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. Uncle Sam

    AMERICA FOR MCCAIN!!!

    April 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. David Ferdi, Brooklyn New York

    HA HA HE HE
    sssswwwwweeee eeeeeettttt!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. pete

    Hillary people will come around. It seems like their argument is nothing more than "mccain will crush/steamroll/pwn obama", and it just doesn't really make any sense.

    April 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Ann Marie

    Well there you have at least one Hillary supporter that seems to understand math.

    Obama '08

    April 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Reality

    Who in their right mind would vote for John McSame. Haven't you received the memo that dusty old white men in Washington are out of style. The era of fear politics is about to be over. It's time for new blood, the establishment has done enough damage.

    April 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. left behind

    Moveon.Org lost the election for Gore and for Kerry.

    Now these radicals will lose the election for Obama.

    Way to go, people

    April 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Franky

    Believe it or not, but if my boy didn't make this far or let alone have a chance, I wouldn't not care about this election....I mean, what else hasn't change??? Exactly, nothing...

    April 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Uncle Sam

    UNITED DEMOCRATS FOR MCCAIN!!!

    April 1, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Chris

    Obama does not need to win Pennsylvania. He just needs to get in the less than 10% margin. That in itself will show how flawed Hillary's strategy is. Imagine, if this was reversed and Hillary were to be one who was leading and Obama losing 14 states in a row. I am sure Hillary's supporters would have called Obama to quit long time ago and for the interest of the country and the party, I believe Obama would have quit long time ago.

    Hillary is a fraud and a selfish lady. Time to move on Hillary.

    April 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. ss

    It is such a shame that spineless people like Cleaver represent this nation on anything. No backbone no loyalty all he has is his personal interest.

    April 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. dave

    Whatever happened to the democratic party that was soooo proud of both of it candidates? The democratic party that existed, what, three months ago? It still exists, but unfortunately the only voices that get ratings are those of the lunatic hardliners supporting each candidate. Of course, it was obviously much easier for Clinton supporters to say they liked Obama when Hillary was inevitable, now that Obama is starting to look like the inevitable winner, they don't like him soooo much; nor are they sooo proud of they're party and what "it says" about America that we are sooo open-minded and wonderful that we might nominate an African-American, or a Woman. Largest, most open-minded, and diverse democracy in the world is called India. yeah, thats right

    April 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. marge

    Jonathan April 1st, 2008 1:19 pm ET

    OBAMA WILL NOT WIN, BECAUSE MYSELF AND ALL THE OTHER CLINTONIANS WILL MAKE SURE HE DOESN'T. WE WILL VOTE MCCAIN BY THE MILLIONS. WE WILL VOTE AGAINST THE PAMPOUS MEDIA DARLING. NOW THE MEDIA WILL HAVE TO COVER FOUR YEARS OF MCCAIN.

    CLINTONIANS FOR MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!

    How STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. aware

    Obama will not win the general. His ego will pull him and the Democratic party down. His speech with its manipulative diversion to race was just another con. :(

    Play the blame game, and don't take resposibility is the con that has trapped blacks for years. Read something honestly helpful:
    "Come On People: On the Path from Victims to Victors" by Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint.

    Hillary or McCain 08! :)

    April 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Chapman

    Now would be a GREAT time to start becoming gracious winners!!!
    The Hillary bashing needs to stop in order to afford her & her supporters the dignity & respect they deserve for playing their part in building a stronger candidate in Obama. A job well done & a campaign hard fought.
    Any other year Hillary would have been the shoe in & would make a fine President. I just don't think many People expected Obama would be this once in a lifetime candidate that he's turned out to be. There have been gaffes & blunders & embellishments on both sides, but at the end of the day Obama just ran a better campaign. He should be commended & rewarded with the nomination & Hillary & her supporters can hold their heads high knowing they did their best.

    April 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Saunders in Canada

    I am a Canadian and it turns my stomach to watch Lou Dobbsand his attitude towards Obama! I wonder what he will say now since its one of Clintons backers thats saying Obama will win.

    April 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Carlito

    Obama is a leader of today who wants real change, hillary wants what she thinks is her's by ways of being first lady. This is 2008 all americans feel they have an actual say and they sayyyyyy Obama!

    April 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Tiffany

    All of those voting fot Barack or Hillary are Democrats. If your candidate does not win why would you vote for the enemy aka McCain? It doesn't make sense. In the end don't all of us democrats want that same thing? McCain doesn't want what we want...why would you Clintonians vote for him if Barack wins...be smarter people...please! Di you want more ouf our young men and women going to war just because Hillary didn't win?

    OBAMA '08

    April 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Jake, California

    I do think that a lot of people have seen Hillary's true colors...

    The only reason that they don't want to publicly REJECT AND DENOUNCE her is because they don't want to be seen as haters which, actually, they are not but instead people who love this country and want to elect a talented[once in a life time] young Barack Obama!

    If the nomination should go to a broker convention, then I am quite sure a lot of these superdelegates who pledged their supports for Hillary earlier will switch sides and hang onto the Obama wegon! –this is becoming very clear by the day.

    Hillary and her people know that after PA, there will be nothing left for her to win!

    April 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. DrFill

    This guys too smart to be a Clinton supporter, or a member of U.S. Government.
    Must be a plant.
    DrFill

    April 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. rowland hill

    Hillary has less experience in public office than Obama. He has been an ELECTED public servant almost twice as long as she has....He was elected into the Illinois Senate in 1996 while Hillary was still first lady going on "dangerous" missions to Bosnia and Northern Ireland. For some reason, the media is not reporting on this subject. They are also not reporting on the fact that Hillary has been trumpeting her 35 years of experience....she graduated from Yale Law School 35 YEARS AGO!!! Just like she always does, Hillary is bending the truth so it works better for her. I wonder if they had to move her graduation inside because of sniper fire?

    April 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Alex

    This is a minor point of semantics, but it's incorrect to refer to the interview as having been done for "Canadian public radio". it was done for the CBC, which is a national broadcaster and run by the government. It's only public insofar as our tax dollars go to support its radio and TV operations, but it's not public in the same way as NPR is.

    April 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. MaxW

    Al, actually you will find that she needs to carry the remaining states by 24% margins to even have a change of winning.

    April 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. Bob Stephens

    He's Right!!

    April 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. Dan

    Jonathan April 1st, 2008 1:19 pm ET

    OBAMA WILL NOT WIN, BECAUSE MYSELF AND ALL THE OTHER CLINTONIANS WILL MAKE SURE HE DOESN'T. WE WILL VOTE MCCAIN BY THE MILLIONS. WE WILL VOTE AGAINST THE PAMPOUS MEDIA DARLING. NOW THE MEDIA WILL HAVE TO COVER FOUR YEARS OF MCCAIN.

    CLINTONIANS FOR MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!

    Typical blathering by another Clinton supporter. Go ahead and vote for McCain. Higher income independents like me will get a huge tax break under McCain while schmucks like you lose your job to China under the Republicans. Voting out of spite will cost you more than you care to acknowledge. And, it really makes you look petty and stupid. Stop acting like a 12 year old!

    But, really, go ahead. Prove your point. Seriously, some Clinton supporters have single digit IQs.

    April 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. NY

    To: Ken in RI

    I hope you make more sense in person than what you posted. Next time try spell check. It can be a good thing!!

    April 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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