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. Scott

    give it a break please!

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. The Truth

    Q: "You have to ask yourself who is the stronger candidate?"

    A: Barrack Obama

    Hey that was pretty easy, any other questions loser?....

    Obama: Ahead in delegates, states, pop votes and national polls.

    It's the DELEGATES stupid. America wants "change" from you.

    OBAMA '08!

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. The Patriot

    Well, she does speak the truth Obamabots. Time to snap out of your trance and face the truth. He will NOT win in November. Why is it that you can't see that? Good grief, we Americans are real idiots.

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Susie

    I thought the general election is in November. Does Billary know something we don't? Cnn, I dare you to post my comment.

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Berat, Park Ridge, IL

    Folks, as an Obama supporter, I hate to admit it... but Hillary's right on this one. Barack has a greater upside than Clinton, but he's also got a greater downside. I think he's going to appeal to the upside, and thus cruise to a victory; but there's no denying that his electoral map is a risky one.

    However, I sincerely hope Hillary's getting ready to retire. I don't want to see her actually LOSE her spot in the Senate because she said too many stupid things in a primary.

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Andrew from Illinois

    Hillary, just shut up

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Alex M

    Stop trying to bring down the democratic party. You lose. Drop out June 3rd Hillary!

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. FedUpDem

    tina May 28th, 2008 10:27 am ET

    All I can say is…she must be mis-speaking again.

    Barack 08/12

    Auschwitz anyone? Its okay for obama to misspeak but no one else can....more of the obamahypocrisy for your reading and viewing pleasure!

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Ed From Milwaukee WI- Swing State

    Hillary Clinton is rewriting basic mathematics and Democratic rules, as she is truly beginning to divide the party. She does not have the popular vote, and that is not how primaries are even won. They are won by reaching the number of delegates. Obviously Obama has a vast number of super delegates in his arsenal and will deploy them at the proper time.

    Obama was not on the Michigan Ballot, so with Hillary’s crazy math, she wants to receive all the votes while Obama receives zero because he wasn’t on the ballot and didn’t even campaign in those states. Who cares anyway both states had illegal primaries according to democratic rules and was stripped accordingly. She signs a contract in October saying that MI and FL wouldn’t be counted, all a sudden when it seems that she is not going to get the nomination she becomes so concerned about MI and FL.

    Clinton could care less about those states because she didn’t care about them from the start. And at the end of the day she still doesn’t have the popular vote as she claims and it doesn’t matter because these are primaries. Someone should explain the rules to this lady and her supporters, because she makes herself look very stupid.

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Debra Austin, Texas

    The day we don't have to see this phony will be a blessed day. That will take Blitzer and his leeches to stop covering this has-been and her has-been husband. Who cares Hillary? The people already made their choice!

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. pavel

    Yes, We Can

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Scott, Tempe, AZ

    "It was not immediately clear which polls and states Clinton was specifically referencing."
    Hahahahahaha!!!! Brilliant comedic timing, CNN.
    Seriously, though...just leave, Hillary. Please? For the good of the party?

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. pat

    who does she think she is??!! can she not get it....WE DON'T WANT HER! she is a lieing evil woman that will say and do anything to get the white house back. she must think we are all fools to listen to her ramblings about her being the strongest candidate. the only thing she is better at is lieing! i do not believe anything she says and her husband has lost it as well. why can;t she understand obama has won this election from the people...not her but obama! hillary what can't you understand?? it is over for you and bill!
    i would rather see Mccain win than that evil machine be our president! HILLARY ...GO AWAY FOREVER!!

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    Why waste finger time with negative blogging about her never-ending BS. Just ignore it as Barack has done and focus on our battle with McCain. It doesn't matter what she says, she lost, and she knows it.

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Justin (ny)

    According to polls tracked on Huffington.Post: 3 Weeks ago McCain bested Obama in Ohio by 4% (45-41). As of yesterday Obama bests McCain in Ohio by 9% (50-41).

    Sounds to me like Obama is doing just fine....

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. M.E.M Kansas city

    Hillary go home you and you alone FAILED. You've made It hard FOR THE NEXT WOMEN . AND You ARE BITTER .

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. CMitch, FW, TX

    Hillary is losing it. I am tired of all this garbage. DNC if the Clintons steal this nomination, I will not vote for her, my parents did not reward me for my wrong doing and I will not reward her. Superdelegates you need to step up and end this. This is a hot mess.

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Susan


    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Dennis

    Will this never end? I just hope and pray that this fiasco with the Clintons is finally finished shortly after the June 3rd primaries. It will be time for the Superdelagates to step up to their responsibility and declare Barack Obama the nominee of the Democratic Party. Then it is time for the Clintons to concede that Obama has won. I can't wait for this to happen. Anybody but Clinton! But hopefully Obama will be the next POTUS.

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Robert

    She is right. The democratic party is heading for defeat in November with Obama. He should have waited for 8 years to run when he had a record to run with. It's a shame when a man's ego lets him ruin the party. His supporters would have voted for Hillary or stayed home if she was the nominee. A lof of her supporters will vote McCain rather than him because he can't be trusted.

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Wayne

    Here she is starting again to lie and confuse voters !

    Obama better starts attacking her. Playing the nice guy with Hillary is fruitless. Set her straight Obama.

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Like a Duracell Battery

    She's like a Duracell Battery! She keeps going and going and going!

    But batteries don't last forever. I hope she's this faithful to pay back the money she owe!

    Obama 08 and 12

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. go blue

    Hillary Clinton is such a pathological liar!

    I used to think she should be Vice-President, but now I know she would drag the ticket down in defeat!

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Kathy in Michigan

    The "stronger" Candidate does not have to make up all of these different fictional senarios in which if they were, "I would be winning." I worry about her mental stability. First because of this "alternative universe" she resides in and Secondly, because she and Bill make excuses about what others are doing. "Object Referral" is defined as when one's point of reference lies outside of themselves. Her arguments that someone else is doing something that prevents her from being what she wants to be is one that shows this character flaw. It isn't attractive to younger women either.

    The Stronger Candidate is about the business of doing what they need to do to move their cause forward while she is making excuses for things that she should take responsibility for. The Stronger Candidate is moving toward the General Election and not toward an argument that cannot be won because the party will not set a precedent based upon her argument. It will not happen and she has no chance of becoming the nominee.

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Walt

    She is too amusing. How can she keep arguing that she should be the party's nominee if she can't win her party's primary????

    Hillary, it's over.

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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