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. Juliet/55 YEAR OLD WHITE LADY FOR OBAMA

    OMG...IS SHE STILL GOING ON, AND ON, AND ON, AND ON. LIKE A BROKEN RECORD. I AM SO NOT PROUD TO BE A DEM. NOW A PARTY THAT THAT WOMAN BELONGS TO. AGAIN OMG!!! IS SHE STILL GOING ON AND ON AND ON. I AM DRAINED JUST THINKING ABOUT HER.

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Brooke

    Go Hillary. I am a Republican but I would gladly vote for her. I don't want to see us became an Obama nation because then we would just be an abomination.

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Marc in Virginia

    Hey geniuses, she didn't say anything controversial, or untrue for that matter. She never said "Obama is more likely to lose". CNN takes her comments, twists them around to put a negative spin, and puts it as a title that you suckers fall for hook, line, and sinker.

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Go Hillary

    Go HIllary, HIT EM WHERE IT HURTS!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Gabrielle, Lancaster SC

    If I were a Clinton supporter, I would truly be excited and looking at all the Obama supporters, saying "I told you so."

    However since I am an Obama supporter, and I tend to look at actual facts and figures, I will say that this is just more political pandering. Obama has not been able to truly campaign for the presidential nomination because he has been trying to get through the primaries. Please do not be mistaken, he has a very solid chance against McCain, and if more Clinton supporters would stop thinking with their emotions and look at the facts, he could very well take the presidential election.

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. sdmackey

    Wow!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Obama

    Oh Hillary you are just not going to stop are you? You are not winning at anything- yes in a FEW states you might show a better percentage but overall Obama is on top in EVERY category–including popular vote so get over it.

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. bill pike

    she has one motive–herself. she is trying to keep obama from being elected. played to race card in WV and got the white vote, played the feminists vote now and promoting the florida and michigan problem for her benefit. i am sick of the bush/clinton royalty and the damage done by bush/clinton can never be repaired totally. as the late night host said, and then she gets on her broom. this is the behavior of a 2 year old supported by lies about their lies. i didn't have sex, sniper fire, race card, feminists card, this is SICK SICK SICK

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Karen Calhoun, Tennessee

    She is such a sore loser! Hillary, You have LOST and us Democrats want you to GO AWAY!

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Pamela

    This country is sick of legacy polictics.

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. pam Eugene OR

    Hillary please STOP. No one believes your lies and we want a united party. That can not include anyone as divisive as you!

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. mama4obama

    I respectfully disagree.

    OBAMA 08

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. OBAMA MAMA

    How could Obama pick her for a VP after making this statement? She is burning bridges left and right and taking the Clinton legacy down in smoke with her.

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Obama in CO

    But he already BEAT YOU! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. "The Great Elephant Is Wounded"-Kareem From Hampton, Va

    Ok so NOW she's going back to Obama not being electable when she said on national TV at the last debate that he emphatically is electable! Switching again....like she did with Fl & Mi and you guys say the Obama camp is drinking the kool aid!! She has changed the metric of this campaign in every way and in every way she cant even reach her own metric!! She blames Sexism even though she set the tones for this WHOLE season!! Hillary at this point is killing her future! She needs to bow out while she still has some respect left! She keeps this up...her name will be forgotten!!

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Derrick in Houston, TX

    . "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."

    The latest Clinton gaffe. She lives in her own dilliusional world. What happens if she looses the nomination and Obama goes on to win the GE? Then what?

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. What do YOU know

    This is pathetic. Go away. I hate mosquitos.

    May 28, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Robert Martin

    CNN give it up !

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Sillary

    Seems like she is leading in every poll, except the only one that actually matters to reasonable human beings.

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    This woman is sick. I am a woman and i will never support you. Good thing you are done.

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. Lowentag

    She should go to psychiatry. She is sick, sick, sick.

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. freddie

    Talk about stretching the truth. How could anyone believe a word that comes out of her mouth.

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. Tom

    Hillary Clinton failed to mention that Obama performs better is several swing states that Democrats have historically had difficulty winning, such as New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado. It's time to unite. Stop the infighting.

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. mdg

    Polls are fulla bulla! And may I remind her that Zogby's exit polls in 2004 showed Kerry winning with a landslide! he lost by 120,000 votes in Ohio.

    Give
    Me
    A
    Break!

    Her entire campaign has been a fairy tale but the clock is striking midnight and Cinderella is about to turn into a pumpkin!

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. EuropeanDem

    a compromise, DNC nominates Biden, and Obama for VP, 100% win in GE.

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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