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. Susan

    We agree. We need the stronger democrat to beat McCain.

    Obama is losing ground now.

    Hillary Clinton 08

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. mary

    That's it. Come on super's, declare for Barack and get rid of her. Otherwise, if we lose in Novemeber, the blame will rest with you.

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Monica

    Well, she was also most likely to win the Democratic party nomination but that didn't work out to well for her did it?

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Nicole

    I am a Republican from Pennsylvania. If i was Democratic I would have voted for Obama in our primary. I am voting Obama in November. If she gets the nomination I don't know who i will vote for, but i will not vote for her!!! I know many Republican in Pennsylvania that wished they would have re registered a Democrat to vote for Obama, so we will see if he will have an upper hand in Pennsylvania in November...

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. real dem

    Is she really a Democrat? For you Hillary supporters you must say that a comment like this against her own party member is inexcusable and if you acknowledge this remark then it shows you have no character and no morals at all. She has sunk way deep now. The DNC will forever frown on her for the treatment of her own party member. They say hell has no fury like a woman scorned but the way Hillary is acting is much, much worse.

    O'bama 08 or I guess we pay $4.00 – $6.00 for Gas and more troops die in Iraq up to 2013....your choice people.

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Anderson

    HAHAHA.... Hiliary, do the Democratic party a favor and run as an Independent. This woman is plain nuts !! - Just yesterday, Bill Clinton said that Hiliary is winning the General election. Excuse me Bill, ahhh what General Election??? And where??

    I just can't stop laughing. The Clintons are broke, frustrated, and can't do anything but deceive her supporters into thinking she actually has a chance.

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Dems Unite

    Hillary, you have run a good race. It's time now to step aside and unite behind our candidate. Please, please, please stop trying to divide. We need a uniter not a fighter. We've had a fighter for 8 years and it's time for change. Please move on to the next phase with your party.

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Hillary, forget the analysis, the research and the polls. The only thing that counts is the votes and you have lost on that one thing that counts at the end of the day.

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Kraig Rasool

    Being desperate is not going to win Clintont he election....as a matter of fact nothing she does from this day forward can win her a spot in the white house.....Is she that out of touch with reality??? Or just plain
    dumb. This is not a popularity contest its a delegate count contest, and Obama has clearly rode that hurdle is about to cross the finish line...

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. D Frank

    I just read a column written by Roland Martin in which he suggests that Obama should not ever given into Hillary on Florida and Michigan. First of all I simply cannot stand anything about what this man says. He is the most subjective opinionated idiot that I have every read or listen to, on CNN.

    The people in Florida and Michigan have a right to vote just like every other American because we live in a democracy. This is not about Hillary or Barack, it is about the people's rights. If it hurts Obama so what and if it helps Hillary so what!!!! What counts is that everyone who wishes to vote in state primaries should have that right to choose their candidate period.

    To make things fair there should be a re-vote and yes there is time. After all votes are cast and counted, the candidate with the majority wins, because we live in a DEMOCRACY.

    I just viewed the movie "RECOUNT" last nite and it simply made me sick to relive what had happened in 2000 and how that election was stolen by George Bush. CAN we let another debacle happen in America in full view of the entire world AGAIN???

    Just because Barack Obama wants to win the nomination so badly does not justify that he roadblock efforts to have the votes in these two states count/heard, regardless of ANY REASON.

    I do not want a compromise solution. I want a complete re-vote so there is NO CLOUD over the nomination choice, PERIOD!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. T.W.

    i believe it!
    She is stronger and more formidable than Obama. the star power has been the issue. Change... just what change????
    Say what you want he is vulnerable to lose and we do not need 4 more years of Republican policies. Sad but true.
    Mistakes made ,gaffes, ambition, call it what you want she is the better bet in November.. Superdelagates , take courage and do it.
    The Hillary hatining has been shameful and we want change!! Hm...
    Popular vote should be the standard.

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Maybe

    Hillary may well be the stronger candidate against McCain, but the only way to know for sure is to see who actually wins the GE. No polls taken at this point, no "electoral" maps can predict anything. Remember that John Kerry was put up by the Democrats because of his perceived "electability." The question becomes: how can she be more electable in the GE if she can't win the primaries against the other Democratic candidate? Want to blame the media? The media love John McCain, too. Remember that debate in which she said she hadn't been able to fulfill her promise to create 5 million new jobs for New Yorkers because Bush was elected instead of Gore? This speaks volumes – her promises are predicated on certain conditions, and if those conditions aren't met, we'll get an "oh well, I tried, but all the stars aligned against me." We don't need a blamer, we need a leader.

    She can call herself the stronger candidate all she wants, but it's not hard to find blame in advance for why she can't win (media, the Republican attack machine with the setting "Clinton" instead of "Auto Pilot", Republicans coming out in droves to vote against her...)

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. CAROL FROM NC

    HILLARY CLINTON YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY, UNDENIABLY LOONEY. AFTER ALL THE THINGS YOU HAS BEEN FORGIVEN FOR IN THIS PROCESS AND YOU STILL KEEP GOING. THE ENERGIZER BUNNY IS EXHAUSTED , WOMAN!!!!. YOU HAVE NEVER CARED ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OR ANY OTHER PARTY. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH ANGRY WOMEN IN THE US TO HELP YOU RETAIN YOUR POLITICAL CAREER IF YOU TAKE THIS ALL THE WAY TO THE CONVENTION FLOOR. WHAT WILL BE SAID OF YOU. SHE HAD A GREAT RUN BUT LOST HER MIND, INTEGRITY AND SENSE OF DECENCY ALL TOGETHER. YOU STATED FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN DIDN'T MATTER. AND YET ALL THE PEOPLE IN FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN SEEM TO HAVE THE SAME DISEASE YOU HAS. DID YOU ALL NOT HEAR HER SAY THAT WHEN SHE THOUGHT SHE HAD IT ALL WRAPPED UP WITHOUT YOU!!! THE WORLD IS TIRED. TAKE A VACATION . WE HAVE.

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Animal Farmish

    I can't believe all the rhetoric and spin coming from this woman. I can respect each American's right to the vote, but to become a follower and not an independently thinking voter is not living up to our civic duty.

    As of yesterday Obama is beating McCain in Ohio as well as Pennsylvania – Hillary "wins." This means the Democractic platform is what American's are interested in, not Barack, not Hillary.

    If she manages to somehow change the rules and become the nominee, then this will strike a serious blow to those groups, minorities, women, and immigrants who have been told that American achievement is based on hard work and merit, not maneuvering and relationships.

    This primary nomination is much more serious and important from an American morale than supporters in either camp realize.

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Chuck

    As a senor citizen from Ohio, I and many of my senior friends will begin to work hard for McCain if Clinton is the Democratic canidate. We are convinced that Obama is our first choice and McCain is our second choice. We voted in the primary for Obama but will switch to McCain in a heart beat.

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Bob

    there is no reason for McCain to attack her, he wants her to win.

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Marko, Chicago IL

    She's winning the hypothetical votes and he's winning actual votes.

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Scott Glenn in Wa

    No! Wait John MC Crutch is the lemming leader.........let him do what he came to do, may they all jump off a cliff……… HA HA HA

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. obamacrat

    Sorry Hillary, but an Obama nomination will change everything including your outdated electoral map you borrowed from Rove. New states are coming over. Too bad you and McCain are stuck in the politics of old and can't see the country changing right before your eyes.

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. HP Boston

    Anna May 28th, 2008 10:28 am ET

    Hillary, you don't realize it, but if you had gotten the nomination we would have lost because all Republicans would come out of nowhere to vote against you.

    Democrats unite.

    ________________________________________
    Anna you are on the propaganda pills! Hillary can beat McCain in a flash, she can speak, KNOWS what she is doing and CAN DEBATE!
    Poor BO has gaffeinitis of the moth and brain and is exhausted just reading a speech! He wants to be the peacock in the WH, prance around and do nothing as he does and has done daily!!

    May 28, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Steve in DC

    Who's stronger candidate Hillary???

    I say the candidate with the most states won, most pledged delegates, most super delegates and popular votes. That sounds pretty strong to me. Oh and by the way...if he's "most likely to loose" i'm pretty positive that your negative campaigning and lies attributed to it.

    Please Hillary...you and Bill need to take a long vacation....maybe in Puerto Rico...since you are so loved there.

    May 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Actually, HuffPo's got the polls based on over 44,000 votes done across the country plling different groups (women, Catholics, young people) and Obama is doing very competitive to beating McCain amoung most groups!

    For example, while Clinton beats Obama by 7% with women, Obama beats McCain with women anywhere from 5 – 20%. So while her arguement isn't a TOTAL fabrication, be sure that it is an exaggeration.

    May 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. joseph

    It is time for Mrs.Clinton to rally round the party apparatus to unite the party for easy win in fall.All these inflammatory speeches are uncalled for. You cannot win the nomination period. Maths is against you, democrats have spoken. GO OBAMA 2008

    May 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Bush was never elected

    Oh no!!! she using fuzzy math against us again!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. No Way

    What a women. She is a true Uniter. Please!

    May 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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