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. brandon

    Half of you i'm going to switch the McCaine most likly never voted and never will. Go have another beer. Who says one can't change thier mind.

    April 1, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Marissa

    Emmanuel Cleaver= keeping it 100% real! thank you!

    April 1, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Carlito

    If any of the other supporters of the otherside votes for MCcain they deserve 4 more years of suffering and war so if you vote just cause of despite you, ur kids, the elders and education be tortured for another 4 years.

    April 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Hal

    I'd rather have a liar or a warmonger than someone who doesn't know if he is black or white!!

    April 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Justice4all

    Uh Oh, Representative Cleaver is gonna get a call from "Rocky" (as Hillary is calling herself in Philadelphia) and it will likely be "heated" (as was her converations with Lewis, Dodd, and Richardson when they defected from her to Obama). Rocky's trainer might be next, slugging her while she is on the stool between rounds. Couldn't happen to a nicer fibber.

    April 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Sam, Houston, Texas

    TO ALL CLINTON'S SUPPORTERS:
    I SEE A MOVEMENT STARTING AND WE ALL SHOULD BE PART OF THIS REVOLUTION IF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY GO FOR THE BIAS MEDIA'S WISHES AND GIVE THE NOMINATION TO OBAMA WE ALL SHOULD BOYCOTT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN NOVEMBER AND GO FOR McCAIN. NOT SEAT AT HOME AND WATCH. WE HAVE TO BE PART OF THIS AND MAKE CLEAR WE, AMERICANS ARE SMARTER THAT THE MEDIA AND THE BIG GUYS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THINK. OUR FOUNDER FATHERS FOUGHT HARD TO GIVE US, THE PEOPLE ,THE RIGHT TO DECIDE WHAT IS RIGHT FOR US. ALL I CAN THINK AND SEE FROM OBAMA IS THAT HE IS A LIAR, THE WIFE HAS NEVER BEEN PROUD OF BEING AN AMERICAN UNTIL HER HUSBAND BECAME A PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER, HIS SPIRITUAL ADVISER IS A RACIST MAN WHO SPREAD HATE. THEY SAY WELL EDUCATED PEOPLE IS WITH OBAMA, I DISAGREE, I AM WELL EDUCATED PERSON BUT I AM NOT LIBERAL AS OBAMA IS. HE WAS VOTED THE MOST LIBERAL SENATOR AND YOU DO NOT SEE THE MAJOR NETWORKS TALKING ABOUT IT. GO "NORMAL AMERICAN PEOPLE" LIKE MYSELF AND LET'S TURN THIS THINK AROUND. START BY TURNING OFF YOUR TV's. I LOVE YOU ALL AND BE STRONG JUST LIKE HILLARY HAS BEEN. LET'S NOT GIVE IT UP.

    April 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. A MAMA THAT LOVES OBAMA!!!!

    Clinton is not going to be my President!!! I will vote for McCain before I see that happen!!!!! And look now, even her own supporters are predicting against her!!!!

    Go Home Clinton!! Just drop out!! It is so tacky for a husband and wife both to be President anyway!!! Just like it was tacky for a father and son to be President and you see the ruination that this country is in because of it!!

    Hillary you have had your day in the sun when you were having tea parties as First Lady!! Give someone else a chance to show what they can do!!!

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! '08

    April 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. GeneK

    The democrats are deluded if they think red state voters will put a woman or an Aftican-American in the White House. John McCain became the de facto president-elect the moment he took the GOP nomination and the democrats narrowed their field of viable candidates to Clinton and Obama.

    April 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Doug, DC

    Hey CHERYL April 1st, 2008 1:22 pm ET,

    You know what's even more funnier? Since you wrote your comment, new polls out in Pa., say that Clinton is only 5 points ahead. LOL!! Now that's funny.

    Obama might not win Pa., but he'll compete. He might not win Indiana but it'll be close. Picture that, Oabam losing by 5 points or less in states that HRC has to win by large amounts. He's going to SMOKE Clinton in NC!!

    It's over Cheryl, get with the winning team!!

    OBAMA 2008

    April 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Jamaal Kansas City, Ks

    Finally someone out of the Clinton Camp Telling the TRUTH so rare this is! Clinton will try to make up a lie about how he was taken out of context while they we taking incoming fire? ha ha Obama 08

    April 1, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Warren

    Someone said recently that politics was a contact sport. Wait! That someone was Bill Clinton! Did he mean that for everyone or he mean his wife's campaign was free to throw the punches but no one else?

    The only way Hillary can justify her inflated Resume is to claim that her husband had his mind somewhere else. Can't have it both ways, Hillary...

    To hear her tell it, Hillary has even more foreign policy experience than even Queen Elizabeth!!

    April 1, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Brent Christopher

    I am 100% for Obama, but if Hillary would win the nomination, I would be 100% behind her.

    We can not let a Republican select new members of the Supreme Court!

    April 1, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Corey, Maryland

    I think when someone in his position makes a comment like this it means something. Its different if Obama's supporters are counting her out or the Republicans but when her own campaign is ruling out a win for her, it means a lot.

    Obama Richardson 08!!!

    April 1, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Ted in TX

    To: Ken in RI

    No, you aren't a trool (I think you meant trole), but you are a person who cannot spell. And, by the way, tap the caps lock key for us please.

    April 1, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. REPORT HE NEWS...ALL OF IT!!!!

    PLEASE REPORT THE NEWS, INSTEAD OF BIASED GARBAGE!!!

    OBAMA JUST WON TEXAS!

    DELEGATE COUNT 99- OBAMA, 94 CLINTON

    SHE DIDN'T WIN TEXAS AND YOU PEOPLE NEED TO REPORT THE TRUTH.

    April 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Tobias

    If Obama gets the nomination there is no way he will win in the general election. But I really don't believe that will happen. Vote Clinton and elect a person ready to be president. We cannot trust our country to Obama.

    April 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Sean from SEATTLE

    America ready for HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Women make up a majority of Democrat party. Black is only one of minority group.
    Hillary won all major primaries, and with women and Hispanic votes, Hillary should be the nominee.

    April 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Tony in NM

    AMERICA for something better: OBAMA

    April 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Nikole

    CHERYL-Have you been watching how those poll numbers get closer as people meet Sen. Obama in EVERY state? He has to spend twice as much since he is running against name recognition.

    April 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Lee

    It is now news when a Clinton supporter doesn't dance the Hillary-spin.

    April 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Craig TX

    He's clearly in Obama's court so no big surprise. They all say that.

    April 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Avis, Richton Park, IL

    Well said MP! I'm tired of Clinton talking about FL and MI, like she didn't know their votes wouldn't count. If she was so worried she wouldn't have agreed their votes wouldn't count months ago, but another case of trying to change the rules in the middle of the game. You people in FL and MI are really falling for her crap. She NEEDS your vote now that's why she's fighting for it. CNN keep playing that video you have on file of her saying FL and MI votes wouldn't count the same way you played those Jerimiah Wright snipits. Let's be fair and balanced, right!

    April 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Omentum

    Cleaver. What a fitting name. That chopping sound you hear is Hillary's campaing being cut down... TIMMMMMBERRRRR!!

    April 1, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. v.ananthan

    I have been reading comments from Obama supporters on the topic
    "Thousands have gathered at a Chicago church to honor the Reverend Jeremiah Wright "

    and many comments were against Hillary Clinton and attacking her and I don^t simply understand the connection between Hillary and reverend ...

    THIS IS GOING TO BE THE FUTURE OF AMERICA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. PMC

    This is always the headlines! Anything to make supporters of Clinton and FUTURE voters think their vote is wasted! This is not true and a shame that the Obama supporters, the sold out Media and the "Endorsers" have pushed this to a point of influencing the vote and the race. The fact is that it is Clinton, not Obama, that stands the best chance to win in the General Elction. It is not only about delegate counts or polls in the Democrat nomination, but state by state red/blue in a General Election. And when this is considered, and should be, as nothing will change this, she beats him in the General Election. And that is what we care about. Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Caroilna vote Hillary Clinton. And the rest of the states and Puerto Rico keep voting for Clinton. If not, another Republican in office, and that you can count on! And she is still the most qualified candidate. GO HILLARY CLINTON, all the way to the White House!

    April 1, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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