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

Schneider: The electability argument falls flat

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Signs decorate the lawn in front of a polling station in Wilmington, North Carolina."]
(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. JC

    Hillary wants to label Obama as the black candidate with Rev. Wright, because Bill and Hillary know fully some people will not vote for a black candidate no matter what.

    I can testify that with my personal experience. Two of my senior white lady friends strongly expressed their resistance to voting for Obama, but they don't like Hillary, either. One decided to vote for McCain and the other, finally for Hillary.

    Obviously, our education has done some good for America. Without teaching diversity after MLK, the US would probably have fallen apart a while ago. Hillary credited the civil rights movement to LBJ, instead of MLK. Just ask everyone in the US and around the world. It is laughable for a presidential candidate to speak such utter nonsense. BTW, I am not black.

    May 6, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. JC

    Perhaps Obama should run ads about his white mother over and over, but he is just not that type of person. He does not want to use race to pander for votes.

    I just hope those old white ladies to remember that had Obama's mother, Dr. Ann Dunham, an anthropologist, still lived today, she would have looked like you.

    May 6, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. Willy

    Obama; Change the empty word

    May 6, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. Patrick

    How interesting. I visit CNN here and about 95% of the commenters are obvious Democrats. Same story over at PMSNBC. And yet its FOX that's villified as biased.

    May 6, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. Proud American

    Obama won this back in Iowa!! Nuff said.

    May 6, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  6. Karen in Ohio

    more than ever, tonight, Clinton has show clearly that her drive for presidency is for her and her family only, not for American. It is her ambition, her dream that once again override the need of people and the country, even her own party.

    The harder she "work her heart out," the more she'll feel sorrow about it. What goes around, what comes around.

    May 6, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. JC

    I am not a Democrat.
    But I am very glad Obama won the primary for good.

    May 6, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. Karen in Ohio

    Did you all watch Clinton's speech tonight? She seem crying. Her husband was red faced, making me wonder whether he was drunk. They digged their grave pretty hard.

    May 6, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  9. fred

    Contrary to what you believe, many American's like myself and my family and friends will in fact cross party lines to vote for McCain if Obams were to get the nod.. if you wore taking a poll among my friends and family it would be 100% of the 50 persons voting amongst us. We don't believe Obama has been up front and forthcoming about his past with his pastor and his church. We don't like his temperament, we don't like the fact he is hiding behind his half black race... Don't people realize this man is just as much a black person as he is a white person. If he showed more white then he does black do you actually believe he would be were he is today. I don't thank so. If he were to play this straight, he would have already been voted out, and Edwards would be challenging Hillary right now.

    May 6, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  10. Pepper

    If you read the Bible, read Matthew 7. When you point a finger at someone, there are 4 pointing back at you. We are all AMERICANS!

    May 6, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. barry

    The best measure of electability are the primary/caucus results. Period. Millions of people got out and stated their opinion. Why would anyone discount that in the face of tenuous telephone surveys? But on the subject of electability, has anyone else noticed that conservative republicans that have voted in the democratic primarys have gone 2-1 for Hillary? Now who in their right mind will believe that those conservatives will actually vote for Clinton in the general election? These are the Rush L. drones who are trying to draw this out. You gonna tell me the superdelegates don't know this is going on? Or that Obama leads in self-declared independents in the states that have already voted? Think this through people, the answer is obvious. Obama 08

    May 6, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. kate, NM

    Karen from Ohio,

    Sorry to say, Clintons didn't dig their grave you are digging yours. How? Only time will say. I'm not a democrat.

    May 6, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
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