts??

    May 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. SlapStick, FLORIDA

    And I thought smoking Wacky Tacky was against the law. Who is her supplier because they need to be locked up for selling stuff that potent.

    May 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |

    Ok I don't get this woman. She is pulling every trick in the book. I'm a true democrat and supporter of Obama. If Obama wasnt going to win the nomination I would have supported her. Now I must reconsider. Any person in there right mind can see that HRC is a few trees short of a forest. She is very flip-floppy on issues, she points fingers and is not a real team player. All in all she makes strong women appear weak. I am certainly not a fan of hers right now, and if by some catostrophic event she wins the democratic nomination... she has some work to do to convince a democrat like me to even vote this election.


    OBAMA '08

    May 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Nas from PA

    Clinton had money, endorsements, name recognition and good old Bill and still couldn't get it done. She even had weeks of bad publicity on her side and the pander of all panders. If she can't win a demorcratic election what makes her think she can win the general. repulicans will knock each other over trying to get to the polls to vote McCain. There is no way repulican land will allow Clinto back in the white house. She is also selective with her polls. She discounts the polling that has Obama leading and touts the polls she leads in even though within the margin of error.

    She has lost. Millions upon million have voted for her but more have decided Obama is their choice. She should just STOP. But she won't. What she wants is to be president above all else even the party. Shes taking this too far but she's selfish and will continue until the wheels fall off and even then she will crawl. She is begging and its definately not a good look.

    May 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Laura PA

    If Hillary is so strong why didn't she beat President Obama in the primary? If she was so strong & the majority of the people in the democratic party wanted her she would have locked this nomination up in February like she thought that she would. Remember she said that she wouldn't need Florida & Michigan's delegates, she said that they wouldn't count. She said that the nomination is won by the candidate who has the most DELEGATES.....Remember Hillary....get a life, get over it & support Barack Obama for President like you keep professing after the June 3 primaries which you will lose.....Also, her new ad proclaiming that she will not spend money that the United States does not have like George Bush if she becomes president – why should we believe you????? You are spending money to run your campaign that you do not have?????!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. ele

    what planet is she living on ? it most be mars, and why in heavens name of we up there messing around? can't do anything about it, just like hc down here, she cannot do a (d) thing about this election (Ha,Ha)

    May 28, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Suzie M. in Las Vegas

    This Obamican will never vote for her. I love Obama but if she wrests this nomination away from the man who rightfully is earning it, I will vote for McCain. And you'd better believe I am not alone!

    May 28, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Nevada

    The deceptiveness in some of her comments is this... though she is shown to do better in some states, Obama still beats McCain just by a smaller margin, so he will still win. Lets not ignore all those facts from your "research" Hillary....

    May 28, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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