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. Peter Esquilin

    I cannot believe that Senator Clinton is that desperate win that much and will do anything to win,just like Joe Liberman. Senator Clinton has proven that she is unprofessinal in her quest for the number one spot that much that she has virtually sold her soul to the devil(Bush,Liberman,fox news) . She is desperate and a cry baby , my god you think there should be some sportsman like qualities from Senator Clinton but it makes me more disgust me as a Democrat and therefore I will vote big time for Senator Obama.

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Michael, an independent Canadian

    All this does is polarize the Democrats even more.

    The primary reason why he is likely to lose the general election is that she is undermining him. Continual attacks by someone in your own party does only one divides the party.

    How can the Clinton faithful vote for Obama in November when she has been so negative to him?

    Her relentless fight to the very end is absolutely no good for the Democrat party......yet, who will get the blame for losing to the Republicans on November 5th?

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Sandra

    She must be on something.

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Banko

    Desperation, Desperation, Desperation. Six more days to officially retire the corrupt Clinton dynasty. We're are tired of the Clintons spilling all these crap. The ship sailed since SuperTuesday. Rejected, Rejected, Rejected.

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. David

    Democrats are going to look back at this time and say "We should have listened to Hillary". Obama won most of his Delagates before most of America knew who he was (before the Rev Wright scandal). Now that the media has done their job and introduced us to the real Mr. Obama, there's no way in hell he can win.

    What's so funny???... the Democrats are too stubborn to realize it.

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. AJ, IL

    Hillary must be taking advice from MARK PENN because she is again touting the reason she should be the nominee is that some recent polls shows that she is polling stronger than Obama against McCain in those traditional "swing" states.

    Hillary needs to stop touting polls, because these same "polls" had her the democratic front-runner only 6 months ago. Hillary needs to focus on making the case experience-wise, but be positive.

    Obama in 2008!

    May 28, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Hillary 08

    I'm not surprised she's saying this because it's the truth. If Obama gets the nomination and he doesn't put Hillary on the ticket it's gonna be another awful four years of republican rule... You can count on that. It's too bad too because Hillary would've made a fantastic President. Barack just doesn't have what it takes to win in the general election. In the most recent national polls Hillary is up against both him and McCain.

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. P. Duncanson

    . . . How is Senator Obama losing? You can't lose by winning.

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Grenadian

    Clinton is a desperate loser. Can't she hear the fat lady singing.

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. John in PA

    She is mis-speaking (tina) just like Obama "mis-spoke" about Auschwitz. Cut the hypocritical crap Obamabots. Fact is, she's right. Doesn't mean she'll get the nomination, just means Obama will lose where she would have won. Period.

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Scott

    what was that movie with Glenn Close in it?

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. FedUpDem

    Janel, St. Paul, MN May 28th, 2008 10:26 am ET

    She just doesn't give up! Why????


    Because the nomination is still open, duh!

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. skip

    Obama will get beat badly in the election this fall. I have been voting since 1972 and always voted for the democrat, but not this time. I would rather starve in a Republican depression than have him as president. Nothing is going to unify the Democratic Party. Hillary is the only canidate running that would make things better for us. I would not even vote for her if Obama was on the ticket.

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. KMAN

    Hillary is unfortunately turning a lot of men off to her win at any cost feminist driven agenda ... too many of her blind followers are acting like unwitting dupes every time she or Bill comes up with a new lame reason why she is still viable! Shrill is not the way to go ladies!

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Venus

    WOW! And we thought the "a" word was bad! But to say Obama will lose to Mc Cain – by polls from 3-states is really low Hillary!!!

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh– but wait til Jan/09 when Obama is president and she is back in her senate set(:

    It's going to be great when the Clintons are not in the news!

    Go Bam! Great to see a rookie bring the Clintons down!

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. JB

    ....geeezzz, will this nonsense ever end?!?

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. sam

    It probably is in Hillary's best interest for Obama to loose the general election, so that she can be back on the Campain trail for 2012. She will do any thing to make Obama look bad as such.

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Tam Tam

    Her rhetoric continues, and I like Obama even more. Not once has he brought up ALL the skeletons in her and Bill's closet. He hasn't made an issue of her poorly run campaign with MILLIONS in DEBT, yet she wants to run the country.

    He has shown restraint with her because he realizes they are ultimately on the same democratic party team. She, on the other hand, has thrown everything and more at him. Keep your chin up Senator Obama, the world is watching you. May God bless, protect and guide you for sticking to your positive change message with actions.

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Carl

    Remember that one debate where you said "yes yes yes, I think he can win" ? Well, you did. Also, you were not under sniper fire so I know your memory isn't what it use to be.

    Let me set the record straight. If Hillary is somehow the nominee, I with everyone I know will be protesting Washington for being "undemocratic" and taking the nomination away from Obama.

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Al, San Francisco, CA

    It must be really hard for her. I am sure she will do extremely well as a Senator. I wish her well. It's time for something new. I want to see what Obama has to offer as a President.

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. AISHAH


    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Hillary talks of the party being united after the primary, but with her supporters saying they will vote for McCain or not at all if she is not the nominee, then how can it.

    The other question is because she is so hell bent on staying in this race, at the end of the day when she doesn't get her way......WHO WILL SHE VOTE FOR? In that boothe there is only her and God. I would love to be a fly on the wall.

    Hillary for the good of the pary, please do the right thing.

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Robert in Indianapolis

    Hillary supporters, please explain to me how you can win the GE without the support of AAs and the young people who have been invigorated by Senator Obama's campaign? NO democrat can win without at least 75% of the AA vote and IF you were to be GIVEN the nomination through some alteration of the MI and FL delegates, why do you think we will come out to vote for you? I'm an MD in my early 40s who has never missed my opportunity to have my voice heard by voting. But I'll stay at home if you were to be GIVEN the election in that fashion. Now, if you win by somehow converting the remaining SD – then you will have won fairly. Then, as a pricipled democrat who believes in peace and the reproductive rights of women, I would vote for you. Respectfully, this is not going to happen.

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Chris from NY

    This is really ridiculous that CNN is even carrying it as news. I heard Jeffery Tuban say on CNN situation room that Mondale had 11% lead over his rival in spring of the year of his presidential campaign and still lost the election to his rival in the fall. There is no guarantee that these polls will hold the same come November. Obama hasn't spent much time in some of these states that are being polled and Clinton has incited Floridans against Obama. He has to overcome that and I know he will.

    More over, the name Clinton will energize the Republican base come November and Obama people are not willing to forgive Clinton that easily to vote for her in Novemeber. Therefore she still wouldn't win if she were the nominee. It's rather unfortunate that no one is challenging her about it.

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Sublime Dialectic

    What a shame?!!

    Outside of the draw of drama ratings, why does mainstream media allow Senator Clinton to continue here diatribe against the Senator Obama and the Democratic Party???!!

    More to the point, why are Democratic leaders allowing her to sabotage the party's chances?!! Democrats have to stand up strong against internal sabotage...First Lieberman, now Clinton!!!

    Meanwhile, the Bush-Cheney Republicans laugh their way to the General Election!!

    May 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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