May 6th, 2008
06:54 PM ET
13 years ago

Schneider: The electability argument falls flat

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(CNN) - The core of Hillary Clinton’s argument to superdelegates has been her electability – that she is the candidate most likely to beat presumptive Republican nominee John McCain in November. But according to exit polls, voters don’t share that view.

In Indiana, Democratic primary voters were equally split over who was most likely to beat McCain, with both drawing 48 percent. And in North Carolina, voters gave the edge to Barack Obama: 54 percent thought he was more likely to win in November, while 40 percent chose Clinton.

soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. noemi in los angeles

    Thank you Indiana and N. Carolina voters, for your clear say of who is ELECTABLE. We all know Obama can beat McSame. I'm so happy the majority of you feel the same.

    May 6, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. C Jones

    How can pundits question Obama's being 'electable'? Isn't the one with the most votes ... wait for it ... elected?

    Say goodnight Shrillary.

    May 6, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. dont matter

    why is the DNC wasting time in money going against a man that they cant beat in november

    May 6, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Lynette

    Obama All The Way!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Go Bama, Go Bama, Go Bama!

    Yes we can and YES WE DID!

    May 6, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. JB

    Bu-bye, Billary, you lier. You are about to get HAMMERED in N.C. and lose you last shot at gaining any momentum what-so-ever. You are exactly what is wrong with today's politics.

    May 6, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. Jack in ND

    Nobody outside Camp Clinton ever bought that argument. Certainly not superdelegates.

    May 6, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. Ken Austin, TX

    See! I told you Hillary Clinton that you weren't more electable than Barack!!! Maybe you'll listen to me next time???

    May 6, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. joel

    Correct because the real float of Hillary's voter support comes from Republicans who know she will not be able to beat Mccain.

    Real Democrates are not fooled by this false float because we know Obama though probably not perfect is our only hope for real change.

    May 6, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Mike in NYC

    Remember, kids:

    Single digit margin for BO in NC would be bad news for him.

    He needs 12 percent at least.

    May 6, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. Betty

    The bottom line is according to the national polls, Hillary is still ahead in beating McCain.

    May 6, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. Lisa

    They are both great.....I think Obama is better.

    May 6, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. Ricky

    look for an other strategy Hillary!! we´re sorry, Obama is going to be nominee no matter what.We´re tired of the Clintons!!

    May 6, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. E.L.

    Lose 90 percent of the black vote and argue that you are more electable? A democrat will NEVER win with such a huge loss of the black vote. That kitchen sink strategy will be her downfall.

    May 6, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. Salaam, Lawrence KS

    This is the end for Hillary & the Clinton machine.

    May 6, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. Obama more electible?

    No way – He will not win in November if he is the nominee. Sorry, but I don't buy it.

    May 6, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. Terrence - Winston Salem, NC

    "YES YES YES! He can win.... " Ain't that right, Hillary??

    May 6, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Michigan for Obama!

    I think that most people know the gig is up for her and that any self-respecting person plays by the rules (...um, not change them as they see fitting for their own gain, because You didn't have Your stuff together, and hadn't run a good campaign, so the only reason the game has changed for You is because His drama has come out and Yours everybody knows about, but it's still drama the same. Luckily people have amnesia and are giving You the benefit of the doubt that You are somehow a chnaged person! which I don't get... ) but things are not over until she tears up the democratic house. Please, Supa's, put us all out of our misery. Sincere;y, the election process once was fun :((

    May 6, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. Terrence - Winston Salem, NC

    Betty – No , the bottom line is the votes once they are tallied. Poll of polls are one thing. The actual votes are another.

    May 6, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. lori

    why does anyone take mccain serious? put either hillary or barack next to him in a debate and sit back and laugh. he is in for the ride of his life, i can't wait until one of them pisses him off. in my opinion, he is a doddering old fool, who doesn't have a chance against either dem candidate. reunite the party and get on with the real election. both are better then mccain.

    May 6, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. James

    No more debates on electability.

    May 6, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. don from canada

    Hillary Stinks – check out the Paul VS. Clinton Case on the net. Once the primaries are over and she is out maybe the judge she bought off will start the trial again and maybe then someone from the media will the report the news story about the case. Bye Bye Hillary !!

    May 6, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. Travis Johns

    didn't you just post exit polls showing the opposite? That many who vote for clinton wont vote obama?
    I am one of them.

    May 6, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. Raphael Tx

    ARE you serious? This is a red state? Your saying the argument falls flat in a state that is Republican anyways?

    Who is writing this stuff?

    May 6, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. Agmines

    Early on Hillary was bushwhacked by a better Obama Campaign Staff while her own sat fat and happy eating in luxury hotels as the nomination was slipping away by states and caucuses.

    Then she went on the attack the Clintons know best but that did not work this time, it only reminded how poorly and divisive the Clintons had been when they ruled the White House.

    The very base that supported the Clintons being the African-Americans have turned on them, if she had only 15% of their support she would have won. It is gone for good by her attack dog actions.

    Obama will win the nomination and it looks likes Hillary is on to a nervous breakdown as her ankles under her are breaking at the finish line just like Eight Belles did against Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby!

    Senator Obama is the winner yesterday, today and tommorow!

    May 6, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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