April 1st, 2008
07:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Clinton backer: Obama will win

Cleaver, a supporter of Clinton, said he'd be stunned if Obama didn't win.
Cleaver, a supporter of Clinton, said he'd be stunned if Obama didn't win.

(CNN) - A key Hillary Clinton supporter appeared to be a bit off message during a recent interview with a Canadian radio station.

"If I had to make a prediction right now, I'd say Barack Obama is going to be the next president," Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said in a Canadian public radio interview this weekend. "I will be stunned if he's not the next president of the United States."

Cleaver, an African-American, endorsed Clinton's White House bid last year and formally remained aligned with the New York senator even as other black leaders shifted their support to Barack Obama.

But after his district voted for Obama in the February 5 primary, Cleaver did indicate he would consider voting for the Illinois senator at the party's convention if the delegate count was extremely tight between the two candidates.

In the Canadian radio interview, Cleaver made clear he doesn't expect Clinton to overtake Obama, comparing his support of the New York Democrat to that of his hometown losing football team.

“Even though I don't expect the Kansas City Chiefs to beat the Indianapolis Colts, I cheer for the Kansas City Chiefs,” he said.

He also pushed back on the notion Clinton should take her fight for the party's nomination all the way to the August convention - though he acknowledged that is not the position he is supposed to take.

"If I do the party line, I'm supposed to say - and maybe I'll say, just so if anybody hears it they can say well, 'Cleaver did the party line before he told the truth' - we believe that a contest going all the way to the convention is good for America."

But, he added, an actual convention fight would be a “tragedy of tragedies.”

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (365 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Obama is up on delegate votes but not far. The problem is that he is raised by a white racist and mentored by a black racist so what product of a person does that produce?

    People are easily swayed by moving speeches and mild mannerism. Hitler was a prime example of this. Not saying Obama is Hitler but the methods of swaying people are exact.

    The issue with Obama is that he has a number of race issues himself. I suspect most of his supporters have not read his two books and seen the psychology he really has. Those books act as a confessional of his character. His drug use, racism, denial, and embracement of Islam when things were hard for him.

    However no matter what gets exposed to him the media just cuddles him and tells Obama it is ok, we will ignore it. Any other candidate with the numerous voting, insider trading, racism, anti-American issues Obama has would be out long ago.

    April 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Cleaver sounds more like a uniter than a divider of the democrat party and that's a good thing. It is important that all democrats stand united.

    April 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. C Watson

    Poor Hillary. I wonder who the poor soul will be trying to convince her that it's basically over. It's pretty clear that what Bill says isn't exactly reliable. Maybe Chelsea is the Democrats best hope for a graceful exit.

    April 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Peter in Canada

    Kudos on your candor and honesty Mr. Cleaver!
    My wife heard the interview and was very impressed. Now watch out for the long knives!

    April 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. melissa

    IM WONDERING HOW UGLY ITS GOING TO GET WHEN HER AND HER SUPPORTERS COME TO GRIPS WITH THIS? SHE DOESNT SEEM TO KNOW WHERE THE HIGH ROAD IS!

    April 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Bill Brown Dallas, TX

    To the poster who said the Democrats did nothing for her: yeah. She didn't get committe chairmanships and the entire party didn't follow her down the path to defeat in 1994. They gave her money to win a NY Senate seat.

    If that's your idea of 'not doing anything,' I hope you remember to not vote, particularly for an opportunist whose only in this position because her husband was.

    April 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. John

    hillary,... the race is over.. the rest is a show for the party....we all know that she wants to exit her head high.

    April 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Ken in RI

    I AM A HILLARY SUPPORTER GO HILLARY ALL THE WAY IF YOU OBAMA CULTISTS STEAL THIS FROM HER WE WILL SINK YOU BY VOTING FOR MCCAIN BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH HILLARY AND OBAMA HAVE VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL POLISY POSITIONS AND PLANS FOR THEIR ADMINISTRAYSHUNS WE HATE OBAMA HUSSAIN SO MUCH WE WILL VOTE FOR MCCAIN AND WHEN OUR SONS AND DAUGHTRS ARE DRAFTED INTO MCCAINS PAN ISLAMIC WARS AND DIE IN THE DESERTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST WE WILL SMILE PROUDLY BECAUYSE THEY WILL BE DEAD BUT WE HAVE DEFENDED HILLARYS HONOR AND THE MEDIA WILL COVER OBAMAS DEFEET

    GO HILLARY ALLL THE WAY!!!11!1!1 08

    PS I AM NOT A TROLE

    April 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Independent

    The fact that so many Clinton supporters are willing to vote for McCain instead of Obama speaks volumes of their (the McCain defectors, not ALL Hillary supporters!!) complete lack of understanding or sense.

    If you pay attention to the issues and their stances, any intelligent or reasonable person would agree that Hillary and Obama are incredibly similar in most respects, and I would be glad to have either at the helm of this country. To go from Hillary to McCain is nothing but an idiotic, reactionary step. I'll say it again: If you are really having a hard time deciding between two incredibly disparate forces as Hillary and McCain, you are an unprincipled moron and nothing more. I would encourage you to stay home on election day and read a book for the first time in your life.

    News sources likes this shameful entertainment-peddler known as "CNN" have turned this into a Jerry Springer-like debacle where race and gender have been played up in the place of real issues. The American public is being taken advantage of and modified by the whims and will of this bottom-line-oriented sham.

    April 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. L. Clemente, CO

    . . .Its good to see a level headed Clinton supporter not afraid to come forward. He knows that this is business, not personal. Its about who
    is best for the country as a whole. Clinton has shown that she is willing to use too many divide and conquer tactics. (pitting races against each other?) That is not true leadership.

    April 1, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. ACTION

    If an other black Clinton supporter said this, I will be convienced.

    April 1, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Ric

    Democracts for Mc Cain

    April 1, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Peter from N.J

    After all the vote on the remain are counted including Florida and Michigan, the superdelegates will see who is the best candidate to win in November
    When the elections for the nominee are over, I will enjoy see the delegates that now go for Obama change their mind and go back to Hillary 08

    April 1, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. James - WI

    Wow, this guy is crazy. If you support a candidate you should root for them. What the heck?

    April 1, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    The Left Wing of the Democratic Party has done it again, snatched Defeat out of the jaws of Victory.

    April 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Texas

    To all of the so called Clinton supporters who say if Obama wins they will vote for McCain. That's fine....go ahead.

    Your gas bills are high as heck, the economy stinks, mortgages are in the crapper....I could go on and on....

    So you choose McCain over Obama considering all of those factors in clear mind and spirit – by all means vote for him. Just don't vote for McCain because Obama is half black. All these candidates are liars, so that shouldn't make or break your decision either.

    Democrat '08 – Support our party no matter who wins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. tom

    OBAMA SUPPORTERS ARE VERY WORRY ABOUT THE RESULTS OF THE PRIMARY ELECTION IN PA, AND SO THEY ARE GETTING PEOPLE TO PRESSURE CLINTON TO DROP OUT OF THE RACE BEFORE THE PRIMARY.

    April 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Adam

    Obama will not win because Hillarys supporters will not vote for him.

    April 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Interesting

    Why do all these politicians go to Canada and start talking the truth?

    Is it the beer or the bacon?

    April 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Sharon

    A vote for Obama is a vote for the GOP come the general election...remember that all you Obama fools!

    April 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Smith

    Hillary is tragic, like Lady Macbeth

    blindly greedy for power

    a false humanitarian

    such poor judgement

    she can't see she has already LOST!

    She can't figure out how to get off her own insane merry-go-round.

    April 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. FINALLY ! ! -- NY

    jonathan - you're an IDIOT . .

    it's because of people like you that we had to endure 2 terms of Bush and now you're willing to endure 1-2 terms of McCain just because you're an Obama hater. is your pea brain so small that you couldn't objectively see that Clinton is not even an ok leader ?? she's not her husband even though she is a LIAR like him but at least he made the right call when it came to afghanistan and iraq

    open your mind dude . . . it's over - vote Obama '08

    April 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. @americans

    Billary couldn't pay her healthcare bills because, according to her delusional socialist plan, healthcare is free for everyone in America.

    Not the last time I ckecked on my healthcare bill, which rightfully so, as a true american who did not believe in handouts, rightfully paid in FULL!

    All I need is reducing my healthcare cost, which Obama plans offer, which Billary desperately needs...since she can loan her campaign $5 million dollars, but stingy enough not to pay her healthcare bill.

    Billary, healthcare in america is not free, pay your bill and your campaign debts and do us all a favor by heeding to your supporters advice and DROOOOOOOOOP OUT!

    April 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. John

    May God help us in uniting this party after the storm!!! DEM 089-no matter whose name is on the ballot as long as it has a D in front

    April 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. KHEARD

    MP

    I could'nt have spoken your words any better. The nail was hit on the head several times. The frailties of these Clintonites show clearly on these blogs daily. Instead of attempting to embrace a man that is undoubtly more intelligent, charismatic, patriotic, caring, and presidential than we've had in definitely 8 years, they speak of placing John Wayne McCain in out of bitterness and hatred. Makes you wonder about some people and their true values. There has never been a 1st term president to go into office with any real experience to be president. So why do we always hear about not enough experience. How about judgement.

    April 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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