April 3rd, 2008
04:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton denies telling Richardson Obama can't win

Clinton said Thursday she never said Obama can't win.
Clinton said Thursday she never said Obama can't win.

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton on Thursday disputed a report that she once told Bill Richardson she didn't think Barack Obama could win in a general election.

"I have consistently made the case that I can win because I believe I can win, and you know sometimes people draw the conclusion I'm saying somebody else can't win," she said at a Burbank, California press conference.

Pressed further if she had said Obama can't win, Clinton said, "That's a no."

Earlier Thursday, citing sources with “direct knowledge of the conversation,” ABC News reported Clinton once told Richardson, "He [Obama] cannot win, Bill. He cannot win."

UPDATE: A Hillary Clinton staffer tells reporters covering her campaign that the New York senator did not correctly hear the follow up question about whether or not she once told Bill Richardson she didn't think Barack Obama could win in a general election. The aide said Clinton thought she was being asked if she would divulge the private conversation that she had with Richardson and answered no.


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soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. Phyllis, Dallas TX

    I would believe Gov. Richardson over Hill any day.

    Of course they told him that. Why would Richardson tell her that and turn around and endorse him. Doesn't make sense to me.

    Somebody's drinking the cool-aid.

    April 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. michael in MO

    Until the issue of Michigan and Florida is resolved, this campaign is alive and well, regardless of outcome. The gaul of Dean and the DNC to disenfranchise millions in these 2 States! A slap on the wrists over a primary calendar debate, and two of the most influencial States in the Union are effectively taken out of the equation? This should be deemed not only illegal and unconstitutional, but grounds for Dean's immediate dismissal. The argument that candidates knew the situation going into primary season is irrelevant – THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE CANDIDATES. IT IS ABOUT MUTING THE VOICES AND RIGHTS OF AMERICAN VOTERS IN THESE TWO STATES! Until their voices are counted, the democratic candidate race is effectively null and void. I am independent, but Hillary Clinton is spot-on with the her intention to pursue this to Colorado if necessary until the issue of Michigan and Florida is resolved. Apparently the only candidate willing to support the idea.

    April 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Sue Butterfield

    IT IS SO apparent . RICHARDSON is SUCKING up to OBama for his onw reasons . Your own CNN poll showed this fact . Get real ,please .

    April 3, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. MARK PHILPOT

    All of these Hill haters have been watching to much of FOX NEWS , And are using there tactics.

    April 3, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Bosnian Sniper

    This lady is crafty...she runs like a gazelle and jukes like a jackrabbit.

    April 3, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Hay

    She lies so much she doesn't know what the truth is any more. Get rid of her.

    April 3, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. eddie n. powellnye

    HRC can't and won't every admit when she is lying. Better yet, I really think that she dosen't know when she is lying. Everytime she deny
    something, I duck from the sniper fire.

    April 3, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Sara from Arizona

    When Obama is sworn in, watch for Hillary to demand the job is hers. They will have to drag her off the podium in a straight jacket!

    April 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Jesse

    Obama get out, you can't win in Nov.

    April 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. James

    Here comes another lie.

    April 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. john williams san diego, ca.

    Fools for Hillary...you still 'can't hide those lying eyes'

    April 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Amy Kathleen

    "SENATOR CLINTON IS LEADING IN THE NATIONAL AND PENN POLLS!
    THIS IS WHY THEY ARE DOING THIS!
    OBAMA IS SPENDING MILLIONS TO RUIN HILLARY'S CREDIBILITY!!!!
    SMART PEOPLE REALIZE THIS!!!!!

    VOTE FOR HILLARY PEOPLE!!!!!"

    Smart people don't have to use caps lock. Who are "they" anyway? I'm waiting, just waiting to hear "right wing conspiracy...."
    Last I heard, Obama was spending millions to get his message out to people in Penn., and Hillary is doing a beautiful job of ruining her credibility all by herself.

    April 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Scott C

    HOW CAN YOU SAY HE IS STEALING THE NOMINATION IF HE WINS???

    HE HAS FAR MORE DELEGATE AND FAR MORE POPULAR VOTE...

    EVEN IF THEY COUNTED THE UNFAIR MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA VOTES OBAMA IS STILL WINNING!

    IF CLINTON GETS THE NOD SHE WILL DO IT BY STEALING THE NOMINATION.

    IT IS TYPICAL FOR CLINTON SUPPORTERS TO THINK THAT ANYONE WHO BEATS CLINTON IS STEALING IT... LIKE IT BELONGED TO HER TO BEGIN WITH.

    SAD SAD SAD

    IF CLINTON WAS MORE ELECTABLE THEN SHE WOULDN'T BE LOSING EVERY CHARACTER POLL TO OBAMA BY MORE AND MORE EVERY SINGLE DAY.

    THE JURY HAS SPOKEN.

    THEY DON'T WANT CLINTON.

    April 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. Jason

    Well then doesn't that completely shoot down her whole argument that she should get the nomination because she's the only candidate that can win the general election against McCain???

    Maybe she's spinning it so that she's techniquely not lying.

    "I never told Bill that Obama can't win"

    Bill who?? Hillary, which Bill are you talking about??? Maybe she never did say that to Bill... you know, that Bill . . . Bill uh Thomas . . you know...of I don't know, he's the blue collar worker that she met in (fill the city she's campaigning at), who lost his job, blah blah blah, and I'm here to help those people.

    Enough with the "personal" stories that you make up. Enough of the lies. Hillary, you actually lost in Texas, your lead has shrunk in Penn., you are losing in NC, give it up. It's over.

    April 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. Madtown

    Does anyone believe anything that comes out of that womens mouth? I know I don't.

    April 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Guatelupe, TX

    After many chances, We Latinos have had enough.

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    So... Hillary finally admits that Obama CAN WIN!

    Drop out now, Hillary!

    April 3, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. ET

    From ALBUQ., NM - Richardson has done nothing for our State, only to benefit himself in Politics, we wonder what Obama offered him. HILLARY WON HERE !!! SHE WILL WIN FOR PRESIDENT !!! I SUPPORT HER 100%

    April 3, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. Tim from Canada

    She must have misspoken!, further proof of the Clinton's not being able to tell the truth, WAKE UP AMERICA AND SEND HER BACK TO ARKANSAS TO BAKE COOKIES!

    April 3, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Mary

    LIAR, LIAR LIAR....

    April 3, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. John

    Just look at these comments! Do you get the feeling that people really don't like Hillary Clinton? And that people are sick of being lied to all the time?

    April 3, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. KHAL HOuston,Texas

    Misspeaking again.....You know either she's a "great" liar..or she has memory problems.....either way she's unfit for a third term for Bill/Billary...
    remember the movie...Face Off/Face Off...I wonder if she and Bill may be switching faces in mornings before they go out to continue this charade.oops!.... this campaign.

    April 3, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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